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 Post subject: Tourist arrival figures from January - May 2005
 Post Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 4:06 am 
June 30, 2005 19:14 PM

Close To 5,000 M'sians Visited Sri Lanka From Jan-May 2005


KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 (Bernama) -- A total of 4,953 Malaysians visited Sri Lanka from January to May this year, at an average of 991 Malaysian visitors per month.

In a statement Thursday, Sri Lanka Tourism said the number of Malaysian tourists to the island had increased 25 percent to 1,152 arrivals in May compared with January.

Topping the list of tourist arrivals in May was India, with 10,524, followed by the United Kingdom with 6,114, Germany with 3,156 and France with 2,118.

The tourist arrival figures from January - May showed an increase of 8.1 percent, with a figure of 208,389 compared with 192,786 last year, it said.

Sri Lanka Tourism also said that tourists, in particular from the UK and France were major contributors to the high occupancy rates for its hotels, having taken advantage of special fares offered in their countries.

Occupancy at top city hotels Colombo Plaza and Trans Asia was between 70 and 80 percent, in line with occupancy levels at the same time last year. Meanwhile, the Hilton Colombo's occupancy level stood at almost 80 percent.

Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) Chairman, Mr Udaya Nanayakkara said that the fact that Sri Lankan hotels reported increasing occupancy levels just six months after the December 26 tsunami was a good sign for the coming months.

-- BERNAMA


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