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Rise in tourists visiting North, says Colombo

[Hindu, Monday, 22 February 2010 09:08 No Comment]

The Sri Lankan government says there has been a sharp rise in the number of local and foreign tourists visiting the Northern Province in recent weeks.

The state-run English weekly Sunday Observer quoted Tourism Minister Achala Jagoda as saying nearly 550,000 local and foreign tourists had toured Jaffna via A-9 road during last week.

The number quoted has come as a surprise to observers particularly since the Northern Province is still virtually out of bounds for foreigners and there is very little tourism infrastructure on the ground in the war-ravaged province.

The then North-Eastern Province had witnessed similar spurt for a few months after the Norwegian-facilitated 2002 Cease Fire Agreement (CFA).

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