According to Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), the country witnessed 35, 213 foreign visitors in the month of May. For the first 5 months of this year, Sri Lanka recorded a total number of 233, 922 tourist arrivals, which is 48.5 percent higher from the same period of last year.
The Sri Lankan government expects to double its tourism income to $ 1 billion by 2015 from the current level of around $ 400 million. It also aims to increase the tourist arrivals to 2.5 million from the current 500,000 by 2015, with the help of all promotional programs. The country that recently held the prestigious IIFA awards also drew a large number of tourists from all over the world.