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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 18-pct in September

SCENIC-newSri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 18.1 percent to 71,111 in September 2012 from a year earlier, with arrivals during the nine months up 16 percent to 693,772 data from the Indian Ocean island's tourist promotion office showed. Arrivals from Western Europe rose 15.1 percent to 22,327 with German arrivals surging 46 percent to 4,942 and top generating market Britain rising 9.1 percent after showing disappointing performance so far this year. In the first ten months of the year UK arrivals were only up 3.5 percent to 81,762. Arrivals from France rose 6.4 percent to 3,030 but Netherlands another key market fell 3.3 percent to 1,456.

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behoerdenspiegelBildA Conversation with the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Upali Sarrath Kongahage

The island in the Indian Ocean that is about 54 kilometres to the east off the southern tip of India has already had many names. The original inhabitants called it Lamka. Later, it was referred to as Tambapanni, Taprobane and Singhala. Under Portuguese rule it was called Ceilao and finally Ceylon by the Dutch and British colonial masters. When the island, which is with its 65,610 km2 a little bit smaller than Bavaria, regained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1948 the name was not changed. "Never change a winning horse," said the government in the capital Colombo, "wait and see—we have more important things to do."