Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lankan PM resigns amid economic crisis Photo Source: indianexpress.com Source:bbc.com Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned amid mass protests at the government’s handling of the economic crisis, officials say. Disclaimer: Kindly note articles such as this are reported based on the original source’s content, and we at eLanka cannot validate the accuracy of the content in whole or part thereof of this article. This is the reason the original source is linked above.  The move came as the island was placed under curfew after violent clashes between Rajapksa supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo. At least 78 people have been injured in the violence in the capital, a local hospital says. There have been protests over soaring prices and power cuts since last month. The island nation is facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948. The government has requested emergency financial ...

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Tourist arrivals in first 11 days of 2022 exceed 31,600 Source:ft.lk Russia, India, Ukraine, UK and Germany among top source markets Sri Lanka Tourism Chief Kimarli Fernando says future trend uncertain amidst COVID pandemic Asserts SL need to ‘ride with the tide’ to sustain industry Cancellations from EU and India amidst global Omicron threat SLTDA Director General Dhammika Wijayasingha says average tourists stay has extended to 14 or more, from 10 days  Most tourists come for wellness tourism, vaccination with family  Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka have exceeded 31,600 in the first 11 days of 2022, despite the challenges emanating from the global COVID pandemic and reinforcing the industry’s optimism. From 1 to 11 January, Sri Lanka received a record 31, 688 tourists, a significant rebound from 2021.  Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said during the first 11 days the highest number of tourist arrivals was from the Russian ...

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Tourism earnings hit $ 500 m target for 2021 By Charumini de Silva Source:ft.lk Industry aims to springboard from recovery to resilience from 2022 onwards Govt. all set to declare 2022 as ‘Visit Sri Lanka Year’ along with Global Communication Campaign Tourism Ministry to set up Special Secretariat to coordinate 5-year GCC activities National Tourism Policy for Sri Lanka to be finalised and implemented from this month The COVID-hit tourism industry has managed to rebound with earnings of over $ 500 million in 2021. “Tourism holds a greater significance in the services sector and has been a driver of growth for the economy. The industry was the most vulnerable to COVID-pandemic, but it has proven again its resilience with remarkable resurgence. The year ended with 194,495 tourists, with earnings surpassing the target of $ 500 million,” Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Director-General Dhammika Wijayasingha told the Daily FT. As ...

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