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Lankan army to help promote tourism in Jaffna

world Updated: Mar 15, 2010 20:14 IST

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Nearly a year after the Wanni region was liberated from the LTTE, tourists have started arriving in Sri Lanka's north and the tourism ministry in collaboration with the army has set up a tourist information centre in Jaffna to boost tourism in the peninsula.

The Wanni, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts were liberated from the LTTE during the last phase of the 30-year-old civil war in May, 2009.

The tourist information centre will offer help and facilitate those visiting the area.

After the opening of the vital A-9 Road linking Jaffna peninsula with the rest of the country, around 3,00,000 local and foreign tourists arrived in the Northern Province, the official website said.

The majority of the tourists that are visiting the northern and the eastern province are local tourists. Over 500 people visit Jaffna daily from various parts of the country, officials said.

This has improved the income of farmers, businessmen and the self-employed in the Jaffna and adjoining areas.

The demand for vegetables, fruits, handicrafts and ornamental goods has also increased due to arrival of tourists and other population.