International Travel News: Over 7,000 tourists have arrived in Sri Lanka so far this month, giving a boost to the country’s tourism industry which took a blow due to the Covid-19 pandemic, local media reported on Monday.Also Read - New Covid Variant Threat: India Extends Travel Restrictions to THESE Countries. Full List Here

According to official figures, 7,096 tourists arrived in Sri Lanka from October 1 to 13, reports Xinhua news agency. Also Read - International Flights: India Allows Resumption of Scheduled Flight Services From Dec 15, Bars 14 Countries Including UK, Singapore | Full List Here

Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said if the present trend continues, October was likely to record the highest monthly arrivals for this year. Also Read - Delhi Peeps Good News! Driverless Operations Flagged Off on Delhi Metro's Pink Line TODAY

The Tourism Ministry said that so far this year, September saw the highest tourist arrivals of 13,547.

With the arrivals up to October 13 added, 45,413 tourists have arrived in the country since the re-opening of borders on January 21, the Ministry said.

Ranatunga said that with the easing of travel restrictions, there was a growing interest from global travellers to visit the country.

The majority of tourists who have arrived in Sri Lanka so far this year are from India, Kazakhstan, Germany, Ukraine, the US, China, Canada, the UK, France and Russia.

(With IANS inputs)