Increase of Visitors to Jaffna in 2010
[Updated :: 2010-12-29
A recorded number of visitors from the south have arrived in Jaffna
during this year, shows the statistics being maintained on the entry
to the peninsula across the Elephant Pass (EPS) gateway. The total
number of people entered Jaffna via EPS is reported approximately
3 million by the 28th December. The number includes majority pilgrims,
ministers and Parliamentarians, investors, Sri Lankan expatriates
living abroad, vendors, diplomatic missions and government and private
sector officials etc. Entry has become remarkably higher with the
commencement of December school vacation. It reportedly amounts
to 200,000. It is usual that Jaffna receives the highest number
during school vacations.
business community, fishermen and farmers see the sales of their
products go up with the influx of travelers. Big demand could be
seen especially for Palmyra products such as Palmyra-related handicraft,
jaggery and traditional food. In the meantime, Jaffna dwellers earn
handsome income by renting out houses to outsiders for accommodation.
They earn from Rs. 3000/= to Rs. 5000/= or more per night through
accommodating pilgrims from the south.
with coordination of Security Forces – Jaffna and Civil administrative
authorities has launched many projects to develop the places of
tourist interest. Commencement of reconstruction of the historical
Jaffna Fort, completion of 2½ km long Mullai-Karainagar causeway,
improving of the Karainagar-Kayts ferry service and development
of the road to picturesque beach of Casurina in Karainagar are among
such development activities undertaken by the government.
and Jaffna populace are in the opinion that conducive and peaceful
environment prevailing in Jaffna invites investors, businessmen
and pilgrims to the peninsula which directly has positive impact
on trade, economy and education in Jaffna and also on the North-South
to Casurina Beach