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Remarkable Increase of Visitors to Jaffna in 2010
[Updated :: 2010-12-29 11:10:47 Hours]

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.

Jaffna-based 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.

Government 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.

Visitors 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 harmony.

Karainagar-Kayts Ferry Service
Casurina Beach
Road to Casurina Beach
Karainagar-Moolai Causeway

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