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Thanks to German Tourists for Continuously Breaking Records: Sri Lanka is Aiming for Double-Digit Growth Rate Also for 2013

ITBImageKBerlin / Colombo, March 6th 2013: With its unique diversity, Sri Lanka is still continuing to boom. Thus the bookings in 2012 increased over an impressive 17.5 percent compared to the previous year. A total of 1,055,605 tourists visited the island in the Indian Ocean between January and December. With 373,063 visitors (up 18.4 percent), tourists from the EU countries made the majority.

How the Kaarst Tamils are celebrating New Year


The city of Kaarst has a big Tamil community. Once a year, the members meet to celebrate the New Year Festival "Thai Pongal".

The "Thai Pongal" is the most important festival of the Tamils. New Year and Thanksgiving are celebrated at the same time. What almost nobody knows: In Kaarst, there is a rather big Tamil community, which has united in the beginning of the 1990s as local association of the "United Tamil's Association" (UTA). The Neuß-Grevenbroicher Zeitung has visited the New Year Festival this year.


colombo nightColombo is among the least expensive cities in the world, according to an annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The EIU worldwide cost of living index released Monday ranked Colombo as the seventh least expensive city in the world.

First Sri Lankan Elephant born at Nagoya Zoo

Elephant BabyTwo Sri Lankan elephants in Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Japan, delivered a female baby elephant on Tuesday, 29th January, being the first Asian elephant to be born at Higashiyama Zoo and the 6th Asian elephant to be born in Japan. Anula (11 years) and Kogala (8 years) were brought to Higashiyama Zoo in 2007 from the Pinnawela Orphanage in Sri Lanka.