Megan Gell
Apr 24, 2019

Industry rallies behind Sri Lanka

Impact on visitor numbers expected to be short-term.

Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 22, 2019, a day after the hotel was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and hotels. Soldiers have guarded around the hotel. (Atsushi Taketazu / The Yomiuri Shimbun)

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is pulling together following a series of near-simultaneous suicide bomb attacks over the Easter weekend that killed more than 321 people and left hundreds more injured. The attacks came on Easter Sunday starting around 830am local time, deliberately targeting breakfast buffets at five-star hotels as well as church services.

This led to concerns for the future of the country’s tourism industry, which has grown steadily since the end of the...

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