After effects of Easter blasts : Lankan tourism sector is at stake

Colombo : The Lankan tourism sector has tumbled 7.5 percent in April from a year ago, as travellers shunned the island nation after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings, a senior official of the state tourism bureau said.

“This is a direct impact of the attacks. There were a lot of cancellations,” said Kishu Gomes, chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority told Reuters.

By the attack of the suicide bombers in churches and luxury hotels more than 250 people were killed, including 42 foreign nationals across the Indian Ocean Island on April 21.

Number of tourists in April fell to 166,975 compared with 180,429 in the same month a year ago, marking the single biggest monthly slump since the end of a civil war a decade ago.

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