Tourism in tatters

Print edition : July 05, 2019

An Indian hotel project coming up in Galle Face, Colombo. Photo: R.K. Radhakrishnan

A street in Galle that is usually crowded with tourists is now empty. Photo: Eranga Jayawardena/AP

An empty restaurant at a hotel in Hikkaduwa. The town, in the south west, used to be a top tourist attraction for board-surfing and sparkling clear waters, perfect for snorkelling. Today, of 27 hotels, very few are still open. Photo: Eranga Jayawardena/AP

Tourism, one of the pillars of the Sri Lankan economy, has taken a beating with the Easter blasts, leading to empty flights and mass cancellations of hotel reservations.
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