While Easter Sunday was celebrated around the world, terror attacks that killed 359 people and wounded more than 500 people in hotels and churches were suffered by the island of Sri Lanka in South East Asia.
The, Cinnamon Grand hotels and The Kingsbury in Colombo were one of the locations.
The FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) counsel “against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the present evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019” but conversely Sri Lanka Tourism is keen to reassure the world that all feasible measures have been taken to ensure the safety and security of tourists.
Yet a statement yesterday published by Sri Lanka Tourism said that the country is open for business and it is safe.
“Sri Lanka Tourism is shocked and saddened and condemns these acts. We provide our deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims and their families, while wishing a speedy recovery and currently receiving treatment.
“There is no place for terrorism of any sort in whoever and Sri Lanka that is responsible for the Easter Sunday violence will be hunted down and punished in the strongest possible way. Sri Lanka Tourism looks forward to warmly welcome all those who have planned trips to the country in the days, weeks and months. ”
Sri Lanka Tourism said they had deployed trained emergency response teams at affected hotels, hospitals and the airport and organized airline bookings, hotel transfers, hospital treatment and reuniting family members that were missing through diplomatic channels.
There was A safety briefing held on 22 April for hotel owners and operators on the new security measures which are being rolled out.
There’s a 24-hour emergency service desk assist tourists currently in Sri Lanka — 1912 — to aid families of affected foreign nationals: +94 11 2322485.
The nation has seen a surge in popularity hitting a record high of over two million in 2018. Twice in 2020 and they expected to exceed this in 2019.