ECONOMYNEXT – Germany has removed a travel ban on Sri Lanka, imposed after Easter Sunday’s suicide bombings, along with other key markets like India and China, while the country’s commerce was returning to normal Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe said.
The government was striving to quickly revive tourism, which was the worst hit by the suicide bombings of three churches and three hotels by Islamist extremists which killed over 250 people, he told a meeting of parliamentarians and local government councillors.
“The Cabinet of ministers has activated a plan to increase the number of tourists from India, China and Europe by August,” Wickremesinghe said.
“We expect that by December the number of tourists would reach our target.”
Wickremesinghe also said commerce had revived after a downturn triggered by the attacks and subsequent curfews to quell communal violence against Muslims with the noticeable recovery in sales in the last two weeks.
(COLOMBO 29 May 2019)