Sri Lanka’s $4.4 billion tourism industry is reeling from cancellations as travelers shun the sun and sand Indian Ocean island after multiple suicide bombings that killed over 250 people two weeks ago.
Suspected suicide bombers from little-known groups in Sri Lanka attacked churches and luxury hotels in the country on Easter Sunday, killing worshippers, tourists and their families. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Tourism, which accounts for five percent of the country’s gross domestic product, has suffered as tourists from around the world cancelled hotel and flight bookings fearing more attacks.
A man arranges chairs at an empty restaurant of the Warahena Beach hotel in Bentota. (Reuters)
An empty beach is seen near a sign of the boat safari and whale watching center in a tourist area in Bentota. (Reuters)