No drop in tourist arrivals despite terror attacks
Tourists arrivals have not shown a decline despite the two terrorist
attacks at Habarana and Galle during the week which many thought would
cripple the country's leisure industry and other sectors of the economy.
Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) Chairman Udaya Nanayakkara said the
attack on sailors at Habarana has not hampered the tourist operations
either in the North Central Province or the rest of the country.
The SLTB assured visiting tourists that all hotels continue to
attract visitors and that the government has taken measures to ensure
law and order in the country, Nanayakkara said.
The Front House Manager, Koggala Beach Hotel, Sampath Nissanka said
that there was no cancelation of bookings by foreign tourists and they
continue to come in droves as before.
Tourists have never been targets of terror attacks and there is no
need to panic over a single incident. Local and foreign tourists have
always preferred to tour the South as an ideal destination, he said.
General Manager Hikkaduwa Beach Hotel, Henry Wickremarachchi said the
season will be affected with a low turnout of tourist arrivals if such
incidents of violence continue. German and Danish tourists have made
inquiries regarding the situation in the country.
The Embassies of Germany and Australia have issued travel advisories
warning its citizens to be extra cautious before embarking on a tour to
The Chief Executive Officer, Galle District Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, Prasanna Gunawardena said that the situation in Galle has
returned to normal.
The tourism and hospitality industry is not affected. He said that a
Netherlands based company has opened a computer school in our building
and they are carrying on the business as usual which shows that even
foreigners are not affected by the acts of terrorists.
The LTTE attempted to launch a suicide attack on the Dakshina Naval
Base when it was foiled by the Navy destroying five boats speeding
towards the harbour on Wednesday.
The attack on the South Naval Base came hardly a day after the LTTE
unleashed a brutal massacre on unarmed sailors going on leave and
reporting for duty.