COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
Seven months after the Easter Sunday terror attacks, Sri Lanka, recognized as Lonely Planet’s number 1 travel destination in 2019, continues to suffer due to declining tourists.
Since the April 21 bomb blasts at three five-star hotels and churches in Colombo, tourism numbers have plunged steadily, resulting in hotels facing a severe hit and increasingly finding it difficult to stay afloat. The coordinated suicide bombings carried out by extremists resulted in over 250 people killed, including foreigners, while at least 500 were injured.
Before the terror attacks, tourism authorities estimated Sri Lanka would hit 2.5 million tourist