The UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Sri Lanka, advising against “all but essential travel” to the South-Asian country following the Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed at least 359 people – including eight Britons – and wounded a further 500 in churches and at hotels.
However, Sri Lanka’s tourist board has said the country is “open for business”.
The five-star Shangri-La, The Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels in Colombo were among the locations targeted by the bombers.
The country has recently experienced a surge in popularity for tourists, hitting a record high of more than two million in 2018. This year was set to be the biggest yet for visitor numbers, with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority hoping to see numbers double by 2020.
In a statement, the tourist board said: “Sri Lanka Tourism would like to reassure the world that the country is open for business and all possible measures have been taken to ensure the safety and security of tourists. Our world-famous tourism sites, hotels, resorts and other tourist attractions will remain open as usual. There are no road closures or restrictions on movement anywhere in the island.”