British Asia News Network
Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s travel industry is starting to be affected by the fallout of its political crisis in the middle of its peak tourist season, as uncertainty prompts cancellations by both business and leisure visitors.
Tourism makes up about 5 percent of the Indian Ocean island’s $87-billion (£68.27 billion) economy, but the president’s sacking of the prime minister late in October triggered a crisis that credit rating agencies say has already hit economic prospects.
The Manager Chandra Mohotti at the Luxury Galle Face Hotel in Colombo the countries capital said “We have cancellations in the region of about 20 percent…Normally our hotel would be full. We are offering discounts because of the fear that allocations will not be utilised.”
Mahinda Rajapaksa, who replaced Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, lacks a parliamentary majority and has been prevented by a court from holding office, delaying the 2019 budget and leading to violent scenes in parliament.
Tourist book and plan around October for holidays and This is around the time the Parliamentary outbreak started affecting its tourist season.