Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

Tourism recovering after recent political turmoil

British Asia News Network- AD

Colombo: Tourism had taken major hit when President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe,starting a constitutional crisis that endangered nations stability. Political stability has now been restored with the re- appointment of the ousted PM.

Photo credit: www.indianholiday.com

In terms of tourism, close ties with China is already having an impact. Many Lankans look to the West as a traditional source of tourists, but they are being supplanted by a growing number Chinese. The increased visitor flow threatens to undermine Sri Lanka’s poster image as a relatively unspoiled destination.

The popular Yala and Uda Walawe game reserves for example drew many more Western visitors than Chinese in the quarter. While elephant attacks have increased due to human intrusion in forests areas.

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