Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) yesterday said the country was open for business, and all necessary stages have been taken to confirm help is provided to tourists in need of help following the acts of terror that took place on Easter Sunday.
Delivering a joint statement, SLTPB and SLTDA said they continue to involve with high-level Government officials and tourism participants to assess the current situation.
“Sri Lanka Tourism is deeply surprised and distressed by the pointless violence and totally denounces these shameful acts. We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to all the victims and their families, while wishing a speedy recovery to all those injured and currently receiving treatment,” the statement said.
In addition, a 24-hour emergency support desk has been established, which can be read as follows: Emergency local hotline number to assist tourists currently in Sri Lanka: 1912; and Emergency hotline to assist families of affected foreign nationals: +94 11 2322485.
“Sri Lanka is a proudly assorted nation which celebrates its multicultural nature.”
“There is no place for terrorism of any kind in Sri Lanka and whoever that is responsible for the Easter Sunday violence will be panic-stricken down and punished in the strongest possible manner. Sri Lanka Tourism looks forward to warmly welcome all those who have planned trips to the country in the days, weeks and months,” the statement said.