Sri Lanka on track to recovery after tsunami disaster

Sri Lanka continues to make an astonishing recovery from the tsunami. Although a number of key properties are still closed, the outlook is that the island will be attracting the same number of visitors as in 2004 by August. Last year saw a 15% increase in visitor numbers – up to 565,000, of which around 85,000 were from the business sector. Inbound levels were hit badly by the tsunami, but 28 of the 58 devastated hotels on the south coast are now operational and visitor numbers are returning to pre-tsunami levels. "We’ve pumped out a lot of publicity and numbers are recovering," said Sri Lanka Tourism assistant manager Sisira Abeyratne.

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