That’s according to M Shanthikumar, president of the Tourists Hotels Association of Sri Lanka, quoted in TTG Asia last week. He said these 80 percent booking cancellations have happened even though members “have tried to persuade visitors that it is safe to holiday in Sri Lanka”. This has happened even as turmoil has continued and government has changed.

The surge in cancellations was triggered by countries such as Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand urging against non-essential travel to Sri Lanka due to widespread fuel and food shortages and possible violence.

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