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'Time now to rebuild confidence in Sri Lanka'

'Time now to rebuild confidence in Sri Lanka'

Kerry Golds, managing director of Abercrombie & Kent, said now was the time to support the people of Sri Lanka. “Tourism is a big part of their economy and the FCO update is only good news for the Sri Lankan people,” she said, adding A&K’s staff in Sri Lanka were on hand to assist anyone still cautious about travelling to the country.

Kuoni welcomed the news, stressing all customers already booked to travel to Sri Lanka would be able to go ahead with their holidays as planned, adding the country would go back on sale on Friday (7 June).

“Sri Lanka is a destination we love and it has so much to offer,” said a Kuoni spokesperson. “We have many close colleagues and friends there, and we’ll be working with them over the coming days and weeks ahead to talk about what we can do in partnership to rebuild confidence in the destination.”

Andy Freeth, chief executive of If Only, said: “I’m delighted the Sri Lanka travel advice has been updated and now hope consumer confidence rises and local businesses can once again prosper. We will continue to promote, market and sell this wonderful destination.”

Malik Fernando, owner of Resplendent Ceylon, added: “Tourism is a large part of our economy, supporting one in 10 families in Sri Lanka, so the FCO update is excellent news. We have a close connection with the UK as one our biggest inbound markets and look forward to welcoming visitors back with open arms.

“We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support over the past month and have no doubt that a bright and peaceful future lies ahead.”

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