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In pictures: Sri Lanka's tourism firms struggle after attacks

Updated : 2019-07-15 16:41:59

The economy of Sri Lanka, a sun-drenched island in the Indian Ocean, depends heavily on the $4.4 billion tourism industry. Small businesses like Pearl Divers have been on the rise since the nation's civil war ended in 2009 and tourists poured in. But after the bombings in April, tourist arrivals slumped 70 percent in May and 57 percent in June from a year earlier. Many small businesses, that employ thousands, are now either forced to lay off staff or have them work for minimal pay.

The economy of Sri Lanka, a sun-drenched island in the Indian Ocean, depends heavily on the $4.4 billion tourism industry. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
The economy of Sri Lanka, a sun-drenched island in the Indian Ocean, depends heavily on the $4.4 billion tourism industry. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Small businesses like Pearl Divers have been on the rise since the nation's civil war ended in 2009 and tourists poured in. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Small businesses like Pearl Divers have been on the rise since the nation's civil war ended in 2009 and tourists poured in. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
A surfboard is seen in the middle of an empty beach, near hotels at Unawatuna beach in Galle. But after the bombings in April, tourist arrivals slumped 70% in May and 57% in June from a year earlier. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
A surfboard is seen in the middle of an empty beach, near hotels at Unawatuna beach in Galle. But after the bombings in April, tourist arrivals slumped 70% in May and 57% in June from a year earlier. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Many small businesses, that employ thousands, are now either forced to lay off staff or have them work for minimal pay. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Many small businesses, that employ thousands, are now either forced to lay off staff or have them work for minimal pay. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Nuwan Harshana, 31, manager at Pearl Divers, a diving school, looks on next to the diving costumes and equipment room at the hotel at Unawatuna beach in Galle. This is already having a domino effect on the economy, further hitting consumer demand. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Nuwan Harshana, 31, manager at Pearl Divers, a diving school, looks on next to the diving costumes and equipment room at the hotel at Unawatuna beach in Galle. This is already having a domino effect on the economy, further hitting consumer demand. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
The government has introduced a series of measures to boost tourism, including lowering airport charges, cutting taxes on jet fuel and pushing hotels to offer discounts. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
The government has introduced a series of measures to boost tourism, including lowering airport charges, cutting taxes on jet fuel and pushing hotels to offer discounts. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Government is planning to relax visa rules for residents of a number of countries. It has also asked banks to lower lending rates and give loan moratoriums. But the relief is yet to reach many small businesses that make up the backbone of the economy. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Government is planning to relax visa rules for residents of a number of countries. It has also asked banks to lower lending rates and give loan moratoriums. But the relief is yet to reach many small businesses that make up the backbone of the economy. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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