Sri Lanka blast damaged hotel gets state help

June 04, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tourist promotion office had given a million rupees to re-build an old tourist hotel that was damaged in a Tamil Tiger bomb blast, the ministry of tourism said. The board of directors of Sri Lanka’s tourism promotion bureau had recently approved the request to help Hotel Nippon, the statement said.

The Hotel Nippon, in the Slave Island area of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, was damaged in a blast in January.

The tourism ministry said the hotel had historical value.

Soon after the explosion the deputy tourism minister who had visited the site had promised financial assistance to re-build the hotel.