Sri Lanka ‘safe and calm’ for travellers

Sri Lanka says the island “safe and calm” for visitors following last Friday’s assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, and urged tourists not to cancel travel plans. Sri Lanka says the island “safe and calm” for visitors following last Friday’s assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, and urged tourists not to cancel travel plans. Top Cabinet Minister Kadirgamar was assassinated by three sniper bullets to his head and chest while getting out of his swimming pool at his private residence last Friday night.

The President declared a State of Emergency, with heightened security in Colombo as police and military troops searched the city for the killers, suspected to be from rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

The tourism industry was just beginning to limp back after the Boxing Day tsunami that destroyed stretches of Sri Lanka’s coastline and washed away several hotels and resorts.

Heightened political tension in the city though, is not expected to dampen enthusiasm too much, with the government urging travellers to keep on coming.

“Travel agents and tour operators report no disruptions to visitor travel. Those who h