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Sri Lanka says political crisis not impacted tourism

IANS  |  Colombo 

Sri Lanka's new said on Friday that the ongoing political crisis had no impact on the country's and efforts were being made to brief foreign governments after had been issued.

told a press briefing that the lives of local citizens and tourists had not been affected by the "political tussle" and there had been no cancellations reported by and agents, reports

"What we are presently facing is a political tussle and this will be resolved in Parliament most democratically. This should not reflect on the industry," he said.

The said going forward, the new government would launch fresh campaigns to attract more tourists from and as these were the leading markets for tourism.

He said efforts would also be made to attract more tourists from "We will work at doubling our figures by next year," said.

So far, over 1.8 million tourists have arrived in the island till October this year, with industry experts voicing concerns that the present political crisis may slow the arrival rate.

has been facing a political turmoil since October 26 when dissolved his cabinet and sacked and appointed former to the post.

Sirisena has suspended the Parliament till November 14.



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 20:38 IST