Thousands of tourists fleeing Sri Lanka following terrorist attack that killed 290 people including a Portuguese – The Economic Journal

Thousands of tourists fleeing Sri Lanka following terrorist attack that killed 290 people including a Portuguese - The Economic Journal

Tourists in Sri Lanka are trying to leave the country after a terrorist attack that killed 290 people and caused about 500 injured.

Fearing more attacks, tourists are canceling their holidays and heading to the airport to try to catch the first plane to leave the country.

The report is made by Bloomberg this Monday, April 22, the day after the terrorist attack that killed 290 people, mostly national citizens.

But the attack also killed a total of 39 foreign nationals, including one Portuguese: Rui Lucas, 31, from the parish of Repeses, Viseu, according to Jornal de Notícias.

Rui Lucas was on a honeymoon in the country after being married last week, and was the victim of one of the blasts at the Kingsbury hotel in the capital, Colombo, caused by a suicide bomber.

The attack also killed citizens of India, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The number of tourists wanting to leave the country could reach the thousands, according to the Tourism Development Authority of Sri Lanka, which did not advance an exact number.

According to Lusa, two Portuguese families were on holiday in Sri Lanka on Sunday. One of them had scheduled flights to return to Portugal on Sunday, as planned before the attacks, and would head to the airport earlier. In the country there are about 10 Portuguese residents, who are "in good health," according to Portuguese State Secretary for the Portuguese José Luís Carneiro.

The Portuguese Government advised against any trip to the Asian country. "Due to the attack on Sunday April 21, 2019, all non-essential travel to Sri Lanka is not advisable until further notice is issued," according to the executive's warning.

Most of the foreigners were killed at the Kingsbury, Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels located in the capital Columbus.

The most tourist sites remain closed, such as the Tooth Temple in Kandy. Hotels like the Taj Samudra and the Ramada have erected barricades and are controlling the cars that enter the site.

The tourism sector contributes nearly 5 percent to the economy of this country which received 2.3 million tourists in 2018, mainly from India, China, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia, according to Bloomberg data.

India is the largest market for tourists to Sri Lanka and travel agencies in Sri Lanka are already canceling trips.

Sri Lanka has a population of 22 million people, including Christians, Muslims and Hindus, with percentages varying between 8% and 12%.

The civil war in Sri Lanka ended 10 years ago. The conflict ended after the government's victory over the Tamil ethnic minority guerrillas.

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