Sri Lanka needs security audit to build confidence among tourists

_A Monitor Report01 Jun, 2019 | 566 Views|-+
Colombo : Harsha de Silva, State Minister of Sri Lanka announced that the country is planning an independent security audit to build confidence among tourists.

According to the Minister, the measure was necessary after extremists linked allegedly to IS bombed churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.

"After conducting an independent security audit, embassies and tourist boards of foreign countries will encourage tourism," he told parliament.

"Spending millions on advertising is worthless if we cannot be responsible for tourist safety."

De Silva said it would be worse if assurances were given too quickly and another incident took place.

Tourism officials have said 37 nations have issued travel advisories cautioning citizens.

Security authorities have said rapid progress is being made with most of the extremists directly linked to the bombings having been killed or arrested, many safe houses closed, while more action is being taken.

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