On Easter Morning (21 April,2019) Sri Lanka was shaken by a series of Bomb attacks in the Colombo capital area. This was an unprecedented incident in the region which has seen peace and a strong resurgence in tourism since the end of the civil war over a decade ago.
There were 3 churches and 4 hotels targeted. Officials raised the death toll to 290 with more than 500 people having been injured. A majority of the dead were worshipers at St. Sebastian’s Church; officials reported at least 104 dead there.
The highly coordinated attacks left the island nation reeling, a crushing blow after almost a decade of peace since the end of the civil war.
No group claimed responsibility for the attacks. By end of Sunday, the police said at least 13 people had been arrested in connection with the attacks in the capital, Colombo and the cities of Negombo and Batticaloa. Seven of them were seized at a hide-out after one suspect blew himself up, killing three officers.
The National Security Council headed by the President comprising Key Minsters are in discussion to determine the way forward. As a precautionary measure, the government had declared a 12 hour police curfew and a temporarily ban on all social media sites to avoid any further damage. The curfew has now been lifted.
The Tour Operators community are in touch with all guests , airlines , airport authorities, hotels and other Institutions to ensure the guests are well looked after during these troubled times. We may experience few delays and congestion, but the industry is keen to minimize the damage to our valued guests.
We will keep issuing updates on all developments and rest assured, we will do our utmost best to help all your guests during this unfortunate period.
The country at large remains very peaceful with all religions and communities working in harmony to bring the situation back to normal.
At this stage all Creative Travel’s guests are safe. We are looking at, which future trips need any rescheduling and will keep our partners updated on the next steps.
As always, the safety of our guests comes above all else. Our love for Sri Lanka and its people remains strong as ever. We will continue to provide factual updates from our team so you can offer our guests the most recent information.
*One humble request* – please do not abandon the destination. The nation survives on tourism and needs the support of the global travel industry. Many nations over the past few years have gone through traumatic natural or man-made incidents that have impacted tourism. But we have also seen many of them getting the affection and support from the tourism fraternity. We hope Sri Lanka will get the same.
If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to call us. If you have any questions, you may call our Duty Manager @ our 24 hour emergency hotline +91- 99 11 266 277
As always, we at Creative Travel put guest safety first. Please be assured that we would not do anything to compromise that. More will follow if the situation changes.
Joint Managing Director
Joint Managing Director
Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd.