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Sri Lanka's tourism industry defiant after deadly attacks

Minister and merchants expect rebound, despite risk to economy and jobs

Security personnel keep watch at Galle Fort, one of Sri Lanka's most popular tourist destinations, on April 24. (Photo by Amila Gamage)

COLOMBO -- The Shangri-La Hotel in the heart of Colombo is shut down for business, its shattered windows open to the wide expanse of the Indian Ocean. Armed soldiers surround its perimeter.

The hotel was the target of two suicide bombers, who detonated explosives at a restaurant in the Shangri-La on Easter Sunday. They were part of a series of attacks targeting churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people.

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