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The end of a 30-year-old civil war will be an uplifting factor in attracting foreign tourists to Sri Lanka, the visiting chairman of the island nation’s flagship airline said Friday in Tokyo.

“Under the impact of the global economic setback, the downtrend in foreign tourists visiting Sri Lanka will prevail till the yearend,” said SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe. “But we are witnessing signs of an upturn for the next year.”

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