Guns surpass the guests at the bombed hotel in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO: At The Cinnamon Grand Colombo, One Of The Six Sri Lanka Goals Affected By Suicide Terrorists On Easter Sunday, The Silence That Reigns Is Not Just The Usual Silence Of A Luxurious Hotel.
Recently Reopened, Barely 10 Of The 500 Luxury Rooms Are Occupied - Out Of 300 Common At This Time Of Year - As Fear Rises Above The Impact Of The Bomb Attacks On The Island's Nascent Tourist Industry.
On April 21, The Cinnamon Was One Of Three Hotels Hit By Jihadist Bombers, Along With Three Churches In Attacks Claimed By The Group, Killing 257 People.
Around 9:10 Am That Day, Sri Lanka Went To Shay Ibrahim, Who Had Checked In The Day Before In Cinnamon, To The Breakfast Buffet In The Restaurant Of Hotel ' S Taprobane.
Then He Dropped The Bomb In His Backpack And Killed Twenty People.
Bomber Brother Ilham Ibrahim Died While Attacking The Shangri-La Hotel, Also In Colombo
To Get To The Lobby With Marble Floor Of The Cinnamon, Visitors Have To Go Through Two Security Checks While A New X-ray Machine Scans Bags. Armed Soldiers Outdo The Guests.
In A Bar Inside That Was Before That A Popular Drinking Hole For Colombo ' S Movers And Shakers, Chaminda Perera, Is Head Of An Agrochemical Company, After Returning For The First Time To Sipping Red Wine.
It Feels Lonely When It Comes In. We Know Cinnamon Grand Is One Of The Best Hotels In Colombo, He Told AFP, The Other Chairs And Armchairs Around Him And His Companion Empty.
Usually It Is Very Difficult To Get A Seat During The Day.
Bart Van Dijk, A Dutchman Who Works For An E-commerce Company And Lives Nearby, Said That The Cinnamon For The Attacks Was So Much More Than A Hotel.
In Other Countries, A Hotel Is Just A Place Where People Sleep For Business Or As Tourists, The 29-year-old Told AFP.
Here You Have 14 Restaurants, You Have A Laundry Service, A Fitness Service. It Is Almost A Complete Ecosystem That You Encounter. "
Posters At The Hotel Encourage Visitors To Let The World Know That The Cinnamon Is Turning The Page, Including By Using The #BackatCG Hashtag On Social Media.
It Was Always So Busy. The Lobby Was Lively With People Of All Races, Nationalities, People Who Came For All Purposes, Rohan Karr, Cinnamon General Manager, Recalled. S.
It Could Be A Wedding, Dining, Or It Could Just Be Seen And Have A Cup Of Coffee He Told AFP.
It Was The Cross Of The King ' S Van Sri Lanka . Now It Is ... He Added, Trying To Find The Right Words," But We Are Going Back, We Are Quickly Returning To Glory.
Many Countries Have Advised Their Nationals To Avoid.
The Government Expects Visitor Numbers To Dive 30 Percent This Year And For Sri Lanka To Need Up To Two Years For The Tourism Sector To Recover.
The Cinnamon Can Also Take A While. Four Of His Restaurants Are Open Again, But The Taprobane, Instead Of Breakfasting Families, Contains Researchers From Interpol And The FBI.