Posted by NBC News on Tuesday, July 11, 2020 08:02:04Indian tourist Shiv Suresh Bhattacharya is surprised when he arrives at a hotel in Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo, to be greeted by the hotel’s owner.
Bhattacarya, who lives in the southern city of Chennai, says he was surprised to find a sign on the door that reads “No alcohol” because he doesn’t drink.
Bhattachary, a 30-year-old journalist who has been in Sri Lankan capital for four months, says his experience is not the norm.
He says he has been drinking alcohol in Colombo for four years.
“It is not normal, you have to be careful.
I think there are a lot of tourists in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, that are drinking, and some of them have got hepatitis, and it is a big problem, so I think the tourist experience is better than it was before,” he said.
In Sri Lanka there is a general ban on alcohol, but tourists and business owners have been drinking regularly since the end of the colonial rule.
The tourism sector is one of the biggest sectors of Sri Lanka and the country’s tourism sector has a turnover of about $5 billion.
Bhattacary says there are few rules in Columbia and the tourist industry is growing.
Sri Lanka has a large number of people from the former British and Italian colonial eras and the island has become an economic powerhouse.
The government says tourism accounts for around half of Sri Lankans gross domestic product.
The government says that tourism accounts a small share of Sri Lankan GDP, but Bhattar’s experience of the hotel is the first time he has visited Sri Lanka.
Battling HepatitisBhattar said the hotel he was staying in had recently closed.
While drinking, Bhattapars stomach began to hurt and he went to the hospital to get checked out, he said, but doctors told him that it was a viral infection.
His doctor told him to go home, but he said he would not.
On Tuesday, Bhatas health was examined and he had a CT scan on Wednesday to see if he had hepatitis B. When he came out of hospital, Bhata was so ill he could barely walk.
As he went back to the hotel, the staff were trying to find his friends who were there to take pictures.
My friend and I had been going to the city to see the sunrise and I didn’t know he had been infected,” Bhattas friend told the NBC News team, adding that he was “surprited” to see his friend was in good health.
Tourism in Colabora The tourism sector in Colom is one the biggest in the country.
Bhatachary said the average income of tourists visiting Sri Lanka in 2020 was about $200 a day, and most of the people in the hotels were people from Sri Lanka who were looking to get out of the country and have a better life.
Colombo has become a hub for tourists to visit and people from all over the world come to the island to see and spend money, he added.
But Bhatts experience is the only one he has ever heard about where people in Sri Lanka have been infected with hepatitis B, the virus that has killed thousands of people in South Asia.
Lankan tourism is still very poor, with just 4.5 percent of tourists spending money at hotels, Bhtachary says.
However, the government is working to improve the situation.
This is the second time in two years that Bhatt said that people have contracted Hepatitus.
He said in June he was treated at the city hospital where he is being treated, and a week later he was admitted.
People who have been in Coloma have a viral hepatitis B infection, which is spread by sharing contaminated water.
BHTACHARY: We need to develop new treatments and we need to encourage people to go out to do more tourism in Colomas tourism sector, he told the BBC.
A spokeswoman for Colombo Tourism Development said there was no information about a new case of hepatitis B in Colomerans hotel.
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