JTB Cancels Tours to Bomb-Hit Sri Lanka

Economy

Tokyo, April 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese travel agency JTB Corp. said Tuesday that it will cancel tours to Sri Lanka departing between Tuesday and June 16, following a series of bomb blasts.

JTB is unable to secure customer safety sufficiently, an official said. The canceled reservations will be refunded.

Coordinated bomb blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday reportedly killed more than 300 people, including one Japanese national.

Industry competitor H.I.S. Co. <9603> will continue tours to the country, noting that it has confirmed that local airports and hotels are able to accommodate travelers. However, cancellation fees will be waived for reservations departing by May 10.

Both travel agencies have confirmed the safety of customers currently in Sri Lanka, who are expected to return to Japan soon.

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