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Hospitality, opportunity in Sri Lanka

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25.08.2019

OPINION: The Black Caps have been slogging it out in Sri Lanka in recent weeks — and receiving some characteristically warm Sri Lankan hospitality, in case you missed the pictures of Kane Williamson's fan-supplied birthday cakes.

Cricket is certainly one of the things that springs to mind for many New Zealanders when they think about Sri Lanka. As does Dilmah tea – one of Sri Lanka's most famous tea brands. Thousands of Kiwis have enjoyed holidays to Sri Lanka; in fact, Sri Lanka topped Lonely Planet's 2019 list of top international destinations.

On the other hand, we know Sri Lanka has had its challenges. The 26-year civil war resulted in some 100,000 civilians losing their lives. Or more recently, the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Colombo tragically killed 253 people and wounded many more.

Whatever you recall about Sri Lanka, it is a relationship New Zealand has good reason to invest effort in.

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