The Global Life: Home Address: Paradise

Sri Lanka, now at peace, offers great deals to expats and tourists alike

It wasn't long ago that most South Asia tourists gave Sri Lanka a wide berth. As recently as 2001, Tamil Tiger separatists hit the international airport, destroying three Airbuses and killing seven soldiers. But for more than a year now, the land that Marco Polo called "the finest island of its size in all the world" has been at peace, and optimism seems well placed despite the government's sinking of a rebel boat last week. Tourist arrivals at the island, where English is widely spoken, reached 393,000 last year, approaching levels not seen since the civil war broke out in 1983....

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