Sri Lanka, March 2 -- By NIshel Fernando

A silver lining may be emerging for Sri Lanka's tourism industry as European holidaymakers look for alternative destinations avoiding coronavirus-hit East and South-East Asian regions while the industry braces for a major decline in tourist arrivals from key Asia-Pacific markets such as China.

"The demand is growing from Europe. It will definitely come to Sri Lanka. Most of the airlines that offer connectivity to Colombo from European destinations are operating at near full capacity now," a leading airline representative told Mirror Business.

He noted that if Sri Lanka is successful in capitalising on this trend, it could considerably narrow the impact from decline in tourist arrivals from coronav...