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× Sri Lanka’s hotels, beaches, eateries now empty of tourists

HIKKADUWA, Sri Lanka --- While sipping fresh coconut water while sunbathing on deserted Hikkaduwa beach, Alexi Konchayenko, a sports trainer from Ukraine, struck a stoical note.

"Bomb blasts can happen anywhere, anytime," he said, adding that he was not afraid. "Sri Lanka is an amazing country. This is my first visit and I will tell my friends also to come."

His is a lone voice and presence…