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Sri Lanka in drive to boost tourism in Passekudaah Bay

28 June 2013 Last updated at 06:41 BST

After a decades-long civil war the Sri Lankan government is aiming to develop its tourism industry as its economy expands.

Because of its pristine beaches and an extraordinarily calm sea, the government has designated Passekudah Bay as a special tourism development zone.

The government has allocated leases for luxury hotels to build 800 hotel rooms as part of a drive to bring 2.5 million tourists by 2016.

But as Charles Haviland reports, some critics say the development is happening too fast.