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Wednesday 2 February 2005

Travelers Urged to Return After Tsunami

Tsunami-lashed nations on Tuesday urged travelers to return to southern Asia's ravaged coasts and deserted resorts to revive the vital tourism industry, while the United Nations said it would proceed with an interim warning system to protect vulnerable shores from killer waves.

Dozens of countries at talks organized by the U.N. World Tourism Organization finalized a plan to lure back tourists to four nations hit by the giant waves — Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia. The talks took place on this badly hit resort island.

The tsunami was the biggest catastrophe ever to strike world tourism, with many travelers and tourism workers killed and facilities destroyed, said the organization's chief, Francesco Frangialli.

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