Sri Lanka's new government has declared James Packer unwelcome in the country after the gaming mogul pulled out of building a luxury resort following a ban on new casinos.

Packer’s Crown Group on Friday abandoned plans for the $US350 million ($A451.21 million) development, which would have included a casino, after the government also withdrew generous tax concessions granted under the previous regime in efforts to turn Colombo into a regional gaming hub. “Packer says he will not come. Who…