Emirates announces special discounts on its new Colombo flight

Published : 4:54 am  June 21, 2013  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  851 views  |  

Book on Emirates’ flight EK 655 and get 10% off on fares across the airline’s global network Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has announced a 10% discount on fares from Colombo to any destination on the airline’s global network for outbound travel booked on flight EK 655 to Dubai, the additional thrice weekly frequency commencing 30 June 2013. Valid for sales and outbound travel up to 8 August 2013, these discounts will extend to onward connections from Dubai, which are part of the booked itinerary. Return travel is permitted on any of Emirates’ 24 weekly flights in to Colombo from Dubai. “This is a great opportunity for travellers to utilise this inaugural... 

Paris tackles rudeness to tourists with new manual

Published : 4:54 am  June 21, 2013  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  264 views  |  

Reuters: - One of the world’s most visited cities but also famous for its rudeness, Paris has embarked on a campaign to improve its reputation and better cater to the needs of tourists. Waiters, taxi drivers and sales staff in the French capital all too often come off as impolite, unhelpful and unable to speak foreign languages say local tourism chiefs, who are handing out a manual with guidelines on better etiquette. A six-page booklet entitled “Do you speak Touriste?” contains greetings in eight languages including German, Chinese and Portuguese and advice on the spending habits and cultural codes of different nationalities. “The British like to be called by their first names,” the... 

Ford celebrates company’s 110th year of ‘Putting the World on Wheels’

Published : 4:42 am  June 21, 2013  |  Category: Motor  |  Leave a Comment  |  748 views  |  

2013 sees the celebration of both the 110th anniversary of Ford Motor Company’s founding and the 150th birthday of founder Henry Ford To celebrate, Future Automobiles in Sri Lanka is offering customers exclusive deals, including an irresistible trade in offer for any brand of vehicles In honour of the 110th anniversary of Ford Motor Company’s founding, Ford proudly announced the beginning of Ford Heritage Month in Sri Lanka on 16 June. To celebrate, Future Automobiles is offering customers exclusive deals, including an irresistible opportunity to trade in your existing car with any Ford product including the world’s bestselling car Ford Focus. 2013 is a particularly special year for Ford... 

GM revs up plans for Cadillac in China luxury market

Published : 4:41 am  June 21, 2013  |  Category: Motor  |  Leave a Comment  |  669 views  |  

GM plans to beef up retail network for Cadillac cars Cadillac stores to total 200 by end of 2013 GM breaks ground for a Cadillac plant in Shanghai SHANGHAI (Reuters): General Motors Co’s strategy to make its 110-year-old Cadillac brand one of China’s top-selling luxury rides went up a gear on Wednesday as the US automaker unveiled plans to expand its retail network in the world’s largest car market. The company aims to quadruple its share of China’s luxury auto market to 10%, or about 250,000 cars, by the end of the decade, with new Cadillac models leading the charge against a strong field of competitors. The Cadillac is crucial to GM’s China strategy even though the Detroit Company... 

Tata Motors upgrades cars as rivals launch new ones

Published : 4:40 am  June 21, 2013  |  Category: Motor  |  Leave a Comment  |  793 views  |  

Reuters: Tata Motors on Wednesday launched eight upgrades of existing models, including a CNG-fuelled version of its low-cost Nano, but said little about plans for completely new vehicles to help reverse sliding car sales in India. In recent quarters, strong performance at its luxury Jaguar Land Rover unit has helped compensate for weak passenger car sales at home, where Tata is losing market share to rivals Hyundai Motor Co and Maruti Suzuki, which last year launched its successful Ertiga multi-purpose vehicle. “There have been new launches by Tata’s competitors every year, but as far as the company is concerned, they have just been launching refreshed or slightly modified versions of their... 

Suzuki to return to MotoGP in 2015

Published : 4:39 am  June 21, 2013  |  Category: Motor  |  Leave a Comment  |  920 views  |  

Reuters: Suzuki will return to the MotoGP championship in 2015, the Japanese manufacturer announced ahead of a test of its prototype bike in Spain. Suzuki, who won 500cc world titles with the likes of Briton Barry Sheene, and Americans Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts Jr., pulled out in 2011 saying they needed to reduce costs in the face of a global economic downturn. They said at the time that they hoped to return in 2014. The manufacturer joined an official MotoGP test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Monday and said in a statement that they would continue to test inside and outside Japan after that. “Suzuki Motor Corporation will participate again in MotoGP racing from 2015,” it... 

Consortium takes 35% stake in Lotus F1

Published : 4:39 am  June 21, 2013  |  Category: Motor  |  Leave a Comment  |  601 views  |  

Reuters: The Lotus Formula One team announced on Tuesday that a consortium of private investors, including an American hedge fund manager and an Abu Dhabi-based multinational business group, had acquired a 35% stake. The British-based team said in a statement that Infinity Racing Partners Limited had joined Luxembourg-based Genii Capital, who retained the remaining 65% through an investment vehicle, as shareholders. Genii’s head Gerard Lopez will continue as chairman of what was formerly the championship-winning Renault team before it changed its name. The statement said Infinity Racing also included “Royal family interests of a major oil producing nation” among its investors. It named... 

Daimler begins shipping FUSO truck range to Sri Lanka

Published : 4:38 am  June 21, 2013  |  Category: Motor  |  Leave a Comment  |  745 views  |  

CHENNAI: German truck manufacturer Daimler India Commercial Vehicle has commenced shipping of its FUSO truck range with the first batch being sent to Sri Lanka. As part of its commitment to export the truck range to countries in Asia and Africa from Chennai, the company in a statement said it began exports of 64 units of FUSO trucks to Sri Lanka.  Read More →

SL needs environmental friendly power generation: Basil

Published : 4:37 am  June 21, 2013  |  Category: Business  |  Leave a Comment  |  568 views  |  

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has stressed the importance of environmental-friendly power-generation needed for future investments in Sri Lanka. Minister Rajapaksa said this when he discussed Sri Lanka’s future energy requirements with representatives of the Natural Resources and Energy Agency of Japan’s Economic, Trade and Industry Ministry and of Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) at the Ministry Office in Colombo earlier this week. The Economic Develo-pment Minister told the delegation that 90% of Sri Lanka’s energy requirements have already been met and that steps have been taken to meet the balance without delay. He added... 

Ind-Expo shares expertise in implementing food hygiene grading scheme with team of Laotian auditors

Published : 4:37 am  June 21, 2013  |  Category: Business  |  Leave a Comment  |  847 views  |  

Ind-Expo launched a food hygiene grading scheme namely the “Crowns for food hygiene” scheme in 2010 with the technical assistance of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) project on “Strengthening international certification capability in Sri Lanka”. UNIDO assisted Ind-Expo in training and qualifying a group of auditors to carry out food safety-related inspections under this stated project. Ind-Expo’s scheme has now been in operation its launch. As an expansion strategy of the scheme, Ind-Expo had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, the Kotte Municipal Council and the Kaduwela Municipal Council to promote food hygienic...