Text the flight path of SriLankan’s new A330 and win exciting prizes

Published : 12:12 am  October 21, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  500 views  |  

When SriLankan Airlines welcomes the first of its six all new A330-300 aircraft on 31 October, proud Sri Lankan citizens will have the chance of becoming part of that memorable journey.                               All they to do is to listen to the radio promotions, aired in all three languages and text the city they wish the aircraft to fly over. The promotions, starting today, will be aired across the major radio channels until 26 October, and the lucky winners will be announced on 27 October. Along with the text message, the listeners are required to send in their names and National ID card numbers to be eligible... 


Kuoni Chief gives thumbs up for SL tourism development

Published : 12:12 am  October 21, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  535 views  |  

Tourism has grown to become one of the key pillars in the nation’s post war economic development, but to stay ahead of the game Sri Lanka has to play to its strengths, asserted the Chief of the UK’s top long-haul tour operator. The Daily FT recently met up with Kuoni Managing Director UK Derek Jones during his recent visit to Colombo, where he shared insights on the flow of travellers to Sri Lanka, demand for the destination, room for improvement and other key areas. Following are the excerpts of the interview:                                   By Shabiya Ali Ahlam Q: Could you tell us about Kuoni? A: Kuoni... 


Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts hosts Miss France 2014 to conclude Treasure Hunt

Published : 12:00 am  October 20, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  401 views  |  

Flora Coquerel attends gala night of the unique familiarisation tour and competition hosted for 57 French travel agents   From left: Dileep Mudadeniya – Head of Brand Marketing at Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts; Flora Coquerel – Reigning Miss France 2014; Delphine Wespiser – Miss France 2012; Marion Berard –French travel agent and member of the winning team; Corrine Hunault – French travel agent and member of the winning team; Elodie Petremoul – French travel agent and member of the winning team; Jean Paul Monchau – French Ambassador; and Danny Scheppers – Manager SriLankan Airlines for France   Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts hosted Flora Coquerel – Miss France for... 


Sunken World War II plane discovery enhances east coast’s potential as wreck-diving tourist destination

Published : 12:00 am  October 20, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  1 Comment  |  661 views  |  

Wreck diving tourism is a significant revenue earner for many coastal countries around the world. Sri Lanka is already famous among the world’s wreck divers for having one of the top 100 wrecks in the world, the HMS Hermes, the world’s first purpose built aircraft carrier, sunk off the coast of Batticaloa during the Japanese raid of Ceylon in 1942. Fisherman Wasantha and Diver Dharshana   A recent discovery of mysterious aircraft wreckage in the east coast by a local dive expert and explorer Dharshana Jayawardena, the founder editor of www.DiveSriLanka.com, provides further evidence of great potential to earn tourist dollars from showcasing some of these historical wrecks in our waters. Dharshana,... 


IPS hosts conference on environmental management practices in hotel sector

Published : 12:00 am  October 20, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  594 views  |  

Tourist arrivals have increased more than 100% in 2014 in Sri Lanka, when compared to the situation before the war ended in 2009, said B.M.U.D. Basnayake, the Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy, at a conference on environmental management practices in hotel sector in Sri Lanka. The conference, hosted by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), the country’s apex think tank on socioeconomic policy research, was held last Tuesday at the IPS Auditorium, and mainly focused on a study titled ‘Environmental Management Practices in the Hotel Sector’. The study, which was funded by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE),... 


Hilton launches new hotel brand, Canopy by Hilton

Published : 12:00 am  October 20, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  433 views  |  

Canopy by Hilton hotels will be developed through new-build and conversion projects in key urban neighbourhoods and vibrant secondary markets around the world, with properties expected to begin opening in 2015. “Built on extensive market research, our highly anticipated Canopy by Hilton brand delivers a fresh approach to hospitality and the guest experience,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton Worldwide. “We saw an opportunity to not only enter the lifestyle space by developing a new brand, but also to redefine this category by creating a more accessible lifestyle brand. We identified the need to take the emphasis off of capital-intensive design and deliver exactly... 


Cinnamon Air introduces 9th scheduled destination, Bentota

Published : 12:00 am  October 17, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  588 views  |  

Cinnamon Air, Sri Lanka’s premier domestic airline, announced the commencement of daily scheduled flights between Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport and Bentota, a popular tourist destination on the southwest coast of the island, from 1 November. The inauguration of scheduled services to this ninth inland destination, once again along with code-share partners SriLankan Airlines, cements Cinnamon Air’s commitment to further developing the tourism infrastructure on the island by constantly evaluating and expanding its current scheduled route network. The flights will be operated by Cinnamon Air’s luxurious eight-seater Cessna 208 Caravan Amphibian aircraft which will set down... 


Aerial whale watching tours from December

Published : 12:00 am  October 17, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  516 views  |  

Simplifly, the helicopter, floatplane and aircraft operator, is launching their second season of whale watching tours by aircraft from 1 December, this year, said the airline in a statement released to the media. Operating from Koggala airfield, guests will board Simplfly’s luxury eight-seat Airvan aircraft and fly to the marine shelf for a bird’s eye view of the world’s largest animal — the magnificent blue whale. The aerial tour will also allow guests to enjoy a view of the coastline before ending with a fly over above the World Heritage Galle Fort. “We had a very successful product launch last winter combined with the opening of our fully staffed office located within the Galle... 


Kuwait Airways slashes winter fares to Europe, US

Published : 12:00 am  October 17, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  395 views  |  

Kuwait Airways Sri Lanka and Maldives District Manager Sudesh Rupasinghe said that aggressive marketing strategies adopted combined with the unique facilities offered to all passengers have made Kuwait Airways the most popular choice for Sri Lankans travelling to Europe. Kuwait Airways, the national carrier of the State of Kuwait, has introduced special fares in Economy and Business class to all European on line points especially with immediate connections and minimum transit timing to London, Paris, Geneva, Rome and New York. Rupasinghe stated that this offer is inclusive of fuel and insurance surcharges and only country taxes will apply in addition to the fare, making this the most attractive... 


IndiGo agrees record 250 Airbus jet order

Published : 12:00 am  October 16, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  420 views  |  

Order would be Airbus’s largest by number of planes Deal at list prices would be worth $ 25.7 b IndiGo expanding in fast-growing Indian market   NEW DELHI/PARIS (Reuters): Indian budget airline IndiGo has agreed to buy 250 A320 planes from Airbus, a purchase that could be worth nearly $26 billion and rank as the largest single order of jets from the European planemaker. India’s biggest airline is expanding aggressively as it seeks to win more market share in one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets and cement its position as the country’s only profitable carrier. The airline will start taking delivery of the planes from 2018 and has secured rights to buy a further 100... 


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