Daya Aviation’s new Euro Copter chopper takes to the sky

Published : 12:29 am  March 24, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  600 views  |  

Daya Group’s aviation arm last week launched its latest Euro Copter chopper to discerning business and travel needs. As a multi-role rotorcraft, the EC 130 T2 that was launched has a spacious cabin for one pilot and up to seven passengers. It includes a vibration control system and many safety features to provide clients a safe enjoyable journey in the sky with VIP treatment from well trained, dedicated customer oriented staff.               Daya Group ventured into aviation as way back as 2008; it possesses its own aircrafts which operate locally as well as in USA. The fleet includes a four seater Beech Craft Baron, 19 seater Jet Stream 32 and a 14 seater... 

Sri Lanka Tourism includes Scandinavian countries in focus market drive

Published : 12:24 am  March 24, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  563 views  |  

The leadership of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau has re-looked its overall portfolio of markets and has strategically selected one of the key focus areas globally – Scandinavian countries to market Sri Lanka as a destination for travel in the future. A high-powered Sri Lankan delegation took part at last week’s key travel and tourism exhibition at Gothenburg in Sweden –TUR to carefully identify the next steps in the roll out of Sri Lanka tourism as a preferred destination, said Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Chairman Rohantha Athukorala. “As we speak there is a TV crew from TF-4 in the country to film a typical Sri Lankan culinary branded EXOTIC kitchen that will reach... 

Best Western Elyon Colombo receives prestigious Award

Published : 12:22 am  March 24, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  295 views  |  

Best Western Elyon Colombo said yesterday it has been conferred with yet another sought-after accolade – an Award of Excellence from for Guest Review 2014.   The award was presented to the hotel in recognition of receiving high guest review scores, reflecting the superior level of guest satisfaction of Best Western Elyon Colombo’s service and facilities on, the world’s leading hotel booking site. is the global leader in booking accommodations online. Each day, over 650,000 room nights are reserved on The website and apps attract visitors from both the leisure and business sectors worldwide.   General Manager Joe Kneen... 

TripAdvisor launches Neighbourhoods

Published : 12:00 am  March 23, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  362 views  |  

TripAdvisor has launched a “Neighbourhoods” feature to help users discover and explore neighbourhoods within popular tourist destinations around the world, making it easier to find restaurants, attractions and accommodations that are perfect for their trip. The feature is currently available for Barcelona, Berlin, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York City, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo with plans to launch in additional cities in the future. “TripAdvisor’s new Neighbourhoods feature combines millions of traveller insights along with curated content to help travellers explore the distinctive parts of some of the world’s most travelled cities,”... 

Sri Lanka Tourism to invest Rs. 1.2 b on global travel fair participation

Published : 12:00 am  March 23, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  1 Comment  |  765 views  |  

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau which has given a fresh breath to brand Sri Lanka in the last one and half months not only in Sri Lanka but in key global markets like Germany, China, India and Italy announced that a focused dedicated funding of Rs. 1.2 billion will be invested only on Trade Fairs and country specific programs based on careful research on the needs of each of the focus markets and on the visitor targets Sri Lanka Tourism is aiming to attract, said Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Rohantha Athukorala. Overall tourism numbers are registering an 11.6% growth as at end February with China sprinting away with 85.6% numbers. “A separate budget exists for brand marketing... 

Unawatuna Beach: Has the nation got it back?

Published : 12:00 am  March 23, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  1 Comment  |  867 views  |  

100 metre stretch of sand on eastern end of the bay     By Paloma Scott in Unawatuna 18 March 2015, a truly momentous day in the history of Unawatuna. After a year of preparation, the Coastal Conservation Department, true to their word, have started pumping sand onto the eroded eastern and middle section of Unawatuna Beach. The previous day, a huge ship arrived in the bay, loaded with sand. The metre wide chains of pipes that have been floating, partially submerged in the ocean, were connected to the ship and sand was pumped from the vessel via the pipes to the shoreline. Around 9 a.m. on 18 March, the articulated arm of a bulldozer swung into action and lifted the final pipe into... 

Indian Prime Minister with Taj Associates

Published : 12:00 am  March 20, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  450 views  |  

  The Taj Samudra, Colombo is proud to be a part of the significant moment when the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi stayed at the hotel during his stay in Sri Lanka. It was an honour to have Prime Minister Modi at the Taj Samudra and enjoy not only the signature hospitality, but also some of the latest additions to the property. Here Modi and Taj Samudra Colombo Area Director and General Manager Rohit Khosla with Taj Associates during his stay.    Read More →

Etihad and Universal unveil newly-decaled Fast & Furious plane

Published : 12:00 am  March 20, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  700 views  |  

  Etihad Airways, and Universal Pictures on Wednesday unveiled the luxury Fast & Furious 777 airliner at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Actor/producer Vin Diesel was on hand as Etihad Airways Flight 171 arrived from Abu Dhabi to kick off the global junket and world premiere of Furious 7. The film arrives in theaters on 3 April. Representing a welcome first for the franchise, the Fast & Furious 777 will fly the direct route between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, which Etihad Airways opened in June 2014. The airline is also sponsor of the Furious 7 world premiere, which takes place in Los Angeles on 1 April. As the United Arab Emirates offered an opportunity to inject striking... 

Heritance Hotels achieves Travelife Gold Award

Published : 12:00 am  March 20, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  383 views  |  

  Heritance Hotels, Sri Lanka’s leading chain of resorts, owned and managed by Aitken Spence Hotels is once again in the forefront of sustainability with all hotels in its portfolio being awarded the Travelife for Hotels and Accommodations Gold award. Travelife – the international sustainability certification scheme – assesses a property’s performance in managing social, environmental and economic impacts. The Gold award achieved by Heritance Tea Factory, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, Heritance Kandalama and Heritance Ahungalla is a testament to the chain’s deep commitment to sustainability. Travelife is a practical tool which assists properties to monitor and manage their social... 

Premier boutique resort operator Uga Escapes unveils Residence

Published : 12:00 am  March 20, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  366 views  |  

Iconic Colombo mansion on Park Street transformed into a unique boutique hotel From left: Uga Escapes Director and CEO Ramli Ghaffoor, Uga Escapes Managing Director Priyanjith Weerasooria and Uga Escapes General Manager Roshan Dylan Uga Escapes officially opened its doors to its fourth property, Residence, an all-suite boutique hotel in Colombo, yesterday (19). Uga Escapes, demonstrating its commitment to the luxury tourism sector, has done a total revamp of the existing property with an investment of Rs. 200 million, enhancing suite features and incorporating a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Built in the 19th century and situated in Colombo 2 on Park Street, Residence by Uga Escapes... 

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