Abbas Esufally invited to Board of Auro Resorts Tangalle

Published : 1:03 am  September 23, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,552 views  |  

Hemas Holding PLC Group Director Abbas Esufally has joined the Board of Directors of Auro Resorts Tangalle Ltd., the owning company of Ranna 212 Beach Resort.                     He is the Chairman of the Hemas Leisure Sector Companies which include the Serendib Group of Hotels and Diethelm Travels. An experienced tourism professional, he has played an active part in the development of the tourism industry over the past several decades. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He is also the Honorary Consul of Bhutan in Sri Lanka.  Read More →

Special baggage offer from SriLankan on European flights

Published : 1:00 am  September 23, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  1 Comment  |  576 views  |  

SriLankan Airlines, the leading direct airline operator to Europe, now offers travellers to and from the region sensational value through increased baggage allowance. This special offer sees travellers being offered an extra 15 kg of baggage each way, at no extra charge, thus seeing Economy class passengers have their allowance increase to a total of 45 kg and Business Class passengers with 55 kg on each leg of their journey. Speaking about this special offer, Saminda Perera the Regional Manager SriLankan Airlines for Sri Lanka and the Maldives said, “The airline looks to address a key need felt by passengers, primarily those visiting friends and family in Europe as well as students travelling... 

Vice on the rise in Unawatuna

Published : 1:12 am  September 19, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  1 Comment  |  677 views  |  

Text and pix by P.D. De Silva Tourists, hoteliers and residents claim that incidents of mugging, peddling of narcotics and touting are seeing a sharp increase along Unawatuna Beach. Most of these incidents are not officially unreported but are instead shared informally by victims. The claims pose a risk to tourism in the area, which is known for its rich corral life and biodiversity as well as being a safe bathing spot which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Unawatuna is also commonly believed to be the site where the deity Devol Deviyo first set foot in Sri Lanka. Due to this fact, hundreds of pilgrims travel there daily to pay homage to the deity at the Welle Devalya. Additionally,... 

Singapore Airlines, Silk Air give more rewards for flying

Published : 1:07 am  September 19, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  512 views  |  

Singapore Airlines has announced that passengers purchasing tickets on Singapore Airlines & SilkAir now have the privilege of enjoying the S$20 (equivalent of around Rs. 2,050) Changi Dollar Voucher when transiting within 24 hours in Singapore. This voucher will be valid for one-time use at all retail, food and service outlets located at the transit and public areas at the Singapore Changi Airport. The vouchers can also be redeemed for one-time access to Ambassador Lounge at Terminals 2 and 3 for up to two hours. Lounge usage includes showers with basic toiletries, light refreshments, free flow international reading materials, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. To claim the vouchers passengers... 

Oman Air celebrates unprecedented awards success in 2014

Published : 1:06 am  September 19, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  794 views  |  

Oman Air is celebrating unprecedented success across a range of international awards and magazine ‘best of…’ lists over the course of 2014. The acclaim has recognised the high quality of Oman Air’s work in every area of its operations and provides a perfect foundation for the next phase of the airline’s ambitious expansion program, which will start later this year. The scene was set in January 2014, when American Express Executive Travel magazine named Oman Air as the second best airline in the world, and the prestigious US-based website Business Insider listed Oman Air in the top 10 of its World’s Best Airlines 2014 list. In compiling their list, Executive Travel established a number... 

Jumeirah launches new hotel brand ‘Venu’

Published : 1:06 am  September 19, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  464 views  |  

Jumeirah has revealed plans to launch a new hotel brand ‘Venu’ and has appointed Matt Balcik as Vice President Operations, Brand Development. Matt is charged with leading preparations for the roll-out of Venu internationally. A Turkish/American national, Matt Balcik has 18 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in Turkey, Washington DC, Sydney, Aruba, US Virgin Islands, New Orleans and Newport Beach, California. His most recent position was as General Manager of the W Hotel in Istanbul. Prior to that, he held a number of senior roles working for well-known hotel brands such as Marriott and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, including General Manager of the Westin Virgin... 

The Galadari Hotel welcomes Japanese MP Antonio Inoki

Published : 12:00 am  September 18, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,025 views  |  

The Galadari Hotel General Manager Sampath Siriwardena and staff members warmly welcomed the Japanese Member of Parliament Antonio Inoki who is also a Japanese professional wrestling promoter, retired professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, to their hotel. The hotel also welcomed the Deputy Chief Priest of the Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka and the Lankaji Temple Japan Ven. Henegedara Seelabhadra whose presence was initiated to attend the events organised to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Anagarika Dharmapala.  Read More →

Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs at Taj Samudra

Published : 12:00 am  September 18, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  832 views  |  

Taj Samudra Colombo Area Director and General Manager Rohit Khosla warmly welcomed Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo recently. Ambassador of Spain to Sri Lanka (resident in Delhi) Gustava de Aristegue and Honorary Consul of Spain in Sri Lanka Priya Jayawardena were also present on his arrival at the hotel. While strengthening diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka, Spain is also particularly interested in enhancing economic relations between the two countries, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation José Manuel Garcia-Margallo commented during his stay in Sri Lanka.  Read More →

Rainforest Ecolodge opens much awaited Interpretation Centre

Published : 12:00 am  September 18, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  514 views  |  

This is Sri Lanka’s first nature-based hotel to commission a dedicated Interpretation Centre. The Interpretation Centre has been established as a knowledge hub designed to emulate the rainforest ecosystem, as a preliminary step in exposing visitors to the real conditions of the rainforest. It provides visitors with an opportunity to understand the basic components of the complex environment they will soon venture in to. Visitors to Rainforest Ecolodge can now indulge in a mini experience of the forest by walking through a forest system that highlights a few important species of flora and fauna. The unique design of the Interpretation Centre recognises that humans cannot replicate the magnificence... 

Mihin Lanka hosts commercial conference, felicitates agents

Published : 12:00 am  September 18, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  242 views  |  

Mihin Lanka recently hosted a Commercial Conference and an evening of cocktails for agents at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo. Both events were graced by Mihin Lanka Chairman Nishantha Ranatunga and the senior management team. The Commercial Conference saw the participation of all overseas GSA, Country Managers of Mihin Lanka and the Commercial and Sales teams of Mihin Lanka in Colombo. The agents’ cocktail commenced with a briefing by the Chairman on the future plans of the airline and a raffle draw followed where three lucky agents walked away with air tickets.    Read More →

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