German travel agents tour Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  December 8, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  206 views  |  

A group of leading travel agents and tour operators from Germany, accompanied by Vinod Shreshtra and Reiner Martin of SriLankan Airlines, arrived in Sri Lanka for a familiarisation tour of the island. This tour was organised by SriLankan Airlines’ Frankfurt office. Upon arrival, they were met by CEO D.K.R. Dharmapala and Lanka Spotreizen, Germany, Manager Kamala Bader – Pic by Kumarasiri Prasad, Airport Correspondent      Read More →

Exotic Island re-launched as Bliss Travels

Published : 12:00 am  December 8, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  264 views  |  

By Inshira Shainaz DMS Universal’s travel arm Exotic Island Ltd. was re-launched last week in Colombo as Bliss Travels – Sri Lanka. DMS Universal, the parent company of Bliss Travels, is incorporated and registered in Australia. Its core business is construction and it is engaged in apartment unit development in Melbourne. Its travel alarm Bliss Travel is a wholly-owned subsidiary by DMS Universal of Australia. Bliss Travels CEO Dr. Damian Fernando (second from left) addressing the media as (from left) Bliss Travels Manager Operations Errol Morris, Bliss Travels Sri Lanka Director Madusha Fernando and Bliss Travels Sri Lanka Assistant Manager Neelaka De Mel look on – Pic by Daminda Harsha... 

Cathay Pacific introduces special fares to New York

Published : 12:50 am  December 5, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  417 views  |  

To celebrate the festive season, Cathay Pacific Airways recently introduced super special return fares to New York starting from as low as Rs. 92,406 (all inclusive) in Economy Class, Rs. 310,000 (all inclusive) in Premium Economy Class and Rs. 404,406 (all inclusive) in Business Class. This limited period offer is valid for sale till 31 December 2014 and outbound travel till 31 January 2015. As a result of new non-stop flights from Colombo to the airline’s hub in Hong Kong, passengers will be able to connect seamlessly to New York with minimal transit and reduced flying times. The new direct flights from Colombo will feature the airline’s award-winning Business Cabin with fully flat bed... 

Pilot strike grounds half of long-haul flights at Lufthansa

Published : 12:49 am  December 5, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  332 views  |  

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters): Pilots at Lufthansa started their second strike this week on Thursday, grounding about half of scheduled long-haul flights at the German flagship carrier, in a drawn-out dispute over an early retirement scheme. Pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), representing about 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, is fighting to retain a scheme allowing pilots to retire at age 55 and still receive up to 60% of their pay before regular pension payments start at 65. Lufthansa says it will not accept a demand that new pilots, as well as those already with the company, should be able to retire at 55. It offered VC mediation on Wednesday in hopes of resolving the dispute in time for the busy... 

Chamber of Tourism promotes Sri Lanka in Qatar

Published : 12:49 am  December 5, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  312 views  |  

Chamber of Tourism and Industry Sri Lanka President A.M. Jufer who was on official visit to the State of Qatar last week met several organisations in Qatar and had bilateral discussions on promotion of tourism and investments to Sri Lanka. Jaufer had a cordial meeting with Hamed A. Al Mulk, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Qatar Hospitality who agreed to support the Sri Lanka chamber of tourism to promote outbound tour operations from Qatar to Sri Lanka. He also had a very successful meeting with the Director General of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry where they agreed to recognise Sri Lanka Chamber of Tourism as their co-partner in Sri Lanka on business promotion. Aiming at... 

First Lady of Malaysia at the Taj

Published : 12:48 am  December 5, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  375 views  |  

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Mermaid Hotel & Club wins Travellers’ Choice Award

Published : 12:48 am  December 5, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  340 views  |  

The Mermaid Hotel & Club, Kalutara received the much-acclaimed 2014 Travellers’ Choice Award for the second consecutive year. Recognised with top international brand hotels in Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia and India, Mermaid Hotel & Club is the only Sri Lankan Hotel to receive an award in this category. The Travellers’ Choice Awards are based on millions of genuine reviews and honest opinions from travellers on TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel community with over 190 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. Competing against large international chain hotels such as Club Med, Centara and Banyan... 

oneworld is Global Traveler’s Best Airline Alliance – five years in a row

Published : 12:47 am  December 5, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  329 views  |  

oneworld has been named the Best Airline Alliance in Global Traveler magazine’s 2014 GT Tested Reader Survey – for the fifth year in a row. Global Traveler describes its GT Tested awards as “the Super Bowl of travel” with “oneworld the quarterback of the team, shining as Best Airline Alliance for the fifth year in a row.  Its team members are definitely an elite squad”. Retaining this honour means that oneworld continues to hold an unprecedented six of the eight leading international “best airline alliance” awards, as also: Skytrax’s World’s Best Airline Alliance 2014 for the second year running. Business Traveller’s 2014 Best Airline Alliance for the second year running. World... 

Asia Pacific Hospitality Award for Colombo Courtyard

Published : 12:00 am  December 4, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  1 Comment  |  464 views  |  

Competing amongst the best hotels and hospitality related companies from more than 50 countries across the world this year’s winner is Colombo Courtyard who has won two 5-star awards in the categories of Small Hotel and Spa Hotel for Sri Lanka in the Asia Pacific region Hotel Awards for 2014. This award is sponsored by the leaders in industry and Rolls-Royce motor car. Winners of the International Hotel Awards initially have to prove they are the best nationally before competing against other top scoring hotels from across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Americas, Arabia, Africa and the UK. Joining this highly competitive field for the first time this year are Peru and the Bahamas. Colombo Courtyard Following... 

SriLankan Airlines seals new codeshare deal with JAL

Published : 12:00 am  December 4, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  209 views  |  

National carrier SriLankan Airlines further consolidating its presence in the Far East commenced a new codeshare partnership with Japan Airlines (JAL) effective 2 December, adding to a series of codeshares with leading international carriers. This new codeshare agreement with JAL will make it the sixth codeshare to be entered into with a member airline of the oneworld alliance, complementing previously concluded codeshares with Malaysia Airlines, Siberia Airlines (S7), Royal Jordanian, Finnair and Qantas. Affording customers even more seamless travel options, SriLankan will connect to the cities of Osaka and Nagoya in Japan via its four weekly frequencies between Colombo and Tokyo (Narita),... 

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