Friday 25th April 2014

Abans claims No.1 Business Partner award at “Dell Power Awards” 2014

Published : 12:06 am  March 18, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  338 views  |  

Abans Ltd walked away with the Platinum Award for Best Performing Business Partner for Consumer Business in Sri Lanka at the first ever Dell Power Awards 2014 held at the Waters Edge recently. Abans received a total of six Dell Power Awards for its unparalleled performance as an integral partner in Dell Sri Lanka’s consumer business category. The Dell Power Awards was organized by Dell Sri Lanka with the objective of recognizing the efforts of Dell’s top partners that enabled the brand to occupy a top position in the country. Cementing a successful partnership, Abans was recognized as the Best Distributor and the Best Large Format Retailer in the consumer segment. This partnership is recognized... 


Emirates to connect Oslo to its global network

Published : 12:01 am  March 18, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  233 views  |  

Emirates, a global enabler of business and trade, will expand its European network with a new daily flight to Oslo, Norway, from 2 September 2014 marking its third Scandinavian gateway. Operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, the daily service will offer three cabin classes with eight seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 310 seats in Economy Class. Emirates’ customers in Norway will enjoy the convenience of a non-stop connection to Dubai, one of the world’s most exciting destinations for business and tourism, and convenient onward flight schedules to reach over 21 passenger destinations in the Far East and Australasia, 15 destinations in West Asia, three destinations in the Indian... 


Jetwing Thalahena Villas: A seaside getaway

Published : 12:01 am  March 18, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  190 views  |  

Adding to their collection of luxury villas around the island of Sri Lanka, Jetwing Hotels now unveils Jetwing Thalahena Villas – a set of eight villas located in the favoured tourist destination of Negombo. Featuring unparalleled access to the beach and ocean, each villa features three bedrooms, a living and dining area, and a private swimming pool. With the first of the eight villas already open, Jetwing aims to cater to families, couples, and groups of friends. Designed and constructed according to the great Geoffrey Bawa’s ideals of open spaces, expansive courtyards and spacious areas provide that important personal touch – one of homely hospitality and charm. The rooms, as befitting... 


Prestigious FIGO to be staged in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:01 am  March 18, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  192 views  |  

Sri Lanka Convention Bureau SLCB announces the staging of International Conference on Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FIGO)  in November this year which is the biggest conference to be held in this year after Hydro Asia which concluded recently. FIGO will bring over 1,000 medical professionals into the country, including world renowned researchers, academicians and speakers. “Sri Lanka has now gained the reputation to be a venue for high profile conferences and we also have other medical international conferences lined up for this year including the 14th  Congress of the Asian Association of Endocrine Surgeons,” says General Manager of the Bureau Vipula Wanigasekera. “We are thankful to the... 


Dutch Bay Resorts wins AREA 2014 for ‘Investment in People’

Published : 12:01 am  March 18, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  358 views  |  

Adding yet another feather to its cap, Dutch Bay Resorts Kalpitiya earlier this month brought home the award for ‘Investment in People’ by Enterprise Asia (www.enterpriseasia.org) at the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2014 (AREA 2014) South Asia. Held at JW Marriot New Delhi Aero city, the awards was presented in recognition of the resort’s outstanding and exemplary achievements in social and responsible entrepreneurship. Located in what is known as the largest tourism development project – the Kalpitiya Tourism Promotion Zone – Dutch Bay Resorts was the first to start operations, laying its foundation stone in 2009. For the award, in keeping with the required formalities,... 


Japanese airline’s new micro-mini uniform draws flak from cabin crew

Published : 12:01 am  March 18, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  300 views  |  

Skymark Airlines Inc. introduced a new uniform for cabin attendants on its new flight, which has drawn flak among workers and netizens for its short length. According to a report on Japan Times, the budget carrier announced last December that it would fly 10 Airbus A330-300s for the first time starting this spring. To promote the new flights, the company also unveiled a new miniskirt uniform for attendants who will be working on the plane. However, the Japan Federation of Cabin Attendants, which is part of the Japan Federation of Aviation Worker’s Union, have criticised the uniform. Not only did they call the uniform inappropriate for employees — who have to stretch high up and kneel... 


Sri Lanka Tourism in full show at ITB Germany 2014

Published : 12:00 am  March 17, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  2 Comments  |  467 views  |  

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau participated for the 48th edition of the world’s largest travel trade show, the International Travel Brochure (ITB) 2014 at Messe Berlin fairground from 3 to 9 March 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Representing Sri Lanka, 120 representatives from the top 60 travel and tourism agencies and hotel sector took part in this event, making this event to be the one with the largest number of participants ever from Sri Lanka. At the ITB 2014 travel trade show 10,147 tourism companies from 189 countries represented in a display area covering 160,000 square meters. The Sri Lanka delegation to Berlin is led by the Director General of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority... 


The OZO experience

Published : 12:00 am  March 17, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  423 views  |  

With plans underway to open the first OZO property in Sri Lanka in May, OZO Regional General Manager Damian Ball is upbeat about OZO’s future in the country. Asserting that Sri Lanka’s potential in tourism is massive, Ball cites the strategic placement of OZO’s three properties here – in Colombo, Kandy and Galle – stating there’s room not only in Sri Lanka but also across the world for the OZO brand, a mid-market brand in line with the Sri Lankan four-star standard. From paperless check-in to doing things digitally and in an environmentally- friendly manner, OZO is focused on giving guests a quicker, easier and greener experience, combined with fun. Key pillars are sleep, nutritious... 


Round the clock service from SriLankan’s FlySmiLes at BIA

Published : 6:13 am  March 14, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  2 Comments  |  715 views  |  

SriLankan Airlines’, Frequent Flyer Programme, FlySmiLes, opened its exclusive service counter at the Departure Terminal of Bandaranaike International Airport on Wednesday. The counter, open 24 hours, will be facilitating and assisting FlySmiLes’ top-tier members to enjoy pre-departure benefits granted by SriLankan Airlines to its frequent flyers. Chairman Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka,) Prasanna Wickramasuriya and Chairman SriLankan Airlines,  Nishantha Wickremasinghe, ceremoniously opened the counter. SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier for Sri Lanka, is an award-winning airline with a firm reputation as a global leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability, and punctuality.... 


Classic Travel appointed GSA Sri Lanka for India’s leading OTA MakeMyTrip.com

Published : 6:13 am  March 14, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  285 views  |  

Leading travel solutions provider Classic Travel, a subsidiary of Expolanka Holdings was appointed as the General Sales Agent of MakeMyTrip.com for Sri Lanka. With this tie-up, MakeMyTrip’s complete range of value-based international holiday travel products will now be available exclusively through GSA in Sri Lanka. The products and services on offer through this partnership include online air-ticketing and international hotel and holidays, with instant confirmation and payment, competitive pricing and access to retail outlets – backed by MakeMyTrip and GSA’s domain expertise in this sector. MakeMyTrip is the largest online travel company and the largest e-commerce business in India. Commenting... 


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