Thursday with saxophonist Jim Glasson at Curve

Published : 2:04 am  September 17, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  532 views  |  

Curve-Tapas, Bar, Music, at Park Street Mews features an excellent selection of entertainment for all. Thursdays comes alive with top end entertainment with Jim Glasson – saxophonist with the very popular smooth grooves of Jazz Projekt, with Dilukshi, Ray and Chris, along with the live entertainment during the week from Wednesday to Saturday. Jim is no stranger to the local entertainment and jazz scene and returning after a four month stint in London, performing at famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club and other venues, now performs at Curve Bar on Thursdays. He brings his smooth sounds and exceptional repertoire on sax to Curve Bar, from 10 p.m. onwards. Originally from Melbourne and working as... 


Taprobana, Wadduwa by Asia Leisure opens

Published : 1:59 am  September 17, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  905 views  |  

Taprobana Wadduwa opens its doors with the promise of a truly fresh experience for a new breed of indulgent travellers. A fully owned subsidiary of Asia Capital PLC, Asia Leisure’s current accelerated thrust on expansion makes this the second hotel to launch within a space of nine months, and brings the total number of hotels owned by the group to four. Taprobana Wadduwa is a 27 key property with an investment outlay of $ 7 million and is a joint venture with Japan Capital Ltd. This property further strengthens the group’s footprint on the south coast. Asia Leisure’s focus on creating intimate properties that provide deeply engaging experiences for guests is once again at the core of Taprobana,... 


Sri Lanka takes centre stage at Miss Universe China 2014 finale

Published : 1:47 am  September 17, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,070 views  |  

Highest level of publicity generated for country from a single international event, states Consulate General for Sri Lanka in Shanghai Sri Lankan hospitality, culture and our national treasures were the highlights at the recently-concluded finale of Miss Universe China 2014, as a result of the efforts of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts and national carrier SriLankan Airlines. Following the successful completion of the Miss Universe China pre-pageant tour which took place in Sri Lanka in August, which already created a mammoth value of publicity for the country as a destination, both Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts and SriLankan Airlines represented Sri Lanka and made great efforts to highlight... 


German travel agents on fam tour

Published : 12:01 am  September 16, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  350 views  |  

A group of travel agents from Germany arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday, 11 September, for a familiarisation tour organised by FTI Touristik AG and will be touring the country for six days. They will be visiting the cultural triangle, Kandy and the south coast during their stay. The group was met at the airport by the staff of Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka (DTSL) who will assist with the ground handling and logistics during the tour  Read More →


China’s contribution to develop Sri Lanka’s aviation sector

Published : 12:01 am  September 16, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  532 views  |  

The ‘Mahinda Chinthana – Vision for the future’, the manifesto of President Mahinda Rajapaksa envisioned for the first time that Sri Lanka shall attain hub status in five key areas namely commerce, energy, maritime, aviation and knowledge. Spurred by this vision, Sri Lanka has embarked on development of unprecedented proportions and today we are at an important point in history attracting the attention of the world as the emerging wonder of Asia. The People’s Republic of China and its people have always been an integral part of Sri Lanka’s development. The government of China has been a consistent provider of developmental aid to Sri Lanka from the beginning of the post independent... 


Qatar Airways to launch Boeing 787-8 flights to Cape Town

Published : 12:01 am  September 16, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  459 views  |  

Qatar Airways on 3 November 2014 will launch a new non-stop five-times-weekly service between Doha and Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town, which is currently served three-times-a-week via Johannesburg, is one of the airline’s most popular African destinations. The route will be operated by Qatar Airways’ state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft which features 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class, with the latest interactive inflight entertainment system featuring over 1000 options available in all cabin classes. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are very pleased that we are now able to offer our passengers a dedicated non-stop... 


THASL to recognise Green Hotels

Published : 12:01 am  September 16, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  254 views  |  

The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) is calling applications from Sri Lankan hotels to compete in the annual Green Hotels competition, organised by the association to recognise the sustainability practices adopted by those hotel firms. This will be a continuation of a very successful Greening Hotel award scheme initiated by the EU sponsored Greening Sri Lanka Hotels program. The competition, which will be open to all large, medium and small hotels (members and non-members of THASL), will reward hotels that have shown commitment to sustainable business practices, covering a broad spectrum of activities. The hotel firms that have implemented best sustainable practices in energy, water and... 


EDB starts first-ever medical tourism push

Published : 12:00 am  September 15, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  426 views  |  

Lanka’s top private hospitals join new drive Huge forex potential: EDB DG Sujatha Weerakoon Great initiative: Private healthcare industry 2013 service exports at $ 2.9 b, up by 7.5% As service exports edged towards $ 3 b, Sri Lanka’s apex export body EDB stepped up its efforts to open a new forex source on 11 September. The 2015-’20 National Masterplan Initiative on Medical Tourism has taken off, spearheaded by the EDB. “Professional service exports present a tremendous opportunity and can speed up the Government’s ‘$ 20 b exports by 2020’ goal. Medical tourism is one of the most promising sub-sectors in this. We are ready to work with any and all stakeholders to get this off... 


Thambiayah’s tonic to take tourism to unparalleled heights

Published : 12:00 am  September 15, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  281 views  |  

Renuka City Hotels Chief says Govt. deserves to be applauded on a job well done thus far but lists key challenges and necessary  action going forward nWelcomes 52 new hotels coming up in the country of which 16 in Colombo; commends Govt. measures so far nCalls for effective measures to boost activities and attractions to ensure steady increase in tourists to match supply ; warns failure will lead to suffering by all stakeholders nRecommends continuity of minimum rates and standards and for hotels to compete service and facilities nUrges the need for suitably trained staff with the correct mind set, skills and linguistic abilities to communicate Veteran hotelier and respected business leader... 


Hotel Asia 2014 a resounding success

Published : 1:35 am  September 12, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  570 views  |  

The highly-anticipated Hotel Asia 2014 Exhibition and International Culinary Challenge came to a close in Malé on Wednesday. Held over three days, the event featured 130+ stalls and participation of 35 Sri Lankan companies, while recording visitor footfall of over 3,500 buyers. The largest annual food and hospitality event in the Maldives, it was inaugurated by Chief Guest Republic of Maldives Vice President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed and was held from 8 to 10 September. A key attraction of Hotel Asia 2014 was the International Culinary Challenge, held from 7 to 10 September, which drew 498 chefs competing in many categories, judged by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). Success story The... 


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