CHC launches Polonnaruwa Resort Collection: Lake House and Lake Hotel

Published : 12:26 am  July 17, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  272 views  |  

In 1954 the Queen of England Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip chose the Old Polonnaruwa Rest House as their holiday destination. Rebranded The Lake House, this deluxe boutique hotel is surrounded by many historical sites from the second great Sinhala kingdom Polonnaruwa, and overlooks the magnificent Sea of Parakrama. The Lake House is managed by Ceylon Hotels Corporation and was recently restored to portray the inherent characteristics of the Resort Collection, a tribute to all things traditional, with a modern feel to it. Ceylon Hotels Corporation (CHC) operates a collection of resort, deluxe heritage hotels and rest houses in excellent locations throughout the island. Four in the resort collection... 


SriLankan joins oneworld carriers at Terminal-3, London Heathrow Airport

Published : 12:00 am  July 16, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  1 Comment  |  1,089 views  |  

SriLankan Airlines, the newest member of the oneworld alliance, in view of providing convenient and hassle-free travel to passengers across the alliance will be operating from London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal-3, which is to become home to many oneworld carriers by 2016. On 16 July, the national carrier will join the oneworld members, American Airlines, US Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Quantas and Royal Jordanian that are currently operating from the Terminal.  Accordingly, UL 503 on 16 July will be the first SriLankan flight to arrive at Terminal-3. With this move, SriLankan Airlines’ passengers who wish to acquire oneworld products and services will enjoy a greater... 


Ramada Colombo soon to unveil dazzling new lobby

Published : 12:00 am  July 16, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  332 views  |  

Ramada Colombo is embarking on a dazzling renovation of its lobby as yet another phase of its complete product overhaul with a total investment outlay of Rs. 900 million. As with the renovated rooms launched in November last year, the concept and design of the lobby will epitomise smart-luxury and excite the new age traveller for whom business and leisure converge. A member of the Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest and most diverse hotel chain with over 7,500 properties worldwide, Ramada Colombo is geared to take on the changing landscape of tourism in the island. Before long, guests walk into a vivid lobby with a wall of glass that opens out to the main road, offering a splendid view... 


The mystique of The Albatross

Published : 12:00 am  July 16, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  172 views  |  

The Albatross boutique resort has been developed by its owners, the Ranfer Group, to provide a high-end five-star service unit but amidst a leisurely and casual family atmosphere.  The tranquillity of the Resort remains unparallel and provides a perfect getaway for the discerning holiday maker. An important area of infra-structure development undertaken by the Government provides much better access to the Resort. This is following the domestic airport that is currently under construction located one km away from the Victoria Golf Complex. In addition there are regular commercial flights of amphibian aircraft using the Victoria water ways adjacent to the complex for passenger transportation. The... 


Cathay Pacific promotes early bird best fares to San Francisco, Los Angeles

Published : 12:00 am  July 16, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  187 views  |  

Cathay Pacific Airways introduced an early bird fare to all travellers who are planning to visit San Francisco and Los Angeles from September till the year end. Travellers can book their tickets well in advance from 15 July 2014 till 31 August 2014 and commence travel during September till 31 December 2014. Cathay Pacific Airways Sales and Marketing Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives Vishnu Rajendran said, “We are happy to introduce our special ‘Early Bird Promotion’ in Economy class, offering an opportunity for passengers to plan their travel well in advance, thereby taking advantage of our exciting fares. We offer convenient connections to both San Francisco and Los Angeles via our hub... 


TripAdvisor adds offline functionality to smartphone app

Published : 12:00 am  July 16, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  176 views  |  

TripAdvisor has added a new offline feature to its smartphone app, which allows travellers to download TripAdvisor reviews, photos and city maps before they go and then access this information on their trip, even when no data connection is available. At the launch, the feature includes more than 300 city maps worldwide, with more to follow. “The new offline feature for TripAdvisor’s smartphone app makes it an even more valuable ‘must have’ tool during your trip,” said Adam Medros, senior vice president of global product, TripAdvisor. “More and more travellers are making spur-of-the-moment decisions about where to go and what to do and need a useful travel resource. Travellers can... 


Dubai says launching project to build world’s biggest mall

Published : 12:03 am  July 15, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  297 views  |  

Reuters: Dubai is launching a project to build an entertainment and hotel district that will include the world’s largest shopping mall, the emirate’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, said last week. Plans for the “Mall of the World” project were originally revealed 18 months ago, helping to trigger a strong rally in Dubai’s real estate and stock markets. Saturday’s announcement appeared to indicate that substantial work on the project would now begin, though the statement did not say when construction would be completed, how much it would cost or how it would be financed. “The project will be built in phases in alignment with the gradual growth of family tourism in... 


Heaven on Trees

Published : 12:03 am  July 15, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  1 Comment  |  229 views  |  

From the creators of one of the world’s most captivating getaways comes yet another attraction promising to keep up with Kumbuk River’s penchant for stunning artistry. Tree Luxuria, the new architectural masterpiece defies gravity with a two-deck luxurious abode with the lower deck capturing the essences of a 5-star hotel room with a glass wall that offers stunning vistas of a river running below on the buffer zone of the Yala National Park. The latest attraction at the internationally-acclaimed eco resort opens the door to more people who want to be at one with nature but not having to give up on luxurious amenities. The elegantly designed Cabin is air-conditioned and includes probably the... 


The social voice: Visit Sri Lanka, stay Jetwing

Published : 12:02 am  July 15, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  360 views  |  

From Forbes to the Guardian, and from Harvard Business Review to Business Insider the impact of one subject remains constant – the influence and power of bloggers toward any business or entity. In keeping with their vision of marketing Sri Lanka as a destination through the emerging world of social media, Jetwing has to date sponsored and accommodated close to fifty top travel bloggers from over twenty countries over the past few years. Described as the country’s leading hospitality brand, Jetwing has been the subject for much attention through internationally and locally renowned publications such as Tuk Tuk Thosai (“I cannot put into words just how beautiful and soothing this place is!”... 


UK adds Lamu to anti-Kenya travel advisory

Published : 12:01 am  July 15, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  258 views  |  

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office added to the severity of anti-travel advisories for British visitors to Kenya by adding a UNESCO World Heritage site. eturbonews.com reported that reacting to recent attacks in the wider Lamu county which resulted in dozens of deaths, UK has now included Lamu itself to areas now declared as off limits. Lamu is the location for a new harbor and launch point for the new LAPSSET links by road, rail, and pipeline to South Sudan and Ethiopia, is connected with daily flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to allow tourists easy access to the remote town where visitors regularly feel like stepping back in time. Truth told, those attacks exposed Kenya as a... 


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