Unawatuna Beach: A call for action

Published : 12:00 am  February 19, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  289 views  |  

Unawatuna Beach, renowned for its natural beauty and safe swimming all year round     Before     By Paloma Scott from Unawatuna A year ago the two kilometre swim to the island reef, directly south from the base of the horse-shoe shaped bay, was through deep water. I swim every day, weather permitting. The azure blue water of the Indian Ocean, sometimes cloudy from the churn of the current, reveals the true extent of the effect of the man-made breakwater. Running long, wide and deep down to the ocean floor, across the western side of the mouth of the bay, its existence has altered the ebb and flow of the sea that washes around the bay. Now I can clearly see the ocean floor... 

Malaysian Airlines promotes special tours to Sepang F1 Grand Prix

Published : 12:00 am  February 19, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  179 views  |  

Malaysian Airlines is promoting special tour packages to the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix in Sepang from 27 to 29 March among Sri Lankans. The four-day tour package includes return air ticket to Kuala Lumpur; total applicable taxes; 3 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast; return airport transfers and return Sepang circuit transfers and F1 Grand stand entrance tickets. Rates start from Rs. 57,300 (at three-star Star Point Hotel), Rs. 63,700 (at four-star Swiss Garden) and Rs. 68,800 (at five-star Renaissance). For details contact Princy 0777342655, Farhana 0112342291 at Malaysian Airlines Sri Lanka Office, as well as Colombo 0112342291, Kandy 0814475703 and Matara 0414641040.  Read More →

Sri Lanka Tourism wins Best Stall at top travel show in India

Published : 12:00 am  February 16, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  539 views  |  

  At the eve of President Maithripala Sirisena’s historic visit to India where he is scheduled to meet Indian premier Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka Tourism was at the biggest travel trade show in India – OTM Mumbai. Sri Lanka Tourism showcasing the treasures of Sri Lanka in one island was awarded the coveted ‘Best Stall’ which was staged at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai. This was one such initiative in the Indian market to achieve the targeted visitors of 335,000 that we are pushing to achieve in 2015 together with the private sector, said Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Chairman Rohantha Athukorala. The Counsellor General for Sri Lanka in Mumbai Saroja Sirisena... 

Singapore Airlines to reduce fuel surcharges

Published : 12:00 am  February 16, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  375 views  |  

Singapore Airlines will reduce its fuel surcharges for tickets issued on or after 26 February. The new fuel surcharge levels, which represent a decrease of between $ 5 and $ 83 per sector, depending on the distance and class of travel, will apply to Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights. Fuel prices have declined in recent months, although jet fuel continues to account for a significant percentage of SIA Group expenditure. Singapore Airlines currently operates services to 60 destinations in 33 countries while SilkAir operates more than 350 weekly flights to 48 destinations in 12 countries.  Read More →

Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort & Spa CNN 2015’s hottest property

Published : 12:00 am  February 16, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  1 Comment  |  595 views  |  

  The world leader in news and information delivery – CNN has placed Anantara Tangalle on their list of ‘11 hotels opening in 2015 we can’t wait to check into’. The list, which is part of CNN’s Quest’s Passport to 2015 – which acts as a guide to the year’s most anticipated cruises, destinations and events; gives Anantara Tangalle sixth place in its top 11 hotels listing, among properties from all over the world including the Four Seasons in Seoul, Lizard Island in Australia and the Lofoten Opera Hotel in Norway. Speaking about the achievement Serendib Leisure Management Ltd Managing Director Ranil De Silva says, “Naturally we are honoured to have been listed among so many... 

Minor Hotel Group partners DRH to open Anantara Resort in Malaysia

Published : 12:00 am  February 16, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  269 views  |  

Minor Hotel Group, a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of over 120 hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, has entered into a collaboration agreement with Destination Resorts & Hotels (DRH) to develop an Anantara resort in Malaysia. Under the collaboration agreement, both parties will identify a suitable location to co-develop a luxury resort and residences under the Anantara brand. Established in 2010 by the Malaysian Government’s investment arm, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, DRH is mandated to transform Malaysia’s tourism landscape, by delivering commercially sustainable resort... 

The Kingsbury receives Award of Excellence at Booking.com Guest Review Awards

Published : 12:00 am  February 13, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  747 views  |  

    The Kingsbury Hotel Colombo has been recognised as a top-performing hotel based on guest reviews on Booking.com, the world leader in online accommodation booking. The Award of Excellence is given out by Booking.com to properties on an annual basis in honour of their achievements over the past year as measured by their overall guest review score. Booking.com partners must have an average review score of eight or higher, based on at least 10 guest reviews as of 11:59 p.m. on 31 December 2014 (CET) to receive an award. The Kingsbury has achieved an overall review score of 8.4 on Booking.com for 2014, with thousands of reviews by guests from around the world, who have consistently... 

Travellers’ Choice award for Best Western in Colombo

Published : 12:00 am  February 13, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  519 views  |  

  Best Western Elyon Colombo has been awarded a highly coveted recognition in the hospitality industry – a TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award and identified as one of the best value hotels in Sri Lanka – less than a year after it opened its doors! Reviewing the resort, TripAdvisor users described the Best Western Elyon Colombo as a ‘great hotel’, ‘value for money’ and ‘perfect for a business stay’. The hotel’s rooftop bar was described by more than one guest as ‘stunning’. The hotel offers tasteful rooms that are the largest in its category, exquisite bedding and pillow options, all-day restaurant with buffet and Al la carte options, gymnasium, full service staff... 

Bringing China closer to Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  February 13, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  427 views  |  

Air China, the flag carrier and one of the People’s Republic of China’s major airlines, on Tuesday began direct flights from Chengdu to Colombo. Jetwing Air, part of the Jetwing family, acts as the airline’s General Sales Agent (GSA) and will overlook reservations within Sri Lanka. The inaugural flight was welcomed by Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, Chinese Ambassador Wu Jianghao, Jetwing Chairman Hiran Cooray, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Rohantha Athukorala and other officials - Pix by Deepa Adikari  Read More →

Air Arabia adds 101st destination to routes

Published : 12:00 am  February 13, 2015  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  396 views  |  

    Air Arabia, a Sharjah-based low-cost carrier, has announced that its inaugural flight has landed in Urumqi, China, marking the carrier’s 101st global destination. The airline flies thrice weekly to Urumqi from its main hub in Sharjah in the UAE. Located in the Xinjiang district of China, Urumqi is a modern industrial city in a region with a population of over 20 million people and is considered the region’s major transportation hub. It has been described as the gateway to the vast region of Xinjiang, which offers some of the best bazaars, hiking, outdoor sports and natural beauty in the country as well as being the location of large oil and natural gas reserves. The city is... 

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