Travel / Tourism

Singapore’s PM launches VisitASEAN@50 campaign

/ Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

The flowering of tourism in Southeast Asia: Prime Minister Lee (centre), ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh (at centre table right) and...


UNWTO and JICA to promote sustainable tourism

/ Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation aimed at provi...


Cathay Pacific to cut jobs as part of review

/ Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

  SYDNEY (Reuters): Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways will cut jobs and consider shifting some flights to...


Turkish Airlines plans flights to Ukrainian city

/ Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

Turkish Airlines, the national carrier, is set to launch flights to Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, starting from 30 March. With thi...


Foreign tourists feed a tame elephant looked after by a Sri Lankan mahout in Colombo

/ Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

  Foreign tourists feed a tame elephant looked after by a Sri Lankan mahout in Colombo on January 18, 2017. Tourists have flo...


Top tourism professional to promote Sri Lanka in Europe

/ Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:00

A veteran hospitality and tourism industry professional has been appointed as honorary consultant to the Ministry of Tourism Development with speci...


Hemas Aviation appointed as GSA for EVA Air

/ Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:00

EVA Air, the award winning airline based in Taiwan, has awarded Hemas Aviation as the General Sales Agent (GSA) for Passenger and Cargo representat...


Tick off 2017 travel goals at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa

/ Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:00

Guests of Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa can take the opportunity to fulfil their travel goals for 2017 through a series of adventu...


Turkish Airlines plans flights to Ukrainian city

/ Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:00

Turkish Airlines, the national carrier, is set to launch flights to Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, starting from 30 March. With thi...


Australia on the defensive offers hope of new MH370 hunt

/ Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:00

Wang Yulian, whose daughter was among passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which went missing in 2014, is comforted by others as relat...


Uganda speeds visa issuance and strengthens border security with Gemalto Visa Management System

/ Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:00

​Amsterdam: Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is supplying Uganda’s Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) ...


Emirates to launch daily flights to Croatia in June

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

Emirates has announced it will further expand its European network with the introduction of a daily flight from Dubai to Zagreb (ZAG), the capital ...


S&T successfully completes fit-out of Mövenpick Hotel, Colombo

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

  Proud to partner with Sri Lanka’s first 5-star hotel in 25 years S&T Interiors announced that it has succes...


Eden Resort & Spa continues its winning streak at National Business Excellence Awards 2016

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

From left: Browns Hotels & Resorts Group General Manager Eksath Wijeratne, Bank of Ceylon Deputy General Manager, Sales & Channel Managemen...


SLAITO revives Sancharaka Udawa Tourism Product Trade Fair

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) yesterday announced the annual Sancharaka Udawa Tourism Product Trade Fair, w...


EDB and MTQUA merge minds in drive towards medical tourism

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

Synergy of Western  and indigenous medicine suggested as edge over the rest By Fathima Riznaz Hafi Export Development Board (EDB) ...


Qatar Airways confirms ambitions for France in 2017

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

At the official opening of the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge are Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker (right) and Qatar Civil Aviation...


oneworld is best alliance for on-time flights for fourth year running

/ Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

  oneworld is the best alliance for on-time flights, according to FlightStats, Inc., the leading airline industry data servic...


Thailand to see 34-35 m foreign visitors in 2017

/ Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

Bangkok (Reuters): Tropical Thailand will see 34 million to 35 million foreign visitors in 2017, the country’s tourism authority said on Wedn...


MHG signs Anantara Resort in Zanzibar

/ Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

Thailand-based Minor Hotels Group has signed an Anantara resort in Zanzibar. Scheduled to open in 2020 as part of the Zanzibar Amber Resort mixed...


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Steamrolling of Central Bank by Minister of Finance: An unsavoury development?

23 January 2017

An unsavoury rift between the Central Bank and Minister of Finance A growing rift between Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and the senior management of the Central Bank is surfacing now, worrying both financial markets and prospective fo...


Sustainability: How that translates to agriculture

23 January 2017

Once cultivated, traditional paddy that is grown organically will establish its own markets based on the consumer demand   For the longest time the word “sustainable agriculture” was a catch phrase only. I...


Yahapalanaya lapses – Is Mahinda the option for Muslims?

21 January 2017

Former Minister, Speaker and Premadasa/Rajapaksa loyalist and National List nominee Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer along with a few other Muslim Mahinda diehards claim that Yahapalanaya under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil W...


First Sinhala talkie ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ was released 70 years ago

21 January 2017

History was made 70 years ago when the film ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ (Broken Promise) premiered at the Kingsley Theatre in Colombo on 21 January 1947. The Chief Guest was D.S. Senanayake, Minister of Agriculture and Lands under the State C...


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