Travel / Tourism

Qatar Airways to launch flights to Dublin, Ireland

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:01

Qatar Airways has unveiled plans to launch daily non-stop B787 flights between Doha and Dublin, Ireland on 12 June 2017. Situated on Ire...


Fort Lauderdale an exciting new destination says Emirates

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:01

Fort Lauderdale in South Florida becomes Emirates’ 11th destination in the USA on 15 December. The airline’s office is Colombo is excit...


Lanka Hospitals 1st in SL to receive medical tourism accreditation from USA

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:01

By Fathima Riznaz Hafi Adding to its host of accolades, Lanka Hospitals has received international medical tourism accreditation from US...


Sri Lanka woos more Polish tourists

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:01

Sri Lanka Tourism, in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Embassy in Poland, arranged industry stakeholder’s participation at the TT Warsaw tr...


Night of thanks at Colombo Courtyard

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:01

Colombo Courtyard has had yet another successful year as one of the top boutique hotels in Sri Lanka. With a focus on premium customer se...


Mövenpick’s first hotel in Indonesia to open 12 January

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:01

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran, Bali will start welcoming guests on 12 January 2017. The new-build hotel is an 100-metre stroll to Jimb...


First Sri Lankan tourism management accreditation unveiled

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:01

Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen and C...


BMICH unveils ‘The Terrace’

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:01

BMICH has added another exciting outdoor venue to its portfolio with the launch of ‘The Terrace.’  The launch coincided...


Incentive travel gathers momentum at IBTM Barcelona

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:01

The Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB) which is the sole Government body to promote MICE tourism to Sri Lanka took part in the biggest MI...


Sri Lanka Tourism to celebrate success and the season

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:01

With Sri Lanka expected to create history by welcoming two million tourists during 2016 in December, Sri Lanka Tourism is planning two maj...


Cathay Pacific reopens First and Business Class Lounge at London Heathrow’s T3

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

Cathay Pacific will today (7 December) officially reopen its First and Business Class Lounge at London Heathrow’s T3. The lounge, ...


oneworld named world’s best airline alliance twice again

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

oneworld has been named the world’s best airline alliance again in two separate industry award schemes – World Travel Awards and Busine...


Ceylon Sanctuaries relaunches its brand of boutique hotels

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

Ceylon Sanctuaries Ltd. relaunched its prestigious brand of boutique hotels as Sanctuary at Koratota Estate, Vakkya Watta Road, Kaduwela recently&n...


SriLankan Airlines crowned ‘World’s Leading Airline in Indian Ocean Region’

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

SriLankan Airlines was crowned the ‘World’s Leading Airline Operating to the Indian Ocean Region in 2016’ at the prestig...


Oman Air announces 50% off on international flights

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

To celebrate a successful year, Oman Air is offering its passengers 50% off on all international flights. The global sale will run from 4 Decembe...


Ceylon Sanctuary creating unique travel experiences

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

Ceylon Sanctuary is bringing an exclusive retreat-style experience to Sri Lanka with the launch of their boutique hotel properties desig...


Galle Face Hotel appoints new GM

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

As the Galle Face Hotel in Sri Lanka gets set to embark on its 153rd year, the Louis T Collection has appointed Deni A. Dukic, an American national...


Thailand waives tourist visa fee, discounted for all countries

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

From December 2016 to February 2017, Thailand will launch a temporary tourist visa fee exemption scheme and a temporary Visa on Arrival (V...


Etihad Airways wins ‘World’s Leading Airline’ award for 8th consecutive year

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

Etihad Airways Vice President Guest Services Linda Celestino and Manager Marketing Communications Abdulrahman Al-Hadhrami accept the awards for &ls...


Agent FAM Tour of Alpitour Italy

/ Tuesday, 6 December 2016 00:14

Alpitour, a leading tour operator in Italy, together with Aitken Spence Travels Ltd. has organised a FAM Tour to Sri Lanka for leading Ita...


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9 December 2016

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8 December 2016

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