Travel / Tourism

PATA honours industry shapers at PATA Annual Summit 2017

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) last week presented a series of awards in recognition of contributions made to the responsible developme...


Star Alliance celebrates 20 years; launches Mileage Millionaire competition

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

As part of its customer interaction for its 20th anniversary, Star Alliance will be running a global competition, inspired by the theme of ‘C...


Jet Airways to introduce third non-stop Mumbai-London Heathrow daily flight

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

  New move to offer expanded connectivity choice and greater convenience to guests travelling from its network destinati...


608,581 hotel rooms in 2,753 projects under contract in Asia Pacific

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

According to STR’s April 2017 Pipeline Report, there are 608,581 rooms in 2,753 hotel projects Under Contract in the Asia Pacific region. T...


Philippines to host 6th UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

Policy leaders, statisticians, academics and the private sector will all convene in Manila, Philippines next month to discuss new methodologies tha...


Turkish Airlines introducing one-way special fares for Sri Lankans

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

Europe’s best airline has launched ‘One-Way Special Fares’, targeting passengers travelling from Colombo to many destinations acr...


SITA Lab unveils intelligent check-in kiosk ‘Kate’

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

SITA Lab has unveiled Kate, an intelligent check-in kiosk that will autonomously move to busy or congested areas in the airport as needed, promisin...


20/20 offers and gifts in celebration of 20 years at Jetwing Lighthouse

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

In a time where tourism saw a fall in the country, late Chairman Herbert Cooray took a bold step by opening Jetwing Lighthouse in Galle in 1997. Wh...


Amadeus launches Destination Insight for DMOs

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

A new product suite from Amadeus’ Travel Intelligence division, Destination Insight, aims to put Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) i...


Philippines to host 6th UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

Policy leaders, statisticians, academics and the private sector will all convene in Manila, Philippines next month to discuss new methodologies tha...


Emirates returns with signature Iftar service for Ramadan

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

Emirates’ signature Iftar service for customers during Ramadan is expected to commence on 27 May to coincide with the start of the holy month...


Galle Face Hotel to host Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

South Asia’s leading Grande Dame, the Galle Face Hotel is one of Colombo’s most iconic institutions. For over 150 years, the landmark h...


PATA Youth Symposium explores Millennials and the future of tourism

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:10

The PATA Youth Symposium held on Thursday, May 18, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, welcomed 130 students, alumni and lecturers from various institutions fro...


Maldives ready for first Hotelier Summit in July

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

Maldives’ first Hotelier Summit will be hosted on 12 July from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dharubaaruge. The summit, which is a major component of ...


Iran Air takes delivery of four ATR 72-600s

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

Iran Air has taken delivery of its first four ATR 72-600s as part of the deal for 20 ATR 72-600s and options for a further 20 signed in February 20...


The Traveller Global launches The Travel Cart

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

  All the day to day activities of a travel agency on one ultra efficient online platform  The Traveller...


Tourist arrivals to Israel up in April

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

Thanks to an increase in marketing budgets and a shift in Israel’s international marketing policy, Israel has reported its busiest month for ...


Amari opens first hotel in Malaysia

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

Onyx Hospitality has opened the first Amari hotel in Malaysia. The 242-room Amari Johor Bahru is surrounded by the Persada Convention Centre, Kom...


Bangladesh hosts 29th Joint Meeting of UNWTO Commissions

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

In 2016, Asia and the Pacific received 309 million international tourist arrivals, 9% more than in 2015. By 2030 this number is expected to reach 5...


Thailand Travel Mart Plus from 14-16 June

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) incorporated with the Thai tourism industry will be hosting the largest B2B event ‘Thailand Travel Ma...


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Tiny commitments from a thousand homes – mind separating matter!

25 May 2017

     Some may be wondering after Meethotamulla where all the Colombo waste is going. However, I do have a feeling that most had no idea whatsoever where things were disappearing into until the pictures of Meethotamul...


Why do agricultural value chains fail? Part V: Incentives to exploit

24 May 2017

Introduction Farming is better when it is done collectively. Collaboration might happen between farmers, traders and agricultural extension officers. The collaborations can be at different strength levels, for example in some farmer commun...


Implications for democracy?

24 May 2017

A review of ‘Disposable Leaders’ by Rodney Tiffen By Laksiri Fernando ‘Your opponents sit opposite you, while your enemies sit behind.’ They stab. This is the background story related by Rodney Tiffen, in his ever...


Yahapalanaya unleashes rabid dogs

23 May 2017

BBS leader Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero   Post-war Sri Lanka saw Buddhist extremism targeting the Muslim community with the euphoria of the victory over the Liberation Tigers of ThamilEelam (LTTE). The MahindaRajap...


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