Travel / Tourism

Resort in Vietnam starts using facial recognition technology

Views - 18 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The Vinpearl resort in Nha Trang, Vietnam has become one of the first hotels in the region to use facial recognition technology based on artificial intelligence (AI). The technology is being used to help customers open doors automatically, check-in a

Garuda Indonesia and Singapore Airlines expand Codeshare

Views - 13 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Garuda Indonesia have expanded their codeshare agreement. Under the expanded agreement, the two airlines are now codesharing on each other’s flights between Singapore and the Indonesian capital Jakarta. SIA and Garuda I

Airbnb not eligible for privileged tax treatment

Views - 11 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

A report released on behalf of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) calls on state and local government leaders to reject Airbnb’s future pursuit of voluntary collection agreements (VCAs) and look to the Wayfair decision as a pathway t

Emirates to ensure smooth and punctual travel experience out of Dubai during runway closure

Views - 19 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

With the Southern Runway revamp starting 16 April at Dubai International Airport, Emirates has been working hard to implement measures to further maximise operational efficiencies at DXB and deliver a seamless experience for its customers departing a

Ultimate Skyfall first skydiving event of its kind in Sri Lanka in May

Views - 63 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The Ultimate Skyfall is the first skydiving event of its kind in Sri Lanka. It gives adrenalin junkies, adventurers of any age and anyone who wants a novel experience the chance to skydive. It also incorporates a host of other activities for a day fi

New appointments to the Theme Resorts and Spas Board

Views - 98 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

Leading hotel management company Theme Resorts and Spas Ltd. announced the appointment of new directors to its board. Sujeeva Basnayake and Nanda Ekanayake, who have been with the company for many years, have been entrusted with additional responsibi

Cinnamon city hotels Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Views - 37 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Ring in the Sinhala and Tamil New Year and celebrate in the most traditional way, in the most traditional location, in the heart of Colombo, at Nuga Gama, the village in the city. The activities will start from 8.00 a.m. on 14 April, where guests can

Savour the splendour of Avurudu at Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa

Views - 36 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa is ready to bring out the flavoursome ideals of Avurudu this year, offering guests a range of unique experiences denoted through the essence of Sinhala and Tamil culture and seasonal festivities. What blends well

Hotel Suisse offers super offers in April and May

Views - 46 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Hotel Suisse is offering some fabulous rates for the school season and during May for holiday makers. This hotel was built in the 17th century and was the residence of the Chief Minister of the Royal Granary. However, in 1818, this property was acqui

Mosvold Villa nominated as Sri Lanka’s leading boutique hotel

Views - 80 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Giving its discerning travellers an amazing experience that combines the luxuries of a star class hotel and privacy of a home, Mosvold Villa situated in the southern tropical coast of the island was recently nominated as Sri Lanka’s Leading Boutiqu

Kokis and aluwa on the menu as ‘Avurudu’ spirit inspires Emirates

Views - 40 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

It may be one of the world’s largest airlines, but Emirates has been caught up in the spirit of the ‘Avurudu’ – Sri Lanka’s charming celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year – and is busy preparing traditional sweetmeats to excite th

Mega outbound tourism promotional roadshow in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Views - 65 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) of the Ministry of Tourism, in close coordination with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Kingdom of Bahrain, conducted a mega tourism promotional roadshow in order to entice, encourage and woo tourists and

Celebrate traditions of Avurudu with contemporary flair at Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts

Views - 49 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

With the Sinhala and Tamil New Year just around the corner, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts is gearing up to host a grand line-up of Avurudu festivities and celebrations at each of its distinct properties across the island. Avurudu is a truly special occa

Mount Lavinia a tourist resort once upon a time

Views - 154 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

By Elmo De Silva Now one cannot step out one’s car without treading on some betel spit or dog poo. Betel spit is splattered everywhere. At one stage the vicinity of the market was painted with betel spit. Foreign tourists are seen dodging the spit

Au revoir Raid Amazones

Views - 50 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:15

‘Raid Amazones’, the world’s biggest female adventure race, concluded successfully earlier this month with close to 500 contestants from France over the two legs. Contestants completed approximately 50 km of trail running, 32 km of kayaking, an

CITES CoP 18 in May will boost Sri Lanka nature tourism

Views - 235 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:12

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensur

Ritz-Carlton Hotel to open in Pune, India

Views - 38 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

Marriott has signed a long-term management agreement with Panchshil for a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pune, India. Expected to open in September 2019, The Ritz-Carlton, Pune will be the brand’s second property in India and is one of three Ritz-Carlton ho

Sri Lanka takes part in first ever Asian Gourmet Festival in Beirut

Views - 78 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beirut together with the Sri Lankan expatriate community participated in the Asian Gourmet Festival organised by the Beirut based diplomatic Missions of Asian Countries in collaboration with the Lebanese University on 4 Ap

Red Hot Chili Peppers rock Egypt’s pyramids

Views - 26 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

CAIRO (Reuters): Californian group Red Hot Chili Peppers played in front of Egypt’s great pyramids of Giza recently, entertaining more than 10,000 people at the site and many more over a live-stream link. With the three ancient monuments silhouette

WTTC announces winners of 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Views - 45 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced the 2019 leaders in sustainable tourism at the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards ceremony. The Awards, now in their 15th year, took place at a special ceremony during the WTTC Global Summit in Sevill

What is Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Views - 53 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. The CITES aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threat

Sri Lanka captures hearts of Italians at BIT Travel Fair

Views - 70 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

The Italian city of Milan was a hive of activity as the BIT Travel Fair came alive in the month of February. This annual Italian Travel and Tourism Fair is the largest exhibition in the world for Italian tourist products and a thorough show of the be

The Resident offer is back at Mövenpick Hotel Colombo this Avurudu season

Views - 80 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year, or as this resplendent island calls it ‘Avurudu’, is an important holiday. Celebrate the season as Mövenpick Hotel Colombo offers all residents a wonderful deal this April. A special rate of Rs. 21,850nett per ni

Spend the 75th Bradby Shield weekend at Simpson’s Forest Hotel

Views - 116 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The Simpson’s Forest Hotel is a true destination for rest, relaxation and adventure with stunning views and quiet tranquility, surrounded by the best that nature has to offer in the surrounds of Meenawatte Estate. Time will here will not only give

Earth Hour observed at Cinnamon City Hotels

Views - 20 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Cinnamon’s city hotels – Cinnamon Grand, Cinnamon Lakeside and Cinnamon Red observed the global movement of Earth Hour by switching off all non-essential lights at the hotels and lighting candles around the three properties, with the participatio

How CITES impacts leopard conservation

Views - 81 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Generating an estimated $7-23 billion dollars each year, the illegal wildlife trade is the world’s fourth most lucrative criminal enterprise, after the illicit trafficking of drugs, humans and arms. This staggeringly widespread trade is undertaken

French consumers enchanted by Sri Lanka experience at Salon Mondial du Tourisme in Paris

Views - 98 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism participated at the 44th edition of the largest B2C travel fair in the French Market, Salon Mondial du Tourisme (SMT) in Paris, France, which was held at Parc des Exposition, Porte De Versailles from 14-17 March. SMT is the larges

Bocuse d’Or Sri Lanka 2019 kicks off with master class featuring Michelin-Starred Chef

Views - 179 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Bocuse d’Or Sri Lanka’s selection of candidates for the culinary world’s most prestigious competition began on 1 April with a master class featuring Michelin-starred Chef Roland Debuyst. The event was held at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism

Emirates wins Best First Class at 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Airlines

Views - 45 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:25

Emirates has been awarded Best First Class in the world at the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Airlines. The airline also clinched several other awards including Best Regional Business Class Middle East, Best First Class Middle East a

The Argyle: Hatton’s only luxury hotel offers breathtaking views

Views - 153 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:22

Hatton, for the most part is quiet. The region is famed for its tea plantations and scenic views where most visitors travel through en route to other destinations. But now, there is a reason to make Hatton an overnight (or two), stay. Located just fi

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On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q

Unholy trinity is unholy to Sri Lanka from all fronts

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Let us see the background of the unholy trinity or impossible trinity or trilemma. Every country is challenged with international monetary policy which will in return decide the fate of the economic growth. Three strategies available are;

Is it the plane or the pilot?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The two recent crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX twin-engine jetliners have brought flight safety into sharper focus than ever after many decades. This is in many ways a story of success breeding complacency. Airline safety has improved beyond belief

Is Sri Lanka capable of a course correction?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The genesis of Sri Lanka’s current political and economic problems can very well be traced back to several structural issues of the country, both politically and culturally. It is no secret that from the outset of the war in Sri Lanka, the country

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