Travel / Tourism

Goldi Sands Negombo to expand with Rs. 700 m investment

Views - 39 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

Goldi Sands Negombo, one of the oldest hotels to be opened in Negombo will invest Rs. 700 million to add an extension. The construction of the extension has already begun and will be ready by 2019 August. Under this project 65 rooms with five suites

The Theva Residency winner of ‘Asia’s Most Stunning Views’ at The Boutique Hotel Awards 2018

Views - 31 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

The winners of The Boutique Hotel Awards 2018 were announced at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London. The ceremony brought together an array of boutique hotel owners, travel and

Ayurva Traveller recognised as World’s Best Wellness Travel Agency at World Spa Awards 2018

Views - 22 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

Ayurva Traveller, Sri Lanka’s sole travel agent dedicated to wellness getaways, was recently recognised as the ‘World’s Best Wellness Travel Agency’ at the World Spa Awards 2018. The company received this reco

Cinnamon Lakeside recognises long-serving employees

Views - 41 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo held its annual Long Service Awards to acknowledge and reward the long- term commitment of the hotel’s associates at the Kings Court on 5 November. Ninety-three staff members who completed terms of five, 10, 15, 20, 25 an

Aditya wins 2019 Conde Nast Johansens Award for Excellence

Views - 36 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

The all-suite luxury boutique resort Aditya, which has reiterated an impressive presence in the country’s luxury boutique resort hospitality space since 2005, added to its global laurels with a prestigious 2019 Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excel

Thailand waives visa-on-arrival fees to boost tourism

Views - 86 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:00

BANGKOK, REUTERS: Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a measure to waive two months fees paid by visitors for visas on arrival in a bid to boost a lucrative industry hit by a drop in visitors from China, its biggest market. The fee of THB 2,000

Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts grabs Silver for Best in Responsible Tourism at WTM

Views - 38 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts wins the Silver Award for Best in Responsible Tourism at the International Travel and Tourism Awards held for the first time by the World Travel Market in London last Tuesday. Cinnamon was the only Sri Lankan brand

Onyx Hospitality opens 50th property

Views - 18 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:00

Onyx Hospitality has opened its 50th property, the Shama Hongqiao Shanghai. Located in the booming Hongqiao Business District, Shama Hongqiao Shanghai is minutes away from the National Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hongqiao International Airport

Minor Hotels Group takes stake in Global Hotel Alliance

Views - 18 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:00

Minor Hotels Group has invested $ 3.2 million in acquiring a 10% stake in the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA). As part of this investment, Minor Hotels CEO Dillip Rajakarier will join the GHA Board of Directors. The GHA, celebrating its 15th anniversary

VFS Global signs visa contracts with eight European governments

Views - 30 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:00

VFS Global has signed contracts with eight existing and new client governments, to extend their visa service network. As per the new contracts, VFS Global will now provide visa services for Belgium in Rwanda; Estonia in China, India, Belarus, Turkey

Gulf Air expands codeshare agreement with Thai Airways

Views - 17 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:00

Thai Airways and Gulf Air have expanded their codeshare agreement so that Gulf Air passengers can fly beyond Bangkok on Thai Airways to Hong Kong with immediate effect, and to Singapore, Tokyo and Melbourne in the coming months. Gulf Air Chief Execut

Best Dives to introduce semi-submarine at Crossroads

Views - 55 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

As part of an initiative to acquaint visitors with the breath-taking underwater lives in the Maldives, Best Dives Ltd. is preparing to introduce a semi-submarine as part of the company’s excursion activities at Crossroards. Crossroads, the largest

Prize bag of 20 air tickets to Singapore for new ComBank Credit Cardholders

Views - 24 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has launched a drive to increase its Credit Card base, and has announced that it will offer 10 pairs of air tickets to Singapore to 10 lucky Sri Lankans who obtain a Credit Card from the Bank before 31 December. Existing

Luxury boutique hotel Ayana Sea celebrates official launch

Views - 85 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Set against the breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by lush coconut palms, Ayana Sea resort, Wadduwa’s newest luxury boutique villa recently celebrated its official unveiling amongst guests, well-wishers and friends in the media.

ForwardKeys reveals the secrets of wooing Chinese tourists

Views - 56 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Over the past decade, Chinese global outbound travel has boomed, and Chinese tourists have gained an outstanding reputation for their ability to shop. Their appetite for branded luxury goods has made them the most sought-after segment of the tourism

The ‘Last Straw’ – Cinnamon’s city hotels reduce usage of plastic straws

Views - 55 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

In an effort to reduce harm to marine life and the overall usage of single-use plastic, Cinnamon’s city hotels have implemented its ‘Last Straw’ campaign beginning in the month of November.The city properties aim to change attitudes toward the

Shangri-La and leading city hotels sign on as partner hotels for Ironman 70.3 Colombo 2019

Views - 56 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Following on the resounding success of the Sri Lanka’s first-ever Ironman 70.3 Colombo triathlon, organisers Pro-Am Serendib and Hayleys Tours announced that Colombo’s most prestigious city hotels were once again signing on as Partner Hotels for

Fairway Colombo wins Haute Grandeur Global Excellence Awards

Views - 38 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

One of Colombo’s most favoured city hotels, Fairway Colombo was awarded the prestigious Haute Grandeur Global Excellence Awards under three categories; the Best Business Hotel in Sri Lanka, the Best New Hotel (less than three years) in Sri Lanka an

Sri Lanka Tourism welcomes Barmy Army

Views - 62 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) collaborated with Dilmah Tea this week to provide Ceylon Tea to cricket fans arriving in the country to witness the England–Sri Lanka home series. The counter, maintained by the SLTPB at Bandara-naik

SIA to fly non-stop to Seattle

Views - 24 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Seattle will become the fifth US city in Singapore Airlines’ route network – and the fourth to be served non-stop from Singapore - when new flights are introduced next year. The non-stop Singapore-Seattle flights are due to be launched on 3 Septe

Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya shines with multiple accolades

Views - 95 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The prestigious globally-renowned website, CNN Travel, recently recognised Grand Hotel,Nuwara Eliya as one of the top heritage hotels in Asia, thus setting a new benchmark in the international hospitality arena. This achievement lands Grand Hotel, N

Handun Villas: A journey to wellness

Views - 63 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:00

Handun Villas is found in the coastal village of Talalla, where the way of life still sways to age-old rhythm of weva, gama and dagoba. Talalla was once known for its booming coir industry but now the area remains largely undiscovered by tourists and

Emirates takes Sri Lanka’s popular culture to the skies

Views - 43 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:00

Features four Sinhala movies and 13 channels of Sinhala music on award-winning ‘ice’ system

KK Collection hosts top luxury travel agents from Australia

Views - 63 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:00

Continuing its efforts to grow the Australian tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka, the KK Collection hosted a group of seven travel agents from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane to Sri Lanka on a 7-day itinerary to Galle earlier this month, staying at KK Col

Sri Lanka explores market potential in Switzerland for tourism promotion

Views - 106 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka pavilion at ‘Swiss International Holiday Exhibition’ known as ‘iViaggiatori’ was inaugurated by Mayor of Lugano Marco Borradori, Lugano Exhibition Chief Organiser Marco Peon and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the Worl

Sri Lanka crisis scares tourists in fresh hit to economy

Views - 151 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

AFP: A political crisis in Sri Lanka, where two prime ministers are fighting for power, is scaring away tourists and raising questions over foreign aid, ringing alarm bells for the economy as the currency slumps to record lows. The turmoil in the In

Kuwait Airways introduces first and business class flights to fashion capital Milan

Views - 16 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:00

Hot off the heels of its recent expansion into Europe & the Mediterranean, namely Malaga (Spain) and Alexandria (Egypt), Kuwait Airways, the national airline of Kuwait and an Airline with an impressive and storied history in Sri Lanka spanning over f

Sri Lanka at WTM 2018 in London

Views - 162 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka kicked off its promotion at the World Travel Mart 2018 at London by unveiling its new destination slogan “So Sri Lanka.” It was launched by Tourism Minister Vasantha Senanayake along with Guest of Honour Lord Naseby. Tourism officials a

Qatar Airways Official Airline Partner of Grazia Style Awards Qatar 2018

Views - 21 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:00

(DOHA, Qatar): Qatar Airways is proud to be the Official Airline Partner of the Grazia Style Awards Qatar 2018, which is all set to take place at St. Regis Doha on 5 November. The event will see top style icons, fashion designers and brands awarded a

EDB organises seminar to promote wellness tourism

Views - 285 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

The EDB organised a seminar with Wellbeing Escapes, London Founder and Managing Director Stella Photi, on 31 October from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the EDB premises. She is a renowned wellness tourism expert on wellbeing travel involved in many wellness t

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Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme

Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall

When scholars turn slayers of reason

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be

A stable democracy is a prerequisite for the wellbeing of Sri Lankans

Thursday, 15 November 2018

In Sri Lanka, despite the complexity of overlapping policies, the slow pace in implementing economic policies has been of central concern in the past few years. The current political state in Sri Lanka poses a series of e

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