Travel / Tourism

Pathfinder leads tourism delegation to Sichuan International Travel Expo 2018

Views - 33 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Sichuan International Travel Expo 2018 was conducted recently in Emeishan City in Leshan, Sichuan Province, China with the participation of nearly 45 countries. This was the fourth edition of the Travel Expo and was devoted for building a professiona


Chena Huts by Uga Escapes win Sri Lanka’s Leading Lodge 2018 Award

Views - 42 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Chena Huts by Uga Escapes has been acclaimed as Sri Lanka’s Leading Lodge 2018 at the 25th World Travel Awards, Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2018, organized by World Travel Awards. World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, rew


Eden Resort & Spa wins top industry accolade at CNCI Achiever Awards 2018

Views - 39 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

The flagship resort of Browns Hotels & Resorts, The Eden Resort & Spa was recently bestowed with the Merit Award in the National Level Service Sector, Extra Large Category at the Achiever Awards organised by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries


Qatar Airways sustains financial performance despite illegal blockade by neighbouring countries

Views - 33 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:37

Following the most challenging year in its 20-year history, Qatar Airways has published its annual report for 2017/18, which demonstrates the airline’s strength and resilience in the face of adversity. Overall revenue and other operating income gre


AGSEP delivers key insights on tourism industry of SL

Views - 85 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:36

By Divya Thotawatte Asian German Sports Exchange Program (AGSEP), a local non-commercial government-associated organisation recently shed light upon some key insights on obstacles which hinder growth and economic benefits of the tourism industry of


TBC Asia 2018: Agents of change

Views - 34 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:36

If you are on the fence, here are five reasons why attending Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018, an industry conference on Creating Transformational Digital Content for Travel will be the best professional decision you make this year. Case studies and actionabl


The Theva Residency, Kandy wins Gold and Silver at South Asian Travel Awards 2018

Views - 41 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:35

The Theva Residency, Kandy won the Gold Award for “Leading Boutique Hotel in South Asia” and the Silver Award for “Leading Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka” and was also nominated for “Luxury Boutique Hotels in South Asia” and “Romantic Hote


Amari Galle hosts EMF Global Convention & Awards 2018

Views - 44 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:34

The Experiential Managers Federation Global (EMF Global) of India, which is a national body for event managers across the country with dedicated chapters, will be hosting its fifth convention and awards ceremony at Amari Galle. This three-day event,


Sri Lanka Tourism complets successful road show through Germany

Views - 77 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

From 3 to 6 September, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau completed a week-long road show through some of the leading economic cities in Germany: Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main and Munich. The delegation was led by Karunasena Hettiarachchi,


Leveza by MAS to offer customised outdoor travel wear to bloggers at Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018

Views - 77 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts has partnered with MAS Holdings new outdoor clothing line, Leveza, for the upcoming event, Cinnamon Travel Bloggers’ Conference 2018 (Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018). The only event of its kind to be held in the continent, Cinnamo


Darren Darwin appointed Cluster GM of Anantara Kalutara Resort and AVANI Kalutara Resort

Views - 40 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas announces that Darren Darwin has been appointed to the role of Cluster General Manager. In this position Darren will oversee Anantara Kalutara Resort and AVANI Kalutara Resort in Sri Lanka. Darren, who is a British Nat


Mövenpick Hotel Colombo wins at South Asian Travel Awards 2018

Views - 32 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo was crowned the “Leading Meeting & Conference Hotel in Sri Lanka” at the South Asian Travel Awards 2018, which aims to encourage and raise customer service standards of the tourism industry within the South Asian regions.


Information seminar by Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow to promote SL tourism in Russian Federation

Views - 52 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Russian Federation organised an information seminar to promote tourism to Sri Lanka, in partnership with Anex Tour which is one of Russia’s leading tour operators, on 14 September. The event was organised with the su


Sri Lanka Exposition at OTDYKH/LEISURE International Tourism Exhibition, Moscow

Views - 42 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

The official closing ceremony of the 15th OTDYKH / LEISURE International Tourism Exhibition, held since 2001 at Moscow’s Expocentre, was held on 13 September. With 44 participant countries in 2018, LEISURE has become one of two Moscow’s largest


Delmege Tours moves to ‘Reach the Peak Sri Lanka’

Views - 81 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

Delmege Tours officially announced the launch of the international hike – ‘Reach the Peak Sri Lanka’ – at a media briefing held in Colombo recently. While it will promote its main event annually, the product is aimed at promoting hiking as an


Travel consultants of ‘AMONDO’ Germany arrive on familiarisation tour

Views - 55 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

15 travel consultants of ‘AMONDO’ Germany arrived in Sri Lanka on a familiarisation tour of the island. They were welcomed at the airport by the staff of H.O.T Tourism ‘The Destination Insider’ – Pix by Kumarasiri Prasad – Airport Corres


Emirates game-changing First Class Private Suites win gold at Future Travel Experience Global Awards

Views - 13 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

Emirates airline’s fully-enclosed First Class Private Suites, launched in November last year on its Boeing 777 aircraft, has been awarded gold by Future Travel Experience (FTE) in the ’Up in the Air’ category. The FTE Global Awards celebrate th


Looking through the environmental lens of unregulated tourism

Views - 46 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

By Piyumani Ranasinghe The story of Sri Lankan tourism is now turning out to be one of misadventure than satisfaction, given the unregulated nature of the entire enterprise and the resulting environmental consequences. Although the post-war era has w


Sri Lanka recognised as Asia’s leading adventure tourism destination

Views - 168 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

The 25th edition of the annual World Travel Awards 2018 which is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire saw Sri Lanka as being awarded as Asia’s Leading Adventure Touri


Sri Lanka promotes destination in Malaysia

Views - 77 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

The High Commission of Sri Lanka together with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) organised Sri Lanka’s participation at the MATTA Fair, B2B and also at the ‘Sri Lanka Tourism Extravaganza’ at JW Marriott in Malaysia from 7-9 September.


SLTDA launches initiative to train 4,000 safari operators country-wide

Views - 46 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Acting on its pledge to ensure better park management at wildlife parks across the country, the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has launched a fresh initiative to train 4,000 safari operators island-wide. The first phase of the proje


Runiti.com offers value added accommodations in Sri Lanka and Maldives

Views - 96 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Runiti.com, an online global platform for multi-level accommodation, is the modern entrant to Sri Lanka’s travel market with key values of sustainability. As a pioneer of this initiative, Runiti.com aims to bridge the gap between travellers and acc


Viluxur Holidays: Selling experiences through experience

Views - 386 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Viluxur Holidays, Sri Lanka’s renowned luxury tour operator, recently hosted its staff members to a month-long familiarisation tour (FAM Tour) in six luxurious resorts and hotels in the Maldives. The tour operator, whose core objective is to delive


Sri Lanka participates at BITM in China

Views - 70 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism was an active participant at the Beijing International Tourism Mart (BITM) 2018, which was held at the China International Exhibition Centre from 5-7 September. The exhibition was being held for the second consecutive year with over


Qatar Airways inspires travellers to ignite sense of adventure with trip to gateway to the globe

Views - 18 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

(DOHA, Qatar): Qatar Airways is inspiring passengers to ignite their sense of adventure, or take time out to reconnect with family and friends by planning their next escape to one of the many beautiful, unique destinations the airline now has to offe


Emirates takes home double win at Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards

Views - 10 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Emirates Airline was voted ‘Best Business Airline’ and ‘Best Airline – Long-Haul Holiday’ by Condé Nast Traveller readers Emirates celebrated a double win this week at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards, after being named


Travel agents from France arrive on familiarisation tour

Views - 83 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

A group of 12 travel agents from France arrived in Sri Lanka on a familiarisation tour. They were welcomed by the representatives of Connaissance de Ceylan on arrival at BIA. The group will be touring Kandy, Passikudah and Sigiriya from 9-14 Septemb


Qatar Airways to launch direct flights to Da Nang, Vietnam from 19 December

Views - 21 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

(DOHA, Qatar): Qatar Airways has announced the launch of direct flights to Da Nang, Vietnam, starting 19 December. The beautiful coastal city will be the third Vietnamese destination on the award-winning airline’s rapidly expanding global network.


WeChat helps overseas businesses capture fast-growing opportunities with outbound Chinese travellers

Views - 31 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

WeChat, China’s largest mobile social communication platform developed by Tencent, is facilitating overseas businesses in capturing the thriving opportunities of Chinese tourism through its ecosystem as well as a range of features tailored for outb


Iconic Colombo Swimming Club reopens swimming pool in greater and grander style!

Views - 100 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

The Colombo Swimming Club (CSC), which was very much in the news for all the wrong reasons just over a year ago, has bounced back bigger and stronger with the recent unveiling of its newly constructed swimming pool complex. It was only July of last y


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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi


The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation


Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


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