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A brave new world opens up for Young Tourism Ambassadors in Jaffna

Views - 234 Tuesday, 1 January 2019 00:00

The Jaffna edition of the Young Tourism Ambassadors Initiative ended successfully on Tuesday 11 December. 15 young men and women from the Jaffna area were exposed to everything from flambé cooking to waste management in this pilot program held by th


Club Waskaduwa Resort & Spa celebrates 2 years

Views - 44 Tuesday, 1 January 2019 00:00

Club Waskaduwa Beach Resort and Spa celebrates its third year of operations. Chairman, Athula Makawitage who worked in Gulf and Japan for over two decades in both the hospitality and aviation sectors said that in a bid to extend their footprint he is


In Sri Lanka, wholesome king coconut water is tourists’ favourite

Views - 159 Tuesday, 1 January 2019 00:00

Al Arabiya English: Sri Lanka, Southern Asia’s tropical island nation, is acclaimed as one of the top tourist destinations of the world. Visitors to this island are mesmerised by its beauty, history and culture. Among the memorable experiences enco


Sports Exchange: Potentials and Advantages of Sport Tourism for Sri Lanka

Views - 334 Monday, 31 December 2018 00:31

I have undertaken this assignment to establish the potentials of sport tourism towards the development of Sri Lanka. With the inception of AGSEP in 1989 in Sri Lanka, table tennis has experienced a revival through a reciprocal sports exchange program


SIA world’s first airline with network-wide meal pre-ordering for premium class customers

Views - 30 Monday, 31 December 2018 00:25

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched a new service enabling customers travelling in Suites, First Class and Business Class from anywhere in the Airline’s global network to pre-order main courses from their flight’s menus. SIA is the world’s fi


Qatar Airways launches flights to Danang, Vietnam

Views - 30 Monday, 31 December 2018 00:23

Qatar Airways has launched direct flights between Doha and Danang, Vietnam. Qatar Airways will operate the Danang service four-times per week with Boeing 787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. On Mondays


Skål International launches Young Skål in Colombo

Views - 190 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Skål International Colombo recently organised an evening presentation followed by a panel discussion titled ‘The Future of Tourism and Hospitality’ targeting the young executives in the travel and hospitality industry. The aim of the event was t


Mahoora Camps wins coveted ‘Best Small Accommodation Provider’ at Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018

Views - 67 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Mahoora Tented Safari Camps, acclaimed pioneers of delivering legendary hospitality in rustic settings scooped the coveted ‘Best Small Accommodation Provider’ at the recent Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018. The gala event held at the Shangri-La, Col


De Silva Wind Resort wins big at Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018

Views - 35 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

De Silva Wind Resort, Kalpitiya won the Excellence Award for The Best Water Sports Centre at the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018, organised by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).  De Silva Water Sports Centre, which commenced operatio


NKAR clinches major Tourism Award

Views - 116 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:00

NKAR Travels & Tours Ltd., one of the leading tour operators in inbound and outbound divisions won the award for“Major Inbound Tour Operator (Medium Category)” at the National Tourism Awards 2018 conducted by The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Aut


Sri Lankan Tourism: When a good night of sleep is too much to ask!

Views - 113 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:00

First of all I am a Buddhist, I believe that I’m a good Buddhist but that’s probably for others to judge. I think this is a very sensitive thing for many in Sri Lanka to discuss but I believe someone needs to address this. I own a hotel in Nuwara


Thidas Arana Hotel Polonnaruwa to add banquet, conference facility and rooms in 2019

Views - 39 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:00

Thidas Arana Hotel and Restaurant Ltd., in Bendiwewa, Polonnaruwa will invest to build a large banquet and conference facility and also add more rooms to the property. The hotel which commenced operations in 2011 as a restaurant expanded adding four


SIA world’s first airline with network-wide meal pre-ordering for premium class customers

Views - 25 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:00

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched a new service enabling customers travelling in Suites, First Class and Business Class from anywhere in the Airline’s global network to pre-order main courses from their flight’s menus. SIA is the world’s fi


British Airways to resume Pakistan flights after a decade

Views - 39 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Islamabad (Reuters): British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan next year after a 10-year absence that followed a major hotel bombing, becoming the first Western airline to restart flights to the South Asian nation. BA halted flights following


Pakistan plans to relax visa policy in bid to revive tourism

Views - 37 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Pakistan is planning to ease visa restrictions for visitors from 55 countries, including most European nations, in a bid to revive tourism that was devastated by Islamist violence in the fallout from the 9/11 attacks in the Unite


Amaya Lake shines at Sri Lanka Tourism Awards, wins award for ‘Best 4-Star Resort in Sri Lanka’

Views - 51 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

For the second year, Amaya Lake, Dambulla has been named the ‘Best 4-star Resort of Sri Lanka’ at the recently-concluded Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018. “We are extremely delighted and honoured to have received this prestigious award once again


Aitken Spence Hotels collects 12 awards in a week

Views - 76 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s leading hospitality chain, Aitken Spence Hotels was recognised at multiple award ceremonies held last week in Colombo, bringing home a total of 12 awards at the 54th Annual Report Awards 2018, National Business Excellence Awards and Sri


Three cruise liners ferry in over 7,000 tourists to Sri Lanka

Views - 74 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

In November, Sri Lanka saw an increase in tourist arrivals with the members of the Barmy Army, and adding to the existing flow of tourists was the arrival of three super-luxury passenger vessels with a combined passenger occupancy of nearly 7,000. Th


Super luxury cruise liner MS Le Laperouse latest to call at Colombo Port

Views - 118 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

The Port of Colombo is always not only the port of call for the largest container vessels of the maritime world but also one of the best ports offered in the region for passenger vessels as well. With its quicker turnaround facilities and services, i


Celebrate the season with grandeur at the Taj

Views - 37 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

As Kris Kringle famously said in the classic film A Miracle on 34th Street, “Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.” During the festive season thoughts turn to giving, celebration, family, and joy. At the Taj Samudra Colombo, S


Celebrate the magic of the season at Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa

Views - 67 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa invites you to experience the wonders of the festive season through a line-up of thoughtfully crafted specialties during Christmas and New Year celebrations. A gala Christmas Eve Dinner is on offer at Weligama Kitch


Sri Lanka reaches new heights in world luxury travel trade at ILTM Travel Fair, Cannes

Views - 231 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

True to its reputation, ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market – France) opened its doors last week at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, from 3 to 6 December, at the most famous venue of the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival. The 17th editio


Tender for luggage service at BIA: Court fixes Writ Petition for 31 Jan

Views - 46 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:00

By S.S.Selvanayagam The Court of Appeal directed to issue notice and fixed for support on 31 January for Interim Order in respect of the Writ Petition which impugned the tender for the provision of luggage wrapping services at the Departure Check-in


Emirates and South African Airways expand strategic partnership with enhanced codeshare deal

Views - 27 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:00

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and South African Airways (SAA), the South African flag carrier, are expanding their strategic cooperation with enhancements to its codeshare agreement, opening up new destinations for both Emirat


SIA’s first A350-900 medium haul aircraft arrives in Adelaide

Views - 63 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:00

Singapore Airlines (SIA) welcomed the entry into service of its new Airbus A350-900 medium haul aircraft as it made its inaugural flight from Singapore to Adelaide on Monday. The aircraft entered into service as SQ279. It departed Singapore at 2334h


Elephant Reach Yala lures holiday makers this December

Views - 71 Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:00

Elephant Reach Hotel, Yala is making your holiday season unforgettably exciting with amazing offers. Yala being one of Sri Lanka’s most popular travel destinations among the locals, the Elephant Reach gives you five wonderful reasons including free


IHG expands Hotel Indigo brand to Manchester, England

Views - 23 Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:00

InterContinental Hotels Group has expanded its rapidly growing Hotel Indigo brand to Manchester, England. The Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station is adjacent to Exchange Square, one of the city’s most popular shopping districts. The hotel


Centara’s two Maldives resorts win in 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards

Views - 44 Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:00

Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives won a continent award for leading “Luxury Family Beach Resort” in the Indian Ocean. Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa Maldives won a similar award for the Indian Ocean’s leading “Luxury Adult Beach


Cinnamon Lodge Habarana bags silver award at Presidential Environment Awards 2018

Views - 33 Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:00

In recognition of its outstanding eco-friendly strategies and practices, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana recently secured a silver award at the Presidential Environment Awards 2018. Held on 19 October at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hal


Enthusiastic hikers reach the peak at Hanthana

Views - 78 Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:00

The first ever version of ‘Reach The Peak Sri Lanka hike’ reached its pinnacle when it drew a large number of hikers who were given a challenge to test their adventurous traits during the climb of Hanthana peaks. A total number of 150 hikers took


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Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Monday, 18 February 2019

The rant Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (WR) has joined President Sirisena’s reckless verbal onslaught on the Constitutional Council (CC) that was set up by the 19th Amendment (Daily Mirror 15 February). I use “verbal onslaught” intentionally s


Perfidious politics of Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC

Monday, 18 February 2019

Inject truth to politics. Then you will not have any politics. The Nazi legal theorist Carl Schmitt stressed on the importance of rhetoric to create fear of imminent danger threatening the state. The first step in the process was to create open hos


Money is the root of all politics

Monday, 18 February 2019

It is true, politicians have an extremely poor reputation - but if you assume that every politician is like this, then sad to say, it is devoid of good sense or judgment. If they were, then whole infrastructure would collapse before you could even sa


Discipline and the devil’s disciples

Monday, 18 February 2019

That coach who repeatedly slapped a boy under his care has generated a storm of controversy on social media. On one side are aunties, bleeding hearts, civil rights champions et al who are outraged or at the very least shocked or surprised. On the oth


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