Travel / Tourism

WTTC announces world’s top 10 cities

Views - 56 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:26

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) released its annual Cities Report at the WTTC Asia Leaders Forum in Macau, SAR last week. The report covers 72 of the world’s most important tourism cities, which together generated over $625bn contribution

Golden Hospitality Group to open The Golden Ridge in Nuwara Eliya

Views - 208 Monday, 29 October 2018 01:14

On a five acre ridge high above the Nuwara Eliya-Kandy Road sits The Golden Ridge Hotel, a 65 room, super luxury, five-star boutique hotel, located on five acres of landscaped gardens in the environs of Bambarakele; the latest offering from the Golde

Legendary Vagabrothers geared up to take Sri Lanka to the world

Views - 123 Monday, 29 October 2018 01:14

Sri Lanka Tourism’s global promotion reached towards legendry travel YouTubers ‘Vagabrothers’ to welcome them to experience true essences of Sri Lanka as part of their world touring. Having over millions of globally engaged active social media

Sri Lanka participates in 2018 Warsaw World Travel Show

Views - 73 Monday, 29 October 2018 01:13

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Warsaw, in association with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, participated in the 3rd World Travel Show at the PTAK Warsaw Expo, held from 19-21 October. The World Travel Show is one of the major events in the touris

So Sri Lanka – So what?

Views - 713 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:12

Once again the island nation is all worked up over the latest tourism tag-line i.e. So Sri Lanka.  Two key points to note here: Our tourism strategy is far more important and need greater focus than the tag-line, which is a by-product of strategy. E

Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018: Influencer Marketing and E-Commerce

Views - 47 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018 kicked off its event-packed week last Thursday (25) with an exclusive pre-tour for 60 of the most influential international bloggers in the world. The tour will span for the next five days and will cover 40 iconic locations spa

Emirates invites travellers to ‘Fly Better’

Views - 33 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

Emirates, one of the world’s most awarded airlines for its industry-leading services, invites global travellers to ‘Fly Better’ with the launch of its bold new brand promise. “On 25 October 1985, Emirates flew its first customers from Dubai t

Sri Lanka Tourism – Why not an export industry?

Views - 107 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

The debate of export status In the past there has been some debate on whether the tourism industry qualifies to be an export industry. This argument has been fuelled by the age-old definition of an export industry which is “an industry which expo

Lonely Planet’s best travel destinations for 2019 revealed

Views - 151 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

Sri Lanka, Copenhagen and Piedmont, Italy place in number one spots

Sigiriya Eden Garden Hotel wins Business Excellence Star Award

Views - 37 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

Sigiriya Eden Garden Hotel won the Star Award for Business Excellence in the Service Sector at the Star Awards 2018 ceremony organised by the Department of Industrial Development and Enterprise Promotion (

Christmas in the air at Amaya Hills!

Views - 44 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

These days, the air is mixed with the aroma of raisins, sultanas, currants, cherries, cranberries, prunes and figs, complimented with high spirits and honey – clear signs that winter wonderland is less than two months away. With the Christmas spiri

Hotel Lucky Elephant opens in Hikkaduwa with Rs. 350 million investment

Views - 192 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

Emerging entrepreneur, Neel Siritunge of Hikkaduwa opened his third luxury hotel property, Lucky Elephant in Thiranagama, Hikkaduwa. The hotel with beach frontage offers 15 rooms with two suites facing the Indian Ocean. The Chairman, Neel Siritunge,

Cathay Pacific launches 25th anniversary competition

Views - 42 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways celebrates 25 years of service in Sri Lanka this month. The airline commenced its flights to Colombo in October 1993 with just two flights a week. Since then the airline has expanded its services to the island o

Aitken Spence Hotels win big at South Asia Travel Awards 2018

Views - 45 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Aitken Spence Hotels secured several awards at the recently held South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2018 in Mumbai, India. Launched in 2016, the prestigious awards for travel and tourism stakeholders in the region has affiliations from regional associ

Direct flights to Zurich and beyond with Swiss International Air Lines

Views - 74 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

SWISS codeshare with Edelweiss Air will commence direct nonstop flights from Sri Lanka to Switzerland with effect from Sunday 4 November. It will be a twice weekly operation on Fridays and Sundays from Colombo to Zurich with Airbus A340 that accommod

Amaya Langdale hosts Peter Kuruvuta and friends

Views - 50 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Amaya Langdale, one of the nine resorts under the Amaya Resorts & Spas umbrella, hosted international-famed Sri Lankan born celebrity chef, the one and only Peter Kuruvita recently. Kuruvita has been a patron guest of Amaya Langdale for years and th

AirAsia launches Colombo-Bangkok direct flights

Views - 109 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

AirAsia marked another foray into South Asia yesterday by offering direct services between Colombo in Sri Lanka and Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok. This four-time weekly flight service is slated to commence operation on 14 December with special

Kerala back on track within 21 days – lesson for the world

Views - 61 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

The former Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Dr. Rohantha Athukorala addressing a conclave evening meeting on the sidelines of the Kerala Travel Mart said: “Tourism as an industry lives on the edge anywhere in the world, be it natural disasters like fl

Galadari marks 34 years with ‘Pirith’ and multi religious ceremony

Views - 37 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

The Galadari Hotel proudly celebrated its 34th anniversary on 6 October. The hotel had organised many special events and celebrations to coincide with this date. The management of the hotel had taken this opportunity to organise an all-night ‘Pirit

Australasian Academy of Hospitality to nurture tourism and hospitality professionals in Sri Lanka

Views - 220 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

Partners with Australia’s Evolution Hospitality Institute to offer quality, affordable courses, opening doors to global employment opportunities

Seminar on developing tourism sector in Nordic Region on 29 Oct.

Views - 101 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka-Nordic Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will be organising a Seminar on ‘Opportunities for Developing the Tourism Sector in the Nordic Region’, on 29 October, at 3 p.m., at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Onyx Hospitality signs OZO resort in Maldives

Views - 58 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

Onyx Hospitality has signed an agreement with a joint venture company led by Panchshil Realty to open an OZO resort in Maldives.

Ground-breaking Sri Lankan forum provides perspectives on how travel and tourism can meet UN SDGS

Views - 96 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

Over 100 senior executives from the Sri Lankan travel and tourism industry and beyond attended an insightful forum on 11 October designed to set new directions for the industry and align it comprehensively with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

International arrivals into Asia Pacific continue to exceed global average

Views - 52 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

Foreign arrivals into Asia Pacific destinations continued to grow at better than the global average in 2017, reaching a record volume high of more than 646 million arrivals relative to 2016.

THASL President urges Govt. support for tourism industry

Views - 309 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, invited guests, the Board of The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka and the members, ladies and gentlemen, today is a very important day for our association beca

Sri Lanka shines at JATA Tourism Expo 2018 in Japan

Views - 91 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s pavilion was the highlight at Japan Tourism Expo, the biggest tourism event of Asia, which was held recently by Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) in Tokyo. The fair, said to be the world’s largest tourism trade fair, is held a

Tourism Minister addresses CHSGA membership

Views - 54 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

Minister of Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga addressed a distinguished gathering at the 47th AGM of Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA). It was held at Araliya Green City, a newly opened five-star property in Nuwa

Britain sees biggest fall in foreign visitors since 2009

Views - 39 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): The number of foreigners visiting Britain for tourism or work fell by the most in nearly a decade during the three months to June, showing the country could not sustain the record numbers achieved a year earlier in the wake of 2016

Cape Weligama and Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Conde Nast Traveler 2018 reader awards

Views - 74 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

The premier global luxury travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, has unveiled the winners of its Readers’ Choice Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. The 31st annual awards ranked the b

Hyatt to buy Two Roads Hospitality for $ 480m; to establish new lifestyle division

Views - 82 Thursday, 18 October 2018 01:23

Hyatt has signed an agreement to acquire Two Roads Hospitality, a hotel management company that comprises Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels, tommie and Alila Hotels & Resorts brands. Through the addition of Two Roads, its esta

Today's Columnists

Reaping relevant results: Reflections on ‘Mind before Action’

Monday, 17 December 2018

The recent political turbulence that shattered the prestige edifices of governance proved several fundamental points. For me, one such is the need to have holistic thinking with emphasis on far reaching implications before taking a crucial decision.

The quality of some justice

Monday, 17 December 2018

We must, if we are rational beings and not mindless beasts, treat the herd instinct with due vigour. In the week before the Incarnation of the Son of God, a Son of the Soil seems fit for Crucifixion. The UNP’s sleek bloodhounds, some crossover SLFP

JVP’s task ahead

Monday, 17 December 2018

Ranil Wickremesinghe has reclaimed his Prime Ministership, not because he deserved it but because of President Sirisena’s impulsive irrationality driven by hunger for power and because of a determined commitment by JVP, TNA and Muslim parliamentari

If the new regime fails to uphold democratic good governance, society will bark loud and bite

Monday, 17 December 2018

Let the leaders of the new regime clearly realise that the civil society and citizen voters are watching with eyes open, ears attentive, and minds alert, and the body ready to spring into mindful strategic action to establish whether the much hard-fo

Columnists More