Travel / Tourism

Hilton Colombo wins ‘Sri Lanka’s Leading Business Hotel 2018’ at World Travel Awards

Views - 109 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

Hilton Colombo has won Sri Lanka’s Leading Business Hotel award for the second consecutive year at the World Travel Awards 2018 held in Hong Kong. Described as the Oscars of the Travel and Tourism industry by the Wall Street Journal, it is one of

SIA introduces access to mobile boarding passes via Google Pay

Views - 24 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Customers travelling with Singapore Airlines (SIA) can now have the added flexibility of saving their mobile boarding pass on Google Pay, the digital wallet platform and online payment system developed by Google. With this new initiative, customers w

Emirates to fly daily to Edinburgh, Scotland on 1 October

Views - 24 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Emirates is to launch flights to Edinburgh, Scotland on 1 October 2018. Edinburgh will be the airline’s second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its 8th in the United Kingdom. The Scottish capital is the second most visited city in the UK a

Cathay adds Tokushima as latest desination in Japan

Views - 23 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

The Cathay Pacific Group will introduce a scheduled seasonal service from Hong Kong to Tokushima in Japan, as its record-breaking year of network expansion continues. The new two-times-weekly service to Tokushima, gateway to the island destination o

Hilton expands Waldorf Astoria brand to Bangkok, Thailand

Views - 43 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Hilton has expanded its luxury Waldorf Astoria brand to the colourful city of Bangkok, Thailand. Located within the 60-storey Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard, the 171-room Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is owned by MQDC (Magnolia Quality Development Corpora

Srilal makes presentation at Monash, Caulfield Campus

Views - 43 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Srilal Miththapala conducted a short seminar at the Monash University, Caulfield campus Melbourne, on ‘Sustainable Tourism Development from a South-Asian Perspective – A Sri Lanka Case Study’. The seminar was presented by the Graduate Tourism P

SLTPB scales up tourist arrivals with roadshows

Views - 87 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

Indian tourist arrivals have gone up by 15% since the beginning of this year, with 237,369 arrivals recorded up to July. Sri Lanka Tourism now aims to scale up the number to nearly 400,000 visitors this year and substantially raise the percentage of

Tourism State Minister tasked with making informal sector formal

Views - 67 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

State Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs Ranjith Aluvihare has been tasked with ensuring the success of the proposed registration process of the ‘informal sector’, which is engaged in tourism illegally – hotels, re

SLITHM launches 5 NVQ certificate training courses on adventure tourism

Views - 68 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva With a view to standardise and develop the adventure tourism and training sector, the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) yesterday launched the adoption of five National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) c

Helanka Vacations celebrates 10 years of making dreams a reality

Views - 30 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Helanka Vacations, a company that focuses on customised holidays, celebrates 10 years of providing clients with their dream holidays tailored to each one’s specific requirements. Planning a holiday in a country as diverse as Sri Lanka can be a daun

Leisure and golf, a new tourism trend

Views - 76 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

With three 18-hole golf courses including two in the hill country and an old-established one in Colombo, Sri Lanka presents an exciting challenge for every ardent golfer. It’s with this in mind that Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) hosted

S’pore takes crown in Cvent’s annual top destinations list for meetings, events in Asia-Pacific

Views - 46 Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:10

TTGASIA.COM: Singapore has once again been named the top meeting destination in the Asia Pacific region in 2018, for the third year in a row by Cvent. The list was compiled based on sourcing activity through the Cvent Supplier Network which in 2017 s

Jet Airways posts Q1 loss of $ 188 m

Views - 31 Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:09

REUTERS: India’s biggest full-service airline, Jet Airways Ltd. posted its second consecutive quarterly loss and said it would inject funds and cut costs in excess of INR 20 billion in two years as it seeks to turn around the business. The Airline,

Thailand sees drop in Chinese visitors after tourist boat disaster

Views - 26 Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:09

BANGKOK (Reuters): A boat disaster near Thailand’s Phuket Island that killed 47 Chinese last month is significantly cutting arrival numbers from China, though the Thai tourism industry is hopeful the decline will be stemmed by late this year. The 5

Santani to expand overseas

Views - 108 Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:09

Upon being featured in Time Magazine’s ‘World’s Greatest Places’ list, Santani, Sri Lanka’s first purpose-built luxury wellness resort, yesterday announced plans to invest over $ 50 million to build three new properties locally and overseas

Anantara launches private jet experience

Views - 73 Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:08

Thailand’s rapidly growing Minor Hotels Group has launched the Anantara Private Jet Experience. In partnership with MJets, travellers can now explore Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand like never before. The Gulfstream V, with its three-zone cabin, i

SriLankan Airlines launches new on-time initiative ‘Ready to Fly!’

Views - 58 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

SriLankan Airlines has announced the launch of its new ‘Ready to Fly!’ program to enhance its world-renowned customer

Trump’s trade war with China hits US tourism

Views - 66 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

President Donald Trump’s tit-for-tat trade war with China appears to have caused a significant slump in Chinese visitors

Big draw for Chamber of Tourism and Industry’s Helicopter tours

Views - 58 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Helicopter joyrides organised by the Chamber of Tourism and Industry Sri Lanka on Friday in Batticaloa in view of the Hajj festival

Enjoy interacting with wildlife at Avani Hotels

Views - 24 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

BANGKOK: Four signature Avani Hotels will be introducing a new ‘Meet Our Friendly Neighbours’ initiative, which will offer guests the opportunity to interact with wildlife.

Travelport, IBM launch new AI travel platform

Views - 45 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Leading travel commerce platform Travelport and its strategic technology partner IBM has introduced IBM Travel Manager

Qatar Airways to operate Airbus A350-1000 to Singapore and Tokyo

Views - 25 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways has confirmed that it will operate the Airbus A350-1000, equipped with the airline’s new Qsuite, on flights to and from Changi Airport in Singapore from 1 November 2018.

Luxury in wilderness

Views - 112 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

In a place known as the little England amidst temperatures similar to what is in Europe lies a newly found gem that offers everything that this part of Sri Lanka has to offer. Nuwara Eliya is where locals and foreigners alike visit for a few days to

Hyatt opens first beach resort in Japan

Views - 27 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa in the southernmost region of Japan. Located on the private Seragaki Island and linked by a bridge to the main island of Okinawa, the hotel offers a stunning

Egypt most popular holiday destination for Mena travellers; India a close second

Views - 21 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

Egypt was ranked the most popular destination for travellers from the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) in the second quarter of this year, followed closely by India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE, according to travel engine Wego. India jumped t

SriLankan Airlines launches Pre-Order Meal Service for Economy Class passengers

Views - 58 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

SriLankan Airlines has come up with yet another value addition for its passengers with the launch of its Pre-Order Meal Selection for Economy Class passengers flying out of Colombo to most destinations on its global route network, to complement its a

Sampath Cards invites cardholders to explore world with 15% savings on

Views - 53 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Sampath Cards joined hands with to offer a fabulous 15% savings on the base fare for all air tickets purchased on on or before 31 August 2018.

Classic Travel to be Official Travel Partner for FACETS International Gem & Jewelry Exhibition 2018

Views - 46 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Classic Travel, the trusted brand in total travel solutions leading the market through innovation, has stepped up to be the official travel partner for the 28th edition of the FACETS International Gem and Jewelry Exhibition on 30 August-2 September 2

SriLankan Airlines makes dreams come true

Views - 31 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

SriLankan Airlines was the Official Airline Partner of the Boyzone 25th Anniversary and Farewell Tour concert that took place in Colombo recently.

Turkish Airlines workshop for travel agents

Views - 44 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

A Turkish Airline workshop for travel agents was held at the Hilton Colombo on 17 August.

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Government’s cohabitation stuck in the past or what?

Friday, 19 October 2018

The appointment of career judge Nalin Perera as the new Chief Justice, who has served in the judiciary for over 30 years, provides a snapshot into President Maithripala Sirisena’s thought process, amidst various stories of clashes with his coalitio

Profit before principle: Khashoggi and US-Saudi relations

Friday, 19 October 2018

The mysterious disappearance of a Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, from inside the Saudi Embassy complex in Turkey on 2 October and an array of circumstantial evidence surrounding his disappearance lead one to suspect that Jamal was possibly abduct

When shame and honour take the hypocritical centre stage

Friday, 19 October 2018

As human beings, we experience a gamut of emotions. These help individuals to express themselves, and authorities to exercise control over entire societies. The most common feelings engendered by our race span a spectrum from guilt and shame to fear.

ERP in the Cloud: Realising the full potential for emerging markets

Friday, 19 October 2018

The world has witnessed a remarkable disruption and digital transformation in technology over the past few years. Many organisations have transitioned from large-scale, resource-intensive implementation exercises to operational investments with lower

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