Columnists,Travel / Tourism

What is the real investment in the hotel plant in Sri Lanka?

Views - 218 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

The tourism industry has been referred to as a ‘thrust industry’ and ‘engine of growth’ by the State ad nauseam,

SL ready to host 3rd International Housekeepers’ Summit next month

Views - 267 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is all set to host the third International Housekeepers’ Summit (IHS) in Colombo from 4 to 5 July, themed ‘Rekindling

oneworld connect debuts for airlines to link to world’s premier alliance

Views - 44 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

oneworld has launched a new platform for linking up to the world’s premier airline alliance – enabling customers to enjoy

The Singapore hotel where top brass, dealers and spies rub shoulders

Views - 69 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): For the region’s military officers, diplomats, weapons manufacturers and spies, there are few livelier places than the lobby of Singapore’s Shangri-La hotel around mid-year.

Kuwait Airways takes ‘the world’s youngest fleet’ to Málaga and Alexandria

Views - 35 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

Hot off the heels of its recent summer expansion into Europe and the Mediterranean, namely Trabzon (Turkey), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt), Kuwait Airways, the national airline of Kuwait and an airline with a remarkable and storied hi

Comilla Bungalow wins World Luxury Hotel Award

Views - 121 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s Comilla Bungalow was recently declared the Asian Continent Winner in the “2017 Luxury Country House” category at the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards. Situated near the historic town of Wathurugama, and perched at the summit of

Yoho Bed becomes Sri Lanka’s largest ‘online hotel network’

Views - 2110 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

Yoho Bed, Sri Lanka’s largest hospitality company has attained recognition through its innovative technology and rapid growth since inception. Yoho Bed offers an alternative to the mass produced tourism and caters to the new change in the way peopl

Travel Bridge bags ‘Most Promising & Upcoming General Sales Agent’ at TBO Holidays Awards, Dubai

Views - 44 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

Travel Bridge, a subsidiary of Expolanka Holdings PLC was recently lauded the ‘Most Promising & Upcoming General Sales Agent’ Award for its work as the sole representative for the UAE based Business to Business (B2B) online booking platform – T

SLTDA signs MoU with S4IG to ensure inclusive growth of tourism sector in 4 districts

Views - 100 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Skills for Inclusive Growth (S4IG), an initiative by the Australian government’s aid program implemented with the support of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Skill

AccorHotels completes $ 1.2 b Mantra acquisition

Views - 41 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

AccorHotels has completed its acquisition of Mantra Group for $1.2 billion in a deal that includes the Mantra, Peppers, BreakFree and Art Series brands, representing 138 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Bali.

Emirates flies non-stop from Dubai to Newark

Views - 34 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

Emirates has introduced a new non-stop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Dubai, adding to its existing daily flight which operates with a stop in Athens, Greece, said a report.

Oman Air launches inaugural flight to Istanbul

Views - 18 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

National carrier Oman Air has launched a new daily flight from Muscat to the Turkish city of Istanbul from 1 June.

Promotional workshop in Stockholm for MICE travels to Sri Lanka

Views - 201 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

An inspiring workshop in Stockholm on ‘Sri Lanka as a meeting- and conference destination for Swedish companies’ was arranged on 31 May, by Best of Sri Lanka in Sweden in cooperation with Aitken Spence Travels Ltd.

Comprehensive campaign in China

Views - 53 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka was showcased in all its splendour at the Shanghai World Travel Fair held at Shanghai Exhibition Centre in China last week.

Emirates Skywards introduces new family rewards program

Views - 44 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

Emirates Skywards has revamped its family offering to provide a richer, more rewarding program called ‘My Family’.

Sydney Airport targets India as next key growth market

Views - 48 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

Sydney (Reuters): Sydney Airport Holdings Pty Ltd, a major beneficiary of China’s outbound tourism boom, is targeting India as the next big international growth market, its CEO said on Thursday.

India receives no bids for Air India stake sale

Views - 45 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): The Indian government said it did not receive any expressions of interest in its planned Air India stake

Saudia begins operations from new Jeddah airport

Views - 55 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, flew more than 130 guests on the first commercial

Asia Miles enhances system to make air travel more rewarding

Views - 11 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

Asia Miles, one of Asia’s leading travel and lifestyle rewards programs, is changing the way that members earn and redeem miles when flying.

Asia Pacific airlines’ April passenger load up 9.3% to 29.8 m

Views - 22 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

Preliminary traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) for April 2018 show growth in international

Thailand to host 19th IIFA Awards from 22-24 June in Bangkok

Views - 60 Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

Thailand has been named as the host country for the 19th International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA Awards), which is scheduled to be held in Bangkok from 22-24 June. This will be the second time that the Thai capital plays host to the biggest ce

AirAsia shares plummet as probe threatens plans for India unit’s IPO

Views - 30 Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

Singapore/Kuala Lumpur (Reuters): AirAsia Group Bhd shares plunged on Wednesday after federal police in India filed a case against the airline accusing it of corruption - a probe that threatens to delay its India unit’s IPO plans and international

Saman Villas presents infinite indulgences for direct bookings

Views - 78 Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, planning your honeymoon or just need to immerse yourself in exquisite luxury Saman Villas is wonderfully idyllic and tranquil, offering its guests, unparalleled views, luxury, peace and privacy in abundanc

Emirates announces start of scheduled A380 service into Hamburg

Views - 27 Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has announced that it will introduce the first scheduled commercial Airbus A380 service to Hamburg. To commemorate the inaugural arrival in Hamburg on 29 October, the A380 will be deployed on the

Singapore Airlines to launch world’s longest commercial flights

Views - 300 Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch the world’s longest commercial flights in October, with non-stop services between Singapore and New York using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range). Flights are to be launched on 11 October, to Newark L

Qatar Airways enhances in-flight dining experience

Views - 43 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways has launched a new on-board dining experience for its Premium customers.

Group of travel agents from Spain arrive on familiarisation tour

Views - 117 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

A group of 14 travel agents from Spain arrived in Sri Lanka on a familiarisation tour.

TTG selects Santani as a top corporate wellness destination

Views - 119 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

TTG Mice, Asia-Pacific’s Intelligent Business Events Resource, has selected Santani resort and Spa as one of the top hotels that can cater to high end corporate groups through curated and specialised programs.

Minor buys stake in Spanish hotel group for $ 226 million

Views - 64 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

Minor International has reached an agreement to acquire 30,000,000 shares in NH Hotel Group for 192 million ($ 226.3 million).

More Asia Miles and better rewards on Cathay Pacific

Views - 34 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

Cathay Pacific Group customers will earn more Asia Miles on the vast majority of their flights and have more access

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Strong trade agreements need 30-50 consultations

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Coming from a multinational working background, I strongly support free trade given that open competition tends to sharpen

The case of our concealed subservience to China

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

If one takes a close look at the general trend of discourse and debate that has been going on in Sri Lanka, one cannot but be

Muslim markers in Sri Lanka: Changes and challenges

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

If we exclude from our consideration the wars that owe their origin to religious hatred, or to difference in fundamental principles

A 10-point guide on bank credit facilities that suit your business best

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

As a businessman when you visit a bank seeking credit facilities you are faced with a lot of banking jargon with which you are often not conversant. You tend to learn about them only when you start utilising such facilities. Further, if are young and

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