Travel / Tourism

Sri Lanka to take sports tourism towards new dimension

Views - 202 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) will be making inroads towards sports tourism, by supporting the internationally acclaimed adventure sporting event ‘Adventure Racing World Championship’ which will take place on 13 December this year. T

Sri Lanka promotes wellness tourism at ‘Arab Health 2019’

Views - 269 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

Making wellness tourism a catalyst to boost the thriving tourism industry of the country, six leading companies in the wellness tourism sector from Sri Lanka participated in ‘Arab Health 2019’, which was held in Dubai, UAE from 28 to 31 January 2

Influential Indian tour operators call on Tourism Minister

Views - 88 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

An influential group of Indian tour operators visited Sri Lanka recently on a fact finding mission. The Executive Committee of Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) comprising of 15 members met the Minister of Tourism Development, Wild

Amaya Kuda Rah ranked ‘Best Boutique Resort’ in The Maldives at World Tourism Awards 2018

Views - 71 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

Amaya Kuda Rah was recently recognised as the Best Boutique Resort in The Maldives, at the 25th Annual World Travel Awards, Grand Finale Gala Ceremony 2018 at the historic Pátio da Galé in Portugal. Amaya Kuda Rah which is a part of the chain of re

World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage launched to combat overtourism

Views - 53 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:00

THE World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH) has been formed to protect local cultures, heritage and historical sites that are in peril from overtourism. The new association will promote ethical practices and better management relat

CMI Sri Lanka facilitates workshop on hospitality management

Views - 59 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:00

CMI Sri Lanka has commenced a series of workshops on Industry Best Practices, to uplift the standards of small and medium scale hotels across the country. For this purpose expertise already engaged in various CMI activities will be utilised. The ina

“Tourism earnings have risen 11.6% year-on-year to $ 4.4 b in 2018”: Serendib Hotels Chairman

Views - 207 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:00

Tourism is key to Sri Lanka’s current economic future, given our massive debt burden. Are you satisfied with the revenue earned by the industry in general and what is the strategy to drive up the spend?

Mahaweli Reach now offers ‘Zero Carbon Hotel Stays’!

Views - 144 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

One of the Hill Country’s most iconic hotels, Mahaweli Reach, revived its pledge to sustainability for a second consecutive year when it was recertified as a CarbonConscious, WaterConscious and WasteConscious Hotel, and also became Kandy’s first

Ulagalla by Uga Escapes wins 8 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards ranking among top 10 in Asia

Views - 64 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

TripAdvisor, the travel website that helps travellers across the globe, find the latest reviews and lowest prices, recently announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice awards. Among the many contenders, Ulagalla from UgaEscapes has emerged trium

Chamber of Tourism celebrates Independence Day in Arugam Bay

Views - 43 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

The Chamber of Tourism and Industry celebrated the 71st Independence Day in Arugam Bay on Monday amidst a large gathering. A vehicle procession was also conducted from Arugam Bay to Pottuvil. Divisional Secretary Pottuvil MAC Ahmed Nazeel was the Chi

What it takes for Sri Lanka to achieve 5 million tourists by 2021

Views - 1670 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Doubling of tourist arrivals to five million in three years requires Sri Lanka to take some bold and innovative measures apart from effective marketing of a more organised tourism destination, a top expert opined.

oneworld marks 20th anniversary, unveils major benefits for customers and airlines

Views - 64 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:01

The CEOs of oneworld member airlines met last week in London to unveil a radical transformation of the global alliance as it marks the 20th anniversary of its launch. The moves are designed to increase the value that oneworld delivers to customers an

Sri Lanka shows its prestige at CMT Germany

Views - 137 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

Full steam into the New Year: Sri Lanka showcased the best it has to offer from famed tourist attractions to adventure sports as well a whole host of wellness experiences that will have any traveller excited. The Sri Lankan Pavilion which was crowded

Sri Lanka, a must travel destination

Views - 170 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka still piques the interest of every ardent traveller. Daring or not, many look at Sri Lanka to fulfil all of their bucket list wishes for it has everything they may want. With over 90,000 rooms, an extensive air and road connectivity, and a

Thai Lion Air begins daily direct flights

Views - 498 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

Thai Lion Air on Wednesday began direct flights to Colombo from Bangkok (Don Mueang), marking a new chapter in the airline’s history. Thai Lion Air Board Chairman Capt. DarsitoHendroSeputro said Thai Lion Air is ready for Sri Lanka market and excit

Thailand draws 38.27 m international visitors in 2018

Views - 34 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

Despite a number of challenges that the Thai tourism industry faced in 2018, particularly with groups from China, Thailand welcomed a total of 38,277,300 million international visitor arrivals in 2018, up 7.5% on 2017. Thailand’s visitors generated

Cathay Pacific opens The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga

Views - 44 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

A visit to Cathay Pacific’s Business Class lounge at The Pier in Hong Kong has just become even more beneficial for mind, body and soul following the opening of The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga. Designed in partnership with The Pure Group, The Sanctuary

Guidebook for Chinese nationals to boost tourist arrivals in SL

Views - 316 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:32

By Divya Thotawatte In a bid to boost the Chinese tourism market in Sri Lanka, a guidebook on ‘Consular Protection and Assistance’ was recently released to help Chinese nationals visiting Sri Lanka. China contributes heavily to Sri Lanka’s to

Emirates serves over 20,000 plant-based meals on board during ‘Veganuary’

Views - 30 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:30

Emirates served over 20,000 plant-based meals across all classes in January, known to Vegans worldwide as Veganuary. The worldwide movement, to encourage Veganism especially in January has seen on board requests for vegan meals increase by over 40% t

Ebert Silva Holidays partners high profile inbound group

Views - 67 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:28

Ebert Silva Holidays handled a group of 114 professionals from the esteemed Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand), a subsidiary of the renowned Aditya Birla Group for a corporate and leisure tour of 5 days in Sri Lanka. Aditya Birla Group is an Indian m

Republic Day celebrations at the Taj Samudra

Views - 31 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 12:03

On 26 January, India celebrates its Republic Day to honour the day Constitution of India came into force in the year 1950. Taj Samudra, Colombo celebrated India’s 70th Republic Day on Saturday, 26 January 2019 in the hotel premises.

Destination marketing is everybody’s business

Views - 183 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:04

Sri Lanka has not got its due position in the world as it has created its own downfall due to challenges created on many fronts for decades. Seventy years of bad political and administrative decisions along with pure self-centric segments of the busi

Future prosperity of Sri Lankan whale watching activities

Views - 76 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:02

An awareness program was jointly organised for the boat operators engaged in whale watching activities by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and the Merchant Shipping Secretariat with the facilitation of Ceylon Fisheries Harbour Corporation, Sri

International tourist arrivals reach 1.4 billion two years ahead of forecast

Views - 52 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:01

International tourist arrivals grew 6% in 2018, totalling 1.4 billion according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. UNWTO’s long-term forecast published in 2010 predicted the 1.4 billion...

The Argyle: Star-class holiday experience in Hatton

Views - 757 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:04

The Argyle, a new luxury hotel was ceremoniously launched in Hatton in its unique heartfelt approach. The hotel combines a hint of Scottish history with a modern touch. The glamour of the architecture paired with The Argyle’s signature service, bri

JAL to launch flights to Bengaluru, India next year

Views - 36 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:03

Japan Airlines has confirmed that it will launch flights between Tokyo-Narita and Bengaluru India, during the summer of 2020. Bengaluru is located in the Deccan Plateau in the southern part of India and has the third largest population in the country

Pakistan eases visa rules to ‘heaven for tourists’

Views - 43 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:02

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Pakistan has loosened travel restrictions in the hope of reviving tourism by offering visas on arrival to visitors from 50 countries and electronic visas to 175 nationalities, the government said on Friday. The reforms, approved

The Water Garden Sigiriya rated the best hotel in Sri Lanka by TripAdvisor

Views - 115 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:00

The Water Garden is one of Sigiriya’s newest resorts, however, in this short time, it has also become Sigiriya’s premier year-round destination, receiving rave reviews from local guest and foreign visitors alike, while also being awarded a series

Hilton Colombo recognised by TravelScapes

Views - 42 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 00:57

Hilton Colombo was recognised as the ‘Most Indian Friendly Resort Hotel in Sri Lanka’ at the Versatile Excellence Travel Awards (VETA 2019) organised by TravelScapes held last week at the Imperial, New Delhi amidst the crème -de-la-crème of the

Comilla Bungalow recognised as LUX Magazine UK’s ‘Most Outstanding Luxury Bungalow in Sri Lanka’

Views - 133 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s Comilla Bungalow has been adjudged the ‘Most Outstanding Luxury Bungalow – Sri Lanka’ at the recent 2018 Global Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards by LUX Magazine UK.   Perched on the summit of a vast coconut estate in picturesque and h

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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

SL growth profile: Arrest moving down the staircase immediately to avoid hard landing on the floor

Monday, 18 February 2019

Strong message in the Sri Lanka Development Update 2019 Sri Lanka Development Update for 2019 was released by the World Bank last week. This document contains a review by the bank’s residential staff of the present state of the country’s economy

Prudential banking and saga of MTD Walkers

Monday, 18 February 2019

The matters referred to in the article under this title published in the Daily FT (15 February) are spotlighted in more detail under this scrutiny. While the general attention of the public remains more focused on recently arrested underworld kingpin

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Monday, 18 February 2019

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 since, as

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