Travel / Tourism

John calls on tourism industry to create brand for quality services

Views - 94 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga yesterday (9 April) said the growth of tourism industry depends on the quality of products and services, insisting it is imperative for Sri Lanka to cr

Wasana Trading Lanka enters hospitality industry

Views - 90 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

Wasana Trading Lanka the proud owner of the largest vehicle yard in Sri Lanka made a large foot print in the hospitability industry on 1 April with the launch of ‘Wasana Nature Resort and Restaurant’. Wasana Trading Lanka thus establishes its nam

Tired of walking? Flyview offers aerial tour of Paris in virtual reality

Views - 18 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

Reuters: There are many ways to see Paris such as by foot, by boat, and now by virtual reality. Flyview’s virtual reality tour that enables users to “fly” over Paris’s monuments was launched recently. Guests arrive in a lobby resembling an ai

Chinese airlines tipped for record profits on tourism boom, yuan gains

Views - 17 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

Shanghai (Reuters): China’s three largest airlines are likely to report their strongest annual profits in years this week, as soaring travel demand and foreign exchange gains more than make up for a drop in income-per-passenger and the rising cost

SIA named TripAdvisor’s ‘Best Airline in the World’

Views - 29 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

Singapore Airlines has been named this year’s ‘Best Airline in the World’ in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2018. The Airline has also been recognised in seven other categories of the awards by the international travel

Jaffna students in familiarisation visit to Colombo

Views - 33 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

The first batch of Jaffna students who completed their apprentice program conducted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) were in Colombo, last week, for a familiarisation visit.  During the three-day visit, they had a

SL eco-tourism has massive untapped potential

Views - 86 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena Being an expert in sustainable tourism and a key figure in the eco-tourism field, Sustainable Tourism Consultant and Sri Lanka Rainforest Ecolodge Chairman Prema Cooray stated that Sri Lankan eco-tourism has a massive untapped

Qatar Airways brings revolutionary Qsuite business class seat to Chicago

Views - 53 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways has announced it would introduce its revolutionary business class seat, Qsuite, on flights from Chicago starting 1 April.

Sri Lanka strengthens industrial ties with Singapore at NATA’s Travel Fair 2018

Views - 86 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka was a colourful attraction at the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) Travel fair 2018 which was held from 23-25

Marriott opens 100th hotel in India

Views - 50 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Marriott International marked an important milestone in India today with the opening of its 100th hotel in the country

Minor Hotels Group signs Avani Hotel Suites & Branded Residences in Dubai

Views - 29 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Thailand’s Minor Hotels Group has further strengthened its pipeline of properties in the Middle East with the signing of an Avani hotel and branded residences in Dubai.

KumbukRiver acclaimed as one of world’s most unique hotels

Views - 138 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

KumbukRiver is Sri Lanka’s highest-awarded resort, winning the island’s only Travel Oscar as the world’s leading eco-lodge. It has been mentioned by international media as one of the world’s top 10 most unique hotels, while The Daily Telegrap

Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club launches refreshed brand identity

Views - 23 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways’ Frequent Flyer Program, Privilege Club, has announced the launch of its refreshed brand identity, under the slogan – ‘Don’t just collect miles, collect memories’. The refreshed brand identity, which was initially announced at

Serendib Leisure affirms position in villa management

Views - 182 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

Serendib Hotels PLC, a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings PLC and a part of the Leisure, Travel and Aviation Group, announced the acquisition of a 48.85% stake of the Frontier Capital Lanka Ltd., the owning company of the Lantern Beach Collection. At the t

Cinnamon Air uplifts 10,000 passengers for financial year 2017/2018

Views - 110 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Air (, the only premier domestic airline to operate daily scheduled flights to/from the Bandaranaike International Airport and several other water and land aerodromes in Sri Lanka, commemorated the uplifting of the 10,000

Inbound tourism from China

Views - 167 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

The negative growth in inbound tourism from China -1.0% for period January to December 2017 compared to same period 2016

Tourism Minister assures support to strengthen tourism in Kandy

Views - 81 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga held a discussion with the Kandy Hoteliers Association

Sri Lanka seeks New Zealand expertise in tourism

Views - 39 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka has sought expertise from New Zealand in developing the country’s adventure tourism segment and improving high end hospitality training.

SriLankan Airlines launches special program to recognise promoters of overseas pilgrimages

Views - 54 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

SriLankan Airlines launched a unique and concerted effort to better facilitate the air travel arrangements of the large number of Sri Lankans

Walkers Tours 5 years CarbonNeutral

Views - 64 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s premier Destination Management Company (DMC) and a subsidiary of the country’s largest blue-chip conglomerate John Keells

Over 100 hotels to participate in Maldives travel show

Views - 42 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

Over 100 resorts/hotel properties in the Maldives have confirmed their participation in the second edition of Travel Trade Show of Maldives (TTM), scheduled to take place in May. TTM is scheduled to be held at Dharubaaruge, Male’ Maldives from May

Sabre appoints Roshan Mendis as CCO of Travel Network

Views - 28 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

Sabre has appointed Roshan Mendis as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of its travel network business. As CCO, Mendis will be responsible for leading global sales, sales operations and business development initiatives worldwide. “Roshan has the vision

Tourism authorities examine Pattipola Tourist Comfort Centre; say social media criticism unfounded 

Views - 177 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

The Ministry of Tourism and Development and Christian Affairs sent a special team of officials to look into the status of the ‘Tourist Comfort Centre’ attached to the Pattipola Railway Station, operated by the Department of Railways.  A picture

Russian visitors impressed with Sri Lanka’s diversity

Views - 69 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

Russia showcased its potential to be an important source market for Sri Lanka, at the Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT) held in Moscow from 13-15 March, for the 25th successive year. The Sri Lankan pavilion at the exhibition was

Travel Diaries: Malta

Views - 78 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

By Maria Gomez Travelling with a sibling is possibly the best way to strengthen that already strong bond, and from the many adventures I share with my sister, travelling around Malta is one that will forever be embedded in my heart. Nestled in the c

Sri Lanka’s first B2B e-commerce platform for hospitality industry

Views - 882 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:00 came into existence in 2008 just as an online directory and is now a very well established, successful part of the hospitality industry in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Sri Lanka participates in ‘Salon Mondial du Tourism’ in Paris

Views - 79 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:00

For the first time, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in France jointly organised Sri Lanka’s participation at the 43rd Edition of the ‘Salon Mondial du Tourism’ Exhibition, which was held from 15 to 18 March in Pa

Sri Lanka Tourism targets top source markets from Western Europe

Views - 107 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka was recognised as an ideal holiday destination at the roadshows held in Netherlands and Belgium respectively, encouraging the Benelux counterparts to visit the island nation having a wide diversity of cultural and geographical opportunities

Best of Avurudu offers with Amaya Resorts

Views - 63 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

With March coming to an end and the school holidays coming around the corner, it’s all about holidays this April; and Amaya

Arie Lagoon, Negombo officially opens in grand style

Views - 275 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

Set on a beautifully landscaped five and a half acre property by the Negombo Lagoon, Arie Lagoon was officially launched

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