Travel / Tourism

SLAAR holds 25th Annual General Meeting

Views - 185 Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:00

The Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Association of Airline Representatives (SLAAR) was held on 18 July at the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo.


Cinnamon Red’s Associates’ Quarterly Meeting for Q1

Views - 43 Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Red held its Associates’ Quarterly Meeting for the first quarter of 2018/19 at the hotel’s Flavoured restaurant


SriLankan Airlines wins National Project Management Excellence Silver Award

Views - 194 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

SriLankan Airlines was honoured at the recent National Project Management Excellence Awards 2018, winning the Silver Award for ‘Best Managed Project in the Travel and Logistics Sector’ in recognition of its revolutionary ‘Book now Pay later’


Emirates Skywards expands loyalty program to include both Emirates airline and flydubai

Views - 23 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

Emirates Skywards has replaced flydubai’s frequent flyer program, OPEN, officially becoming the loyalty program of Emirates airline and flydubai. The alignment of the loyalty program now allows Emirates Skywards members to also earn Skywards Miles


Galle Face Hotel partners SLTDA for first ever tourist-friendly tuk tuk program

Views - 51 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) joined hands with the Galle Face Hotel and launched a tourist-friendly tuk tuk service at Galle Face Green in Colombo recently under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The ‘tourist-


Discovering Sri Lanka’s lesser known attractions through the eyes of social media influencers

Views - 290 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

Reaching over 10 million global social media users through 416 blogger articles in 2018, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau successfully hosted 32 travel bloggers and social media influencers during the last seven months, in a bid to showcase Sri Lan


Hilton Colombo echoes country’s optimistic outlook: Chairman Cooray

Views - 74 Monday, 6 August 2018 00:00

Krishantha Cooray, the Chairman of Hilton Colombo’s holding company Hotel Developers (Lanka) Plc, has said the five star property’s performance and potential reflects the country’s optimistic outlook and the world-class brand can compete with b


Kings Pavilion Kandy receives TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence

Views - 64 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

TripAdvisor has awarded Kings Pavilion Kandy with the Certificate of Excellence for 2018 – ranking a No. 1 placement


Camp dolphin: The perfect summer vacation for your kids

Views - 86 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Summer vacations are around the corner and parents are frantically looking at ways to keep their kids occupied.


Enjoy 40% savings at selected Cinnamon Resorts with Nations Trust Bank American Express

Views - 58 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is an island with many holiday destinations; from vibrant tropical beaches to serene hillsides, archaeological


KK Collection: Marketing Sri Lanka as a holiday destination to Australians

Views - 77 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Senior management of ‘The KK Collection’ in Galle, recently concluded an effective road show in Australia, meeting


Interactive session with outbound tour operators in Viet Nam

Views - 67 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Hanoi, in collaboration with NKAR Travel & Tours Ltd., Sri Lanka organised an interactive


Asia Leisure, Japan’s Belluna open latest property Le Grand in Galle

Views - 101 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

In keeping with its vision to offer exclusive leisure properties at key selected destinations, Asia Leisure, in partnership


Nature Trails epic safari in search of Sri Lanka’s elusive sloth bears

Views - 38 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Nature Trails, the award-winning eco-tourism division of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts is now offering guided sloth bear tours


Eiffel Tower closes as workers strike over long visitor queues

Views - 29 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): Staff at the Eiffel Tower walked out on strike on Wednesday in a dispute over lengthening queues at the Paris landmark, forcing it to close during the peak summer tourist season.


Fairway Colombo’s Saman Perera adjudged Best General Manager for Colombo region

Views - 53 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

Saman Perera, the General Manager of Fairway Colombo was adjudged by the CMO Asia Awards 2018 as the Best General Manager in the Colombo region from a selection of Sri Lanka’s best general managers in the hospitality segment at their recently concl


Samantha Ratnayaka Best General Manager in Hospitality at Sri Lanka Best Employer Brand Awards 2018

Views - 43 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

At the recently held Sri Lanka Best Employer Brand Awards 2018, Amaya Hills General Manager Samantha Ratnayake was awarded the CMO Sri Lanka’s Best General Managers (Hospitality) title. When asked how he felt about receiving this award he said he f


Galle Face Hotel hosts power breakfast with Irshad ‘The White Tiger’ Sayed

Views - 61 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

Iconic Grande Dame, the Galle Face Hotel recently hosted a power breakfast event with Irshad ‘The White Tiger’ Sayed, South African national kickboxing champion, two-time Muay Thai world champion and mixed martial arts champion. Born in Cape Tow


Foreign Minister of Iran at TAJ

Views - 33 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

Taj Samudra, Colombo warmly welcomed Islamic Republic of Iran Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif at the hotel Tuesday evening (31 July). Seen here Guest Relations Natasha, Sales Manager Ruwani Bandaranayake, Hotel Manager Mohan Pulkesin, Guest


Goonewardene to lead overall operations at Santani

Views - 74 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

Chamindra Goonewardene has taken up the role of Director of Operations at Santani Resort and Spa. Goonewardene, who previously was the head of marketing at the luxury wellness property will now oversee the entire operation of both the resort and the


GDPR and the local travel industry

Views - 51 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) in collaboration with SecurMatic.com organised a GDPR awareness summit to all its members and the hotel community (THASL) on 11 July at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in Colombo. This summi


Sri Lanka Tourism woos tourists from India

Views - 86 Wednesday, 1 August 2018 00:00

Showcasing Sri Lanka as a ‘must visit’ tourist destination, Sri Lanka Tourism hosted seven city roadshows to amplify


Multi-stakeholder initiative to boost tourism in Mannar

Views - 79 Wednesday, 1 August 2018 00:00

With the intention of boosting the hospitality sector of the district, the ‘Mannar Improving Competitiveness in Tourism’


Irish tourism booms as Brexit-hit British visitors return

Views - 34 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

DUBLIN (Reuters) : Irish tourism grew by 6.7% in the first half of the year, data showed on Thursday, as British visitors began to shrug off a weak pound that has made trips to the euro zone more expensive since the vote to leave the European Union


Travel Voice launches travel magazine

Views - 95 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Travel Voice, a dedicated media platform for travel trade, launched their first travel magazine recently at the office of Minister John Amaratunga in Colombo.


Taj Samudra’s Sarabjeet Singh wins Golden Globe Tigers Best General Manager in Hospitality award

Views - 35 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Taj Samudra Colombo Area Director Sri Lanka, Maldives and Malaysia and General Manager Sarabjeet Singh won the prestigious ‘Best General Manager in the Hospitality Sector’ award at the Golden Globe Tigers Awards ceremony, which was held at Taj Sa


Colombo Skalleagues attend 47th Asian Area SKAL Congress

Views - 30 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

The 47th Asian Area SKAL Congress was held in Macau SAR from 21-24 June with the theme ‘2018 the Year of Gastronomy Macau’.


Towards a total wildlife experience

Views - 224 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

In recent years the reputation of the national parks of Sri Lanka, especially that of the Yala National Park (Block I), has been severely dented, both locally and internationally, due to the uncontrolled and undisciplined behaviour of the jeep driver


Sri Lanka tourism push at travel mart in Bangalore

Views - 179 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka pavilion at the International Tourism Exhibition in the India International Travel Mart, India’s premier travel and tourism exhibition in Bangalore, was inaugurated on 27 July.


A kingdom rediscovered, with OZO Kandy

Views - 73 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

Situated at the heart of the country’s central capital, OZO Kandy achieves the perfect balance of sophistication, charm and comfort, uniquely designed to allow each guest to rediscover the magnificent city of Kandy, as they experience the grandeur


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Identifying traitors: I cannot wait until Dr. Padeniya presents his point scheme

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Cause for excitement I am excited! A way of identifying and measuring a traitor is soon to be unveiled; by no less than the President of the GMOA! Hasn’t he also qualified in some department of neurology? All the more reason to justify my excitemen


The evils of translocating wild elephants

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much-debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders of the Minster for Wildlife, wanted to move the only two wild elephants habituating the Sin


Climate scientists cheating us to a $ 12 b/year economic loss in 2050

Monday, 20 August 2018

Local news media carried the disturbing pronouncement by World Bank economists to the effect that Sri Lanka will become an extremely hot territory with 30C temperature rise and $ 12 billion per year economic loss by 2050.


Singapore miracle – How SL could benefit from trade with Singapore

Monday, 20 August 2018

According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on


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