Travel / Tourism

Six Senses opens 2nd Singapore Hotel

Views - 27 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

Six Senses has doubled its portfolio of hotels in Singapore with the opening of the Six Senses Maxwell on 1 December. The other property, the Six Senses Duxton, opened in April. Both hotels occupy historical buildings in Chinatown’s Tanjong Pagar d

Qatar Airways to launch flights to historic city of Isfahan in Iran

Views - 15 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways is to expand its operations in Iran with the launch of a new twice-weekly direct service to Isfahan International Airport, starting 4 February 2019. The airline will also increase services to Shiraz and Tehran from early January 2019. I

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts sweeps National Tourism Awards 2018

Views - 321 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts swept away six awards at the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018 held recently where they were recognised for the unique initiatives that contributed to the hospitality industry. Cinnamon was the only brand to win more than tw

‘A Sri Lanka Evening’ with Aeroflot Russian Airlines

Views - 74 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm in collaboration with the Aeroflot Russian Airlines and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Sweden Chapter organised ‘A Sri Lanka Evening’ for the travel companies based in Sweden. The objective of the eve

Royal Air Maroc to join oneworld

Views - 26 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Royal Air Maroc is to join oneworld, adding one of Africa’s leading and fastest growing airlines to the world’s premier airline alliance. Its election as a oneworld member designate was announced as the Chief Executives of the alliance’s 13 cu

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle wins ‘Destination Retreat Programme of the Year’ at AsiaSpa Awards

Views - 48 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in Sri Lanka has been recognised as the winner of ‘Destination Retreat Programme of the Year’ by AsiaSpa magazine at its 14th annual AsiaSpa Awards. Anantara Tangalle is the first and only resort spa in Sri La

Qatar Airways celebrates more than 10 years of service to New York

Views - 19 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways recently hosted a private VIP gala dinner with influential business leaders and political dignitaries to celebrate more than a decade of the award-winning airline’s successful service to New York City at the historical and renowned ve

Vietnam hosts first hotel in Southeast Asia to join the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Views - 16 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Hyatt has entered into an agreement with A&B Group for the Nam Nghi Phu Quoc Island to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand by early 2019. The 114-room property will be the first hotel in Southeast Asia under The Unbound Collection by Hyatt bra

Etihad Airways launches flights to Barcelona

Views - 12 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Etihad Airways has launched flights to Barcelona, Spain initially five times a week with a two-class Airbus A330-200 before becoming a daily operation from 31 March 2019. Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas said: “We have been tremendously excit

Singapore Airlines acquires stake in Data Republic

Views - 22 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:00

Singapore Airlines has acquired a minority stake in Australia-founded Data Republic through a placement of new shares. Senate, Data Republic’s governance platform, enables organisations to safely collaborate on shared data projects in a secured env

Etihad discusses rescue deal for India’s Jet Airways with bankers

Views - 36 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, the second largest shareholder of Jet Airways Ltd., is holding talks with the debt-laden Indian carrier and its bankers on a rescue plan, two sources aware of the matter told Reuters.

Emirates adds additional A380 service between Johannesburg and Dubai

Views - 23 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:00

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has introduced an additional Airbus A380 service to Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), effective 1 December, replacing the previous Boeing 777 aircraft on the route. EK762 (JNB-DXB

Oman Air wins double at World Travel Awards

Views - 24 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:00

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate, has been awarded World’s Leading Airline Economy Class at the 2018 World Travel Awards and its frequent flyer program, Sindbad has been named World’s Leading Airline Rewards Program 2018. The World

International tourist arrivals grow 5% Jan.-Sept.

Views - 49 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

MADRID: International tourist arrivals grew 5% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2018, according to the latest figures on world tourism issued by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). This reflects continued strong demand in a favourable ov

Sri Lanka Tourism wins e-Swabhimani for ingenious Travel Inquiry System

Views - 60 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

With over Rs. 2.1 billion worth of travel leads generated in the last three months alone, Sri Lanka Tourism was a well-deserved winner of the e-Swabhimani Award for its one-of-a-kind Travel Inquiry Management System. Sri Lanka Tourism bagged this aw

Jet Airways to stop free meals for most domestic economy passengers

Views - 35 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Jet Airways Ltd., India’s biggest full-service carrier, will stop providing free meals to most domestic economy class passengers from January, in the debt-laden airline’s latest move to cut costs and boost revenues. Passenge

Jet Airways to reduce flights to Gulf

Views - 32 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

DUBAI: India-based Jet Airways plans to cancel about 40 flights a week on seven Gulf routes from 5 December, reports said. Jet Airways has decided to withdraw its services to Doha from Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram as well as to Abu Dhabi f

Oak Ray Haridra Beach Resort completes one year under new management

Views - 61 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

Oak Ray Haridra Beach Resort Wadduwa will complete one year of operation in December under the new management, Oak Ray Hotels. The hotel was acquired by young entrepreneur Sujeewa Palliyaguruge, who owns over 16 properties mainly in Central Province

Airbnb Plus goes live in Bangkok; Phuket

Views - 20 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

Airbnb Plus is now available in Bangkok, Thailand with Phuket set to go online in December. Airbnb Plus homes have been inspected and verified in person by a third party against a 100+ point checklist covering cleanliness, comfort and design, giving

Darshan Tours promotes SL to Japanese Buddhist tourists

Views - 54 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

Rev. T. Yokoi from Shotokuji Temple Tokyo arrived in Sri Lanka on an educational tour. He hopes to send Buddhist pilgrim groups to participate in the national Vesak festival in 2019 in Sri Lanka. During this visit Rev. Yokoi visited the most importan

Turkish Airlines launches flights to Gambia capital

Views - 26 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Turkish Airlines has launched flights to Banjul, the capital city of Gambia, from 26 November with flights operating twice per week and in connection with Dakar flights. Banjul is located alongside with the Atlantic Ocean. With Banjul flights, Turkis

Mahoora Tented Safari Camps achieve prestigious conservation milestone with carbon-neutral status

Views - 32 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Eco Team’s Mahoora Tented Safari Camps and Explorer by Mahoora Camps, built with the utmost respect for the environment and aspiring to leave behind nothing but footprints, proudly announce a unique conservation milestone, as the country’s first

IHG opens world’s first voco Hotel

Views - 51 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

InterContinental Hotels Group has opened the first voco-branded hotel in the world in Australia’s beloved Surfers Paradise. The voco Gold Coast is owned by Australian property investment firm SB&G Group. The 389-room voco Gold Coast hotel offers al

DER Top 20 Champions tour Sri Lanka

Views - 160 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Go Vacation Sri Lanka, together with preferred hotel and local service providers, organised and hosted a familiarisation tour during the first week of December for a group of DER Touristik Top 20 Champions. As their title indicates, this VIP party in

15 travel agents from Germany visit SL

Views - 63 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

A group of 15 travel agents from Germany arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday, 22 November for a familiarisation tour organised by Schauinsland Reisen and toured the country for seven days. They visited the cultural triangle and the south coast during th

All set for Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018 on Thursday

Views - 130 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) is all set to host the sixth annual Sri Lanka Tourism Awards on December 6th at Shangri-La Hotel Colombo, following a six-year gap. The award ceremony is aimed at celebrating the achievements of

oneworld honoured as ‘Best Airline Alliance’ twice over – again

Views - 24 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

oneworld has won two more Best Airline Alliance awards, confirming its standing as the world’s most highly prized global airline alliance. These latest accolades come in independent surveys conducted by two leading USA-based magazines for regular f

Aitken Spence Travels brings 24 charters from the UK

Views - 124 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

Aitken Spence Travels is attracting the only charter flight operation from the UK to Sri Lanka this season, with 24 flights scheduled from early November 2018 to 30 April 2019. The charter operated by TUI UK will see a Thomson Airways 300-seat Dream

Sri Lanka shines at TT Warsaw

Views - 86 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

Tourist arrivals from Poland have more than doubled since last year with arrivals hitting a new benchmark of 44.32% as of October this year. To capitalise on this emerging market Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau took part in Poland’s most sought

Ukraine International Airlines introduces Premium Economy Class on medium haul flights

Views - 34 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:00

Effective 1 December Ukraine International Airlines is introducing Premium Economy Class fare family on its medium haul flights. Tickets are available on the official UIA’s website, ticket offices and agents’ network. Until now Premium Economy cl

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Fruits, flowers and futile triumphalism at Galle Face?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Every morning, I play voyeur and watch that nice neighbourhood uncle pluck flowers to pooja-fy his guardian deities. He is quite religious about it. And industrious to boot. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t restrict himself to his garden.

Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negoti

Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist

Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new

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