Travel / Tourism

Minister Daya Gamage calls for greater efforts to promote Ayurvedic eco-tourism

Views - 56 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

Nature has bestowed with multiple blessings to our country what other countries of the globe are very much lacking.


Cathay Pacific launches flash sale to China on Singles’ Day

Views - 18 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

This offer coincides with the Chinese Singles’ Day festival, popular among young Chinese people to celebrate the fact that they are proud to be single.


Click and win free ticket to Melbourne with SriLankan Airlines

Views - 13 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

SriLankan Airlines has kicked off several promotions to mark its daily flights to Melbourne, Australia.


Destinasian selects Santani to the Luxe List 2017

Views - 30 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

The DestinAsian Magazine, which was established in 2001 is a leading award winning travel magazine in the Asia Pacific Region.


Sri Lanka Tourism signs MoU with Australia’s MDF on Unawatuna Beach Development

Views - 162 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Government-supported Market Development Facility (MDF), to collaborate on a comprehensive development program for the Unawatuna beach.


SriLankan Airlines wins ‘Innovation in Commercial Airline Cabins’ at In-flight Asia Pacific Awards

Views - 46 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

SriLankan Airlines added yet another prestigious award to its impressive list of recent global airline industry accolades when it won the ‘Innovation in Commercial Airline Cabins’ award at the In-flight Asia Pacific Awards in


Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau title sponsor of prestigious annual British Guild of Travel Write

Views - 69 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau was the title sponsor of the prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers Awards held at The Savoy Hotel in London last week.


SLCB conducts back-to-back MICE promotions in China, Singapore and India

Views - 92 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB) is aggressively promoting MICE tourism to Sri Lanka with its back-to-back MICE promotions and trade fair participation in China, Singapore and India.


Sri Lanka: Memorable authentic and diverse destination

Views - 90 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

ITCM: World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the Travel and Tourism industry, kicks off from 6-8 November at the Excel Exhibition Hall, London, UK, promoting international travel throughout the world.


Classic Travel introduces special student centric offers for student travellers

Views - 36 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

In a bid to offer complete travel solutions to Sri Lankan outbound tertiary education students and their accompanying parents, Classic Travel affords a variety of services ranging from special rates on air fares, student insurance to complimentary vi


Emirates and flydubai further expand partnership, announce new codeshare destinations

Views - 30 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

Building on the success of the initial phase of their partnership, Emirates and flydubai have announced 16 additional destinations to which Emirates’ passengers will be able to travel on a single ticket.


SLTDA fully digitalises hotel licensing process

Views - 114 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

Licensing of hotels and other tourism-related establishments with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority has been completely digitised, while physical registration has been discontinued to expedite the process.


SriLankan Airlines voted as Best Airline in South Asia

Views - 190 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

SriLankan Airlines became the toast of the region’s airline industry when it was chosen as the ‘Leading


Aitken Spence Travels to bring 13 charter flights from Poland this season

Views - 169 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

Strengthening a new front in its efforts to promote tourism to Sri Lanka, Aitken Spence Travels announced that it will be attracting 13 charter flights from Poland this season, with one arriving every 10 days till mid-March 2018.


Chinese tourism is overflowing

Views - 87 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

According to data from ForwardKeys, which helps forecast future travel by analysing around 17 million flight booking transactions a day, the boom in Chinese outbound travel is set to keep on going.


Relax, indulge and celebrate a magical Christmas getaway at Browns Hotels & Resorts

Views - 55 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

Plan your festive season early this year with Browns Hotels & Resorts and ensure a relaxing and unforgettable stay with your loved ones. Indulge and celebrate the holiday season at any of the four spectacular properties of


Ceylon Roots & Browns Tours conduct ‘Role of a Tourist Driver’ service briefing

Views - 61 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

The management of Ceylon Roots & Browns Tours in collaboration with the Chauffeur Guide Association of Sri Lanka, recently conducted a service briefing program for selected chauffeur guides and drivers at the Marco Polo Hall in Excel World, Colombo.


Qatar delegation in Dedduwa-Akurala tourism zone 

Views - 94 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

Economy and Commerce Minister of Qatar Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassum Al Thani and Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Abbas Al Baker during an observation visit to the proposed tourism zone in Dedduwa and Akurala. Also seen, Ministry of Industry and Commerce Rishad Ba


Taj Samudra launches brand new 350-designated fleet of Mercedes

Views - 60 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

Taj Samudra Colombo launched yet another luxury-service in keeping with their quest to pamper their in-house guests. A brand-new fleet of Mercedes vans and cars – The C 350-designated fleet of Mercedes vehicles, beckons the guests to luxuriate in t


Rebuffed by American Airlines, Qatar Airways buys into Cathay Pacific

Views - 43 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

DUBAI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Qatar Airways has broadened its global reach by purchasing a 9.61% stake in Cathay Pacific, adding another strategic investor to the Hong Kong carrier’s complicated share register at a time when it is looking to cut cost


F-Air presents whole new glimpse into kingdom of whales

Views - 115 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

On 27 October, a Cessna T206H took off from the Domestic Airport in Koggala, one of the first in a long line of flights dedicated to an alternate way of experiencing the lifestyle and behavioural patterns of marine wildlife. One of the subspecies of


Biggest ever push for sports tourism

Views - 212 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena With the aim of promoting Sri Lanka as a ‘Sports Tourism Hub’ the Ministry of Tourism together with the Ministry of Sports will be enhancing the sports sector by bringing a series of international events to Sri Lanka. Sri L


‘Gulf Air Holidays’ debuts

Views - 59 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has officially launched one of the airline’s most highly anticipated initiatives ‘Gulf Air Holidays’, offering travellers a wide range of holiday packages and tailor-made travel solutions t


King of Uganda at the Taj

Views - 1941 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli II; King of Uganda and Queen were warmly welcomed by Sarabjeet Singh – Area Director Sri Lanka and Maldives and General Manager of Taj Samudra, Colombo yesterday (1 November). Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli 11 will participate in ‘


SriLankan Airlines rewards the winner of the passenger survey

Views - 66 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier and oneworld member airline, held its monthly draw to select the lucky winner from those who provided feedback by taking part in the international passenger survey. At the draw, senior lecturer Dr. Chandima Ti


Casons Rent a Car bags two awards at South Asian Travel Awards 2017

Views - 151 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

The South Asian Travel Awards, the first-ever regional travel awards endorsed by multinational associations with the aim of encouraging and raising service standards within the regions of the tourism industry, was held on 28 October in Addu City, Mal


Expansive tourism promotion and road show held in Kingdom of Bahrain

Views - 58 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism in close coordination with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Kingdom of Bahrain conducted a major tourism promotional event recently, in order to lure and woo tourists and visitors from Bahrain to Sri Lanka. The mega road show and eve


THASL crowns most outstanding hoteliers at ‘Rising Star

Views - 239 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00


Qatar Airways launches spectacular promotion to celebrate its 20th anniversary

Views - 60 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

Qatar Airways is celebrating its 20th anniversary by providing incredible fares across both its Economy and Business Class cabins, in addition to offering 20 lucky winners a Privilege Club Gold membership and discounts of


Mövenpick Hotel Colombo wins at the South Asian Travel Awards 2017

Views - 78 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo was crowned the “Leading Business Hotel in Sri Lanka” at the South Asian Travel Awards 2017, which aims to encourage and raise customer service standards of the tourism industry within the South Asian regions.


Today's Columnists

Constitutional reform – A reply to Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The lengthy article by Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC on constitutional reform published in the newspapers recently appears to contain several errors of fact and of law


Ranil’s reluctant tryst with truth

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Twenty years ago in 1998, Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda writing in the periodical ‘Frontline’ traced our peculiar path of progress in the 50 years of independence


Omni-Channel Synchroniser for banks and financial institutions: An vision to simplify banking

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Today, as a society we are noticing a historical shift from cash-based transactions to digitisation of financial transactions, and from the use of traditional banking channels to e-channels.


Extending the net of AML/CFT: The need for public awareness

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

By Press Notice, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) through its Financial Intelligence Unit(FIU), has drawn the attention of the public to “Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 2015/56 dated April 21, 2017 prescribing


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