Travel / Tourism

Tourism positioned to drive Sri Lanka’s economic prosperity: Minister John Amaratunga

Views - 184 Thursday, 10 October 2019 00:00

Q: You took over the tourism portfolio exactly four years ago. Tell us about the progress during this period. A: Let me just stick to the numbers and let you decide on the progress. In 2014 tourist arrivals stood at 1.5 million. Last year that figure

Heritage Expediciones wins Travelife Partner sustainability award

Views - 78 Thursday, 10 October 2019 00:00

Heritage Expediciones Sri Lanka received the Travelife Partner award in recognition of their long-term efforts and frontrunner position regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Heritage Expediciones complies with more than 100

Mahaweli Entrepreneurs Presidential Awards Ceremony 2019

Views - 53 Thursday, 10 October 2019 00:00

Mahaweli Reach was awarded third place in the Best Mahaweli Entrepreneur in the Tourism Sector category at the inaugural edition of Recognition for Mahaweli Entrepreneurs Presidential Awards Ceremony 2019 which was held under the patronage of Preside

Sri Lanka Convention Bureau organises MICE event in France

Views - 54 Thursday, 10 October 2019 00:00

For the first time, the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB) in collaboration of the Sri Lanka Embassy in France organised two MICE promotional events in France on 30 September. An 11-member MICE delegation led by Sri Lankan Convention Bureau General

A new 5-star hotel to be built in Kandy under BOI agreement

Views - 1223 Thursday, 10 October 2019 00:00

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed an agreement with Star Class Hotel Ltd., to set up 67 room 5-star hotel which will be located at Mavilamada Road, Kandy. The Agreement was signed by Board of Investment of Sri Lanka Chairman Mangala Yapa a

CNN’s Quest requests Xiteb CEO to take Ceylon Traveller Mobile App to next level with CNN services

Views - 379 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

CNN Correspondent and Host of Quest Means Business Richard Quest was presented with the Ceylon Traveller mobile app by Xiteb’s CEO Dhanesh R. Jayathilaka at the recently-held Future of Tourism Summit organised by Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts.  Ceylon

Sri Lanka appointed to key posts in UNWTO

Views - 133 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka has been appointed as one of the two Vice Chairpersons for South Asia Commission of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the period 2019 to 2021. Sri Lanka has also been concurrently elected as the Representative of the Com

Jetwing Hotels launches Project WE at Jetwing Lake

Views - 58 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

The Easter attacks threatened the harmony wrought amongst the communities, resulting in racial tension and violence in several areas across the country. As a hospitality provider with an island-wide presence and a decades-old reputation built on stro

Emirates A380 touches down in Cairo

Views - 23 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

Emirates’ award-winning A380 made its debut at Cairo International Airport (CAI) recently as the airline brought its popular aircraft to Egypt for the first time. The landing demonstrated the airport’s readiness to accommodate the A380, the world

Discounts galore at SriLankan Airlines Travel Fest

Views - 28 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines is once again providing its customers around the world with an amazing discounted offer to destinations throughout its route network in the SriLankan Travel Fest on with discounts up to 40% on Business Class and 2

SLITHM and PMO take the lead to organise 13-year guaranteed education awareness seminar

Views - 54 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

SLITHM, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training and the Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) jointly organised an awareness seminar on the 13th year guaranteed education program. The s

Jungle Beach and Ulagalla by Uga Escapes named winners of Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2019

Views - 80 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

Uga Escapes, one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated hospitality groups, emerged victorious when two of their properties – Jungle Beach and Ulagalla – were announced as winners at the 11th Annual Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2019 in the Best Luxury Hot

Sri Lanka showcases sustainable tourism at MATTA Trade Fair 2019

Views - 50 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) exhibited Sri Lanka as a sustainable and a diverse travel destination at the recently concluded Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) fair in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. MATTA Fair is Mala

Recognising Jaffna: A culinary adventure by popular YouTubers ‘Chopstick Travel’

Views - 63 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

Under Sri Lanka Tourism’s Travel Blogger & Influencer Program, Luke Martin and Sabrina Davidson of ‘Chopstick Travel’ – the popular food travel based YouTube channel – visited Sri Lanka recently to explore Sri Lanka’s culinary diversity f

Maahen re-elected as President of Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators

Views - 88 Monday, 7 October 2019 09:42

Maahen Kariyawasan, the Managing Director of Andrew the Travel Company Ltd., was elected for the second time as the President of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO).

Tourism industry in 2018

Views - 51 Monday, 7 October 2019 09:41

Earnings from tourism continued to be a major source of foreign exchange to the country, supported by a healthy growth in tourist arrivals during 2018. Tourist arrivals grew by 10.3% to 2,333,796 in 2018, recording the highest annual tourist arrivals

Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance launches Resilience Action Plan, Crisis Response Plan and Love Sri Lanka

Views - 104 Monday, 7 October 2019 09:33

The Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance recently launched a Resilience Action Plan and a Crisis Response Plan along with – a website dedicated to travel to Sri Lanka, at the Cinnamon Future of Tourism Conference.

Serendib Hotels marks World Tourism Day by empowering local communities

Views - 41 Monday, 7 October 2019 09:29

Serendib Hotels celebrated World Tourism Day on 27 September in keeping with this year’s theme, ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’ by empowering the local community and organising a series of celebratory events for guests at Avani Bent

SLTDA and National Tourist Drivers Association hold 4-day training program for tourist drivers

Views - 39 Monday, 7 October 2019 09:26

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) along with National Tourist Drivers Association commenced a four-day training program for tourist drivers on Friday (4) in Colombo at Ex. Servicemen Association Fort.

Nations Trust Bank American Express Card announces spectacular Singapore promotion

Views - 32 Monday, 7 October 2019 09:24

Nations Trust Bank American Express is offering cardmembers an exclusive and exciting opportunity to win return air tickets to Singapore for themselves and a companion. All cardmembers have to do to enter the draw is to simply swipe their cards for R

Summer viewing trend report: Emirates reveals customers’ top picks on ice

Views - 23 Monday, 7 October 2019 09:21

Dubai, UAE: Emirates carried approximately 16 million passengers over summer, from June to August, and 75% of these customers highly rated their inflight entertainment experience –according to Emirates’ inflight survey. With an entertainment cata

Hilton Colombo demonstrates extraordinary resilience: HDL Chief Cooray

Views - 728 Monday, 7 October 2019 00:36

Hotel Developers (Lanka) Plc, Chairman Krishantha Prasad Cooray has described Hilton Colombo as having demonstrated extraordinary resilience in 2018 despite serious challenges faced by the tourism industry and the country.

Stakeholders of tourism value chain being mobilised to create value

Views - 144 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:00

EFECS is a joint development project funded by the Government of Canada and implemented in Sri Lanka by SANASA International Ltd. with the management support of the Development International Desjardins (DID). The project aims to support the developme

15th Hotel Asia kicks off on 7 October in Maldives

Views - 32 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:00

After much anticipation, South Asia’s largest hospitality tradeshow, Hotel Asia 2019, presented by Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services Ltd. will commence on 7 October with the much-awaited Culinary Challenge kicking off a day ahead.  Hotel

Surf’s up in the east – and much more

Views - 129 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:00

For the people of Arugam Bay, last week was a tourist bonanza. Over 120 international surfers flew down to the East Coast to compete in the So Sri Lanka Pro 2019 Qualifying Series (QS) 3000, which placed Sri Lanka squarely on the World Surf League’

Mixing to the beat

Views - 43 Thursday, 3 October 2019 00:34

For Sahan Weerasinghe, mixology is an extension of his other true love – music. This young lad, just 24 years of age, is blazing a fine trail of enthusiastic creativity in the field of mixology, and his latest achievement? Winning two coveted main

Anantaya Pasikuda 1st 5-star hotel in Eastern Province felicitated at World Tourism Day celebrations

Views - 91 Thursday, 3 October 2019 00:31

28 classified hotels including the first five-star hotel Anantaya Pasikuda and four-star Amaya Passikuda and Chaya Blue in Nilaveli are the four-star hotels in the Eastern Province and A grade guest houses who received awards at the ceremony organise

Imagining dragons

Views - 271 Thursday, 3 October 2019 00:28

Having a child is a terrifying thing. They make you believe in dragons again. Children are conjurors; they create worlds where none existed, and breathe life into the fairytales we seem to have long forgotten in favour of grown up stuff. We worry ab

So Sri Lanka Pro 2019 kick-starts on triumphant note

Views - 59 Thursday, 3 October 2019 00:24

The much awaited world-class surfing event of the year, ‘So Sri Lanka Pro 2019’ started off on a grand scale on 24 September, along with a press briefing to acknowledge the local media about the event, and also to inform them about the event sche

Cinnamon launches We Are One to celebrate unity in diversity for World Tourism Day

Views - 46 Thursday, 3 October 2019 00:22

Cinnamon launched a music video titled We Are One, a song performed in celebration of World Tourism Day by renowned musician Alston Koch, to drive the message of unity in diversity. We Are One is a song dedicated to unity in diversity as Sri Lankans

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Elpitiya test market: Implications for brands Gota and Sajith

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

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An efficient energy sector for economic growth

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

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Will the rule of law, ethics, and morality be above family rule and crony rule?

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

The two main contenders for the Presidency of Sri Lanka are Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa. That is stating the obvious. No doubt, some others may have a limited impact on the outcome. Minority votes may benefit Premadasa, while the Sinhala

Addressing past harm

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

The approach towards an inclusive and equal society, where all human beings are to be treated equally before the eye of law and every human being should have the right to remedy for the harm done to them, seems nothing but a façade when our memories

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