Travel / Tourism

Cathay Dragon to launch new service to Jinan in March

Views - 9 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

The Shandong capital, known as the “City of Springs”, becomes the Cathay Pacific Group’s 28th destination in mainland China The Cathay Pacific Group’s expansion across mainland China continues apace, with the announcement that Cathay Dragon w


Emirates firms up orders for 36 A380s worth $ 16 billion

Views - 33 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, signed a contract for 20 additional A380 aircraft and 16 options, firming up the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was announced in January. The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at


Sri Lanka Tourism gets to grips with Colombo’s tourism boom

Views - 66 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

Since 2009, Sri Lanka has witnessed far-reaching development when it comes to the hospitality and travel industry. Consider the fact that there has been a great deal of investment from abroad and here at home with regard to general infrastructure


Qatar Airways adds new self check-in kiosks at Doha airport

Views - 22 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

Additional self check-in kiosks are being installed at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport to make the check-in experience faster and more convenient for passengers, a report said. The new kiosks will enable more passengers to perform self check-in


Travel Outlook relocates to Colombo 4

Views - 58 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

Travel Outlook, a Destination Management Company (DMC), recently relocated its Sri Lanka’s office from Pamankada Road, Colombo 6, to a strategic location at No. 171/1 Galle Road, Colombo 4. This new location is next to Raja Jewellers and features i


Classic Travel receives Gold Award at National Business Excellence Awards 2017

Views - 73 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

In recognition of its excellence in business, Classic Travel was awarded a Gold Award under the Other Services category at the recently concluded National Business Excellence Awards 2017 (NBEA), the annual award competition hosted by the National Cha


Emirates Skywards triumphs in ‘Excellence in Management’ at Loyalty Awards 2018

Views - 20 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

Emirates Skywards, the loyalty programme of Emirates airline, has clinched the award for ‘Excellence in Management’ at the 10th annual Loyalty Awards 2018 organised by FlightGlobal and Global Flight and held in Bangkok on 6th February. The award


Sri Lanka targets approximately 450,000 Indian arrivals for the year 2018

Views - 80 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism continued its quest to target more Indian tourist arrivals this year by participating at the South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange 2018, which was held from 31 January to 1 February. The Sri Lankan pavilion proved to be an outstand


Passenger and cargo handling capacity at BIA will be doubled in the next 5 years

Views - 162 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

Airport and Aviation Services Executive Director Johanne Jayaratne says plans are underway to double the passenger and cargo handling


Sri Lanka Tourism sees Mumbai as market for high growth

Views - 105 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism started its 2018 Tourism Calendar with a positive output by participating in the 5th edition of the India International Travel & Tourism Exhibition


Sri Lanka at 70: Workshop on Sri Lankan wildlife in Guangzhou

Views - 41 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

A workshop to promote and highlight Sri Lanka’s amazing terrestrial and marine wildlife was organised by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou on 7 February


Thailand expects 300,000 tourists from China during Lunar New Year

Views - 30 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

Bangkok (Reuters): Thailand’s tourism body expects 300,000 visitors from China during the Lunar New Year holidays, a nearly 18% rise from a year ago. During the same holidays in 2017, the number of visitors from China was hit by a Thai government c


The Ibis – Wilpattu partners with Asian Tree of the Year

Views - 83 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

Situated on two-and-a-half acres of land by the Wilpattu Sanctuary, The Ibis hotel provides a serene escape for those wanting to experience Sri Lanka. Wanting to show each visitor the beautiful nature surrounding their villa, the once family home was


Singapore Airlines to launch blockchain-based digital wallet for KrisFlyer

Views - 27 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

SIA Group’s KrisFlyer frequent flyer program is to launch a blockchain-based airline loyalty digital wallet. A new KrisFlyer digital wallet app utilising this innovative technology is expected to be rolled out in about six months. It will allow the


Sri Lanka Tourism powers first IRONMAN event in South Asia

Views - 290 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) will be the title sponsor of the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo Triathlon, which will be held at Galle Face Green, Colombo on February 25.


Emirates greets Sri Lanka on its 70th Independence Day

Views - 122 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lankan employees at the Emirates Group, came together to offer their compatriots greetings and share their thoughts on Sri Lanka’s 70th anniversary of independence last Sunday.


New dimension to promote Sri Lanka as a destination

Views - 112 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism collaborated with Cinnamon Hotels to encourage local and foreign photographers to highlight their talent and capture unique locations of Sri Lanka


Maldives seek to project calm but tourists told to stay away

Views - 59 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

AFP: The Maldives on Tuesday sought to reassure tourists they would be safe as governments warned their citizens to steer clear of the troubled honeymoon islands amid a spiralling political crisis.


Ceylon Roots hosts largest incentive group from China

Views - 123 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

Ceylon Roots Ltd. together with the Sunflower Travel Company of the People’s Republic of China, created history by hosting one of the largest incentive groups from China for a week in Sri Lanka. The Tourist Group comprised of the best performing sa


Sri Lanka’s opportunity to leverage high-end tourism with reclaimed beaches

Views - 113 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

The recent proposals of the Megapolis Ministry to reclaim the sea around the Galle Face Green and to extend it southwards to Dehiwela, is a commendable idea. In addition, the expressway coming into the city centre with links to other expressways goin


Runiti.com disrupts local travel industry with sustainable platform

Views - 98 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00

Runiti.com, an online global platform for multi-level accommodation, is the newest entrant to Sri Lanka’s travel market with key values of sustainability.


BMICH wins Leading Meeting and Convention Venue Award at South Asian Travel Awards

Views - 49 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00

The iconic BMICH was adjudged the Leading Meeting and Convention Venue at the South Asian Travel Awards which concluded in the Maldives recently.


Sri Lanka a top destination for Indian tourists

Views - 93 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism participated at SATTE-2018 which is South Asia’s leading travel show from 31 January to 2 February 2018 in New Delhi, India. Sri Lanka is participating at this year’s fair with a strong contingent of 52 travel agents and hotelie


AirAsia remains committed to strengthen operations in SL

Views - 344 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00

AirAsia, leading low-cost carrier said it would remain committed to further strengthen its operations in Colombo, while exploring to setup a commercial team to develop the market for 2018.


Jack Ma’s Alibaba partners with Supreme Global Holdings to boost Sri Lanka’s tourism

Views - 482 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Global Holdings, and Alibaba Group owned “Alitrip” which is now called “Fliggy”, launched the “Sri Lanka Pavilion


Kuwait Airways woos more Lankans with youngest fleet

Views - 58 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Since the inception of its operation in Colombo in 1972, Kuwait Airways has established and built up a reputation of being a progressive


Changing travel and tourism world over: Ayubo.lk and Ayubo DRIVE

Views - 144 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Ayubo Leisure, the company behind the world’s only all-in-one travel platform recently launched Ayubo.lk and Ayubo DRIVE at the Shangri-La Hotel Colombo


India Republic Day celebrations at the Taj Samudra

Views - 39 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

On 26 January, India celebrates its Republic Day to honour the day Constitution of India came into force in the year 1950.Taj Samudra


Sri Lanka participates at ‘Reiselivsmessen 2018’ in Oslo

Views - 59 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo and the Tourism Promotion Bureau organised and coordinated Sri Lanka’s participation at the premier Nordic tourism fair ‘Reiselivsmessen 2018’ held from 12-14 January. NKAR Travels, Araliya Green Hills, Union Resor


Colombo Court Hotel & Spa wins TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

Views - 60 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00

Colombo Court Hotel & Spa has been recognised as a winner of the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Hotels, ranking its top 1% and being ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in Sri Lanka. TripAdvisor for the 16th year has highlighted the


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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

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