Travel / Tourism

Kuwait Airways platinum partner for French Spring Festival 2019

Views - 45 Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:00

Kuwait Airways, the national airline of Kuwait and an airline whose impressive and colourful history in Sri Lanka spans over four decades, is now set to bring a taste of Parisian culture to Sri Lanka. The airline recently signed an agreement with the


World’s most spacious luxury ship arrives in Sri Lanka

Views - 154 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

MS Europa, a luxury cruise ship considered as one of the most spacious cruise ships on the market, recently docked at the Colombo Harbour. On their arrival in Colombo, the guests were welcomed by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and were also a


Sri Lanka tourism shines in Vistula Boulevards in Warsaw, Poland

Views - 67 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

The residents of Poland and travel enthusiasts had the opportunity to visit the Colourful Consumer event, which promoted Sri Lanka tourism from 31 May to 2 June at Vistula Boulevards in the city of Warsaw, Poland. Visitors had a great chance to get f


Dutch tourists eager to visit Sri Lanka following relaxation of travel advisory

Views - 70 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

The number of tourists from The Netherlands travelling to Sri Lanka has begun to pick up following the relaxation of the travel advisory by the Dutch Government on 31 May. In the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on 21 Apr


Deputy Mayor of Paris meets PM and Cabinet Sub-Committee to discuss SL’s tourism sector revival

Views - 71 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

Deputy Mayor of Paris Jean Francois Martins visited Sri Lanka from 5-6 June to meet senior government officials and key private sector leaders to discuss Sri Lanka’s tourism revival strategy following the Easter Sunday terror attacks in the country


International celebrities hosted by Cinnamon call on world to visit paradise isle again

Views - 81 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

From its sun-kissed golden beaches, to colourful cultural festivals, to an abundance of natural and historical sites and an incredible offering of mouth-watering treats and delicacies, Sri Lanka has served as the ultimate tropical getaway for decades


Jetwing Symphony set to launch a new contemporary boutique hotel in Kandy

Views - 132 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

As part of its luxury portfolio, Jetwing Symphony PLC, the investment arm of Jetwing will launch Jetwing Kandy Gallery in the historical city of Kandy by the end of this year. Spanning 1.9 acres, the hotel will feature 26 plush rooms and suites rang


World Environment Day 2019 at the Taj

Views - 42 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

Ever since its conception in 1974, World Environment Day has had a special theme relating to the pressing environmental concern at the time. Each World Environment Day is organised around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing enviro


Turtle Traveller app – Connecting buyers and travellers around the world

Views - 263 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

The Turtle Traveller app is an innovative global app launched last year and designed by a team of Sri Lankans who aim to connect buyers with travellers from around the world in a secure, efficient and affordable way. Turtle founder Geoffrey Evarts go


Industry Veteran Samantha Gunarathne appointed COO of Elyon Hotels

Views - 55 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s niche hotel operator Elyon Hotels appointed industry veteran Samantha Gunarathne as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO) recently. Elyon Hotels Management Co., though a relatively new entrant in the country’s hospitality sphere, has


Business must embrace accessible tourism

Views - 111 Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:10

One of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry is that of Accessible Tourism- tourist destinations and services which are available to everyone regardless of disability, age or other issues. Whereas governments and businesses in other So


Brunch for a happy bunch at Cinnamon Lakeside

Views - 58 Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:07

With a refreshing view of the pool and the serene Beira Lake beyond, add to weekend activities with the delightful and delectable Sunday Brunch, available again at Cinnamon Lakeside. Guests have a plethora of choice, including live grills, unlimited


Galadari conducts ‘Pledge of Unity’

Views - 43 Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:05

Galadari Colombo recently conducted the Pledge of Unity at the hotel’s Grand Ballroom for all staff. This was done with the intention of creating a sense of unity and commitment among all. The recent terrorist attacks on the country left it in terr


Rohan Fernandopulle new GM at Cinnamon Lakeside

Views - 134 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

A well-known personality in the hospitality industry, Rohan Fernandopulle is a celebrated chef with nearly four decades of experience, both locally and internationally. He has won several prestigious awards for his culinary expertise, as well as F&B


Mount Lavinia Hotel earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 5th consecutive year

Views - 47 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

Mount Lavinia Hotel received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2019. The achievement celebrates and acknowledges businesses that are consistent in maintaining a service level of superior quality. The achievement is earned through great t


Centara kicks off 36th anniversary with epic 36-day global celebration

Views - 35 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, is marking its 36th anniversary milestone with a 36-day worldwide customer-focused celebration tied to the company’s 1983 founding. On this occasion, it also marks the 36th anniversary


Cinnamon Grand welcomes Dermot Gale as new GM

Views - 182 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

British national Dermot Gale counts over 40 years in the hospitality industry with stints in some of the leading hotel brands. Prior to this appointment as the General Manager of Cinnamon Grand, the flagship hotel of the Cinnamon brand, Gale was the


A Grand farewell to Cinnamon Grand General Manager Rohan Karr

Views - 192 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

The management and staff of Cinnamon Grand said farewell to the first and longstanding General Manager and the first CEO of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, hotelier Rohan Karr, in an emotional ceremony attended by over 750 Associates. The ceremony paid t


Hilton Colombo Residences celebrates #HiltonEffect during 100th anniversary

Views - 61 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Hilton, one of the fastest-growing hospitality companies in the world, has kick-started its 100th anniversary celebrations in South East Asia. In the lead-up to its centennial milestone on 31 May, the global hospitality company aims to bring what it


Experience the best of the bush, beach and highlands with Cinnamon!

Views - 53 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

If you’re keen to make the most of incredible hotel deals with Cinnamon whilst exploring the nooks and crannies of the island, there’s never been a better time to start planning your getaway. Whether you’re an adventure enthusiast, a fan of bea


Increasing operational efficiency in hospitality establishments main focus of SLHC

Views - 56 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Hospitality Consultants (SLHC) provides consultancy services with insights into local tourism trends with a global perspective. With expert consultants who share their passion for the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, SLHC provides 360-degree


It’s all about cricket at the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo

Views - 42 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Cricket in Sri Lanka is no longer just a sport. As the former Sri Lankan Cricket captain legend said: “It is a shared passion that is a source of fun and a force for unity. It is a treasured sport that occupies a celebrated place in our society. We


Hilton Colombo Residences celebrates #HiltonEffect during 100th anniversary

Views - 73 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

Hilton, one of the fastest-growing hospitality companies in the world, has kick-started its 100th anniversary celebrations in South East Asia. In the lead-up to its centennial milestone on 31 May, the global hospitality company aims to bring what it


Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance launches #LoveSriLanka initiative

Views - 307 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:03

In the wake of the Easter Sunday outrage, several hoteliers came together to form the Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance, launching its #LoveSriLanka initiative. The Alliance’s main focus is the creation of an enabling online platform and community to pro


Resilient Sri Lanka can bounce back post Easter Sunday setback: Galadari GM

Views - 61 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:01

By Charumini de Silva History has amply proved that Sri Lanka is a resilient nation and the country with the right mindset and initiatives can bounce back stronger post Easter Sunday setback according to Galadari Hotel Colombo General Manager Sampath


Annual Culinary Art Food Expo in October to help tourism revival

Views - 595 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

Despite the Easter Sunday attacks having an immense negative impact on tourism in Sri Lanka, the annual Culinary Art Food Expo (CAFÉ) will go ahead as scheduled. CAFÉ 2019 will be held from 21 to 23 October at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Ex


Soaring above the high ‘C’s! Kuwait Airways supports Sri Lankan opera impresario

Views - 33 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

In keeping with its long standing tradition of supporting talent across the world, Kuwait Airways, the national airline of Kuwait and an airline whose impressive and colourful history in Sri Lanka spans over four decades, has taken aspiring opera imp


Emirates ensures all flights to and from England screen football finals live

Views - 26 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

Emirates flights with Live TV will screen the UEFA Europa League Final on 29 May and the UEFA Champions League Final on 1 June live on the dedicated in flight sports channel, Sport 24. With two all-English finals, the airline has made special arrange


Foreign media in Sydney briefed on Sri Lanka by Consulate General

Views - 242 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney organised a media briefing on Sri Lanka’s tourism industry revival post Easter Sunday terror attacks to members of the Foreign Correspondents Association in Australia and South Pacific Association (FCA)


Qatar Airways wins two at Oman Airports Awards

Views - 33 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

Qatar Airways has announced that it has been named ‘Best Route Network Developing Airline’ and ‘Best Contribution to O&D Development Foreign Airline’ at the Oman Airports Awards 2019. The awards were presented at a ceremony that took place r


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Whither Sri Lanka?

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

On Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019, suicide bombers from an extremist group caused carnage in six separate locations in Sri Lanka. Over 250 lives were lost and as many injured. The magnitude and co-ordination of their operation indicate several months o


Our Cricket Board simply cannot deliver – why not they all quit honourably?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

“It is necessary, therefore, for the Government to pay serious attention to the doings of Sri Lanka Cricket [board] and take immediate action to lift their game for the progress of our glorious game.” Question for Sri Lanka Cricket (board) Sri La


Yesterday Tamils, today Muslims and tomorrow who?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

From the time of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s election victory in 1956, one and only one issue had dominated political party campaigns in this country; and that was communalism. The Tamil community was the main focus of these campaigns for over 50 years


Those who go by social proof are easy prey to crafty schemers

Monday, 17 June 2019

Going after social proof Swiss writer and novelist, Rolf Dobelli, in one of the essays in his 2013 book ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’, has given a fine warning to his readers. He has warned against going by ‘social proof’ or ‘majority view


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