Travel / Tourism

37 hotels to be recognised for sustainable practices by SLTDA

Views - 139 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) initiated the National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC) as the first step towards making the tourism industry sustainable with the technical and financial assistance of Biodiversity Finance

Raffles Hotel in Singapore after two-and-a-half year restoration

Views - 41 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

One of the world’s most celebrated and iconic hotels Raffles Hotel in Singapore reopened this week following an extensive three-phase restoration which began in February 2017. First opened in 1887, and declared a National Monument a century later b

Taj Samudra bids farewell to Dr. G. Sundaram

Views - 78 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

TAL Lanka Hotels PLC bids farewell to Dr. G. Sundaram, Director of the Company, on his retirement on 26 July after their Annual General Meeting, which was held at Taj Samudra, Colombo. Dr. Sundaram served as a Director of the Company for several yea

Kids’ edutainment adventure program ‘The Great Lake Adventure’ kicks off at Amaya Lake, Dambulla

Views - 38 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Amaya Resorts and Spas in collaboration with Beyond Boundaries Global Ltd. is launching the first ever kids’ adventure activity camp “The Great Lake Adventure” at Amaya Lake Dambulla from 5-31 August. ‘The Great Lake Adventure’ is the first

Workshops to boost tourism SMEs

Views - 160 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) engaged in tourism across Sri Lanka have been part of a series of workshops on crisis management and recovery measures led by tourism industry veteran Srilal Miththapala. The workshops are the initiative of Austra

Blackpool Hotel Nuwara Eliya gets more stars

Views - 96 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

The Blackpool Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, has received the four-star status and is now looking at adding a spa to their portfolio. The hotel which was built on former potato cultivation is owned by a consortium including a Japanese investor, Yatara Travel

Sink into luxurious tropical bliss at Sri Sharavi Beach Villas & Spa

Views - 78 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

Located in scenic golden sandy beaches of the south coast, Sri Sharavi Beach Villas & Spa offers guests the ultimate island getaway with absolute exclusivity and tranquillity. The breath-taking idyllic beachfront villas at Mirissa are a distinctively

Palm Paradise Cabanas and Villas – a coastal retreat for nature lovers

Views - 509 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

Something a little different: With more and more travellers going the distance to seek sanctuary from the everyday grind, comes a place that capture the spirit of a time, a scene and a tranquillity that uplifts the soul and mind. Known as Palm Parad

TripADeal founder calls on Tourism Minister

Views - 91 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

TripADeal, Australia’s most-awarded online travel agency Managing Director Norm Black met with Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga at the Ministry of Tourism last week to discuss joint tourism p

SATA to revisit Sri Lanka

Views - 85 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte In an effort to celebrate hospitality and travel bodies in the region, the organisers of South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2019 recently held a signing ceremony with their partners for the regional event that will be hosted in Sri

Landmark victory for Heritance Aarah and Adaaran Resorts at International Culinary Challenge

Views - 47 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

The culinary prowess of the leading hospitality chain Aitken Spence Hotels was recognised with an impressive 94 awards at the recently concluded Food & Hospitality Asia Maldives 2019 (FHAM) competition, with its new entrant, Heritance Aarah clinching

Etihad to serve London Heathrow with fourth daily service

Views - 28 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

Etihad Airways has announced plans to boost its services from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow by adding a fourth year-round daily service between the two capitals. The new service, launching on 27 October, introduces a convenient mid-morning departure f

Cricket boosts sports tourism, traveller confidence post-Easter Sunday setback

Views - 51 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Post-Easter Sunday terror attacks, cricket is giving sports tourism and traveller confidence in security a boost, industry sources said. They said that the back-to-back presence of two cricket teams – Bangladesh and New Zealan

Sunil Dissanayake receives Hotel Industry Education Leadership Award 2019

Views - 70 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

Recognised as a leader with passion and commitment, veteran hotelier and human resources professional BMICH Director/CEO Sunil Dissanayake was presented an Education Leadership Award at the Sri Lanka Best Employer Brand Awards 2019 held recently at t

SL Tourism needs strategic clarity before rushing into campaigns: MTI

Views - 115 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

MTI, Sri Lanka’s leading strategy consultancy (having undertaken assignments in 43 countries over the last 22 years) has expressed its professional opinion that “Sri Lanka Tourism needs strategic clarity, with buy-in from all stakeholders, before

Emirates paints Airbus A380 with Rugby Sevens livery

Views - 43 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

Emirates, the title sponsor of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, has revealed a brand new livery dedicated to the 50th staging of Dubai’s flagship sporting event, and one of the key tournaments on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series. The new

Getting tourists back: Talk about the suicide bomb saga or keep mum?

Views - 364 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

Every day people die from something other than sickness or old age. Death visits in many ways to collect its victims. Floods, landslides, accidents, wars, suicide bombs. There is a story everyday about death collecting victims. We are neither shocked

More people visit UK in first-quarter but spending falls

Views - 35 Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): More overseas visitors traveled to Britain during the first three months of 2019 compared with a year ago but their spending fell, official data showed on Thursday. There were 8.0 million visits to Britain from overseas in the first

Tourists start returning to Sri Lanka amid tightened security

Views - 127 Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

The series of recovery efforts and tightened security measures that Sri Lanka has launched in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks are beginning to bear fruit, as travellers from overseas markets are displaying greater confidence and interest to vis

SriLankan Airlines and MAS Holdings introduces novel passenger experience at BIA’s Serendib Lounge

Views - 4807 Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines has teamed up with MAS Holdings to elevate their business class passenger experience with Spryng – a smart accessory that is guaranteed to rejuvenate transiting passengers or make ready those embarking on long distance flights. A

Emirates Skywards rolls out new partnership and special offers

Views - 47 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

Members of Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty program of Emirates and flydubai, can use travel and shopping spends from their summer holiday this year to earn more Skywards Miles that can get them closer to their next dream getaway. Miles e

Sri Lanka participates at Second Annual Royal Commonwealth Showcase 2019

Views - 117 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto, as a part of country promotion/tourism promotion program 2019, participated at the Second Annual Commonwealth Showcase, organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) celebrating the 70th Anniversary

Sri Lanka tourism promotion campaign commences in Singapore

Views - 105 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is safe for travellers was the key message conveyed at a briefing held by the Sri Lanka High Commission yesterday at the Shangri-La hotel for the National Association of Travel Agents of Singapore (NATAS). The event was organised in associa

Clarification from SriLankan Airlines

Views - 73 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:00

With reference to the recent news reports on a damaged meal tray onboard a SriLankan Airlines flight, the Airline yesterday clarified and placed on record that there were no defects reported prior to departure of the flight, and this incident occurre

Thai Airways to charge extra for preferred seats

Views - 33 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:00

Thai Airways has announced that it will soon give travellers the option of selecting preferred seats, for a price. The preferred seat fee will vary based on actual flight distance flown, and Thai Airways says that the service will only be available a

Amari Galle official host hotel of South Asian Travel Awards 2019

Views - 146 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:00

Amari Galle is proud to have been chosen as the official host hotel of the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) Gala 2019. The awards gala is scheduled to take place on 19 and 20 September. “Following the recent incident in the country which affected t

Thailand’s June foreign tourist arrivals up 1%

Views - 49 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:00

Bangkok, Reuters: Thailand saw a rise of 0.89% in tourist arrivals in June from a year earlier, after a drop of 1.03% in May, the tourism ministry said in a statement on Monday. The 3.05 million tourists in June spent about 150 billion baht ($4.86 b

Chief Executive Officer of dnata Travel Group visits Sri Lanka

Views - 90 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:00

dnata Travel Group Chief Executive Officer Iain Andrew recently visited Sri Lanka to meet officials of the tourism industry and to personally assess the situation on ground. He was happy to note that life in Sri Lanka has come back to normal, and tha

Chinese journalists on FAM tour

Views - 176 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:00

Twenty-eight Chinese journalists and travel writers arrived in the country, on 18 July, as part of a week-long familiarisation tour in an effort to gear up publicity in promoting Sri Lanka as an ideal holiday destination to lure more visitors from th

Discover the soul of Galle with iDiscover Galle

Views - 407 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

Galle Fort is a gem of a heritage town; its red-roofed, white-washed colonial houses catapult you back to days-long-gone. But more than the buildings, it’s the people that make this place unique. The Fort is a place that celebrates unity in diversi

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Religion is a problem in Sri Lanka; can it be a solution?

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Generally, it is expected that religion should be a solution to a problem. Ironically in Sri Lanka religion is the problem. Therefore, what would be the solution? When religion becomes a problem of a country....

Orthodoxy and change: A perennial Muslim issue

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Whether Muslims live as minorities in non-Muslim countries or as majorities in a total of fifty seven countries, the clash of orthodoxy with modern challenges is a perennial issue that bedevils progress on several fronts in these communities.

Making the MCC Compact work for Sri Lanka

Friday, 16 August 2019

It is a sign of these political times that even an apolitical issue like a foreign aid program becomes a hot topic in Sri Lanka. In April 2019, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approved a compact program for Sri La

Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

Friday, 16 August 2019

The late John F. Kennedy described politics as a “noble adventure, an adventure in which one joins hands with the masses for the service of man”. Not that the Kennedys didn’t play “politricks” in their heyday. But playing “politricks” w

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