Travel / Tourism

Red Hot Chili Peppers rock Egypt’s pyramids

Views - 26 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

CAIRO (Reuters): Californian group Red Hot Chili Peppers played in front of Egypt’s great pyramids of Giza recently, entertaining more than 10,000 people at the site and many more over a live-stream link. With the three ancient monuments silhouette

WTTC announces winners of 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Views - 49 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced the 2019 leaders in sustainable tourism at the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards ceremony. The Awards, now in their 15th year, took place at a special ceremony during the WTTC Global Summit in Sevill

What is Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Views - 55 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. The CITES aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threat

Sri Lanka captures hearts of Italians at BIT Travel Fair

Views - 73 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

The Italian city of Milan was a hive of activity as the BIT Travel Fair came alive in the month of February. This annual Italian Travel and Tourism Fair is the largest exhibition in the world for Italian tourist products and a thorough show of the be

The Resident offer is back at Mövenpick Hotel Colombo this Avurudu season

Views - 81 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year, or as this resplendent island calls it ‘Avurudu’, is an important holiday. Celebrate the season as Mövenpick Hotel Colombo offers all residents a wonderful deal this April. A special rate of Rs. 21,850nett per ni

Spend the 75th Bradby Shield weekend at Simpson’s Forest Hotel

Views - 119 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The Simpson’s Forest Hotel is a true destination for rest, relaxation and adventure with stunning views and quiet tranquility, surrounded by the best that nature has to offer in the surrounds of Meenawatte Estate. Time will here will not only give

Earth Hour observed at Cinnamon City Hotels

Views - 21 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Cinnamon’s city hotels – Cinnamon Grand, Cinnamon Lakeside and Cinnamon Red observed the global movement of Earth Hour by switching off all non-essential lights at the hotels and lighting candles around the three properties, with the participatio

How CITES impacts leopard conservation

Views - 83 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Generating an estimated $7-23 billion dollars each year, the illegal wildlife trade is the world’s fourth most lucrative criminal enterprise, after the illicit trafficking of drugs, humans and arms. This staggeringly widespread trade is undertaken

French consumers enchanted by Sri Lanka experience at Salon Mondial du Tourisme in Paris

Views - 98 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism participated at the 44th edition of the largest B2C travel fair in the French Market, Salon Mondial du Tourisme (SMT) in Paris, France, which was held at Parc des Exposition, Porte De Versailles from 14-17 March. SMT is the larges

Bocuse d’Or Sri Lanka 2019 kicks off with master class featuring Michelin-Starred Chef

Views - 183 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Bocuse d’Or Sri Lanka’s selection of candidates for the culinary world’s most prestigious competition began on 1 April with a master class featuring Michelin-starred Chef Roland Debuyst. The event was held at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism

Emirates wins Best First Class at 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Airlines

Views - 50 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:25

Emirates has been awarded Best First Class in the world at the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Airlines. The airline also clinched several other awards including Best Regional Business Class Middle East, Best First Class Middle East a

The Argyle: Hatton’s only luxury hotel offers breathtaking views

Views - 163 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:22

Hatton, for the most part is quiet. The region is famed for its tea plantations and scenic views where most visitors travel through en route to other destinations. But now, there is a reason to make Hatton an overnight (or two), stay. Located just fi

Elephant Reach celebrates 13th anniversary

Views - 236 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:20

Elephant Reach Yala proudly celebrated the 13th anniversary of its successful journey recently, providing absolute comfort and unforgettable experiences to its visitors. With a range of new and improved rooms such as perfectly curated chalets and del

Step back in history while on your holiday in Nuwara Eliya this April season

Views - 179 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:18

The Golden Hospitality Ltd. decided that the discerning traveller to Nuwara Eliya should be given a taste of ‘Little England’ with the old world charm experience and modern amenities. The first property was the luxury 45-roomed, The Golden Ridge

Fairview Hotel Wellawatte loved by guests

Views - 65 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:17

Fairview Hotel Wellawatte is especially designed to offer the best in comfort and convenience with a dedicated team whose wealth of experience and expertise will ensure exceptional standards of service and care to all our guests at an affordable pric

IATA renews SriLankan’s ISAGO Registration for 2019-20

Views - 31 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airport and Ground Services, the sole ground handler at all international airports in Sri Lanka, has once again received renewal of its ISAGO Registration, the highest global safety standard for a ground handling organisation from the Inter

Sri Lanka tantalises taste-buds at Taste of Dubai

Views - 67 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka showcased the best of its offerings at the Taste of Dubai, an annual three-day extravaganza of food, drink and music at the hottest restaurants, with world-class celebrity chefs in the cosmopolitan city of Dubai. Back for the 12th year at

Embassy of Sri Lanka takes part in Riyadh Travel Fair 2019

Views - 67 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka participated in the Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2019 which was held from 28-30 March at Al Faisaliah Tower Hotel in Riyadh, together with the Sri Lanka tourism industry professionals and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau of

SIA named TripAdvisor’s ‘Best Airline in the World’ for 2nd consecutive year

Views - 23 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

Singapore Airlines has been named ‘Best Airline in the World’ by renowned travel site TripAdvisor for the second consecutive year. “We are very pleased to be back-to-back winner of the Best Airline in the World accolade in these prestigious awa

Sri Lanka showcases at Travel and Vacation Show in Ottawa

Views - 54 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa operated the Sri Lanka booth at the Travel and Vacation Show which was sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka. The Ottawa Travel and Vacation Sho

Sri Lankan diver to promote shipwreck diving tourism and discovery at Asia’s dive conference ADEX

Views - 95 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

Worldwide, shipwreck diving is a multimillion dollar industry and many countries in South Asia, such as Maldives, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines adeptly earn substantial foreign revenue by protecting and promoting marine tourism assets diligentl

David Richard joins The Blue Water, Wadduwa as General Manager

Views - 82 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

David Richard has recently joined The Blue Water, Wadduwa as General Manager. An Irish national, he is a seasoned hotelier with extensive experience in resorts and city hotels. He has previously worked in Sri Lanka with the Hilton, Colombo and has wo

Melheim Resort Haputale wins five awards

Views - 196 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

Melheim Resort recently proved that it is one of the best tourist resorts in Sri Lanka by winning five remarkable awards including World Luxury Hotel Award, Country Winner – Best Mountain Resort and Certificate of Excellence – Trip Adviser. Surr

Aitken Spence Travels welcomes its 200,000th visitor within a year

Views - 701 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

The largest inbound tour operator in Sri Lanka, Aitken Spence Travels welcomed its 200,000th happy visitor a few days back for the FY 2018/19. The company has recorded a growth of tourist arrivals, essentially building on its past performance of 178

22 more Tourist Police Units to be set up

Views - 75 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

To ensure the safety of the tourists 22 more Tourist Police Units are to be established countrywide with a pilot project launched at Mirissa last week. The Police Tourist Division inaugurated in 2007 takes maximum efforts to provide efficient servic

‘Sancharaka Udawa’ in June at BMICH

Views - 72 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

The ninth edition of the sole tourism and travel fair in Sri Lanka, Sancharaka Udawa, will be held on 7 and 8 June. Sancharaka Udawa is organised by Sri Lanka Association of Tour Operators (SLAITO) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotio

Over 3,000 tourists arrive onboard two cruise ships to Sri Lanka

Views - 113 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Over 3,000 tourists from Europe, Australia and Thailand arrived aboard two luxury cruise liners to Sri Lanka during the last two weeks reflecting increased interest in Sri Lanka since the launch of a new brand identity that amplifies Sri Lanka’s na

Saudis to seek $ 20 billion investments for planned tourism landmark

Views - 35 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

RIYADH (Reuters): Saudi Arabia is targeting up to $ 20 billion of investments through 2035 for a planned landmark tourism destination and will hold a global investor roadshow before the end of the year, the head of the project told Reuters. Al-Ula, t

Facilitating cruise tourism in Sri Lanka

Views - 179 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

Globally, the cruise industry is projected to continue to grow throughout 2019, with an estimated 30 million travellers expected to cruise, up 6% from 28.2 million in 2018. The interest in Sri Lanka as a cruise destination is growing with is scenic b

SL to host 18th CoP of CITES in May

Views - 88 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, commonly referred to as CITES, is an international agreement between governments whose primary aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animal

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Friday, 26 April 2019

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A secular public space is essential for the safety and wellbeing of all

Friday, 26 April 2019

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Social media could be our egregious enemy, sometimes

Friday, 26 April 2019

One of the first moves the Government considered after the 21 April tragic events of coordinated Easter Sunday bombings of churches and hotels in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa was a temporary block of social media. There was no debate about requisi

Terrorism, violence, and incompetent political leadership

Friday, 26 April 2019

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