Travel / Tourism

AirAsia revamps Frequent Flyer program

Views - 29 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

AirAsia has overhauled its loyalty program to make it easier for customers to earn AirAsia BIG Points. The Freedom Flyer Program, powered by AirAsia BIG Loyalty, is based on a membership status system determined by how often guests fly.


Emirates celebrates 100th A380 purchase with special fares from Colombo

Views - 60 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Almost a month to the day it operated the first ever commercial A380 flight to Sri Lanka, Emirates is offering travellers from Colombo a chance to celebrate the forthcoming delivery of its 100th A380 with special fares to destinations across the airl


SIA, SilkAir unveil promotional fares for select destinations

Views - 41 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

With the ‘Great Singapore Airlines Getaway’, there is no better time than now to experience more of the world with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. Enjoy great fares to the world’s top destinations, along with a variety of perks to make travelli


Fairway buys control of Ascot Leisure

Views - 77 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Fairway Holdings is to acquire 75% stake in Ascot Leisure from Ascot Holdings Plc.


Sri Lanka honoured at UNWTO

Views - 34 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s rise as a global tourism destination was recognised at the 22nd Annual General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The bi-annual meeting is currently taking place in Chengdu, China from 11 to 16 September. It will


CHFMA Certificate Program for Hotel Industry conducted jointly by CMA and SLITHM inaugurated

Views - 41 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

The Certified Hospitality Finance and Management Accountant Program jointly conducted by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA) and the Sri Lanka Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SLITHM) commenced the CHF


William Angliss Institute hosts ‘Flavours of our Heritage’ lunch for Assistant Minister Vocational E

Views - 27 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

On 1 September Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, visited William Angliss Institute (WAI) CAHM at SLIIT for lunch and a tour of the campus under the invitation and patronage of Tim Huggins, Deputy High Commissio


La Belle Époque: Newest banquet facility in town!

Views - 222 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Steeped with history but wrapped in a total new look is – La Belle Époque the newest and trendy banquet facility in town! Fully air-conditioned, adorned with chandeliers and a built in bar, the building has two levels, with an infinity pool on the


Club Med to open first resort in Sri Lanka in August next year

Views - 63 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Club Med has unveiled plans to open its first resort in Sri Lanka in August next year.


Impact of online travel operators on SME accommodation providers in Sigiriya, Habarana and Dambulla

Views - 235 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

With the tourism boom in the recent post war period of Sri Lanka, there has been a considerable growth in the SME segment of accommodation providers. This growth has been possible primary due the strong presence of Online Travel Operators (OTAs) thro


Serendib Leisure ventures into Boutique Hotels and Villas

Views - 194 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

Serendib Hotels Plc, a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings Plc and a part of the Leisure, Travel and Aviation Group, yesterday announced the acquisition of a 51.15% stake of the Lantern Group for an investment of Rs. 309.5 million, signifying its first step


Escape into bliss at Shinagawa Beach

Views - 43 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

Shinagawa Beach by Asia Leisure is a 26-room luxury boutique hotel situated on a sparkling stretch of sandy, palm fringed beach in the coastal town of Balapitiya. It is a spellbinding experience, promising rest, relaxation and complete luxury amidst


Qatar Airways launches most spectacular global promotion yet, offering chance to fly free for a year

Views - 46 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

Qatar Airways has announced the launch of its ‘Global Travel Boutique’ promotion, offering passengers from around the world amazing fares on flights in both Economy and Business Class, as well as the opportunity to win once-in-a-lifetime mega pri


Tourism Authority of Thailand launches WeChat App for Chinese visitors

Views - 27 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a WeChat ‘Visit Thailand’ application for Chinese visitors.


Sri Lanka voted finalist for Culture and Heritage Holiday Destination at UK travel awards

Views - 79 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka was voted a finalist by the UK travel trade in the Culture and Heritage Holiday Destination category of the Travel Bulletin Star Awards.


John urges industry to woo more Indian, Chinese MICE tourism

Views - 65 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

Banking on the excellent air connectivity to India and China as the facilities to hold large-scale events in Sri Lanka are now in place, Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga insisted on an aggressive marketing program to woo the Meetings, Inc


Hilton Colombo marks milestone year; Chairman says excellent future prospects

Views - 761 Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Hilton Colombo has marked a milestone year in 2016 and with ongoing enhancements along with the improving profile of Sri Lanka for tourism, the Chairman of the owning company Hotel Developers (Lanka) Plc, Krishantha P. Cooray, has expressed confidenc


Colourful Sri Lankan weddings at Anantara Kalutara Resort

Views - 47 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

A groom’s procession to the beat of the drum across manicured lawns shaded by palms. A colourful poruwa ceremony in the decorated ballroom.


Showcasing Sri Lanka in Stockholm

Views - 68 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm organised a promotion on tourism and culture, ‘A Glimpse of Sri Lanka,’ on 26 August at Norrmalmstorg, a venue situated in the heart of the city of Stockholm.


Colombo’s authentic Turkish restaurant Ankara welcomes SLAITO tour groups

Views - 55 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

Ankara, the authentic Turkish restaurant in Colombo recently celebrated its sixth month in operation. Since its inception earlier this year in February, Ankara has become a favourite dine-in restaurant for the city dwellers as well as many tourists f


Mastercard makes luxury travel experiences simpler with LoungeKey airport access program

Views - 44 Thursday, 7 September 2017 00:00

Mastercard announced the extension of the globally acclaimed LoungeKey airport access program to all World and Platinum Mastercard cardholders in Sri Lanka.


SLITHM leads effort to upgrade health and wellness services

Views - 30 Thursday, 7 September 2017 00:00

The newly-formed Tourism Event Management Unit of Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) yesterday kicked off the first in a series of training programs on ‘Health and Wellness Tourism’ primarily targeting the Ayurvedic sect


Amadeus Lanka celebrates 2 decades of innovation, collaboration and better journeys

Views - 32 Thursday, 7 September 2017 00:00

Amadeus Lanka celebrated two decades of successful market leadership, innovation and an ongoing contribution to the travel and tourism industry in Sri Lanka, with its subscribers and partners.


Cinnamon Future of Tourism Summit 2017 to shed light on technology, authenticity and innovation

Views - 103 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

The second edition of Cinnamon Future of Tourism Summit 2017 was officially announced last week and is set to take place on 26 September in commemoration of World Tourism Day.


Denesh Silva appointed PATA Chairman

Views - 60 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

At the recently concluded Annual General Meeting of Pacific Asia Travel Association – Sri Lanka Chapter, Denesh Silva was elected and appointed as the Chairman for the year 2017/2018.


Six Senses Signs Resort in Austrian Alps

Views - 29 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

Six Senses has signed a resort in the Austrian Alps.


Emirates-sponsored ‘Stars on Board’ offers Arab fans a memorable voyage

Views - 15 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

Emirates carried thousands of fans from around the world to be part of a unique musical voyage with the ‘Stars on Board’ 2017 cruise which took place onboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship Freedom of the Seas.


The bells, the bells: Notre-Dame’s crumbling gargoyles need help

Views - 12 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

Paris (Reuters): The Archbishop of Paris is on a 100 million euro ($120 million)fundraising drive to save the crumbling gargoyles and gothic arches of the storied Notre-Dame cathedral.


The Kingsbury puts Sri Lanka on culinary world map

Views - 52 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

The Kingsbury is at it again, as the World Luxury Restaurant Awards became the latest international awarding body to recognise the luxurious Colombo hotel’s consistent excellence and variety in the culinary arts.


Mitsi’s brings real Mediterranean taste to Sri Lankan foodies

Views - 66 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

With Sri Lanka’s gastronomy landscape evolving at a phenomenal rate, the country’s first-ever Balkan restaurant – Mitsi’s Delicacies – is set to reveal more of its latest culinary secrets at the inaugural Mediterranean Food Festival special


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Sustainable tourism – New profit for businesses

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

World Tourism Day has been celebrated since 1980 on 27 September, the day in which the Statutes of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) entered into force.


Do economic sanctions matter to Iran?

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Economic sanctions are not a new phenomenon to Iran. It has been 38 years since the Iranian revolution (1979) took place. Since then, the United States, European Union and some other countries have been imposing


It is an uphill task for the Govt. to attain the envisaged targets

Monday, 25 September 2017

In Part 1 of the article series on the Government’s Vision 2025 published last week, it was pointed out that the present vision document was just the fourth of such visions pronounced by the Government during the last two year period.


Women for tourism

Monday, 25 September 2017

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