Travel / Tourism

Caution to general public by SriLankan Airlines

Views - 56 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

SriLankan Airlines in a statement said it wishes to notify the general public that there is a fake airline survey currently circulating on the internet and social media including messenger apps, mentioning SriLankan Airlines offering free tickets. Th

Old bonds, new brands

Views - 77 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

Corporate wisdom dictates that you don’t mix business with pleasure and that you keep your personal and private lives separate, but the team behind the lifestyle company Cantaloupe & Co. take pleasure in flying in the face of conventional wisdom.

Tourism Leaders’ Summit and International Research Symposium in October

Views - 137 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

The third edition of the Tourism Leaders’ Summit and International Research Symposium is all set to be staged in October to strengthen its position in the global tourism industry.

CHSGA declares 5-year Strategic Plan to accomplish its objectives

Views - 182 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) in consultation with 3W Consulting rolls out a five-year strategic plan to lead Sri Lanka’s tourism and hospitality industry whilst establishing its purpose in the business.

Harith at the helm at SLAITO AGM

Views - 91 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Association for Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) had its AGM at Anantara Resort, Kalutara recently.

Heritance Negombo, the ‘Most Outstanding Culinary Team’ at Culinary Art Food Expo 2017

Views - 26 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

Belle of the northern west coast of Sri Lanka, Heritance Negombo won the coveted ‘Most Outstanding Culinary Team’ award, showcasing its excellence in the art of gastronomy at the recently-concluded Culinary Art Food Expo 2017 organised by the Che

Cathay Pacific to launch non-stop services to Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen

Views - 22 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

Cathay Pacific continues to grow Hong Kong’s connections to the world. From summer 2018, the airline will launch pioneering non-stop routes linking Hong Kong with Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen, further strengthening the airline’s network and pr

SriLankan Catering reigns at Culinary Expo 2017

Views - 24 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

The highly-skilled and experienced team at SriLankan Catering (SLC) bagged no less than 29 medals (seven Golds, 10 Silvers and 12 Bronzes) at Culinary Art Expo 2017, the premier international exhibition and competition organised by the Chefs Guild of

German travel agents on familiarisation tour

Views - 72 Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

Gebeco Reisen, a leading tour operator in Germany, together with Aitken Spence Travels Ltd., has organised a familiarisation tour for German travel agents to visit Sri Lanka. The group arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday 30 August and will be visiting

Turkish Airlines GM leaves Sri Lankan shores after successful stint

Views - 42 Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

Turkish Airlines General Manager Sri Lanka Ozgur Suucak will be delivering his duty to his counterpart Murat Baydar effective from 1 September.

Combank World Mastercard holders to enjoy LoungeKey facilities

Views - 33 Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

The key to more than 800 airport lounges around the world is now with holders of World Mastercard credit cards issued by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon, following the launch of LoungeKey in Sri Lanka by Mastercard from 1 September.

Attractive fares from Singapore Airlines and SilkAir to South East Asia

Views - 41 Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:00

Customers travelling on Singapore Airlines andSilkAir will have the opportunity to avail attractive fares to their favorite destinations. mobile app offers exclusive deals

Views - 34 Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s largest online travel company is offering a mobile application (app) that allows customers to access, through smartphones, many of the travel-related innovations for which the company has become known.

Mercedes-Benz VITO premium vans to strengthen tourism industry

Views - 190 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:59

The Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle team of Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) recently handed over the keys to a fleet of three premium Mercedes-Benz VITO vans purchased by the management of Aitken Spence Travels.  Considering the

Standard Chartered enhances Visa offer on SriLankan Airlines

Views - 70 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:57

Standard Chartered’s Visa Infinite and SriLankan Airlines Standard Chartered Platinum co-branded credit cardholders are in for a very special bonus when they plan their overseas travel.  The bank will enhance the “companion flie

Lessons from Sri Lanka Tourism for Bangladesh

Views - 165 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:56

– Extracts of the speech given by Vipula Wanigasekera , Senior Lecturer – NSBM Green University at the Tourism Forum on ‘Opportunities of MICE Tourism in Bangladesh’ in Dhaka held on the sidelines of “18th Textech Ban

Sustainable tourism catalyst for socio, economic, environmental development: Malraj

Views - 133 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:56

The Inaugural Session and the Technical Sessions of Sri Lanka, The GARI Summer Research Symposium 2017 were held on 25 August at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. The conference was organised by Global Academic Research Institute (GARI), an international

15th Beijing International Book Festival reads “The Story of Sigiriya”

Views - 70 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:02

Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing participated at the 15th Beijing International Book Fair that was held last week under the theme of “Colourful Dream of the Silk Road.” The book “The Story of Sigiriya” written by Senani Ponna

Accor Hotels signs up for first resort in Maldives

Views - 51 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:02

Currently operating as the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, AccorHotels will officially take over management of the property on 1 September when it will be rebranded as Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort, managed by AccorHotels. It will be rebranded as the

Qatar Airways launches Pre-Select Dining service

Views - 235 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

Qatar Airways has enhanced its in-flight dining service for premium class passengers by giving them the freedom to create a personalised dining experience every time they travel on long-haul flights from Doha. The new Pre-Select Dining service i

Emirates Flight Catering flies high in celebrating cultures via cuisine

Views - 237 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

  It takes over 150 people working at different processes to bring you one meal in flight!  By Marianne David Celebrating cultures via cuisine is one thing; doing so high in the skies by ensuring 185,000 meals

Travel Lanka marks 24 years service to tourism

Views - 290 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

As the tourism industry in Sri Lanka continues its rise as a major contributor to the national economy, an increasing source of employment and a major contributor to the development strategies of the country, the role of publicity to achieve this

Gulf Air and Oman Air ink codeshare deal

Views - 215 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, recently launched a new codeshare agreement with Oman Air that sees the airlines’ combined frequencies between Bahrain and Muscat increase to six daily flights. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air Chief Comme

VFS Global completes acquisition of TT Services

Views - 224 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

VFS Global has completed its acquisition of visa service provider TT Services, a provider of integrated visa processing solutions. TTS is headquartered in the United Kingdom and operates 51 application centres in more than 35 countries and has 216

Minor Hotels Group signs first $ 70 m Avani Resort in Maldives

Views - 232 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

Thailand’s Minor Hotels Group has signed the first Avani resort in Maldives. The Avani Fares Maldives Resort will be located on a private 12.4 hectare island in the Baa Atoll and is scheduled to open in Q4 2019. This $70 million resort d

WTM London 2017’s premier partner is Italy

Views - 213 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

The Italian National Tourist Board will be the Premier Partner at WTM London 2017 – the leading global event for the travel industry – as Italy takes a “fundamental step” towards a new marketing strategy. Known as ENIT, t

SLTDA to build countrywide tour operator database by Dec.

Views - 520 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:18

Only 773 homestay operators have registered with SLTDA Minister emphasises importance of standardisation of homestay operators countrywide By Charumini de Silva In the latest attempt to regulate inform

Qatar Airways starts first-ever passenger service to Prague, Czech Republic

Views - 269 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:15

DOHA, Qatar: Qatar Airways’ first non-stop flight from Doha landed on Monday at Václav Havel Airport Prague, inaugurating the award-winning airline’s first-ever passenger service to the Czech Republic. Qatar Airways flight QR 29

Cinnamon’s cityhotels and SriLankan Airlines rewards FlySmiLes members

Views - 292 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:13

Gastronomy has always been an integral part of the travel experience. It matters little whether one travels for business or leisure, the question of where and what to eat feature nears the top of any traveller’s priorities. To further foster

Gulf Air and Aegean Airlines to Codeshare

Views - 241 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:12

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest carrier, have entered into a codeshare partnership. The airlines will codeshare on flights from Bahrain, via Athens, to and from the European c

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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

Tourism is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries. In many countries it acts as an engine for development through foreign exchange earnings and the creation of direct and indirect employment.

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