Travel / Tourism

Cinnamon Grand recognises and rewards associates at quarterly meeting

Views - 22 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Grand held its Annual Associates Quarterly Meeting for the first quarter of the year 2018/2019 on 18 July at the Oak Room. Over 500 associates and departmental heads representing the different sections of the hotel were in attendance. Associ

NKAR steps up digital marketing

Views - 87 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Marking 38 years of excellence in travel trade, leading travel agency NKAR Travels has stepped up its game by unveiling an online booking platform to cater to the future travellers from all around the world. In a world where tec

John tells hotels to up standards

Views - 173 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

For a country dependent on tourism, we have to position our hotels in line with the rest of the world, stated Minister of Tourism Development

‘The Essence of Our Being’ Jetwing Lake wins PATA Gold Award for sustainable operations

Views - 226 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

Jetwing Hotels, the largest resort brand in the island was recently honoured with the prestigious PATA (Pacific Asia Travel

New curricula for training of five adventure tourism jobs

Views - 144 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

As part of the national plan to develop the Sri Lankan tourism industry, the Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs and the Policy Development Office (PDO) of the Prime Minister’s Office is assisting the tourism industry standardise and d

Seylan Cards ‘Travel the Island’ offers whopping discounts and exclusive privileges

Views - 32 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

Given the land expanse and the modes of transport that are available, travelling around the island is pretty easy. But what makes a holiday even more exciting is that you get to pick any location from any part of the island and avail mammoth savings

Cathay Pacific to launch direct service to Seattle from March 2019

Views - 37 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

Cathay Pacific will commence a new non-stop service to Seattle on 31 March 2019, becoming the only airline that will directly link Hong Kong with the fastest-growing city on the west coast of the United States. Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer

Oman Air resumes service to Maldives this October

Views - 22 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, will resume its service between Muscat and Malé in the Maldives this October. Flights to the Maldives with Oman Air will recommence for the 2018-19 winter season from 28 October. The service w

Qatar Airways and Myconian Collection Hotels and Resorts launch social media competition

Views - 20 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

To celebrate Qatar Airways’ recent launch of direct seasonal service to the popular Greek island of Mykonos, the award-winning airline and the Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts are offering a chance to win two Economy Class round-trip tickets to

Launching of Mannar as tourist hub by National Chamber and WUSC

Views - 96 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

The launching ceremony of MIC Tourism (Mannar Improving Competitiveness) will be held on Wednesday, 25 July from 3 to 5 p.m. at BMICH-Cinema Hall in the presence of distinguished guests, VIPs, ministers and prominent personalities. Entrance will be f

Luxury villa on western foothills of Hantana valley opens

Views - 150 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

Built on nine acres of privately-owned tea fields, the Villa Vajrapani’s breathtaking panoramic views of the Hantana valley is framed by the property’s own secluded gardens.

Galle Face Hotel rewards Good Samaritan tuk tuk drivers

Views - 59 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

Three-wheelers - fondly known as tuk tuks - are a colourful, convenient and cheap mode of transportation for both locals and foreigners in Sri Lanka. We often hear stories of foreigners being taken for a ride - and not the kind they bargained for –

Christine Chevalaz appointed General Manager of The Kingsbury Hotel

Views - 74 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

The Kingsbury Hotel, the flagship five-star hotel which stands tall in the Leisure arm of Hayleys PLC, Sri Lanka’s most diversified and largest business conglomerate, recently announced the appointment of its new General Manager Christine Chevalaz.

East opens its doors to safari tourism – more women to benefit

Views - 112 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

Tourists who visit the Eastern Province often end up limiting their trip to surfing at Arugam Bay or travelling up the coast to scenic Trincommallee.

Emirates stirs travel dreams of Sri Lankans with exciting Facebook competition

Views - 75 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

Air travel is often the stuff dreams are made of, and Emirates, a global connector of people and their dreams, is offering

HikkaFnR Villa: A hidden gem in Hikkaduwa

Views - 295 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka is renowned for its hotchpotch of tourist hotels, boutique villas and guest houses with standards

Marriott Hotels celebrates one year of success in Sri Lanka

Views - 356 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa, an iconic brand of Marriott International, proudly celebrates its first anniversary

Sagala and John to attend Arcade Cultural Show tomorrow

Views - 49 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka and Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga will attend the weekly cultural show on the evening of 20 July at Arcade Independence Square, Colombo. The Tri-forc

SIA adds fourth daily flight to Tokyo

Views - 17 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will add a fourth daily service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in December, to meet growing travel demand between Singapore and Japan. The additional flight to Haneda Airport will increase SIA’s daily services to the Japanese

Etihad airways innovates upgrade program to a dynamic live auction

Views - 16 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

Etihad Airways has enhanced its upgrade offering to a dynamic live auction which will make it easier for customers to secure a premium seat in a higher cabin class. Customers will be able to take part in a bidding system where real-time notification

Malraj speaks at Mekong Tourism Forum

Views - 109 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

Top tourism expert Malraj B. Kiriella was recently invited to speak at the Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) 2018 in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. The event attracted a record number of participants from world over this year comprising of ministers, governors, h

Emirates opens first dedicated airport lounge in Cairo

Views - 32 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

Emirates has unveiled its 42nd dedicated lounge across its global network at Cairo International Airport (CAI). The lounge is now open to Emirates First Class and Business Class customers as well as Platinum and Gold members of Skywards, the airline

Theva Residency and Theva Cuisine, Kandy, earn 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Views - 31 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

Theva Residency and Theva Cuisine announced that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018. Certificate of Excellence recipients include attractions, restaurants and accommodations located all over the world that have continual

Dilmah Tea founder honoured by World Association of Chefs’ Societies Lifetime Achievement Award

Views - 263 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lankan tea pioneer Merrill J. Fernando was honoured at the WorldChefs Congress 2018 with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, for his extraordinary passion and commitment to tea, and for his unique philosophy of making business a matter of

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo’s Chief Concierge honoured with Les Clefs d’Or International membership

Views - 47 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

The roots of the title “concierge” was derived from the Latin word conserves meaning “fellow slave”. The word itself in French, means “keeper of the keys”. Mövenpick Hotel Colombo marked a proud moment as the Chief Concierge Thusitha Li

China aims to attract more Sri Lankan tourists

Views - 108 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:11

A forum was held in Colombo on 14 July to introduce tourism services and attractive destinations in China to Sri Lankan travellers, China’s state owned Xinhua News Agency reported.

Sustainable tourism and Sri Lankan elephants promoted in Canberra

Views - 105 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:10

Environmentalist, wildlife enthusiast and expert on Sri Lankan elephants, Srilal Miththapala gave a talk on ‘Sri Lanka Wildlife and Sustainable Tourism with a special focus on elephants’ at the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra on 10 July.

oneworld is millennials’ favourite airline alliance again

Views - 54 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:08

Millennials have voted oneworld the best airline alliance for the third time, confirming its position as the world’s most highly prized airline alliance.

Taj Samudra welcomes India Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale

Views - 24 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:06

Taj Samudra, Colombo warmly welcomed Indian Foreign Secretary Minister Vijay Keshav Gokhale at the hotel last week. Hotel Manager Mohan Pulkesin warmly welcomed Minister Gokhale to Taj Samudra, Colombo. New Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokha

Lok Sabha Speaker Mahajan at Taj Samudra

Views - 23 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:05

Taj Samudra, Colombo warmly welcomed Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan at the hotel last evening. Accommodations Director Jitendra Chand warmly welcomed Mahajan to Taj Samudra, Colombo.

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Identifying traitors: I cannot wait until Dr. Padeniya presents his point scheme

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Cause for excitement I am excited! A way of identifying and measuring a traitor is soon to be unveiled; by no less than the President of the GMOA! Hasn’t he also qualified in some department of neurology? All the more reason to justify my excitemen

The evils of translocating wild elephants

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much-debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders of the Minster for Wildlife, wanted to move the only two wild elephants habituating the Sin

Climate scientists cheating us to a $ 12 b/year economic loss in 2050

Monday, 20 August 2018

Local news media carried the disturbing pronouncement by World Bank economists to the effect that Sri Lanka will become an extremely hot territory with 30C temperature rise and $ 12 billion per year economic loss by 2050.

Singapore miracle – How SL could benefit from trade with Singapore

Monday, 20 August 2018

According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on

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