Travel / Tourism

Hotels in Asia Pacific report Q3 2017 increase in ADR, OR and RevPAR

Views - 19 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

According to data compiled by STR, hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during Q3 2017.


Minor Hotels Group to open Avani Resort on Koh Samui, Thailand

Views - 9 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

Sheltered by a cove of golden sand and fringed by coconut palms, a new upscale resort paradise is being developed on the southeast coast of Koh Samui, Thailand.


RJ to implement new US security measures

Views - 13 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

Royal Jordanian (RJ) announced that it will implement the new security measures required by the US authorities for US-bound flights in mid-January 2018, upon pre-agreement with the concerned US authorities.


Sri Lanka at Montreal International Tourism and Travel Show 2017

Views - 56 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa, Canada participated at the 29th Edition of the International Tourism and Travel Show which was held in Montreal, Canada from 20 to 22 October. This is the second consecutive year


Cinnamon Bey Beruwela and Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon secure Travelife Gold certifications

Views - 20 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

Two key hotels in the Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts portfolio, Cinnamon Bey Beruwela and HikkaTranz by Cinnamon, attained Travelife Gold certifications


Palladium Holdings launches comprehensive solutions

Views - 49 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

Palladium Holdings, an end-to-end hospitality solutions consulting company headed by Shamrin Mohamed introduced its comprehensive range of solutions to the hospitality industry recently


New Director of Operations at Galle Face Hotel

Views - 153 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

An iconic heritage property, the Galle Face Hotel has expanded its management team and has announced that Tilome Nanayakkara has taken up office as the new Director of Operations. With a career background in Sales and Marketing and also being a Gene


Saudi Arabia ‘plans to issue tourist visas’

Views - 50 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Tourists may soon be welcomed in Saudi Arabia as the government plans to begin issuing tourist visas for the country, a report said. The decision comes as Saudi Arabia hopes to receive 1.5 million tourists a year by 2020. The initial stage will see v


Sri Lanka targets leading Middle Eastern tour operators

Views - 108 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau successfully concluded a week long promotional mission to the Middle East as part of its on-going efforts to develop new markets and increase the number of visitors and spend from the region to Sri Lanka. A delegati


Makeyourtrip.com adds unique destinations to custom make and book online

Views - 30 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Makeyourtrip.com, Sri Lanka’s first online platform to build, customise, edit and price travel itineraries, has widened its reach by adding a number of fantastic new destinations to select from. Following up on its launch in July, this innovative w


SLITHM takes hospitality training to Jaffna

Views - 64 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

In a strategic move to counter the shortage of trained hospitality industry personnel, the state run Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management opened a new training facility in the northern city of Jaffna recently. The new facility aims to


Aitken Spence Travels to bring 20 charter flights from Russia this season

Views - 194 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

For the second consecutive year, Aitken Spence Travels will be bringing in 20 charter flights from Russia for the annual season. The first charter flight for 2017/18, a Boeing 767 operated by Royal Flight arrived in Sri Lanka on Friday, 27 October ca


Experience Singapore Airlines Business Class and Premitum Economy Class

Views - 45 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

Enjoy Singapore Airlines’ world class service while travelling on Business Class and Premium Economy Class with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir with attractive fares.


Galle Face Hotel celebrates 2 years since historic restoration

Views - 42 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

South Asia’s leading Grande Dame, the Galle Face Hotel recently celebrated two years since their historic renovation of the property. The 30-month restoration was the first of this scale in the hotel’s 150 year legacy.


Oman Air unleashes amazing global sale to celebrate Oman’s 47th National Day

Views - 44 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

Oman Air announced a grand global sale to coincide with and to celebrate the 47th National Day of the Sultanate of Oman.


Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo set to become one of Asia’s top MICE destinations

Views - 128 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is set to become the most extensive and versatile events venue in Sri Lanka when it opens its doors by mid-November.


Tourism Minister moots more budget airlines to uplift tourism

Views - 122 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

More budget airlines should be welcomed into Sri Lanka if the country is to increase tourist arrivals, Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said recently.


How tourism yield can be suitably incorporated into sustainability paradigm

Views - 37 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

Changing global trends will continually pose challenges to economic theory and policy and the ways in which we analyse tourism activity.


Cinnamon’s city hotels win big with 6 Golds at inaugural THASL ‘Rising Star’ awards

Views - 54 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Cinnamon’s city hotels Cinnamon Grand, Cinnamon Lakeside and Cinnamon Red won six of the coveted nine categories at the prestigious ‘Rising Stars’ hospitality awards presented by the Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) at the BMICH on Tuesd


Extra baggage allowance from Emirates for travellers to Australia

Views - 35 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Travellers from Colombo to Melbourne are eligible for an extra baggage allowance of 10kgs on outbound travel till end November courtesy of Emirates, a global connector of people, places and aspirations.


Are we nearly there yet? Under 12s bored 49 minutes into their long-haul flight

Views - 30 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Young flyers will take just 49 minutes and 47 seconds to ask the dreaded, ‘’are we nearly there yet?’’ so with parents battling the boredom threshold, Emirates has teamed up with Dr. Sandi Mann, a psychologist and


World’s top 10 fastest growing tourism cities all in Asia

Views - 184 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

Singapore: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched new city tourism impact data which shows that the world’s top 10 fastest growing tourism cities are all in Asia. ‘Asia Pacific City Travel & Tourism Impact’ is one of a series of


Vista Rooms partners with handy to empower hotels with free smartphones, including unlimited data an

Views - 77 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

Vista Rooms, South Asia’s largest chain of affordable stays, has partnered with handy to provide its network of hotels with free smartphones, allowing guests to enjoy unlimited international calls and data and access to local guides whereas hotelie


Singapore Airlines finalises $ 13.8 b order for Boeing aircraft

Views - 41 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has formally signed a firm order with Boeing for 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s, for additional growth and fleet modernisation through the next decade. The signing took place recently (23 October US time) at the White House in Wash


SIA mobile app adds Android pay and Apple pay as payment options

Views - 27 Wednesday, 25 October 2017 00:08

Singapore Airlines customers can now enjoy a more convenient and faster payment method with the introduction of Android Pay and Apple Pay mobile payment services on the Airline’s award-winning mobile app.


Small Luxury Hotels of the World adds four new destinations

Views - 47 Wednesday, 25 October 2017 00:07

Small Luxury Hotels of the World has added four new properties to its global portfolio, expanding its presence to Dubai, Berlin, Cuba and Sydney.


Emirates launches $15 m campaign to promote Dubai hub and inspire travel

Views - 29 Wednesday, 25 October 2017 00:04

Set to iconic soundtrack by Queen, campaign features airline’s global network and onboard product Emirates has launched a $15 million campaign to inspire travel and promote the airline’s extensive network of global destinations including its home


Aitken Spence Travels welcomes Sweden tourists

Views - 59 Wednesday, 25 October 2017 00:01

Aitken Spence Travels commenced its Scandinavian winter season by welcoming a group from Sweden. The group who has combined work with leisure will be visiting exciting sites and places of the country once the conference is over.


Jetwing Hotels presents ‘Wild Vil Uyana’

Views - 164 Wednesday, 25 October 2017 00:00

Jetwing Vil Uyana continues to set a benchmark in the hospitality industry by being a true embodiment of evolution.


Qatar Airways wins ‘Best Airline’ Award at 2017 UK Business Traveller Awards

Views - 37 Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

DOHA, Qatar: Qatar Airways has been named ‘Best Airline’ at the highly-respected 2017 Business Traveller Awards, held on Monday 9 October at London’s Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington. In addition to being voted ‘Best Airline’ by travellers


Today's Columnists

Constitutional reform – A reply to Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The lengthy article by Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC on constitutional reform published in the newspapers recently appears to contain several errors of fact and of law


Ranil’s reluctant tryst with truth

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Twenty years ago in 1998, Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda writing in the periodical ‘Frontline’ traced our peculiar path of progress in the 50 years of independence


Omni-Channel Synchroniser for banks and financial institutions: An vision to simplify banking

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Today, as a society we are noticing a historical shift from cash-based transactions to digitisation of financial transactions, and from the use of traditional banking channels to e-channels.


Extending the net of AML/CFT: The need for public awareness

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

By Press Notice, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) through its Financial Intelligence Unit(FIU), has drawn the attention of the public to “Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 2015/56 dated April 21, 2017 prescribing


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