Travel / Tourism

Aditya Resorts ranked No. 1 by TripExpert

Views - 286 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

Whether it was Lonely Planet, Jetsetter, The Telegraph or Oyster, each of these global travel pundits had more than praise for Aditya, the all-suite luxury boutique resort sitting on the golden beaches of Rathgama Galle. It is no surprise then that

Responsible wildlife tourism: A way to get back on track

Views - 349 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

As Sri Lanka reels in the aftermath of a terrorist attack and, once again, travel advisories are issued by foreign governments, the tourism trade suffers the most. Just this year Sri Lanka was acclaimed, by Lonely Planet, to be the No. 1 destination

Tourism Minister assures tour guides of quick return to normalcy

Views - 87 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:01

Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga held a meeting with tour guide lecturers and chauffeur guide lecturers at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management recently. The meeting was part of

Career tourism professional Charmarie Maelge appointed as SLTPB Managing Director

Views - 225 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00

Charmarie Maelge has been appointed as the Managing Director of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau on 23 May. No stranger to the tourism industry, Maelge started her tourism career as the Marketing Director for the Tourist Board, subsequently taking

ICCA extends support for MICE revival

Views - 63 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has extended its support to Sri Lanka’s MICE tourism sector. ICCA President James Rees extended his support to Sri Lanka Convention Bureau Chairman Kumar De Silva when they met at IMEX T

Thai Buddhist group a beacon of blessings and hope

Views - 50 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00

Marking one month since the Easter Sunday terror attacks, a group of 80 Thai tourists on pilgrimage, led by the Maheyong Monastery Chief Prelate Ven. Phara Bhawana Khemakum, arrived in the Island on 21 May to embark on a spiritual and cultural tour.

US Ambassador calls on Tourism Minister

Views - 200 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

Ambassador of the United States of America Alaina Teplitz called on Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Affairs John Amaratunga on Wednesday at the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday to discuss ways to further strengthen existing bilateral t

Largest group of tourists since terror attacks arrive in SL

Views - 266 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte Eighty Thai tourists arrived in Sri Lanka this week, becoming the largest group since the Easter Sunday attacks to travel around the country, bolstering hope that the industry is starting to revive from the steep slump it experien

KumbukRiver stops selling rooms

Views - 130 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

KumbukRiver, the celebrated Sri Lankan eco-resort has stopped selling room nights in the wake of the debilitating Easter terror attacks; it’s growing forests instead and the resort is giving away free holidays to people contributing. “We are ask

Avani continues to expand in 2019

Views - 94 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Avani Hotels and Resorts has announced that expansion plans are on track for 2019 as it gears up to open seven new Avani properties including in three new countries. In 2019, Avani Hotels and Resorts will welcome Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai in the UAE, A

Growing global support for tourism revival

Views - 132 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is continuing to attract global support for the quick revival of its tourism industry which took a heavy blow following the terrorist attacks last month. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Asia Pacific Chapter summ

125th AGM of Wildlife and Nature Protection Society on Sunday

Views - 36 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

The 125th Annual General Meeting of the WNPS will be held on Sunday 26 May, at the Lecture Hall 08 of the Sri Lanka Foundation, 100, Padanama Mawatha, Independence Square, Colombo 7, commencing at 5 p.m. The WNPS has, for 125 years, been an active p

Indian carrier Vistara eyes new destinations post Colombo attacks

Views - 120 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

ET, Mumbai: Vistara has stalled plans to fly to Colombo, after the spate of bombings that recently ravaged the Sri Lankan commercial capital, and is instead looking at South Asian destinations for its maiden international flight. “Colombo flights w

Santon Resort and Spa opens in Ranna with investment of Rs. 180 m

Views - 126 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Diversified entrepreneur, SanjayaGamage invested Rs. 180 million to open his first leisure sector project, Santon Resort and Spa in Ranna, Tangalle recently. Managing Director, Sanjaya Gamage was in the field of insurance and then diversified and fo

Egyptian security forces kill 12 suspected militants after tourist bus bombing

Views - 50 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Cairo (Reuters): Egyptian security forces have killed 12 suspected Islamist militants in Cairo, the Interior Ministry said on Monday, a day after an explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people. A rudimentary device containing nails a

Cathay Pacific embarks on journey to become one of world’s greatest service brands

Views - 45 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Cathay Pacific celebrates the start of a new journey with the purpose of moving people forward in life, through the airline’s ability to connect them to meaningful people, places and experiences. Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg s

Responsibility of airlines to give Sri Lanka a chance to bounce back

Views - 135 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

By Dr. Dietmar Doering A new survey on airfares on the Europe-Sri Lanka sector shows that even after the Easter Sunday terror attacks, most foreign airlines flying to Colombo have so far not reduced their fares, as it should have been, in order to su

Marriott Hotels optimistic of successful operations in SL

Views - 538 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa, an iconic brand of Marriott International, proudly celebrates its second anniversary on 20 July this year. Located along the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka, the resort has become an icon that embodies a blend

Eiffel Tower celebrates 130th birthday

Views - 42 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

PARIS, AFP: The Eiffel Tower has celebrated its 130th birthday in Paris, with the city marking the anniversary with a light show at the famed monument. Built for the 1889 World’s Fair, the tower -- which soars to 324 metres in height and weighs 7,

Raffles opens 21-villa luxury resort in Maldives

Views - 86 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Accor has expanded its portfolio of luxury hotels with the opening of a 21-villa resort in Maldives. Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is located at the southern end of the archipelago, near the equator on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The resort is accessible by d

Kadugannawa: Forgotten city of Sri Lanka emerges as most serene tourist town in South Asia

Views - 187 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Kadugannawa, considered the gateway town to the central highlands and Sri Lanka’s sacred city – Kandy – is set to become the newest addition to South Asia’s nature immersion and spiritual rejuvenation tourism by end-2019. Due to its understa

Spend your holiday at Sungreen Resort and Spa Habarana

Views - 109 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Hidden away in an ancient ruin is a serene, comfortably warm haven, in a breath-taking and welcoming setting that represents both Sri Lanka’s natural beauty and culture. A spacious setting tastefully decorated with a view of a beautiful mountain ju

Airbnb reports increase in bookings at less well known destinations in Thailand

Views - 36 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Airbnb has reported an increase in bookings at some of the less-well-known destinations across Thailand. Powered by travellers seeking more local and authentic experiences, Airbnb has reported that in 2018 the number of guest arrivals visiting such p

Messe Berlin to launch travel trade show for MICE industry

Views - 20 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Messe Berlin (Singapore) has unveiled plans to launch a travel trade show for the MICE industry. The inaugural MICE Show Asia 2019 will take place at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands from 16-18 October, and will be part of ITB A

Sri Lanka Tourism to absorb participation fee of 20 DMCs

Views - 172 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:13

Consequent to the recent downturn in arrivals following the Easter Sunday attacks, Sri Lanka Tourism has planned a series of short term promotional programs to attract tourists from short haul markets. These promotional programs are being carried out

Kishu sheds Tourism Development role to focus fully on promotion

Views - 735 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:11

Kishu Gomes is to step down as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) in order to fully focus on re-building Sri Lanka’s tourism brand in his role as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board (SLTPB). Gomes has been

Russian tour operators visit Sri Lanka with Aitken Spence Travels

Views - 139 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:09

A group of 12 tour operators from St. Petersburg, Russia is currently in Sri Lanka for a familiarisation tour with Aitken Spence Travels. The group leader Gorodenskiy Dmitry stated that he along with his other colleagues are very happy to be in Sri L

Johanne Jayaratne appointed new Chairman of SL Tourism Development Authority

Views - 156 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:08

Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga has appointed Johanne Jayaratne as Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). Jayaratne up to the time of his new appointment served as M

Sampath Bank powers Sri Lanka Duty Free by Dufry with Alipay Payments

Views - 97 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:07

Sampath Bank announced its partnership with Dufry – Sri Lanka Duty Free on Alipay payment acceptance. Dufry Duty Free stores located in both the arrival and departure lounges at Bandaranaike International Airport will now be able to accept payments

Taj Samudra Colombo joins CH17 Loyalty

Views - 208 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:05

Colombo’s iconic hotel chain the Taj Hotel has joined Sri Lanka’s community-based loyalty scheme managed and serviced by CH17 Loyalty, the pioneers in focused customer relationship management schemes. The hotel has agreed to offer exclusive dinin

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Whither Sri Lanka?

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

On Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019, suicide bombers from an extremist group caused carnage in six separate locations in Sri Lanka. Over 250 lives were lost and as many injured. The magnitude and co-ordination of their operation indicate several months o

Our Cricket Board simply cannot deliver – why not they all quit honourably?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

“It is necessary, therefore, for the Government to pay serious attention to the doings of Sri Lanka Cricket [board] and take immediate action to lift their game for the progress of our glorious game.” Question for Sri Lanka Cricket (board) Sri La

Yesterday Tamils, today Muslims and tomorrow who?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

From the time of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s election victory in 1956, one and only one issue had dominated political party campaigns in this country; and that was communalism. The Tamil community was the main focus of these campaigns for over 50 years

Those who go by social proof are easy prey to crafty schemers

Monday, 17 June 2019

Going after social proof Swiss writer and novelist, Rolf Dobelli, in one of the essays in his 2013 book ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’, has given a fine warning to his readers. He has warned against going by ‘social proof’ or ‘majority view

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