Travel / Tourism

SLTDA to launch mobile registration service in Jaffna next week 

Views - 131 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) will launch a mobile registration service in Jaffna at the District Secretariat auditorium on 30 and 31 May.

ForwardKeys predicts healthy trading for travel retailers in Asia

Views - 38 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

Travel retailers in the Asia Pacific region can look forward to healthy business opportunities in the months ahead according

Krisflyer partners with Points to expand redemption options for frequent flyer program

Views - 13 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

KrisFlyer, the frequent flyer program of Singapore Airlines Group, and Points, the global leader in powering loyalty commerce

Malaysia says search for Flight MH370 to end next week

Views - 42 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters): A private search by a US firm for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in 2014 in one of the world’s biggest aviation mysteries, will end on Tuesday, Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke said on Wednesday.

Qatar Airways launches double daily flights to London Gatwick

Views - 20 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha to London Gatwick touched down on Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport, where it was welcomed with a celebratory water salute. The new double daily service, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, makes

Turkish Airlines adds Krasnodar to its flight network as 303rd destination

Views - 21 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Krasnodar has become the 10th destination of the flag carrier which operates its flight to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Rostov, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Voronezh, Samara and Ufa in Russia currently. Krasnodar flights will be operated five times per wee

Thailand ups 1Q tourist arrivals by 14% to 13.7 m

Views - 43 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Thailand has reported that 13.7 million international arrivals visited the Kingdom in Q1 2018, up 13.9% over the same period in 2017. This impressive growth was led by a 30% increase in visitor arrivals from China and 17% growth in arrivals from Indi

SriLankan Airlines strengthens efforts against international species smuggling

Views - 65 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

SriLankan Airlines, long in the forefront of global conservation efforts, launched a new ‘Corporate Policy on the Carriage

Pollution turns India’s white marble Taj Mahal yellow and green

Views - 60 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

AGRA, India (Reuters): India’s white-marble Taj Mahal is turning yellow and green as the 17th century mausoleum weathers

Tuk Tuk Hostels launched

Views - 932 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

The launch of Tuk Tuk Hostels (TTH) marks a new addition to the budget accommodation offering for tourists in Colombo

China’s Hainan offers more countries visa-free access

Views - 66 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

SHANGHAI (Reuters): China is planning to grant more countries visa-free access to Hainan, the state-owned Securities

Avani Hotels & Resorts launches online check-in service

Views - 56 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

Avani Hotels & Resorts is now offering guests the option to check-in online prior to arrival.

Emirates chief denies Etihad merger claims

Views - 55 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

Speculations about a possible merger between Emirates and Etihad have been dismissed by the chairman and CEO

‘Hotel Show Colombo 2018’ to meet demands of growing hospitality and tourism industry

Views - 94 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the forthcoming ‘Hotel Show Colombo 2018’ organised by the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) together with its professional event partner CDC Events will be held from 20 July to 22 July at the BMI

Emirates provides special Ramadan service for customers observing holy month

Views - 34 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Emirates has commenced its signature Ramadan service for customers during the holy month, which began on 18 May. Emirates’ Ramadan service consists of specially crafted iftar meals on board, relevant programming on its ice inflight entertainment sy

Oman Air reintroduces special Ramadan Iftar Meal Box

Views - 21 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has reintroduced its special inflight offering for its valued guests observing Ramadan. In celebration of the holy month, Oman Air’s newly redesigned Iftar Meal Boxes will now be available on

Advantis Engineering makes its mark on green tourism with The Box House

Views - 120 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Green travel, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of the travel industry, continues to grow in popularity across the globe as people become more concerned with the health of the planet. As tourism’s role in the Sri Lankan economy grows e

Aitken Spence Travels records landmark 178,000 happy visitors to Sri Lanka

Views - 352 Friday, 18 May 2018 00:00

Aitken Spence Travels, the largest inbound tour operator in the country, closed the 2017/18 financial year with a total inbound volume exceeding 178,000 happy visitors to Sri Lanka.

Dubai Tourism signs strategic deal with Alibaba

Views - 58 Friday, 18 May 2018 00:00

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has signed a memorandum of understanding

The Grand Hotel Tea Lounge wins LUX Life award

Views - 80 Friday, 18 May 2018 00:00

The Tea Lounge at the Grand, which is famed for its exquisite selection of Ceylon teas, the English High Tea and personalised

Hilton opens first DoubleTree Resort in Malaysia

Views - 49 Friday, 18 May 2018 00:00

Hilton has opened the first resort-style DoubleTree hotel in Malaysia. The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is located in the vibrant beach area on Penang’s north coast.

Scoot Joins SIA’s HighFlyer Program

Views - 23 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Corporate members of Singapore Airlines’ HighFlyer program can now earn HighFlyer points when flying on Singapore Airlines (SIA) or SilkAir itineraries with connections onto Scoot. Corporates under the HighFlyer program can earn five HighFlyer poin

Lufthansa redefines sleep comfort in Business Class

Views - 37 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Lufthansa Business Class passengers on long-haul flights to and from South Africa, Latin and South America and the West Coast of the USA can enjoy an even more relaxed night’s sleep with the new ’Dream Collection’. In addition to a new pillowca

Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai tops list of global legendary hotels

Views - 37 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

The iconic Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai has recently catapulted to the top spot, according to an evaluation by TrustYou, the world’s largest guest feedback aggregator. A Media Promoter Score of 95 coupled with a strong customer validation through 9,000

Japan Airlines to set up medium- to long-haul low-cost airline

Views - 27 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Japan Airlines (JAL) has unveiled plans to establish a new low-cost carrier (LCC) for the international market. The new LCC will specifically feature international routes with medium- to long-haul flights. The company will be a consolidated subsidiar

Iceland’s Wow Air to launch low cost, long haul flights to India

Views - 20 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): Iceland’s transatlantic budget carrier Wow Air plans to launch cut-price flights between Delhi and North America, the airline’s CEO said, in an effort to attract cost conscious travellers in India - the world’s fastest-grow

World SKAL Day celebrations in Sri Lanka

Views - 37 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

The SKAL International Colombo celebrated World SKAL Day recently at the Ramada Hotel in Colombo. SKAL International Colombo President Bernard Wijetunge welcomed Mayor of Colombo Rosy Senanayake as the Guest of Honour and speaker for the day. 

Booming tourism emits 8% of greenhouse gases, study shows

Views - 34 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

BONN, Germany (Reuters): Tourism is responsible for a twelfth of world greenhouse gas emissions, and a vacation boom is complicating a global drive to slow climate change, scientists said recently. Emissions from tourism, mostly by domestic traveller

Instagram hosts first-ever cultural exhibition in Sri Lanka

Views - 82 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Instagram yesterday hosted its first-ever cultural exhibition in Sri Lanka which was inaugurated by Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando and President’s Secretary and Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of S

Japan provides equipment to enhance public security and counterterrorism capabilities at BIA

Views - 70 Wednesday, 16 May 2018 00:00

The Government of Japan provided equipment worth JPY 102 million (approximately Rs. 149 million) under the non-project

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