Travel / Tourism

Sri Lanka shows potential at OTDYKH Leisure Travel and Tourism Fair

Views - 137 Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:00

OTDYKH Leisure Travel and Tourism Fair is one of the largest travel fairs in Moscow, Russia which draws a large number of visitors on an annual basis. It was held from 10 to 12 September at Expocentre, for the 25th time, with the participation of mo


Cathay Pacific appoints new Country Manager for Sri Lanka

Views - 87 Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:00

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways has appointed Karthik Radhakanthan as Head of Sales and Country Lead, Sri Lanka. He will take over from Vishnu Rajendran who has assumed another role in the organisation. With over 21 years of experience coveri


15th Hotel Asia kicks off on 7 October in Maldives

Views - 32 Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:00

After much anticipation, South Asia’s largest hospitality tradeshow, Hotel Asia 2019, presented by Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services Ltd. will commence on 7 October with the much-awaited Culinary Challenge kicking off a day ahead.  Hotel


SLCB covers three cities in India to promote MICE

Views - 81 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:43

The Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), in collaboration with the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi and Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai organised a Sri Lanka MICE promotion in three cities in India, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata hel


Can the leopard help position Sri Lankan tourism?

Views - 298 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:36

According to wikipedia.org (2019), Sri Lanka has no official national animal; while locally, the majestic elephant, grizzled giant squirrel and lion are considered to represent the national animal. Ironically, the lion is on the list and the most cel


SIA’s A350-900 medium haul aircraft makes maiden voyage to Colombo today

Views - 378 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:35

Singapore International Airlines (SIA) will introduce the new Airbus A350-900 medium haul aircraft to Colombo today The new medium-haul Business Class seats have been manufactured by Stelia Aerospace. Features of the aircraft are built to enhance th


The case for radically restructuring SriLankan Airlines

Views - 187 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:00

Disruption and innovation are closely interlinked phenomena which are coalescing at this critical juncture in time when the established world order is becoming increasingly under strain and unpredictable. It is therefore essential that Sri Lankan lea


Saudi Arabia offers tourist visas for first time; 49 countries eligible

Views - 90 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

RIYADH, AFP: Saudi Arabia said Friday it was offering tourist visas for the first time, opening up the ultra-conservative Islamic Kingdom to holidaymakers as part of a push to diversify its economy away from oil. The Kingdom also eased its strict dre


SriLankan Airlines wins PATA Gold award for ‘Two Cities, One Spirit’ campaign

Views - 138 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, continuing to prove the global appeal of its marketing communication endeavors, won an esteemed PATA Gold Award in Astana, Kazakhstan recently. Accordingly,


Sri Lanka sends revival message on World Tourism Day 2019

Views - 125 Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Sri Lanka Tourism on Friday launched a two-day special program to celebrate World Tourism Day 2019 themed ‘Tourism and jobs: a better future for all’. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) along with other key inst


Jobs and a better future through tourism: women in the Sri Lankan labour market

Views - 335 Friday, 27 September 2019 00:00

World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on 27 September, and is organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to create awareness on the tourism industry’s positive contribution to destinations. Sri Lanka’s tourism admini


UK offers help for 9,000 Thomas Cook staff

Views - 60 Friday, 27 September 2019 00:00

LONDON (AFP): Thousands of UK staff who lost their jobs after the sudden collapse of holiday giant Thomas Cook will be offered assistance, Britain said Wednesday. The Conservative government, alongside the Civil Aviation Authority regulator, is alrea


UK to repatriate 16,000 people on 4th day of Thomas Cook collapse

Views - 24 Friday, 27 September 2019 00:00

REUTERS: Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said over 70 flights are scheduled for Thursday to bring back 16,000 people to the country following the collapse of Thomas Cook. The authority also said over 150 Thomas Cook crew and 30% of the tot


Sri Lanka Convention Bureau hosts MICE delegation to visit conference facilities

Views - 72 Friday, 27 September 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB) being the main government body of promoting MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference & Exhibitions) tourism in Sri Lanka has launched a series of familiarisation tours for overseas destinations management delegates and


US initiative helps make tourist destinations plastic-free

Views - 69 Friday, 27 September 2019 00:00

The US Government is helping make Arugam Bay a sustainable, green tourist destination. Through an initiative called ‘Waste Less Arugam Bay’, sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the project provides free drinking wate


Sri Lanka Tourism set to celebrate World Tourism Day 2019 tomorrow

Views - 157 Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:16

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, in association with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Sri Lanka Tourism Hotel and Management Institute (SLITHM), and under the guidance of the Ministry of Tour


This World Tourism Day, Jetwing Hotels celebrates community

Views - 83 Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:14

On this World Tourism Day, Jetwing Hotels would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the communities and stakeholders that make it possible to deliver true Sri Lankan hospitality to all their guests. The Jetwing Hotels properties across the isl


International Tourism Leaders’ Summit 2019 on Saturday

Views - 95 Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:13

The fifth consecutive International Tourism Leaders’ Summit (ITLS) and Tourism Research Conference (TRC) will be held on 28 September at the BMICH, Jasmine Room Colombo from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. followed by cocktails. It is organised by ITLS and IT


Timely required mobile app for tourism industry

Views - 106 Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:10

Xiteb Ltd., one of the multinational website, mobile apps and software development companies in Sri Lanka, developed Ceylon Traveller, an ideal mobile app for all travellers and tourists who love to roam around Sri Lanka. The concept was suggested as


Thomas Cook India reiterates it is a completely separate entity from Thomas Cook UK

Views - 45 Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:10

With the recent developments relating to the iconic British travel company, Thomas Cook PLC, being reported in the media, it is imperative to highlight that Thomas Cook India Group is a completely different entity since August 2012 when it was acquir


Emirates offers free hotel stays in Dubai from 1 Oct. to 10 Dec.

Views - 78 Wednesday, 25 September 2019 00:00

As the heat of the Dubai summer begins to wane, an opportunity to experience the vibrant Emirate with a stopover in October, November or early December awaits passengers travelling with Emirates from Colombo to Europe, the Americas or Africa. The awa


Golden Crown Hotel, Kandy acquires five star accreditation

Views - 111 Wednesday, 25 September 2019 00:00

The Golden Hospitality Ltd, a brainchild of the group’s Chairman, needed an upgrade with an elegant five star property in its portfolio. Subsequent to making a name for itself in the hospitality industry since announcing itself in 2003, the brand g


CNN’s Quest warns of three challenges to future of tourism

Views - 1723 Tuesday, 24 September 2019 12:10

World-famous CNN correspondent Richard Quest yesterday in Colombo warned the travel industry of three challenges to its future, one of which was “overtourism.” Speaking at the Cinnamon Future of Tourism Summit in Colombo, Quest listed the other t


Emerging from crisis requires humanity not strategy

Views - 341 Tuesday, 24 September 2019 12:00

UNWTO Special Advisor to the Secretary General and CNN International Consultant Anita Mendiratta, who was speaking in Colombo yesterday, pointed out that what was needed to completely emerge from a crisis “stronger, faster and smarter” was not st


Thomas Cook collapses, leaving hundreds of thousands stranded

Views - 74 Tuesday, 24 September 2019 11:59

LONDON (Reuters): The world’s oldest travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed on Monday, stranding more than half a million holidaymakers around the globe and sparking the largest peacetime repatriation effort in British history. The liquidation marks the


Thomas Cook collapses, leaving hundreds of thousands stranded

Views - 74 Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): The world’s oldest travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed on Monday, stranding more than half a million holidaymakers around the globe and sparking the largest peacetime repatriation effort in British history. The liquidation marks the


Golden Crown Hotel, Kandy acquires five star accreditation

Views - 81 Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:00

The Golden Hospitality Ltd, a brainchild of the group’s Chairman, needed an upgrade with an elegant five star property in its portfolio. Subsequent to making a name for itself in the hospitality industry since announcing itself in 2003, the brand g


Thomas Cook scrambles for $ 250 m to avert collapse

Views - 56 Monday, 23 September 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Britain’s Thomas Cook needs to find an extra 200 million pounds ($ 251 million) to satisfy its lenders or one of the world’s oldest holiday company risks collapse, potentially stranding thousands of holidaymakers across Europe.


MHG to open Malaysia’s first Anantara hotel in December

Views - 34 Monday, 23 September 2019 00:00

Thailand’s Minor Hotels Group is set to expand its Anantara brand to Malaysia with the opening of the Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas on 1 December 2019. Desaru Coast is located at Malaysia’s south-eastern tip in Johor Bahru and spans over


SLTPB plans aggressive promotion at WTM 2019

Views - 79 Monday, 23 September 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, (SLTPB) has made arrangements to participate on a grand scale at the World Travel Market (WTM) 2019, which will bring a wide variety of opportunities to the tourism sector in Sri Lanka. The event is scheduled t


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Elpitiya test market: Implications for brands Gota and Sajith

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

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An efficient energy sector for economic growth

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

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