Travel / Tourism

Egypt expresses dismay to UK envoy over British Airways flight suspension

Views - 28 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

Cairo, Reuters: Egypt’s aviation minister on Sunday expressed his dismay over British Airways’ decision to suspend flights to the Egyptian capital to the UK’s ambassador to Cairo. International Airlines Group’s British Airways suspended flig

Qatar Airways to launch flights to Gaborone, Botswana in October

Views - 30 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

Qatar Airways has unveiled plans to launch flights to Gaborone, Botswana, starting 27 October. The capital and largest city of Botswana will be the airline’s first destination in the African country. The three-times weekly flights will be operated

Browns Hotels & Resorts awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019

Views - 169 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 01:24

Browns Hotels & Resorts was recently honoured with the coveted 2019 Certificate of Excellence. Awarded by the world’s largest social travel website, TripAdvisor, the accolade, which honours excellence in hospitality, is given only to the top 10% of

Grand Dewasiri Cottage, Nuwara Eliya introduces 26-hour checkout

Views - 69 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 01:21

Grand Dewasiri Cottage, Nuwara Eliya is introducing special 26-hour checkout packages to woo travellers. “This flexible time package has been offered to provide more time for travellers to do excursions in and around Nuwara Eliya and offer longer

Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association partners ANC

Views - 75 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 01:20

By Maleesha Sulthanagoda The Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) has partnered with American National College Education (ANC) to introduce an MBA with Hospitality Management in hopes of enhancing the growth of the hospitality sector of

40% off on stunning domestic aerial tours for ComBank Credit Cardholders

Views - 57 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 01:19

Commercial Bank’s Credit Cardholders can soar over spectacular landscapes and the fascinating Blue Whale habitats of Sri Lanka to experience some of the country’s top attractions with F-Airways at a 40% discount and on a six-month Easy Payment Pl

Cinnamon Life clinches prestigious PATA Gold Award for Heritage and Culture

Views - 541 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:00

Cinnamon Life was recognised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for a PATA Gold Award for the significant cultural impact made together with the Chitrasena Kalayathanaya and in partnership with the John Keells Foundation for the Guru Gedar

How to attract more Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka

Views - 146 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:00

Before being nominated as the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka and arriving at the country to assume my office, I could hardly imagine that there are so many world wonders on this tropical island of over 60,000 square kilometres. The graceful lake an

Going green and securing gold: Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon receives Travelife Gold Certification

Views - 56 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, part of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts recently received the prestigious Travelife Gold Certification for the years 2019-2021. Travelife is an internationally recognised accommodation sustainability program that is run in o

Passenger revenues increase by 4.4% and travellers by 2.2% in June: Alitalia

Views - 28 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Alitalia’s passenger revenues reported another increase in June 2019. In the first sixth month of this year, the Italian airline recorded 4.4% increase in passenger revenues, compared to June of the previous year (month that recorded the highest re

Lenders of bankrupt Jet Airways to attempt to sell carrier again

Views - 40 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Lenders to Jet Airways will open bids to sell the bankrupt airline on July 20, as they look to recover about 85 billion rupees ($ 1.24 billion) of loans, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Last month, Jet’s c

Serenity starts here

Views - 32 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Cathay Pacific reopened its newly renovated Shanghai Pudong Cathay Pacific Lounge on 18 July, marking the introduction of the airline’s awards-winning lounge design to mainland China for the first time. Cathay Pacific is ‘moving beyond’ for it

‘They bombed our livelihoods’: Sri Lanka’s tourism firms struggle after attacks

Views - 139 Thursday, 18 July 2019 01:13

Reuters: Pearl Divers, a diving school on one of Sri Lanka’s most popular southern beaches, shut shop for two months after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels on the island on Easter Sunday, killing about 250 people. It had no customers as

Emirates to launch services to Mexico City via Barcelona

Views - 34 Thursday, 18 July 2019 01:11

Emirates has announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to Mexico City International Airport (MEX), via the Spanish city of Barcelona (BCN), starting on 9 December 2019. Emirates’ Mexico City flight will be a linked service

Pacific Asia Travel Association Sri Lanka Chapter elects new team

Views - 330 Thursday, 18 July 2019 01:09

The Annual General Meeting of the PATA Sri Lanka Chapter was held on 11 July at the Barnes, Jetwing Colombo 07. The Sri Lanka Chapter facilitates its members within Sri Lanka in conducting their varied businesses within the hospitality sector in a m

Elyon Hotels to launch ‘Elyon Colombo’ on 1 August

Views - 194 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Reflecting a new age in hospitality, in which business travel is inseparable from lifestyle, the Elyon Hotels chain unveiled its new offering, ‘Elyon Colombo’ located at Orion City, Colombo recently. Presenting a contemporary, vibrant design, wit

The saga of tourist arrivals

Views - 310 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Traditionally one of the main indices by which tourism performance is assessed the world over is by analysing the total tourist arrivals into a country. Historically Sri Lanka also has been adopting this method. However Sri Lanka seems to place too m

Regaining the charm: JICA supports ‘Post Crisis Tourism Recovery’

Views - 69 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Christian Affairs (MoTCA), successfully completed a joint seminar for the ‘Recovery of Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka after the Easter Bombings 2019’

Chinese journalists visit The Kingsbury

Views - 39 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

A crew of senior journalists from China travelled across Sri Lanka to showcase the splendour of our island to the world. In support of reviving the tourism industry the Kingsbury was honoured to host them at The Kingsbury; proving that Sri Lankans ar

Tourism talks of tackling tough times

Views - 79 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Capitalising on increased interest by Aussie tourists

Views - 269 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

A team of 18 Australian travel and tour operators arrived in Sri Lanka on a 10-day long familiarisation tour hosted by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB). Tourist arrivals from Australia have shown a steady incline in recent months and i

Singapore Events Team meets John

Views - 94 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Singapore’s Precinct Development Head Hajah Mohaideen, Singapore events coordinator Anita Dorai and Singapore Airlines General Manager in Sri Lanka Hu Hongyao met with Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga on Monday to explore opportunities

Anantaya Resorts and Spas bags high scores from HolidayCheck

Views - 82 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Anantaya Resorts & Spas were recently awarded by the online review portal of HolidayCheck with an overall score of 5.7 out of 6 for Anantaya Resort & Spa, Passikudah and 5.2 out of 6 for Anantaya Resort & Spa, Chilaw for the year 2019. These ratings

These Sri Lanka travel experiences are a great way to visit now that US has eased travel restrictions

Views - 116 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00 After the Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sunday, travellers have been wary — and understandably so. Tourism to Sri Lanka essentially halted, with Reuters reporting that bookings to the island were down 186% on average the we

Emirates to offer US-bound travellers Wi-Fi over the North Pole

Views - 43 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Emirates’ passengers bound for the US will soon be able to enjoy Wi-Fi, mobile service connectivity and Live TV broadcast, even when flying 40,000 feet over the North Pole and Arctic circle. On flights to the US, which often travel over the polar r

Thailand targets 10% growth in tourism revenues in 2020

Views - 39 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced this week that it is aiming to boost tourism revenues by 10%, over the projection for this year, in 2020. For the domestic market, TAT says that it will categorise customers into various segments such

China firm microchips bed sheets after cleaning scandals

Views - 69 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

Beijing, AFP: Bugs in the bed might be the last thing guests want from a hotel stay, but a new micro-chipping service in China that tracks every sheet and towel has proved popular online. A laundry service catering to hotels in the central Chinese c

Apache Aviation and Breitling in search of co-sponsors to operate jet team

Views - 22 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

For 17 years, Apache Aviation has operated the Breitling Jet Team, the world’s first professional civil jet team, and its seven L39 ALBATROS Jets. Breitling’s long-standing contract with Apache Aviation will expire on 31 December. Breitling h

France to impose green tax on plane tickets

Views - 27 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

PARIS (AFP): France announced Tuesday it would impose new taxes on plane tickets of up to 18 euros per flight, joining other EU states seeking to limit the environmental impact of air travel. The government said that the funds from tickets for fligh

Jagath Wickramanayake hosts special cocktail at Galadari Colombo

Views - 354 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

A special cocktail was hosted by eminent lawyer Jagath Wickramanayake at the Galadari Colombo’s Grand Ballroom recently, on his appointment as President’s Counsel. The event was graced by many VIPs which included, the Chief of Justice, many Supre

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Religion is a problem in Sri Lanka; can it be a solution?

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Generally, it is expected that religion should be a solution to a problem. Ironically in Sri Lanka religion is the problem. Therefore, what would be the solution? When religion becomes a problem of a country....

Orthodoxy and change: A perennial Muslim issue

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Whether Muslims live as minorities in non-Muslim countries or as majorities in a total of fifty seven countries, the clash of orthodoxy with modern challenges is a perennial issue that bedevils progress on several fronts in these communities.

Making the MCC Compact work for Sri Lanka

Friday, 16 August 2019

It is a sign of these political times that even an apolitical issue like a foreign aid program becomes a hot topic in Sri Lanka. In April 2019, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approved a compact program for Sri La

Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

Friday, 16 August 2019

The late John F. Kennedy described politics as a “noble adventure, an adventure in which one joins hands with the masses for the service of man”. Not that the Kennedys didn’t play “politricks” in their heyday. But playing “politricks” w

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