Travel / Tourism

KK Beach ranked as Unawatuna’s Number One hotel on TripAdvisor, by 100+ guests

Views - 88 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:00

KK Beach, the second property within the award-winning KK Collection has reached the ranking of Number One hotel in Unawatuna on TripAdvisor. KK Beach has become popular amongst both local and international tourists, namely Australian travellers, ran

The Calm in Passikudah launches special coach service to the Resort

Views - 296 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:00

The Calm Resort & Spa in Passikudah, the truly captivating, 70-roomed beachfront property of Browns Hotels & Resorts, has launched a special coach service to reach the resort comfortably at a nominal fee. This is the first time in Sri Lanka that a ho

Cinnamon Grand celebrates 13th anniversary

Views - 67 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Grand celebrated 13 years of operation and hospitality excellence on 26 November with festivities that included a religious ceremony with priests from all four doctrines coming together to invoke blessings on Cinnamon City Hotels Sector Head

Super Luxury MV. Mein Schiff 3 calls at Port of Colombo

Views - 586 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

The super luxury passenger vessel MV Mein Schif 3 of TUI Cruises with 2,430 passengers and 995 crew on board made her maiden call at the Port of Colombo on 26 November. The vessel was welcomed at the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Sri Lanka Ports A

Centara brings the curtain down on 2018 with ‘The Greatest Sale’

Views - 44 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

Centara is offering 20% off for every single rate booked through its official website – that includes packages, promotions and existing sales for every date, hotel and destination – even Sri Lanka and the Maldives. What’s even better is that th

HNB partners with Classic Travel to offer exciting travel concierge services

Views - 62 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s largest retail sector bank, HNB PLC, announced a new partnership with leading corporate, leisure and MICE Travel solutions provider, Classic Travel, to offer an exclusive range of travel concierge services to all HNB Club members. “Sr

Kazakhstan to host PATA Travel Mart 2019

Views - 26 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, has been confirmed as the host city of the PATA Travel Mart 2019 in September. The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kazakh Tourism National Compa

FTI group tours Sri Lanka

Views - 121 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

FTI Touristik GmbH from Germany comprising guests from FTI Austria, large travel agencies in Switzerland and Edelweiss flight centre staff arrived on a familiarisation tour of the island. They flew from Zurich to Colombo on 23 November on Edelweiss.

Emirates takes home 5 awards in 1 week ending with big win at ULTRAs as ‘Best Airline in the World’

Views - 22 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

Emirates made a clean sweep this week with award wins across multiple countries – from Russia and Belgium to the UAE – a testament to the airline’s consistent delivery of industry-leading travel experiences for its diverse customer base, and it

Qatar Airways clinches ‘Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Catering’ accolades

Views - 33 Tuesday, 27 November 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways continues its winning year as its revolutionary Qsuite was named ‘Best Business Class’ in the AirlineRatings’ Airline Excellence Awards 2019. The airline’s renowned dine-on-demand in flight cuisine was also named ‘Best Caterin

Sala introduces Boutique Capsule Hotel to Sri Lanka

Views - 172 Tuesday, 27 November 2018 00:00

The Boutique Capsule Hotel, Sri Lanka’s first-ever property under the ultra-modern ‘capsule’ concept, centrally situated on Galle Road in the heart of Colombo, offers the perfect destination for business and leisure travellers on the lookout fo

Aitken Spence Travels welcomes charter from Poland for 2nd consecutive year

Views - 129 Tuesday, 27 November 2018 00:00

Aitken Spence Travels welcomed its first charter from Poland together with TUI Poland for the second consecutive year. The Polish tourists were warmly welcomed by the staff of Aitken Spence Travels and TUI partner staff with flowers, beetle leaves an

Ceylon City Hotel, Colombo wins big at World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018

Views - 149 Tuesday, 27 November 2018 00:00

Ceylon City Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka won the award for Luxury Family Hotel – South West Asia Region at the recently concluded World Luxury Hotel Awards held in Bali, Indonesia. World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of recognition of accompl

Asia Pacific hotel deals tops $ 5 b in Jan.-Sept.

Views - 65 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

Asia Pacific hotel transaction volumes reached $ 5.2 billion for the first three quarters of 2018, down 28% year-on-year, according to Nihat Ercan, Managing Director, Head of Investment Sales, Asia, JLL Hotels and Hospitality. Rising interest rates

Golden Crown Hotel celebrates one year on high note

Views - 566 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

Commemorating a year of success this month, the management of the Golden Crown Hotel in Kandy celebrates a journey of incredible beginnings and setting the benchmark for luxury living in the sacred city. This five-star hotel has all the trappings of

Qatar Airways to fly 4 times weekly to Montreal

Views - 30 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways has announced that it will introduce an additional weekly flight to its popular Doha-Montreal route from 17 December 2018, providing even more flexibility for both business and leisure passengers travelling to and from the Canadian city

Qatar Airways adds ultra-modern A380 to Frankfurt

Views - 26 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways has announced it will add the state-of-the-art Airbus A380 to one of its two daily services from Doha (DOH) to Frankfurt (FRA) from 31 March 2019. The move will increase the airline’s current daily capacity on the Doha to Frankfurt r

Chinese tourists skip Thailand after Phuket boat disaster

Views - 34 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

BANGKOK, AFP: A ferry disaster that killed dozens of Chinese tourists in Thailand earlier this year has sent visitor numbers plunging from the kingdom’s single largest market. The Chinese make up about a quarter of Thailand’s 35 million annual v

Emirates named ‘Best Airline in the World’

Views - 30 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

Dubai-based airline Emirates was named ‘Best Airline in the World’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’ at the prestigious 2018 ULTRAs. In a vote taken by over 500,000 readers of The Telegraph’s luxury travel magazines Ultratravel UK and U

Emirates bags three industry accolades from FTE Asia Awards and

Views - 36 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has scooped three industry-leading awards for its game-changing First Class Private Suites and in-flight entertainment system ‘ice’, in addition to being named the ‘Best Long Haul Airline -

IWS inaugurates first privately-owned aerodrome with helicopter servicing facility

Views - 129 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

With the view of improving the domestic aviation industry in Sri Lanka, by providing better infra-structure facilities in order to attract tourists from foreign countries and local passengers IWS Aviation inaugurated their new aerodrome with helicopt

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort awarded at Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence

Views - 55 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

Condé Nast Johansens recognised the winners of its 2019 Awards for Excellence across the world at the annual ceremony held in London. Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle resort was named as the winner of the “Best Treatment Menu” in the Africa, Middle

Discover Colombo’s history and culture with community created App & Map

Views - 161 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

iDiscover Colombo bridges the heritage of the city’s past with the new life of its present through a locally curated and illustrated neighbourhood guide featuring handcrafted walking and cycling itineraries through the city’s most captivating his

Puneet Dutta promoted to General Manager of Amari Galle

Views - 49 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

ONYX Hospitality Group announced the appointment of Puneet Dutta to the position of General Manager of Amari Galle. Having joined ONYX Hospitality Group as Resort Manager at Amari Havodda Maldives during its pre-opening stages in 2015, Puneet was str

United Ventures unveils Crystal Cruises in Sri Lanka

Views - 101 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Crystal Cruises, the latest brand to enter into a rapidly expanding market of cruise holidays, offering whatever it is that inspires ones wanderlust – be it the legendary elegance of a classic ocean voyage, the immersive discovery of a river cruise

Singapore Airlines finds premium economy a tougher sell on new non-stop US flights

Views - 54 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Singapore Airlines Ltd. is facing no problem selling business class tickets on its ultra-long non-stop flights to the United States but is having to price premium economy seats very attractively, a senior executive said on Wednes

Goldi Sands Negombo to expand with Rs. 700 m investment

Views - 112 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

Goldi Sands Negombo, one of the oldest hotels to be opened in Negombo will invest Rs. 700 million to add an extension. The construction of the extension has already begun and will be ready by 2019 August. Under this project 65 rooms with five suites

The Theva Residency winner of ‘Asia’s Most Stunning Views’ at The Boutique Hotel Awards 2018

Views - 81 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

The winners of The Boutique Hotel Awards 2018 were announced at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London. The ceremony brought together an array of boutique hotel owners, travel and

Ayurva Traveller recognised as World’s Best Wellness Travel Agency at World Spa Awards 2018

Views - 97 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

Ayurva Traveller, Sri Lanka’s sole travel agent dedicated to wellness getaways, was recently recognised as the ‘World’s Best Wellness Travel Agency’ at the World Spa Awards 2018. The company received this reco

Cinnamon Lakeside recognises long-serving employees

Views - 73 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo held its annual Long Service Awards to acknowledge and reward the long- term commitment of the hotel’s associates at the Kings Court on 5 November. Ninety-three staff members who completed terms of five, 10, 15, 20, 25 an

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Fruits, flowers and futile triumphalism at Galle Face?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Every morning, I play voyeur and watch that nice neighbourhood uncle pluck flowers to pooja-fy his guardian deities. He is quite religious about it. And industrious to boot. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t restrict himself to his garden.

Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negoti

Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist

Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new

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