Travel / Tourism

Cathay Pacific celebrates 25 years in Sri Lanka with flash sale

Views - 45 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways celebrates 25 years of service in Sri Lanka this month. The airline commenced its flights to Colombo in October 1993 with just two flights a week. Since then the airline has expanded its services to the island o

The Residence Digana, a new boutique villa for discerning travellers

Views - 63 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

Travelling a distance of 115km into the interior of the island from the capital of Colombo, through the iconic city of Kandy, and from there along the Kandy-Mahiyangana Road, is Digana, home to the renowned Victoria Golf Course, a 517-acre property s

Fairway Sunset opens for business in Galle

Views - 85 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

The Fairway leisure arm is ready to launch Fairway Sunset in Galle, in addition to its already successful launch of Fairway Colombo Hotel which just celebrated its second anniversary with service par excellence and has created a benchmark in the hosp

World Tourism Day celebrated in Jaffna

Views - 121 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga yesterday said the Government was strongly considering the possibility of resuming the ferry service between Rameshwaram and Thalaimannar.  The Minister, addressing the World Tourism

Oman Air to fly to Athens from June 2019

Views - 29 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, is adding another exotic destination to its expanding network. Athens, the capital of Greece, is the new destination that Oman Air will be flying to, as of June 2019 and it will be on offer for

‘Warriors – beyond the rock’ at Hotel Sigiriya

Views - 63 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

It’s wonderful news for the cycling community in Sri Lanka! Hotel Sigiriya in association with MTB.LK presents ‘Warriors – beyond the rock!’ on 7 October from 7 a.m. onwards. If you’re up for a challenge head over to the ancient city with y

Sun Aqua Group set to expand with launch of Sun Aqua Iru Veli, Maldives

Views - 74 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

The Sun Siyam resort collection is the biggest hotel portfolio in Maldives and the proud owner of 4 resorts across Maldives and Sri Lanka: Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, Olhuveli Beach and Spa in Maldives, and Sun Aqua Pasikudah in Sri Lank

Sri Lanka must focus on innovation and digital transformation in tourism for future growth

Views - 100 Thursday, 27 September 2018 22:16

By A.M. Jaufer ‘World Tourism Day 2018’ The importance of digital technologies in tourism, providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work, is at the centre stage of World Tourism Day 2018, to be celebrated

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana recognised at World Travel Awards

Views - 49 Thursday, 27 September 2018 01:27

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana was recently recognised by the World Travel Awards as Sri Lanka’s Leading Family Resort at the Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony held in Hong Kong recently. World Travel Awards recognises, acknowledge and celebrate excellen

Galadari to celebrate 34th anniversary

Views - 45 Thursday, 27 September 2018 01:27

The Galadari Hotel celebrates its 34th anniversary on 6 October. The hotel has organised many special events and celebrations to coincide with this special date. The management of the hotel has taken this special opportunity to organise an all-night

Cathay Pacific and Qantas codeshare to bring Australia and Asia closer

Views - 26 Thursday, 27 September 2018 01:26

Cathay Pacific and Qantas customers are set to benefit from a new codeshare agreement that leverages the strengths of each carrier’s regional networks and provides more options for customers travelling between Asia and Australia. The codeshare agre

Contributing to a better world on World Tourism Day the ISO way

Views - 19 Thursday, 27 September 2018 01:26

Tourism is booming, bringing with it substantial opportunities to contribute to sustainable development. World Tourism Day is the day to draw attention to how tourism can improve our world. ISO standards play a key role. Last year, 1.2 billion travel

Cinnamon Elephant Project honoured with PATA Gold Award 2018

Views - 34 Thursday, 27 September 2018 01:26

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, together with its globally acclaimed ecotourism arm Cinnamon Nature Trails, was recognised for their ground-breaking elephant conservation project by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for the PATA Grand and Gold

Sea to shore

Views - 38 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00

In Vidattaltivu, the ocean never seems very far away. A stiff breeze carries a briny saltiness and the hungry calls of birds, which circle the small harbour where the fishermen moor their boats. Looking out from the coastline, visitors find their vie

FTI Touristik GmbH Germany travel product managers in charge of Indian Ocean region arrive on tour

Views - 62 Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:00

FTI Touristik GmbH from Germany sent a group of travel product managers in charge of the Indian Ocean Region for a familiarisation tour. They arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday, 24 September and will be touring around the country for seven days. They wil

Myanmar unveils new tourism branding “Be Enchanted”

Views - 47 Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:00

After five years, Myanmar has replaced its “Let the Journey Begin” tourism branding with “Be Enchanted”. The new brand was developed on the basis of the current awareness of Myanmar as a tourist destination and a comparison with a range of ot

Sri Lanka Tourism unveils new and unique destination experience at IFTM

Views - 78 Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism opened the International France Travel Mart at Paris Porte De Versailles this week aimed at attracting French travellers to the island which has seen an increase of nearly 11% last year. This year it is envisaged that the numbers wo

Pathfinder leads tourism delegation to Sichuan International Travel Expo 2018

Views - 62 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Sichuan International Travel Expo 2018 was conducted recently in Emeishan City in Leshan, Sichuan Province, China with the participation of nearly 45 countries. This was the fourth edition of the Travel Expo and was devoted for building a professiona

Chena Huts by Uga Escapes win Sri Lanka’s Leading Lodge 2018 Award

Views - 91 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Chena Huts by Uga Escapes has been acclaimed as Sri Lanka’s Leading Lodge 2018 at the 25th World Travel Awards, Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2018, organized by World Travel Awards. World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, rew

Eden Resort & Spa wins top industry accolade at CNCI Achiever Awards 2018

Views - 65 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

The flagship resort of Browns Hotels & Resorts, The Eden Resort & Spa was recently bestowed with the Merit Award in the National Level Service Sector, Extra Large Category at the Achiever Awards organised by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries

Qatar Airways sustains financial performance despite illegal blockade by neighbouring countries

Views - 42 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:37

Following the most challenging year in its 20-year history, Qatar Airways has published its annual report for 2017/18, which demonstrates the airline’s strength and resilience in the face of adversity. Overall revenue and other operating income gre

AGSEP delivers key insights on tourism industry of SL

Views - 111 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:36

By Divya Thotawatte Asian German Sports Exchange Program (AGSEP), a local non-commercial government-associated organisation recently shed light upon some key insights on obstacles which hinder growth and economic benefits of the tourism industry of

TBC Asia 2018: Agents of change

Views - 56 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:36

If you are on the fence, here are five reasons why attending Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018, an industry conference on Creating Transformational Digital Content for Travel will be the best professional decision you make this year. Case studies and actionabl

The Theva Residency, Kandy wins Gold and Silver at South Asian Travel Awards 2018

Views - 72 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:35

The Theva Residency, Kandy won the Gold Award for “Leading Boutique Hotel in South Asia” and the Silver Award for “Leading Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka” and was also nominated for “Luxury Boutique Hotels in South Asia” and “Romantic Hote

Amari Galle hosts EMF Global Convention & Awards 2018

Views - 69 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:34

The Experiential Managers Federation Global (EMF Global) of India, which is a national body for event managers across the country with dedicated chapters, will be hosting its fifth convention and awards ceremony at Amari Galle. This three-day event,

Sri Lanka Tourism complets successful road show through Germany

Views - 99 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

From 3 to 6 September, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau completed a week-long road show through some of the leading economic cities in Germany: Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main and Munich. The delegation was led by Karunasena Hettiarachchi,

Leveza by MAS to offer customised outdoor travel wear to bloggers at Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018

Views - 108 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts has partnered with MAS Holdings new outdoor clothing line, Leveza, for the upcoming event, Cinnamon Travel Bloggers’ Conference 2018 (Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018). The only event of its kind to be held in the continent, Cinnamo

Darren Darwin appointed Cluster GM of Anantara Kalutara Resort and AVANI Kalutara Resort

Views - 59 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas announces that Darren Darwin has been appointed to the role of Cluster General Manager. In this position Darren will oversee Anantara Kalutara Resort and AVANI Kalutara Resort in Sri Lanka. Darren, who is a British Nat

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo wins at South Asian Travel Awards 2018

Views - 47 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo was crowned the “Leading Meeting & Conference Hotel in Sri Lanka” at the South Asian Travel Awards 2018, which aims to encourage and raise customer service standards of the tourism industry within the South Asian regions.

Information seminar by Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow to promote SL tourism in Russian Federation

Views - 63 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Russian Federation organised an information seminar to promote tourism to Sri Lanka, in partnership with Anex Tour which is one of Russia’s leading tour operators, on 14 September. The event was organised with the su

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IPS’s State of the Economy Report 2018 is a demonstration of its independent analysis of the economy

Monday, 22 October 2018

Economists are at the receiving end of society today when it comes to economic crises. They have been blamed not only for giving confusing advice, but also for failing to predict accurately the oncoming economic catastrophes.

Future competencies for Sri Lankans: Rhetoric and reality

Monday, 22 October 2018

I was humbly happy to be the first Sri Lankan to speak at Fiji Annual HR Convention. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet warm people of another island nation. With booming tourism and bountiful natural resources, it appears as one of the most

Challenges in preserving and promoting Pakistan’s Buddhist past

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The international media has been portraying Pakistan as a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism, especially after the Americans carried out a surgical strike there to kill international terrorist and fugitive, Osama bin Laden.

Government’s cohabitation stuck in the past or what?

Friday, 19 October 2018

The appointment of career judge Nalin Perera as the new Chief Justice, who has served in the judiciary for over 30 years, provides a snapshot into President Maithripala Sirisena’s thought process, amidst various stories of clashes with his coalitio

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