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Sri Lanka kicks off first ever tourism campaign in South Africa

Views - 529 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka High Commission in Pretoria, with the support of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, organised “So Sri Lanka” Tourism Exhibition at Aviary Court in Menlyn Shopping Mall from 20-25 March. It was the first ever Sri Lanka Tourism P

So Sri Lanka IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo recognised globally for second consecutive year

Views - 69 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

The country’s biggest international mass participation sporting event, So Sri Lanka IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo, which recently concluded, has been voted in yet again by athletes as one of the most satisfying races in the world. An online survey conducte

Chamber of Tourism and Industry Chief on how to promote domestic air travel

Views - 63 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

The Chamber of Tourism and Industry along with the domestic airline operators has brought forward issues confronting the sector which hinder the promotion of tourism in the country. The Chamber after having discussions with the airline operators ha

Making Sri Lanka go to the ‘MICE’

Views - 160 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

Whilst Sri Lanka continues to show a year-on-year growth in tourists, the focus thus far has only been on the number of tourists coming in, instead of the cash inflow and subsequent economic development. As of 2018, the local tourism sector is said t

Emirates adds flights to Cairo, increases connectivity for customers

Views - 23 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

Emirates has announced it will increase the frequency of flights between Dubai and Cairo, adding four additional flights a week to its existing thrice-daily service starting 28 October. The four new flights operating on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday an

ComBank’s premium Visa Cardholders get access to over 1000 airport lounges with LoungeKey

Views - 40 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

Access to more than 1,000 airport lounges in more than 130 countries is now granted to holders of Visa premium segment Credit Cards issued by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon. No enrolment is required for this exclusive travel privilege, as complimentar

Golden Crown Hotel wins FCCISL Gold award

Views - 64 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Chairman of the renowned hotel chain in the hill country, the Golden Hospitality Ltd., Sriyananda Wijekoon was presented with the Gold Award in the Extra Large Category, Central Province at the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Ceremony organised by th

The Great Adventure Race

Views - 56 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

‘Raid Amazones’, the world’s biggest women’s adventure race kicked off yesterday where teams of participants compete in running, cycling, kayaking, archery and various other challenges over a week. The successful first leg of the event was h

Emirates Skywards invites members to fly more and earn more

Views - 32 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty program of Emirates and Flydubai, is rolling out a new limited time offer for all new and existing Skywards members to boost their Miles. The offer is valid for Economy and Business class tickets booked on

SriLankan Airlines scores second hat-trick at Golden City Gates Awards 2019

Views - 106 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, reaffirming the global appeal and innovativeness of its marketing communication endeavours yet again, won three awards at Golden City Gates Awards 2019 at I

Travel industry representatives in Stockholm to promote Sri Lanka

Views - 162 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:44

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm organised a Sri Lanka Tourism promotional event in partnership with Emirates and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Sweden Chapter. With the presence of many Swedish tour operators and travel writers, 11

Mirissa Ocean View Hotel opened on grand scale

Views - 156 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:42

Ocean View – Mirissa (, a luxury hotel located in the picturesque beach of Mirissa, was declared open recently. Managed under the directorship of Chandana Samaranayake and Saji Bandaranayake, the hotel comprises five luxury r

Aitken Spence Hotels among winners of Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019

Views - 70 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:40

The world’s largest travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor recognised Aitken Spence Hotels as winners of its Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019. Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Ahungalla, Heritance Negombo, Heritance Tea Factory and Amethyst Re

Fly Emirates to Dubai and avail discounted Uber ride upon arrival

Views - 28 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:38

Emirates passengers travelling to and through Dubai can enjoy a stress free end-to-end journey by booking and availing a free or discounted and reliable Uber ride from and to Dubai International Airport. Visitors travelling from more than 50 global d

SLTPB holds roadshow in Moscow

Views - 67 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:14

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, attended the roadshow in Moscow on 15 March, joined by Sanja Jayatilleka. The roadshow was organised by t

Sri Lanka Tourism digital billboard advertising campaign kicks off in Australia

Views - 987 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:14

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Bureau with the assistance of Sri Lanka Missions in Australia has undertaken Digital Billboard Advertisement Campaign in Sydney and Melbourne. The billboard advertisement campaign, starting from mid-March, will run for t

WNPS monthly lecture to tackle “Sinharaja: from a timber reserve to a biological treasure trove – what next?”

Views - 122 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:13

The Wildlife & Nature Protection Society will hold its monthly lecture under the theme “Sinharaja: From a Timber Reserve to a Biological Treasure Trove – What Next?” on 21 March at 6.00 p.m. at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH. The presenters will be Un

Findmyfare launches customer credit ‘Pay Later’ service

Views - 173 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:12, Sri Lanka’s largest and fastest growing online travel company, has launched Pay Later, a service that allows customers to book now and pay later by taking advantage of the company’s new 30-day free credit offer. This service was

Global air fares expected to fall 4% by April: CWT

Views - 75 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

CWT Solutions Group, the consulting arm of CWT, has forecast that global average ticket prices (ATP) for air bookings will drop to around $ 673 by April 2019, down just over 4% from February 2019 levels, as published fares correct from the sharp incr

So Sri Lanka at world’s largest tourism exhibition – ITB 2019

Views - 141 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Pavilion at the international tourism exhibition ITB 2019 – Berlin was inaugurated on 6 March with the participation of Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga. Sri Lanka’s Ambassad

Boeing faces crisis with worldwide grounding of 737 MAX jetliners

Views - 48 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The United States grounded Boeing Co’s money-spinning 737 MAX aircraft on Wednesday over safety fears after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 people, leaving the world’s largest planemaker facing its worst cr

Ethiopian crash black boxes arrive in Paris for analysis

Views - 26 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

PARIS/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters): Two black boxes from the Boeing 737 MAX airplane that crashed in Ethiopia arrived on Thursday in Paris for expert analysis, officials said, as regulators around the world awaited word on whether it was safe to resume flyi

Dambulla homestay operators empowered by NTB to tap tourism potential

Views - 101 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

In assisting the local community to enjoy the dividends of the growing tourism potential in the region, the newly-opened Dambulla branch of Nations Trust Bank recently conducted a seminar for homestay operators and interested entrepreneurs in the loc

Messe Berlin joins World Tourism Alliance

Views - 24 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Messe Berlin, one of the world’s top trade fair and event organisers, has become a member of the World Tourism Alliance (WTA), a non-governmental, non-profit tourism organisation. Established in China in 2017, the WTA has 182 members in 38 countrie

Cathay Pacific collaborates with Uber on International Women's day

Views - 46 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Cathay Pacific Group had an airport travel collaboration with ride-hailing app, Uber to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Sri Lanka at Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition 2019

Views - 78 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:42

The Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT) is one of the top five travel exhibitions in the world and the largest one in the sector of tourism in Russia. Sri Lankan companies have been active exponents at this annually held exhibit

BMICH closes a successful 2018 and looks forward to a significant 2019

Views - 47 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:40

BMICH, Sri Lanka’s iconic landmark, closed the year 2018 with many successes and accolades under its hat including the prestigious Sri Lanka Tourism Best MICE Venue of the Year Award and SATA (South Asia Travel Awards) Gold Award for South Asia’s

Tourist Police takes action against harassment case of US citizen in Mirissa

Views - 75 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:39

Following a report on a harassment case in Mirissa, Sri Lanka Tourist police has released the following statement on the actions taken by the relevant police station. OIC Police Tourist Division, Prabath Vidanagama stated, “The Kotiliwila police ha

Airlines keep calm and carry on after Boeing jet groundings

Views - 39 Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:39

SINGAPORE/DUBAI (Reuters): Groundings of brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets have sent shockwaves through global aviation after a crash in Ethiopia, but many airlines are managing to keep to schedule with other jets while economic woes mean some may be g

Sri Lanka dazzles in the heart of Bollywood once again

Views - 107 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

The Indian silver screen is one of the busiest film industries in the world with a production of over 2,000 films annually through main two languages (Hindi and Tamil) and in other various regional languages. Cinema is also one of the fastest growing

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