Travel / Tourism

Low-cost, long-haul flights from India to boost leisure travel

Views - 63 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): The launch of low-cost, long-haul flights by Indian airlines will boost outbound leisure travel and open a multi-billion dollar opportunity for carriers, a report released on Wednesday showed. The analysis by aviation consultant CAP


Conde Nast Traveller includes Cantaloupe Levels in its coveted ‘Best Beach Breaks 2018’ listing

Views - 51 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00

One of southern Sri Lanka’s hippest boutique hotels, Cantaloupe Levels, has been anointed one of the ‘Best beach breaks for 2018’ in the Dec-Jan 2017/18 edition of the traveller’s holy grail – the famed Conde Nast Traveller (India), affordi


Trevor Rajaratnam elected President of Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka

Views - 114 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00

Trevor Rajaratnam, Chief Executive Officer of Travel7 Ltd. was elected as the President of the Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka (TAASL) at the 42nd Annual General Meeting held in Batam Island, Indonesia for the year 2017/2018 period. George Ste


Dubai’s Jumeirah Group unveils new hotel brand

Views - 49 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

Jumeirah Group, a global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has announced the launch of Zabeel House by Jumeirah, a new hotel brand. This second brand from Jumeirah Group, which already operates the award winning luxury Stay Differen


Four Seasons to open new property in India

Views - 38 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

Hospitality chain Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Embassy Group, one of India’s leading property developers, will open a new Four Seasons property later this year in Bengaluru, one of India’s fastest growing cities. Located within Embassy One


Singapore Airlines to launch flights to New Zealand from 3 May

Views - 56 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

Singapore Airlines has announced that it will introduce a new service that will connect Singapore and Melbourne to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. The new service will be introduced as part of a restructuring of existing Singapore-Canberra-


ASEAN Tourism Ministers stir the pot for gastro tourism in Southeast Asia for 2018

Views - 38 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND: The ASEAN Tourism Forum ended on a high 26 January, with ASEAN tourism ministers itemising a list of achievements for the region’s robust travel and tourism sector. Lauding the completion of a strong VisitASEAN@50 campaign in


Another first for iconic hill capital hotel

Views - 55 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

Mahaweli Reach Hotel (MRH), reputed as the first hotel to achieve five-star status in Kandy, recently marked another milestone in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry of Sri Lanka by becoming the first hotel to be certified as a CarbonConscious, Wate


Waters Edge and Melchers to create Fantasy Island in Sri Lanka

Views - 133 Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s premier culinary and entertainment hub Waters Edge, together with Melchers Project Management Ltd., last week announced plans to build a theme park overlooking the waters of the Diyawannna.


Big draw for Rawana Falls in Ella

Views - 78 Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00

Local and foreign tourists enjoy the breeze on 26 January 2018 near Rawana Falls in Ella which is being promoted as a major tourist attraction


Garton’s Cape clinches prestigious global accolade

Views - 99 Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00

Garton’s Hotel Chain’s jewel in Sri Lanka’s south – Garton’s Cape, Ahangama, recently brought global recognition to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean by bagging the esteemed ‘Best Luxury Beach Hotel in Sri Lanka’ at the recently-concluded 1


Costa Neo Classica makes first arrival on dawn of 2018

Views - 51 Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00

Costa Neo Classica, a passenger vessel of 722 feet and weighing of 52,950 tons, made her first port of call on the dawn of the New Year, at the Colombo Harbour, on 2 January 2018.


SLAITO hands over impactful report which proposes equitable solution to manage over-visitation at Ya

Views - 119 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) at recent meeting with Minister of Tourism and Christian Religious


Findmyfare partners with Contiki to offer exciting deals for young adventurers

Views - 37 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s largest online travel company Findmyfare has partnered with Contiki, the original travel company for young, wild and free, to offer an array of adventures for Sri Lankan youth.


Study finds Sabre is global leader in best fare flight search options

Views - 34 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

A wide-scale GDS study conducted across 18 countries by Dr. Fried & Partner, a leading marketing and consulting firm


Pegasus Reef Hotel to open new tennis court

Views - 29 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

A new, high quality surface tennis court is to be ceremoniously opened at Pegasus Reef Hotel Wattala, adding to the list of highly attractive


Ronaldo-brand hotel chain goes to Morocco in global expansion

Views - 18 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

LISBON (Reuters): Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and the country’s top hotel chain, Pestana, will open a new hotel


With self-parking slippers, Nissan drives Japanese hospitality to a new level

Views - 43 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

Tokyo (Reuters): In Japan, where old traditions are constantly being updated with new technology, one inn is making use of automated driving technology


Emirates restores some capacity on US routes as demand returns

Views - 36 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

Dubai (Reuters): Emirates will increase the number of flights to some US cities, it said on Thursday, in a sign that demand dented by the policies of US President Donald Trump’s administration could be returning.


Onyx Hospitality signs Shama in Hangzhou

Views - 36 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

Onyx Hospitality Group has signed its fourth Shama property so far this month. Occupying a 21-storey building within Yaojiang Wending International, the large-scale commercial complex development by Yaojiang Group, Shama Zijingang Hangzhou is perfect


Shangri-La launches promotion to celebrate app upgrade

Views - 56 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has upgraded its mobile app and launched a promotion to celebrate. The bonus points promotion, valid until 30 April, invites travellers to ‘Unlock the World of Shangri-La’ at over 100 hotels and resorts across the Sh


Hemas Travels spreads its wings to Jaffna

Views - 74 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

Hemas Travels Ltd., the leading outbound travel agency in Sri Lanka has spread its wings in the rapidly developing city of Jaffna. The IATA-approved travel agency which has been in operation since 1979 made an impact in the central province with the


Emirates and Dilmah celebrate 25 years of exclusive brewing in the sky

Views - 227 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

As Sri Lanka celebrated the 150th anniversary of Ceylon Tea in 2017, Emirates marked its 25 year partnership with Dilmah, the country’s premier tea brand. A collaboration that began in 1992 has resulted in a select range of 10 types of tea being p


Latvian President commends Heritance Ahungalla hospitality

Views - 92 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

Five-star luxury hotel Heritance Ahungalla welcomed Latvian President Raimonds V jonis and First Lady of Latvia Iveta V jone for a short stay during their ten-day state visit to Sri Lanka. He was greeted by Heritance Ahungalla General Manager Sisira


Sri Lanka Tourism lives on the edge

Views - 181 Wednesday, 24 January 2018 00:00

One of Sri Lanka’s focused industries which has attracted dollar investments and share of voice globally in the last three years is the tourism sector. Essentially private sector-driven, the industry has crossed the $ 4 billion mark and attracted o


UNWTO names winners for Innovation in Tourism awards

Views - 44 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

Turismo de Portugal I.P (Portugal), Ecotourism Trust (India), Tryponyu (Indonesia) and Seggitur (Spain) are the winners of the 14th edition of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Awards for Innovation in Tourism. Fourteen projects f


ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 opens in Thailand

Views - 45 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

Thailand will host the 37th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF 2018) between 22-26 January, at the Chiang Mai Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) under the theme “ASEAN-Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity”. The event, the largest travel tra


Minor Hotels plans new property in Lebanon

Views - 13 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

Minor Hotels, a hotel owner, operator and investor, has announced plans to debut its Oaks brand in Lebanon later this year. The group has signed a management agreement with Allied Investment Group to operate Oaks Beirut. Scheduled to launch in mid-20


Luxury Dublin hotel bans all social media influencers

Views - 50 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

www.independent.co.uk: A hotel has banned YouTubers and Instagram stars – after a 22-year-old YouTuber asked for a five-night free stay and broke down in tears when she was bluntly refused. The issue started when Elle Darby, a UK-based social media


Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed

Views - 13 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters): The Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the US government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation. Dozens


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The country needs more Ironmen (and women)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Commendation to Yasas, Julian and the team for a world class event that will have far-reaching positives for Brand Sri Lanka.


Failure at Local Elections: Inability of the Govt. to care for needs of the people

Monday, 26 February 2018

The purpose of this article is to discuss the causes of the massive failure of the Government at the local government elections held on 10 February 2018 and their impact on the economy.


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Monday, 26 February 2018

The local government elections that concluded on 10 February 2018 have shaken the ruling United National Party(UNP)to its foundation.


Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted


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