Travel / Tourism

SLAITO AGM celebrates milestones achieved during 2017/18

Views - 146 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

The 38th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) was held on 3 August at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, followed by an elegant black tie sit-down dinner and dance.


Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club announces Summer Shopping Collection

Views - 34 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

DOHA, Qatar: Qatar Airways’ award-winning Frequent Flyer program, Privilege Club, is delighted to provide its valued members an exclusive offer this summer with its latest Summer Shopping Collection. From 10 August-10 Septembe


Onyx Hospitality signs two new-build hotels in Malaysia

Views - 47 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Onyx Hospitality has signed agreements with SP Setia Berhad, one of Malaysia’s leading property developers, to open two new Amari hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Amari Kuala Lumpur will be developed as part o


Oman Air expands codeshare agreement with Lufthansa

Views - 26 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Oman Air has expanded its codeshare agreement with Lufthansa.


SIA & Canyon Ranch partner to enhance customer experience, wellbeing on world’s longest flights

Views - 16 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Canyon Ranch, the world’s premiere integrative wellness brand, have forged a partnership to re-invent ultra-long-haul travel with a focus on wellness cuisines, rest and relaxation, and general well-being on th


Rezgateway supports local travel companies to embrace digital world with RezG-Package

Views - 45 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:33

Rezgateway Sri Lanka (fully owned subsidiary of Rezgateway.comUSA), has announced the release of RezG-Package (version 10) for the Tour Operators and DMCs in Sri Lanka. RezG-Package is a fully integrated travel reservation system that enables Tour Op


SLTDA partners UDA to expedite investment approvals to reach $3b by 2020

Views - 122 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:33

By Charumini de Silva Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) yesterday entered into an agreement with Urban Development Authority (UDA) to streamline and fast-track the investment approval process to attract $3 billion investments by 2020.


SriLankan Airlines suspends flights to flooded Cochin until 18 August

Views - 31 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:19

SriLankan Airlines has temporarily suspended flights to and from the South Indian city of Cochin until 18 August following the closure of Cochin Airport due to flooding in the region. The Cochin Airport was closed yesterday due to heavy floods in th


SLTDA re-launches Sri Lanka Tourism Awards

Views - 245 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

The sixth edition of Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018 will be held on 6 December in Colombo under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, where 50 best performers will be recognised for their contribution


On a mission to explore and inspire the world

Views - 166 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Lisa and Liza Nozaic are two travel bloggers hailing from Durban South Africa, who after 10 long years in the corporate world, decided to pursue their passion of travel, by exploring and discovering new places across the world.


Jetwing opens Hotel J Ambalangoda

Views - 280 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

If a weekend getaway with unparalleled views, gourmet delights, peace and privacy is on your bucket list, but you are a budget-savvy traveller, Hotel J Ambalangoda is your escape from reality! The hotel creates a perfect balance between quirky and so


PM gets proposals to boost tourism in Eastern Province

Views - 79 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

Chamber of Tourism and Industry Sri Lanka President A.M. Jaufer has recently submitted a set of proposals for tourism development in the Eastern Province. They were handed over to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by Jaufer. Following are the propo


Emirates revamps premium offering in First and Business Class

Views - 35 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

Emirates has refreshed its premium offering with new luxury products in First and Business Class for a more comfortable travel experience. The new products stem from collaborations with BYREDO skincare, Bowers & Wilkins and Emirates’ longstanding p


IGP assures 25 new police stations and new uniform for Tourist Police Division

Views - 91 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

IGP Pujith Jayasundara said 25 new Tourist Police Stations would be established across the country to ensure the safety of tourists.  The IGP made this assurance during a meeting held with the Chairman and senior officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism D


Transforming Jaffna’s tourism:Thinnai Organic

Views - 98 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

By Maleesha Sulthanagoda Located in the Jaffna peninsula, Thinnai Organic is a hotel that provides guests and visitors with a unique experience in the cuisine and culture of Jaffna. It is truly living in harmony with nature. Thinnai Organic is a far


Whale watching with F-airways by Janine di Giovanni

Views - 150 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

Famed author and foreign correspondent, Janine di Giovanni recently visited Sri Lanka on vacation. As a visit to Sapphire Island would not be complete without witnessing one of the most splendid sights it has to offer Janine and her companions opted


Andrew Fairley shares Tourism Australia’s success recipe with SL

Views - 145 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Tourism Australia Former Deputy Chair Andrew Fairley recently highlighted key factors that Sri Lanka need focus to stay ahead in the growing sector, drawing parallels with Tourism Australia’s strategic journey. He worked with the Government and tou


Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo unveils new age co-working space, ‘Co-nnect’

Views - 158 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Co-nnect, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo’s stylish, new co-working space offers a versatile environment to meet, work and create. The exclusive spaces include private offices, meeting rooms, work pods and individu


WNPS lecture on 16 Aug. to focus on ‘Sheltering under the leopard’s umbrella’

Views - 39 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Renowned Zoologist Dr. Andrew Kittle will deliver the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) Monthly Lecture titled ‘Sheltering under the leopard’s umbrella’ on 16 August at 6.00 p.m. at the Jasmine Hall of the BMICH, Bauddhaloka Mawatha


Cinnamon Elephant Project honoured with PATA Gold Award 2018

Views - 46 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts together with their globally acclaimed ecotourism arm Nature Trails, was recognised for the


Cinnamon TBC Asia to bring the world’s best bloggers to Sri Lanka

Views - 64 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts’ signature conference for online influencers and travel professionals, TBC Asia will be awarding 30 of the best bloggers in the world, under 10 unique categories at this year’s event. The winners of each category will


Denesh Silva re-elected as PATA Sri Lanka Chapter Chairman

Views - 91 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

The Annual General Meeting of the PATA Sri Lanka Chapter was held on 2 August at the Winchester Hall, Kingsbury Colombo. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) Managing Director Sutheash Balasubramaniam attended the AGM as the Chief Guest. The S


Organic Garden at the Taj Samudra

Views - 101 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

Taj Samudra, Colombo being situated on the Galle Face Center Road, and in the heart of the city, close to the Indian Ocean, has developed an organic farm of vegetables and fruits to cater to its in-house needs. Taj Samudra has always been committed t


Mobitel partners LDR Technologies to launch LocoMole Sri Lanka to boost tourism

Views - 215 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s national mobile service provider, Mobitel, partnered with LDR Technologies to launch LocoMole Sri Lanka, the first-ever digital technology platform for tourism and location based service recently, at the Mobitel Xstation Hub. The LocoM


SLAAR holds 25th Annual General Meeting

Views - 193 Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:00

The Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Association of Airline Representatives (SLAAR) was held on 18 July at the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo.


Cinnamon Red’s Associates’ Quarterly Meeting for Q1

Views - 50 Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Red held its Associates’ Quarterly Meeting for the first quarter of 2018/19 at the hotel’s Flavoured restaurant


SriLankan Airlines wins National Project Management Excellence Silver Award

Views - 196 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

SriLankan Airlines was honoured at the recent National Project Management Excellence Awards 2018, winning the Silver Award for ‘Best Managed Project in the Travel and Logistics Sector’ in recognition of its revolutionary ‘Book now Pay later’


Emirates Skywards expands loyalty program to include both Emirates airline and flydubai

Views - 27 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

Emirates Skywards has replaced flydubai’s frequent flyer program, OPEN, officially becoming the loyalty program of Emirates airline and flydubai. The alignment of the loyalty program now allows Emirates Skywards members to also earn Skywards Miles


Galle Face Hotel partners SLTDA for first ever tourist-friendly tuk tuk program

Views - 58 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) joined hands with the Galle Face Hotel and launched a tourist-friendly tuk tuk service at Galle Face Green in Colombo recently under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The ‘tourist-


Discovering Sri Lanka’s lesser known attractions through the eyes of social media influencers

Views - 318 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

Reaching over 10 million global social media users through 416 blogger articles in 2018, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau successfully hosted 32 travel bloggers and social media influencers during the last seven months, in a bid to showcase Sri Lan


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Friday, 21 September 2018

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Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

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