Travel / Tourism

John meets Maldives Vice President

Views - 84 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga this week had discussions with Maldives Vice President Faisal Naseem, Maldivian Ambassador to Germany Ahmed Latheef and Secretary Foreign Relations Sabra Noordeen on the si

Earn miles with SIA’s digital wallet KrisPay

Views - 24 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

KrisFlyer members from now onwards can earn KrisPay miles instantaneously when they spend at various partner outlets across Singapore, with the latest enhancement to the KrisPay app. After making a purchase, members can simply launch the KrisPay app

British Airways’ upgraded First Class to take off on 31 March

Views - 21 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

British Airways’ upgraded First Class will take to the skies on 31 March, featuring new bedding, amenities and menus. First customers will be offered new male and female loungewear designed exclusively by luxury British fashion brand, Temperley Lon

MHG signs three more Avani Hotels in Vietnam

Views - 27 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

Minor Hotels Group has strengthened its relationship with the Vietnam-based Novaland Group, with the signing of three new Avani hotels in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vung Tau, and Cam Ranh. The Avani Vung Tau Resort is located in the port city of Vung Tau,

Sri Lanka trade and tourism promotion in North Sweden

Views - 182 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm together with the Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council organised two events in Luleå on 3 and 4 March to promote Sri Lanka tourism and investment opportunities. Luleå is the capital of Norrbotten County, which

Jetwing Surf unravels mystique of the east coast

Views - 103 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

Once known purely for its surfing, the east coast of Sri Lanka has, in recent years, begun opening its secretive doors to intrepid travelers. With access restricted for years due to unrest, the golden stretches of sand that girdle the east are raw an

oneworld unveils ‘Radical Transformation’

Views - 247 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

The CEOs of oneworld member airlines met in London on Friday to unveil what the global alliance has described as a ‘radical transformation’, as it marks the 20th anniversary of its launch. This transformation includes: n A new oneworld digital pl

Everesting for the first time in Sri Lanka

Views - 401 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is the chosen destination for the internationally renowned cycling event called ‘Everesting’. The prestigious event which is considered the pinnacle of performance for a cycling enthusiast, will be creating history this year as it has c

MHG signs Anantara Resort in Mauritius

Views - 32 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

Thailand’s Minor Hotels Group has signed a deal that expands its portfolio of Anantara Hotels and Resorts to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. The Anantara Mauritius Resort, scheduled to open in Q4 2019, is being developed in partnership with C

Addressing the white elephant in Lankan economic development in tourism

Views - 427 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

In the past, Sri Lanka has focused on increasing the number of tourists coming into the country and showcased the increase in tourism without much concentration on the growth of our economy in retrospect. Lonely Planet listed Sri Lanka as the number

Sri Lanka participates at NATAS 2019 Travel Fair in Singapore

Views - 68 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore together with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau facilitated Sri Lanka’s participation at the Travel Fair – 2019 organised by the National Association of Travel Agents of Singapore (NATAS) from 22 to 24

Emirates Skywards feted at Loyalty Awards 2019

Views - 36 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:00

For the second consecutive year, Emirates Skywards, the loyalty program of Emirates and flydubai, was presented with the accolade for ‘Excellence in Management’ at the Loyalty Awards 2019 dinner held in Paris on 19 February. The award was collect

Hotel ‘Elyon Colombo’ to open at Orion City

Views - 324 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:00

In June the iconic Orion Towers at the Orion City IT Park will be home to Elyon Colombo, a hotel to be branded and managed by Elyon Hotels. This 3+ star hotel, the first hotel when approaching Colombo from the airport, will serve a growing class of s

Sri Lanka tourism through China Southern Airlines

Views - 72 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:00

Consul General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou, Priyangika Dharmasena met with China Southern Airlines International and Corporate Relations Senior Vice President Wu Guoxiang and other officials of the airline on 28 February. During the discussion, the Con

Sri Lanka participates in ASTINDO Fair 2019 in Indonesia

Views - 142 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:00

Six Sri Lankan travel and tour companies – Apple Holidays Ltd., Bernard Tours Ltd., Figco Lanka Holidays Ltd., Luxe Asis Ltd., Nawamini Travels Ltd. and Trip Fusion Ltd. jointly participated with the representatives from the Sri Lanka Tourism Promo

SL participates in Guangzhou Intl. Travel Fair and Tourism Roadshow in Xiamen, Fujian Province

Views - 57 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou participated in the annual Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) from 21-23 February and the Tourism Roadshow in Xiamen on 25 February. Sta

MHG signs first Avani Hotel in Cambodia

Views - 18 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

Thailand’s Minor Hotels Group has signed the first Avani Hotel in Cambodia. Following an extensive $ 7 million renovation, which includes the addition of 60 new rooms, the FCC Angkor – Managed by Avani Hotel will reopen its doors in the second qu

Thai Airways cancels Europe flights due to Pakistani airspace closure

Views - 21 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

BANGKOK (Reuters): Thai Airways International said on Thursday it had cancelled more than a dozen flights to Europe after Pakistan closed its airspace amid rising tensions with India, with both claiming to have shot down the other’s military jets.

Harpo’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Galle 19th and 20th batch receive certificates

Views - 51 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

Harpo’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Galle had the certificate presentation recently for 15 students who successfully completed the three-month basic level program in Culinary Arts, Pastry and Bakery, Hotel Operation, International

William Angliss Institute at SLIIT graduates honoured at 2019 graduation

Views - 42 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

The William Angliss Institute at SLIIT ‘Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management’ students from batches 10, 11 and 12 recently celebrated their graduation in style at the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Malabe. The ceremony was

Sri Lanka’s first Swiss affiliated degree in tourism launched

Views - 54 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

The hospitality and tourism school Universal College of Learning based in Wattala which held its third annual convocation ceremony at the BMICH last week launched Sri Lanka’s first Swiss affiliated degree in Hospitality and Tourism with the Busines

Commercial flights to and from Pakistan, India disrupted as tensions rise

Views - 30 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI, REUTERS: Several airlines, including Emirates and Qatar Airways, suspended flights to Pakistan on Wednesday after the South Asian nation closed its air space following heightened tensions with neighbouring India. Etihad, flydubai, Gulf Ai

A meeting with a view at OZO Colombo

Views - 38 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

OZO Colombo’s MICE facility, Aqua, provides modern facilities as well as a stunning view for corporate meetings and events. The hotel has a specialised events team, banquet staff and dedicated MICE specialists who ensure seamless and stress-free pr

Lucky winners fly high with Kuwait Airways

Views - 27 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

With the conclusion of their partnership with the Morning Buzz on legends 96.6, Kuwait Airways, the national airline of Kuwait and an airline whose impressive and colorful history in Sri Lanka spans over four decades, capped off a successful promotio

Germans take off for Asia this Easter

Views - 46 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:44

Hong Kong and China are the best-growing intercontinental destinations for Germans taking an Easter break this year. Flight bookings are ahead of 2018, and increased seat capacity this summer could help sustain the trend, according to latest findings

Sri Lanka attends BIT International Travel Exhibition, holds Tourism Road Show in Milan

Views - 67 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:43

The ‘Sri Lanka Tourism Road Show’ was held in Milan, Italy on 8 February. The event was opened by Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Italy Daya S.J. Pelpola and Consul General of Sri Lanka in Milan Denzil Fonseka. After the opening ceremony, B2B meetings

Theme Resorts & Spas’ launches ‘Wild Glamping Knuckles’

Views - 213 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:42

Theme Resorts & Spas’ has launched ‘Wild Glamping Knuckles’ as the latest addition to their collection of themed experiences. A luxury campsite situated in the Knuckles mountain range of Sri Lanka, at Thangappuwa; takes shelter amongst the roar

Fairway Colombo secures 2 prestigious accolades

Views - 194 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:00

Fairway Colombo – the most happening venue in the heart of the city – has recently been honoured with not one, but two awards by and respectively. The Guest Review Award by came with an excellent 8.6/10 rating

Branson’s Virgin Galactic takes another step toward space tourism

Views - 40 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:00

MOJAVE (Reuters): A Virgin Galactic rocket plane on Friday soared to the edge of space with a test passenger for the first time, nudging British billionaire Richard Branson’s company closer to its goal of suborbital flights for space tourists. Vir

Dubai tourism grows marginally to 15.9 m arrivals in 2018, China tourists up 12%

Views - 56 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): Gulf tourism hub Dubai had 15.92 million overnight tourist visitors in 2018, up 0.8% from 2017, official data showed on Sunday, with tourist numbers from China rose 12%. The number of visitors from Nigeria soared 36%. Dubai, one of

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

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