Travel / Tourism

Mahoora celebrates 2 decades of curating life-changing journeys

Views - 58 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Safaris are life-changing experiences interspersed with the delight of discovery. Providing guests an unsurpassed Sri Lankan wildlife experience, delivering legendary hospitality in rustic yet sophisticated interiors, the pioneer of private tented sa

Havas Media along with agxa wins digital media mandate for Sri Lanka Tourism

Views - 193 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Following a multi-agency pitch, Havas Media India (Havas Media is the main media brand in the Havas Group and operates in 144 countries) partnering with the local partner in Sri Lanka, agxa, won the digital media mandate of Sri Lanka Tourism Promoti

Alipay launches its mobile payment acceptance at Colombo Airport

Views - 485 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Flemingo Duty Free, Cargills Bank and Supreme Paysez signed a strategic partnership agreement to roll out the Alipay mobile payment gateway in Colombo Airport’s duty free shops of Flemingo. A joint marketing arrangement is now in place, for Fleming

Closenberg: Old world charm at its best

Views - 125 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

By Sharmini Serasinghe For those who wish to turn back the clock and go back in time, to a period when life was free of stress as we know it today, Closenberg is where you find it. Time stands still at Closenberg, as its colonial splendour, coupled w

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive addresses IPEC 2018 in Doha

Views - 22 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

DOHA, Qatar: Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker addressed key government, economic and business leaders on the opening day of the International Products Exhibition and Conference (IPEC) 2018, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Cent

YOUNG Skål, the future voice of tourism

Views - 38 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Skål International Sri Lanka, an organisation consisting of professionals from the tourism and hospitality industry, launched YOUNG Skål, a forum created to groom future leaders in the tourism and hospitality industry. It offers a platform for upc

Tourism infrastructure development drive in north: SLTDA opens Comfort Centres in Talaimannar

Views - 87 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

As part of its comprehensive plans to develop tourism in the Northern Province, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) declared open the newly constructed Comfort Centres at Talaimannar for the use of local and foreign tourists visit

Eco-friendly miniature theme park Minilanka Heritage Park to be launched by ICT4SIDS

Views - 420 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

The representative for ICT4SIDS in the Indian Ocean Region, Vittorio Coco, on Tuesday announced the initiation and planning phase of the Minilanka Heritage Park, an ambitious, multi-stakeholder tourism project aimed at furthering Sri Lanka’s effort

Diethelm Travel Group acquires Travel Center Asia

Views - 48 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

Diethelm Travel Group has acquired Travel Center Asia (TCA), one of Thailand’s leading DMCs. The two Bangkok-based companies will now merge and will continue to operate under Diethelm Travel branding as of 1 November 2018. Boasting over six decades

Mastercard welcomes BIA Palm Strip Lounge to LoungeKey program

Views - 73 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

Mastercard announced the inclusion of the refurbished Palm Strip Lounge located in the International Departures area of the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to its globally acclaimed LoungeKey airport access program. The move is set to tran

Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018 hosts Olivier Billion to talk about using influencer marketing for branding

Views - 44 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

An international expert in influencer marketing, Olivier Billion, Founder and CEO of Ykone, will be speaking at Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018, the third edition of its biennial conference, to be held on 30 October at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. He will talk ex

Tourist Information Centre at BIA gets new look

Views - 105 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

In a bid to serve tourists faster and better, the 20-year-old Tourist Information Centre at the Bandaranaike International Airport operated by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau which was recently refurbished was opened to the public recently.

Emirates thrills film buffs with over 1,000 movies on board

Views - 17 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

Film fans travelling on Emirates can now look forward to even more choice as ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment sys tem, reaches a new milestone by offering over 1,000 movies – more than any other airline. The films are in additi

Ramada Colombo strikes Gold at South Asian Travel Awards

Views - 93 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

Ramada Colombo was voted as The Leading City Hotel in Sri Lanka and South Asia at the recently concluded South Asian Travel Awards at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India. Ramada was recognised for its excellent quality in guest services, food

SriLankan Airlines receives prestigious Four Star rating again

Views - 43 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:10

SriLankan Airlines was honoured with a prestigious Four Star Rating in the Major Regional Airline category by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) for the second year running. APEX ( is the world’s only non-profit membe

Sri Lanka Tourism gains momentum at IFTM TOP RESA Travel Fair 2018 in Paris

Views - 155 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) along with a contingent of 30 travel trade representatives and a delegation led by Minister of Tourism John Amaratunga, made their presence felt at the 40th landmark anniversary edition of the IFTM TOP RESA

SLCB successfully partners with IBTM China

Views - 84 Monday, 8 October 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB) attended IBTM China, held on 12 and 13 September, in Beijing, China.

Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018 inviting international bloggers with world-wide followership!

Views - 43 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

The third edition of the bi-annual event, Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018, will host an impressive group of 60 international bloggers who has garnered a worldwide followership on their international platforms. The emphasis is on the ability to speak one on on

Chamber of Tourism celebrates World Tourism Day 2018

Views - 57 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

World Tourism Day was celebrated in Arugam Bay attended by a large gathering. Held every 27 September around the world with its main event in Budapest, Hungary,it is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on tourism’s actual and potential contrib

World Tourism Day at Mount Lavinia Hotel

Views - 41 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

Keeping in line with the hotel’s environmentally friendly green outlook, World Tourism Day was kicked off with a public beach clean-up jointly organised by the Management and Science University (MSU) in collaboration with Mount Lavinia Hotel. Hotel

Speed network with world’s most influential bloggers at Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018

Views - 57 Thursday, 4 October 2018 00:00

The highlight of Cinnamon TBC Asia 2018, in addition to the seven influential speakers, is the series of dynamic speed networking sessions. This will give representatives from corporate bodies in the travel industry and budding bloggers from across t

Qatar Airways wins a host of awards in Asia Pacific

Views - 21 Thursday, 4 October 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways continues its award-winning year by clinching the ‘Best Inflight Service’ Award at the 29th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2018. The airline was also named the ‘Best Middle Eastern/African Airline’ for the ninth consecutive year at th

Galle Face Hotel hosts vintage suitcase competition

Views - 168 Thursday, 4 October 2018 00:00

South Asia’s Grande Dame, the Galle Face Hotel, recently hosted a vintage suitcase competition at the iconic chequerboard. The competition was organised as an ode to the hotel’s colonial past, where participants were asked to bring a suitcase of

All set for Tourism Leaders’ Summit and International Research Symposium tomorrow

Views - 70 Wednesday, 3 October 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva The fourth edition of the Tourism Leaders’ Summit and International Research Symposium is all set to be staged this week to ensure sustainable tourism development in Sri Lanka and to strengthen its position in the global marke

Sri Lanka wins 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 6 Bronze at Culinary Arts and Food Exhibition 2018 in Chennai

Views - 41 Wednesday, 3 October 2018 00:00

The South India Chefs Association (SICA) is a fraternity of culinary professionals representing the finest hotels, restaurants and culinary institutes in South India. It is affiliated to the Indian Federation of Culinary Association (IFCA) which is

Emirates touches down in Edinburgh

Views - 37 Wednesday, 3 October 2018 00:00

New service connects travellers from Edinburgh and east of Scotland with Emirates’ global network   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, celebrated the inaugural flight of its new service between Dubai and Edinburgh on 1stOctober

Sri Lanka Tourism Awards application deadline extended till 5 Oct.

Views - 55 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

The deadline for applications for Sri Lanka Tourism Awards has been extended till 5 October, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said. The organising committee added the deadline had been extended due to multiple requests by industry

Hotel Asia Exhibition and Culinary Challenge in October

Views - 33 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

With the peaceful completion of the Presidential Election and the dawn of a new government, the organisers of the Hotel Asia Expo are proud to announce the new dates of the exhibition being 10-12 October (Culinary Challenge scheduled from 9-12 Octobe

MHG signs second Avani Hotel in Busan, South Korea

Views - 20 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

Minor Hotels Group has signed a second Avani hotel in South Korea. Now in the final stages of development and scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019, the 289-key Avani Central Busan Hotel is located in the Munhyeon Finance Complex that includ

‘Cyber Week Flash Deal’ with Amaya Resorts & Spas

Views - 54 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

With October only days away and 2019 only three months away, time is something that’s flying by very fast that before you know it, holidays have come and gone. Planning a holiday with the children, family or even friends has to be done months ahead

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Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme

Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall

When scholars turn slayers of reason

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be

A stable democracy is a prerequisite for the wellbeing of Sri Lankans

Thursday, 15 November 2018

In Sri Lanka, despite the complexity of overlapping policies, the slow pace in implementing economic policies has been of central concern in the past few years. The current political state in Sri Lanka poses a series of e

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