Travel / Tourism

AccorHotels signs two Mövenpick Resorts in Vietnam

Views - 37 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

AccorHotels has signed two new resorts in Vietnam – Mövenpick Resort Van Phong and Mövenpick Resort & Spa Halong Bay will add 525 rooms to AccorHotels’ rapidly growing portfolio in the region. Both hotels are slated to open in the fourth quarte

LECS strikes victory for 5th time

Views - 37 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

The pioneers and trend setters, in the Meetings, Incentive, Conferences and Exhibition (MICE) industry, Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services Ltd. (LECS) was awarded the best ‘Professional MICE Organizer’ at the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018 h

Oak Ray Wild Yala opens in Tissamaharama with 1.2 b investment

Views - 122 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

Pinning another four-star resort to the Deep South tourism landscape, Oak Ray Wild Yala was opened in Tissamaharama. The hotel project is a part of the diversified young entrepreneur Sujeewa Palliyaguruge’s ambitious plans to extend his footprint b

Cantaloupe Levels wins Luxury Hotel Awards for Top Luxury Contemporary Hotel in 2018

Views - 143 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

Cantaloupe Levels, the lifestyle and wellness hotel in the Cantaloupe Hotels portfolio, boasts another year of being awarded the World Luxury Hotel Awards for Top Luxury Contemporary Hotel in the South West Asia Region in 2018. This annual award com

Anantara Kalutara Resort launches upper deck Sports Bar & Lounge

Views - 74 Monday, 17 December 2018 00:29

Anantara Kalutara Resort, Minor Group’s second hotel venture in Sri Lanka, is situated just 60 minutes away from Colombo. A 141-key resort, it is uniquely set between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River and boasts coastal, river and lagoon frontage, pr

Sri Lanka steals spotlight at historical city of Izmir

Views - 92 Monday, 17 December 2018 00:26

The Sri Lankan pavilion attracted hoards of crowds with interest in both tourism and trade, when Sri Lanka showcased her unique offerings at the Travel Turkey Izmir 2018 Turkey’s oldest trade exhibition. In its 12th edition, the Travel Turkey Izmi

Political crisis leaves tourism operators in limbo

Views - 100 Monday, 17 December 2018 00:24

By Marisa Wikramanayake (SCMP) Pamuditha Fernando, owner of Colombo-based tour company Ceylon Trails, has seen his takings for the last two weeks drop by Rs. 1 million ($ 5,564) - or 90% - compared to the previous fortnight. He blames Sri Lanka’s p

Ajith Wijeysekera adjudged Entrepreneur of the Year

Views - 78 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Ajith Wijeysekera was named the Entrepreneur of the Year while Water Garden Sigiriya was named the Best Boutique Hotel at the recent Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018. The twin wins bookended an impressive year for veteran businessman and entrepreneur W

Aitken Spence Travels wins Best Inbound Tour Operator at Tourism Awards 2018

Views - 133 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Aitken Spence Travels, won the Best Inbound Tour Operator under the category of Travel & Tourism Operator – Large, at the National Tourism Awards 2018 conducted by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority. Aitken Spence Travels was the recipient

Theva Residency, Kandy wins Best Tourism Website at Tourism Awards 2018

Views - 50 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

The Theva Residency, Kandy was awarded the Best Tourism Website at the Tourism Awards 2018. The highest recognition in the tourism, travel and hospitality industries, the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards honour the best performers under 11 award categories.

Qatar Airways adds aircraft upgrades and additional frequencies to most popular European routes this

Views - 40 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways has announced that it will fly a greater number of passengers to their preferred European destinations this winter, with additional capacity on some routes available now. From December onwards, business and leisure passengers can enjoy

Egypt probes images of naked couple atop pyramid

Views - 52 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

CAIRO, AFP: Egyptian authorities have launched an investigation into images said to show a naked couple who scaled the Great Pyramid that has sparked outrage in the conservative Muslim country, an official said Tuesday. In a video titled “Climbing

ADB approves $45 million loan to help tourism in Vietnam’s secondary towns

Views - 35 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $45 million loan to help Vietnam transform secondary towns into more economically inclusive, competitive tourism destinations. The Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Tourism Infrastructure for Inclus

BMICH wins Best MICE Venue Award at Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018

Views - 58 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

The BMICH, Sri Lanka’s most recognisable and iconic landmark won the prestigious MICE (Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions) Award in the MICE Tourism category at the sixth Annual Sri Lanka Tourism Awards Ceremony held recently.

‘Young Tourism Ambassadors Initiative’ at Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya a resounding success

Views - 128 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

The Private Sector Tourism Skills Committee (TSC) in partnership with The Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya and YouLead held the second program under the Young Tourism Ambassadors Initiative pilot on 20 November. The eight-day program was designed to familiar

Simpson’s Forest Hotel: Where nature meets luxury

Views - 128 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Seetha Holdings Ltd. has diversified to the leisure sector for an upmarket hotel overlooking the Hunnasgiriya Mountains in Wattegama, Kandy. Pleasing design aesthetics and modern conveniences will have guests feeling right at home and ensure an unfor

CEAV congress ends on successful note

Views - 39 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

The Spanish Travel Agents Congress (CEAV) B2B session was jointly organised by the Sri Lankan Convention Bureau (SLCB) and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB). The congress per se was inclusive of a B2B session attended by 40 Spanish travel ag

Galle Face Hotel celebrates Sri Lanka’s No. 1 ranking in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2019’

Views - 100 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:26

Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, has once again made headlines across global media with the release of Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2019’ guidebook where the globally acclaimed travel advisorhas adjudged Sri Lanka as the number one

New Commercial Director for Hilton Colombo

Views - 59 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:00

Christopher Zappia joins Hilton Hotels Sri Lanka as the Cluster Commercial Director for both Hilton Colombo and Double Tree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort. Christopher hails from a family of hoteliers in Southern California, bringing with him a

Qatar Airways launches flights to Mombasa, Kenya

Views - 26 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways’ first non-stop flight from Doha to Mombasa, Kenya landed on Sunday at Moi International Airport, marking the airline’s second gateway in Kenya. Qatar Airways flight QR1333, operated by an Airbus A320, departed Hamad International A

Gabo’s world of Trafalgar offers best way to travel

Views - 257 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:00

Gabo Travels Ltd., is no stranger when it comes to the world of meticulously planned luxury holidays. With over 40 years of experience in the travel industry they are the holiday experts to approach. One of the key ingredients of successfully creatin

Cinnamon’s city hotels bag top accolades at Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018

Views - 62 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Grand, Cinnamon Lakeside and Cinnamon Red took home top honours at the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards held on 6 December at Shangri-La Colombo. Premier five-star city resort Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo received the award for Best Five Star City Hot

Has Sri Lanka tourism addressed the elephant in the room?

Views - 884 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:00

The long-awaited Tourism Leaders’ Summit was held earlier this year with much grandeur under the theme ‘Integration of Global Value Chains for Sustainable Tourism Development in Sri Lanka: Inclusiveness, Coopetition and Innovation’. The gala ev

Sri Lanka at Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens

Views - 53 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

Now in its 49th year, the largest event on record, the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens saw over 100,000 fans walk through the gates during the three-day festival and enjoy 28 international teams in action in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 

Six Senses opens 2nd Singapore Hotel

Views - 29 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

Six Senses has doubled its portfolio of hotels in Singapore with the opening of the Six Senses Maxwell on 1 December. The other property, the Six Senses Duxton, opened in April. Both hotels occupy historical buildings in Chinatown’s Tanjong Pagar d

Qatar Airways to launch flights to historic city of Isfahan in Iran

Views - 19 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways is to expand its operations in Iran with the launch of a new twice-weekly direct service to Isfahan International Airport, starting 4 February 2019. The airline will also increase services to Shiraz and Tehran from early January 2019. I

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts sweeps National Tourism Awards 2018

Views - 366 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts swept away six awards at the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018 held recently where they were recognised for the unique initiatives that contributed to the hospitality industry. Cinnamon was the only brand to win more than tw

‘A Sri Lanka Evening’ with Aeroflot Russian Airlines

Views - 87 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm in collaboration with the Aeroflot Russian Airlines and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Sweden Chapter organised ‘A Sri Lanka Evening’ for the travel companies based in Sweden. The objective of the eve

Royal Air Maroc to join oneworld

Views - 30 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Royal Air Maroc is to join oneworld, adding one of Africa’s leading and fastest growing airlines to the world’s premier airline alliance. Its election as a oneworld member designate was announced as the Chief Executives of the alliance’s 13 cu

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle wins ‘Destination Retreat Programme of the Year’ at AsiaSpa Awards

Views - 56 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in Sri Lanka has been recognised as the winner of ‘Destination Retreat Programme of the Year’ by AsiaSpa magazine at its 14th annual AsiaSpa Awards. Anantara Tangalle is the first and only resort spa in Sri La

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Lasantha, journalists and diplomats

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

We find scarce little to celebrate in a sullied land, marking our days remembering the tragedies that tell our blood-soaked history. In the troubled decades preceding, many, from the highest in the land to average citizens, have met with violent ends

Automation and machine learning: Helping organisations extract deeper value from data

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The world is in the midst of a data explosion. Humans are generating an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day1, according to Forbes, and more data was created in the past two years than in all of human history. No wonder data now r

SL tourism: From TOM to experience the brand in 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Last week I had just crossed the border that separates Laos from Thailand and was on route via land to Thailand. My mind was on Laos – a country branded globally as ‘Simply Beautiful’ (backed by the ADB in 2018) to attract visitors into the cou

Questionable (or absurd) official report on poverty indicators

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The latest Report issued by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs on ‘Poverty Indicators’ is both questionable and outrageous.1This Ministry is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Most of the sta

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