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Why You Should Go To Sri Lanka Now?


(Forbes) ..the UNESCO designated archeological ruins of kingdoms spanning 2000 years, the lush beauty of  terraced mountain tea plantations and rice paddies fringed by coconut palms, safaris to see leopards and elephants roaming in dense jungles, beaches and waves that attract surfers from all over the world.  Starting last year, a raft of new luxury hotel openings has created an even bigger draw for travelers (read more)

New leisure brand Zinc Journey debuts


(DFT) Sri Lanka’s quest to reap higher yield in tourism has got a big boost with Nepalese billionaire Binod Chaudhary expanding his hotels and resorts footprint in Sri Lanka in partnership with Galle Face Hotels Group, Jetwing and Watawala Plantations as the first step. (read more)


$ 15 b windfall if tourism rethinks its model



  • Capital Alliance study warns if current scheme remains unchanged revenue limited to only $ 7 b
  • Industry inconsistency may guzzle up to $ 480 m from regulated hotels
  • Luxury apartment units to increase to 4,884 by 2018 from current 1,889
  • Says star graded hotels charge 15% higher than regional competitors widening the gap of value offering
  • Attempt to formalise the sector to have a minimal impact
  • Revitalising tourism proposition in three key areas to bring in high-spending tourists, from a $ 161 spender to $ 580 spender (read more)
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Popular UK newspaper Sunday Times declares Sri Lanka as the destination of the year

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(DFT) Sri Lanka got a boost from the popular UK newspaper Sunday Times last week with the country promoted as the holiday destination of the year for Britons. Two promotional articles in the Sunday Times’ travel section gave pride of place to Sri Lanka.(read more)

Sri Lanka to give more access to foreign airlines


COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka plans to give more access to foreign airlines flying into the country as it experiences a surge in tourist arrivals, Shibly Aziz, chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority said. (read more)

Sri Lanka tourism uncompetitive due to high building costs


COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s tourism product is becoming uncompetitive due to high building costs, a top leisure operator has said while the construction industry has also raised red flags on over-priced material from protected ‘domestic industries (read more)

Blue whale off Sri Lanka coast


COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka has become a popular location to spot blue whales as they swim close to the shore off Sri Lanka’s southern coast. (ref)

First open air zoo unveiled


(DFT) Sri Lanka’s first open air and second National Zoological Garden was ceremoniously opened In line with modern zoo concepts, the Pinnawala Open Air Zoo has been designed and established on 44 acres to provide an open range zoo experience – with free living space for animals – for visitors, while promoting the tourism industry. (read more)

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 18-pct in March 2015

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COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 18 percent from a year earlier to 157,051 in March 2015, with Western European arrivals recovering after a lull during election in the island and China performing strongly, official data showed. (read more)

Spanish football star Puyol fuels social media fervor for Sri Lanka


Spain’s World Cup-winning football star Carles Puyol, who was holidaying along Sri Lanka’s south coast, has garnered 1,051,138 views, 63,690 likes and 1177 shares on his page as of yesterday for a photo and video he posted of local wildlife.  Sri Lanka Tourism said the media popularity surrounding Puyol’s posts of a video of a whale in Mirissa and elephant at the Udawalawe National Park offered a boost for Sri Lankan tourism by conveying the country’s key attributes to over a million people in just 24 hours. (read more)

‘Positive Transformation’ Sri Lanka’s theme at ITB 2015

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(DFT) The Sri Lanka pavilion at the world’s biggest travel fair, ITB in Berlin, this year is promoting ‘Positive Transformation’ in the country (read more)

Proposed for re-charging centers for electric cars while considering electric trains for Sri Lanka


With the taxes on hybrid vehicles being increased and those on electric vehicles being reduced through the new government’s interim budget, Power & Energy Ministry’s attention has been drawn towards establishing re-charging centers island-wide (read more)

Sri Lanka ready for USD 02 million promotion campaign with Bloomberg


Sri Lanka is prepared to enter into a USD 02 million promotional campaign with world renowned business media institution Bloomberg to promote the islands tourism sector (read more)

Air China starts direct flights to Colombo


(DFT) Air China, the flag carrier and one of the People’s Republic of China’s major airlines, yesterday began direct flights from Chengdu to Colombo. Jetwing Air, a part of the Jetwing family, acts as the airline’s General Sales Agent (GSA) and will overlook reservations within Sri Lanka. (read more)

Rs. 500 m investment in new Airbus Helicopter


(DFT) Daya Aviation, will be introducing a brand new Airbus Helicopter EC130T2 to Sri Lanka – making it one of the largest helicopters available in the country for commercial services – in March 2015 (read more)


Maximum with minimum mantra!

(DFT) With a new dedicated Tourism Ministry in place, the debate over the minimum room rate has resurfaced, with the Colombo City Hotels Association cautioning against any change while emphasising on the need for a proper monitoring mechanism. (read more)


Heathrow airport overtaken by Dubai as world’s busiest

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(DFT) Total of 68.9 million passengers passed through Dubai International, compared with 67.8 million at Heathrow, has lost its crown as the busiest airport in the world for international passenger traffic. The oil-rich Gulf city of Dubai has knocked London off the top spot, figures from the Airports Council International show. (read more)

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Air China’s direct Chengdu-Colombo flight from 10 February

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China national passenger airline, Air China, will start direct service between Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, and Sri Lanka from February 2015, and the service will operate four weekly flights using Airbus A330 aircraft, the airline announced.


SL Tourism: 1.5 millionth tourist arrives

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Sri Lanka yesterday welcomed the arrival of 1,500,000th tourist for 2014 at the Bandaranaike International Airport, arrived via UL 558 Sri Lankan Airlines flight from Germany. (read more)


Airbus delivers first A350, rules out cancelling A380 project


TOULOUSE, France, (Reuters): European plane maker Airbus delivered its first A350 mid-sized jetliner to Qatar Airways on Monday and moved to end speculation about the future of its larger A380 superjumbo.


Dynamic projectors: Professional travel bloggers of the future

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(DFT) The first of its kind, the Travel Bloggers Conference, TBCAsia 2014, witnessed a gathering of specialists from the hotel, travel and airlines sectors along with destination management companies and local bloggers (read more)


SriLankan Airlines seals new codeshare deal with Japan Airlines

(LBO) – Sri Lanka’s national carrier SriLankan Airlines sings a new codeshare partnership with Japan Airlines (JAL), to wider its presence in the Far East and to boost tourism between Japan and Sri Lanka the airline said in a media release


New era for air transport communications as SITA partners OBS

(DFT) Air transport communications specialist, SITA, is transforming its global network and communication services to offer airlines and airports more value and greater capacity to meet their changing business needs.


November Tourist Arrivals Up 9.4%

(DM – Business) Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka during the month of November rose 9.4 percent year-on-year (YoY) to 119,727 visitors while total arrivals for the first 11 months of the year stood at 1.34 million, up 20.3 percent YoY, the official tourism data showed. Sri Lanka targets 1.5 million tourists at the end of this year and 2.5 million by 2016. To achieve this year’s target Sri Lanka needs 151,519 tourists visiting the country in December. The highest number of tourists recorded for this year for a month was 146,575 in January.

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source: DM – Business


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