Author Archive for Tourism

‘Travel sector may take years to return to pre-COVID-19 level’

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

Yuthika Bhargava Courtesy The Hindu Consolidation is inevitable, says’s Mehrotra Even though some demand has started coming back, the travel industry may take years to get back to pre-pandemic business level, said Ritu Mehrotra, country manager — India, Sri Lanka, Maldives at Travel industry was one of the first industries to be hit […]

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Sri Lanka and Israel added to UK’s coronavirus travel corridors list

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Courtesy yahoo News Sri Lanka and Israel are among several countries that have been added to the UK’s list of travel corridors. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that Namibia, Rwanda and Uruguay are also now on the list. It marks the first time any African countries have been added to the travel corridors list. No destinations have been removed this week. People arriving in […]

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Oman Air resumes flights to Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Kuwait

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

Courtesy Lifesyle The airline will fly direct from Muscat to Colombo, Muharraq and Kuwait twice per week throughout winter Oman Air is resuming flights to three more destinations as part of its winter network update. The national airline of the sultanate will begin flying to Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Kuwait from Monday, October 25. The […]

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An adventure through Sri Lanka, the ‘land of serendipity’.

Friday, October 16th, 2020

Courtesy  SPEAR’S Sri Lanka has recovered before, from colonial rule and civil war. As the country’s vital tourism industry prepares to leap back into life, Andrew Harris recalls his pre-lockdown adventure in the land of serendipity  Oblivious to the pandemic that was on the way, I had only a darting mongoose, a parading peacock and […]

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Exploring the rivers and rainforests of Sri Lanka

Friday, October 16th, 2020

by Stephanie Takyi London courtesy Planning a long haul escape for when things (finally) open up again? Stephanie Takyi gets lost in the lush landscapes of this unique South Asian island  Sri Lanka has long been a destination for travellers seeking escapism. This small beautiful island, situated south of India, is larger than life with idyllic beaches, sprawling […]

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Why One Man Is Walking Around the World With His Dog

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Great Big Story Who better to see the world with than your best friend? Especially when your best friend is a dog. Tom Turcich of New Jersey and his adorable pooch Savannah have walked over 18,000 miles through the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Italy, Turkey and dozens of other countries over the past […]

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12 things you can’t miss in Sri Lanka

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Lonely Planet’s  With untouched golden beaches to discover, atmospheric train rides through tea-carpeted hills, and ancient temples to admire, Sri Lanka is Lonely Planet’s top country to travel to in 2019. Here are 12 more reasons to visit.

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Sri Lanka declares safe for travel by World Travel and Tourism Council

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, Aug.10 ( — Recognizing the safety protocols introduced by the Government of Sri Lanka along with standards mandated by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) to ensure the safety of domestic and international travelers, destination Sri Lanka was recently endowed with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp. Whilst […]

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Russia selects Sri Lanka & 12 countries for resuming international flights

Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Russian authorities have made up a list of 13 countries including Sri Lanka that Russia can resume flights to at the first stage of the resumption of international flights. The list of countries that meet epidemiological safety requirements include the UK, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Finland, […]

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Lanka prepares to launch global tourism campaign

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Courtesy Gulf Times Sri Lanka’s Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) is planning to launch a long-awaited multi-million-dollar global tourism promotion campaign in January 2021 if tourism does not bounce back to the pre-Covid level in two years, local media reported.Currently, the final terms of references (TOR) of the five-year campaign are being reviewed by an appointed […]

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Etihad to resume services from Sri Lanka to key cities

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

ABU DHABI, Courtesy Trade Arabia Effective June 20, Etihad Airways will operate twice-weekly scheduled services for outbound passengers from Colombo to key destinations on its global network via Abu Dhabi. EY265 will depart Colombo on Thursdays and Saturdays at 1.35am, landing in Abu Dhabi at 4.30am local time. From Abu Dhabi, the service connects to […]

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Hoteliers split on Sri Lanka’s strict protocols for tourists

Monday, June 15th, 2020

By Feizal Samath Courtesy TTG Asia Sri Lanka’s decision to impose stringent Covid-19 testing protocols when it reopens its doors to foreign tourists on August 1 has divided local tourism industry stakeholders. Some industry players, who declined to be named, are up in arms over the stringent Covid-19 testing protocols. The chairman of a local hotel […]

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Sri Lanka reopening in August with minimum stays and Covid-19 tests for tourists.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Courtesy Travellers will have coronavirus tests at the airport and must stay in the country for at least five nights Sri Lanka will reopen to travellers from Saturday, August 1. The country had closed its borders in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but will reopen to all nationalities and all types […]

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