Author Archive for Tourism

Sri Lanka puts the splendour into travel

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Courtesy Jewish News Colonial mansions and chattering monkeys turn up the heat for Brigit Grant in Sri Lanka There are lots of things one expects to see at breakfast. Cereal boxes. Eggs in cups. Toast in a rack. But a monkey hanging from the branch of a Foxtail palm tree? Now that’s something different. Except […]

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SriLankan Airlines resumes codeshare operations with American Airlines

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

Courtesy Corporate Travel Community SriLankan Airlines announced (10-Jan-2022) it resumed codeshare operations with American Airlines from 23-Dec-2021 (Routes Online/Lanka Business Online/Colombo Page, 10/11-Jan-2022). Under the agreement, SriLankan codeshares on the following American Airlines services: New York JFK to London Heathrow and Paris CDG; Miami to London Heathrow and Paris CDG; Dallas Fort Worth to Paris CDG and Frankfurt; […]

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India tops Sri Lanka’s tourism charts 2021: Destination weddings, ‘Ramayana trail’ favourites of visitors

Saturday, January 8th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror India topped Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals in December and the entire year, according to data published by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). For most part of 2020 beginning April, Sri Lanka shut its borders fearing import of COVID-19 cases into the island nation, which was then making global headlines […]

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Over 11,000 tourists visit SL within four days: Russians top list

Thursday, January 6th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror A total number of 11,380 tourists had arrived in the island in the first four days of the new year Russian tourists head the list with 2,032 visitors, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said. Moreover, 1,809 tourists, from India, 1,041 from Ukraine, 775 from Germany, 709 from the UK, 506 from Kazakhstan, […]

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Important notice for travellers expecting to visit Sri Lanka

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Jan 2 (NewsWire) – The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has issued a notice to tourists who are who are expecting to travel to Sri Lanka. In the notice issued SLTDA has urged potential travelers to Sri Lanka to beware of fake sites available online claiming to be travel and immigration agencies […]

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විදෙස් සංචාරකයන් පිටකොටුවේ සිට බැණ වදිති.. තවත් එන සංචාරකයන්ට අනතුරු අගවති..

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස් ම්රිය සේවකයන් විසින් අද ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලද වැඩවර්ජනය හේතුවෙන් බොහෝ පිරිසක් අපහසුතාවයට පත් විණි. පිටකොටුවේ දුම්රිය ස්ථානයේ සිටි විදේශීය සංචාරකයන්ද මාධ්‍ය වෙත අදහස් පළ කරමින් චෝදනා එල්ල කළහ. වර්ජනයක් ක්‍රියාත්මක වන්නේ නම් ප්‍රවේශ පත‍්‍ර අලෙවි කලේ කුමක් නිසාදැයි ඔවුන් ප‍්‍රශ්න කලහ. නිවාඩුව ගත කිරීමට ආසියා පැසිපික් කලාපයේ ඔ්නෑ තරම් ස්ථාන […]

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Sigiriya: Sri Lanka’s ancient water gardens

Monday, December 6th, 2021

By Katie Lockhart Courtesy BBC A complex masterpiece of irrigation engineering design, Sigiriya’s artfully designed water gardens required structural planning way ahead of its time. Orange sand particles twinkled in the sun as a lone motorbike kicked up dust in its wake. It was 09:30 on a bright Monday morning and the temperature was already […]

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Sri Lanka seeks pre-COVID airline schedules from India

Sunday, November 14th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, November 14 (  Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India, Milinda Moragoda sought avenues for further strengthening bilateral cooperation in the civil aviation sector with India, when he met the Civil Aviation Minister of India Jyotiraditya Scindia in New Delhi.  Minister Scindia accorded a warm welcome to High Commissioner Moragoda. The High Commissioner […]

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Swiss International Airlines resumes operations to Sri Lanka

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Swiss International Airlines, a member of the Lufthansa Group, recommenced operations to Colombo on Friday (November 05). The inaugural flight from Zurich to Colombo, LX 8064 operated by an Airbus 340 touched ground at 7:30 a.m. and was welcomed by a celebratory water cannon salute upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) followed […]

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Dhaka, Colombo mull launching cruise service to boost regional tourism

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are considering launching a cruise service between the countries to boost regional tourism. Regarding the issue, a virtual meeting was held recently by the Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) with the participation of the concerned stakeholders, said sources at the BTB. BTB Chief Executive Officer Dr Jabed Ahmed told The […]

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How arrivals can now complete the health declaration at BIA in 20 seconds

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

CHATURANGA SAMARAWICKRAMA Courtesy The Daily Mirror The government yesterday said that the new health declaration system inaugurated at the BIA was one of its kind which would enable passenger to complete fulfilling their health declaration in 20 seconds to proceed to clear immigration.  This health declaration system was inaugurated by the Aviation and Export Zones […]

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India-Lanka joint working group on tourism discusses revival of travel

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, October 14: The third meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group (JWG) on Tourism was held on Thursday in the virtual mode. The meeting was co-chaired by S. Hettiarachchi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism from the Sri Lankan side and Rakesh Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary (Tourism) in the Ministry of Tourism from […]

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Viral video by tourist: What he said is misleading, fabricated, SL clarifies

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Referring to the recent video by a tourist that went viral on social media, the Airport & Aviation Services Sri Lanka said that what was said in the video is misleading and not the real picture at the airport. Posting a video on social media recently, a tourist from US has […]

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What exotic destinations are Romanians looking for on New Year’s Eve holiday

Monday, October 11th, 2021

Courtesy Economedia The most exotic or more distant destinations Romanians are looking for New Year’s Eve  Egypt, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador & Galapagos, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Tunisia, say representatives of a travel agency, member of the National Association of Travel Agencies (ANAT) and International Air Transport Association (IATA), according to […]

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Sri Lanka listed as one of the best countries to travel as voted by Condé Nast Traveller’s readers

Friday, October 8th, 2021

 by Moiz Mustafa Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colomb, October 8 ( – Condé Nast Traveller announced the winners of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, countries, islands, villas, tours, trains, airlines, airports, and cruises in the world. The 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards is the third year running Condé Nast Traveller has teamed up with […]

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Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka increases in September

Friday, October 8th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, Oct 8 (NewsFirst) – September has marked a remarkable increase in tourist inflow, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Board Statistics states. Accordingly, the highest number of tourist arrivals within 2021 were marked in September, with 13,547 tourists visiting Sri Lanka as opposed to the previous month, August, of 5,040 tourists. The total […]

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“Our goal is one million Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka”

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily News Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China Dr. Palitha Kohona speaking at the Innovation and Development of Cities Summit, attended by many Chinese tour operators and environmental NGOs, encouraged Chinese tour groups to direct at least a million tourists to Sri Lanka. The Ambassador elaborated on Sri Lanka’s green credentials, including its […]

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New guidelines for passengers arriving in SL from midnight today

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror Fully vaccinated local and overseas passengers who had negative PCR test results done within 72 hours before their departure, are not required to be subject to an on arrival PCR test at the airport in Sri Lanka from midnight today, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. He said all passengers […]

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UK Covid travel rules for Egypt, Sri Lanka and Maldives ease but Foreign Office still advise against holidays

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

By Lizzie Edmonds Courtesy Evening Stanadard Top destinations Sri Lanka, Egypt and the Maldives are now off the red list for British travellers. But the Foreign Office still suggests against non-essential travel for holidaymakers according to their official website. Eight countries were taken off the red list in the early hours of Wednesday morning including Turkey, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, Oman, Kenya and Sri […]

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12 of the best things to do in Sri Lanka

Monday, September 20th, 2021 Climb a sacred mountain. Lounge on a deserted beach. And enjoy a cuppa on a picture-perfect plantation. All this and more awaits in Sri Lanka, the most serendipitous of islands… 1. Climb Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, Sigiriya (Shutterstock) One of Sri Lanka’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this rock-top fortress dates back to the […]

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India’s first indigenous luxury cruise liner to be launched by IRCTC today.

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

Courtesy The Hindustan Times The IRCTC, in a statement issued earlier this month, said that it has joined hands and signed the agreement with Cordelia Cruises being operated by Waterways Leisure Tourism for marketing and promotion of the first indigenous luxury cruise in India. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will launch the […]

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Red list booking surge: Holiday sites see increase in demand for trips to Maldives, Mexico and Sri Lanka with government set to halve number of no-go destinations in travel shake-up

Friday, September 17th, 2021

By MARK DUELL FOR MAILONLINE and DAVID CHURCHILL and JASON GROVES FOR THE DAILY MAIL Courtesy MailOnline Travel experts anticipate ‘large increase in bookings this weekend’ for foreign trips if changes take place Government is expected to tear up testing rules for the fully vaccinated in time for the half-term holidays Expedia says Mexico is most popular red list country […]

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SriLankan Airlines offers “Buy One Get One Free ticket” to Indian tourists travelling to Sri Lanka

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, August 29 ( – Sri Lankan Airlines is offering a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ ticket offer to Indian tourists travelling to Sri Lanka. The offer is only valid for Indian nationals travelling on a tourist visa. Exciting offer from SriLankan Airlines! Buy One Get One Free from #India to #SriLanka. Offer […]

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SriLankan to operate regular flights between Colombo & 9 Indian cities

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi says that SriLankan Airlines will operate 4 weekly flights to Chennai, 4 to Mumbai and one to Bangalore under its new schedule, and is expected to introduce significant frequency enhancements after the country opened it borders to India. Under the new schedules, the airline will be resuming […]

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Sri Lanka green light for Covaxin: Opens quarantine free for fully jabbed Indian tourists

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia New Delhi, August 26 (TOI) – Sri Lanka has reopened for fully vaccinated tourists from India — including those who have got Covaxin— SriLankan Airlines’ head of worldwide sales and distribution, Dimuthu Tennakoon, told TOI on Tuesday. Also, there is no requirement for quarantine for travellers who test Covid negative on arrival in the Emerald Island. Sri Lanka […]

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BUSINESSSri Lanka Tourism attracts over $950 million in tourism investments despite pandemic

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

Sri Lanka Tourism Courtesy The Island Foreign investment is a key driver of economic growth, as is the revenue generated via tourism. As one of its primary exports, tourism remains Sri Lanka’s calling card to the world. Over the last fifteen months (March 2020-June 2021) the government has attracted over $950 million in investments, dedicated […]

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Aeroflot will operate flights to Sri Lanka from September 2, opens ticket sales

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Courtesy TASS Russian citizens can enter the territory of Sri Lanka, having previously issued an electronic visa MOSCOW, August 3. /TASS/. Aeroflot has opened the sale of tickets for direct flights on the Moscow-Colombo (Sri Lanka) route, the flights will be operated from September 2 twice a week, the airline said in a statement on […]

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Sri Lanka-Russia direct flights resume after 6 years

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana SriLankan Airlines has resumed direct flights between Sri Lanka and Russia from today (August 01) after six years. The SriLankan Airlines flight UL534, which departed from Moscow, Russia, arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport at 06.30 this morning, Ada Derana Airport correspondent said. Accordingly, 51 passengers including foreign tourists were present in the […]

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Sri Lanka exempts fully vaccinated travellers from quarantine as vaccination drive gains steam

Monday, July 19th, 2021

By Feizal Samath Courtesy ttgasia Sri Lanka is now allowing fully vaccinated international travellers to enter the country without undergoing quarantine, as the country looks to restart its tourism engine. Vaccinated tourists are required to only spend 24 hours in a dedicated hotel facility to await their on-arrival PCR test results. Once they test negative, they […]

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How we can all help Sri Lanka recover from tragedy through tourism

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Hayley Skirka Courtesy The National After the Easter Sunday bombings, we look at how travellers can help the island – which has already been ravaged by civil war and a 2004 tsunami – rebuild again hile it was named Lonely Planet’s top travel pick for 2019, Sri Lanka is a country that has been free from civil war […]

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