Author Archive for Tourism

History of Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 Documentary

Sunday, August 7th, 2022

Tekweni Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 formerly Ceylon, is an island of serendipity where you can expect to see the unexpected. It has a rich history, which is explored in this documentary. Where else would you catch sight of a macaque monkey chewing betel nuts while riding pillion on the back of a bicycle, or a man […]

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Brits advised against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka as Tui cancels more holidays

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022

Courtesy The Points Guy The British government has again warned against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka as the island nation plunges deeper into economic turmoil. Hours later, as tour operators scrambled to respond to the country’s worsening situation, Tui became the first to cancel all holidays to Sri Lanka until 18 July. Britain’s […]

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Exploiting the Potential of Several  Daily  A 380 Emirates Flights From Australia To Dubai Flying Over Mattala Airport Paying  For emergency Landing Rights at Mattala.

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

Dr Chula N A Rajapakse MNZM CONSULTANT RHEUMATOLOGIST Ropata Village Medical Centre Lower Hutt NZ The Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority. Dear Sir Exploiting the Potential of Several  Daily  A 380 Emirates Flights From Australia To Dubai Flying Over Mattala Airport Paying  For emergency Landing Rights at Mattala. I right following the viewing of  […]

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Sri Lanka beyond the Sea

Sunday, June 12th, 2022

Courtesy Wanderlust With over 2,500 years of recorded history, those in search of archaeological and cultural treasures in Sri Lanka soon learn the Pearl of the Indian Ocean more than lives up to its name. Get ready to experience Sri Lanka’s version of a full moon party,” warned Viraj, my story-loving guide, as we headed […]

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UK relaxes travel advisory on Sri Lanka

Saturday, June 11th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The United Kingdom on Friday (June 10) relaxed the travel advisory issued to its citizens arriving Sri Lanka, announcing that its Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office no longer advises against all but essential travel to the island nation. However, a notice issued by the UK government noted that the economic situation in Sri […]

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Need to look for new avenues to attract tourists – President

Friday, June 10th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana New approaches should be found to attract tourists President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said at a progress review meeting of the Ministry of Tourism. The meeting was held at the President’s House in Colombo Fort today (June 10). More than 4 million people are directly and indirectly involved in the tourism industry. The tourism […]

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TUI cancels more holidays to Sri Lanka amid Foreign Office warnings not to go

Thursday, June 9th, 2022

Courtesy Daily Record The airline said that it is getting in touch with all customers affected by the decision. TUI has cancelled more holidays to Sri Lanka amid political and economic instability in the country. The airline had originally cancelled all flights and holidays up to June 12 – but this has now been extended to June 30. Bosses are […]

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Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) moots tourism revival plan targeting over 800,000 arrivals

Monday, June 6th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily News The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has presented a short, medium and long-term tourism revival plan leading up to March 2023 in a bid to attract 800,000 to 850,000 tourists this year, focusing on key source markets through joint promotional efforts SLTDA, Chairman Priyantha Fernando told the Annual General Meeting […]

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Sri Lanka Tourism Chief Resigns Under Pressure, Then Warns of Industry Cartel

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Peden Doma Bhutia, Courtesy Skift The Sri Lanka tourism chief’s resignation letter has enough warning signs for the country’s tourism industry. Now, if only someone is listening.-Peden Doma Bhutia Mired in its worst-ever economic crisis with debts totaling over $50 billion, Sri Lanka may have to wait for some time to fall back on tourism to […]

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Holidays to Sri Lanka cancelled as FCDO travel advice changes

Monday, May 16th, 2022

ByDanielle-Kate Wroe Steven SmithNetwork Content Editor Courtesy Cornwalllive TUI has cancelled holidays to the destination until May 31 Holidays to Sri Lanka are being cancelled as the British government advises people not to travel there. TUI has cancelled all trips until May 31. The Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to the […]

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Israeli film crew in SL to shoot ‘Arugam Bay’

Friday, April 22nd, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Visiting Israeli film crew at Bandaranaike International Airport with Frames TV & Film Productions and Sri Lanka Tourism officials Feature film is expected to be screened in Israel and over 50 countries across Europe   UCM, Sri Lanka Tourism and Frames TV & Film Productions to co-produce film SLTPB says project is […]

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SriLankan Airlines suspends flights to Moscow

Monday, March 28th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana SriLankan Airlines announced the suspension of operations between Sri Lanka and Moscow, Russia with effect from today (March 28), due to operational restrictions that are outside of the airline’s control.  The restrictions are in the form of international financial and aircraft insurance limits which have been imposed on Russia due to the ongoing […]

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Sri Lanka can be made the Asian destination of tourists – President

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka can be made the Asian destination of tourists, says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa while pointing out that obstacles should be removed and plans should be made to attract tourists through global promotional programmes. More than 260,000 tourists have arrived in the country in the first quarter of the year. That’s higher than […]

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Sri Lanka’s musical tuk-tuks blare Beethoven as they deliver fresh bread

Friday, February 18th, 2022

Meenakshi J Courtesy The National News Known as choon paan, the vehicles deliver baked goods while playing everything from classical music to Tamil tunes On my way back from an early morning stroll around Nuwara Eliya’s tea gardens, the sound of Beethoven’s Fur Elise pervades the calmness of the countryside, as the warmth and golden hues of […]

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Lonely planet names 10 best beaches in Sri Lanka

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Feb 17 (LonelyPlanet) – Sri Lanka’s tropical beaches are unanimously adored. Crafted from a 1340km (833-mile) coastline, its countless topographically varied beaches, coves, and bays attract sun-seekers, fun lovers, and surfers throughout the year. Wildlife plays its part too – beaches are vital nesting grounds for endangered marine turtles, while blue whales are […]

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Anil Kapoor flaunts his ageless beauty while relishing time in Sri Lanka:

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Courtesy The News Anil Kapoor left his fans stunned with his ageless charm The much adored and evergreen Bollywood star Anil Kapoor left his fans stunned with his ageless charm as he enjoys some memorable moments exploring the beauty of Sri Lanka. Anil Kapoor was spotted enjoying a ‘gala’ time by the gorgeous beach donning […]

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7 of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka

Sunday, February 6th, 2022

Tamara Hinson  Courtesy Make your trip to Sri Lanka even more special with a sleepover in one of these unique hotels, although don’t blame us if you can’t bear to leave… This sleek bed and breakfast feels like a stylish home from home – guests are invited to help themselves to snacks and (non-alcoholic) drinks […]

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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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