Author Archive for Tourism

Sri Lanka makes top 10 in ‘Most Instagrammable Places in the World 2023’

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Feb 1 (AdaDerana) – Sri Lanka has been listed amongst the ‘50 Most Instagrammable Places in the World 2023’ on travel website ‘Big 7 Travel’. The island nation made it to the Top 10 of the list, ranking ninth, amongst Italy, England, France and USA. The list is developed via a comprehensive scoring […]

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Over 100,000 tourist arrivals recorded in Sri Lanka for January 2023

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka has seen a significant increase in the number of tourist arrivals for the month of January 2023, compared to the numbers seen in January 2022. A summary report issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed an increase of over 20,000 tourist arrivals, with a total of 102,545 arrivals […]

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Breathe in! Traveller films heart-stopping video of her ascent up ‘crazy narrow’ spiral steps on the outside of a spectacular tower in Sri Lanka, with barely enough room for two to pass

Saturday, January 28th, 2023

Courtesy Daily Mail The staircase at Ambuluwawa Tower is shielded only by a waist-high handrail Footage by blogger Janet Newenham shows the climb isn’t for the faint-hearted She said: ‘The busier the tower, the more claustrophobic one can feel’ The views from the top of Ambuluwawa Tower in Sri Lanka are heavenly, but some may find […]

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Sri Lankan hoteliers commit to rebuilding tourism responsibly

Thursday, January 19th, 2023

By Karen Yue Courtesy TTG Asia Despite tourism challenges, two Sri Lankan hotel players have remained firm in their efforts to uplift local communities as they rebuild their business. Homegrown Teardrop Hotels, which has seven hotels across the country, maintains at least nine community projects, according to Manoj Devaraj, group head – sales and marketing. Each […]

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Watch: Elephant crossing the road attacks van, passengers manage to escape

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Courtesy Scroll.in The incident took place in the temple town of Katharagama in Sri Lanka, where pilgrims were travelling in the van.

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Lanka welcomes new Russian flights after tourism plea

Sunday, January 1st, 2023

Courtesy The Island (AFP)Sri Lanka on Thursday welcomed the first Russian travellers aboard a new flight service that was launched after the bankrupt nation urged Moscow to help revive its beleaguered economy by sending tourists. Russia was Sri Lanka’s biggest source of visitors at the start of the year but arrivals nearly ceased after the […]

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Sri Lanka recorded over 701,000 tourist arrivals so far this year – Minister

Tuesday, December 27th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Minister of Tourism Harin Fernando states that 701,331 tourists visited Sri Lanka between January 2022 and December 26, 2022. The minister pointed out that the government expects tourist arrivals to hit 720,000 in total by the end of 2022. The number of tourist arrivals in the year 2021 stood at 194,495. According to […]

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Flights from Mattala to Russia will start tomorrow

Monday, December 26th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News Russian carrier, Red Wings will start charter flight operations to the Mattala International Airport twice a week, with effect from December 28, 2022

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Tourist arrivals for Dec. 01-20 cross 50,000 mark

Saturday, December 24th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror PIC BY NISAL BADUGE Daily arrival average improves to 2,500 Weekly arrival average improves to 16,000 If current momentum is maintained, December could end with about 75,000 tourists The tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka for the first 20 days of December have crossed 50,000, indicating a significant improvement in tourism activities. […]

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Cable car project between Pattipola and Boralanda to boost tourism

Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the relevant officers to formulate a report jointly engaging all government agencies on the resolution of land problems within the Nuwara Eliya district. Wickremesinghe noted that in the event the said report is not presented to him before 04 February 2023, he will take necessary action in this […]

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India and Sri Lanka to launch ferry service next month between Kankesanthurai port and Pondicherry

Sunday, December 18th, 2022

Courtesy Business Insider Representational imageUnsplashSri Lanka and India  will start a passenger ferry service next month between Kankesanthurai port in Jaffna district and Pondicherry, according to media reports. Ports, Shipping, and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva  said arrangements were made to start the ferry service in mid-January next year, Colombo Page reported. The minister said the […]

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Tourist arrivals for first week of Dec. already cross15,000 mark

Saturday, December 10th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Daily arrival average increases to 2,302 Russia and India rank as top two source markets for SL tourism United Kingdom regains position as third largest tourist traffic generator for SL Arrivals for January 1-December 7 period total 644,186 Influx contributed by arrival of luxury cruise Azamara The tourist arrivals for the […]

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Sri Lanka’s most beautiful train journey

Thursday, December 8th, 2022

Courtesy BBC The Colombo to Badulla railway is so enchantingly beautiful that it’s become a bucket list adventure for many visitors. I was woken by the long, forlorn sound of the siren. The brakes hissed and screeched as our train chugged up the hill and pulled into Radella, a station along one of the most […]

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98 Acres Resort & Spa named as most Luxurious Mountain Resort in Asia

Sunday, December 4th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror 98 Acres Resort & Spa, a subsidiary of U.H.E. Group, was recently awarded as the Number 1 Luxury Mountain Resort in Asia, at the recently held 16th World Luxury Hotel Awards (2022) in Antalya, Turkey.  The prestigious awards recognised 98 Acres Resort & Spa – placing it on a par with […]

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Bright prospects for Nepal-Sri Lanka tourism

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Kathmandu, November 28 (The Rising Nepal): As the economic situation of Sri Lanka is gradually coming back to normal, Nepal may receive more travelers from that country in the days ahead. It has become easier for these two South Asian nations to promote bilateral tourism and trade thanks to the operation of direct […]

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Travel Sri Lanka For Stunning Natural, Historic & Cultural Sites

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

By Judith Baker Courtesy This is local London Judith Baker journeys to Sri Lanka to discover the island nation’s hidden gems… Sri Lanka is firmly back on the tourist radar and anyone visiting in 2023 will encounter not only the country’s amazing cultural and historic sites, beaches and wildlife but also a wealth of fabulous […]

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Chinese cruise ships to visit Sri Lanka after travel restrictions relaxed

Friday, November 25th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing says that it is actively exploring the possibility of Chinese cruise ships and yachts visiting Sri Lanka with a view to attracting more Chinese tourists to the island nation. Sri Lankan Ambassador, Dr. Palitha Kohona has had a very successful virtual meeting with the Vice President of […]

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“Hospitality doesn’t die just because inflation is high” – Harin

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Pitches SL as a safe and secure destination that places hospitality at its core Says country cheaper than competitors and offers value for money Tourism Minister Harin Fernando appealed to international travellers to add Sri Lanka to their travel wish list, assuring tourists are cushioned from the economic shocks the country […]

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Azur Air, Swiss and Air France to resume flights to Sri Lanka

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, Nov 3 (AdaDerana) – Russia’s largest charter airline —  Azur Air and the flag carrier of France —  Air France, will resume flights to Sri Lanka starting from this week, according to Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry.  Azur Air will commence flights to Sri Lanka from tomorrow (November 03) while Air France is […]

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Sri Lanka announces “FIFA Fan Zone” targeting football fans visiting Qatar

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, Nov 3 (NewsWire) – The Sri Lanka Tourism Ministry has launched a ‘FIFA Zone’ at Negombo Beach to coincide with the upcoming Football World Cup in Qatar. Tourism Minister Harin Fernando officially launched the ‘FIFA Zone’ today, which includes 3 night and 4-day stay in Sri Lanka. The ‘FIFA Zone’ package offers […]

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Putin orders to increase flights between Russia and ‘friendly’ states

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Government of Russia to increase the number of flights between Russia and friendly states, according to the Russian Embassy in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the first resuming flight of Russia’s largest charter airline, Azur Air has arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning. The first […]

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SriLankan Airlines CEO says ‘it’s the best time to visit island of serendipity’

Monday, October 31st, 2022

Courtesy The Times of Oman Muscat: SriLankan Airlines Chief Executive Officer Richard Nuttall said that it is the best time to visit Sri Lanka.  There has never been a better time to visit (the country) as  the hotels have low occupancy and the Sri Lankan currency is devalued. The government, SriLankan Airlines and all participants in […]

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South Asia’s first Disneyland to be set up in Hambantota?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage will be visiting US next month to initiate talks in constructing South Asia’s first Disneyland in Hambantota.  A statement from Gamage’s media unit said that the State Minister will be visiting Burbank in the United States next month to discuss initial plans for an 18-billion […]

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Three Sri Lankan hotels in World’s Best Hotels round up

Monday, October 17th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror raveller Australia, the travel section of the two top Australia newspapers; Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age, included three Sri Lankan hotels in its annual roundup “The best of the best: World’s top hotels” This is perfect timed with the lifting of the Australia travel advisory on Sri Lanka.  Ceylon […]

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Sri Lanka among the safest tourist nations to travel

Sunday, October 16th, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Oct 16 (NewsWire) – Sri Lanka has been ranked among the top 13 safest countries to travel in the Word as per the popular online travel community platform WorldPackers.com. Out of top 13 countries, Sri Lanka is ranked 12th while Iceland is ranked the safest country to travel as per the latest WorldPackers.com […]

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China’s Ambassador assures MR Chinese tourists would visit SL soon

Friday, October 14th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong today assured former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that Chinese tourists would begin to visit Sri Lanka soon as China’s COVID-19 common policy allows. The Chinese envoy paid a courtesy call on Mahinda Rajapaksa today where the two discussed a wide range of issues in relation […]

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Sri Lanka’s Newest Airline FitsAir Flies to Dubai

Monday, October 10th, 2022

Courtesy Travel Radar Earlier this week, Sri Lanka’s newest airline took to the skies on its inaugural international flight to Dubai. FitsAir, formerly known as ExpoAir, is Sri Lanka’s first and only private airline. Passengers flying with FitsAir will now be able to board a flight to one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities from Sri […]

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Russian airline Aeroflot resumes flights to Sri Lanka after 4 months

Monday, October 10th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana A Russian airlines Aeroflot flight arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning (10), resuming flights between Moscow and Colombo after a lapse of 4 months. Russia’s flagship carrier had announced that it is suspending commercial flights to Sri Lanka after the island nation’s authorities detained the airline’s Airbus A330 jet on June […]

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Special train to A’pura every weekend from today

Saturday, October 8th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Railway Department will operate a special express train service on every Saturday from today to facilitate the tourists and pilgrims travelling to Anuradhapura from Colombo Fort. The train will leave for Anuradhapura every Saturday and return to Fort every Sunday. The train would haul 10 first-class air-conditioned compartments with 480 seats. […]

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Russia’s Aeroflot to resume flights to Sri Lanka from tomorrow

Saturday, October 8th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Aeroflot, Russia’s state-owned airline, will resume flights from Moscow to Sri Lanka with effect from tomorrow (October 09).  Starting from October, Aeroflot will resume regular flights to Colombo, Bangkok, and Goa. Flights will be operated on Airbus A330 aircraft,” the airline had said earlier in a statement. Accordingly, from October 09, the airline […]

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