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Jetwing debuts in Jaffna

Jetwing, the Sri Lankan hotel group, has opened its first hotel in the northern city of Jaffna. Set in a seven-storey building, the hotel offers 55 rooms, all of which are…

MAS boosts Asian network

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has announced plans to boost capacity across a series of Asian routes this summer, with the addition of extra flights and the deployment of larger aircraft. From…

Kingfisher loses international slots

Kingfisher Airlines has lost all its international traffic rights, with immediate effect. India's Minister of Civil Aviation, Ajit Singh, confirmed the decision this week, saying that…

Construction begins on OZO Kandy

Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality Group marked a key development in its expansion of the OZO brand in Sri Lanka with a ‘ground breaking’ ceremony for the OZO Kandy. Facilities at the…

Sri Lanka tourism boom goes on

Year to date tourism arrivals to Sri Lanka were up 16% year on year to 543,205 by end July, hitting 90,338 arrivals for the month. This represents a 7% increase compared to July 2011,…

Sri Lanka visitors up 18%

Sri Lanka has registered a growth of 18.7% in the first six months of 2012. According to the data released by the government, the country received 452,867 tourists during the period January…

Marriott to debut in Sri Lanka

Marriott has signed an agreement to open its first hotel in Sri Lanka. Opening in 2014, the Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa will be developed on a beachfront site in the southeast of…

Tiger launches Colombo flights

Tiger Airways launched its first flights to Sri Lanka last week. The new service between Singapore and the Sri Lankan capital Colombo also marks the first low-cost link between the two…

Claridges eyes Sri Lanka

The Claridges Hotel is looking at setting up luxury business hotel in Sri Lanka. Peter J Leitgeb, President & CEO of Claridges told Hindu Business Line that one of the reasons for his…

Sri Lanka arrivals up 27%

Sri Lanka's Tourism Development Authority witnessed a 27.2% increase in tourist arrivals to the country in September this year compared to the corresponding period last year. The country…

Lanka tourism jumps 36%

According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (STPB), during the first six months of 2011, more than 45,000 tourists visited the island, an increase of 36.1% year on year. "We are very…

Ferry service to Sri Lanka

A ferry service linking Sri Lanka's Colombo port and the south Indian harbour of Tuticorin has been launched.With a capacity to ferry 1,044 people, the 'Scotia Princess' would initially do…

Sri Lanka Taj profits recover

Sri Lanka's Taj Lanka Hotels, which owns a five -tar rated property in Colombo's Galle Face area said profits rose to 52 million rupees in the March 2011 quarter from 3.2 million rupees a…

SL government seizes Hilton Colombo

The Sri Lankan government last week seized ownership of the Hilton Colombo Hotel. The news was revealed by Sri Lanka's Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa in parliament on…

200 hotels to go up along SL East coast

The post-war land grab in Sri Lanka is ongoing and the latest proposal will see 200 hotels go up along the country's eastern seaboard in the areas of Jaffna, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and…

Hotel investment pours in Sri Lanka

Major Sri Lankan Hotel Chains are pumping in approximately AED 18 billion into new projects The hotel industry will experience a 45% influx in room capacity The double-digit growth of…

Serene Pavilions joins SLH

Serene Pavilions, a new venture in luxury hospitality located in Wadduwa on Sri Lanka's west coast, has joined the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand. Opened at a cost of…

SriLankan upgrades FFP

The frequent flyer programme (FFP) of SriLankan Airlines, FlySmiLes, has announced that it has signed 10 new partnership agreements. Malaysia Airlines, Etihad Airways, Dialog Telekom,…

Sri Lanka hotel staff looking for jobs

Hotels are unable to hire new staff as tourist arrivals have fallen 22 percent in the first eight months of this year. "There are approximately over 5,000 workers out of their jobs, who…
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