With its panoramic views of the Indian Ocean in a defined casual-chic setting, Sea Spray introduces an exclusive alfresco dining experience to Colombo. Inspired by European seafronts, the atmosphere is refined but relaxed, with seamless understated service. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole calls in for dinner.
The scent of Cinnamon put Sri Lanka on the map centuries ago, in the glory days of the Spice Route. Cinnamon is a timeless classic: a versatile, well-loved spice with the power to heal, rejuvenate, inspire, and stimulate the senses. What the spice did for our history books, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts strives to do today. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole finds out more about this iconic brand.
The first Asia Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference concluded earlier in an atmosphere of optimism moderated by caution. Over the past two days several of Asia’s leading hotel investors from 19 countries discussed the investment potential of Sri Lanka and other destinations around the Indian Ocean from Mauritius and the Seychelles to Malaysia and Vietnam.
As Galle Face Hotel gets set to embark on its 153rd year, Louis T Collection has appointed an industry veteran to lead the heritage property into the next era. American Deni Dukic joined the team as general manager. The seasoned hotelier has more than 20 years of experience in the luxury hotel industry, having held a number of senior management roles in five-star hotels around the world, including director of rooms at Andaz Wall Street in New York City and as part of the opening team for the Park Hyatt Istanbul.
A report into Sri Lanka’s tourism has confirmed that the Indian Ocean island currently offers some of the region’s best opportunities for investment. The report – produced by Euromonitor International - is not uncritical: infrastructure still needs to be improved; airport capacity is lagging behind demand and telecom connectivity is still a problem. But it goes on to say that these issues are being addressed by a Sri Lankan government that has realised the golden opportunity that tourism offers the island as it emerges from years of conflict.
The Sri Lanka Collection has added Maniumpathy to its portfolio. This inspiring, recently renovated, eight-bedroom boutique heritage hotel in Sri Lanka with swimming pool is located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. With the inclusion of Maniumpathy, The Sri Lanka Collection – a UK-based representation and marketing company – now represents 13 boutique hotels in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s ambitious plans to develop its tourism sector are being held up by too much bureaucracy, according to the island’s minister for tourism, John Amaratunga. Speaking ahead of the inaugural Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference in Colombo, he said: “One of the biggest challenges is the bureaucracy.”
Breaking Travel News talks to P M Withana, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism at World Travel Market 2016. Sri Lanka aims to make a record US$3.5 billion from tourism this year on the back of its improved rights record under a new government after years of ethnic war, while a series of world-class properties have recently opened in the destination.
Sri Lanka has announced plans to attract tourists back to the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ with the launch of themed tourism development zones. The new areas are a public-private sector initiative backed by the ministry of lands, the ministry of tourism and the Sri Lanka Tourism Club, a government-recognised group of industry leaders. At least five, and up to eight, themed international tourism and family entertainment zones are being designated in state-owned land, selected for their outstanding natural beauty.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & has opened its second resort in Sri Lanka, with the doors opening at the 141-key Anantara Kalutara Resort, a peacefully secluded hideaway located along the island’s south-west coast. Only ten minutes from the town of Kalutara and an hour south of the capital Colombo, Anantara Kalutara has a unique setting between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River and boasts coastal, river and lagoon frontage, providing a tranquil retreat in between the array of enriching nearby adventures.
Sri Lanka, one of the top two emerging hotel and resort markets in Asia, is to host the first Asia Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, a top-level gathering of international investors, business leaders, government ministers and officials. President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, is supporting the conference as patron and speaking at the presidential residence in Colombo, the venue for the official launch.
Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality Group has appointed Simon Dell to the role of vice president and area general manager for Sri Lanka. In his new role, Dell will oversee ONYX’s growing presence in Sri Lanka, and will be responsible for the operations of the three hotels managed by ONYX in Sri Lanka, including OZO Colombo, OZO Kandy, and Amari Galle, opening late 2016.