Sri Lanka Tourism News

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo opens in Sri Lanka

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo opens in Sri Lanka

19th Jan 2017 Press Release Hotel News

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has opened a strikingly-modern property in Colombo, introducing a unique hospitality concept that brings attitude and altitude to the Sri Lankan capital. The 24-floor Mövenpick Hotel Colombo is the first international five-star property to open in the city in 25 years, a milestone that reflects the country’s new-found energy and optimism.

Breaking Travel News interview: Vasantha Leelananda, Walkers Tours

Breaking Travel News interview: Vasantha Leelananda, Walkers Tours

20th Dec 2016 Focus

Walkers Tours has been a leader in the Sri Lanka tourism industry for over 45 years, organising trips for couples on honeymoon, individual adventurers and nature lovers, for special interests, inventive holiday groups and convention delegates. Here Breaking Travel News chats to Vasantha Leelananda, executive vice president of Walkers’ owner John Keells Holdings, as we find out more.

Breaking Travel News investigates: Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, Sri Lanka

Breaking Travel News investigates: Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, Sri Lanka

7th Dec 2016 Focus

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.

AHTIC: Political will key to Sri Lanka tourism development

AHTIC: Political will key to Sri Lanka tourism development

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.

Dukic to lead Galle Face Hotel in Sri Lanka

Dukic to lead Galle Face Hotel in Sri Lanka

28th Nov 2016 Hotel News

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.

Euromonitor: Bright future for tourism in Sri Lanka

Euromonitor: Bright future for tourism in Sri Lanka

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.

Sri Lanka Collection adds Maniumpathy to offering

Sri Lanka Collection adds Maniumpathy to offering

17th Nov 2016 Hotel News

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.

WTM 2016: P M Withana, chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism

WTM 2016: P M Withana, chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism

9th Nov 2016 Videos

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 unveils tourism development zones to boost visitor numbers

Sri Lanka unveils tourism development zones to boost visitor numbers

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.