Barceló Hotel Group has signed a joint venture with Browns Investments to develop the Bodufaru Beach Resort in the Maldives’ North Male Atoll. Browns is a subsidiary of LOLC Group, one of Sri Lanka’s largest business conglomerates.
Sri Lanka has revealed it will offer free visas to travellers from India, China and the UK, among others, as it seeks to rebuild its tourism industry. A series of bombings at luxury hotels and Christian churches in April left more than 250 people dead, decimating the sector.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has announced it will change its travel advice to Sri Lanka to allow British visitors to return to the country. While no longer warning against “all but essential travel”, the FCO warns “terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Sri Lanka”.
Opening late last year, Wattura Resort & Spa, situated to the north of Sri Lankan capital Colombo, is a wellness haven inspired by the theme of water. Here Breaking Travel News reporter Thomas Reynolds calls in for the night to see what is on offer
Analysis by ForwardKeys has revealed a tidal wave of cancellations has hit Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the terror attacks on Easter Sunday. Three luxury properties - Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Shangri-La and the Kingsbury Hotel – were hit during the assault, along with three churches.
The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has advised against “all but essential” travel to Sri Lanka. The move is likely to deal a body blow to the tourism industry in the country and follows a coordinated series of terror attacks over the Easter weekend.
More than 220 people are believed to have died in a series of bomb attacks across Sri Lanka. Three hotels – the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury – were all targeted, with nine foreign tourists reportedly among the dead.
An icon of Sri Lankan hospitality, Galle Face Hotel allows guests to revisit the golden age of travel in the Indian Ocean. Here Thomas Reynolds visits for Breaking Travel News to discover more
The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau has a team of nature documentary makers to create a first-of-its-kind three-minute film capturing the irresistible island of Sri Lanka, from the perspective of the country’s rich and diverse wildlife.
Located just under a 30-minute drive from the International Airport in Negombo, Wattura comprises 27 villas and suites located on a pristine swathe of sand, between Waikkal Beach and the Gin Oya Estuary.
Having earlier this year taken over leadership of Galle Face Hotel, which opened in 1864 and is the oldest hotel east of Suez, Breaking Travel News here talks to Robert Hauck about the tremendous sense of responsibility he feels to reinvigorate the property. Speaking at World Travel Market in London, he also tells us about the many connections between the Sri Lankan hotel and the Britain.