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.
A powerful new hotel initiative that promises to stir up a new round of international enthusiasm for Sri Lanka is taking shape on one of Asia’s fastest-growing island destinations. This month, the Galle Face Hotel Group and the Louis T Collection will come together in a strategic partnership that will link two complementary organisations.
The Sri Lanka Collection has added The Kandy House to its portfolio. This existing nine-room boutique hotel with swimming pool located on the outskirts of Kandy is one of Sri Lanka’s most alluring boutique properties. The addition of The Kandy House – sister hotel to the beach hotel/villa The Last House near Tangalle – into The Sri Lanka Collection’s fold means the number of properties represented by The Sri Lanka Collection is now ten.
Set on Sri Lanka’s ancient Spice Route along the lush, unspoiled Southern coastline, Shangri-La’s five star Hambantota Resort & Spa will offer unrivalled amenities and experiential activities when it opens to guests on June 1st, 2016. The 300-room resort – the first of its kind in Sri Lanka – presides over 145 acres of tropical gardens and Indian Ocean vistas, an artisan village showcasing local Sri Lankan creativity, and a host of innovative dining, entertainment and spa options.
Created to celebrate the beauty of the country’s wilderness and combined with the artistic talents of one of its greatest living artists, Laki Senanayake, Diyabubula has opened in Sri Lanka. Offering a unique insight into the nature, art and culture, the property adds to the facilities that make Sri Lanka a standout destination.
Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to Sri Lanka by introducing an additional daily service between Dubai and Colombo. Effective August 1st, the airline will operate five daily flights between Dubai and Colombo every day except Wednesdays when it will operate four flights.
Long haul holidays are fast becoming the preferred choice for many British holidaymakers as new research from holiday brands, Thomson and First Choice reveals that more people than ever before are prepared to go the distance to find their dream destination. Travelling for nine hours or more is now considered par for the course for many Brits (77 per cent) as they seek more adventure and cultural diversity from their holidays.
March 2013 will see the launch of the first and only scheduled domestic carrier in Sri Lanka. Cinnamon Air is the brainchild and joint venture of the parent company behind Sri Lankan owned and operated Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts and Chaaya Hotels & Resorts – John Keells Holdings – MMBL Leisure Holdings and Phoenix Ventures Limited.
The luxurious Xiengthong Palace has opened its doors in Luang Prabang in Sri Lanka, set to play a key role for intelligent travellers seeking a top-end hotel with modern amenities.
Achieving another remarkable milestone in the country’s booming tourism industry, Sri Lanka Tourism welcomed the arrival of 750,000th tourist in year 2011 at the Bandaranaike International Airport.