Sri Lanka voted finalist for Culture and Heritage Holiday Destination at UK travel awards

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Sri Lanka was voted a finalist by the UK travel trade in the Culture and Heritage Holiday Destination category of the Travel Bulletin Star Awards.

This achievement is a great endorsement by the UK travel trade and an excellent opportunity for Sri Lanka to showcase its uniqueness as a compact island enriched with natural resources and exclusive cultural heritage. Travel Bulletin is one of the UK’s leading weekly travel brands (magazine) for delivering news, training, incentives and competitions. The awards night was held on 4 September.

The Travel Bulletin Star Awards is the UK travel trade’s most prestigious awards program rewarding every sector in the tourism industry. They serve to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence by acknowledging suppliers that have flourished over the last 12 months and have provided the best products and services possible to UK travel agents.

The voting, open exclusively to UK high street, multiple, independent, online and home-based travel agents, took place over a six-week period from 28 April-2 June. All agents were invited to champion those companies they consider to be the very best by voting for them in a range of industry categories, so no nominations are required by suppliers. A completely fair and open voting system was conducted and the winners were announced and presented with their exclusive crystal trophies on 4 September at 5* Langham Hotel, which is a prestigious hotel in London.

These endorsements will have a positive impact for the tourism industry which will bring prestige and honour to the country as an amazing travel destination and also help to increase tourist arrivals by bringing in good income for the benefit of the country.

Read more: http://www.ft.lk/travel-tourism/Sri-Lanka-voted-finalist-for-Culture-and-Heritage-Holiday-Destination-at-UK-travel-awards/27-639397

 


Dengue Epidemic in Sri Lanka is successfully brought under control

The Dengue Epidemic that has become a concern in Sri Lanka for the past few months is successfully brought under control by the measures taken by the relevant government authorities and collective effort of the general public alike, Sri Lanka Tourism confirms.Reported cases have dropped by 35-40% since mid July according to the sources of Ministry of Health. Regular campaigns were implemented to educate, clean up areas and other preventive measures have been taking place to control the spreading of the disease under guidance and surveillance of the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka.

Health Authorities are on alert and have issued precautions for the prevention of the disease. Therefore, there is no need to be alarmed or distressed over the situation. Most cases have been reported from the Western Province, which has higher population density of the country. The tourist hot spots and hotels in the suburban areas are not affected. Actions have been taken by the Ministry of Health,Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine under the guidance of the Minister, Hon. Dr. Rajitha Senarathne to improve the preventive and curative health care facilities to combat the current situation and strengthen  preventative services.

Necessary steps have been taken to strengthen the Dengue Entomological and Disease surveillance systems in collaboration with the Epidemiology Unit and National Dengue Control Unit. Actions have been taken to provide all necessary drugs needed for Dengue patient management. Training of staff on clinical management and monitoring of Dengue patients, creating constant public awareness are some of the safety actions taken from the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine regarding the matter.

Though the Western Province area was affected with the disease, it is under control now with the efforts of creating Dengue Eradication and awareness programmes, and Colombo is now being cleared of garbage and the cleaning of drainage systems are also taking place. In Western Province, surveillances systems and disposal system have been implemented. A well-organized   counter  productive measures are underway to create awareness amongst community living in the suburbs of Western Province of the causes of spread of dengue epidemic. (These are interior parts of the Province which are outside tourist circuits) This has helped in educating and engaging the households and community (who are mostly affected) in the low income segment which includes keeping surroundings clean at all times – the prime cause of the spread of the disease.

The effects of recent floods which contributed to the spread of epidemic are being effectively attended to led by the state authorities (with the required high level intervention) in a sustainable manner to prevent recurrence of pollution through effective garbage disposal.

The number  of Dengue cases have decreased sharply by 40% since mid-July due to planned and systematic efforts by the respective state authorities in the recent weeks.

Impact of dengue in other parts of the country (other than Western Province) have been minimal and continue to be under complete control and surveillance.

Tourists are seen to be freely moving around the country including in the city of Colombo.

Sri Lanka Tourism Authority is of the opinion that aggressive actions taken by the Health Ministry  and the Local authorities in affected areas to arrest the situation have yielded results. Sri Lanka Tourism will continue to update the progress and is confident that there is no cause for alarm.

Sri Lanka Tourism urges travelers to resort to correct sources of information to find out the latest updates on the disease such as Ministry of Health website and all Sri Lanka Missions abroad.


SriLankan Airlines Packages 

  1.    Discover the Wonders of Sri Lanka (travel period May 1 – July 31, 2017)

  2.     Sri Lanka – Maldives Escapade (travel period: May 1 – July 31, 2017)

  3.     The Golden Triangle (travel period: May 12 – July 25, 2017)  

  4.     Travel to Maldives (travel period: April 1 – July 25, 2017) 


Asia Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC)

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Sri Lanka, one of the top two emerging hotel and resorts market in Asia, is to host the first Asia Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC) at the Hilton Colombo in Sri Lanka on 27 – 29 November 2016.

AHTIC will bring together international investors, business leaders, government ministers and officials for two days of networking. The conference programme will focus on hotel development and infrastructure plans in these key markets and will show case real projects looking for investment in Sri Lanka and other emerging destinations.

 

Read more…http://www.srilanka.travel/index.php?route=event/upcoming&event=173


 Celebrate Nuwara Eliya,  1st – 30th April, 2016.

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THE NEW YORK POST REVEALS THE TOP HOTELS TO VISIT IN 2016

The New York Post which is one of the top rated magazines published in New York has revealed the world’s top 19 hotels to visit in 2016 on their latest release published on December 21, 2015. NYP has rated the new hotels to be opened in the New Year from the big big brands to boutique beauties, and from urban escapes in familiar destinations to far- flung lodges in exotic locales.

Read more…http://www.srilanka.travel/travel_news?news=388


Fox News (USA) recommend Destination Sri Lanka

The Popular American News Channel ‘Fox News’ has recommended Sri Lanka to its viewers as the alternative for Cuba, Brazil and even Rome. The leading US News Channel has placed Sri Lanka top of its list as a Tropical Island-hidden under the radar of US holiday seekers. The official online site of the famous news channel has described Sri Lanka as an emerging destination which offer sweeping landscapes of lush green countryside, towering waterfalls and golden sand beaches. Some of the American Tour Companies also given quite encouraging statements about Sri Lanka.

Read more… http://www.srilanka.travel/travel_news?news=398


Tourism Receipts touch $2.1 billion as at end September 2015

Sri Lanka’s Tourism recorded the highest growth of 35.9% in September whilst tourism receipts reached 2.1 billion dollars as at end September 2015 which is the upturn we have seen with strong promotions done by a private-public partnership. The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau chairman Dr Athukorala opinioned that the key issue to address is the un-control sector leisure industry a