Travel & Tourism

EditorJanuary 21, 2018
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Sri Lanka’s largest online travel company Findmyfare has partnered with Contiki, the original travel company for young, wild and free, to offer an array of adventures for Sri Lankan youth.

Contiki is a very special range of tours that encompasses both quick breaks as well as epic journeys, with trips for 18‑35 year old travelers that cover the world from virtually every angle. Contiki curates over 300 trips that span Europe, Asia, Latin America, the USA and Canada, and Australia and New Zealand.

As the original travel company for the young, wild and free, Contiki has perfected the art of travel for 18 to 35 year-old adventurers. Featuring 300 trips spanning six continents, with the best team in the business, Contiki packs in more experiences than anyone else, with your transportation being just the start of what you get. Contiki also offers even more flexibility through eight ways to travel, five ways to stay and endless free time and options.

More destinations, more trips, more choice. With 6 continents on offer and 300+ trips to suit any type of explorer, a trip with Contiki is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Let’s make one thing clear; an adventure with Contiki will send you home with absolutely #NOREGRETS

“Findmyfare always look at innovative ways of bringing the best experience for Sri Lankans and our partnership with Contiki will immensely enhance travel experiences of young adventurers” said Director of Findmyfare, Abishek Sithampalam.

Since its launch in 2012, Findmyfare has become Sri Lanka’s ultimate one-stop travel shop, providing the best travel deals available in the market-place. The findmyfare.com website allows customers to search, compare and book affordable flights and hotels around the world. The company was also the very first in Sri Lanka to provide an online reservations system that enabled customers to confirm bookings without submitting a credit card payment. All the features of the findmyfare.com website are also designed to make the process of researching, choosing and paying for a holiday as simple, easy and convenient as possible.


EditorJanuary 9, 2018
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Sri Lanka’s largest online travel company Findmyfare kicked off the New Year with a fantastic new promotion for Nations Trust Bank American Express Cards customers, wherein they will enjoy an exclusive saving of 12% on bookings to any destination available on www.findmyfare.com.

Additionally, Nations Trust Bank American Express Cards customers will have the ability to pay for their bookings with the bank’s best-in-class 12-month interest free installment plan.

The booking period for the Findmyfare promotion is valid until the end of day on January 15, 2018, while there are no restrictions on the travel period itself so you can travel any time you like.

Visit www.findmyfare.com for more exciting deals added virtually every day.

Findmyfare is also widely known for offering a hassle-free booking experience via its innovative, easy-to-use website.

Recently, Findmyfare extended its offerings to provide consultancy on visa procedures, to ensure travelers have access to the correct information on particular visas and related regulations, advice on obtaining relevant documents required for the entire visa process, as well as the visa application process itself.

Findmyfare offers its expertise and experience in the following categories: updating applicants on new immigration laws to relevant countries; assessments for visas and refusals; handling visit / business / tourist visas to any country; preparing applications for successful lodgment; and assistance in book accommodation, arranging travel tickets and arranging traveler’s insurance.

Additionally, www.findmyfare.com makes the booking process even easier by providing a number of options for credit card installment plans that are immediately converted online, without the need or hassle of a call to the bank. This is applicable to a number of local and international banks in Sri Lanka.

Since its launch in 2012, Findmyfare has become Sri Lanka’s ultimate one-stop travel shop, providing the best travel deals available in the market-place. The findmyfare.com website allows customers to search, compare and book affordable flights and hotels around the world.  The company was also the very first in Sri Lanka to provide an online reservations system that enabled customers to confirm bookings without submitting a credit card payment. All the features of the findmyfare.com website are also designed to make the process of researching, choosing and paying for a holiday as simple, easy and convenient as possible.


EditorJanuary 3, 2018
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Romance, heritage and culinary craftsmanship will all be on offer to discerning couples who wish to express their commitment and devotion to that significant other, in the most explicit way one can imagine “Marry Me”  is a finely crafted dessert using an exotic array of ingredients, created by Master Chef Viraj Jayaratne to commemorate his contribution  of 25 years to the culinary field .

The Launch of this one of a kind experience will happen at the Front Lawn of the Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya where, over the last 150  years, many pretty ladies and hopeful gentleman have expressed their most exquisite and private emotions to each other.

This opportunity is now open to all, from 3rd January 2018 at any location at the Grand Hotel you specify. What better way to get the ball rolling than to have probably one of the most loved couples in Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara and Yehali to launch this historic event. These to two exemplary Sri Lankans will be the first takers of  “Marry Me” which is the most expensive artistic dessert priced at a kingly Rs. 3.8 million.

Complete with the famed Valrhona chocolate from Madagascar, the Cherry Jubilee which was served at the Grand as far back as 1897, all skillfully crafted with edible gold and silver, and to top it all, a precious stone specially crafted for the lady to cherish for a lifetime, will sit perched on all the sweet goodness.


EditorDecember 28, 2017
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Colombo, Tuesday November 21st2017: Sri Lanka’s strategic placement on the world map has meant that travellers from around the world have made their way to our golden beaches for centuries. In modern times we are vying to reach the former glory of being a hub for travellers, both business and leisure.Uniquely blessed with a multitude of experiences within a short land mass, Sri Lanka boasts the ability to present the chilly air of the mountains or the tropical heat of the coast, go trekking or diving underwater, all in one paradise isle. This versatility and diversity has been the backbone of the tourism industry and triggered its accelerated growth. Today’s travellers though are looking for so much more in terms of one-of-a-kind offerings that create lifelong memories.

The usual tendency within the tourism industry is to promote and specialise in areas and attractions within the country that are already booming with popularity. Eco Team strives to divert from this and give visitors to the country and travel enthusiast Sri Lankans, a different perspective of our little island while also empowering communities. With Eco Team, travellers can see this dream come to reality. Since its establishment in the year 2000, Eco Team has been quite literally riding waves and climbing mountains, providing its clients unique experiences creating memories to last a lifetime. With resources to create adventures for seasoned and first time nature lovers, Eco Team is a one-stop-shop for all outdoor travel needs.

Providing a plethora of activities ranging from adrenaline injecting activities such as hiking, trekking, white water rafting and abseiling all the way to a more informative tourist experience for those who venture to grow their knowledge of this beautiful tropical island and its indigenous population, Eco team provides tourists the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the Sri Lankan indigenous people, providing a never before seen insight into their lives and their methods including natural cures and hunting techniques. Not only does this enlighten the tourist, simultaneously it empowers the locals, which is a paramount belief of Eco -team.

Sri Lanka is synonymous with various words and symbols, however no conversation on Sri Lanka is complete without mentioning of the majestic elephants of the country.

The eco team provides a special up close and personal experience with elephants, in the ‘spend a day with the elephants’ package, allowing tourists to interact and observe elephants not from afar but by physically taking part in their daily rituals. Eco Team supplements tourist desires by allowing them to bathe the elephants and ‘dine’ with the elephant after which the tourists will have colourful conversations and be ambassadors of our island country.

A treat for adrenaline junkies is the white-water rafting, abseiling and canoeing programmes made available by Eco Team. Bringing these activities to their clients with their own twist, Eco Team assures the highest Health and Safety standards and is the only group to have professional instructors with recognized credentials. The team are the only white water rafting operator in the country to be internationally accredited ensuring a superior experience.

Also known to be the pioneer in camping operations, Eco Team goes on to be a one-stop shop by having a vast accommodation network. With the facilities provided and the bulk of resources they hold with 160 mobile tents made available to their clients, you can be assured to rest easy wherever you go. Eco Team can provide its clients with a roof above their heads in any permitted area across Sri Lanka.

Eco Team specialises in providing its clients specific and custom-made packages according to their requirements and interests.Trekking, hiking excursions can also be provided as per clients’ requirements, for 45 minutes or even 2 to 3 days.

What Eco Team believes is that a country’s hotspots are not the typical hotspots, but true travel is enabling travellers to venture on his own and find where this hub is. Therefore, Eco Team provides you with the best network, options, and resources for you to discover your own adventure!

For more information and to make reservations, visit their website www.ecoteam.lk or call 070 222 8222.


EditorDecember 28, 2017
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Colombo, Sri Lanka (December 4, 2017): South Asia’s leading Grande Dame together with Ebert Silva Holidays, recently launched a Christmas edition of the popular Colombo City Tour.

The special service which coincides with the annual Christmas Fest organised by Sri Lanka Tourism, will pick up tourists on a daily basis from all leading city hotels and take them to view seasonal city attractions such as the Christmas Fest at Independence Arcade. The service is offered complimentary to tourists.

The official launch of this festive service was held under the patronage of Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Hon. Mr. John Amaratunga. Chairperson of Ebert Silva Holidays, Ms. Rajini De Silva and General Manager of the Galle Face Hotel, Mr. Deni Ohlsen-Dukic were also present at the launch.

Speaking at the event, Minister Amaratunga stated that Sri Lanka has a keen interest in developing event-based tourism, with seasonal festivities such as Christmas and Vesak being key events in the calendar.

Guests from the Galle Face Hotel who participated in the event were boarded on a double-decker bus courtesy of Ebert Silva Holidays, and were treated to a live performance of Christmas carols, while on the tour.

“We are thrilled to partner with Ebert Silva Holidays and Sri Lanka Tourism for this event. Events like this help to promote Sri Lanka in a memorable manner and we want our guests to remember their Christmas in Sri Lanka as being full of festive cheer, peace and goodwill.” said Mr. Deni Ohlsen-Dukic, General Manager of the Galle Face Hotel.

The Christmas city tour will take place from the 21st to the 23rd of December.


EditorDecember 27, 2017
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It’s Romance, heritage & culinary craftsmanship at The Front Lawn of the Grand Hotel on 3rd January 2018, 4.00pm with the launch of, Marry Me , the world’s most expensive and artistic dessert.

Sri Lanka’s most loved couple Kumar Sangakkara and Yehali will be the first couple to savour this Rupees 3.8 million experience, created by Master Chef Viraj.


EditorDecember 24, 2017
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Oceanfront Condos, Sri Lanka’s very first beach-front, serviced, luxury, leisure apartments located in Nilaveli, officially handed over the keys to its owners recently. The project concluded its phase one successfully with the second phase now underway to be ready for occupancy and renting by March ’18.

The brainchild behind this initiative was none other than the Chairman of International Construction Consortium (ICC), Sri Lanka’s pioneering infrastructure and multisector general contractor, Harsha De Seram. Surrounded by the pristine beach of Nilaveli, these condominiums offer blissful solitude and freedom to be at home when on holiday without the constraints a hotel would impose and gives people an opportunity of a life-time investment.

‘For the first time in Sri Lanka we are offering interested parties the opportunity to buy a beachfront condominium, which could function both as an investment, and of course as their getaway holiday destination. The first owners of the first oceanfront condominiums have recently been handed their keys to their home by the beach.

Oceanfront Condos Nilaveli is increasingly becoming sought-after, and people have realized the convenience of owning their own holiday home which holds a higher resale value and have the ability to rent it out to others while being owned. ICC also facilitates the renting and managing of these condominiums on behalf of the clients, so that their investment is not just increasing in value, but also bringing in revenue in the interim.

Oceanfront Condos Nilaveli is now listed on major online booking sites including bookings through direct and travel agents, and will be available via its official website soon. With more privacy in a serviced apartment making it a haven of one’s own, these condos are highly spacious (1180sqft- 2100sqft) and guests can choose to cook in the kitchenette, explore the area and stay for the long haul. There’s also a restaurant serving fresh seafood, fully equipped gym, pool, among others.

Following the success and popular demand with the Nilaveli project, ICC has picked Galle as the next destination to build oceanfront condos with developments planned to commence shortly. With a rich and diverse experience of over 35 years, ICC, the project lead, has proved to be the country’s pioneering construction company renowned for maintaining quality standards and timely delivery.


EditorDecember 24, 2017
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Colombo December 22, 2017: SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, proving its consolidated presence in the Indian Sub-Continent yet again, was awarded the “World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean” title at the World Travel Awards World Ceremony, in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

Congratulating SriLankan Airlines, World Travel Awards Founder and President Mr. Graham E Cooke said, “A well-deserved congratulations to SriLankan Airlines on their success at the World Travel Awards’ Grand Final.’ World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean 2017′ is a prestigious international award that places SriLankan Airlines firmly at the top of the travel and tourism industry. I hope their recognition, both by their peers and members of the public, will inspire them to aim ever higher in the pursuit of excellence.”

SriLankan Airlines, Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Siva Ramachandran said, “We are pleased to have received this prestigious award at the WTA World Ceremony. This is a true testimony of our efforts to establish a strong presence in South Asia and the Indian Ocean markets. Whist introducing new destinations, we have also increased frequencies to popular destinations based on the passenger demand. We will continue to explore opportunities to expand our reach in the region and endeavor to offer our passengers enhanced connectivity and a wider choice when travelling with us.”

The Award proves SriLankan’s presence in the South Asian region, strongly supported by its connectivity of 133 flights a week to 14 Indian cities (including seasonal operations to Bodh Gaya and Varanasi). The Airline also operates to other popular cities such as Dhaka, Karachi and Lahore.

The Maldives has been Sri Lanka’s extended home market with its connectivity to Male of 27 flights a week, facilitating leisure-seekers from its extensive network of Middle East, the Europe, the Far East and Australia. SriLankan also became the first Airline to connect Gan Island of South Maldives with the world, thus becoming the only airline that operates out of two points in the Maldives.

The other contenders to the title were Air Austral, Air France, Air India, Air Seychelles, AirAsia, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.

This year, SriLankan also won “Asia’s Leading Cultural Airline” at WTA Asia Ceremony and “Asia’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean” at the WTA Indian Ocean Ceremony.

Some of the other winners of the world awards were, Singapore Airlines, Oman Air, Emirates, Vietnam Airlines, Emirates-Skywards, oneworld alliance, Changi Airport, Singapore, American Express, Hertz, DUKES London, England, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Armani Hotel Dubai, UAE, Annandale, New Zealand and The Peninsula Paris, France.

World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

World Travel Awards™ celebrates its 24th anniversary this year and its Grand Tour featured regional gala ceremonies in the Asia & Australasia (Shanghai, China), Europe (St. Petersburg, Russia), Middle East (Dubai), Africa & the Indian Ocean (Rwanda), North America & the Caribbean (Turks & Caicos) and Latin America (Riviera Maya, Mexico). Regional winners then competed head to head in in the corresponding world categories. The winners were announced at the World Travel Awards™ Grand Final in December 2017.


EditorDecember 12, 2017
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Sri Lanka’s largest online travel company Findmyfare has partnered with NDB bank to offer a range of exclusive promotions via www.findmyfare.com

Unveiled in December 2017, the first of these exclusive NDB bank promotions is the “Fly to Singapore for LKR 1,000 + Taxes” SriLankan Airlines offer that is available until December 15, 2017.

Importantly, Findmyfare’s exclusive offers for NDB customers will continue throughout 2018, benefiting customers greatly both in terms of providing them with significant savings as well as giving them opportunities to try out exotic new destinations.

Findmyfare is also widely known for offering a hassle-free booking experience via its innovative, easy-to-use website. Additionally, www.findmyfare.com makes the booking process even easier by providing a number of options for credit card installment plans that are immediately converted online, without the need or hassle of a call to the bank. This is applicable to a number of local and international banks in Sri Lanka.

Since its launch in 2012, Findmyfare has become Sri Lanka’s ultimate one-stop travel shop, providing the best travel deals available in the market-place. The findmyfare.com website allows customers to search, compare and book affordable flights and hotels around the world. The company was also the very first in Sri Lanka to provide an online reservations system that enabled customers to confirm bookings without submitting a credit card payment. All the features of the findmyfare.com website are also designed to make the process of researching, choosing and paying for a holiday as simple, easy and convenient as possible.

 



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