New Rules for Whales and Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka – Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC)

The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) said it would impose new rules and regulations for visitors with the purpose of regulating whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa.

The official personal stated that the new laws and regulations would implement to safeguarded the whales and dolphins from the visitors. He further said that Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) taken this rule after receiving many complains that some visitors had caused impact on animals by going too much closer to them and this rule would be impact from the nest whale watching season of August 2016.

 

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Upto 40% off on Makara Resort Kalpitiya for Standard Chartered Credit Card – till 30th April 2015

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Nuwara Elia Horse Racing Festival 2015 – Starts on March 2015

Sri Lanka Turf Club Race Course in Nuwara Elia announces their Nuwara Elia Horse Racing Festival – 2015 on 21st March 2015.

Thoroughbred Horses (Class I) 7 Furlongs
Thoroughbred Horses (Class II) 7 Furlongs
Thoroughbred Horses (Class III) 7 Furlongs
Thoroughbred Horses (Class IV) 7 Furlongs
Thoroughbred Horses (Class V) 7 Furlongs
Thoroughbred Horses Maiden 3yrs old 5 Furlongs
Sri Lankan Horses 3/4 Bred 5 Furlongs
Sri Lankan Horses 1/2 Bred 5 Furlongs

 

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Nuwara Elia Horse Racing Festival 2015 – Starts on March 2015
Nuwara Elia Horse Racing Festival 2015 – Starts on March 2015

Ratmalana Airport to be used for more civilian transportation related to tourism

The government has drawn attention to utilize Ratmalana airport for inland civil passenger transportation. Ports Shipping and Aviation Minister Aijuna Ranatunga said.

The government will look into possibilities to carry out inland passenger transportation from Ratmalana airport as far as such activities do not affect the national security, Under this, flights will be operated to inland destinations such as the North and East. South and a few other tourist destinations.

Aviation authority has already discussed to conduct flights to tourist destinations with inland tour and airline operators. However, priority will definitely be given to the national security since it is above all other activities.

Special bus service in Anuradhapura pilgrims to visit atamasthana for Rs. 70/-

A special bus service for the convenience of devotees visiting Anuradhapura on pilgrimage to pay homage to the Atamasthana was inaugurated by Internal Transport Minister Ranjith Madduma-bandara at the Anuradhapura Railway Station premises last week.

The bus service starting from two points, the railway station and the Anuradhapura old bus stand premises, will charge Rs. 70 per passenger to cover the entire atamasthana and bring them back to the original starting point in any of these buses.

Buses will be operated under a frequency of 45 minutes. They will cover the Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruwanweli Maha Seya, Jetawanaramaya, Kuttam Pokuna Samadhi Buddha statue, Isurumuniya, Sadaham Seya, Mirisawetiya, Thuparamaya, Lankaramaya, Sandakadapahana and Abhay-agiriya.

This Bus service was a great budgeted tour for the people to visiti Anuradhapura historical places too.

Government to develop a new national policy for tourism industry

Plans are under way to prepare a new national policy for the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake said.

Dissanayake said it has been decided to introduce a three year strategic plan related to the new national policy on tourism.

We decided to introduce a new national policy for the tourism industry with the aim of developing the Sri Lankan economy and living standards of the people. We hope to obtain the assistance of all for the success of this. And he said arrangements are being made to launch a special program to grant benefits for people in villages in line with the new policy. Creating new employment opportunities for Sri Lankan youth and making more spaces for village level persons to increase their earnings are the main objectives of this new national policy which is to be introduced to the Sri Lankan tourism industry.

Ramayanaya tour in Sri Lanka

The Ramayanaya trail will be re – launched by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau together with SLTPB and Srilankan Airlines in the coming months. The 14 sites accessible out of identified 52 Sites will be heavily promoted through various itineraries and packages.

The traditions of the Ramayana form an integral part of the shared cultural heritage of India and Sri Lanka. Major part of the Ramayana Episode has taken part in Sri Lanka and therefore Sri Lanka has special significance in the Ramayana Epic where pilgrim tourism can be promoted from India.

The sites include the places where Sit ha Devi has travelled to, consisting of archaeological areas, caves, mountains and temples which are of immense interest to Hindus. Sita Eliya, Ravana Ella, Hakgala, Maligatenna, Roomasala, Sitawaka and Kelaniya are some of the prominent localities associated with the Ramayana traditions.

During the last few years, India became the primary tourist and MICE tourist generating market for Sri Lanka . To cater to Indian market, Sri Lanka Tourism structured many new tourism products. Facilities for Corporate meetings and Incentives were among them.

 

Stay Weekend at Ban Reef and enjoy Free Dolphin Watching at Kalpitiya

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Stay Weekend at Ban Reef and enjoy Free Dolphin Watching at Kalpitiya
Stay Weekend at Ban Reef and enjoy Free Dolphin Watching at Kalpitiya

Department of Wildlife Bungalows are Open for Public

Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) announced that WNPS Bungalows in Yala, Wilpattu and Udawalawe is now open for Non members of WNPS at same fee as now and WNPS members will obtain at a special rate.

The Bungalows in Yala, Wilpattu are cater upto 10 passengers and Udawalawe for 8 Passengers.

For more details contact to Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) on 0112 887390

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Department of Wildlife Bungalows are Open for Public
Department of Wildlife Bungalows are Open for Public

Sri Lanka expectes to cross 2 million tourist arrivals in 2015: Sri Lanka Tourist Promotional Bureau Chairman

Respected marketer and business personality Rohantha Athukorala has been appointed as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourist Promotional Bureau (SLTPB) by Sports and Tourism Minister Navin Dissanayake

Athukorala was the seventh Chairman of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), the only Chairman to serve the EDB for over five years, and supported the industry in taking the export revenue from US $ 6 billion to US $ 11 billion in his tenure.

Athukorala commenting on the task ahead said, “Given the vibrancy of the private sector, the two million visitor arrivals can be achieved. We are targeting the UK market to generate a 190000 from the current 144,168, Germany to be 150,00 from current 102,977 whilst France to be 100,000 visitors from the current 78883, just to name a few. The economic instability in Russia is worrying given that almost 69,718 tourists were generated from this market but the rest of the world will so some catching up is our estimate.”

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TV programme ‘Bachelor’ (French version) Shooting expected to be in Sri Lanka for Episode 9-10

The New Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake has invited the leading French TV channel NT 1 from France to film and telecast the prime time TV programme ‘Bachelor’ (French version) in Sri Lanka in line with the global trend of marketing tourist destinations via film tourism.

Minister Navin Dissanayake voiced “The popular TV series Bachelor that will be aired in France will be filmed across the world and I am happy that we have been able to get Sri Lanka into the choice set.”

Episode 1-2 is to be filmed in Spain, 4-5 in Paris, 6-8 in the Alps and episode 9-10 in Sri Lanka. This is a big win for the country and we must pursue this strategy as a public-private partnership project as the beneficiaries must be the private sector Minister Naveen Dissanayake said.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Rohantha Athukorala commented “The programme Bachelor (French version) attracts a viewership of 1.3 million in France and as the minister mentioned it commands a prime time belt.

Queen Mary 2 Cruise arrive to Colombo Sri Lanka

RMS Queen Mary 2, the flagship of Cunard Line, arrived in Colombo on Friday, February 6, 2015. The vessel is on her world voyage 2015 and arrived in Colombo from the Port of Cochin in India. She left Colombo at 2000 Hrs towards her next port, Puket in Thailand.

With a length overall of 345 m (1132 feet) and a total of 17 decks, Queen Mary 2 is the largest, longest and most expensive North Atlantic liner ever built; a virtual city at sea.

She has a passenger capacity of 2,620 and 1,253 officers and crew on board. Built in Saint-Nazaire, France, the vessel was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II in January 2004.  The facilities on board Queen Mary 2 include 15 restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre and the first planetarium at sea.

Queen Mary 2 has the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) title conferred on her, as a gesture to Cunard Line’s history by Royal Mail, when she entered service in 2004 on the Southampton to New York route.

Carnival UK commenced its vessel calls in Sri Lanka in 2012 after a lapse of many years. Since then, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, have been calling in Colombo, on their world voyages.

Over a thousand passengers travelled on excursions to Kandy, Pinnawala and Ingiriya and on city tours. The ground tours were arranged by Exotic Holidays International.

 

Sri Lanka Holidays tour – Places to see in Sri Lanka

Think Sri Lanka and some of the things that come to mind are Asian elephants and Ceylon tea. Delve deeper and you’ll discover a nation of rich heritage and wonders including lush greenery, monasteries, palaces, temples and theatres.

The country is among the beauties of the sub-continent that features a peaceful environment and a hard-working community.

Among ancient cities, a visit to Anuradhapura is a must as it holds the title as a sacred city by Buddhists around the world. Kandy is a scene to behold. With spiraling roads and refreshing environment, Kandy is especially beautiful around the Monsoon season when cool temperatures call to unwind with a warm cup of Ceylon tea.

For the adventurous, water sports such as rafting and gliding are slowly gaining popularity across its gleaming streams.

Wildlife is abundant in Sri Lanka, as it is known to be among the top five hotspots for biodiversity. Visitors to the Bundala National Park can spot monkeys, fruit bats and various species of water and migratory birds, as well as other fauna and flora — a photographers treat.

 

Safari to view nature’s best

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a nursery and breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. It’s a great place to get up close and personal with the mammals. Visitors can also feed the animals from a high point. You can also embark on a safari to view nature’s best.

Tea gardens spanning across lush fields denote the country’s booming tea production. Fresh, aromatic and bursting with flavour, Sri Lanka’s tea leaves are fragrant and refreshing, not to mention it offers great value for quality. It is also proud of its traditional crafts that showcase its distinct culture. Sri Lanka is also an attractive destination for medical tourism with world-class internationally accredited healthcare about 70 per cent comparatively cheaper than Singapore and Thailand.

Spas and massages are a favourite among tourists offering mineral-enriched packs and herbal, therapeutic concoctions to melt stress away.

According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), the country saw a 19.8 per cent rise in tourist arrivals in 2014 with 1,527,153 visitors compared to 1,274,593 in 2013.

In January 2012, the country introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for short-term visa in order to ease the flow of arrivals.

 

Ideal holiday destination

A chunk of Sri Lanka’s GDP comes from tourism and in an attempt to further raise numbers; the Ministry of Economic Development launched a five-year Tourism Development Strategy where it aims to reach a target number of 2.5 million visitors by the year 2016. This includes improving the country’s infrastructure, agriculture and product market.

A report by the Department of Census and Statistics shows that Sri Lanka’s GDP expanded by 7.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the same period the year before. Agriculture and tea production takes precedence in exports aside from textiles and rubber.

Keeping up with the rest of the world, Sri Lanka has set Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as a priority in the national agenda in a bid to improve the overall structure of the nation and combat poverty by the end of year 2015.

Its lush cities combined with warm hospitality and scrumptious food makes it an ideal holiday destination, attracting thousands of tourists every year. The UAE is home to a number of Sri Lankan expats, who take up respectable positions and contribute to their home country’s economy via remittances. The nation is on its way to steady growth alongside notable tourism and investment opportunities.

Courtesy: Farhana Chowdhury for Khaleej Times

 

Why Indian visits to Sri Lanka (Few Reasons to visit Sri Lanka)

Srilanka is a fast growing tourist destination in South Asian country which attracts more Sri Lanka Honeymoon Packages and Typical Sri Lanka cultured wedding Packages.  In addition to that Sri Lanka cater to all needs of your tourism in nature, Beaches, Wild life safaris, cultural tours, Sri Lanka History tour, Honeymoon Tour, Education Tour and Shopping tours within this tiny island.

But for last 20 years Indian Tourist to Sri Lanka is keeping as higher number of foreign tourist arrivals, these days the Indian tourist arrivals denoted about 16% of total tourist arrivals of Sri Lanka tourism.

There are few reasons for Indian Tourist to visit Sri Lanka

Cost of Air Travel Cost (Flight to Sri Lanka)

Flights are quite affordable, A Delhi-Kochi return fare for weekend would cost INR 16,905 while a Colombo return would cost INR 22,576. Plus,  of course a ‘foreign’ tag to boast about.

VISA Process

The Emigration and Travel Approval or ETA, equivalent to a visa, is online and comes in minutes. Immigration clearance in Colombo is a breeze with travellers getting a free SIM card.

Hotels

Booked online with no advance required – all payments on arrival. The rates for decent three to four star hotels range between INR 7,000 and 12,000 with breakfast and wifi free.

Liquor

Freely available and fairly cheap. Unlike Kerala you don’t have to hide beer in coffee mugs at bars

Getting around

The expressway to the city from the airport is a smooth drive. Cars can do up to 120 kmph on the southern expressway though many prefer the longer, more scenic route. Highway to Jaffna also good.

Food

Quite cheap with plentiful seafood, and so are taxis and public transport

Shopping

Not on the scale of Bangkok but Colombo does offer quite a few international brands at bargain prices. Also does great linen and handlooms

 

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40% off from range of hotels for Commercial Bank Credit Card – till 31st March 2015

Ceylon Hotel Corporation Hotels Offers for Srilankan – Valid till 28th February 2015

Ceylon Hotel Corporation a leading hotel chain in Sri Lanka offers wide range of hospitality services in Sri Lanka, the Corporation offers a special promotions for the Srilankan travelers to enjoy the world class hospitality at an special prices till 28th February 2015.

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Location Hotel Name Current Price Special Price Contact No
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Dambulla Heritage Rest House Rs. 11,950/- Rs. 8,500/- 066-2284799
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Sri Pada Season begins in December 6, 2014

Sri Pada season 2014/2015 this year will commence on December 6, with the dawn of Unduwap full moon Poya day and last till the Wesak full moon Poya in May 2015.

A preliminary discussion on making arrangements for the pilgrim season and providing facilities to the pilgrims was held yesterday at the Nallathaniya Health Centre.

Kalpitiya to become a tourist destination

Kalpitiya area will be developed as a tourist destination, Wayamba Development Authority Chairperson stated recently.

He said Kalpitiya and Arugambay are two of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Wayamba is still at basic; level and much more have to improve in the tourism industry of the area.

Three tourist information centres are located at Kurunegala, Badagamuwa and Yapahuwa.

He states tourist hotels in Kurunegala are small. Wayamba has archaeological sites of four kingdoms, European colonial monuments, birds and wildlife sanctuaries and such areas should be developed as tourist hotspots.

The main target of the Wayamba Development Authority is to attract foreign as well as local tourists and boost hotel accommodation. He said there are less hotels in Kurunegala and this would affect tourism. A large number of youths will benefit if tourism industry in the area is developed.

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Vannerikulam become Bird Sanctuary in Northern Province

A resolution was passed at the Northern Provincial Council to declare Vannerikkilam area within the purview of the Northern Provincial Council as a Bird sanctuary.

Preliminary work in Vannerikulam within tte Karaichichi Pradheshiya Sabha should be commenced forthwith and should be made available to the general public as early as possible. This would ease the minds of the people affected by the war and tourism too could be developed.

 

Hotel, Hospitality & Food Asia – Exhibition from 3rd to 5th October 2014

MP international organise an Exhibition at SLECC from 3rd to 5th October 2014 of Hotel Hospitality and Food Asia. The exhibition could be a showcase for the hospitality industrialist to exhibit their products and services to the supply chain.

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Hotel, Hospitality & Food Asia – Exhibition from 3rd to 5th October 2014
Hotel, Hospitality & Food Asia – Exhibition from 3rd to 5th October 2014

Tourist Guide Lecturers as interpreters for foreign investors in Sri Lanka

A one day workshop for Professional Tourist Guide Lecturers and other related professionals will be held on June 21 from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm at the main Library of the University of Colombo.

The first ever training course relevant to this field in Sri Lanka, the workshop is organized by the Department of Economics of the University of Colombo and the Russian Tourist Guide Lecturers’ Association. Many tourists visiting Sri Lanka are on the lookout for investment opportunities in the country. Such tourists are also a major and reliable source that could provide details of investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka to their home countries. To inform professional tourist guides largely engaged with tourists regarding investment and business opportunities in the country, would in turn help attract foreign investments to the country. As such, the main objective is to inform them in this regard

Participants’ knowledge on investment opportunities in Sri Lanka, government incentives and policy consultation for foreign investments, positive thinking, leadership skills and communication skills are expected to be improved. As they would be educated in healthcare, health safety, sustainable and environmental standards, their practical knowledge in preparing project reports would also be improved.

Promotion Officers of the Sri Lanka Investments Board, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority officials and University Lecturers too would engage as resource persons of the workshop. A valuable certificate for participants who successfully complete the one-day program would be issued by the Department of Economics of the University of Colombo.

Those interested in this regard, may obtain further details by calling Asanka Senanayake on 0718716755 and the Chairman of the Russian Tourist Guide Lecturers’ Association on 011258266 or 0716060995.

25% off on Full board at Blue Water Wadduwa till 30th June 2014

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Palagama Beach Hotel for Rs. 11,500.00 Net
Palagama Beach Hotel for Rs. 11,500.00 Net

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Tourism arrivals, earnings on the rise Central Bank Announced

Earnings from tourism are growing as arrivals surge with Sri Lanka aiming to reach 2.5 million tourists by 2016.

According to the Central Bank (CB) first quarter 2014 data, arrivals grew by 39.5 per cent to 112.631 in April 2014. while earnings from tourism in March and April increased by 26.2 per cent and 49.8 per cent, year-on-year. to US$192.2 million and US$162.7 million respectively

The five main source markets in March were India, UK, Germany ,China and Russia, accounting for about 44 per cent of total tourist arrivals during the month.

On other developments, the CB said favourable developments in the external sector continued in March with a noticeable contraction in the trade deficit. On a cumulative basis, earnings from exports recorded a notable increase, while import expenditure witnessed a moderate growth reducing the trade deficit substantially during the first quarter of 2014. “As a result of an increase in inflows from workers’ remittances, along with the significant growth in earnings from tourism, the current account deficit in the first quarter of 2014 is expected to have narrowed substantially.” the report said.

The CB said earnings from exports increased significantly by 28.6 per cent, year-on-year to US$1,070 million in March; the highest monthly export value ever recorded Expenditure on imports increased by 8.2 per cent to $1,672 million in March. Accordingly, the cumulative trade deficit during the first three months of 2014 contracted by 13.5 per cent, year-on-year, to US$1,862 million.

The CB said significant expansion in all major export categories contributed to the high growth in exports in March with the largest contribution to overall growth coming from industrial exports, which grew by 25.7 per cent to US$779 million. As the leading driver of the growth in industrial exports, earnings from export of textiles and garments grew by 32.6 per cent, year-on-year, to US$457 million in March reflecting significant increases in exports to both traditional and non-traditional markets.

Export earnings from tea increased by 20.3 per cent to US $155 million, recording a historically high monthly value, the report said.

Import expenditure on consumer goods increased by 18.5 per cent, year-on-year, to US$303 million in March, reflecting increases in both food and non-food consumer goods imports. Import of food and beverages increased by 8.9 per cent, due to a substantial increase in import expenditure on milk powder and sugar, on account of the increase in the price of milk powder and sugar in the international market.

Workers’ remittances during first three months of this year grew by 12.2 per cent to US$1,663.4 million from US$1.483.1 million in the corresponding period in 2013. Driven by an increase in labour migration in the professional and skilled categories.