16 december 2020

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Colombo lights up

As we are nearing closer to the Christmas, several places in Colombo including hotels were seen lit up and decorated with ornaments ahead of the festive season

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Top 4 Hidden But Scenic Drives In Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

A haven for exploration and adventure, Sri Lanka is filled with truly unique travel experiences. However, fulfilling the maxim that it’s the journey and not just the destination that matters, our island is also well-known for the scenic routes that take you from one unique destination to the next. 

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Aitken Spence Travels first DMC to be awarded ‘Safe and Secure’ Tourism Certificate

Aitken Spence Travels, the leading destination management company in Sri Lanka was recently awarded the ‘Safe and Secure’ Tourism Certificate of Compliance (SLTDA/SQA/TA/2020/044) by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, through an independent assessment conducted by KPMG Sri Lanka.

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The Variety of Hotels in Sri Lanka

The most remarkable thing about Sri Lanka might just be the incredible variety that’s packed into such a compact island. The hotels are no exception.

Marco Polo called it “the best island of its size in the world.” And while we like to think of ourselves as well-traveled, we defer to the Venetian explorer on this one. There’s a lot to love about Sri Lanka, and the most remarkable thing about it might just be the variety found in this teardrop of an island — you’d normally have to travel a thousand miles, across several countries, to experience everything Sri Lanka has to offer.


SL tourism urged to think afresh on destination marketing

  • Expert tells SL to abandon old models of destination marketing
  • Says focus on mass tourism would be detrimental given new realities




According to the “Ecological and Sustainable Tourism: Profiles and Trends” report, 66% of tourists are willing to pay more for sustainable hotels and brands. The data confirm that the tourism industry is responsible for around 5% of global greenhouse emissions, of which 1% corresponds to the hospitality sector.




Mikael Svensson considers himself a world citizen as he has lived and worked in 12 countries and 15 cities across Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. He is a career Hotelier with over 25 years’ experience in international luxury hotels. Mikael was promoted to his present post of Chief Executive Officer of Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts within just a year at John Keells Holdings PLC, while he was serving as the Sector Head for the City properties – Cinnamon Grand, Cinnamon Lakeside and Cinnamon Red.

He is a dynamic and result-oriented senior leader with strong analytical and problem-solving capability. This combines with a solid understanding of financials and the ability to communicate into simple scenarios to individuals at all levels within an organisation.

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Sri Lanka trip planner: 6 incredible and in-depth routes

Big wildlife encounters. Historic rail journeys. Ancient culture. There's every reason to explore this incredible island. Find your perfect adventure with our trip planner to Sri Lanka...

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