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Sri Lanka Calling Vol.03 - No.21

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  • Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau
    Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts the Hong Kong based, niche market luxury hotels and resorts group, initiated building a resort in the southern coastal town of
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 9, 2012
      Sri Lanka Calling Vol.03 - No.21

      Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts the Hong Kong based, niche market luxury hotels and resorts group, initiated building a resort in the southern coastal town of Hambanthota on 145 acres of land, last month, complementing the Shangri- La Hotel Colombo, which is under construction and scheduled to open in 2015.

      30 storied high Shangri-La Hotel Colombo with 661 rooms will open in mid-2015, while Shangri-La's Hambanthota Resort & Spa, with 315 rooms including 24 suites is scheduled to open in 2013. Madhu Ramachandra Rao, Executive Director, Shangri-La Asia speaking on the occasion opined “The Shangri-La hotel's entry into Sri Lanka will change the entire paradigm of the local hospitality industry while making Sri Lanka a preferred tourism destination among high-end international holiday makers.”

      “Sri Lanka is a country of unsurpassed natural beauty and rich in cultural heritage. Both Shangri-La hotels strategically fit into the group’s ongoing expansion plans to link the Indian subcontinent and our South East Asia developments,” said Greg Dogan, President and CEO, Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd.

      Full story on: http://bit.ly/yaezIs

       Another ‘Best Pavilion Award’, won at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair 2012 held last week at the Guangzhou Jinhan Exhibition Centre, Guangzhou, Guangdong, added a further boost to Sri Lanka Tourism’s image in China.

      The Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing joined Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau along with leading tour operators from Sri Lanka, to present destination Sri Lanka under the thematic promotion ‘Refreshingly Sri Lanka’ and was received with accolades.

      Adorned with delightful visuals of the eight product categories: beaches; heritage sites; people and culture; scenic beauty; wild life and nature; sports and adventure; mind and body wellness and festive, the Sri Lanka Pavilion earned the distinction of being one of the most visited pavilions at GITF 2012.

      SLTPB and the Sri Lankan Embassy Beijing also ran ‘Road Shows’ in Shenzhen and Guangzhou cities. Joining in on the promotion were Sri Lankan Airlines and 14 travel and tourism industry players from Sri Lanka, 56 from China and also 14 Chinese travel media representations truly putting destination Sri Lanka in the spotlight.


      The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) sponsored Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) annual awards of recognition for excellence and contribution to the development of global tourism, rewarded the achievements of 21 separate organisations and individuals and named 27 PATA Grand and Gold Award winners on 24th February 2012.

      Sri Lanka’s Heritance Tea Factory, has been named for a PATA Grand Award for Heritage and Culture, and Jetwing Sea has earned a PATA Gold in the for their Corporate Environmental Program in the Environment category they will be in the spotlight on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at The Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when the awards will be ceremonially presented during the PATA Annual Conference, which takes place during the period April 20-22. Joao Manuel Costa Antunes MGTO Director announcing the names of winners said, “Our applause goes to all the winners for their remarkable achievements. We are proud to commend their excellence as a sponsor to the PATA Gold Awards again this year. It is no easy task for the judges to determine the winners, given the number and quality of the entries, and the 4 PATA Grand and 23 Gold Awards are testimonies to the efforts of these NTOs, organizations and individuals who have done their best in the sustainable development and promotion of the travel and tourism industry.”

      The PATA Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories: Marketing; Education and Training; Environment; and Heritage and Culture. The gold awards were made in 23 categories this year and included a wide range of specializations from marketing to travel journalism.

      For full list of winners visit: http://bit.ly/AFdM6F


      20 luxury cruise liners are scheduled to call at Sri Lanka's ports this year, bringing thousands of tourists to the country. The first of these ‘Arcadia’ of UK's Carnival PLC, reached Colombo Port last week with 2100 tourists from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil.

      The P&O Arcadia flamboyantly plies its Mediterranean routes as one of P&O cruises' flagship liners. And its operators Carnival Corporation are renowned for maintaining P& O’s exquisite standards. The ‘Arcadia’ an elegant ship and keeping to its child free theme, was a floating wonderland which berthed in Colombo bringing back cruise tourists to Sri Lanka adding a further fillip to a now buoyant tourism industry.

      According to the Sri Lanka Port Authority officials, more than 20 such luxury carriers, coordinated by the Shipping Agency Services (Pvt) limited, have already been programmed to tie up in Colombo by the end of 2012. Some of the international cruise lines already making regular calls in the island's ports include Carnival Cruises, Swan Hellenic and Crystal Cruises.


      As the Asia Pacific Senior Golf Masters Tournament, which is the first marquee PGA event in the country, organized by Sri Lankan Airlines and Bangkok based International Golf Solutions, concluded at the Victoria Golf and Country Resort (VGCR) in Kandy, with the participation of 55 first comers, Sri Lanka’s reputation as a host destination for the sport took root.

      It was with one voice that the VGCR got its approval “This is a pre eminent golf course” scoring marks for Sri Lanka golfing and in turn for tourism.

      Speaking of the event Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines, Nishantha Wickremasinghe said "This is not just a golf tournament. It’s a PGA event and it’s valuable. We at Sri Lankan Airlines feel this is a great way of attracting upmarket tourists to Sri Lanka. There are already plans to hold the Sri Lanka Golf classic from next year. We have brought International Rugby sevens and Pro-surfing before and are delighted to include this to our growing list of sports tourism themed products to promote the country as an exotic destination."


      Please note that a major web upgrading initiative of Sri Lanka Tourism is also underway. We call on all tourism industry stakeholders to keep sending us snippets of news so we could include them in the weekly newsletters, we will bring to you on an improved format.

      Sri Lanka Tourism wishes to thank all stakeholders for their wonderful support and assistance and wishes to invite them to get involved with 'Sri Lanka calling'.

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