INCREASED FLIGHTS TO CHINA SEES MORE TOURISTS HERE

China now the biggest source market for the Maldives

The new daily frequencies serving the Chinese destinations will further enhance services for Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka, which is one of the most popular destinations of Chinese travellers, Srilankan Airlines Regional Manager Asia Pacific Dimuthu Tennakoon said.

“We also have some excellent connections to our destinations in Europe and the Middle East, which offer convenience for travellers from those regions to visit China and vice versa.

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With these developments contribution to the national carrier was 35 per cent Tennakoon told the media in Beijing in China. Around 56 million Chinese are forecast to travel abroad for holidays while the number of Chinese travellers to Sri Lanka will double towards the end of 2014 compared to last year. In 2013 more than 62,000 Chinese tourists arrived in Sri Lanka.

In the first six months of this year there had been more than 62,000 Chinese tourists who arrived here, which will tap more than 120,000, Tennakoon said.

China now accounts for the biggest source market for the Maldives, displacing the traditional European holidaymakers. SriLankan Airlines is the biggest international operator to the Maldives.

SriLankan is currently completing the transformation of its longhaul Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft which serve China’s cities, installing luxurious Flat Bed Seating in Business Class and sophisticated Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) entertainment systems in all passenger cabins, he said.

Sri Lankan Airlines has expansion plans to 15 new secondary Chinese destinations and for that they are now looking at possibilities to launch them in time to come, he said. He said that in tandem with the rebound in tourism following the end of conflict, more world and star class hotels are being built in addition to an upgrade in infrastructure including a new airport in Mattala.

These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges oneworld also offers more alliance fares than any of its competitors.

With these new promotions the airline’s cabin factor is 90 percent and they are operating with 10,000 Bank Settlement Plan (BSP) agents throughout China, while the number of frequent individual travellers increased from 10 percent to 40 percent, Tennakoon said. Comprising 12 of the world’s best and popular airlines, oneworld is the current holder of more international awards for airline alliances than any of its competitors.

Members include American Airlines, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Finnair, Iberia, Air Berlin, LAN, Royal Jordanian and Russia’s S7 Airlines and around 20 affiliates. Malaysian Airlines will be joining later this year.

The national carrier currently operates total of 15 weekly flights to Beijing Shanghai, Canton and Hong Kong and this initiative will be marking its presence in the South-Western China as well.

Source : http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=business/increased-flights-china-sees-more-tourists-here

Sri Lanka’s 8 best boutique bolt holes introduced by The Sri Lanka Collection

 
 Why House

With Sri Lanka’s high season just a few months away, The Sri Lanka Collection – a new UK-based representation and marketing company – reveals Sri Lanka’s eight best boutique boltholes. Located in prime tourist hotspots in stunning settings across Sri Lanka, these privately owned high-end hotels and villas are standouts for their exceptional service levels, distinctive style and engaging character.
Located by the beach, in the city, amidst the hills and on the fringe of a national park, each hotel and villa absorbs the distinctive character of its idyllic destination. Sri Lanka’s richness is in its diversity and a round tour of the island – hopping between these fabulously situated boutique boltholes and exploring their unique localities – allows you to experience the very best of Sri Lanka. Chauffeur guides can easily be arranged for stays of just a few days to a few weeks ensuring you make the most of your Sri Lanka holiday.

Kahanda Kanda; inland Galle

Nine room boutique hotel, pure couples’ escapism. It is a romantic hilltop hotel for indulgent couples; home to an exquisite collection of individually designed suites amidst a 12-acre tea estate, with Koggala Lake views.

The Wallawwa, Negombo

17 rooms; it is not your usual airport hotel. For post- or pre-flight pampering, airport hotels don’t come any better than this historic garden-fringed sanctuary with excellent restaurant and oh-so-indulgent spa.

Casa Colombo, Colombo

12 suites; this is a retro-chic city retreat. Right in the heart of Sri Lanka’s up-and-coming capital city, this romantic Moorish mansion features custom-designed interiors, 24-hour butler service and a pink swimming pool.

Why House, inland Galle

Nine room boutique hotel; this is heaven for families. Just inland from Galle on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast lies this elegant country-style family-friendly hotel with huge swimming pool and lush 4-acre tropical garden.

Bougainvillea Retreat, Kandy

Eight bedroom boutique hotel; this is tranquility in the hills. An idyllic Tuscan-styled yoga-friendly villa amidst Sri Lanka’s cooler Tea Country that offers relaxed home-away-from-home hospitality in a glorious hill and lakeside setting.

Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris, Yala National Park

Eight ensuite tents; there is wilderness glamping. Tucked on the fringe of leopard-dense Yala National Park in the island’s southeast, this safari outfit offers game drives hosted by the island’s top leopard guru, Noel Rodrigo.

41 Lighthouse Street,  Galle Fort

Three bedroom private villa; it is a luxurious Galle Fort villa. An indulgent, fully staffed villa located in Galle’s famous 17th century Dutch-era fort, a short walk from major landmarks and the town’s international test cricket ground.

23 Palms, Talpe Beach

Three bedroom private villa; this is an absolute beachfront. Close to Galle, beside a sand-swept beach, this blissful fully staffed villa with pool boasts dedicated events facilities and a 2-acre garden with 200 metres of pure ocean views.
The Sri Lanka Collection, a new UK-based representation and marketing company, works on behalf of a distinguished collection of Sri Lankan boutique hotels, villas, safari camps and leading inbound tour operators. The company raises awareness of Sri Lanka’s outstanding boutique travel products and helps them to maximise their visibility in the UK. The Sri Lanka Collection is the first representation company of its kind to focus on the high-end client and on Sri Lanka alone, whilst also promoting leading destination management companies, Sri Lanka in Style and Red Dot Tours.
The Sri Lanka Collection is a reliable and knowledgeable information source run by a small yet dedicated team with deep connections to Sri Lanka and many years’ experience in the travel industry. Through its dedicated office in the UK, the company can directly assist the press with their enquiries, share fact sheets and images of its Collection members, help with Sri Lanka story research and coordinate FAM trips to Sri Lanka. The time is ripe for a new representation company for Sri Lanka. Interest in Sri Lanka has never been higher. Since 2009, and the end of the civil war, tourist arrivals have leaped year-on-year. British tourists consistently, and by a large majority, are placed second (behind India) in statistics of tourist arrivals by countries across the world. In 2013, Sri Lanka welcomed more than 1.2 million tourists, – a jump of 26.7% since 2012. Arrivals from the UK alone increased by 20%, up from 114,000 to 137,000.

 

 
 The Wallawwa

Source : http://www.ft.lk/2014/08/28/sri-lankas-8-best-boutique-bolt-holes-introduced-by-the-sri-lanka-collection/

Cantaloupe Levels: Luxury and lifestyle in Rumassala

Levels – an intimate luxury and lifestyle boutique hotel near Galle – is the second property under the Cantaloupe Villas portfolio.
Picturesquely perched on the lush green Rumassala headland, this luxurious design hotel reveals views of a wide turquoise bay that stretches from Jungle Beach to the world famous Dutch Fort of Galle, and is located right in the heart of this cosmopolitan neighbourhood. Sumptuous guestrooms, an eye-catching tri-colour infinity pool and sultry areas for dining and imbibing make this the hottest new address on the southern coast.

Levels is situated on Rumassala, a verdant headland that punctures Sri Lanka’s low-lying southern coastline, midway between cosmopolitan Galle and playful Unawatuna. Its position captures the stunning westerly views in enthralling detail; the infinite Indian Ocean, an enigmatic palm-fringed coastline and Galle’s illustrious 17th century Dutch Fort. This privileged locale also affords easy access to the region’s increasingly diverse collection of restaurants, attractions, activities and night life.

Rumassala is a biodiversity hotspot and home to many species of wildlife including rare, yet easy-to-spot, purple-faced leaf monkeys. The hill harbours many engaging cultural sites such as the Vivekarama Temple and the Japanese Peace Pagoda (where stands a life-sized statue of the monkey god Hanuman) as well as idyllic Jungle Beach, which lies at the foot of the headland directly accessible from the hotel. Jungle Beach’s twin secluded bays are ideal for swimming and snorkelling, and the pale sandy beaches are washed by a sparkling Coral Sea rich in marine life.

Levels is a private nine-room boutique hotel designed and inspired by the unique topography, of this enviable ocean facing hillside locale. The hotel expands on Cantaloupe’s design philosophy of fusing the contemporary with classical Baroque elements, and each of the hotel’s unique features has been tailored to specific requirements to invoke an atmosphere of sophistication, seduction and calm.

Each of the rooms at Levels frames vistas of the Indian Ocean and abundant, verdant jungle of Rumassala. Whether lying horizontal in bed, lounging by the poolside, dining on fusion cuisine or sipping mojitos on the roof terrace, your eyes are drawn to the deep aquamarine bay that curves gently, westerly, towards the lighthouse-pierced outline of Galle Fort directly ahead.

On clear mornings, silver-blue panoramas of the island’s misty mountain ranges come into view further inland.Uber-comfy, well-furnished lounge areas for wining and dining languish across three levels of the hotel, edged by lowing creepers, green grass roofs and tropical plants. Cool and convivial, these sumptuous living and dining areas all centre around a one-of-a-kind tri-coloured mosaic-tiled infinity pool which plays bold and brazen homage to Cantaloupe’s signature hues; lime green, cool white and hot pink.

The rooms

Levels guestrooms are chic and luxurious. Invoking Cantaloupe’s signature contemporary baroque aesthetic, eye-catching designer touches include patent snakeskin leather bed-heads, smooth timber flooring, snooze-friendly sofas and cutting edge mod cons. Pale gold and silver hues complement the light background whilst contrasting black accents and bright colour pop art complete the look.

Superior silhouettes

Located on the ground and second floor respectively, these are our most intimate bedrooms but they’re packed with all the comforts that you can expect from a stylish Cantaloupe bedroom; beautiful beds, lavish linen and chic touches.

Deluxe silhouettes

Our five deluxe suites are located across all three floors of the hotel. More spacious than our superior rooms, yet every bit as comfortable, the deluxe rooms offer more lounging space and ever more tantalising glimpses of the stunning aquamarine sea.

Suite dreams

Levels’ two design-orientated suites indulge guests with an exceptional 60 square metres of decadent space filled with playful luxuries. Adding to this fabulous spaciousness, are infinite ocean views and unrivalled 200-degree coastal panoramas. As you lie back in bed, or on one of the loungers, views of the enigmatic sand-swathed coastline, the lush hillside of Rumassala, the island’s misty interior and the lighthouse-spiked silhouette of Galle Fort; brashly reveal themselves.

Clique bed lounge

On the ground floor, a banquette of fan-cooled day beds brings the concept of ‘bed dining’ to Sri Lanka. By day or night, these oversized snooze stations are the place to relax, as you nibble and imbibe tapas and tropical cocktails. Beyond, a timber deck sprinkled with wave-shaped loungers edges the tri-coloured pool, a statement piece that represents Cantaloupe’s bold design ethos. A spiral staircase curls up to a black-and-white floored bar with gothic chandeliers and an alfresco sea view deck.

Cuisine

Levels features an eclectic international a la carte menu, which combines signature dishes from Cantaloupe’s partner restaurants, Clique in Colombo and Coconut at Cantaloupe Aqua, in nearby Habaraduwa. Exquisite Japanese cuisine is a hotel speciality along with melt-in-your-mouth sous-vide steaks and fusion paella. The hotel’s air-conditioned restaurant is on the ground floor and spills onto a plant-festooned side terrace for romantic, sliding doors open onto velveteen lawns topped with tables for dining alfresco under a balmy starlit sky.

Investment

Cantaloupe Hotels was initiated as the parent company of the hotel chain (originally named Cantaloupe Villas) with an initial investment outlay of $ 400,000, to launch the first property Cantaloupe Aqua in 2010. Following its success as a sought after leisure destination in Unawatuna, the second property project Cantaloupe Levels in Galle, was initiated last year with an investment of $ 600,000, and expected to be launched open on September 2014.
Cantaloupe Hotels has specialised in exploiting strong demand on the Southern Coast from high spending tourists from Europe and Asian emerging markets. Cantaloupe Hotels is now expanding its reach with an exciting third property development in Midigama (3 km before Weligama), Cantaloupe Soul Surf, a 30 room beach resort and surf school.
The development currently under construction is expected to open in July 2015. The total cost of the project investment is $ 3.1 million and is currently at phase 1, funded internally by Cantaloupe Hotels ($ 1.3 million dollars) and the rest through  Private Placement of representing a 43% shareholding of Grand Surf, a fully-owned subsidiary of Cantaloupe Hotels to be raised to finance the final phase of the project.
“Today we are pleased to announce Cantaloupe Levels; a nine room boutique type hill top property located near the peak of the mythical Rumassala hill. Levels is our second property under the Cantaloupe Hotels portfolio. As a concept, Levels will be a sub brand for hill top properties we are looking to conceptualise and develop in the medium to long term. With Levels our intention is to take all the core values that are represented in the Cantaloupe group to create and evolve the following elements; innovation, creativity, and excellence and fusing them seamlessly with the unique art of hospitality.
“Rumassala provides the perfect setting to display and constantly develop this mantra. Designed in house, Levels combines signature Cantaloupe elements such as outdoor wicker furniture, Baroque chandeliers, mood lighting, chequer board floors and a new signature three colour mosaic tiled pool. The hotel will also in essence be a walk through gallery representing all things Sri Lankan ranging from wild life, heritage, design and culture all presented in a pop art format. We have fused the old with the new and continued to evolve our design language; which we have referred to previously as Techy Baroque which we have subtly used to evolve the Cantaloupe AQUA design mantra of contemporary minimalism.
“Service at Levels will literally be taken to another Level with unique and creative personal services comparable to those provided to you by world renowned concierge services. From bike rides around the locale, customisable picnics on Jungle Beach or even taking you on a bar crawl in Unawatuna bay we hope to provide it all! To summarise we are hoping to redefine world famous Sri Lankan hospitality and culture by creating a singular combination of consideration, authenticity and warmth,” said Cantaloupe & Co. CEO Dmitri Jayasuriya.

Cantaloupe & Co

Cantaloupe & Co is proud to launch its new Canta-loupe Hotels Corporate logo and identity.
The logo combines the fundamental Cantaloupe signatures such as the Crowns, the Colours of Cantaloupe, and subtle representation of different divisions of the group; also incorporating the colours of the Sri Lankan flag into the Cantaloupe crown.
The intention of incorporating the colours of Sri Lanka is for Cantaloupe to pay homage to its identity and most importantly promote national equality and unity.
Cantaloupe Hotels now owns and manages two properties; Cantaloupe AQUA and Cantaloupe Levels, with Cantaloupe Soul Surf approximately eight months away from completion.

Source : http://www.ft.lk/2014/08/28/cantaloupe-levels-luxury-and-lifestyle-in-rumassala/

RS 3.5 B CINNAMON RED OPENS SEPTEMBER 1

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts chain will open the country’s first ‘lean luxury’ hotel, Cinnamon Red on September 1 at Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 3. Deputy Chairman and President Leisure Sector of John Keells Holdings Ajit Gunewardene said they are in the business of crafting inspiring experiences and theirr goal is to create a Sri Lankan brand that is recognised internationally.

“We are proud to have introduced the unique concept of ‘lean luxury’, an evolution which is well aligned to Sri Lanka being poised to attract the new age traveller in the next decade. Cinnamon Red carries all the core aspects of the Cinnamon brand, catering to various segments of travellers.”

He said Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts plans to expand this concept to other cities too, multiplying its investment in leisure and hospitality. The project is a Joint Venture with Sanken Lanka Limited. Cinnamon Red has 26 floors housing 243 rooms. The hotel’s ultra-modern amenities include self-check-in and check-out kiosks, e-concierge services, round-the-clock vending machines, IPTV systems in all rooms and uninterrupted wireless connectivity.

The property has an infinity pool, a rooftop bar and a fitness centre located on the 26th floor, giving guests a 360 degree view of the Colombo city and the Indian Ocean. Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts City Hotels Sector Head Rohan Karr said this venture will expand the brand’s portfolio in hotel management.

The property will further enhance the room inventory within the chain’s city hotels which is collated through 501 rooms at Cinnamon Grand and 346 at Cinnamon Lakeside. He added that plans are underway to further develop the Group’s leisure assets, reiterating that this sector, where Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts has a strong footing, would be a key growth catalyst. “We see Colombo becoming the next ‘hot’ destination in Asia and given that we have taken a long-term view of the country, we’re extremely confident of the potential that Sri Lanka has.”

Source : http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=business/rs-35-b-cinnamon-red-opens-september-1

Lagoon Bungalows: Ideal prescription for tourist industry – CDCET Chairman

A veteran in the  exhibition and hotel  industry yesterday called for  the establishment of lagoon  bungalows ,which he said would be the ideal prescription for Sri Lanka’s tourist industry.

Chairman of Connaissance De Ceylan Events and Travels,Maalu Maalu and Aliya  Resorts and Spa,Chandra Wickramasinghe  told “The Island” on the sidelines of the first edition of  Food & Hospitality  Asia – Maldives (FHAM 2014) International Culinary Challenge and Exhibition being held at the Dharubaaruge  Exhibition Center in Male,that  Maldivian resorts with whole islands to itself, had  reaped the benefits of constructing beach bungalows, which was part of the perfect product it marketed,but that was not possible in Sri Lanka since  its beaches were public territory.

“However,we could promote the concept of  lagoon bungalows which provides an element of privacy.It, would also contribute to attracting more high end leisure travellers “,he said adding that it was essential to think “out of the box” to restore the image of the country’s hotel industry which was lost due to a near thirty year war.

Wickramasinghe, pointed out that Maldives had 110 resorts with 60 more in the pipeline to service the over two million tourists it was targeting for this year,which meant more opportunities for hotel suppliers including those in Sri Lanka, which FHAM 2014 ,jointly organized by Connaissance De Ceylan Events and Travels (CDCET), one of Sri Lanka’s largest inbound tour operators and Dhivehi Expo Services(DES) had hosted.

The Maldivian resorts,he observed had an added advantage since they could import their requirements of the best branded products,duty free directly from the exporter, unlike in Sri Lanka,where you had to go through the licenced holder, leading to possible time delays and higher costs.

Welcoming  the ongoing infrastructure development, Wickramasinghe regretted that some of the highways led to shopping malls in Kandy.”We,need to also focus on  the lush green environment and diverse attractions the country abundantly possessed and not just shopping complexes.Promoting local products and food stuffs was equally important.Incentives and packages should also be provided to attract foreign youth who want to explore the  world.”

The Home Stay Concept involving villagers as well,was an innovative idea.The construction of small and medium scale hotels should also be encouraged with the necessary incentives being provided,which would ensure that  a greater percentage of Sri Lankans could contribute to the development of the tourist industry and also benefit from a share of the revenue.Promoting only the big hotel and resort chains would prove to be counter productive in the long run,he emphasized.

The Maldivian Economic Development Minister Mohammed Saeed speaking to “The Island” after having declared open FHAM 2014 on Sunday, said that his government welcomed the staging of  hotel supplies exhibitions and culinary competitions in Male,as it gave the tourist industry which was his country’s main foreign exchange earner, a choice of world class brands to choose from.

“This Show has helped strengthen the bridges built between the Maldivian leisure industry and Sri Lankan hotel suppliers”,he noted while observing that it was also good to see both countries being jointly promoted as tourist destinations. 

The Culinary Challenge,would help hone the skills of chefs who were an  important and integral  part of the leisure industry.Even the best destination had to be complemented with good food,as tourists would not be happy if they had to consume sub standard meals and drinks,the minister said.

Maldives with its scenic attractions was the “pill” that was taken to relax  and unwind,he prescribed.”We,take great pride in our beautiful country with its scenic attractions.A great deal of effort has gone in to maintaining the pristine beaches and crystal clear waters for the benefit of the large number of tourists who come from various parts of the world,year in year out.”

Welcoming the launch of the Chefs Guild of Maldives (CGM),with the assistance of the Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka(CGSL) ,Saeed expressed confidence that it would help bring out the best in Culinary Art,which could also be promoted, just as  the country did with the concept of Sun,Sea and Sand.

He,explained that Maldives did not rate its hotels and resorts,but with the establishment of the CGM, the World Association of Chefs Societies(WACS) would be in a position to begin the  process of grading in due course.

The President of WACS Gissur Gudmundsson said he was happy and honoured to be present at the CGM launch, which could be described as a milestone in the country’s hospitality industry.

Its not just about participating,it was also important to network among chefs who  numbered around 10 million worldwide,he emphasized. Founder of CGM and Co-Chairperson – FHAM Culinary Challenge, Maryam Noordeen said that the establishment of CGM would energise both the Maldivian and foreign chefs,who included a large number of Sri Lankans working in the Maldivian archipelago.

“Very soon we would be a member of WACS”,she observed while pledging to maintain professional standards and also work closely with the CGSL. Chairman of the CGSL and Co Chairperson of FHAM Culinary Competition, Gerard Mendis said that the launch of  CGM in the presence of WACS President Gissur Gudmundsson, was a landmark occasion in the culinary history of the Maldives and was certain to empower the profession.

Recalling the tough period that the CGSL went through during its initial stages twenty years back, he urged all chefs in the Maldives to  join the CGM and help it achieve the desired objectives.” Sri Lanka was the 36th country to join WACS and it now has over a 100 members.Our chefs are recognized globally and we would continue to provide any assistance that the CGM requested.”

Managing Managing Director of CDCET,  Imran Hassan said that a much talked about aspect of FHAM 2014 was the advanced Kitchen equipment being used by participants at the  Culinary Challenge.”We are conducting industry related seminars on topics such as “F&B Hygiene”,”Olive Oil in Modern Cuisine”, “Bakery Products”,etc.A  High Tea meeting for Hotel General Managers and President Gudmundsson was also held.”?their Chefs with WACS

Managing Director of DES, Mohammed Ajmal pledged to develop  FHAM into an event that would  cater to  the changing needs of the Maldivian hospitality industry.”Today,we have more than 100 stalls at this exhibition,which includes a large number of Sri Lankan companies,while 320 chefs are participating at the Culinary Challenge.We, are very thankful for the contribution of the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies,University of Maldives,Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka and the Chefs Guild of Maldives.I, would also like to thank our principal sponsor ‘Lilly F&B’ for its invaluable contribution, ‘Nestle’ the Platinum Sponsor for the Culinary Challenge, ‘Evo Homes’ for the Kitchen Systems, ‘V Media’ the official media and TMA,the official airline.”

Source : http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=109219

 

Pettah Floating Market opening – a special occasion

Thousands of people gathered to witness the opening of the Floating Market at Bastian Mawatha, Pettah yesterday. This is a special occasion as Sri Lanka makes giant strides in its quest to become the Wonder of Asia, after the elimination of terrorism under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This magnificent project is one of many that have been initiated under the Mahinda Chintanaya program, to develop Colombo and other cities in the country on par with environmental friendly cities in the middle income countries.

Veteran film actor Ravindra Randeniya making the welcome speech said that anybody who had not come to Pettah in the recent past would be astonished to see the transformation that has taken place in the country within a short period of time. He said that this was the same Pettah where a LTTE terrorist bomb killed over 200 people in those dark days. He said the people are making the most out of the peace dividends.

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena participated as the Chief Guest at the invitation of Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The floating market was constructed under the Colombo City beautification project. Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Minister Douglas Devananda, Deputy Minister Faizer Musthapa, Parliamentarians A.H.M.Azwer, J.R.P. Suriyapperuma, Duminda Silva, Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa,Colombo Mayor A.J.M Muzzamil, Commanders of the Three Forces were also present on the occasion.

Earlier,Weerasena Adikari, Senior Consultant to the Urban Development Authority told the media that the floating market was developed as a part of the greater Beira Lake Development Project. “Around 92 stalls have been established within the floating market and 78 of them have been allocated to those who had maintained unauthorized stalls near the location previously,” he added. In addition, the market will consist stalls which sell local crafts, indigenous herbs, fruits and restaurants.

A car park as well as walkways around the premises and its location in between the railway station and the bus stop ensures easy access. Security is to be provided round the clock. According to Adikari the market in addition to locals will be a major attraction for visiting tourists.

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The ceremonial opening of the Floating Market at Pettah took place yesterday. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena who participated as the Chief Guest at the invitation of Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is seen lighting the traditional oil lamp. Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Minister Douglas Devananda, Deputy Minister Faizer Musthapa, Parliamentarians A. H. M. Azwer, J.R.P. Suriyapperuma, Duminda Silva, Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa,Colombo Mayor A.J.M Muzzamil, and Commanders of the Three Forces were also present on the occasion. Pictures by Sumanachandra Ariyawansa
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Source : http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/pettah-floating-market-opening-special-occasion

Japanese help for tourism sector

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa presents a memento to Japanese Land, Infrastructure Facilities, Transport and Tourism Vice Minister Manabu Sakai

Japan will extend its assistance to develop tourism in Sri Lanka, Japanese Land, Infrastructure Facilities, Transport and Tourism Vice Minister Manabu Sakai said when he called on Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa at the Economic Development Ministry.

Minister Sakai added that Sri Lanka and Japan have a long outstanding relationship and Japan has already ventured to assist Sri Lankan tourism. The Japanese vice minister who was accompanied by senior diplomatic representatives, discussed strengthening bilateral relationship and Japanese co-operation in the fields of tourism, digital communication and disaster management. Minister Rajapaksa said Japan has already extended assistance to a host of development projects including tourism and thanked the Japanese public.

Japanese Ambassador Nobohito Hobo, Japanese officials, Economic Development Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilake and senior state officials were present.

Source : http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/japanese-help-tourism-sector

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