Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Touches Down in Colombo

Turkish Airlines flying to more countries than any other airline, presents the 5th edition of Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, the famous amateur golf tournament around the world.  The global amateur golf competition, where thousands of participants will compete at qualifying events in 100 destinations worldwide, is one of the several international sports organizations backed by Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries than any other.

The 76th of 100 qualifiers for the global event, which in the first year started with 12 events and 700 players, has grown every year since the tournaments inception. Now in the fifth year of staging the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, last year boasted 8,000 players competing globally. This year Colombo featured 103 players.

Hogyun Park won the individual competition with 42 points and progresses to the Grand Final in Antalya, Turkey, this October and November. Ken de Alwes was runner-up, Robert Evans was third and Phillipe Covarel and Niranjali Amarasooriya won the nearest-the-pin prizes. “We would like to offer our congratulations to everyone who made the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup qualifier in Colombo such a special day,” said Murat Beydar, General Manager for Turkish Airlines Colombo. “It was a fantastic tournament day and well done to our winner, Mr Park. They still have so much to play for in Antalya but everyone else will be looking forward to coming back again next year.

All finalists are to enjoy a seven-night stay at the five-star luxury Titanic Deluxe Belek hotel in Antalya, Turkey and will be flown there Business Class from their qualifying destination by Turkish Airlines. The overall winners of the two-round Grand Final at the Titanic Golf Club progress to play in the 2017 Turkish Airlines Open pro-am. The Financial Times, National, and Conte of Florence are offering their substantial support to the hugely-anticipated tournament. Turkish Airlines, voted Europe’s best airline for the sixth straight year by Skytrax in 2016, launched the World Golf Cup in 2013, featuring 12 qualifying events. After that initial success, there was a rapid expansion to include 100 events worldwide last year.



Sri Lanka Tourism deepens its reach in Germany

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Managing Director Sutheash Balasubramaniam making the presentation on destination promotion
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Managing Director Sutheash Balasubramaniam making the presentation on destination promotion

Sri Lanka Tourism conducted B2B (business to business) meetings in four German cities starting from September 12-15.

This tourism promotional activity provides an opportunity to position Sri Lanka as a preferred destination in Asia. The travel and leisure industry of Sri Lanka serving the German market met with potential German outbound tour operators across Germany to establish new partnerships.

Sri Lanka has been a favorable long haul destination among German travelers for the last few decades.

Jürgen Becker of BCD Travel in Cologne said that after travelling to Sri Lanka in the 1980s he was quite excited to go back next year and explore the changes in the country. After his experience back then, he recommends a visit Sri Lanka, nevertheless. The European market continues to remain important to Sri Lanka as Europeans are high spenders with a longer duration of stay.

The roadshow kicked off in Cologne on September12 and continued till September 15, covering Dortmund, Hannover and Bremen too. This further widens the reach in Germany after the series of roadshows conducted nearly a year ago, which included Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin.

Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Sri Lanka Ambassador in Germany, Honorary Consul General of Consulate of Sri Lanka in Cologne and Dortmund addressed the audience and shared the vision of tourism, the long-standing relationship between the two governments and the strong democracy of Sri Lanka.

The destination promotional presentation made by Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Managing Director Sutheash Balasubramaniam highlighted the diversity, authenticity and compactness to position Sri Lanka in the minds of German participants as a unique destination in Asia.

Jessica Weyers of Reisebüro Weyers said, “It is really an alternative for those who already know the Caribbean Islands and South East Asia and the most important thing is that it is suitable for all ages.

“These positive endorsements from the participants highlight the potential which Sri Lanka has as a leading tourist destination which contributes immensely to the growth of the tourism sector.

Participants of the Roadshow in Cologne
B2B meetings in Cologne

Source : http://dailynews.lk/2017/09/19/business/128582/sri-lanka-tourism-deepens-its-reach-germany

Aitken Spence Hotels marks 150 years of Ceylon tea

Aitken Spence Hotels marked 150 years of Ceylon tea since it was introduced by James Taylor to replace coffee and as of today it is among the top five export generators for Sri Lanka.

Seen here Chef Martin Yan of ‘Yan Can Cook’ fame speaking to the gathering about his love for Ceylon tea as Director of Aitken Spence PLC and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Pvt) Ltd Stasshani Jayawardena looks on. Pic By Nisal BadugeThe event was held at the Aitken Spence Head Office down Vauxhall Street and concept for the event was very unique as it had been set up for the guests to experience a rail ride from Fort to Nanuoya, arriving at a beautiful walkway through tea plantations leading to the entrance of Heritance Tea Factory.

Signature brews specially made to be blended with curated tea infused concoctions and delightful sweet and savory nibbles with a twist to truly Sri Lankan flavours were created by Aitken Spence Hotels’ talented and award winning culinary.

It was also an opportunity for the Aitken Spence Group to appreciate and thank its valued stakeholders their constant support given over the years. Director of Aitken Spence PLC and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Pvt) Ltd Stasshani Jayawardena said that marking 150 years of Ceylon tea is very important for a leading hospitality brand which always focuses on carrying the virtues of Sri Lankan culture.

“While tea is part and parcel of Sri Lanka and its identity in the world, it has influenced our business as well. If you take our Heritance Tea Factory; a unique property that is converted from a 19th Century tea factory constructed in the days of a British Raj and we are very proud of having such a property as it gives us an impetus to share in this national celebration of its legendary journey in tea,” Jayawardena said.

The event saw the participation of notable individuals from the industry, as well as reputed figures representing the public and private sector as well as foreign dignitaries.

Aitken Spence Hotels believes that celebrating and recognizing the Ceylon tea brand is essential to take forward the Sri Lankan culture blended with the unique Sri Lankan hospitality.

Source : http://epaper.dailymirror.lk/epaper/viewer.aspx

UNWTO recognizes Sri Lanka’s rise as global tourism destination

Sri Lanka’s rise as a global tourism destination was recognized at the 22nd Annual General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization that is currently underway.

Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga being greeted by Secretary-general, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Dr. Taleb Rifai on his election as a vice chair.The bi-annual meeting is currently taking place in Chengdu, China from the 11th to the 16th of September. It will discuss how to advance the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and define the actions of the Organization for the period 20182019.

Sri Lanka is being represented at this meeting by the Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga who was bestowed with the honour of being elected as a vice chair of the UNWTO General Assembly by the Committee on South Asia. “This appointment shows the recognition that Sri Lanka has gained as an upcoming tourism destination. It will help me to portray Sri Lanka and its unique attractions to the leaders of world tourism. It is indeed an honour and I will leverage this appointment to put Sri Lanka in the world tourism spotlight,” said Minister Amaratunga. Sri Lanka Tourism has fought multiple battles throughout this year starting from the airport closure for four months, to the devastating floods in the south to the garbage crisis followed by the dengue issue, all of which have been negatively highlighted by the international media.

“These unfortunate events which were beyond our control have obviously had a negative impact on arrivals this year and it is only now that there is a conducive environment for inbound tourism.

Despite all this it is indeed reassuring that arrivals are beginning to pick up once again and we are very confident of achieving our targets for this year,” noted Minister Amaratunga, adding “I hope there will not be any other disruptions in the next four months.” Meanwhile Secretary-general, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Dr. Taleb Rifai, described the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly as a “A unique opportunity to get the sector united towards the common goal of making tourism a true driver of sustainable development.”

Minister Amaratunga was also a panelist on the high-level debate on tourism and SDGS. A special session on smart tourism, the celebrations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, the conversion of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics into an international Convention and current trends of the tourism sector are included in the agenda of the 22nd session of the UNWTO General Assembly. The Assembly will also discuss an action plan and key priorities of the Organization for the next two years.

Source : http://epaper.dailymirror.lk/epaper/viewer.aspx

Club Med to open first resort in Sri Lanka in August next year

Club Med has unveiled plans to open its first resort in Sri Lanka in August next year.

The all-inclusive Club Med Ceylon will be located in Sri Lanka’s South West Province in the small town of Beruwela, a 90-minute drive from Colombo International Airport.

“We are very excited to venture into a new market with such potential – Sri Lanka is a beautiful and mystical country with rich history and culture,” said Club Med President Henri Giscard d’Estaing. “I am delighted to welcome Club Med Ceylon into the Club Med family. Together with our partner LOLC, we are very excited at the prospect of our resort in Sri Lanka growing into the region’s premium holiday destination in time to come.”

The 327-room resort will feature a variety of restaurants, numerous bars serving a free flow of drinks and alcoholic beverages, a children’s club, and MICE facilities.

For recreation, Club Med Ceylon will offer guests a plethora of sea and land activities including the Club Med signature Flying Trapeze as well as tennis, football, archery and many more.

Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC) Deputy Chairman Ishara Nanayakkara said, “This historic venture, the meeting of minds of two colossuses, will be a mutually rewarding partnership that will add immense value to Sri Lanka tourism. As a destination, Sri Lanka has a rich and diverse culture offering spanning nature, culture, religion, adventure and eco-tourism, and we are confident that it will ascend in popularity and profitability to become one of Club Med’s premier properties.”

Source: http://www.ft.lk/travel-tourism/Club-Med-to-open-first-resort-in-Sri-Lanka-in-August-next-year/27-639535


World tourism numbers post biggest first-half rise since 2010: UN

International tourist numbers grew 6.4 percent in the first half of 2017, the strongest halfyear figures in seven years, with Mediterranean destinations posting double-digit growth, the UN World Tourism Organisation said this week.

The number of international tourists surged to around 598 million between January and June, some 36 million more than during the same period last year, the Madrid-based United Nations body said in a statement.

Rising business confidence and strong outbound demand from major source markets such as Britain, China, France and the United States were behind the rise. “The first half of 2017 shows healthy growth in an increasingly dynamic and resilient tourism market, including a strong recovery in some of the destinations impacted by security challenges last year,” said UNWTO Secretarygeneral Taleb Rifai.

Mediterranean destinations reported “particularly strong growth” in the first half of 2017, including those such as Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey, which suffered terrorist attacks in recent years, causing a slump in visitors, the organisation said.

Southern and Mediterranean Europe saw a 12-percent rise in international visitors, North Africa posted a 16-percent rise and the Middle East recorded an increase of 8.9 percent.

Tourist arrivals overall in Europe, the world’s most-visited region, grew 7.7 percent.

Africa saw a 7.6-percent rise in visitor numbers, while Asia and the Pacific posted 5.7-percent growth.

International arrivals in the Americas were up 3.0 percent in the first half of the year.

Growth was solid in South America, up by 6.0 percent, while North America saw just 2.0 percent growth as a decrease in arrivals in the United States offset robust results for Canada and Mexico.

In the whole of 2016, the number of international tourist arrivals grew by 3.9 percent from the previous year to 1.23 billion and the UN body expects the figure to grow by three to four percent this year.

Source : http://epaper.dailymirror.lk/epaper/viewer.aspx

Showcasing Sri Lanka in Stockholm

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm organised a promotion on tourism and culture, ‘A Glimpse of Sri Lanka,’ on 26 August at Norrmalmstorg, a venue situated in the heart of the city of Stockholm.

The strategic location and the warm sunshine enduring throughout the day, drew large crowds providing just the right milieu, the setting to conduct the destination promotion.

The event was jointly organised by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and ‘A Glimpse of Sri Lanka’ was held for the second consecutive year in Stockholm city.

Intriguing aromas of typical Sri Lankan food emanating from the live demonstration of making hoppers, wade and kottu roti presented by the Sri Lankans and the staff of the Embassy contributed to the overall sensory experience of the visitor, enticing them to savour the taste of Sri Lankan cuisine.

The visitors waiting patiently to relish the gastronomic delights of Sri Lanka amply expressed their interest to learn about the food, culture and to know more about the country in general.

Ceylon Tea was understandably a highly-sought-after item by the guests and the array of Ceylon Tea served at the venue was much to their delight.

Embassy officials manning the Information Desk provided information on the essence of the touristic and cultural attractions of Sri Lanka while at the same time addressing the queries relating to travel to Sri Lanka.

Some of the guests recounted their previous visits to Sri Lanka, whereas others pledged to explore possibilities of a voyage to Sri Lanka to cherish the best of the attractions that Sri Lanka offers to the world.

Source : http://www.ft.lk/travel-tourism/Showcasing-Sri-Lanka-in-Stockholm/27-639225