Archive for February, 2013

‘YoungSmiLes’ for kids from SriLankan Airlines

  SriLankan Airlines celebrated International Children’s Day on 1st October, with the long awaited launch of its kids frequent flyer programme – ‘YoungSmiLes’.

Open to children between two and eighteen years, ‘YoungSmiLes’ is operative in three distinctive categories – ‘Young Blue’, ‘Young Silver’ and ‘Young Gold’ and brings with it a range of benefits and conveniences to its young members.

Among them are Pre-assigned seating, Dedicated service centre, Waitlist priority, Priority check-in, Excess Baggage, Priority Baggage Delivery, FlySmiLes upgrades and free tickets, Lounge access, Guaranteed seat reservations, Retro Miles, Class bonus Miles and Tier bonus Miles depending on the category one is in

Manager Marketing Services, Mrs. Ruwanthi Rodrigo said, “The launch of ‘YoungSmiLes’ is the realisation of a long term dream. With it we’re proud to extend the excellence of our products and services to our junior passengers and welcome them to the SriLankan family. Not only do we welcome junior passengers resident in Sri Lanka, but also our thousands of junior passengers from all parts of the world”.

Applications could be obtained from The child’s parent or guardian needs to complete the YoungSmiLes Application Form and forward it with a letter of consent together with a copy of both the adult’s and child’s passport.

Applications should be sent to  FlySmiLes on or fax the documents to 019733 5333.

To celebrate the launch, SriLankan Airlines is offering bonus miles for new enrollments upto 31 October 2011. If the parent or guardian is an existing FlySmiLes member, the YoungSmiLes member will receive a bonus of 1500 miles. For non-members, the YoungSmiLes member will receive a bonus of 1000 miles.

Travel undertaken prior to the launch of the YoungSmiLes Programme is not eligible to be accrued. Once the member reaches 18 years of age, membership will be automatically converted to FlySmiLes with no consent required from the Parent/Guardian.

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6000 rooms booked for Commonwealth summit

The government is planning ahead for the Commonwealth summit scheduled for November this year booking nearly 6000 rooms for the visiting delegates. With such demand, hotels are on a refurbishment drive to provide the necessary hospitality arrangements in this regard.

City hoteliers and some in the suburbs are gearing up for the Commonwealth summit scheduled to be held later this year, Sri Lanka City Hotels President K. Shanthikumar said.

Speaking with the Business Times on Tuesday he observed that hotels in the city and the suburbs were blocked for the upcoming event as per the schedule for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November this year.
While the External Affairs Ministry would be handling where the respective delegates would stay during the summit, about 4-5000 rooms have been blocked for this purpose in the city and upto Negombo and Wadduwa.
He noted that the Youth Forum scheduled to take place in Hambantota would allow for at least two hotels in the area to be booked for the summit’s visiting delegates.

At least 6000 delegates are expected to participate at the summit with special programmes being drawn up as well for sight-seeing tours.

In addition, Mr. Shanthikumar observed that in this respect most the city hotels were carrying out refurbishments in a bid to be ready in time for the summit.

Moreover, the state would also plan for trips outside of the city for the delegates as well but these are still being worked out.
The hotel industry had gained in the past year with increased arrivals and with most hotels raising their charges the revenues were also said to have gone up.

Currently, February is doing very well and in particular the upmarket tourism was improving, boutique hotel owner Anura Lokuhetty said.

Rates in local hotels were currently the same and it was unlikely that this year there would be any change, hoteliers said. City hotels charge between US$50 – US$150 without taxes per night in Colombo.


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Sanath Jayasuriya To Be Sri Lanka Tourism Ambassador

(Arjuna Ranathunga and Sanath Jayasuriya at the promotional event)

Sanath Jayasuriya was appointed Tourism Ambassador of Sri Lanka on Thursday, February 21 during the ‘Get Sri Lankaned’ joint promotional campaign held at Bangalore, India.

Sanath, a cricketing legend and a Member of Parliament was given a plaque by Muthu Sivalingam, Deputy Minister of Economic

Development, during the event named as the Sri Lankan Night’, which was the first promotional programme under ‘Get Sri Lankaned’ held at Vivanta by Taj Hotel, Bangalore.

Under the new initiative carried out on the advice of Minister Basil Rajapaksa, the former Sri Lankan cricket star will function as a Tourist Ambassador, with the view of promoting Sri Lanka as a renowned destination internationally. It is hoped that the experience and the personality of Sanath Jayasuriya could be key features in shaping his future role as the Tourism Ambassador.

The event was also graced by the participation of other Sri Lankan cricketing stars including the World Champion skipper Arjuna Ranthunga.

Over 300 leading businessmen and the travel agencies in India also took part in the event. Representing Sri Lanka was Prasad Kariyawasam – Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Dr Ameer Ajward, Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai, Dr Willie Gamage – Secretary to the Ministry of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation, Bashwara Gunarathna – Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism, Anil Koswattha – Chairman, Sri Lanka Handicraft Board,. Rumy Jauffer, the Managing Director of SLTPB and Nishantha Ranathunga – Secretary, Sri Lanka Cricket Board also participated in this event.

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