Jie Jie Beach by Jetwing opens in Panadura

01Luxury comes to Panadura in the form of Jie Jie Beach by Jetwing, an all new property promising the best of lavish comforts with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. The official opening of Jie Jie Beach by Jetwing took place on 4 June with the presence of Minister John Amaratunga and Paddy Withana, Chairman – SLTDA/SLTPB. Owned by Jie Zhong Jie Lanka Development Construction and Engineering Ltd., Jie Jie Beach is managed by Jetwing Hotels.

Break away from routine life and bask in the home of Sri Lankan hospitality, an easy alternative as Jie Jie by Jetwing is located one and a half hours away from Colombo. Placed on a glorious strip of beach, this tropical escape takes you into a world of its own with its ethnic design and open spaces. Being the largest luxury hotel in the area, Jie Jie Beach by Jetwing boasts of 180 rooms inclusive of Deluxe rooms and Suites with attached balconies and terraces overlooking the majestic Indian Ocean or the skyline of the city. These contemporary rooms are designed as such that guests are made to feel at ease in the comfort of the king-size beds, sitting area, air-conditioning, shower with hot and cold water, and much more.

Here, guests can find themselves savouring in the many gastronomic delights as the dining options vary from international cuisine with special attention given to distinct Southeast Asian flavours. Jie Jie Beach by Jetwing features two restaurants; an international restaurant serving buffet meals in local and Western fare, and a Chinese dining option dishing up authentic oriental delicacies named Golden Silk, manned by a Chinese chef. Feel free to satisfy your cravings here with the chefs being ever ready to prepare meals to your liking and be spoilt for choice when you indulge in our special Sunday lunch buffets.

For a more casual set up, the property houses a bar and karaoke lounge for those who wish to sing and dance whilst sipping on a casual drink. This is an ideal location to spend time and enjoy with your friends at the end of a hard day of work. You can also indulge in a more relaxed setting at the pool bar offering a wider range of cocktails and easy snacks. Switch off from the busy city life and embrace the beach breeze while watching the sunset at the pool bar.

Jie Jie Beach by Jetwing will be your go-to destination for your every celebration and event with a separate building dedicated to host your friends and family for a ceremony of your choice. The conference and banquet facilities are fully equipped to entertain large scale events at ease as the property houses four halls with glass decked interiors allowing you to have a backdrop of the glistening waters of the Indian Ocean. The banquet hall can accommodate up to 550 persons where large crowds can be entertained in a spacious setting. Your dream destination wedding can be hosted here with the best views and service offerings, which the property specialises in. There are also two conference halls and breakout rooms and one business centre, where your business arrangements can be met. From meetings to conferences and exhibitions, Jie Jie Beach by Jetwing encompasses unmatched spaces and services all of which is now not too far from the city.

With an expansive beach at your disposal and an inviting pool you can ease into to beat the heat, Jie Jie Beach by Jetwing allows you to unwind in seamless leisure. Heighten your restful stay by pampering yourself to a massage at the well-equipped in-house spa. If you wish to explore the city, feel free to visit archaeological sites in the vicinity from the Richmond castle to Pahiyangala or pay a visit to the historic Kalutara temple. The Bawa Trail is a must-do, where you are able to visit the Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga or Bevis Bawa’s Brief Garden. A bike ride or village walk is the best way to spend time in Panadura.

Speaking at the press conference Minister John Amarutunga stated that there is no season in Sri Lanka – all 365 days are suitable for travelling and that Sri Lanka has everything a tourist is looking for. While admiring the design and construction of Jie Jie Beach by Jetwing the minster invited the investor to build many more hotels in the future. Jetwing Chairman Hiran Cooray went on to say that this property will be the largest that Jetwing will manage in the country. “We are privileged to be managing agents for the first property in Panadura and we have a few more hotels in the works to be opened in the near future,” he said.

Having constructed the Olympic Stadium in China in 2008 the Chairman of Jie Zhong Jie Lanka Development Construction and Engineering Ltd., Li Jian Guo was interested in building a hotel after a brief visit to Sri Lanka. “Within 18 months we had the soft opening of Jie Jie Beach by Jetwing. We wanted a professional body to manage and operate the hotel which is why we turned to Jetwing. We hope to invest on more properties in Sri Lanka with Jetwing,” he continued.

Pix by Kithsiri De Mel0204

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Sri Lanka named Asia’s Leading Destination 2017

Adventure-seekers and intrepid globetrotters looking to blaze new trails in Southeast Asia will want to consider adding Sri Lanka to their travel bucket list, after the country claimed the title of leading destination and leading adventure tourism destination for Asia over the weekend.

At the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia 2017, which were held in Shanghai, Sri Lanka claimed the title of leading destination for the region, an award that reflects a country’s range of tourism products and services.

The country was also named the leading adventure tourism destination.

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Winners are based on an online voting process cast by industry leaders and travel professionals.

Sri Lanka has been emerging as an interesting travel alternative to Thailand, for its beaches, wildlife safaris and adventure tours.

Along with its native land mammals – elephants, leopards and wild buffalos – the island and its marine surroundings make the destination one of the best for whale and dolphin watching.

Sri Lanka is also known among thrill-seekers for offering top-notch surfing and diving experiences, jungle treks, hikes and elephant-riding and rock-climbing adventures.

Other big winners of the night include The Oberoi Udaivilas in India, which took home the title of Asia’s leading hotel 2017 and The Peninsula Hong Kong, which was named Asia’s leading luxury hotel 2017.

For Australasia, the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park in Australia was named the leading hotel, and Yasawa Islands in Fiji Australasia’s leading destination.

Here are some of the big winners from the gala event:

Asia

Leading airline: Hainan Airlines

Leading airline economy class: Cathay Pacific

Leading beach destination: Thailand

Leading boutique hotel: Casa Del Mar Langkawi, Malaysia

Leading city break destination: Hong Kong

Leading cruise line: Star Cruises

Leading fine dining and hotel restaurant: La Maison 1888 InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam

Leading low-cost airline: AirAsia

Australasia 

Leading airline: Air New Zealand

Leading private island resort: Laucala Island, Fiji

Most romantic resort: The Remort Resort, Fiji Islands (Source: http://www.news18.com/AFPRelaxnews)

Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/620260/Sri-Lanka-named-Asia-s-Leading-Destination-2017#sthash.RsfOVDl8.dpuf

SriLankan Airlines to fly to Australia from Oct

SriLankan Airlines will resume flights to Australia, operating daily, non- stop services to Melbourne from October 29 this year, a move which was exclusively reported in the Business Times on May 7.

In a media release last weekend, the national carrier said the non- stop services will also facilitate passengers from the Middle East and South Asia seeking onward connectivity via Colombo to/ from Australia. This service is being resumed after the national carrier suspended services in August 2001.

Australia is home to one of the largest Sri Lankan expatriate communities, many of whom reside in and around Melbourne, the capital of Australia’s ‘ Garden State’, Victoria. This factor, together with the tremendous potential for business travel and Victoria’s growing student population convinced the airline to plan for the launch of nonstop daily services to Melbourne, the release said. The airline will be operating Airbus 330- 200 aircraft on the route.

SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Siva Ramachandran said, “Despite the absence of direct connections, we have witnessed a steady increase in passengers travelling between Colombo and

SriLankan Airlines has expanded its network to Yangon, capital of Myanmar, from June 1 with the commencement of a codeshare partnership with Myanmar Airways International (MAI), one of Myanmar’s best-known airlines.

In a media release, SriLankan said it will codeshare on flights operated by MAI between Bangkok and Yangon; and also Singapore and Yangon; while MAI will codeshare on flights operated by SriLankan between Colombo and Bangkok, and Colombo and Singapore. Passengers will enjoy the conveniences of the partnership, such as a single ticket itinerary and interlined luggage. Melbourne via various Asian connecting points such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Our direct services will give us a definite advantage as SriLankan is the only carrier that is able to offer connectivity of this nature at this time. With the launch of the new services, SriLankan Airlines’ passengers will also have the choice of flying to other Australian cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide as well as Auckland, New Zealand”.

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

Krrish Square’s ‘Transworks House’ to be ready by August

Transworks House construction in progress Pix by Shirajiv Sirimane

The piling of the US$ 650 million Indian developed Krrish Square has now been completed. The first phase of the project which would be the opening of the resurrected Transworks House Colombo would be unveiled end of August.

The first stage would see the entry of some of the worlds famed global retail marketing companies opening up its branches in the large retail mall at the Krrish Transworks House. In addition the venue will also have several other entertainment facilities.

An official from the Board of Investment said that the opening up of Krrish Transworks House would result in some of the global luxury retailers showing up in Sri Lanka for the first time and this would be a major tourist attraction for shopping as well.

He said that the government has allowed tax free imports of some luxury items and this was the reason that the world’s top luxury brands want to open up in Sri Lanka.The second stage of the project includes the building of two towers for which the piling has already been completed by Walkers Piling. The building contract has been awarded to Zhongtian Construction of China one of the biggest developers in China. One of the towers would consist of 73 floors and the second 60 floors.

The Krrish Transworks Colombo (Pvt) Ltd has already contracted with one of the world’s leading hotel chain, Ritz Carlton to have a hotel in one of the towers which will consist of 200 rooms, several swimming pools, conference halls and additional shopping and entertainment centres. The second tower would consist of 400 apartments.

The Indian developer is also planning to build a third tower. This would consist of 80 floors making it the tallest building in Sri Lanka and one of the tallest towers in the region. When all three projects were completed it would be the single biggest Indian investment in Sri Lanka.

Source : http://dailynews.lk/2017/06/02/business/117743/krrish-square%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98transworks-house%E2%80%99-be-ready-august

SriLankan expands network to Myanmar in partnership with Myanmar Airways International

01SriLankan Airlines will expand its network to Yangon, capital of Myanmar, from 1st June 2017, with the commencement of a codeshare partnership with Myanmar Airways International (MAI), one of Myanmar’s best-known airlines.SriLankan (www.srilankan.com) will codeshare on flights operated by MAI between Bangkok and Yangon; and also Singapore and Yangon; while MAI will codeshare on flights operated by SriLankan between Colombo and Bangkok, and Colombo and Singapore. Passengers will enjoy the conveniences of the partnership, such as a single ticket itinerary and interlined luggage.

SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer Siva Ramachandran said: “We are pleased to extend our network to Yangon, as part of our dynamic ongoing strategy of focusing on the Asia-Middle East region, which is the fastest growing market for global air travel. Myanmar is currently experiencing considerable growth in tourism, and we are confident that the addition of Yangon will strengthen our network and help serve the needs of our customers.”

SriLankan has in recent months expanded its codeshare agreements with several other airlines in order to strengthen its network and provide enhanced travel options for its customers. With the addition of Yangon, SriLankan’s global network will span 101 destinations in 48 countries. SriLankan is also part of the prestigious oneworld global airline alliance network which serves over 1,000 cities in 160 countries.

Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/618811/SriLankan-expands-network-to-Myanmar-in-partnership-with-Myanmar-Airways-International#sthash.DErvqe9R.dpuf

Debug Hospitality and Leisure launches Amber Collection in Sri Lanka

A pioneering concept to bring a new dimension of relaxation into the local leisure sector

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The leisure arm of the renowned Sri Lankan brand Debug – Debug Hospitality and Leisure Ltd. – has officially unveiled ‘The Amber Collection’, the newest high-end offering by the company for leisure and business travellers. The collection consists of boutique service apartments called ‘Amber FR 16’ and a fleet of luxury houseboats ‘Amber Flow’. Debug Hospitality and Leisure officially unveiled this product at the recently concluded Sancharaka Udawa, the exhibition organised by the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) to promote niche tourism products and services in Sri Lanka.

Expressing his views about their latest offering, Debug Hospitality and Leisure General Manager Chiranjeewa Amarasinghe said, “Each service apartment and houseboat of The Amber Collection have undergone a carefully thought through process of designing and structuring. It has helped us to present our customers with the best experience as well as strengthen Debug’s presence in the local hospitality sector with a high quality product. Both the service apartments and houseboats have been built with careful attention to detail, ensuring your stay is super comfortable with a plethora of amenities. I believe this new collection by Debug will bring leisure seekers and business travellers to the perfect getaway to enjoy a hassle-free day with a touch of class and calmness, offering a new dimension of relaxation.”

Located in the heart of Colombo, the spacious Amber FR 16 service apartments consist of four two-bedroom apartments and four studio apartments. With a varied range of facilities – a modern kitchenette, internet access, and tea/coffee making facilities to name a few, these service apartments are great for relaxation and work for any given moment. With its competitive pricing and central location to the country’s leading convenience stores, restaurants, shopping malls and entertainment venues, Amber FR 16 service apartment is an investment with a real value for its money. Debug’s novel concept in providing the ideal space and location to host an important meeting or create an everlasting memory of the perfect holiday with your loved one, is going to create a new horizon of opportunities for the Sri Lankan real estate market.

Debug Hospitality and Leisure will also launch ‘Amber Flow’, a fleet of luxury houseboats under The Amber Collection. The state of the art houseboats will have three 35m2 rooms with key facilities and excellently cater to all locals and tourists who love to savour a unique time by gliding over the picturesque waterways of the country, offering a perfect blend of modern lifestyle and experiential living. The first set of Amber Flow houseboats will roam the serene Bolgoda Lake at the reputed club house – The Marina, welcoming all abroad to experience an unforgettable stay.

Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/618575/Debug-Hospitality-and-Leisure–launches-Amber-Collection-in-Sri-Lanka#sthash.Pf7tCHim.dpuf

SriLankan to fly daily to Melbourne

President Maithripala Sirisena visited Australia’s nuclear agency, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), on an inspection tour to see its advanced research on utilization of nuclear science for disease diagnosis and medication. President Sirisena also met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the second day of his three-day state visit to Australia and, following bilateral talks, three agreements were inked between the two countries.

SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, will be establishing its presence in Australia with daily non-stop services to Melbourne commencing October 29 this year.

The non-stop services will also facilitate passengers from the Middle East and South Asia seeking onward connectivity via Colombo to/from Australia. SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Captain Suren Ratwatte said “Our presence in Australia cements the long-standing relationship between our two countries. We recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our nations, and the addition of Melbourne signifies our strategy of optimizing the airline’s network in line with our restructuring. This also means that we have connected another continent to our global route map. On the other hand, given the number of Sri Lankans residing in and around Victoria, we fulfill a long felt need for a direct service. We are proud to welcome all the diverse residents of Victoria who can now enjoy the direct connections when visiting their friends and families throughout our network.”

The airline will be operating Airbus 330-200 aircraft on the route, offering its passengers modern in-flight comforts complemented with its award winning service and the world renowned Sri Lankan warmth and hospitality.

SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Siva Ramachandran said, “Despite the absence of direct connections, we have witnessed a steady increase in passengers travelling between Colombo and Melbourne via various Asian connecting points such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Our direct services will give us a definite advantage as SriLankan is the only carrier that is able to offer connectivity of this nature at this time. We also offer seamless onward connections beyond Colombo to a range of destinations in the Indian Sub-Continent and Middle East. With the launch of the new services, SriLankan Airlines’ passengers will also have the choice of flying to other Australian cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide as well as Auckland, New Zealand. SriLankan Airlines will continue to explore potential expansion opportunities across its network in order to facilitate the envisaged growth in business.”

Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Bryce Hutchesson said, “We congratulate SriLankan Airlines on the addition of a direct flight to Australia. Direct air connections between countries stimulate two-way tourism, business, and trade and people-to-people exchange which are the core ingredients for a vibrant bilateral relationship. We are seeing a growing number of Australians looking to travel to Sri Lanka for tourism and business, and to reconnect with family. And we welcome the growing number of Sri Lankans travelling to Australia for education, business, to explore Australia’s culture and natural wonders, and of course to catch up with family and friends.”

Widely known as “a city for all seasons,” Melbourne offers the travellers a wide variety of historic and natural attractions along with urban cityscapes preserving colonial architecture. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, offers heritage, wildlife as well as adventure sports and surfing hotspots for the adventurous Australian traveller. Over the years, the two countries have shared a mutual passion– cricket, which has inspired fans to travel the distance in support of their respective home teams.

More importantly, Australia accounts for one of the largest Sri Lankan communities living outside Sri Lanka, out of which almost 50 percent lives in and around Victoria, making Melbourne the convenient terminus for their departures and arrivals.

For the convenience of travellers seeking onward connectivity from its Colombo hub, SriLankan currently connects over 10 Indian points with over 100 flights a week, which includes services to/from Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Trivandrum, Tiruchirappalli, Cochin, Mumbai and New Delhi. SriLankan will be adding Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore and Hyderabad to its route network in July this year, further expanding its presence in India.

The Airline’s Middle Eastern services include over fifty weekly flights to/from nine Middle Eastern destinations, including daily services out of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, Bahrain and Kuwait. The Airline also offers its passengers the option of exploring popular holiday destinations such as Seychelles and Maldives’ Male and Gan Island.

These operations will further complement the existing double daily services offered by SriLankan Airlines between Sri Lanka and Australia via Singapore and Kuala Lumpur with its codeshare partners, Qantas and Malaysia Airlines.

Source : http://dailynews.lk/2017/05/29/business/117211/srilankan-fly-daily-melbourne