Leisure industry poised for better times
The leisure industry is gearing for better times with increased
arrivals and revolving towards better prospects for the winter.
President Sri Lanka Inbound Tour Operators, Dirk Grigson, said that
the industry is slowly but surely moving up. "This is a positive sign,"
Tarnishing the image of Sri Lanka with adverse publicity
internationally is drastically diminishing and due to this fact foreign
community had gradually ceased looking at Sri Lanka with sour eyes.
Grigson, who was involved in the industry for well over three decades,
said that the softening of the French Travel advisory to helps the
industry. He said that already French operators have included Sri Lanka
in their winter brochures. "Positive results from this would image for
the winter," he said.
Meanwhile an official from the Sri Lanka Tourist Board said that they
were happy with the resumption of night flights. Most of the airlines
have resumed their operations," he said. They also welcomed resumption
of flights by Austrian Airlines next month.
Etihad pull out of Colombo last month due to operational reasons
while Cathy Pacific is reviewing their schedule to fly back to Colombo.
Following is the changed schedule of the flights at the Colombo
Number of Airlines before closure - 23
Number of movements before closure
Arrivals - 302/Week
Departures - 302/Week
Airport closure for night operation on 10.05.2007
Number of Airlines after closure - 21
(Cathy, Air Sahara Stopped)
Number of movements after closure
Arrivals - 235/Week
Departures - 235/Week
Night operations resumed on 01.07.2007
Number of Airlines Currently Operating - 22
Number of movements as at 24.07.2007
Arrivals - 301/Week
Departure - 301/Week
Flights operating after 22.30 hrs
SriLankan Airlines - 04 Week
Emirates - 08 Week
Jet Liner (Air Sahara) - 07 Week
Total - 19 Week
Rs 50m investment for eco friendly resort in Gampha
SundaraGama Eco Resort in the Gampaha district, is a home away from
home, an eco friendly resort bringing together all the luxuries of a
modern hotel with a peaceful surrounding and a quiet serene environment
depicting a real Sri Lankan village.
The hotel which started few years ago is gradually drawing popularity
in the area, and now is planning to invest Rs 50 million to complete its
second phase, Proprietor, Kapila Bandara said. The hotel is managed by
Eco Green Hotels (Pvt) Limited.
He said that the Resort had commenced business with an initial
investment of Rs 94 million, and located in a serene environment with
frequent arrivals of birds and the surrounded wildlife which adds the
charm of the hotel.
It has attracted many people including honeymooners and leisure
travellers from various parts of the country.
The hotel is rich with all the facilities and equipment for wedding
ceremonies and to conduct workshops and seminars. It also offers many
tailor-made day packages for the visitors to relieve their stress and to
be away from the hurly-burly of their busy life.
The first phase of the resort was completed two years ago and
consists of a Banquet Hall for weddings, seminars and any functions.
A swimming pool, children's playground are also available.
It has five cottages /cabanas and will go up to 15 cottage type rooms
with the completion of the second phase.
They are also planning to build 10 cottages/ cabanas, 30 rooms with
or without AC, spa, gymnasium, yoga center and many more, Bandara said.
This eco resort is situated in a five-acre land surrounded with lush
greenery imparts a feeling of a real Sri Lankan village rhythm.
The trees in the hotel preserve the old charm and to attract birds to
the hotel to promote the eco tourism, he said. According to Bandara they
also arrange excursions to historic and archaeological sites in the
Gampaha district namely Gampaha Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens, Varana
Temple, Pillikuthuwa Cave, Attanagalla Temple, Dadagamuva Temple are
some of the sites.
During the evening they offers a lot of things to guests with
barbecue dinner, traditional music and dancing and many more
entertainment activities, he said.
Amazing fares from Emirates to London
Ticketing count-ers at Emirates Colombo and leading travel agents may
be besieged this month, following the airline's announcement of special
fares to London.
The award-winning, Dubai-based carrier is offering a Colombo - London
Economy Class return ticket at an amazing fair, a saving of nearly 19
Business and First Class return tickets to the same destination will
cost Rs. 162,000 and Rs. 195,000 respectively, offer travellers an
opportunity to save up to Rs. 114,500 on a ticket on these classes.
"These prices look almost too good to be true, and bookings will be
on a first come first served basis," said Emirates Sales Manager Devika
"We have just one stipulation - booking and ticketing must be done
before August 31 for outbound travel in the months of September and
October." Launched barely two weeks after the airline resumed its full
schedule of flights to Colombo, these special fares are inclusive of
fuel surcharge but exclude country taxes.
Emirates' London promotion is also well timed for parents or family
accompanying students travelling to the UK for their studies.
The airline has announced special one-way student fares that will
also be valid during this period.
The winner of more than 300 major international awards, Emirates
operates 17 services a week from Colombo to Dubai and 91 flights a week
from Dubai to five points in the UK, including Heathrow and Gatwick in