Breeta’s Garden invests Rs. 2 m
A beautiful swimming pool, built at the centre of a lush tea estate
on which Breeta’s Garden Hotel stands is fascinating for both foreign
and local tourists.The swimming pool built at a cost of over Rs. 2
million, is said to be a unique feature as it is one of the very few
swimming pools constructed in the hill country.
Guests enjoy a panoramic view of the Gorgeons mountains and
waterfalls surrounding Breeta’s garden, while having a dip in the pool.
A group of tourists on their maiden visit to Sri Lanka was impressed
by the swimming pool built at Breeta’s garden.
A tourist said that the swimming pool surrounding misty mountains at
Breeta’s garden is one of the most lovely sights he had seen anywhere in
The Managing Director young Ajith Bandara who had worked over 15
years in Germany, says that his dream to set up a swimming pool has
become a reality.
Our motive is to add more features to our industry to attract the
tourists, he said.
Holiday Inn gears for season
The joy of the Christmas season was launched at Holiday-Inn Colombo
with the opening of the “Cookie Hut.”
As the Christmas draws near, a taste of X’mas from around the world
is on air and the hotel Christmas Day with live music would be on until
dawn. “Holiday Inn Colombo is bringing on everything bright and
beautiful to make this Christmas the most memorable one,” a hotel
release said. A Xmas get-together will also be held and for both
occasions kids below 12 will be charged half rate.
End the year with an unmatched style would be celebrated at the venue
known for the excellence of its ambience and cuisine. Special menus
await this occasion with a gala buffet and live music and diners are
entitled for free dancing at the lobby with Kids below 12 will be
charged half rate again.
Indian PM concerned on tourism post-Mumbai attacks
In the face of adverse travel advisories by a number of countries
post-Mumbai terror attack, the Centre has decided to call a three-day
meeting of heads of all the foreign missions to promote India as safe
and popular destination.
“Post-Mumbai attack, many countries reacted adversely. We are holding
a meeting of all the heads of mission in Delhi for three days from
December 22 onwards,” Minister of state for External Affairs Anand
Sharma told reporters here.
He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be addressing the envoys.
“The meeting will help create an atmosphere that India is safe and a
popular destination,” the minister said.
Sharma said the union government has already initiated dialogue with
Indian Missions abroad and their missions in India promoting it as a
safe destination. Replying to a question, he conceded that during Mumbai
attack, there were serious administrative and security lapses for which
the Prime Minsiter has already apologized.
“Government is looking into them so that there will be no such
repetition and also can fix the accountability,” the minister said.
He said a strong intelligence system is now in place and coastal
security has been strengthened.
Concerted efforts to boost tourism
Sri Lanka’s concerted efforts to promote the island in the
international tourism market will receive fresh impetus as the
government fully exploits the spotlight the country received at the
World Travel Awards which saw Sri Lanka bagging a coveted travel Oscar
courtesy KumbukRiver, a one-of-a-kind eco resort in Buttala.
The plum award at the travel world’s premier international event puts
Sri Lanka on the global stage of tourism and will help boost Sri Lanka
Tourism’s aggressive promotional drive.
Dinesh Watawana of KumbukRiver, presenting the award to the
Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Bernard
Goonetilleke and to Deputy Tourism Minister Musthapa.
Picture by Sumanachandra Ariyawansa
Maverick brand strategist Dinesh Watawana, at the centre of Sri
Lanka’s forays at the World Travel Awards has been recognized for his
efforts with the government poised to draw on his uncanny ability to
create successful brands.
Deputy Minister of Tourism Faizer Musthapa who is spearheading the
efforts to capitalize on this rare international opportunity along with
Bernard Goonetilleke, the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development
Authority, was instrumental in making sure that Sri Lanka was, indeed,
present at the gala international event in Turks and Caicos Islands,
about 600 miles from the US East Coast.
Turks and Caicos Islands boats of the world’s top beach and has
emerged as a luxury tourism destination and this year’s glittering
awards night attracted the best-known names in travel and tourism to
“This is a great honour for Sri Lanka and comes at quite a crucial
time when Sri Lanka tourism needed it the most”, said Musthapa.
We must draw upon this international accolade and draw international
tourists to the country and it’s wonderful to see Sri Lanka setting the
benchmarks in the sphere of green tourism which is seen as the future of
world tourism, he added.
The bronze statue which constitutes the travel Oscar is a 7kg
masterpiece crafted by the Queen’s personal jeweler. “Nothing can
compare with winning one of the World Travel Awards”, said Graham E.
Cooke, president and founder. “It’s quite simply the highest accolade
any location or travel company can ever hope to achieve and says more
about them than any brochure can communicate, any picture can mirror,
any personal testimonial can express.
Sri Lanka’s KumbukRiver nestled on a resplendent nature enclave on
the banks of Kumbukkan Oya on the edge of Yala in Okkampitiya, Buttala
captured the imagination of the world with a stunning elephant-like
edifice which serves as the resort’s primary villa. An innovative
brand-building initiative by the ad agency The 7th Frontier,
KumbukRiver is a role-model in brand marketing and tourism.
KumbukRiver has previously been honoured by Times-Online to be among the
world’s 50 best green places, as well as, with a shortlisting by
Responsible Tourism Awards.