Maalu Maalu to open in Pasikudah
Maalu Maalu Resorts & Spa, the first boutique hotel in the East Coast
will open in Pasikudah next month, making it the first ever boutique
hotel to commence operations in the area.
The boutique hotel initiated under the post war Nagenahira Nawodaya
campaign is in its final stages of completion and the ceremonial opening
is scheduled for May 20.
Maalu Maalu Resorts & Spa will have 40 chalets overlooking the ocean.
The elegant chalets have been designed in traditional Sri Lankan
style, blending with the environment in the most natural and picturesque
Inspired by Sri Lankan traditions and eco-friendly architecture,
Maalu Maalu reinterprets the style of a Sri Lankan fishing village or
It will be the first eco and family friendly boutique resort
exclusively designed according to green building guidelines on energy
Maalu Maalu will have two restaurants to wine and dine - Karadiya -
an open-air restaurant/coffee shop with a view of the ocean and
The Ruwala pool bar will resemble traditional Sri Lankan fishing
Recreation options include traditional ayurveda therapy, snorkelling,
diving, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing and other water sports.
Guests could enjoy canoeing trips to the lagoons and mangroves for
bird watching, or enjoy a spectacular view of Pasikudah bay from the
resort's Infinity pool.
In addition, Maalu Maalu also has a state-of-the-art conference room
to provide the ideal venue for small or medium conferences and
The government has plans to build approximately 1,000 hotel rooms in
the East to cater to the increasing demand of tourists visiting the
area. A 13-room hotel project is in the pipeline, which will help
establish Pasikudah as a top tourist beach destination.
Chairman Connaisance de Ceylan Chandra Wickramasinghe said, "We are
happy to contribute towards the government's Nagenahira Nawodaya
initiative which is aimed at bridging the gap between the East of Sri
Lanka and the rest of the island. Maalu Maalu strategically fits into
the government's ongoing development plan for the East.
The government is committed to rebuilding the East following the end
of terrorism and we believe that Maalu Maalu assist in positioning the
area as a prime global tourist destination."
Guests to the hotel could visit Kalkudah village, Hindu temples and
village markets or they could go on a half-day tour to Polonnaruwa. The
Connaissance Group which owns Maalu Maalu used resources of the area
when building the hotel. The contractors were also from the area.
The project will provide direct and indirect employment to residents
of the area.
Manager - Marketing Sanjaya Bandara said "Already more than 150
people have been involved in the project and the hotel will provide jobs
to the youth in the area within the permanent cadre".
In addition, the Directors of Connaissance will operate an NGO -
Reconstruire et Vivre to provide educational and English language skills
and will also open a computer centre in the village of Kalkudah.
As a committed, socially responsible company, Maalu Maalu Resort &
Spa will also contribute $1 from the occupied rooms per day to a fund to
develop, educate and cultivate skills of the youth of the area.
SriLankan to commence services to Moscow
SriLankan Airlines will commence a new service to Moscow on September
15, making the Russian capital, the 52nd destination of the airline.
The new service will operate via Dubai, and will commence initially
with two flights per week on Thursdays and Saturdays.
SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe said,"We are
delighted to announce the launch of services to Moscow.
This will be the first time in history that our national carrier will
serve Russia, and will serve to strengthen the close relationship
between our two nations."
SriLankan Airlines has been expanding steadily over the past several
months and launched services to Shanghai last July, Guangzhou in
January, and Kochi in March.
It will acquire at least six aircraft this year and has been
increasing capacity throughout its global route network since last
The new aircraft will include state-of-the-art Audio Video On Demand
(AVOD) entertainment systems.
Tourist arrivals grew by 34 percent in the first quarter of 2011,
after setting an all time record of 654,000 in 2010. Sri Lanka offers
excellent value for money for leisure travellers - especially those from
Europe - with hundreds of miles of golden beaches, mist-swathed
mountains, ancient cultural sites, and bargain shopping.
The airline recently re-launched its domestic service SriLankan Air
Taxi, making many parts of the island accessible within an hour on its
Tourist arrivals from Russia grew by 21 percent in the first quarter
of 2010, and by 22 percent from other countries in Eastern Europe.
The airline already serves five European cities - London, Paris,
Frankfurt, Rome and Milan - with plans to commence services to several
Asia is fast becoming a favourite destination for travellers from
Russia, the world's fastest growing outbound tourist market.
According to the World Tourism and Travel Council, Russia is well
placed to become one of the world's travel and tourism powerhouses by
SriLankan is also the largest carrier into the Maldives, which is
another firm favourite among Russian travellers. SriLankan operates six
flights per day into Male, which is just over an hour's flying time from
The new service would also be useful for the significant number of
Sri Lankans studying in Russian universities.
JKCS implements Zhara HS at Bentota Beach Hotel
Zhara HS - the latest hotel management software designed and
developed by John Keells Computer Services (JKCS), was successfully
implemented at the four star Bentota Beach Hotel on the Southern coast
The Bentota Beach Hotel
Bentota Beach, which offers 130 rooms and three suites, was designed
based on an ancient Dutch Fort by the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa.
With the growing demand for accommodation in Sri Lanka, Bentota Beach
was faced with the challenge of reducing overheads and creating more
efficient processes for service delivery to its guests.
To streamline processes, optimise revenue and create further
efficiencies in operations Bentota Beach decided to install Zhara HS.
The Zhara Hospitality Suite is an all-in-one hotel management
software that enables a resort or a hotel chain to run its entire
operation by simply logging on to the Internet.
The Zhara HS offers all the trappings of an Enterprise Class
Multi-Property System and comes complete with an Internet booking
engine, a central reservation system and a property management system.
This state-of-the-art system is a result of the expertise gained by JKCS
in developing travel distribution systems for the aviation industry.
JKCS initially started operations as an airline software provider to
some of the leading airlines of the world.
With over a decade of experience in this field, JKCS has now ventured
into the hospitality industry and has created the first Sri Lankan
state-of-the-art hotel management system to reach the global market.
Royal Jordanian increases flights to Colombo
Royal Jordanian has increased its scheduled flights to Colombo from
three flights a week, to four.
The newest flight will be on Mondays, adding to the flights on
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, to cater to the many travellers to
and from the Jordanian capital of Amman and Colombo. Royal Jordanian has
become an important link between Jordan and Sri Lanka, as air traffic
has significantly increased due to the rise in tourism and trade between
the two countries and the many economic migrants from Sri Lanka.
Established in 1963, Royal Jordanian has transported more than three
million passengers and in 2010 had a registered net profit of JOD 9.6
million (approximately USD $13.5 million).
It has won many prestigious domestic and global awards for its modern
technology solutions and strategic contribution to the aviation
With a fleet of 30 modern aircraft and 58 international destinations,
Royal Jordanian connects travellers to more than 750 destinations.
It is currently following a long-haul fleet modernisation program,
and will have flights to the United States, Canada, and the Far East
with 11 Boeing 787s by 2014.
Royal Jordanian began operations in Colombo in 1991. Since 1998,
Expolanka has represented Royal Jordanian in Sri Lanka as its General
63,835 tourist arrivals in April
April saw yet another surge in tourist arrivals.
Overall April arrivals were 63,835 compared to April 2010 which was
Total arrivals from January to April this year were 278,959.
In the period under review, the closest neighbour India generated
52,181 visitors to Sri Lanka with a 90 percent increase for April mainly
due to the vacation period, followed by traditional markets UK (37022),
Germany (20,928) and France (19,577).
Healthy growth was also reported from the Middle East, Eastern
Europe, Scandinavia, and North America.
"A strong selling point we toss into our markets is that Sri Lanka is
one of the safest destinations in the world," said Acting Director
General of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Vipula
"In addition to the regular promotions to create awareness and
interest and also to meet with stiff competition, the Authority has
significantly focused attention on matters within the country towards
Investments, Product and Infrastructure Development. Current strategy of
the Tourism Authority includes 'ensuring a happy stay' taking into
consideration that the tourist is the best promoter of a destination for
where he had spent a holiday."