Aid for Children, Raising funds for Settikulam Transit Camp

Red Dot staff have been helping to raise funds for refuges current awaiting rehabilitation in the Settikulam Transit Camp in Northern Sri Lanka. Since the end of the war there is an urgent need to help the thousands of Sri Lankans in these camps. The project we have been trying to help was initiated by Mr. Derek and Ms. Vashitha of Harlequin Display Group.GBP 5,000 was donated by Harlequin Aid and a 4.5 tonne truck of food aid, primarily children’s food and feeding bottles was sent to the camp on 30 May. Another shipment is being planned, hopefully to leave in about 3 weeks.…

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Sri Lanka Tourism launches 'Sri Lanka Small Miracle'

The following media release was issued by Sri Lanka Tourism last week announcing the start of their new global PR campaign. President Mahinda Rajapakse also announced to the industry that 2011 had been declared “Visit Sri Lanka Year” and assured his support for the industry. The government target is to increase arrivals from the current 500,000 visitors per year to 2.5 million by 2012.

Sri Lanka Tourism officially launched its new logo and tagline ‘Sri Lanka Small Miracle’ on Tuesday, in Colombo, opening a new chapter in destination branding, for this island nation. Unveiled at a historic moment, when worldwide perception of the destination is changing from “Visit with caution, to visit and explore”. …

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British Government relaxes Sri Lanka travel advisory.

Some good news for British tourists thinking about travel Sri Lanka this coming winter. The following appeared in the Daily Mirror on Sat 4 July:

“The British government has relaxed some travel restrictions on Sri Lanka. British High Commission Dr Peter Hayes said UK no longer discourage British holidaymakers from enjoying leopard-spotting at Yala National Park, surfing at Arugam Bay or admiring Trincomalee harbour, one of the world’s deepest natural ports. “We’ve taken this decision based on our assessment of the improving security situation in these parts of Sri Lanka.,” he said in a press release. However, the release said that in light of the uncertain security situation in areas recently affected by conflict we continue to discourage British tourists from travelling to other parts of the Eastern Province and continue to advise against all travel to northern Sri Lanka.”…

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Relocating Taprobana, Bentota

Taru Villas Taprobana, now known as Anilanla Taprobana, which has been one of the most popular boutique hotels in the west coast will not be available for guests after the 31 August 2009. The Anilanla management have informed us that they will not be managing this hotel anymore and they plan to build a new boutique hotel in Balapitiya which is 20kms away from the current property towards the south coast which will be known as Taprobana. The date when this new hotel will be available is still not known. The Anilana group are hoping to open two more new boutique hotels in Trincomalle in the North East coast and also near Kandy.…

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