Sri Lanka opens third international airport

Sri Lanka opened its third international airport yesterday, paving the way for travellers to fly into the Northern Peninsula of the island.

An ATR 72-600 aircraft carrying the Air India Chairman and Alliance Air CEO amongst other staff and journalists, was welcomed at the Jaffna International Airport (JIA) with a water salute and great enthusiasm for the possibilities ahead.

The JIA was previously known as Palaly Airport and was primarily used as a military airbase and for domestic flights. Further construction is due to take place over two more phases with the next three months focusing on extending the current runway.…

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Hyatt joins Colombo hotel boom

With several international hotel chains showing interest of opening shop in Sri Lanka, Hyatt is the latest to join the bandwagon with a 565-roomed 5-star hotel in Colombo underway.

The hotel – a conversion of a high-rise formerly owned by the Ceylinco group – will consist of 54 suites, 265 king rooms, 150 twin rooms and six rooms that will be built with facilities for the disabled.

In addition, the hotel will also manage 90 residential suited for long stay guests.
Following the end of nearly 30 years of conflict, Sri Lanka is currently experiencing a boom in tourism. With it currently being one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world, many international chains are taking advantage of the government’s investment invitation opportunities.…

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