Tailor-Made News – June 2016

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Tailor-Made News – June 2016

Dear Friends,

Sri Lanka has been in the news for some unfortunate reasons in the last few weeks. You may have probably heard or seen the chaos created in some parts of the country by the torrential rains we experienced. It was most unusual for that time of the year, nevertheless it happened. The rains together with the strong winds created floods in some areas and landslides in some others. Unfortunately, some families were displaced and were accommodated in homes in safer places. Once again, the human spirit of sharing was evident as many individuals, companies and foreign missions all contributed to mitigate the hardships of those affected. Fortunately for Sri Lanka, the water also receded fast and as soon as the rains stopped people were able to go back, clean up and try to get their lives back on track. We are fortunate that there were no health issues that arose from the flooding. The Tourist movements were not disrupted and we were able to conduct our tours around the country.

April and May are busy months for Sri Lankans. We celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year on the 14th of April, and the birth, death and enlightenment of Lord Buddha in May, on the Vesak full moon poya day. The former is a very traditional celebration, where people go back to their villages/homes and celebrate with their kith and kin. Auspicious times are observed, new clothes in specially assigned colours are worn and certain practices are followed to usher in the New Year. Vesak is a more spiritual time for the Buddhists, where many alms are given known as the “dansals”; over the years it has become a festival of lights with huge pandals erected depicting stories of the Buddha and many beautiful paper lanterns and flags adorn houses and the roads. It is indeed a pretty sight and a fabulous experience to be in Sri Lanka during these times.

The charity bicycle ride, “Around the Pearl” took place from the 7th to the 17th of April with 35 riders,two of them who had flown in from San Fransisco, USA. They covered 1450 kms in over 11 days with a day for rest. I was fortunate to follow them by car and what an experience that was too. Starting from Colombo, the ride took us to Mirissa, Kataragama, Arugambay, Passikudah, Trincomalee, Mulaitivu, Jaffna, Mannar and Negombo for overnight stops before returning to Colombo. As it was along the coast, the scenery was breath-taking, and for those amongst you who are cyclists, a cycing tour is something I can highly recommend to you.

In the last 2 months, in addition to Jetwing Jaffna and Sunrise by Jetwing, a couple of other hotels also had their official openings. Amongst them, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle and Shangri La Hambantota stood out. Both hotels are located in the deep south and over look the crystal clear, deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean. These well known brands will no doubt bring in their own clientele to Sri Lanka in the coming months and years.

Sri Lanka continues to attract a lot of bloggers and travel photographers which helps to keep the island in the forefront of travel news. We sincerely hope you too will be able to experience the mysteries of Sri Lanka and its smiling people and spread the word around.

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Tourism pioneer Herbert Cooray recognized at Sri Lanka Tourism Golden Jubilee

The Golden Jubilee celebrations of Sri Lanka Tourism held on 27 May was the perfect backdrop to recognize the contributions made to the industry by pioneers, with the legendary Herbert Cooray being amongst those awarded for…

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Joining in as Around the Pearl Official Hotel Partner

Around the Pearl is an annual cycling challenge held over 10 days covering 1400kms around the beautiful coastal belt of Sri Lanka with the aim to raise funds for wheelchairs for children affected by Cerebral Palsy. Jetwing Hotels is honoured to…

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SL Tourism at Beijing International Tourism Expo (BITE – 2016)

Beijing International Tourism Expo (BITE – 2016) is an annual event which was held from 20th to 22nd May, 2016 at National Agriculture Exhibition Center in Beijing, China. In connection with the BITE travel fair SLTPB organized two…

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Srilankan Airlines gives travel bloggers a thrilling experience at BIA

In yet another of its numerous efforts to promote Sri Lanka as a global tourism destination of choice, SriLankan Airlines welcomed participants to the Cinnamon Travel Bloggers Conference Asia & Awards 2016 by giving more than 40…

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Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau focused to promote Buddhist tourism in Thailand

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) has organized a familiarization tour of Sri Lanka for Two journalists from Thailand to increase destination awareness and promote Sri Lanka as one of the key destinations for Thai tourists…

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Habarana Sri Lanka for Eco – retreats and Adventure

Habarana is situated in the central regions of Sri Lanka, a less popular location however known for its eco-retreats and nature friendly environment. It is also a city in the Cultural Triangle, and in close proximity to major destinations such…

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Tropical Arugam Bay for a Perfect Beach Holiday

With a tropical mix of the glorious sea, sand, and surf Arugam Bay has become an ideal holiday destination for beach lovers the world over.There is quite a lot of variety in this Southeast Coast location where travelers can chose either to surf…

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Untamed Nature Meets Luxury

The wilds of Sri Lanka’s Deep South are not for the faint-heart. With its rough patchwork of terrain and the animals that roam the depths of its many national parks, it makes for a thrilling getaway that caters to every kind of traveller. Catering to the…

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Passikudah and its Distinctive Attractions

Known for its shallow coastline and beaches with clean, soft sand Passikudah is fast becoming a popular destination in Sri lanka for a perfect beach escape. The pristine beaches and luxury properties all blend in to make it a favorable holiday…

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Sunrise by Jetwing

Sunrise by Jetwing is a tropical holiday property designed to seamlessly blend with its gorgeous surroundings. Sprawled on what is enviably known as the longest stretch of shallow coastline in the world, Sunrise by Jetwing is located on the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka, right in the heart of the bay of Pasikudah, with direct access to the sea.

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Whilst on holiday with us, all our customers have countless exceptional service encounters and experiences that delight them. We at Jetwing believe each of these encounters or ‘Moments’ are an opportunity for us and our staff to truly connect with each other. We have published above (and will do so in every issue of Tailor-Made News) such instances to highlight bonds and friendships that will never be forgotten.

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