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Sri Lanka earmarks areas for tourism development

Sri Lanka recently announced plans to develop between five and eight themed tourism development zones. The plan, which will be completed in approximately five years, has the dual objective of encouraging international tourism to Sri Lanka, as well as bringing in foreign investment. Sri Lanka hopes the initiative will bring 5 million additional tourists to the country by 2020.

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Wanderlust recommends travellers what to see and do in Sri Lanka

For first-time travellers to Sri Lanka, the editors of Wanderlust have compiled a list of their recommendations for the country, a small nation with a wide variety of activities and sites. Nature-lovers will love the country’s pristine beaches and national parks, and more adventurous types can venture into its jungles and mountains ranges. For those drawn to culture and history, the country also boasts numerous World Heritage Sites.

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Anantara Kalutara Resort the second Sri Lanka hotel from Anantara collection

Anantara has added a second property to its portfolio in Sri Lanka, after opening the new Anantara Kalutara Resort. Located south of Colombo on the southwest coast, the luxury resort has 141 guest rooms with private balconies and terraces, and facilities include a library, three restaurants, two swimming pools, a two-level Anantara Spa, and the Upper Deck bar with beautiful sunset views.

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Sri Lanka launches new themed tourism development zones

Sri Lanka is working towards its goal of attracting five million holidaymakers by 2020. In an effort to boost the number of arrivals officials have announced the launch of themed tourism development zones. The details of the project are expected to be unveiled at the upcoming Asia Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference.

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Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort and Spa in Sri Lanka appoints new General Manager

Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa has appointed a new General Manager for the recently-opened Sri Lanka hotel. Iain McCormack is bringing 38 years of expertise and experience to the role, after his previous position as General Manager at Naman Retreat in Danang in Vietnam, and various roles with global companies such as the Leading Hotels of the World.

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KK Beach hotel to open to holidaymakers in Sri Lanka in December, 2016

The KK Beach hotel will open to guests in December, 2016 near Habaraduwa in Sri Lanka. Owned by interior designer, George Cooper, the new hotel will be located close to the hotel group’s Kahanda Kanda, which sits within jungle and tea plantations on the shore of Lake Koggala near Galle. KK Beach will have four air-conditioned suites and boutique facilities including a beach club.

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RIU Hotels and Resorts marks debut in Asia with launch of the new Riu Sri Lanka

RIU Hotels and Resorts has announced the opening of a new five-star hotel in Sri Lanka. The beachfront Riu Sri Lanka opened to guests earlier this month in Ahungalla on the south coast of the island, and has 500 guest rooms with balconies, plus upscale facilities including three swimming pools, a Kid's Club, a nightclub, gourmet restaurants, and the Renova Spa wellness centre.

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Sri Lankans work together to save native mangroves

Working to reverse decades of damage done to its country's landscape, the Sri Lankan government is now joining forces with environmentalists, pledging to help protect what's left of the nation's native mangrove forests. Once plundered for things like farming and during the country's civil war the focus is now on preserving what's seen as a valuable natural resource.

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Ani Villas Sri Lanka declared "Best of the Best" 2016

The yearly travel edition of one of America's most prestigious luxury lifestyle magazines has included one Sri Lankan gem of a resort in its "Best of the Best" list 2016. The Ani Villas Sri Lanka earned its spot in the coveted magazine's shortlist of some of the world's most exclusive luxury hotels thanks to its inspiring design, its spectacular coastal location, the immaculately pristine state of its facilities and surroundings, as well innovative pampering experiences.

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Escape to Sri Lanka's sustainable Tri Hotel on Lake Koggala

When most travellers head to Sri Lanka, it's for the golden-sand beaches and oceanfront accommodation, but one hotel has utilised its unique position on the northern shores of Lake Koggala. Created by British photographer Robert Drummond and his wife, Tri is a small eco-hotel with 10 luxury rooms that have been nestled into the natural landscape, and facilities including a tree-top spa, a pool, and a 360-degree summit viewing deck.

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Sri Lanka earmarks areas for tourism development

Sri Lanka recently announced plans to develop between five and eight themed tourism development zones. The plan, which will be completed in approximately five years, has the dual objective of encouraging international tourism to Sri Lanka, as well as bringing in foreign investment. Sri Lanka hopes the initiative will bring 5 million additional tourists to the country by 2020.

Wanderlust recommends travellers what to see and do in Sri Lanka

For first-time travellers to Sri Lanka, the editors of Wanderlust have compiled a list of their recommendations for the country, a small nation with a wide variety of activities and sites. Nature-lovers will love the country’s pristine beaches and national parks, and more adventurous types can venture into its jungles and mountains ranges. For those drawn to culture and history, the country also boasts numerous World Heritage Sites.

Anantara Kalutara Resort the second Sri Lanka hotel from Anantara collection

Anantara has added a second property to its portfolio in Sri Lanka, after opening the new Anantara Kalutara Resort. Located south of Colombo on the southwest coast, the luxury resort has 141 guest rooms with private balconies and terraces, and facilities include a library, three restaurants, two swimming pools, a two-level Anantara Spa, and the Upper Deck bar with beautiful sunset views.