Category Archives: Global

Mulanovich Thrilled For Start of 2015 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy

Sofia Mulanovich

Anticipation is developing as the begin of the 2015 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy approaches. The renowned worldwide breaks encompassing Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa have been getting what’s coming to them of dry season swell as of now and it doesn’t look like backing off for the challenge, now in its fifth year, which will keep running from August 3 – 9.

SriLankan Airlines to increase flights to India

Srilankan airlines

SriLankan Airlines is seeking to increase flights to India, connect new destinations with Sri Lanka Convention Bureau wooing corporate entities pitching for MICE business from India.

The MICE business, has been steadily growing from India with the likes of Philips, Sony Ericsson, Cadbury, Canon India among a number of others choosing to host their meetings in Sri Lanka, Vipula Wanigasekera, CEO of Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, said.

AirAsia to fly to the Maldives


AirAsia has announced plans to launch direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to the Maldives.

From October 22, 2015, the low-cost carrier will operate a three-times-weekly service using an all economy class Airbus A320 aircraft.

According to Spencer Lee, AirAsia Berhad’s Head of Commercial, the Maldives tops the list of ‘must-visit’ destinations for most people, and the requests for flights to the Maldives have been extremely overwhelming.

Lufthansa provides intensive care unit

Lufthansa ICU

Lufthansa will be providing a unique “flying intensive care unit” in all its long haul fleet, including Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380, that will allow many patients from parts of the world to use the ICUs in the air in order to be transported to various medical facilities.

The German airlines, which has been operating Patient Transport Compartment (PTC) on its Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft types since 1999, has launched starting from June the new version of their unique intensive care unit PTC for the entire long haul fleet.

ICPB’s 8th Conventions India Conclave to be held in August 2015


The ‘8th Conventions India – the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events Conclave’ will be organised from August 7-9, 2015 at The India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, with the support of the ministry of tourism, Government of India. The conclave will provide an opportunity to interact with the bureau’s members who are specialists in the organisation of meetings and conventions and also other suppliers who will showcase their products during the conclave.

Maldives Open once again at Lohis Point

Lohis Point

The Asian Surfing Championships has announced the second annual Maldives Open, which will be returning to Lohis Point from 13-16 September in cooperation with the Maldives Body Boarding Association and the Maldives Tourism Ministry.

This year’s event will again be hosted by the Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Resort and boasts a total prize purse of $15,000 USD in three divisions; Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and Body Boarding.

“Whole UK” Tourism Plan


The meetings industry has welcomed the UK government’s plans to grow tourism, saying a whole-UK approach is the right way to increase the sector. EVCOM and the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) say the plan will benefit business tourism.

WTM generated more than £2.5 billion in industry deals


World Travel Market (WTM) London, the leading global event for the travel industry, facilitates more than 1.1 million on-stand business meetings which sees the event generate more than £2.5 billion in industry deals.

Cruise liners to link Sri Lanka-Kerala

Herbilan Cruises

Luxury cruise liners will commence operations from Sri Lanka to Kerala on October 2, giving a boost to the growing tourism industry.

The launch of cruise ships between the island nation and Kerala follows the efforts of Kerala Tourism and Minister for Tourism A.P. Anil Kumar to increase the footfalls to the State during the Visit Kerala Year.

Mumbai named most expensive city in India


A recent survey has deemed Mumbai the most expensive city in India and is ranked above Dallas, Frankfurt and Vancouver. Bengaluru and Kolkata, the least expensive Indian cities, climbed in the ranking as well.

Mumbai (at 74th place), climbed 66 places in the ranking due to its rapid economic growth, inflation and services basket and a stable currency against the US dollar.