News 01
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Mobile Service Goes Online
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) re-launched its flagship Mobile Service after a long absence which delivers various SLTDA services such as hotel inspections, issuance of business licenses, tourism training etc. in Arugmbay in end of last month. SLTDA conducted the mobile service with assistance of International Finance Corporation (IFC). 
The concept behind the mobile service is to provide licensing and other related services to the tourism industry in regions where by reducing them having to come head office which is located in Colombo. 
During the mobile service, for the first time, SLTDA was able to process, print and issue licenses to tourism business operators such as hotels, restaurants in the area. SLTDA was able to carry out this process by using latest Information Technology (IT) which helps SLTDA to set up a mobile office anywhere in the country, where an internet connection is available. This technology helps SLTDA to connect the mobile office to systems located in the head office in Colombo, in real time and process business licensing requests. 
SLTDA is planning to expand the mobile service in the future to cater to every region of the country where new and existing licensees can obtain this service during the mobile service which will be held in their respective areas.
News 02
New dimension to promote Sri Lanka as a destination
Sri Lanka Tourism collaborated with Cinnamon Hotels to encourage local and foreign photographers to highlight their talent and capture unique locations of Sri Lanka, to fascinate the world, byproviding prize money to winners of the Cinnamon Photography Contest 2017. The Cinnamon Photography Contest, which was initiated in 2016 at the World Travel Market, (WTM) London, highlighted more than 3000 images of Sri Lanka, photographed with excellent skill and patience.The Cinnamon Travel Photography & Videography Awards is a bi-annual competition, celebrating the best photography and Videography captured in Sri Lanka by an individual of any nationality andat any levelof experience. The participants contested under several categories.
The ceremony was held under the patronage of Hon. Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga, Managing Director, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Mr. Sutheash Balasubramaniam , Vice President , John Keels Group and Head of Brand Marketing, Mr. Dileep Mudadeniya, along with distinguished officials from respective organizations. A large number of amateur and professionals in photographers were also present at this occasion.
Best countries and cities to visit in 2018: The 18 places you should visit this year
Travellers heard the word on Sri Lanka some time ago – almost everyone you know has been to Kandy, or Galle, or Colombo, right? However, there's a new frontier in Sri Lanka: the formerly war-torn, Tamil-dominated north. The city of Jaffna is worth visiting for the incredibly good food alone, but once you throw in friendly locals and a sultry, rough-and-ready vibe, you have yourself a great new destination.
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