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Jeddah gets a taste of Sri Lanka

Jeddah played host to Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau’s promotional roadshow in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The roadshow held at Radisson Blu witnessed a delegation of Sri Lanka Tourism officials, as well as Sri Lanka’s hotels and tourism stakeholders. The event was held as part of an on-going effort to develop number of tourists visiting the island from the GCC. This Tourism Promotion event attracted up to 75 of the leading travel and tourism companies in the city.

The road show comprised of 14 industry partners from Sri Lanka-based aviation, tourism and hospitality entities including; Movenpick Hotel Colombo, Centauria Travels, Asian Adventures, Holiday Park, Walkers Tours, Exotic Global Holiday, Lanka Holidays.net, Figco Lanka Holidays Private Ltd, World Travel Center, NKAR, Explore The Wonders, Sunway Holidays, Air Arabia and Sri Lanka Airlines.

As part of the promotional activities, Jeddah-based tourism professionals were provided latest information and updates on Sri Lanka’s touristic offerings through presentations, workshops and a series of business development meetings.

Madubhani Perera, Director/Marketing, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau said: “Sri Lanka is one of the preferred destinations for Gulf tourists as we offer a distinctive, adventure-packed, eco-friendly, family-focused experience and offering. The country also has many reasons for KSA families to return to Sri Lanka again and again.”

During 2017, Sri Lanka received a total of 35,481 tourists from KSA region. Sri Lanka aims to double these numbers and achieve 20% increase from KSA region by the end of 2018. Saudi Arabia make up the largest number of G.C.C. tourists to Sri Lanka followed by Oman and UAE as second and third largest number of GCC tourists to Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka Tourism roadshow delegates will continue its promotional activities as they participate in Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition.

Ajman welcomes the first Radisson Blu

The first Radisson Blu hotel opened its doors for business in Ajman. The new property offers seven diverse restaurants and bars to experience.

Mark Willis, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said, “The UAE continues to be a key market for the Group, for both inbound and outbound travel. The travel and tourism sector as a whole, continues to make an increasing contribution to the country’s GDP. We are pleased to be making our own contribution to this impressive growth with 11 new hotel openings projected in the UAE by 2019.”

The Radisson Blu Hotel offers 148 guest rooms and suites along with signature restaurant – Nalukettu Royale offering authentic cuisine from the southern Indian state of Kerala. Radisson Blu’s Italian Filini offers simple, home cooked cuisine in contemporary setting.

There are also meeting and events space features which include four meeting rooms and a ballroom along with a separate buffet area. Other facilities include a swimming pool and the Natura Wellbeing Spa.

Radisson Blu to add its third hotel to Ethiopia

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group adds another Radisson Blu hotel in Ethiopia in Bishoftu. The newly announced property will open in 2020.

Carlson Rezidor is operating a Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa, since 2011 and plans to open its second Blu in the city within the next 18 months.

Bishoftu is a popular MICE and leisure destination within Ethiopia. The hotel will be located on Lake Babogaya, which forms part of the region’s renowned five crater lakes.

The 152-room Radisson Blu hotel will have a restaurant and terrace, a specialty restaurant and a pool bar on the terrace. The meeting and events spaces will include a ballroom and six meeting rooms. Radisson Blu Hotel, Bishoftu will also offer a spa and well-equipped gym.