Sri Lanka will reopen its borders to foreign tourists on Thursday after a ten-month hiatus, official have said.
However, travellers will be subject to tough Covid-19 protocols.
Under the plans, tourists will be allowed to stay in 55 designated hotels, which will be off limits to locals except for staff, across the country.
Visitors will also be required to produce a negative PCR test, taken up to four days before their arrival.
They must undergo two more tests for a visit of up to seven days, and three tests if they stay for more than a week.
“It is with great pleasure and excitement we announce that Sri Lanka will be open for tourism from Thursday,” said Kimarli Fernando, chairperson, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.
“As we open our doors to the world once again, we have pulled out all the stops, ensuring that every precautionary measure has been set in place to make the island getaway as safe, secure and serene as possible for the visitors.”
Tourists will be required to purchase insurance, costing US$12, that will cover up to US$50,000 in Covid-19 related medical costs.
Passengers who have spent up to two weeks in Britain before arriving will not be allowed to enter the country, however, and flights from the UK remain banned.
This is an effort to keep out a more contagious Covid-19 variant.
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St Lucia is to offer Covid-19 tests to travellers returning to England in order to meet new restrictions imposed by the UK government.
Many properties in the Caribbean destination will offer the service free of charge.
Visitors can obtain a Covid-19 test conveniently at select hotels or at local testing facilities, with test results returned within a 72-hour time frame.
Visitors can make an appointment for their test once they arrive on island or through their Covid-certified hotel.
Pricing varies based on location and the type of test administered.
As of today, there are 20 hotels and villas offering free Covid-19 antigen testing to qualified guests.
Additional properties in Saint Lucia are anticipated to roll out complimentary testing in the coming weeks.
Restrictions may apply and visitors should check with their accommodation provider for details; select hotels are offering PCR tests to guests who meet qualifications.
Since the first international flights returned to Saint Lucia in July last year, the country has implemented consistent responsible Covid-19 protocols, providing increased safety for both visitors and local citizens.
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Montcalm East, an Autograph Collection Hotel, is set to open in Shoreditch this spring.
Situated in one of most energetic and vibrant areas of London, the property inherits the site of the existing M by Montcalm.
The 288-room hotel will feature an all-day dining neighbourhood restaurant from East London restaurant team, Barworks – a first of its kind partnership from the group.
Occupying a prime position between Shoreditch and the City, the hotel is just a short stroll from Old Street.
Heavily influenced by the work of ‘Op-Art’ pioneer Bridget Riley, the exterior of the property acts as an optical illusion, setting the tone for the creative experience even before guest arrival.
Inside the hotel, Shoreditch-based design studio Blacksheep have taken inspiration from the pioneering heritage of the area and the different perspectives that influenced it.
Geometric shapes and muted colour tones create clean and calming spaces.
Guestrooms are flooded with natural light, with many offering floor-to-ceiling city views.
Providing pops of colour, the bespoke artwork in the rooms is a play on the trademark street art posters of Shoreditch.
The spacious bathrooms feature rain showers and luxury ethical bath products made by The Soap Co. – a local brand that employs, trains and supports people with disabilities to build skills, confidence and independence.
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Disneyland Paris has pushed back its reopening date to April 2nd as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to sweep France.
The theme park had been due to reopen on February 13th.
However, in a statement officials said this was not now possible and that the current plan to open in April would go ahead only “if conditions permit”.
Bookings can be taken from April 2nd, with plans in place to offer refunds to customers impacted by the decision.
Due to the prevailing conditions in Europe, Disneyland Paris will not reopen on the 13th of February as initially planned. If you have a booking with us during the closing period, please check our website for our latest commercial conditions: https://t.co/3c0DbxYPLC pic.twitter.com/yom7cB4it3
— Disneyland Paris EN (@DisneyParis_EN) January 18, 2021
A statement said: “Due to the prevailing conditions in Europe, Disneyland Paris will no reopen on February 13th as initially planned.
“If conditions permit, we will reopen Disneyland Paris on April 2nd and will welcome reservations from that date forward.
“Given the current context our plans continue to evolve, but please know that we will make every effort to share with you any updates as soon as it is possible.”
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Centara Hotels & Resorts has expanded its footprint in south-east Asia following the signing of hotel management agreements for three new properties.
One resort is located in Khao Yai, Thailand, while the other two are situated in Vang Vieng, Laos.
In total, the three properties add 304 keys to the group portfolio.
In Laos, Centra by Centara Riverside Resort Vang Vieng (formerly Thavisouk Island Hotel) and Thavisouk Riverside Resort & Spa Vang Vieng, Centara Boutique Collection (formerly Thavisouk Riverside Hotel) are located on the opposite sides of the Nam Song River, connected by a private bridge linking the two properties.
The two rebranded riverside properties are expected to open in quarter four, following the completion of significant refurbishment programmes.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Thavisouk, and to draw on their wealth of local expertise and hospitality experience for Centara’s expansion in this beautiful country.
“Our values of treating our guests and employees like family are closely aligned, and I am excited to offer new destinations for guests who seek authentic travel experiences surrounded by nature,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive of Centara Hotels and Resorts.
Based in Vang Vieng, Laos, Thavisouk Hotel & Resorts was founded nearly two decades ago with just 40 rooms; today, it is the biggest hospitality group in the city with more than 300 rooms.
Another new addition to the Centara Boutique Collection, Roukh Kiri Khao Yai Hotel is nestled within the lush and mountainous landscape Khao Yai National Park, one of Thailand’s largest national parks just three hours from Bangkok.
Featuring 12 contemporary barn-styled villas perched on a hill overlooking the valley, the intimate, luxurious resort combines contemporary living with the beautiful simplicity of the great outdoors.
This is Centara’s first hotel in Khao Yai.
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