British tourist wins tattoo case

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 17 November 2017: Sri Lanka’s top court. Wednesday, awarded compensation to a British woman arrested for sporting a Buddha tattoo, saying the nurse was subjected to “horrifying and scandalous treatment” by local authorities.

Naomi Michelle Coleman was detained in prison in 2014 after touching down in Colombo, where police in the Buddhist-majority country took offence to the tattoo on her arm.

Coleman, a devout Buddhist, was deported three days later by a local magistrate in a scandal that embarrassed Sri Lanka’s tourism board. Read more

Sri Lanka offloads hotel investments

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 3 August 2017: Sri Lanka announced plans, Wednesday, to sell off two state-owned luxury hotel companies following its billion-dollar privatisation of a loss-making port.

Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said ministers approved the seeking of bids for a 51% stake in Hotel Developers (Lanka) plc, whose luxury hotel in Colombo is managed by Hilton.

He did not give a value for the company, which occupies prime land in the heart of Colombo. Read more