Monash Malaysia at an unbelievable price
As a full campus of
Monash University Sunway Campus, Malaysia
provides a distinctive international
experience, with teaching and research of
the highest order. It is a dynamic community
of scholars comprising staff and students,
supported by a comprehensive first-class
infrastructure, and aspiring to intellectual
achievement of the highest order.
was invited by the Malaysian government to
open a campus in 1998. It is the first
foreign university campus in
and was created at Bandar Sunway in Petaling
Jaya. Classes commenced in July 1998. At
present there are some 4,000 students and
400 staff. All academic staff members are
expected to engage in scholarly research.
Monash University Sunway Campus Malaysia is
just 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur with
easy access to shopping malls, medical
centres, banks, restaurants, Water Park and
Students at Monash University Sunway Campus
Malaysia participate in the intercampus
mobility options available to all Monash
students and award courses from Monash
School of Engineering, School of Information
Technology, School of Medicine and Health
Science, School of Arts and Social Sciences
and School of Science. Now over ten years
old, the Sunway campus of
is an exemplar of transnational education.
The campus has 40 science labs, 24 labs for
engineering, radio and TV studio,
auditoriums with 350 capacity each, lecture
theatres and a fully equipped library
containing collection of 51,428 items
consisting of books.
It has a diverse and multi-cultural
environment with more than 3,300 students
from 47 countries including Indonesia,
Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
Singapore, Mauritius and Korea.
Tuition fees and cost of living in Malaysia
is very much less than Australia, UK and US.
It is closer to home with a large Sri Lankan
student community and a perfectly safe
environment. Sri Lankan students after
O/Levels or A/Levels can reduce their cost
further by starting their degree programmes
in Business, Engineering, IT, Medicine, Arts
or Science at
Monash College Sri Lanka
and tranfering to Monash Malaysia for
Students enrolled with
Monash College Sri Lanka
are registered Monash students from day one
and enjoy the same academic standards.
Their entry to second year of Monash
University Sunway Campus Malaysia is
guaranteed in the fields of Business,
Engineering, IT and Arts.
For the first time in
students and parents will have the unique
opportunity to see, discuss and experience
Monash University Sunway Campus Malaysia on
August 9 at Monash College Sri Lanka.
On this day prospective students can listen
to Dr. Andrew Ng Hock Soon (School of Arts
and Social Science), Dr. Ton So Ha (School
of Science) and Dr. Saadat M. Alhashmi
(School of IT) from Monash University
Malaysia and discuss rewarding
opportunities, including stimulating
careers, exciting programmes and the wide
range of degree programmes available for
students at Monash University Sunway Campus
You can experience a real university
atmosphere, an interactive laboratory
exercise that takes participants into the
world of research and provides an insight
into the fields of engineering and sciences.
There will be an interactive display
highlighting many current and future
A panel of current students will talk about
how it's different to study at a prestigious
university and how much they enjoy their
campus life. The audience will be encouraged
to ask questions and enter into discussions.
Student tour leaders will guide prospective
students and their parents through the
campus ensuring a comprehensive insight to
higher studies at Monash Malaysia.
For students after O/Level and A/Level and
their parents it is a good opportunity to
discuss study options with Koh Siew Yin and
Chor Sook Han representing admissions and
marketing of Monash University Sunway Campus
Malaysia and join the staff and students of
Monash for a traditional Malaysian meal. Be
their on Saturday August 9 between
10 am and
4 pm. Call 0777449955 or 0777449966 for
reservations or visit 308, R. A. De. Mel
Mawatha, Colombo 3.
Harcourts opens Crescent Girls School
Crescent Girls School
(CGS), a project of Harcourts Foundation is
located at Jensonwatta, Anderson Road,
CGS is housed in a spacious building. Well
equipped classrooms, in-house swimming pool,
netball and badminton courts are some of the
facilities available inhouse. The swimming
pool is managed by a qualified instructress
and is exclusively for girls and above all
secluded in keeping with religious concern.
The CGS is identified as an Islamic based
international school, which demonstrates the
true spirit of Islam in all facets of its
activities. The teaching begins with nursery
to primary level education and presently it
has students numbering over 300 on roll.
Substantial investments have been put into
the school to attain the current standing,
expansion of space, investment in modern
furniture and fittings, computer laboratory,
sports and recreational facilities, revision
of staff salaries to match current
international school standards and above
all recruitment of qualified teaching staff
Apart from the abundance of qualified and
experienced teaching staff led by the
principal, CGS also boasts of the business
management strength of Harcourts (Pvt) Ltd,
led by its Group Chairman / CEO, Ahamed
Rheyas. The group has over 500 employees.
Harcourts today is one of the leading
pharmaceutical companies in the country and
also owns and manages a chain of 15 super
drug retail outlets, which is the largest
retail network of its type in the country
today. The CGS' vision and mission
statements clearly emphasize the importance
of quality, value, and professionalism CGS
is now open to students of all communities.
The school is equipped with a well resourced
science laboratory, library and medical
facilities in house.
The library has a wide range of reference
books, subject books, and fiction together
with excellent coverage of periodicals and
newspapers. The multi media section has an
excellent collection of DVDs CDs, with a
multi media projector and screen for student
viewing. Computers are available with
internet facilities for student research.
Ahamed Rheyas who himself was an English
teacher before he embarked on the business
of pharmaceuticals, makes it a mandatory
practice to visit the school every morning
to inspect the facilities and is readily
accessible to the teaching staff.
Crescent Girls School
to be a unique institution assimilating the
traditional excellence of our century old
legendary educational establishments, while
exploring and experimenting with modern
concepts in education," Rheyas has stated.
CGS encourages student participation in
extra curricular activities such as the arts
circle, junior and senior debating teams,
indoor and outdoor sporting activities. The
school never fails to field a very
competitive English debating team for the
annual International Schools Debating
Competition and also a badminton team at
CGS prepares students to sit for the Edexcel
and Cambridge International English exams.
CGS operates an exclusive bus for the
convenience of the students and teaching
staff to get about their extra curricular
activities without any hindrance.
CGS also sponsors at least three deserving
students every year from the outstations to
obtain an education at no cost.
CIMA - a multi-faced, professional programme
'Follow the certificate course in Business
Accounting and you are making the first move
towards a great career,' says the Chartered
Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) -
a body that boasts of being the largest,
student-based overseas professional
programme in Sri Lanka.
CIMA CEO, Bradley Emerson, speaking to The
Sunday Leader said that CIMA has 10500
students on roll as at June 30 this year.
"We are consciously making CIMA more
inclusive so as to widen the opportunity to
the other provinces. We are consciously
moving to the peripheries to extend this
international professional qualification to
a greater cross section of our youth he
A step that has been successfully taken in
that direction was through the all island
English spelling contest for students
between 14-18 years, conducted by CIMA over
a period of three months which was recently
concluded and telecast over a private TV
station. Over 200 plus schools participated
and the interest generated was tremendous,
"Of the 20 finalists only seven were from
better known schools and only two were from
international schools. The rest of the
finalists were from Jaffna, Trincomalee,
Badulla, Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Hambantota
and Kegalle. Goes to show the talent and
capability of the children in other parts of
the island," he said.
With a fully fledged branch in operation in
Kandy since 2007, with three schools
providing tuition and facilities for
research and referrals, CIMA currently is
focusing on growth in and around the Central
Province, where surveys have revealed that
there are around 50,000 students from the
main cities and adjoining areas attending
schools and who are potential aspirants of
professional qualifications. CIMA will
collaborate with appropriate organisations
in the areas to enhance the tuition
facilities in the area.
In reply to a question if CIMA will reach
saturation point Emerson said, "What makes
CIMA unique is that is that it lays emphasis
on professional management and not only on
"CIMA is a globally recognised
qualification and that is why we have over
3900 Sri Lankan members and students
overseas. One has to look at CIMA
qualification in that context," said
He went on to explain that CIMA graduates
are in many and varied fields as the courses
conducted cater to the need of the hour.
Quoting the current President Gowri Shanker
on her vision statement - 'Enhance the CIMA
profession' Emerson said that what sets CIMA
apart is that where its members are
concerned their strength is their
qualification received through a course in
which the curriculum is updated every five
years based on global needs that are
developed to bring out graduates who could
then meet those global challenges.
He went on to say that there are 38 CIMA
qualified CEOs in Sri Lanka's corporate
world and added that CIMA Sri Lanka is the
largest market outside of the UK which shows
how effectively the professional course is
marketed and conducted here.
"Prior to starting CIMA the entry point is
the certificate course in Business
Accounting which is a six months full
time/part time course that gives knowledge
and insight on the basics of business and
finance so essential in the present evolving
"What is also important to highlight is that
this course is open to anyone at any stage
of their career, regardless of the level of
knowledge they have in finance. The course
comprises five modules and the skills that
one would develop would provide an excellent
grounding in the fundamentals in different
areas of accounting and how these relate to
the business world," stressed Emerson.
While having produced world student winners
and a world teacher over the years, CIMA Sri
Lanka proudly claims to have yet another
world winner in 2008 as well.
Encouraging Sri Lankans to make use of the
opportunity in a field of finance and
accounting that is guaranteed to open
avenues to many other professional
disciplines, Emerson says that a world-class
qualification is available for around
Rs.400,000 within around two to two and half
years (if one were to get through exams at
every stage) as against having to spend
around Rs.2 million on a professional course
of study overseas. "Even in the UK, CIMA is
a post-graduate course according to the
system there. Here it is so easy," he said.
With the added benefit of paying tuition
fees on easy and interest free installment
schemes through reputed credit cards CIMA
Sri Lanka is not simply sitting on its
laurels but continuing to proactively pursue
newer and innovative means of making a
world-class qualification accessible to
students all over the country in its
endeavour to be inclusive - and which
certainly opens the door to the corporate
world in Sri Lanka.
Study part-time at APIIT and move with the
Gone are the days when one thought of
finishing education to start working. Today,
by necessity, education is life-long. Some
of us may finish university education before
looking for a job; others may join the
workforce before going to the university.
It's our choice. Either way, all of us can
benefit from higher education. Indeed, we
Work-study balance is the buzzword today
amongst the employed. Work-study balance is
what we need to achieve. Neglecting one
will have a negative impact on the other.
Finding a job is one thing. Developing a
career has become a truly challenging task
in the increasingly competitive business
With rapid advances in knowledge and skills
and technology, there is no alternative to
ensuring satisfactory career progression and
consequent quality in life other than
keeping oneself up-to-date and equipped with
recognised educational qualifications.
Asia Pacific Institute of Information
Technology (APIIT) - Sri Lanka, a leading
higher education institute established in
partnership with APIIT - Malaysia and
Staffordshire University - UK, is committed
to high standards and quality of education
to produce internationally recognised
computing and business professionals.
The institute now opens up opportunities for
those in employment to complete a British
degree in Computing/ IT or Business
Management from internationally renowned
Staffordshire University and keep abreast of
the latest developments in these fields.
Those with professional qualifications such
as ABE, CIM CIMA, HND, BCS, and ACS (part or
fully qualified) are entitled to exemptions
and advanced standing.
Higher education institutions need to change
with the times to suit the changing profile
of students and life styles. APIIT - Sri
Lanka as a dynamic and student-focussed
higher education institution offers
part-time internal study programmes to
primarily meet the growing education needs
of the employed.
The programmes are structured to provide
maximum flexibility: delivery is in the
evenings and weekends; modular structure
allows students to pace their learning to
suit time availability; students may
complete part of the programme, take a break
if necessary and resume studies later; and
several easy payment options are available
to suit one's income.
APIIT School of Computing offers a diploma
and a degree programme in Computing for
part-time students; equal prominence given
to theory and practical work is a
distinctive feature of these programmes.
APIIT Business School offers a diploma and a
degree programme in Business Administration/
Management. While these programmes are
designed to comprehensively cover all areas
of business, the programme content is
advantageously integrated with the theory
and practice of information technology. This
unique blend of business with IT meets the
demands of the industry and commerce and
gives APIIT - Sri Lanka graduates a cutting
edge in their professional career.
Part-time students may also study both
Business Management and IT in the Business
Information Technology degree programme
designed to meet the needs of the modern job
market where business takes place in an IT
Emphasis on project work that can be
integrated into one's employment is a
distinctive feature of all degree programmes.
This is where one's career blends seamlessly
with the pursuit of education providing
synergy and integrating learning into
Further, the programmes attract students
from diverse backgrounds in commerce and
industry. These students bring their own
experiences to the classroom discussions and
make the entire teaching/ learning process
dynamic and closely linked with the
practices in the real world. Therefore, it
is no surprise that students who complete
their studies while working often
demonstrate superior learning outcomes.
You can be assured of modern facilities, an
environment conducive to academic pursuits,
convenient academic schedules, flexible
payment options and a panel of qualified and
competent lecturers to conduct the teaching
programmes. APIIT prides itself on having
outstanding teaching/ learning facilities
and the best qualified full-time teaching
faculty in the Sri Lankan private higher
APIIT-Sri Lanka invites you to visit the
APIIT City Campus at Union Place, Colombo 2
to inspect the facilities and meet the
academic and admin staff to obtain details
of academic programmes. The campus is open
from 8.30am to 5.00pm on weekdays and till
1.00pm on Saturdays.
PATHE Academy - the path to success in the
As a rapid growing industry Information
Technology has become a main partner of this
industry based world. Today, human beings
have to interact with many IT based
activities on a day to day basis.
PATHE Academy Information Communication
Technology Faculty offers internationally
recognised IT qualifications to the local
The degree department of the faculty
conducts all programmes in collaboration
with top examination bodies. Namely;
BCS (British Computer Society)
BIT (Bachelor of Information Technology)
BSc Informational Technology, UK
As a registered course provider for BCS in
Sri Lanka PATHE Academy has experienced
rapid growth in the recent past. BCS is the
required IT qualification for recruitment in
the local IT industry. Based on this the
students' preference for the course has also
increased and it is proved by the fact that
the highest number of candidates taking BCS
exams has been reported from Sri Lanka.
Compared with other comparative programmes
it is very affordable and is popular even
among the outstation community. PATHE
Academy's contribution to BCS has been
highly appreciated and the third intake is
scheduled to be taken in next October.
Students who join PATHE for BCS usually stay
with the academy for all the next levels.
Some of students are close to achieving the
coveted MBCS (Member of British Computer
Society) honorary status highlighting the
academic excellence of the institute.
Further, the BIT programme in association
with the University of Colombo is also well
recognised. Affordability has been a
prominent factors which has led to its
These courses are offered at PATHE Academy's
computer labs situated in Nugegoda, Maya
Avenue and Kollupitiya with over 100
computers integrated with other modern
The Degree Programmes Department is situated
at Maya Avenue, Kirulapone. Prospective
students could obtain all the information
they require from the website
PATHE Academy offers Diploma and Certificate
programmes in Information Technology (IT)
that helps students take on IT challenges.
PATHE Academy offers a Certificate in IT ,
Diploma in IT, Diploma in Computer Hardware
Engineering, Diploma in Computer Animation,
Diploma in Graphic Design, Diploma in Auto
CAD, Diploma in Video Editing and Special
Effects, Diploma in Computer Aided
Accounting, and Diploma in Software
To the beginners PATHE Academy recommends
the Certificate in IT.
The Diploma in IT is for students who have
some knowledge about computing.
The IT industry is a rapidly expanding
industry throughout the world. Computer
hardware engineers can work for computer
manufacturers, telecommunication companies
and large organisations such as finance and
retail companies. To fulfill the current
need for professionals PATHE Academy has
introduced the Diploma in Hardware
All Diploma and Certificate programmes have
been designed for the students using the
latest software versions and new
PATHE Academy is recognised and accredited
by international universities in the UK,
USA, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden.
All diploma and certificate programmes of
PATHE are validated and attested by the
internationally recognised Folkuniversitetet,
SWEDEN. This gives students the opportunity
to obtain an European certification. For
some programmes, PATHE has agreements for
further training and on the job training in
Schengen countries through Folkuniversitetet.
Folkuniversitetet was founded by Uppsala
University, Sweden, which is one of the
oldest universities in the Nordic region.
Most Uppsala University professors are on
the board at Folkuniversitetet.
PATHE is the official representative for
Folkuniversitetet in Sri Lanka since 1998.
Sorting the mess of Sri Lanka's education
There have been of late many commentaries on
the subject of Sri Lanka's education system.
It is admittedly in a disastrous state made
pitiable by the manner in which all its
stakeholders seem to shirk their
An education system that was envied at one
time is today wondering what went wrong.
Teachers prefer to become "sick" thinking
their anomalies will be resolved..students
are not studying for reasons best asked of
them.Ministry officials prefer to play carom
with the lives of youth as evident no sooner
anyone walks into the Ministry.
Education is not the dowry of the education
minister. It seems the present regime does
not have the mission or the vision to take
education to the next frontier.
The most important ministry of a country is
the Education Ministry - its policies are
likely to shape the future of the next
generation. From the present scenario we can
but wonder what sort of future protges Sri
Lanka is likely to produce.
It is my strong suggestion that in view of
the importance of education that while the
minister remains to seal all policy
decisions the entire administration from
curriculum to forward thinking policies be
made to fall under a Board of Intellectuals
specialised in the sphere of education only.
Their decisions should not change from
monsoon to the next monsoon but should be
coherent with a national plan that would
seek to take the country's education to a
Trade unions and political parties should
not be allowed to interfere with policies as
have occurred in the past.
Education should not be used to obtain
electoral votes, privileges or posts, for
the main hope of a nation lies in the proper
education of its youth.
- Shenali Waduge
Travel, Aviation & Shipping
Tour Vietnam with NKAR
NKAR handled another group of 20 from the
Cultural Triangle Hotels Association (CTHA)
on their annual overseas tour to Vietnam and
Bangkok recently. Some of the places the
group visited are listed below.
Ho Chi Minh City
This is the largest city in Vietnam. It is
the industrial, commercial and cultural
center of the country. The central city area
is still called Saigon. Interesting places
to see in the city include:
This museum exhibits crimes committed by the
Americans during the war. Photographs of the
famous My Lai massacre, human embryos,
genetically deformed babies and innocent
civilians being tortured can be seen on
display. An array of US armored vehicles,
artillery pieces, bombs and infantry weapons
are displayed in the courtyard.
You can also see a guillotine used by the
French to decapitate troublemakers in the
riots of the 1920s and a model of the famous
tiger cages used by the South Vietnamese to
house VC prisoners on Con Son island.
The War Crime Museum basically reveals a
different side of the stories about wars -
the innocent victims of modern warfare.
Built in 1929 by the Societe des Etudes
Indochinioses, it was formerly named
Blanchard dels Brosse. A big statute of
President HoChiMinh stands in the main
lounge of the museum.
The museum has an excellent collection of
artifacts illustrating the primitive age,
bronze age, the Tran dynasty and the Le
Dynasty. There are many valuable relics
taken from Cambodia's Angkor Wat.
In 1868, the Norodom Palace (original name)
was built for the French Governor-General of
Indochina. A striking modern architecture
was built when the original buildings were
damaged by bombs. Rebuilt in 1962, it
comprises of a ground floor, 3 main floors,
two mezzanines and a terrace for helicopter
The palace includes many tastefully
decorated rooms such as the reception room,
the cabinet reference room, the study rooms,
the credentials presentation room and the
banquet room. It also has a basement with a
network of tunnels connecting to the telecom
centre and war room and one of the longest
tunnels which stretch all the way to the
The grounds outside contain one of the first
tanks to burst through the gates of the
palace to signify the end of the Vietnam War
as well as the fighter plane which dropped
further bombs towards the end of the war.
Independence Palace was renamed the
Unification Palace to denote the spirit and
strong will for national independence and
Ben Thanh Market
The Ben Thanh Market, formerly the main
railway terminal, is the largest of the
markets scattered throughout the city. A
wide variety of goods are available, from
imported electronics to imported perfumes.
Notre Dame Cathedral
This Catholic church was constructed in 1883
and is located near the Tu Do (Dong Khoi)
Street, the former red-light district.
This building is now called the
Reunification Hall. The center was built as
a modern administration center and is where
the war and the American involvement in
Vietnam ended in April 1975, with tanks
invading the compound. Guided tours take
visitors through the various rooms within
This is Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown. Sights
include the Binh Tay Market, the An Quang
Pagoda (District 5) and the scenic Thien Hau
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda
A modern Japanese-style Buddhist temple,
easily one of the largest and most
impressive in Ho Chi Minh City.
TayNinh Cu Chi Tunnels
An extensive network of nearly 200 miles
(322mi) of Viet Cong tunnels used in the
French Indochina war and American war. The
tunnels have complete facilities, from
kitchens to printing presses and even street
signs, all of which were used to aid the NLF
(National Liberation Front) military.
Tours involve a description of the tunnels,
after which tourists are allowed to crawl
about the maze. Located in Tay Ninh (suburb
of Ho Chi Minh City), 24 miles (39km)
northwest of central Ho Chi Minh City.
Cao Daism seeks to create the ultimate
religion by fusing Buddhist, Taoist,
Confucianist and Catholic beliefs into a
synthesis of its own. Witness the solemn
ceremony of the unique religion - Caodaism
at Caodai Holly See at its noon tide prayer
service with followers dressed in red, blue,
yellow and white robes. There is the divine
eye above the altar, the religion's official
symbol. The temple has nine levels which
signify the nine steps to heaven, each level
marked by a pair of multicolored dragons.
Hoi - an ancient town
Forty-five minutes by land south-east of Da
Nang is the ancient town of Hoi An, which
was one of the most important trading ports
in Southeast Asia for merchants from China,
Japan and afar for a couple of centuries
ago. Originally a seaport in the Champa
Kingdom, by the 15th century It had become a
coastal town under the Tran dynasty. Also
served as the hub of East-West cultural
exchange, Hoi An's ancient past is superbly
preserved in its fascinating temples,
pagoda, shop houses and home which make up
the town's old quarter.
An imperial city, the citadel-city of Phu
Xuan was originally built up during the end
of 17th Century and became a political
capital as well as the Imperial City of
Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 till 2nd September
1945 when the Communist Party, leaded by
President Ho Chi Minh had declared the
independence of the nation and took over the
power from the defeated Japanese Governor.
Hanoi One Pillar Pagoda
Built in the 11th century, this pagoda sits
on a stone pillar in the middle of a pond.
This is one of the more unusual structures
LeninPark (Thong Nhat Park)
Built over a former marsh, this park
surrounds a large lake containing a statue
of Lenin, often the object of jokes among
the locals. The park itself is quite
National Preserve of Cuc Phuong
This national park is one of the last
tropical primeval forest reserves on Earth.
There are 64 species of fauna and thousands
of species of flora, many of which are
extinct everywhere else in the world.
Bizarre and fascinating species of animals
from flying lizards to monkeys dwell within
the park's 61,000 acres. Caves and grottoes,
where various artifacts have been
discovered, are located in the mountains
Haiphong - Cat Ba
This island is the largest in the Cat Ba
archipelago. It is potentially one of the
major beach destinations in Southeast Asia.
This region has beautiful beaches and
pristine waters. Within the mountains are
caves and grottos.
One of Vietnam's most beautiful areas,
Halong Bay has fascinating limestone
formations, coves for nighttime excursions,
sheer cliffs, grottoes, arches and scores of
Visit the NKAR Travels
websitewww.nkar.travel for details of tours.
South Asia spearheading growth for Amadeus
Travel technology giant Amadeus has outpaced
year on year growth of the travel industry
each year from 2002 to date. A significant
portion of this growth - 39 percent of
business volume has come from the Asia
Pacific and South Asia regions.
The worldwide global distribution system
(GDS) grew 9.1 percent in 2007 notching up
182 million bookings.
Vice President, Corporate and Marketing
Communications, Amadeus Asia Pacific, Karun
Budhraja said that the South Asia market for
Amadeus is expected to grow by around 15
percent this year, spearheading growth in
the region for the company.
In Sri Lanka Amadeus has a 46% market share
compared to 29% by the nearest competitor
with the year on year growth rate for last
year at 16.7 percent whereas the closest
competitor registered growth of 7.7, said
country Manager - Sri Lanka and Maldives,
Amadeus, Dennis Fonseka.
With the airline/travel industry moving in
to a paperless era Amadeus is strategically
positioned as a technology partner that is
constantly innovating and it is very bullish
in the Indian Sub Continent, explained
Amadeus Lanka team has set benchmarks in
servicing the travel agents in this region.
With a professional staff servicing travel
customers across the country and
state-of-the-art training facilities,
Amadeus Lanka provides training to over 750
travel consultants every year. Apart from
extensive training facilities, Amadeus Lanka
imparts help desk, technical and product
support to the travel agents as well
consulting and marketing services. The major
solutions offered in the market are front,
mid and back-office products, BSP Central
ticketing for 18 carriers, e-ticketing,
e-commerce and consulting services.
Amadeus Lanka commenced operations in Sri
Lanka in 1997 to service the travel agents'
needs in the region and was the first GDS to
begin operations in Sri Lanka from the
Galadari Hotel, Colombo. Since then, Amadeus
Lanka has been a front-runner in providing a
neutral and reliable system along with a
user-friendly range of products and
solutions to its travel customers. Amadeus
was the first GDS to complete 10 years of
operations in Sri Lanka in 2007.
Today Amadeus Lanka services nearly 300
travel agencies across over 600 terminals in
the country. Amadeus has been very strong in
the Sri Lankan market with product and
service standards that have kept the market
share level above 40%, says Fonseka.
New solution to support airline
Amadeus recently launched the first
module of Amadeus Airline Service Fees,
the industry's first solution to
automatically price and collect
ticketing fees through multiple channels
in compliance with ATPCo and IATA
regulations defined for OB Fees
Amadeus Airline Service Fees comprises
two modules: the first one, which is now
available, enables airlines to
automatically collect ticketing, credit
card, and miscellaneous fees in their
direct sales channels (airport & city
ticket offices, call centre, website).
The second module that is due to be
rolled as part of the Amadeus Retailing
Platform, will allow airlines to collect
credit card fees through their indirect
sales channel, the travel agencies.
The first module of Amadeus Airline
Service Fees solution is now available
to all airlines that have adopted the
Amadeus Alta Reservation platform.
KumbukRiver among the world's best eco
Sri Lanka's KumbukRiver has been picked
among the world's 10 best eco-lodges, for
the second year running by the World Travel
Awards, the Oscars of the travel and tourism
world, the only time Sri Lanka figures among
the 'world's leading' classifications at the
showpiece annual event which also includes
awards by continent as well.
KumbukRiver, a 14-acre up-market eco-lodge
by the waters of Kumbukkan Oya in Buttala is
famous internationally for a spellbinding
40ft elephant edifice which serves as an
exclusive villa for visitors and will vie
for the top slot when professionals from
over 160,000 travel agents in over 200
countries vote for the Green Awards category
at the 15 year-old event hailed as the most
coveted awards scheme of the travel and
KumbukRiver's dramatic entry receives
further significance as the other resorts
nominated are all large-scale and
well-established enterprises and only 8
countries from the world are on the honours
list with only 4 eco-lodges making the list
from the last year, including the winners,
the world-famous Daintree Eco-Lodge and Spa
of Australia. Malaysia joins Sri Lanka among
the only two Asian destinations on the
The nomination by the WTA puts the eco-lodge
from far-flung Buttala on the world tourism
map, not for the first time, with
KumbukRiver securing two other international
accolades. KumbukRiver was short-listed for
an award at the Virgin-Responsible Tourism
Awards last year, while Times-Online voted
it among the world's 50 best green places to
stay, making KumbukRiver the hottest Sri
Lankan destination in the world of
Offering a shot in the arm to the crippled
tourism industry, Sri Lanka also figures in
the Asia category, in addition to
KumbukRiver's extraordinary nomination in
the 'world's leading.' category. Sri Lanka
is nominated for Asia's leading destination
offering a ray of hope for the country as a
nomination at the WTA receives the attention
of the world media, especially in Europe and
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, has been picked among
Asia's Leading Destinations. The notable
feature in the category is that two cities
have been picked among countries including
Phuket and Goa with both Thailand and India
also making the list, alongside Hong Kong
Two other Sri Lankan entities are recognized
this year by the WTA - Jetwing's Ayurveda
Pavilion has received a nomination under
'Asia's leading Resorts' while Sri Lankan
Airlines is named amongst Asia's Best
Airlines, completing an unexpectedly
bountiful year for Sri Lanka.
Emirates unveils London's newest landmark
Emirates Airline has unveiled a new landmark
for London, a giant model of an Airbus A380
at the gateway to Heathrow Airport.
The 45-tonne world record contender was
unveiled at the Emirates Roundabout by the
Airline's President Tim Clark.
The completion of the giant A380 replica is
the culmination of an ambitious 18-month
project to place the Dubai-based carrier at
the gateway to the world's busiest
international airport, and at one of the
most prestigious advertising sites in the
Tim Clark said: "The gateway to the world's
busiest international airport is a fitting
home for Emirates. We expect this landmark
site to become an icon for both Heathrow and
Emirates. While the previous Concorde model
represented the past, our A380 represents
the future - and it is a future of cleaner,
Clark added: "You will be seeing the
Emirates A380 at Heathrow for real from
December 1st, and in the near future,
Emirates will be the largest operator of
A380s at this airport. In the meantime, our
model is a taste of things to come -
eye-catching, stylish and innovative."
The one third-scale model was flown in ten
component parts to Heathrow on July 5. Since
then, specialist teams have been working
around the clock to launch Emirates' "first"
The replica was built by US-based Penwal at
its manufacturing base in California over a
six month period, using plans provided by
the A380's manufacturer, Airbus in Toulouse.
It was then transported by giant truck to
Ontario Airport in Los Angeles where it was
flown to Heathrow aboard a massive Antonov
cargo plane, organised by the Emirates
A special mechanical ramp was flown into
London from Germany to offload the plane as
it was too heavy for the Antonov's winch
crane. The wing section of the plane
required a police escort as it was driven
from Heathrow to the roundabout site.
The world's leading aviation museum, The
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in
Washington DC, has stated it is the largest
known aircraft model in existence. A world
record submission is currently with Guinness
Emirates currently flies to 101 cities in 61
countries across six continents. The
Emirates' network is continuing to expand
and in addition to services to Cape Town,
Guangzhou, and Calicut which launched
earlier this year, Los Angeles and San
Francisco will start later in 2008.