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Centara helps to safely restart international tourism in Asia

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Tue, 01/12/2021 - 07:56

Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka selected to take part in the “Airport Opening - Pilot Project”, welcoming charter groups from a series of key source markets.

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Centara Hotels & Resorts is playing a key role in helping to restart the Asian tourism industry, after its popular beachfront retreat on Sri Lanka’s stunning southwest coast was selected to take part in an innovative new initiative to safely reopen the island to inbound visitors.

Under the by the Sri Lankan government’s “Airport Opening - Pilot Project”, Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka will be able to welcome guests from a select number of key markets – initially Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan – as part of a travel bubble arrangement. Visitors will be welcomed on a limited number of direct charter flights from these countries, and escorted safely and securely straight to the resort, where they will benefit from a reduced quarantine period – down from 14 to seven days. During this time, guests will be able to enjoy the resort’s full range of facilities, including world-class dining, water sports, wellness and much more, as well as being permitted to visit tourist sites and shops.

This is another example of how Centara Hotels & Resorts is helping to lead Asia’s tourism industry out of lockdown. The company is already participating in the Thai government’s “Alternative State Quarantine” programme, which allows inbound visitors to arrive safely in Thailand with a two-week stay at Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok. The company also recently unveiled a series of compelling offers at its island resorts in the Maldives, which promote safe and responsible inbound tourism from key markets able to travel, such as the Middle East, Russia and India.

Every Centara property worldwide has implemented the “Centara Complete Care” programme, which was developed in partnership with Ecolab and SGS and includes an extensive series of health and hygiene protocols.

The creation of travel bubbles is the first step in enabling Asian destinations to safely restart their tourism industries, in the wake of the global pandemic Centara is ready to work with governments across the region to enable the resumption of cross-border travel in a safe manner.


Theodore Koumelis

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Theodore is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Network; his responsibilities include business development and planning for TravelDailyNews long-term opportunities.