SriLankan Airlines has bagged the top award at the Changi Airline Awards 2010 for the highest growth in passenger traffic in South Asia last year.
The event is organized to recognize “the contribution of airlines to Singapore’s air hub status” and to celebrate the partnership between Changi Airport and the airlines. According to a statement on its website, both the airport’s passenger traffic and freight during the first five months of 2010 has increased by approximately 17 percent.
Earlier this month, SriLankan Airlines was also recognized as the Best Airline Operator for South Asia for the fifth consecutive year at the annual Kuala Lumpur International Airport Awards in Malaysia held to honor contributions to the country’s travel and tourism industry.
In an award of another kind, the Unusual Hotels of the World (UHOTW) website chose Sri Lanka’s KumbukRiver eco-lodge in Buttala in south-eastern Sri Lanka as a unique experience for visitors. Situated on the banks of a river adjoining the Yala wildlife sanctuary, the eco-resort is famous for its 40-foot high structure in the shape of an elephant.
“The beautiful surroundings, the river and the unique facilities of the lodge invite visitors to privacy to become at one with nature,” UHOTW said. “Some may leave wondering if they really need electricity again. Such is the beauty and setting of this idyllic eco hideout.”