Galle Face Hotel and Ebert Silva Holidays kick off Festive Colombo City Tour


South Asia’s leading Grande Dame together with Ebert Silva Holidays, recently launched a Christmas edition of the popular Colombo City Tour.

GF4The special service which coincides with the annual Christmas Fest organised by Sri Lanka Tourism, will pick up tourists on a daily basis from all leading city hotels and take them to view seasonal city attractions such as the Christmas Fest at Independence Arcade. The service is offered complimentary to tourists.

The official launch of this festive service was held under the patronage of Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Hon. Mr. John Amaratunga, Chairperson of Ebert Silva Holidays, Ms. Rajini De Silva and General Manager of the Galle Face Hotel, Mr. Deni Ohlsen-Dukic were also present at the launch.

GF2Speaking at the event, Minister Amaratunga stated that Sri Lanka has a keen interest in developing event-based tourism, with seasonal festivities such as Christmas and Vesak being key events in the calendar.

Guests from the Galle Face Hotel who participated in the event were boarded on a double-decker bus courtesy of Ebert Silva Holidays, and were treated to a live performance of Christmas carols, while on the tour.

GF1“We are thrilled to partner with Ebert Silva Holidays and Sri Lanka Tourism for this event. Events like this help to promote Sri Lanka in a memorable manner and we want our guests to remember their Christmas in Sri Lanka as being full of festive cheer, peace and goodwill.” said Mr. Deni Ohlsen-Dukic, General Manager of the Galle Face Hotel.

The Christmas city tour will take place from the 21st to the 23rd of December.

GF5About the Galle Face Hotel – South Asia’s leading Grande Dame, the Galle Face Hotel is testimony to both Sri Lanka’s colonial past and its independent present. Celebrated within the hospitality world, it blends historicalsplendour with crafted modernity to form a new model for heritage properties. International guests are immersed in the Galle Face Hotel’s rich traditions and compelling stories, while Colombo society perceive the hotel as the most prestigious, desirable destination in the city formemorable dining and special events. Whether at the hotel for dinner or for a month-long stay, an experience of the Galle Face Hotel is one of timeless grandeur and exceptional hospitality. Celebrating 150 years, the Galle Face Hotel is one of the landmarks in Asia and was acclaimed as one of the best heritage Hotels in Sri Lanka in 2012. Further it is the first Hotel in the country to be featured on a postage stamp.

About the Galle Face Hotel Group – The Galle Face Hotel Group manages the hotel and leisure interest of Galle Face Hotel, Kandy Hotels PLC & Ceylon Hotels Corporation PLC. Under this banner are 3 distinct portfolios of businesses.

The Deluxe Heritage Hotels Collection – Galle Face Hotel in Colombo and Hotel Suisse & Queens Hotel in Kandy. Each hotel is a connected to Sri Lanka’s history, imbibed with the splendor of yesteryear while continuing to serve visitors, foreign and domestic is gracious surrounds.

The Resorts Collection – 4 hotels routed in some of Sri Lanka’s most special areas offer a modern facility with outstanding vista & access to experience this great country. The Lake Hotel Polonnaruwa, The Surf Hotel Bentota, The Safari Hotel Tissamaharama and The Lake House Polonnaruwa. Each of these recently refurbished hotels offers traditional Sri Lankan hospitality to visitors. (