Aitken Spence Travels, Sri Lanka’s largest inbound tourism company, marks its 40th anniversary this week.
The company, a joint venture between leading conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC and TUI Group, the world’s number one integrated tourism company.
Aitken Spence was recognized as the leading destination management company in Sri Lanka at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2017 held this month. The WTA was held for the 24th time and show cases the best in class across the travel spectrum.
This award is the latest accomplishment of Aitken Spence Travels who have won the Presidential Award for the ‘Best Destination Management Company & Professional Conference Organizer’ for three consecutive years and has entered the Hall of Fame as well as won a PATA Gold for its Most Innovative Excursion.
The company handled 153,000 happy visitors to Sri Lanka during its last financial year.
Aitken Spence Travels is active in diverse markets, which have enabled them to establish their number one position in Sri Lanka apart from mainstream tour operations, excursions, cruises, nature and adventure, sports, MICE, online and luxury segments.
The company’s outbound travel division Aitken Spence Holidays provides holiday packages while representing leading brands such as Tradewinds, Carlson Wagonlit, Rail Europe, Guangdong and Emirates Holidays.
“Aitken Spence Travels has achieved many accomplishments over the last four decades in our journey towards becoming the leading DMC in Sri Lanka. Sustaining this success through a changing tourism industry has been a challenge.
“However, we as an organization have been consistent through the energy that drives us with our innovative spirit and fearlessness in taking calculated risks to enter new markets or segments to charter our own course”, Aitken Spence Travels Managing Director Nalin Jayasundera said.
“Our committed staff led by our highly experienced management team must be recognized for their dedication and professionalism, and I truly believe we have the winning combination to continue to successfully drive the industry,” he added.