Aitken Spence Travels, Sri Lanka’s only Destination Management Company to be awarded a prestigious Gold Award at PATA

7 Oct
The award was presented by Susana Alexandre Ferreira Pereira de Campos Esmeriz and CEO of PATA Martin J Craigs to Nalin Jaysundera, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels

The award was presented by Susana Alexandre Ferreira Pereira de Campos Esmeriz and CEO of PATA Martin J Craigs to Nalin Jaysundera, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels

Aitken Spence Travels, Sri Lanka’s largest Destination Management Company was the only DMC in Sri Lanka to be awarded a prestigious Gold Award at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Awards 2014 ceremony, for its innovative ecotourism concept – ‘Elpitiya Plantations Excursions’ in the Environment category.

The award was presented by Susana Alexandre Ferreira Pereira de Campos Esmeriz and CEO of PATA Martin J Craigs to Nalin Jaysundera, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels at the Diamond Island City Hall in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Aitken Spence Travels was identified from amongst 181 entries from 66 organisations and individuals worldwide; with awards being presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories of Marketing; Education and Training; Environment; and Heritage and Culture.

Achieving the PATA Gold award is in line with the numerous innovative sustainable service development programs continuously being introduced by Aitken Spence Travels for all its customers. The Company hopes to integrate further distinctive ecotourism projects in the future to their current diverse service portfolio.

“As the only Sri Lankan Destination Management Company to receive the Gold award, we are honored and pleased to have been a recipient at PATA. Aitken Spence Travels continues to ingrain sustainable practices to all our operations and set benchmarks for the travel industry. The award will inspire us to continue with such efforts” noted Nalin Jayasundera, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels.

The management of Elpitiya Plantations worked very closely with Aitkens Spence Travels to develop this award winning excursion to offer the traveller a memorable experience with its incorporation of activities involving local culture and environment; with the results benefiting all segments of stakeholders, due to the healthy interactions between the traveller and the locals.

Ms Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), noted the following on the winners, “Hats off to all PATA Gold Award 2014 winners! Your outstanding achievements are a breath of fresh air to the rest of the region, broadening our horizons and inspiring us to aim high, not merely on our respective destinations, but collectively as a region.”

With a significant presence in Maldives and fully diversified in to every aspect of tourism, Aitken Spence Travels is the leader in destination management in Sri Lanka. Partnered with the world’s largest name in travel, TUI Travel Plc, and with nearly four decades of experience, the Company is backed by a reputation of being the most professional in the industry. With the commitment towards offering sustainable tourism, Aitken Spence Travels is endowed the Carbon Neutral status by the Sri Lanka Carbon Fund and maintains ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 certifications.

Investing in Sri Lanka’s Future – Empowering Sri Lanka First (ESLF)

6 Oct

“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students”

- Solomon Ortiz

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Aitken Spence PLC launched ‘Empowering Sri Lanka First,’ (ESLF) an English and Computer literacy teaching programme for children as its flagship corporate community engagement initiative. The programme currently benefiting students in Dambulla, Ahungalla and Mawaramandiya is aimed at providing opportunity to children of rural communities in order to be literate in English language and Computer knowledge as means of improving their soft skills and enhancing employability. The Company’s unique model enrolls students for a three-year programme and is conducted weekly at each locality.

The teachers of ESLF plays a pivotal role in making the platform a success. Specifically handpicked from the same communities, the ESLF teachers are trained systematically by the globally recognized institute British Council for its English programme and by Foundation of Goodness for the Computer literacy programme.

In order to deliver a unique experience to the children, 180 hours of ‘train the trainer’ programmes are conducted for the English teachers by qualified trainers from British Council. These sessions, comprise of a strategic approach to teaching to increase the effectiveness of the teaching resources. The syllabus combined with accompanying teaching material is delivered through several unique approaches including role-play, singing and interactive word games – offering a fun way to learn English as a language.

A 2-day training session on Computer literacy is conducted by Foundation of Goodness for the selected teachers from each local community, which comprise of lecture schedules, new teaching methods and monitoring and evaluation.

“ESLF teachers are essential in shaping the minds of our children. They dedicate their time and energy to providing students with the knowledge, skills, confidence and sense of community the children will require to succeed. Aitken Spence PLC places importance in investing in our ESLF teachers because we believe they are the key enablers to inspire the true potential of our students, thereby contributing to the sustainable development of the communities in which we operate” said Rohan Pandithakorralage, Director and Chief Human Resources Officer of Aitken Spence Group Ltd.

Aitken Spence plans is to expand the programme to additional local communities within a few years with the support of the Company’s long standing international and local partners.

Aitken Spence is among Sri Lanka’s leading and most respected corporate entities with operations in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific. In Sri Lanka, it is an industry leader in hotels, travel, maritime services, logistics, power generation and printing, with a significant presence in plantations, financial services, insurance, information technology and apparel.

World Teachers’ Day commemorate every year on the 5th of October will be celebrated on the theme “Invest in the Future, Invest in Teachers” for World Teachers’ Day 2014. A UNESCO initiative – the day recognizes the crucial role the teaching profession plays in the life of a healthy society.

MMBL opens its new Western Union branch at Panadura

21 Aug

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MMBL Money Transfer (Pvt) Ltd, the Principal Representative for Western Union in Sri Lanka opened their fifth MMBL Money Master branch at Cross Street, Panadura on 14th August 2014.

Mr.Dinesh Mendis, Director Aitken Spence Group Ltd. and Managing Director of MMBL Money Transfer (Pvt.) Ltd. said at the opening of the branch “The mission of the MMBL is to facilitate right next door access to our customers who receive essential money through Western Union from family and loved ones working and living overseas. This new MMBL Money Master branch in Panadura will be open 365 days from 8.30am to 7pm to bring a fast, safe and convenient service to our customers.”

MMBL Money Transfer (Pvt) Ltd, a joint venture company of Aitken Spence PLC and Mercantile Merchant Bank Ltd., is one of Sri Lanka’s leading international money transfer service providers offering Sri Lankans access to Western Union® Money TransferSM services and connecting to a global network of more than 489,000 Western Union® Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories1. MMBL is the oldest principal agent for Western Union Money Transfer in Sri Lanka since 1995 as the largest agent in the country in terms of network with 2600+ locations and business volumes. The MMBL network comprises commercial and development banks, co-operative rural banks, financial institutions and retail outlets.

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. The Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services are offered through a combined network of approximately 485,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2010, The Western Union Company completed 214 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $76 billion of principal between consumers, and 405 million business payments. For more information, visit http://www.westernunion.com

Aitken Spence Printing Renovates Printing Facility at the Deaf & Blind School

13 Aug

 

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Industry leader Aitken Spence Printing strengthened its community engagements by recently completely refurbishing the in-house printing facility of the Deaf & Blind School in Ratmalana while providing training and employment opportunities to its students.

The school enabling care to over 400 students is now able to access the renovated printing facility that was in dilapidated condition. Two key printing machines SBD Cylinder machine and Auto Platen machine were completely overhauled while the floor of the facility was provided a complete facelift.

Aitken Spence Printing further empowered the students by providing training opportunities on the latest printing technologies available and offering employment opportunity to one of its students. The management hopes to continue to recruit more students from the school in the near future.

“We are delighted to be empowering the students of the Deaf & Blind School in Ratmalana. Aitken Spence Printing will continue to work on similar projects in the future. We thank Mr. Lucky Mendis, Director of Deaf and Blind School, Mr. Nirosh de Silva, Chairperson of the fund raising committee of the Deaf and Blind School and Mrs. Samanthika Jayasooriya, the Principal of Deaf School for giving us this opportunity to be a partner of such a valued CSR activity” noted Mr. Prasanna Karunatileka, the Managing Director of Aitken Spence Printing.

With a heritage spanning over five decades, Aitken Spence Printing is known as an innovative quality printing and packaging solutions provider for prestigious international brands in fast moving consumer goods, tea, confectionary, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and apparel industries locally and globally. It is also recognized as top quality printer for corporate reports, coffee-table books, magazines and other high-end publications. The Company has also been recognized by the Sri Lanka Association of Printers as “Sri Lanka’s Master Printer” for the year 2014 and 2015. Offering the region’s only LEED Gold certified and carbon neutral printing plant, Aitken Spence Printing’s ultra-modern printing plant is located just outside of Colombo.

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The printing facility of the Deaf & Blind School is one of the oldest printing schools in Sri Lanka. The effort and dedication of the maintenance team of Aitken Spence Printing contributed towards renovating the facility back to its old glory with a handing over ceremony taking place with the presence of the Managing Director of Aitken Spence Printing, Mr. Prasanna Karunatileka, the Management team of Aitken Spence Printing Mr. Lucky Mendis the Director of Deaf & Blind School and Mrs. Samanthika Jayasooriya Principal of the Deaf School.

Aitken Spence PBT Up by 20.6 pc in Q1

9 Aug

Diversified blue chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC reported a pre-tax profit of Rs 1.2 bn for the first quarter, a growth of 20 per cent, over the previous year, while the Group’s profit attributable to shareholders of the parent grew by 12 per cent to Rs. 746 mn.

The Company’s financial results for the three months ended 30th June 2014 released to the Colombo Stock Exchange on Friday, reported that the revenue for the first quarter increased by 28.8 per cent to Rs. 10.32 bn, whilst earnings per share for the quarter stood at Rs. 1.84, an increase of 12% per cent over the corresponding period in the previous year.

The Tourism arm of the Group, which includes hotels in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, India and Oman together with its leading destination management company in Sri Lanka, reports healthy returns. The sector also expanded its portfolio with Al-Jabal Al-Akhdhar hotel in Oman and a five-star 143 room hotel in Chennai, India. Proposed 500-room, USD 100 million beach resort in Ahungalla jointly owned with international hotel chain – RIU commenced its construction during the quarter and is expected to open during the second half of the financial year 2016/17. Deshmanya D H S Jayawardena, Chairman of Aitken Spence PLC said, “We have the Mattala Airport facility in place, giving us an ideal mix for our business model. Aitken Spence has always encouraged infrastructure development in the country and our investment is  proof of our confidence and support to government’s development plans”.

Maritime and Cargo Logistics sector performed well, boosted by the income from its strategic entry into port management operations in Africa and the South Pacific regions. The contribution from the acquired subsidiary Ports Terminal Ltd Fiji, which is also managed by the Group, enhanced the profits of the sector. Maritime and Logistics sector saw its revenue increase by 38.8 per cent to Rs. 2bn and pre-tax profits rose by 40 per cent to Rs. 183mn.

Revenue from the Strategic Investments sector drew significant growth during the said quarter due to higher contribution from the Power, Printing and Plantations sectors. The sector reported a revenue of 5bn for the financial year under consideration which was a growth of 38.8 per cent and a profit before tax of Rs 302mn, a growth of 77.1 per cent compared to the previous year. Increased generation by the Embilipitiya power plant resulted due to the drought condition which prevailed in the country while commendable performance from Aitken Spence Printing and Elpitiya Plantations helped enhance the sector’s results.

Aitken Spence is amongst Sri Lanka’s leading and most respected corporate entities with operations in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the South Pacific. In Sri Lanka, it is an industry leader in hotels, travel, maritime services, logistics, power generation and printing, with a significant presence in plantations, financial services, insurance, information technology and apparel.

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During this said period last year, Aitken Spence PLC launched Empowering Sri Lanka First (ESLF), an English and computer teaching programme for children as its flagship corporate community engagement initiative. The programme completes is first year during this quarter and continues to benefit more than 160 students in Dambulla, Ahungalla and Mawaramandiya.

Aitken Spence Travels successfully concludes its ‘Big Holiday Beach Clean’ at Ahungalla

31 Jul

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Sri Lanka’s largest Destination Management Company, Aitken Spence Travels organized its own ‘Big Holiday Beach Clean’ event in Ahungalla this July, as a part of TUI Travel PLC’s worldwide series which included destinations such as Mexico, Greece, Turkey and even a reef clean in Egypt, to support ‘Make Holidays Greener Month’, the Travel Foundation’s annual campaign to celebrate greener holidays.

Kicking off with volunteers from Aitken Spence Travels, Heritance Ahungalla and its surrounding local community the event attracted more than 150 participants who cleaned a 3Km beach stretch. The area cleaned also includes the proposed five star, five storied hotel which is the latest hotel project of Aitken Spence Hotels, a joint venture with RIU Hotels of Spain, to be opened in mid-2016. Four hundred kilograms of debris collected included various items of plastics, polythene, metal, foam and glass items, which was handed to Heritance Ahungalla for correct disposal of the substances. Further the collected waste will be analysed to assist in better understanding the scale of the issue and implement additional solutions in the future.

6.4 million tons of marine litter enters the world’s oceans each year, which not only threatens wildlife, but also human health, communities and economies around the world.

A keynote speech delivered by Mr. Ravi de Silva, the Group’s Sustainability Consultant, encouraged the local authorities to keep the beaches clean; and to build simple steps so that the public too can take to protecting the environment and local wildlife. Mr. de Silva further reiterated the importance of balancing the eco-system and its impacts from not following such best practices.

“We are delighted with the outcome of the drive. Sustainability is a key focus area for Aitken Spence Travels. We hope to encourage our customers across destinations on the importance of greener holidays and raise awareness on the issues of sustainability in destinations” noted Mr. Nalin Jayasundera, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels.

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The local authority in Ahungalla headed by Mr. A. Dayarathne, the Chairman of the Pradeshiya Saba promised to support the initiative by assisting in creating further awareness amongst the public while ensuring collective actions are taken by the governing authorities on expanding the mindfulness on such campaigns.

The occasion was attended by the Aitken Spence Travels Management – Lasanth Waravita, Mohan Hapuarachchi, Sajith Wijeneyake, Indika Abeykoon, Axel Storz and by the Executive General Manager of Heritance Ahungalla, Refhan Razeen

With a significant presence in Maldives and fully diversified in to every aspect of tourism, Aitken Spence Travels is the leader in destination management in Sri Lanka. Partnered with the world’s largest name in travel, TUI Travel PLC, and with over three decades of experience, the company is backed by a reputation of being the most professional in the business. With the commitment towards offering sustainable tourism, Aitken Spence Travels is endowed the Carbon Neutral status by the Sri Lanka Carbon Fund and maintains ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 certifications.

 

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Aitken Spence Travels the only DMC to be awarded Gold from PATA

30 Jul

Sri Lanka’s largest Destination Management Company, Aitken Spence Travels will be presented the prestigious Gold Award at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Awards 2014 ceremony, taking place on 19th of September, at the Diamond Island City Hall in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh for its “Elpitiya Plantations Excursions” in the Environment – Ecotourism Project category. Identified from amongst 181 entries from 66 organizations and individuals worldwide, Aitken Spence Travels has been recognized for its concept on tourism innovation and excellence.
PATA is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The PATA Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories: Marketing; Education and Training; Environment; and Heritage and Culture.

“We are pleased to be the recipient of this prestigious award as the only Destination Management Company in Sri Lanka for the 2014 PATA awards.  Aitken Spence Travels is always thinking innovatively while placing importance on sustaining the environment that we operate in. Having developed this culture of differentiating ourselves, this award will inspire us to continue our efforts and fulfill the traveler’s needs” noted Mr. Nalin Jayasundera, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels.

The award applauds Aitken Spence Travels for successfully transforming the inconspicuous Elpitiya town – that has originated as a result of plantation industry, to an experiential tourism destination. With emphasis on eco-friendly and sustainable practices, ‘Elpitiya Plantations Excursion’ is designed to offer the traveler a memorable experience with its incorporation of activities involving local culture and environment. A trek through the rubber and tea plantation with various native practices such as ‘tapping the rubber tree’ and ‘plucking tea’ contributes to the authentic experience and affirms why the outing is distinctive.

The excursion benefits all segments of stakeholders involved, especially the local community, as a result of healthy interactions between the traveler and the locals. Enriching their livelihood, building strong bonds through cultural exchange of practices has allowed Aitken Spence Travels to place Elpitiya on the map for eco-tourism.

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With a significant presence in Maldives and fully diversified in to every aspect of tourism, Aitken Spence Travels is the leader in destination management in Sri Lanka. Partnered with the world’s largest name in travel, TUI Travel Plc, and with over third decade of experience, the company is backed by a reputation of being the most professional in the business. With the commitment towards offering sustainable tourism, Aitken Spence Travels is endowed the Carbon Neutral status by the Sri Lanka Carbon Fund and maintains ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 certifications.

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Diversification Delivers for Elpitiya Plantations

11 Jul

Aitken Spence-managed Elpitiya Plantations PLC recorded a profit-after-tax of Rs. 480 mn     for the financial year ended 31st March, 2014.  Elpitiya’s exceptional earnings were mainly driven by an excellent performance in oil palm and return on strategic investments made by the company into joint venture projects.

“Profit was commendable as revenue on tea &rubber had declined by around 8 per cent YOY,   following the erratic weather conditions and the poor prices released for natural rubber. Increase in cost of production following revision of the workers’ wages by 20 per cent had a significant impact on the Comp any’s profitability. Our strong results  are  due to the team work by our employees”, said Dr. Rohan M Fernando Managing Director of Elpitiya Plantations PLC and Director of Aitken Spence PLC.

The company’s net assets had increased to Rs.  2.9 bn from Rs. 173 mn at the time of taking over of the estates in 1997. Since taking over, the company has invested over Rs. 3.8 bn  on tea and rubber replanting, factory development, diversification into oil palm & commercial forestry and other capital enhancements.

“New Peacock and Nayapane estates have achieved all-time record yields of 2,855 kg per hectare and 1,979 kg per hectare respectively in tea.   This was made possible due to the good agricultural practices followed on the estates, with special emphasis on fertilizer inputs and upgrading factory machinery. We thank the government for the subsidy given to the industry which has helped us maintain fertilizer levels” said Mr. Tony Goonewardena, Executive Director of Elpitiya Plantations PLC.

Commenting further, Mr. Goonewardena stated that the company’s strategic investments into re-forestation (commercial forestry) and hydro power projects brought in significant income during the financial year under review.   The   joint venture project with Dianhong  International Limited,  to produce  Chinese specialty  black tea and  green tea at the company’s  newly  developed Harrow Tea Factory in Pundaluoya  also contributed substantially to the company’s  profit  along with the income  derived from the palm oil processing factory, which is jointly owned by Elpitiya Plantations PLC  with two other regional plantation companies.

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“Company’s strategic diversification programme into large scale palm oil cultivation in the low country region has paid dividends by contributing considerably into the company’s profitability.   Deviturai Estate recorded the highest ever yield of 16,281 kg per hectare on oil palm and Talgaswella Estate, a major tea & oil palm plantation in the low country, has made exceptional returns.” said Mr. Bhathiya Bulumulla, the Chief Executive Officer of Elpitiya Plantations PLC.

The Company also has commenced aneco-tourism project in the low country and planning to extend the same concept on Dunsinane, Sheen and Fernlands estates in the upcountry region in the current year.

Elpitiya Plantations PLC adopts the stringent food safety standards in the production of tea.  Dunsinane, New Peacock, Nayapane  tea factories  in the up country region  and Talgaswella and Deviturai Tea Factories in the Low Country  regions   have been certified for ISO 22000:HACCP  for  Food Safety  Management Standards and  all  the  tea factories  have been certified  for  Ethical Tea Partnership and Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification  for best  practices on   health & safety and  environment Management. The Company is currently working towards obtaining rain forest alliance certification to all   its up country tea estates.

Elpitiya Plantations PLC is committed towards improving the living conditions of the worker population on the plantations.   Projects include construction of new housing units, water and sanitation, for more than 50 housing unit for several estates.Further, plans are underway to construct 510 housing units on Dunsinane & Meddecombra Estates with the assistance of the Indian Government during the years 2014-2016.

As a pilot project, bank accounts were opened for all employees of Talgaswella Estate while the company also has facilitated to provide scholarship grants to 21 children of the estate workers, who excelled in their studies to pursue their higher education at the universities. Elpitiya Plantations  has also pioneered to construct an  elders home on Meddecombra Estate, the first of its kind in the Plantation Sector,  to accommodate and look into the well  being  of 40  retired workers , in collaboration with the French  Donor ‘Foundation Adam Pierre’ at a cost of  over Rs.  25 mn.

The company is continuously exploring sustainable avenues for marketing its produce abroad, especially tea and rubber, in North and Southeast Asia.

Aitken Spence Travels appointed as the official travel agent for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

8 Jul

Aitken Spence Travels has been appointed as one of the two official travel agents for Sri Lanka by the International Cricket Council at the upcoming 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand. The matches will commence by the 14thof February and end by March 2015, with 49 matches to be played at 14 venues across both countries.

The outbound arm of Aitken Spence has exclusively designed world cup packages to give Sri Lankan cricket fans the choice to choose from a variety of bundle options for every type of supporter. Bundles include match tickets and a variety of selections such as travel options and accommodation, VIP experiences, tickets to official events etc.

“We are extremely delighted to be appointed as one of the official travel agents for Sri Lanka by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Based on our success stories in the past where we have charted flights for world cup finals we are confident that our clients and the general cricket loving fans will experience an unparalleled service offered by Aitken Spence when traveling with us to the 2015 world cup” noted Mr. Nalin Jayasundera, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels.

Reflecting back the company charted a flight to Pakistan in 1996 when Sri Lanka clinched its first world cup as underdogs to all other test nations. In recent time when Sri Lanka clinched the T20 world cup under Lasith Malinga’s captaincy too; Aitken Spence had the honour of chartering a flight and arranged all related matters to the trip so that it was a memorable final to the passengers who flew.

“Aitken Spence have been involved with ICC events for a number of years now and their skills and expertise in travel were a major part of the organizational success of both ICC events recently held in Sri Lanka – the cricket world cup, 2011 and the world Twenty20, 2012. ICC Travel looks forward to once again working closely with Aitken Spence to deliver a fantastic ICC cricket world cup experience for all Sri Lankan fans travelling to Australia and New Zealand in 2015.” said Damon Minotti, Project Director, ICC Travel.

The early bird offers of the packages for the 2015 world cup will be released by the 3rd week of July enabling cricket loving fans to plan their travel ahead and secure tickets for the matches. Also the company will be having options to personalize the existing packages based on customer requirements. The company has made arrangements to have a dedicated team that would handle walk in customers and any customer who would be hunting for match tickets.

Aitken Spence Travels has been appointed as one of the two official travel agents for Sri Lanka by the International Cricket Council at the upcoming 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand. The matches will commence by the 14thof February and end by March 2015, with 49 matches to be played at 14 venues across both countries.

The outbound arm of Aitken Spence has exclusively designed world cup packages to give Sri Lankan cricket fans the choice to choose from a variety of bundle options for every type of supporter. Bundles include match tickets and a variety of selections such as travel options and accommodation, VIP experiences, tickets to official events etc.
“We are extremely delighted to be appointed as one of the official travel agents for Sri Lanka by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Based on our success stories in the past where we have charted flights for world cup finals we are confident that our clients and the general cricket loving fans will experience an unparalleled service offered by Aitken Spence when traveling with us to the 2015 world cup” noted Mr. Nalin Jayasundera, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels.
Reflecting back the company charted a flight to Pakistan in 1996 when Sri Lanka clinched its first world cup as underdogs to all other test nations. In recent time when Sri Lanka clinched the T20 world cup under Lasith Malinga’s captaincy too; Aitken Spence had the honour of chartering a flight and arranged all related matters to the trip so that it was a memorable final to the passengers who flew.
“Aitken Spence have been involved with ICC events for a number of years now and their skills and expertise in travel were a major part of the organizational success of both ICC events recently held in Sri Lanka – the cricket world cup, 2011 and the world Twenty20, 2012. ICC Travel looks forward to once again working closely with Aitken Spence to deliver a fantastic ICC cricket world cup experience for all Sri Lankan fans travelling to Australia and New Zealand in 2015.” said Damon Minotti, Project Director, ICC Travel.
The early bird offers of the packages for the 2015 world cup will be released by the 3rd week of July enabling cricket loving fans to plan their travel ahead and secure tickets for the matches. Also the company will be having options to personalize the existing packages based on customer requirements. The company has made arrangements to have a dedicated team that would handle walk in customers and any customer who would be hunting for match tickets.

Aitken Spence Travels the Outbound arm offers services in air ticket requirements, competitive packages, cruise packages, overseas hotel accommodation, rail ticket services for Raileurope, issuing of currency and travel card, immigration/ visa services, travel insurance & airport drop & pick. Aitken Spence Travels is a

Aitken Spence appoints Mr. Susith Jayawickrama as the Managing Director of Aitken Spence Hotels Managements

30 Jun

Diversified conglomerate Aitken Spence announced Mr. Susith Jayawickrama will be appointed as the Managing Director of Aitken Spence Hotels Managements (Pvt) Ltd., with effect from 1st of July 2014.

Mr. Susith Jayawickrama a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK, was previously the Deputy Managing Director of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Pvt) Ltd., the company managing all the Group Hotels in Sri Lanka and overseas.

He serves on the Boards of all the hotel companies in the Group. He has extensive experience at senior management positions in the Group’s hotel sector for almost two decades and has considerable exposure in the tourism industry in Sri Lanka and overseas. He is also the Vice President, Resort Hotels of the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL).

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