Aitken Spence Technologies kicks off its first Manufacturing Sector Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2.4 Implementation with NMK Holdings

8 Sep

Aitken Spence Technologies recently signed off with NMK Holdings, better known as Marina Kingdom of Oils and Fats for the design, supply and installation of Oracle ERP (E-Business Suite R12.2.4) Solutions Software for the manufacturing giant. For the sign-off of the project, several dignitaries from NMK Holdings Pvt Ltd were present including Mr. Manjula Narayana – Chairman, Mr. Manjula Priyadarshana – Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Rasika Jayawardena – Chief Accountant, Shantha Haloluwa – Finance Manager and Mr. P.D. Premaratne – Executive Director. Mr. Vipula Gunatillake – Group Chief Corporate Officer and Managing Director of Aitken Spence Technologies, Mr. Dhammika Dasa – Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Fahad Cader – General Manager and Mr. Amila Shanka Perera – the Manager Delivery – Oracle Applications were present at the signing from Aitken Spence Technologies.

NMK Holdings (Pvt) Ltd has been in business in Sri Lanka for the last 35 years. Having multiple businesses in Food Manufacturing, Trading, Supply Change Management-Shipping & Logistics and Non Food categories, the group is one of the largest in Sri Lanka. Under the strong patronage of its Chairman Mr. Manjula Narayana, the company has spread its wings across multi-location factories island wide. While its international trading spreads across 41 countries, its brand Marina is a household name in Sri Lankan. It is with great pride that Aitken Spence Technologies ventures into its first Manufacturing & FMCG industry project.

“We’re indeed very proud to enter into a partnership with NMK Holdings, a Sri Lankan company, to support them with their automation. They have chosen the right product after a detailed evaluation of their current and future business requirements. I’m confident that Aitken Spence Technologies would be able to deliver the Oracle solution to meet their requirements” said Mr. Vipula Gunatillake – Group Chief Corporate Officer and Managing Director of Aitken Spence Technologies

The project is an initiative of the newly appointed group CEO Mr. Manjula Priyadarshana who is driven with the aspiration of taking the NMK group to be a One Billion Dollar company by 2020.

Sixteen companies are covered in the project scope, including NMK Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Cherubium Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Naratha Agro Industries Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Naratha Agro Industries (Pvt) Ltd, NMK Agro Industries (Pvt) Ltd, Nara Coco Land (Pvt) Ltd. The project locations will include the Head Office at Colombo 9 and three factories in Kandana, Kurunegala and Dankotuwa.

The group wanted to implement a fully integrated Tire 1 Enterprise Resource Planning System which could facilitate the growing business needs, horizontal and vertical business expansions in local and foreign continents. Aitken Spence Technologies moved into the project with the goal of streamlining the company’s business operation through the best practices which Oracle brings in. After the implementation, NMK will have one integrated system for their full supply chain including Imports and exports, FMCG Business and Manufacturing.

There are approximately 15 modules lined up to be implemented at NMK Holdings revolving around Oracle Financials, Oracle Supply Chain and Oracle Manufacturing. After the project is completed, NMK Holdings is expected to enjoy many cost reductions through revamped efficiencies through Oracle with the expectation of expanding it to Oracle CRM Cloud.

Being a first of its kind for Aitken Spence Technologies, the project will span across 12 months and will widen the customer reach of the company to the Manufacturing sector, in addition to the automobile, banking, port terminal and other industries which the company serves in.

Aitken Spence Technologies, armed with 35+ Oracle Consultants, currently has the largest pool of Oracle resources in the country. The Project team for the NMK Group Implementation consists of 10 Functional Consultants, 4 Technical Consultants & 2 Oracle Data Base Administrators. The Solution Architect and the Project Manager will be Amila Shanka Perera, the Manager Delivery – Oracle Applications. Image ONE Image TWO

Aitken Spence Travels Attracts Nature and Adventure Tours from Spain

26 Aug

Group1Intensive marketing of Sri Lanka as an ideal destination for nature and adventures tours by Aitken Spence Travels has attracted a leading specialized tour operator from Spain to send two tourist groups to Sri Lanka this month. The groups’ tours in Sri Lanka were handled by Aitken Spence Travels, Sri Lanka’s leading destination management company.

The Spanish tour operator who specializes in nature and adventure, offers such tours to most parts of the world from Spain. Its Product Manager, Mr. Javier Ludena Fernandez said “Sri Lanka and its people have been a beautiful surprise. We are confident of moving more clients to the country in the coming months”.

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.

Aitken Spence Q1 Results Affected by Energy Sector Loss and Downturn in Maldives

10 Aug

Diversified blue chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC’s financial results released to the Colombo Stock Exchange reported a pre-tax profit of Rs 732 mn for the first quarter, while Group’s profit attributable to shareholders of the parent was Rs. 420 mn. Reported revenue for the first quarter was Rs. 5.9 bn, whilst earnings per share for the quarter stood at Rs. 1.04.
The 100 MW Ace Power Embilipitiya ceased operations in April 2015 subsequent to the conclusion of the 10-year power purchase agreement with the Ceylon Electricity Board. The corresponding results for the previous year included the profits from the full operation of the Embilipitiya power plant and insurance proceeds received for the damaged water villas at one of its resorts in the Maldives.
“Although we were keen to contribute to the stability and capacity of the National Grid, in line with the growing energy requirement in the country, the authorities did not use the opportunity to secure guaranteed power at a reasonable cost by failing to negotiate a mutually favourable agreement to generate power, from our plant in Embilipitiya”, said J M S Brito, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC.
“Aitken Spence has several large resort construction projects taking place in Negombo, Kalutara and Ahungalla that are expected to add around 750 rooms to Sri Lanka’s tourism sector. The construction of the Heritance Negombo and the expansion of The Sands in Kalutara are expected to be completed within the financial year, despite delays. The construction of the RIU Hotel in Ahungalla is expected to be completed in the winter of 2016. Turyaa Chennai, the 143-room city property is awaiting a few regulatory licenses to commence commercial operations”, he added.
The Tourism sector reported Rs. 435 mn as pre-tax profits for the quarter. The sector revenue for the quarter was Rs. 3.55 bn.
The hotel industry in the Maldives felt the negative effects of key source markets with arrivals from Russia falling by 40 per cent and the Korean market showing a significant drop, during the first financial quarter. Aitken Spence, which has several resorts in the islands, has been adjusting to changing market conditions in the Maldives with several key source markets to Maldives facing downturns.
Maritime and Logistics sector performed well, reporting Rs. 214 mn with pre-tax profits, while revenue was Rs. 1.85 bn.
Revenue from the Strategic Investments sector without accounting for the contribution from the Embilipitiya power plant was Rs. 1.29 bn while profits before tax was Rs. 86 mn. Reported figures showed revenue at Rs. 1.47 bn and profits before tax at Rs. 23 mn.
Services sector of Aitken Spence performed commendably with a profit-before-tax of Rs. 60 mn and revenue at Rs. 277 mn.

Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Kandalama Adjudged Top Winners at the Culinary Awards for the Third Time

29 Jul

Most Outstanding Regional Team & Best Culinary Team – Heritance Kandalama

Most Outstanding Hotel Team – Heritance Ahungalla

Sri Lanka’s premier beach resort Heritance Ahungalla, emerged as the Most Outstanding Hotel Team in Sri Lanka for the third consecutive time after competing against 2500 participants from both international and domestic star-class city and resort hotels at the 16th Culinary Art Competition which concluded on Monday. Heritance Hotels dominated the competition with Heritance Kandalama being adjudged the Best Culinary Team and Most Outstanding Regional Team at the competition.

Organized by the Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka, the culinary competition is part of the industry’s largest food and trade exhibition. Thirty judges from the World Association of Chefs Societies (WAS) officiated at the event. WAS consists of over 10 million chef members from over 91 countries.

Maintaining its reputation for offering the best cuisine in the country, Aitken Spence Hotels won 113 medals including 28 Gold medals which included 5 Excellence Gold medals and the prestigious award for the Most Culinary Team in Sri Lanka.

There were 24 categories for the medals and the Aitken Spence Hotels medal tally displayed the sheer dominance the resort chain’s chefs had over its competitors in the field. Chef Lalith Gunasekera, Consultant Chef/General Manager, Aitken Spence Hotels and Heritance Hotels who led the team along with Chef R J Hassim, Corporate Chef, Aitken Spence Hotels and Heritance Hotels and Chef Kasun Premachandra, Executive Chef, Heritance Ahungalla whose continuous training and motivation guided the participants, were jubilant along with the teams from Aitken Spence Hotels who collectively won 13 special awards out of a total of 29 special awards.

The special awards included the following: Best Pastry Chef – Chef Jagath Wjesundara, Heritance Ahungalla, Best Bartender Mixologist & Best Beer Cocktail- Mr. Praveen Sampath Fernando, Heritance Ahungalla, Most Outstanding Apprentice – Chef M R D Fernando, Heritance Kandalama, Most Outstanding Artistic Show Piece – Chef Anil Gunawardane, Heritance Kandalama, Best Plated Appetizer – Chef Manoj Peiris, Heritance Ahungalla, Best Dessert Apprentice – Chef Kaveendra Heshan Balathanthri, Heritance Ahungalla, Best 5 Course Dinner – Chef H H K D Dayananda, Heritance Ahungalla, Best Mocktail – Ms. Lasitha Lakmini, Heritance Ahungalla, Best High Tea – Ms. Mandakini & Mr. Dharmasena, Heritance Kandalama, Best Culinary Team and Most Outstanding Regional Team – Heritance Kandalama, Most Outstanding Hotel – Heritance Ahungalla.

“As in the previous years, I am tremendously proud of the achievements of our team, walking away as the most outstanding hotel, best culinary team, and the most outstanding regional team with 113 medals from a competition such as this is a tremendous achievement. We constantly strive to be the best and are firm believers of ensuring that our future generation is provided with the knowledge required to take on the baton when required”, said Mr. Gemunu Goonewardene, Director/Consultant, Aitken Spence Hotels.

“Sri Lanka as a destination, is flourishing and gearing its offering to attract the premium indulgent traveler. Thus it is imperative to deliver the expected products and services in order to cater to our new target audience’s expectations. Aitken Spence Hotels is continuously committed towards reaching new heights and delivering a product or service that exceeds guest expectations. Receiving recognition as the Best Culinary Team is yet another endorsement of our continuous yearn to achieve greater standards. The loyalty, dedication, commitment and teamwork has made this achievement possible and I would like to congratulate the teams on their achievement.” said Mr. Chethiya Perera, Joint Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.

Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka from their modest beginnings in 1988 has emerged as the premier professional body of culinary professionals in the hospitality trade.

A platform for recognizing true culinary talents, the competition symbolizes the pinnacle of excellence as hundreds of practitioners in the food & beverage industry in the country gathers to prove their mettle.

Aitken Spence Hotels is the largest resort operator in Sri Lanka and the largest international hotel operator in the Maldives with a portfolio of hotels in multiple locations in India and Oman. Its range of international award-wining properties, management & culinary expertise and environmental commitment has set industry benchmarks both domestically and internationally.

KIA Project Performance Awards Ceremony at Aitken Spence Technologies

30 Jun

The KIA Project Performance Awards Ceremony was held at Aitken Spence Technologies with the presence of senior dignitaries Dr. Rohan Fernando – Director Aitken Spence PLC and Head of Business Development Division, Vipula Gunatilleka – Director and Chief Corporate Officer Aitken Spence & Managing Director Aitken Spence Technologies, Andrew Perera – Chief Operating Officer KIA Motors (Lanka) and Dhammika Dasa – Chief Operating Officer Aitken Spence Technologies.

The Awards Ceremony was based on the team evaluations which took place after the KIA Project Go-Live in February. The Project was the implementation of the fully integrated Oracle ERP solution which automates the entire process from the quotation up to post sales servicing. The solution is designed to bring Oracle best practices which will streamline KIA processes. The implemented best practice integrated solution to improve efficiency of supply chain and finance operation of KIA.

The Implementation team, comprised of Functional Consultants, Technical Consultants and Database Administrators, was evaluated on members’ knowledge, efficiencies and practice of company values. The evaluation process included a 360° assessment involving the Project Manager, Client and Team.

Silver Level awards were awarded to Sayuru Jayasinghe, Nimesha Muthunayake and Amila Kodithuwakku; while Gold Level award were won by Mayura Kalupahana.

Mohomed Sakaf was awarded with the Diamond Level Award for Best Performing Oracle Consultant.

Dr. Rohan Fernando addressed the gathering emphasizing on the talent and hard work of the team and the readiness to take on future challenges. He commended Aitken Spence Technologies for their exceptional performance and vision to move forward.

Andrew Perera delivered Key Note Address on the ‘Emerging Role of the ERP Consultants’ while Vipula Gunatilleka addressed on the vision of Aitken Spence Technologies moving forward amidst changing times.

Aitken Spence Technologies commences Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Project for Aitken Spence Logistics

22 Jun

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Aitken Spence Technologies together with Aitken Spence Logistics – Sri Lanka’s leading integrated logistics provider has successfully initiated the commencement of R12 Oracle E-Business Suite modules to the Company’s Logistics facility in Mabole, Wattala on the 11th of June 2015.

The Oracle E-Business Suite modules include Warehouse Management, Service Contracts, Depot Repair, Enterprise Asset Management, Inventory, Purchasing and Receivables. The implementation of the R12 Oracle E-Business Suite enables Aitken Spence Logistics to adapt readily to their industry’s ever changing requirements, and enhance their customer satisfaction by providing tailor made solutions; while bringing greater efficiency through streamlined business processes.

Project Steering committee members, Project Managers and Oracle Consultants stated the key objective of the project were highlighted with the Automating of Container Tracking Function (Depot), Container Repair Function, Functions of the Container Freight Station and Asset Management Function. The deployment of system has allowed integrated solution which enables the company to rectify any errors and cater to the changing needs of Aitken Spence Logistics, increasing the customer satisfaction and retention.

Project commencement meeting was held at Aitken Spence Logistics premises with the presence of its project steering committee members; Vipula Gunatilleka Chief Corporate Officer – Aitken Spence Group Ltd & Managing Director – Aitken Spence Technologies, Nilantha Wakwella Managing Director – Aitken Spence Logistics, Dhammika Dasa Chief Operating Officer – Aitken Spence Technologies, A.M.M Amir Vice-President – Aitken Spence Logistics, Fahad Cader General Manager Aitken Spence Technologies, Sharmilal Anthony Assistant Vice-President – Aitken Spence Logistics and Chinthaka Abeykoon Manager for IT – Aitken Spence Logistics were present.

Ajith Ranatunge Audit Manager – Aitken Spence Logistics, Rifkhan Ahamed Senior Oracle Functional Consultant and Anas Marikkar Senior Oracle Functional Consultant were also present.

Aitken Spence Technologies and Aitken Spence Logistics arms of Aitken Spence PLC – Sri Lanka’s leading and most respected corporate entities has operations in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South Pacific. 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.

The project is scheduled to go live in January 2016, bringing about efficiencies through optimum usage of Oracle E-Business Suite and further complement its integrated logistics solutions.

Resilient Performance by Aitken Spence Sees PAT up by 6.6% to Rs. 4.9 bn for FY 14/15

25 May

Aitkenspence head office

Blue chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC reported its annual financial results for 2014/15 to the Colombo Stock Exchange on Monday, reporting a profit before tax of Rs 5.7 billion and profit after tax of Rs. 4.9 billion, a growth of 4.9 per cent and 6.6 per cent respectively. The diversified Group’s annual revenue rose a marginal 0.7 percent to Rs. 35.3 billion whilst earnings per share declined by 2.5 per cent to Rs. 8.82 for the financial year.

“Although this year has been a difficult year in terms of performance, it must be noted that while riding the wave of external challenges, we have turned inwards to strengthen ourselves to reap the opportunities of the future. We are thus optimistic about the future growth of the Company”, said Aitken Spence PLC’s Chairman, Deshamanya D H S Jayawardena.

“Aitken Spence has recorded another year of resilient performance. Diversification held the Group in good stead in 2014/15, to grow amidst challenging global economic conditions and intense competition”, said J M S Brito, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC.

The revenue of the tourism sector for the financial year grew by 5.1 per cent to Rs. 17.8 billion whilst recording a profit before tax of Rs. 4.2 billion and a profit after tax of Rs. 3.7 billion, a decline of 2.2 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively, for the year. The decline in tourism sector bottom line was mainly due to the decline in profits from hotels in Sri Lanka and overseas which was primarily attributable to the adverse impacts of the global political and economic climate. The company owns and manages a chain of hotels in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Oman and India. The Group’s destination management segment performed remarkably well. Aitken Spence Travels is Sri Lanka’s largest destination management company which during 2014/15, became the first and only company to handle 100,000 tourists to the country within a financial year.

“The coming year will be an exciting one for the sector, as we add Heritance Negombo to our portfolio and also expand capacity at The Sands, Kalutara by 91 rooms. Construction of the RIU Hotel in Ahungalla is well on target and we are excited by the possibilities offered by our partnership with RIU, and its parent company TUI” added J M S Brito, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC.

Annual revenue for the Maritime Logistics sector increased by 3.9 per cent to Rs. 7.7 billion whilst profits before tax increased by 4.3 per cent to Rs. 735 million and profit after tax increased by 8.1 per cent to Rs. 614 million. The Maritime and Logistic sector experienced weaker performances from the freight forwarding and the logistics segments whilst overseas investments performed well.

Strategic Investments sector’s profits surged during the year, with profit before tax swelling by 207 per cent and profit after tax rising by 341 per cent to Rs. 613 million and Rs. 509 million respectively. However, the sector reported a year-on-year decrease of 6.4 per cent in revenue to Rs. 15.2 billion mainly due to the reduction in revenue from the power segment. The sector’s printing and garments segments have reported exceptional performances. The Company expanded the garment sector’s production capacity by up to 40 per cent during the period under review, by commissioning a new environment-friendly production facility in Koggala. The plant was built in four months and will create 750 jobs once in full operation.

The Plantations segment reported outstanding results driven by an efficient diversification initiative. The Power generation segment also showed an increase in profits compared to the previous year due to the sale of two idling power plants which resulted in a lower cost of maintenance.

Services sector reported a revenue of Rs. 1.1 billion for the financial year which was a growth of 15.1 per cent. The sector’s profit before tax stood at Rs 132 million, a decline of 38 per cent compared to the previous year. Profit after tax reported a drop of 52 per cent to Rs. 83 million. Except for insurance, elevators and property businesses, the other segments within the sector recorded disappointing performances. The relatively nascent information technology segment accounted for a significant share of the losses in this sector. The Company has addressed the poor performance by restructuring the company, which is expected to lead to a better performance in the next financial year

With a history spanning 150 years, Aitken Spence PLC is among Sri Lanka’s leading and most respected corporate entities with operations in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South Pacific. Listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange since 1983, it is an industry leader in hotels, travel, maritime services, logistics, power generation and printing, with a significant presence in plantations, apparel, financial services, insurance and information technology.

Five Aitken Spence Hotels Enter TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

25 May

Five Aitken Spence properties from Sri Lanka and the Maldives have entered the prestigious TripAdvisor Hall of Fame having being recognized for its consistent high performance in customer reviews. The world’s largest travel site recognized Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, Adaaran Prestige Water Villas, Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, Heritance Kandalama and Heritance Tea Factory for obtaining the Certificate of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year.

Nine Aitken Spence Resorts received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to properties that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the travel review site. In addition to the hotels recognized in the Hall of Fame, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara were awarded Certificates of Excellence for its ability to continuously deliver on a superior customer service experience.

“We have always strived for excellence and have nurtured a reputation of exceeding guest expectations. The recognition received by the resorts bear testimony to the exceptional service and memorable experiences that guests receive from our iconic properties. I would like to congratulate the resorts on their achievement and encourage them to maintain the standards set and continue to exceed expectations” said, Mr. Susith Jayawickrama, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Hotels.

TripAdvisor enables travelers to plan and book the perfect trip and offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices. The site’s potential reach is 340 million unique monthly visitors and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

Aitken Spence Hotels manage a portfolio of hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka, Maldives, India and Oman. Its premier brand in Sri Lanka, Heritance Hotels & Resorts, operates a portfolio of five unique properties in scenic locations across the island while its award winning properties in the Maldives operate under the brand Adaaran Resorts.Adaaran Prestige Vadoo- Over water villa Heritance Tea Factory- Aerial

Sri Lanka’s Highest Yield from New Peacock Estate of Elpitiya Plantations

21 Apr

Executives and staff of New Peacock Estate-1 Copy - CopyMr. Senerath Pahathkumbura, the General Manager of New Peacock Estate and the Mid Country Cluster of Elpitiya Plantations PLC with the New Peacock Estate  Office Team

Aitken Spence Plantations managed Elpitiya Plantations PLC’s New Peacock Estate in Pussellawa recorded the highest ever yield-per-hectare of 3,008 Kgs/ha for the financial year 2014/15 in Sri Lanka for a tea plantation estate with an extent of over 260 ha. The achievement came in spite of the unfavorable weather conditions that prevailed in the region during the last four months of 2014.

New Peacock estate in the mid-country region continues to be one of Elpitiya’s exceptionally performing contributors of its 13 estates.

“Undertaking of best practices in agriculture as emphasized by the management, making available the essential inputs to the tea fields at the right time and the commitment of all executives, staff and workers in the estate made the results possible”, said Senerath Pahathkumbura, the General Manager in charge of New Peacock Estate and the Mid Country Cluster of Elpitiya Plantations PLC.

“In keeping with the policy of the Company,   our prime focus was to retain the workers available on the estate by giving them proper recognition and treating them as partners. To spearhead this acknowledgement across all levels, a number of benefits have been included in addition to the current welfare and social activities undertaken at the estate. Some of these benefits include workers’ name tags provided in all three languages and called by name; as well as uniforms for all workers, transport to workplace, rest rooms at all leaf weighing points with refreshment between meals during the rush cropping months”, added Mr. Pahathkumbura.

“All these measures have motivated the workers to improve their productivity and as a way forward, the Management continues to provide training to the workers in improving their skills and undertakes mechanical plucking and other agricultural works such as pruning, motorized spraying of foliar nutrients and fungicide. We would like to thank all those who have contributed in many ways to achieve the record and highest ever yield”, said Mr. Pahathkumbura.

New Peacock Tea Processing Centre produces approximately 1.2 Mn. Kgs of premium quality CTC teas per annum, and maintains the highest level of food safety standards. The estate is awarded with ISO 22000:2005, Rain Forest Alliance, Ethical Tea Partnership (ETF) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificates, which have attracted the leading buyers’ support at the Colombo tea auctions, based on the merits of its quality.

Elpitiya’s estates are situated in the upper, mid and low country regions of Sri Lanka, cultivating tea, rubber, oil palm and coconut. The Company has a significant stake in Sri Lanka’s only privately-owned palm oil mill and operates several mini-hydro power plants. At the point of takeover by blue-chip conglomerate Aitken Spence in 1997, Elpitiya Plantations was dependent on tea. The new management embarked on a strategy of crop diversification, efficiency improvement and human resources development for the company’s growth.

New Peacock Estate, Punduloya, Sri Lanka

Aitken Spence Travels surpasses handling 100,000 visitors to Sri Lanka

17 Apr

ToursistAitken Spence Travels, Sri Lanka’s leading Destination Management Company has surpassed the one hundred thousand milestone of handling visitors to Sri Lanka for the financial year of 2014/2015. This is a significant milestone in the Company’s 38-year history.
“We have continued to grow our business year on year and we are delighted with our results” noted Mr. Nalin Jayasundera Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels. “We have shown significant capacity to adjust to the changing market conditions and fuel growth in spite of the lingering economic and geopolitical challenges. With these results, we are confident we will continue to have a major impact on the country’s tourism sector. Based on our numbers Aitken Spence Travels continues to be the highest contributor to the government’s Tourism Development Levy in Sri Lanka from amongst all travel companies” he added. Furthermore Aitken Spence Travels is a significant contributor to our partner hotels by providing 248,000 room nights annually, being the biggest supplier of inventory to the Hotels sector.
This achievement further reinforces the company’s number one position in the destination management business and is another feather in the cap of achievements which includes Aitken Spence Travels being awarded the Presidential award for three consecutive years and being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Aitken Spence was the winner of Presidential award for best Professional Conference Organizer (PCO) in Sri Lanka for 3 consecutive years and entered the Hall of Fame as well as being the recipient of Sri Lanka Tourism Award for Professional Conference Organizer. The company was also the proud recipient of the prestigious PATA gold award in 2014 under the Environment – Ecotourism Project category for an innovative excursion program developed together with the Elpitiya plantations.
Aitken Spence Travels is fully diversified in to every aspect of tourism related activities namely; Leisure, Eco, Adventure, MICE, Shore Excursions for Cruise liners and luxury. It is considered as the leader in destination management in Sri Lanka with its creative and innovative tours and services. Partnered with the world’s largest tourism integrated company, TUI group, with over three decades of experience, the company is backed by a reputation of being the most professional in the business.
Commenting further on this significant achievement Mr. Jayasundera stated “I would like to thank our staff and the management team for their commitment, dedication and hard work in serving more than one hundred thousand clients. I am glad that the creative culture encouraged at Aitken Spence has enabled our staff to be innovative in creating tours to the ever demanding needs of the modern traveler and taking risks in exploring new markets whilst being responsible in all their efforts. I would like to thank our tour operator partners for the continued trust and confidence in us by promoting Sri Lanka as a destination. The support of our Hotel partners, Airline partners, other suppliers and Sri Lanka Tourism need to be acknowledged for helping us reach this milestone”.
Looking further Aitken Spence Travels hopes to continue to strengthen and build its international market position. We will continue to shape the tourism industry, by pioneering in terms of innovation in products and exploring markets, quality of the services offered and exceeding customer expectations.


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