PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS IN TRAVEL & TOURISM
Aitken Spence Travels and its subsidiary Ace Travel & Conventions won the two most important awards given for travel companies as the Best Destination Management Company and the Best Conference Organiser respectively for the third consecutive year at the Presidential Awards for Travel & Tourism held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall on 15th June 2010.
By winning these two prestigious awards every year since the award scheme was introduced, the two companies have become the first two travel companies to enter the exclusive Hall of Fame.
Aitken Spence Travels continues to demonstrate its leading positing in the industry consistently despite challenging circumstances. With the return of peace to the country, the company is well poised to expand its operations and take Sri Lanka to its rightful position in international tourism. As the largest inbound tour operator in Sri Lanka, it has continued to innovate and is the cynosure in the travel industry. The company will be upgrading its vehicle fleet to maintain international standards. The first five luxury coaches in the first stage of the investment have arrived in Sri Lanka this week and will become operational shortly.
Aitken Spence Travels was the first travel company in Sri Lanka to invest in a fully-automated tour operating system and the first to obtain ISO 9001 and Green Globe certifications 10 years ago. It was also the first travel company in Sri Lanka to receive PATA Gold awards.
Commenting on the accolades received, Mr. Gehan M. Perera, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels and Ace Travels & Conventions and Director of Aitken Spence PLC attributes the phenomenal achievement to the exceptional team at Aitken Spence who continue to rise above themselves and out-perform the market consistently.
“Such achievements are only possible if we continue to work as a well-knit team, to offer outstanding value and service to our customers and principals. We will continue to be customer obsessed in all our endeavours”.
“We are indeed grateful to all our hotel partners and suppliers in Sri Lanka as well as all our overseas tour operators who have supported us throughout our long journey. Whilst acknowledging this honour with humility, we will re-dedicate ourselves to support our partners even more and exceed our customers’ expectations, whilst expanding our operations in the exciting times ahead of us with the dawn of peace and stability in our country”.
With over three decades of experience, Aitken Spence Travels is one of Asia’s foremost destination management companies. It is a joint venture between of Aitken Spence PLC, the Sri Lanka-based diversified conglomerate and TUI Travel Plc, the world’s largest integrated tourism organisation.
Media Release – 16 June 2010