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Aitken Spence Travels first DMC to be awarded ‘Safe and Secure’ Tourism Certificate

Managing Director Aitken Spence Travels Nalin Jayasundera
Managing Director Aitken Spence Travels Nalin Jayasundera

Aitken Spence Travels, the leading destination management company in Sri Lanka was recently awarded the ‘Safe and Secure’ Tourism Certificate of Compliance (SLTDA/SQA/TA/2020/044) by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, through an independent assessment conducted by KPMG Sri Lanka.

The certification is compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) for safety travelling. The company followed a strenuous auditing process inclusive of a wide-ranging study on complete tour operations. The auditing procedure takes into account all health guidelines stipulated by the Health authorities and SLTDA.

These health and safety protocols and procedures have been formulated in consultation with all tourism stakeholders, under the guidance of the Health Ministry and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The certification includes a unique QR code which enables guests to check information and the authenticity of the documentation.

This certification is a timely one which prepares the company to follow the right health, hygiene and operational practices and will reassure tourists considering Sri Lanka for their next holiday post-pandemic.

Commenting on this achievement Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels Nalin Jayasundera said, “We are delighted to be one of the first and very few DMCs to be awarded the Safe and Secure Tourism Certificate of Compliance. Most of the requirements for the auditing process were practices already followed at the onset of the pandemic by Aitken Spence Travels. This is due to the company placing a heightened importance and priority on the safety of all visitors, both local and foreign. As safety is paramount and one of the key elements to a memorable holiday experience, we do not take safety lightly.”

“We are truly grateful to our staff who also places great importance on safety and lives up to these expectations by incorporating safety measures as part of their new normal work.

This certification is also a source of confidence to our future visitors that are keen to travel with a certified tour company. We look forward to welcoming back tourists to the country when the airport reopens,” he further commented.

Aitken Spence Travels, part of the diversified blue-chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC, is a joint venture with TUI Travel PLC, the world’s largest integrated tourism company. The Group’s destination management arm handles inbound and outbound tour packages for groups, FIT (Free Independent Travellers) and the MICE segments (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) which operates in a highly competitive business environment.