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Aitken Spence Travels brings charters from UK and Poland

Tourists being welcomed at the BIA
Tourists being welcomed at the BIA

Aitken Spence Travels has arranged for 24 charter flights from the UK and 13 from Poland up to April next year.

The charter operated by TUI UK will see a Thomson Airways 300-seat Dreamliner bringing in tourists from the UK over the course of six months.

Holidaymakers will be accommodated in beach resorts from Waikkala to Hikkaduwa and the round tour clients will be accommodated in several hotels in the Cultural Triangle, Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya.

The charter operation is expected to generate over 50,000 room nights to hotels in Sri Lanka during the season, giving a significant boost to the industry’s demand from the UK. As the official ground handler, Aitken Spence Travels will organise logistics, transport, accommodation and tours for all the travellers. The first flight arrived last month.

“Aitken Spence Travels is the only destination management company in Sri Lanka to handle a charter from the UK. This is due to our longstanding partnership with TUI, a global giant in the tourism industry. A great amount of effort was made over the year to secure the charter for the third consecutive year despite tremendous competition from other destinations,” said Vice President, Aitken Spence Travels, Prasanjit Perera.

From Poland: Aitken Spence Travels welcomed its first charter flight for the season from Poland, for the second consecutive year recently..

The staff of Aitken Spence Travels and TUI partner staff welcomed Polish tourists with flowers, dancers and drummers.

The charter flights from Poland will arrive once in 11 days until end March. It is estimated that 24,000 room nights will be used by the Polish travellers.

Aitken Spence Travels Vice President, Niranjan Rodrigo said, “We convinced TUI Poland to operate a charter flight with Aitken Spence Travels from Warsaw to Colombo.

“We have negotiated with hoteliers to make the destination attractive by way of special rates and have extended our support to TUI Poland to promote Sri Lanka among their agents,” he said.

Arrivals from Poland grew 6.3 percent last year recording 15,346 people against 14,432 in 2016. However, arrivals from Poland as at end September 2018 was 14,078 and is expected to grow.