TUI Travel which is one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups, with over 220 trusted brands in 180 countries and more than 30 million customers, has ranked Sri Lanka as one of the best tourist destinations in the world.
The company is now planning to widen their horizons by getting involved in the development of tourist infrastructure in Sri Lanka to lure tourists from all over the world.
The Chief Executive Officer of TUI Travel Mr. Peter Long has said that Sri Lanka’s tourism sector has a lot of potential and needs large scale operations in every way. He has said that Sri Lanka is an exciting tourist destination which could be easily promoted among tourists and TUI intends to bring many tourists as much as possible, while helping the country to develop the tourist infrastructure to a very high standard.
Mr. Peter Long was on a short visit to Sri Lanka to explore tourist opportunities in the country. His trip was facilitated by Aitken Spence, which has a joint venture hotel and other businesses projected with TUI. Mr. Peter Long has also said that they want to operate the Dreamliner Boeing 747 aircraft to Sri Lanka and charter more than 300 tourists to Sri Lanka. This aircraft is among the World’s most recognized and the company owns the operational expertise to provide customer satisfaction to the maximum.
Mr. Peter Long has also said that Sri Lanka needs more hotel rooms with bigger type of hotels to promote tourism in Sri Lanka. He has said that the reason for the tourist industry to flourish in Sri Lanka was that the country has a stable government, which in turn is conducive to develop tourist infrastructure in Sri Lanka.
TUI which is a listed on the London Stock Exchange was formed on September 3, 2007 by the merger of First Choice Holidays PLC and the Tourism Division of TUI AG, which owns 56.4 percent of the company, operating in 180 countries and serving 30 million customers. It is headquartered in Crawley, West Sussex, England.
The company’s underlying operating profit is 443 million Sterling Pounds, with a market capitalization of 2.6 billion Sterling Pounds. The company has 143 aircraft and 3,500 retail shops in Europe. TUI is also number one leisure hotelier in Europe with nine bands. They were also a leader in online services in world tourism. (niz)