July 17, Colombo: In recognition of its services to South Asia's tourism and hospitality industry, SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, received a special "Award of Appreciation" at the World Travel Awards 2013 Indian Ocean ceremony, held at the Paradise Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives, recently.
Dubbed as the "The Oscars of the Travel Industry," the World Travel Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, celebrating those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence in product and service.
(From L-R: Dave Falcon of World Travel Awards, President of the Maldives Mohammed Waheed Hassan and SriLankan Airlines, Regional Manager- Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Saminda Perera with the award)
SriLankan Airlines, one of the most prominent carriers in South Asia with a global route map of 64 destinations in 34 countries, flies to Maldives 36 times a week, facilitating both business and leisure travel sectors.
SriLankan Airlines, Regional Manager- Sri Lanka and Maldives, Saminda Perera said, "We consider it a great privilege to be recognized as a pioneer in South Asia's Travel and Hospitality industry. As an Airline it is our duty to provide our passengers with convenient connections across the globe and an award of this nature is evidence that we have surpassed expectations and made a significant contribution to tourism in the Maldives. This will certainly serve as an inspiration to expand our connectivity and role in time to come."
Graham E Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards said: "The Indian Ocean continues to serve as an example of a responsible eco-tourism region whilst offering the most unique hospitality products and services. It strives to set the highest possible bar to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism and it has been an honour to hold the first ever Indian Ocean World Travel Awards here."
Currently SriLankan Airlines flies to seven Indian destinations, operating 28 flights a week to Chennai, double daily flights to Trichy and Cochi and daily flights to Trivandrum, Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. It also operates seven flights a week to Karachi and codeshares with its sister airline, Mihin Lanka to facilitate the passengers bound to Bodh Gaya, Varanasi and Dhaka. SriLankan Airlines was nominated for the award by the Ministry of Tourism of the Maldives and The Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation.