60 Aussie Travel Agents Group arrived in Sri Lanka – This is What They Think!
The cluster of Australian tour agents and tour operators under the steerage of Mr. Dennis Bunnik, Chairman of the Council of Australian Tour Operators, arrived in Sri Lanka. This was a week-long tour from 4th October to 13th October 2019.
The main motive of this was to explore the uniqueness of Sri Lanka and open up more holiday opportunities for future travelers. This can also be considered as a small assist from Australia to boost tourism in Sri Lanka.
Tour operators represented all parts of Australia and during their travel, they were lot impressed with the cultural plus historical standards of Sri Lanka. The visited the top tourist destinations of Sri Lanka; Sigirya, Kandy, down south beaches and lastly at Colombo. As a farewell treat they were given a special dinner during their final stay at Colombo, which symbolizing their successful tour in Sri Lanka.
‘’Just over 5 months, we have been able to recover about 80%. In a few months from now we will fully recover. In our case, so I’m confident that we’ll be able to that within the next two or three months’ time. Australia is a very crucial market for us. Mr. Dennis Bunnik was the only official, travel agent who kept on talking about Sri Lanka being the best travel destination. He always talked about the positives that he knew about. So I’m sure all of you would have believed in the quality of the products we have, the value of the products we have, and everything put together, creates an unbeatable brand. We have won several accolades for the past several months, such as Lonely Planet selecting Sri Lanka as the world’s best in travel in 2019, as well as being the ‘’Leading Adventure Tourism Destination of the Year’’ at the World Travel Awards 2018. This goes on. And I’m sure you would have experienced the warmth of Sri Lankans, ‘’So Sri Lankans’ and I would like to thank all Australians who made this happen’ ’
Mr. Kishu Gomes, Chairman SLTPB
‘’ I have been here for over 25 times. So far, during last week, everybody has been blown away and very impressed with what they experienced in Sri Lanka. All the people here were very helpful and it was absolutely fantastic’
’There’s enormous potential of Sri Lanka being an exclusive tourism destination. I love being here and it’s like my second home. Every time I come here, there’s so much development going on, and it’s fantastic. You have got a beautiful country’’
Frank Bunnik, CEO of Bunnik tours mentioned during the discussion between local and Australian travel agents.
‘’I come here often because we have an office here in Sri Lanka. But this is the first time I got to travel around with a group. So I have seen new places, and it has been fantastic ‘’
‘’Everybody has fallen in love with Sri Lanka. It’s been such a surprise for the group. Maybe they didn’t know much about Sri Lanka beforehand, but the variety, the diversity, the people, everybody commented how wonderful the people were, and how beautiful the country is. Of all the destinations which I visited Sigiriya, and the beauty of the rock was fascinating, and watching the sunrise over Sigiriya from the Pidurangala rock was also a wonderful experience.’’
Dennis Bunnik, Chairman of CATO
The event was organized by Bunnik Tours in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.