Country Manager- Bangladesh Shermal Perera says

SriLankan positioning itself in Bangladesh market as leisure carrier

- By Kazi Wahidul Alam 16 Dec, 2017  |    -      +
Colombo : Bangladesh is a very prospective country for the growth of air travel as a lot of Bangladeshis are now going abroad on holidays to various destinations almost throughout the year.

To get a fair share of that segment of travellers, SriLankan Airline is positioning itself in Bangladesh market as a leisure carrier. Besides Sri Lanka, Bangladeshi travellers are currently eligible to get on arrival visa in the Maldives, Indonesia, and the Seychelles; and we are offering convenient services to all these destinations.

This was stated by Shermal Perera, Country Manager- Bangladesh, SriLankan Airline, while talking to me at the Bandaranaike Airport, prior to the departure of the Bangladeshi Agents and Media team at the end of their five-day Agents Education Trip to Sri Lanka, hosted by the Airline.

There is lack of awareness about various tourism attractions in Sri Lanka and through arranging this trip, we have tried to showcase some of our major products to the Bangladesh Tour Operators and the Media, so that they could see for themselves, what they may offer to their customers and write about, in their media, said Shermal Perera.

A total of six tour operators and two media representatives took part in the trip, escorted by Shermal Perera, Country Manager-Bangladesh, SM Sharif, Deputy Sales Manager, SriLankan Airlines and Raquibul Islam, Senior Exe-cutive, SriLankan Holidays.

Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport in on November 27, the visiting Bangladeshi team was warmly greeted by the Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka Representatives, who were assigned to take care of us during the whole trip.

From airport we drove directly to Kandy, the hill Capital of Sri Lanka, which took us about three and a half hours. Before we checked into Mahaweli Reach Hotel, where we spent the night, we were taken to Grand Kanyan Hotel in Kandy for an inspection and enjoyed a sumptuous buffet dinner there.

Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the central province. It was the last capital of the ancient Kings era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy Plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations mainly tea and bio-diverse rainforest. Kandy is famous for revered Buddhist sites, including the Temple of Sacred Tooth.

On the second day of our trip, we were taken to Nuwara Eliya, a three-hour drive from Kandy. Nuwara Eliya 2,000 feet above the sea level, is known as Little England in Sri Lanka. Located in the thick misty hills of the paradise isle, the colonial atmosphere remains preserved, resembleing a British countryside, complete with rose gardens, hedges and red-roofed bungalows.

Before returning to Kandy, we visited Seetha Amman temple, five kilometres away from Nuwara Eliya, which is believed to be the place where Sita was held captive by King Ravana.

On return, we spent the night in Hotel Topaz, Kandy.

On the third day of our visit, we left Kandy for Bentota a beach city, located on the southern coastal line, some 60km away from Colombo. On the way, we stopped at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where we enjoyed taking of the elephant herd in a very disciplined manner to the river for their bath.

We had our lunch at a restaurant in Pannawella, which overlooks the river, where the elephant herd were taking their bath, a wonderful view which no one should miss.

We were confronted with a cyclonic weather as we reached at Avani Bentota Resort and Spa in Bentota. Our scheduled dinner out programme had to be abandoned halfway through, as we failed to reach Cinnamon Bay Hotel, Beruwella, since two big trees fall on both sides of the road, which blocked our way to the hotel.

Finally, we managed to make to our hotel, where we were staying and ate whatever was left over there in the buffet stations since it was closed down, long time back.

From Bentota, on our fourth day, we proceeded to Kalutara, a town frequented by travellers, who are drawn to the abundance of the exotic Ayurbedic retreats and spas in the area, that offer tranquil experiences of spiritual and physical backup, meditation and detoxing treats.

Staying over night at Citrus Hotel Waskaduwa, at the final leg of our journey, we reached the capital city of and at the invitation of Shermal Perera, had a wonderful, experience of visiting his beautiful house in and meet his gracious wife, loving mother and a beautiful daughter.

They treated us with various traditional Sri Lankan savory and desserts, which we all liked most, specially their warm hospitality.

Dinner over at Cinnamon Lake Colombo, we were given the experience of visiting Bally's Entertainment, the best among the three casinos in Colombo, which attracted most of the members of our team for its good ambience, live entertainment and quality food for every taste. It has no entry fee, but plenty of action on the tables. Over 100 table games, offer something for every one, which includes Blackjack, Baccarat, Poker, Roulette plus a host of specialty games.

Every good thing has an end and we also left on December 2, ending our five days of most exciting and enjoyable trips to different parts of Colombo; experiencing the warm Sri Lankan hospitality, which we all will cherish long time to come.

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