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Leading inbound travel solutions provider, Classic Destinations, represented by the Classic Sri Lanka brand, received the Safe & Secure certification awarded by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and endorsed by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), highlighting the Company’s rigorous approach to health and safety of travellers. SLTDA appointed independent body, KPMG-Sri Lanka bestows the certification on travel service providers following a stringent audit, while the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka conducts the final review. The certification is a vote of confidence, ensuring travellers about enhanced health and safety standards offered by the relevant establishment.
The set protocols expected of each entity are based on the experience of WTTC members in taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID -19 virus, in accordance with guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The protocols align travel industry players behind common standards to ensure the safety of their workforce and travellers as the sector shifts to a new normal.
“We, as a country have just begun reopening borders to welcome tourists. This is a big step, one that should not be taken lightly. Ensuring the wellbeing of travellers is of the utmost importance. As such, we’ve deployed hygiene protocols across all our customer touch points. We trust that our efforts will not only provide an optimized experience for our travellers, but also secure their health and that of their families, further enhancing the confidence that travellers have in us, encouraging tourists from across the globe to visit Sri Lanka and use our services,” commented Athif Bawa, Head Of Classic Destinations.
Safe & Secure certification is a key aspect of rebuilding traveller confidence and adapting to the ‘new normal’ of travel. The safety protocols that accords with certification protocols improve health and hygiene standards of relevant establishments.
Classic Destinations, represented by Classic SriLanka brand, is the inbound chapter of Classic Travel, a member of Expolanka Holdings PLC. The Company offers comprehensive inbound travel related services including tours, conferences and events to any part of the world. Classic Destinations is renowned for offering exceptional services in planning personalized services for destination weddings and accommodation.