New Zealand-based Mark Snoxell from Exposure Downunder has been appointed CEO of The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka. Managing director, Laahiru Jayamanne, says Snoxell has been instrumental in driving The Travel Concierge to be future ready, weathering the tough times of the pandemic, and enabling the company to drive tangible digital and sustainable projects. Snoxell says it is great timing with Sri Lanka being a perfect destination for Antipodeans ready to blow the dust off their passports.
A platform to empower women travellers and to support women in the travel and tourism industry to promote specialist product and services was launched this week.
Girlz with Baggage is connecting with travel agents interested in receiving referrals, those who have their own tours that they would like support in promoting, and suppliers and enterprises that have product they believe would suit the Girlz with Baggage brand.
The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka is offering New Zealand agents the facility to book future holidays without the need to pay a deposit.
The Travel Concierge has a nine-night Sri Lankan famil for eight agents who will be immersed in culture and hospitality versus being stuck on an itinerary doing multiple property inspections.
The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka has released a three-night package that enables guests to connect with the indigenous tribes of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has introduced a new system enabling tourists to obtain refunds of 15% Value Added Tax (VAT) payments for goods they purchase from shops in the country.
Sri Lankan destination management company (DMC) Tour Blue is now represented in New Zealand.
Mark Snoxell, of Exposure Down Under, says Tour Blue specialises in both Sri Lanka and the Maldives, concentrating on tailor-made itineraries for families and groups as well as some incentive travel work.
‘Tour Blue works closely with Asia Leisure – a hotel group we also represent here.’ Snoxell says it is advantageous for travel agents to use a DMC in Sri Lanka. ‘There is so much more to be added on if you work with the local experts. It is easy for them to access art, culture, surfing, academics, tea plantations and much more.’