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Message from Managing Director

In the aftermath of the Second World War when western powers were withdrawing from their colonies in Asia, Africa and elsewhere, a new world order was created with newly independent countries dotting the world map. It was a world in transition, a new beginning that was to erase dark memories of war. It was under these circumstances that a new tour company was born in 1946.

A pioneer in the tourism and travel field, Ceylon Tours Limited founded by my father late Mr. P. A. Ediriweera as a public limited liability company, put Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, in the global map even before the country emerged as an independent nation in February 1948.

With only a handful of hotels and poor infrastructure facilities in the country, the new company faced a daunting task in wooing foreign tourists to visit Sri Lanka. Banking largely on the laurels of Sri Lanka which was known among early excursionists and Silk Road traders as Serendib, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dharma, Pearl of the Orient and Paradise on Earth, Ceylon Tours Limited made gradual but steady progress. It was the first company in Sri Lanka to run a tourist coach.

As Sri Lanka's reputation grew as a tourist destination, largely due to its richness in beauty and serenity, the interest and keenness shown by foreign tourists to visit Sri Lanka also grew. To meet the growing demand, Ceylon Tours Limited was equal to the task. That the company has been in operation for the past 55 years itself is recognition for its professionalism and expertise.
Join with us to see Sri Lanka's hospitality & tradition like no other.

Suren Ediriweera
Managing Director

Our Business

Our primary business is handling inbound tours into Sri Lanka by Charter or Regular Scheduled flights. The Company works with several Tour Operators, with the main markets being France, Germany, Scandinavia, Belgium, Austria, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, India, Spain, U.A.E. , U.S.A., Ukraine, Russian Federation and Lebanon. We also handle clients from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Nepal to name a few.

Some of the prestigious accounts we have the privilege of handling ( listed alphabetically) are:-

CEYLON TOURS, AUSTRALIA
TRIDENT TRAVELS, AUSTRIA
AGRI REIZEN, BELGIUM
OMNIA REIZEN, BELGIUM
TOURCAN VACATIONS, CANADA
NOUVELLES FRONTIERES, FRANCE
DISCOVER INDIA HOLIDAYS (PVT) LTD, FRANCE
TRAVELITE (INDIA), FRANCE
AUSTRAL VOYAGES, FRANCE
BECKER TRAVELS, GERMANY
FUNF VOR FLUG, GERMANY
CLUB MEDITERRANEE, INTERNATIONAL
TRAVEL SPIRIT INTERNATIONAL, INDIA
TRAVEL PROMOTIONS, INDIA
TRAVEL INN, INDIA
NOUVELLES FRONTIERES, ITALY
VALTUR S.R.L., ITALY
VACANZE S.R.L., ITALY
DISCOVER INDIA HOLIDAYS (PVT) LTD, INDIA
ARSHIA TOURS - IRAN
ARIAN TOURS - IRAN
HOLIDAYS CO - IRAN
GOGAT TOUR - IRAN
ALPINE TRAVELS, NEPAL
VILLA TRAVELS & TOURS, REPUBLIC OF MALDIVES
TAIPEI CO., RUSSIAN FEDERATION
MAS TRAVEL CENTRE, SINGAPORE
SWEDE TRAVEL INT., SWEDEN
FLETCHER VIAGES, SPAIN
JAMBO TOURS, SCANDINAVIA
INFLIGHT VOYAGES, SWITZERLAND
M.D. TOURS AND TRAVELS, THAILAND
CEYLON TOURS, UKRAIN
BECKER TRAVELS, U.A.E.
TRANS INDUS LTD, U.K.
T.S. TRAVELS, U.S.A.
SITA WORLD TRAVEL, INC., U.S.A.
BECKER TRAVELS, VIETNAM
ANASTASIA TRAVELS-LEBANON
SOGETOUR-LEBANON
ALIRIZA TRAVELS - SAUDI ARABIA

As the pioneers in the development of tourism in the Republic of Maldives, we stand today as a leading seller of holiday packages to many of the tourist resorts in the Maldives. Due to our unstinted support and our successful efforts to develop the tourism industry in the Republic of Maldives, its President, His Excellency Mohammed Abdul Gayoom, presented Ceylon Tours with a certificate of recognition in the year 1992.

We are members of the following International Travel Associations.

INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA)
PACIFIC TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (PATA)
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRAVEL AGENTS (ASTA)
JAPAN ASSOCIATION OF TRAVEL AGENTS (JATA)
FEDERATION OF YOUTH TRAVEL ORGANISATIONS (FIYTO)
AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION OF TRAVEL AGENTS (AFTA)

Ceylon Tours is also the official representative in Sri Lanka for DINERS INTERNATIONAL.

We are the appointed agents of the National Carrier Sri Lankan Airlines and all other International Airlines operating through Colombo.

In order to provide our clientele with unparalleled service we own and operate a modern fleet of air-conditioned vehicles driven by well-experienced chauffeur / guides.

Our normal package tours include accommodation, meals, transportation, entrance fees, and porter fees and guide fees. However additional services such as special welcome reception, cultural shows, train journeys, use of helicopters, jeeps etc. could be included in any given tour. Special Interest Tours - Incentive Packages, Conference Groups, Special Casino Tours, Golf Tours, Fishing Tours, Adventure Tours, Pilgrim Tours, Biking or Hiking Tours, Tours encompassing research for scientific purposes, Sea and River Cruises, Diving Packages, Exclusive Train Journeys, also arrange native MEDICINE treatments (Ayurveda) tour programmed Packages using herbs, oils, etc…We could also arrange private personal tour arrangements as per your requirements.

We offer multi-lingual guide services, welcome receptions with drummers and elephants, traditional wedding ceremonies etc. Our inbound division is specialized in providing in all kind of professional services & to Buddhist pilgrims from Far & South Eastern Asian countries exclusively. And our outbound department specializes in worldwide hotels booking and ticketing.
Our staff at the Colombo International Airport will be available 24 hours to assist you, and you may contact our well-trained reservation staff exclusively for your request.

 

 

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