Galle Face Hotel opens travel office

COLOMBO, 17 October 2016: One of the oldest hotels in Asia, Galle Face Hotel, is embracing travel planning with the opening of a travel office selling a suite of package holidays.

The iconic 152-year-old hotel calls it a bold move calling its tour offerings the “ABCs of Sri Lanka.”

Excursions will school guests in the appreciation of the country’s animals, beaches, and culture, the hotel’s announcement states.

inside no 5Excursions include overnight trips to the UNESCO World Heritage site Sigiriya, to see a colossal rock fortress built in 477 AD; or Kandy, famous for its Buddhist cultural sites.

Two-night packages can take in both of the destinations while four-night stays venture further to include other popular destinations, such as Nuwara Eliya, the heart of the country’s tea production; and Polonnaruwa, an ancient capital with timeworn ruins.

“Our enthusiasm for this country is boundless, and could no longer be contained by the walls of our hotel,” said Sanjeev Gardiner, chairman of the Galle Face Hotel Group. “And so now we’re building bridges right from our lobby to all of the wonders of Sri Lanka.”

It is considered unusual for a hotel to move into the land tour business segment as they rely on tour operators to supply guests. However, the lines are hazy in Sri Lanka where tour operators invest in their hotels so Galle Face investing in a travel office will not raise eyebrows.

Traveller, The New York Times, and Travel + Leisure as one of the top places to go in 2016.

In addition to tours outside of Colombo, Galle Face Expeditions has launched several day trips that offer trips to beaches in the south to the scenic former hill stations in the island’s central region.

For more details of the tours contact expeditions@gallefacehotel.net.