4000 up-market passengers expected during 2012-13
Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka, a subsidiary of Hemas Holdings PLC in collaboration with FTI group, one of Germany’s leading tour operators will launch cruises between Sri Lanka and Dubai with stops in Muscat, Mumbai, Goa and Kochi in the coming winter season carrying 4,000 up market French speaking travellers mainly from Austria, Switzerland and Germany over a period of four month staring from December 05, 2012.
The FTI BERLIN will be the first ever cruise liner of its kind to sail Colombo Port on regular basis and will call at and depart Colombo 10 times between December 2012 and March 2013.The passengers will have the opportunity to take a holiday in Dubai or Colombo, spending additional holidays in Sri Lanka on the beaches or on round trips, before or after the 10-day cruise.
Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka Chairman Abbas Esufally said this will be a unique project which will bring in high spending clientele to Sri Lanka and this will act as a viable springboard to showcase Sri Lanka as a multifaceted and internationally attractive destination.
Germany’s FTI Touristik Director Operations Lal Wijesinghe said that FTI is looking at possibilities to berth in Trincomalee port or the newly built Hambantota Port in the future thereby giving the project a great dimension and taking it to a different level.
Indunil HEWGE writes for the DailyNews