This new partnership was announced at the ITB in Berlin in March this year following an MOU signed between the two companies to re-brand and re-launch Hemtours as “Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka” (DTSL) with a specific focus on the in-bound tourism markets.
DTSL will continue to be operated by the same experienced Hemtours management and staff with renewed vigour and dedication to offer a newer and wider range of products and services to a larger network of clients.
Abbas Esufally, Group Director, Hemas Holdings PLC, said : We recently sought to strengthen our Sri Lankan business by finding a partner with a truly global distribution reach. From day one of entering dialogue with DTG, it was clear we had found a like-minded, service-oriented, company with strong ethics and financial resources.” We will be expanding our footprint to the Maldives in the near future.
Chief Executive Officer of Diethelm Travel Group, John Watson, said, “Our international clientele has been requesting for a ‘Diethelm Travel’ presence in Sri Lanka and the Maldives for quite some time. We are happy to have found an excellent partner in Hemtours, one of Sri Lanka’s time tested, well regarded, and quality tour operators”.
Managing Director, DTSL Harith Perera says, “I have no doubt that the fusion of synergies between the Diethelm Group and Hemtours will result in an excellent product which will not only be a win-win situation for us both, but also, a boon to the entire Sri Lankan tourist industry and the region”.
The Diethelm Travel Group counts over half a century’s experience of providing full travel services within the Far East region. DTG is a subsidiary of Diethelm Keller Holdings, headquartered in Zurich, a closely held family company principally owned by fourth generation descendants of the founders.
DTG’s extensive network has fully licensed and insured offices in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. It enjoys an international reputation as a first-class travel service provider. The Diethelm Travel Group employs over 700 multi-lingual staff and serves hundreds of quality tour operators across the globe, enjoying exceptional relationships with travel suppliers and government departments across the board.
One of Sri Lanka’s largest destination management companies, Hemtours has been a part of the Hemas Group of Companies, one of Sri Lanka’s top public quoted blue chip companies. With over 30 years of extensive experience in the sector, Hemtours enjoys affiliation with some of the world’s largest tour operators.