A Destination Management Company (DMC) is a company based in a particular country or destination that acts as a local expert on the ground in all matters to do with travel and logistics. DMCs generally offer a range of services such as guided sightseeing, local transportation, hotel bookings and airport meet and greets. Overseas tour operators and travel agents normally contract with a local DMC to look after their clients once they arrive in a country, so a DMC usually works with a number of tour operators and travel agents from around the world. In addition, DMCs can handle bookings which come to them from direct clients overseas.
The Sri Lanka Collection represents The Fabulous Getaway, the umbrella under which two of Sri Lanka’s most prestigious travel companies operate – Red Dot Tours and SriLankaInStyle. While the two companies maintain their individual brand identity when serving the FIT market, they market themselves as The Fabulous Getaway to tour operators and travel trade partners. Offering bespoke itineraries and a range of innovative and imaginative experiences designed to enhance a journey, the merger of the two brands in 2014 allowed TFG to provide an unparalleled white-label service to their clients. It also enabled them to maintain their competitive prices and offer a wide range of itineraries to tour operators, supported by a strong operations team and a dedicated service team excelling in customer care. Experienced chauffeur guides were integral to both brands and the merger ensured Sri Lanka’s best-trained, most in-the-know individuals now lead customers on unique TFG journeys.
We believe Sri Lanka in Style and Red Dot Tours are the two best DMCs in Sri Lanka. Both are extremely experienced and well-respected for their local knowledge, their extensive range of contacts and their relationships with industry partners all around the country. Sri Lanka In Style and Red Dot Tours reliably ensure that their clients experience the very best of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka In Style is a leading high-end inbound tour operator, working with Sri Lanka's finest accommodation providers, chauffeur guides and most comfortable vehicles.
Based in Colombo, Sri Lanka In Style is the local partner for the world’s top travel specialists and private travel designers and is the exclusive Virtuoso On-Site for Sri Lanka. The company has attended PURE Life Experiences from its inception and its partner and CEO Miguel Cunat is the Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for Sri Lanka – a prestigious accolade he received in 2012, and again in 2013.
As a DMC, Sri Lanka In Style plans tailor-made travel programmes for individual clients and offers a unique and insightful range of exclusive experiences within Sri Lanka, including city walks hosted by local authors, insightful tea plantation tours and authentic Sri Lankan cooking classes in scenic rural locations.
The Sri Lanka In Style tagline is ‘travel in style’. Their goal is for clients to return from a journey feeling rested, relaxed and pampered, but also fulfilled and stimulated, with stories to tell friends and family of the fantastic things that they have seen, learnt and experienced, and the people they have met along the way.
Red Dot Tours was established as a leading destination management company for Sri Lanka back in 2000 and has quietly built a solid reputation for its intimate, in-depth knowledge of the island. Also offering tailor-made holidays in India and The Maldives, Red Dot Tours is fervently independent and its advice on what’s hot and what’s not remains up-to-the-minute and religiously followed by a loyal, and growing, clientele.
Red Dot aims to be the one-stop shop for Sri Lanka and handles single night bookings to the most complex group itinerary. It also organizes ground transportation, including chauffeured car rental, train travel, domestic seaplane transfers and helicopter charters; the company’s dedicated team of chauffeur guides is highly regarded. Red Dot has offices in Sri Lanka and the UK, and clients flying with Red Dot from the UK benefit from ATOL protection.
Red Dot seeks to satisfy all tastes and budgets by marketing the top 400 properties – ranging from the traditional beach or colonial-style hotels to luxury villas and quirky independent guesthouses – for their excellence in their own price bracket. Their diverse range of tours may focus on luxury, sports, nature and adventure, and explore relatively undiscovered parts of the island. The company also specializes in weddings and honeymoons.
All holidays represent unbeatable value for money and are tailored to clients’ exact requirements with detailed personalized advice provided by a highly trained team in Colombo. Red Dot is committed to encouraging enlightened tourism, campaigning for responsible tourism practices, supporting its favorite Sri Lankan charities and fostering supportive, non-confrontational relationships between clients and suppliers. The company also enjoys proven long-lasting relationships with suppliers and offers guaranteed 24/7 customer support.
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