Glenn Duleep Braine, founder of Akein Tours Pvt Ltd and Akein Rental Cars Sri Lanka.
2004 my cousin (Asintha) and I entered the tourism industry. We start small, as I took care of all the tours in Sri Lanka and Asintha focus on promoting and contacting travel agents all over the United State, Europe, and some Asian countries. It was much harder than we thought, no overseas travel agent wants us to handle tour for them because we were newbies to the business and they already had established local agents in Sri Lanka to handle their tours. We only got a handful of tours on our first few years, we were forced to contact some local agents and we partner up with a local agent and handle their tours for them as a third party. With the tourist industry boom in 2010 we start getting tours directly from overseas agents and by end of 2014 we were getting lot more tours and we had to end up our contract with the Sri Lankan local agent. Now we are focusing our business as direct tour provider for the end consumer.
Sri Lanka has something for everyone, whatever your interests. Tranquil mountaintop temples and shrines, soothing hot spring baths, idyllic gardens, soaring mountain peaks, picturesque mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, golden sandy beaches, best sunsets, wildlife/safari, whale/dolphin watching, welcoming, friendly, helpful people, and of course, the fantastic food.