04, August, 2016: In line with its CSR initiatives, Classic Travel, leading travel solutions provider in Sri Lanka stepped out to provide internship opportunities to students from the LOUIS PRESTON. Classic Travel and LOUIS PRESTON signed a Memorandum of Understanding recently to formalize the mutually beneficial agreement. The chosen students will receive a comprehensive and hands on training on air ticketing and travel agent services along with a chance to obtain an in-depth understanding of the GDS (Global Distribution System) network.



“The decision to provide valuable training opportunities to students from LOUIS PRESTON as part and parcel of our efforts to consciously contribute to the development of Sri Lanka’s travel industry. Over the past 22 years, we’ve enjoyed immense business success and we believe in giving back to the industry in way that will actively enhance the quality of services and attract talented young people to excel in this industry, commented Suresh Mendis, CEO, Classic Travel.


The nominated and selected students will receive a valuable training certificate from Classic Travel at the end of their internship. In addition, they will be given first preference in case of a vacancy opening at Classic Travel.

“This initiative is one of our many efforts to raise the industry bar. We are happy to partner LOUIS PRESTON in this endeavor given the excellent standards that they maintain,” commented Saif Yusoof, Director, Classic Travel.

LOUIS PRESTON is a professional educational institute for qualifications in the specialist growing Airline, Travel & Tourism and Hospitality sectors worldwide. The institute ensures its quality through its approved status with International Training Partners such as IATA and CTH. LOUIS PRESTON Sri Lanka commenced full operations in 2005, aims are to promote excellence in professional education by being forward-thinking, progressive and innovative, to bridge the gap between education and professional practice, to inspire and challenge tomorrow’s travel business and professional people in a supportive learning environment.

“Classic Travel is an industry leader and our students stand to reap valuable benefits from this arrangement not only in terms of employability but also in terms of obtaining a clear insight into the industry,” said Dinesh Visvanathan, Managing Director, LOUIS PRESTON.

Classic Travel Ltd., incorporated in 1994, is an IATA accredited travel agent based in Sri Lanka and a member of the prestigious Expolanka Group of Companies. Whilst being strategically located in the heart of Colombo in Colpetty with an extensive branch network in Hambantota, Galle, Ratnapura, Bangladesh and in the Maldives, Classic Travel is the only travel agent in Sri Lanka to be open 24 hours, 365 days of the year. Travellers can call or walk in anytime to obtain flight information, purchase air tickets, book hotels or even just to discuss their future holiday travel plans. In addition, Classic Travel has established a fully fledged Visa office in Deal Place A, Colombo to offer comprehensive Visa services. The Company won the Great Place to Work award 2016.