Fifty years on, Mackinnons Travels is ready for the future o… – MENAFN.COM

  • Date: 17-Jun-2021
  • Source: MENAFN
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  • Country:Middle East
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Fifty years on, Mackinnons Travels is ready for the future o… – MENAFN.COM

(MENAFN - Colombo Gazette) It has been the quietest one year and three months for international travel since anyone alive today can remember. Even as some parts of the world open up for both essential and non-essential travel, recovery from the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for those in the travel and tourism sectors is expected to take at least two years. What does this spell for a legacy travel agency in Sri Lanka? Mackinnons Travels, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, remains unfazed. The outbound travel arm of John Keells Holdings (JKH), the company has built a strong culture of resilience and innovation over many years and draws from this as it steps into a new era of travel. Founded in 1971, Mackinnons opened its first office on June 14 of that year, at the Mackinnons Building in Fort, which itself is an architectural monument that dates back to 1917. With a team of around 5-6, the agency focused on corporate and individual outbound travel and handled the transportation sector, mainly shipping and aviation, for its parent company. At the time, corporate travel was a fledgling market and leisure travel was not a privilege many Sri Lankans