'SL has potential to become e-chanelling hub in S.Asia'

By Ifham Nizam

Sri Lanka has all the ingredients and potential to become an e-channeling hub in the region says a top authority.

E channeling Director Gulmire Ablat speaking to the Island Financial Review on the sidelines of their partnership with a premier travel firm in the country, the Traveller Global, however, stressed that the country needs to improve its infrastructure to tap more international clients.

She said on their part they had covered 80 hospitals here, adding that the last 40 came within the last three months.

The 80 hospitals include almost all the leading hospitals in the country.

She said that they are also looking into Ayurvedic related services and Unani medicine in the future, terming Unani is one area where there is huge potential.

She also said that with their partnership with the Traveller Global, E Channeling is pleased to announce the launching of non conventional medical tourism in the Maldives.

In response to a question, Ablat said that they were keen to tap the Maldivian market due to their already existing client base.

Traveller Global, chairman/Managing Rizmi Reyal said that having spread their wings to the Indian Ocean’s most lucrative destination, the Maldives, the Traveller Global Maldives located in the capital city of Male will be offering comprehensive E Channeling services covering nearly 2,000 doctors across 80 private hospitals and medical institutions in Sri Lanka.

For more than 26 years, The Traveller Global has earned the privilege to serve travelers to any part of the world. Team work and thinking beyond horizons has been the secret behind the success of the company, he noted.

"Through the initiative with Channeling, our Maldivian clients travelling to Sri Lanka on medical grounds will have the comfort of making a medical appointment with their preferred doctor and hospital instantaneously, he added.

Reyal also said that through "The Fast Track" - The Traveller Global Maldives with its international airline partners will be offering an ‘all-inclusive one stop concept’ combining tickets, accommodation, transportation with a personalized meet and greet service for Maldivian travellers at Colombo International Airport.

"We are looking and spreading this concept to other areas in Male as well, he added.

Traveller Director Ramzi Reyal said that 30 per cent of Maldivians visited here on medicinal purposes as against the 70 per cent for leisure.

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