The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
David, now UK editor of ESPNcricinfo, was a founding director of Red Dot with Charlie Austin and still spends his spare time monitoring the UK office. He visits Sri Lanka regularly, whereupon he invariably attempts to escape Charlie’s demanding meetings diary and re-explore a country that he first fell in love with 20 years ago on an England A cricket tour. Formerly a senior cricket writer on The Guardian, he has covered numerous overseas tours. He no longer has time to write cricket books, not that anyone seems to have noticed.
Charlie moved to Sri Lanka in pursuit of work experience with an environmental NGO after completing a Masters degree at Sussex University. However, upon arriving in Sri Lanka in September 1999, his career soon took a different direction as he was appointed the Country Manager of Cricinfo.com. Having fallen for Sri Lanka’s charms, he set-up Red Dot with David Hopps in the same year. He co-owns Teardrop Hotels, a collection of charmingly designed historic properties, with Mike Davies, a close school friend and like-minded cricket lover from Bryanston School in Dorset. Charlie is passionate about his food, cricket and loves escaping to Sri Lanka’s hill-country, especially Victoria golf club or a tea estate bungalow, with his wife Suthami, their daughters Zara and Sofia and Buster, their cocker spaniel.
Being a keen rugby player, Amrick seems to be a lucky guy who is able to say he started his career with his dream job, as a rugby coach. These days however his travel job seems to offer so much more, allowing him to explore Sri Lanka while also making ends meet. He still enjoys playing rugby in his spare time and some of his favourite places include Rome and the historic town of Galle
Having spent close to 15 years in the travel industry, Dilhari loves the fact that working in this field allows her to work with people who have a similar passion, while also meeting people from different walks of life. She is keen to achieve success in both her professional life and her personal life and rates Sigiriya, Hatton and Galle as some of her favourite places in the island.
Determined to make her hobby part of her daily routine, Dinu entered the travel industry more than five years ago and is now happily engrossed in planning holidays to Sri Lanka. In her spare time Dinu enjoys cooking and reading. Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Hatton are some of her must-visit places in Sri Lanka.
Claiming to have heard many good things about the travel industry, Dylan thought he would try it out himself, and one year later, he is still captivated in showing others the beauty of this island. In his spare time he enjoys playing cricket and football, and Galle Fort, Colombo and London are some of his preferred places.
Having been in the travel industry for more than three years, Ikshu, as she is fondly known, is a lover of birds, elephants and all things nature. She spends her free time reading or hiking the great outdoors. Her visit to Bagan, Myanmar tops her list of favourite journeys along with trekking in the Knuckles range in the island.
Lahiru made a case against her career as a lawyer, deciding it was not really her cup of tea. She now spends her days helping clients see the best of Sri Lanka, doting over her teenage son and running her own gorgeous homestay. She is proud to have been on a Mahaweli River Expedition and loves the tea hills of this island paradise.
Stumbling into the world of tourism quite by chance, Nazreen says her list of random decisions is topped by the best one yet – her move to the travel industry. Now she enjoys planning holidays to showcase the best of Sri Lanka to others and in her free time, she’s likely to be glued to a screen, watching Anime. Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the cooler climes of Ella are amongst her favourite places yet.
Nicola has been in the travel industry for more than ten years and continues to enjoy travelling within Sri Lanka as well as overseas. Amongst her favourite places in the world she ranks Disneyland in LA, Paris and Australia the best so far.
Having entered the field of travel with a love for meeting people from different walks of life, Rikaz is now in his twelfth year in the trade. When not at his laptop, he’s most likely to be found with his eyes glued to a book instead or perhaps engrossed in a serious game of Scrabble. Apart from home, his favourite places so far are New Delhi, Dubai and the beautiful shores of Maldives.
With a keen interest in history and culture, Rozanne, who has previously worked in banking, is now in her sixth year of the travel industry. She is generous with her baked delights, often treating the office to them. She also enjoys singing and dancing, and the Hatton tea fields and Genting Highlands are amongst her favourite places to visit.