What is personal information?
“Personal Information” refers to the details that can be used to identify any individual who uses the products/services of the web site. The term “Personal Information” refers to name, address and gender and other details provided by you with your consent.
Why is personal information collected?
To provide superior customer service to our clients.
Next Step Journey (Private) Limited collects personal information to assist is making your stay in Sri Lanka simpler and easier, and in carrying out your request to ensure your needs are met when on tour. In addition, personal information is collected to allow us to contact you in case of arising matters related to your stay in Sri Lanka. By us maintaining personal information of guests, you are able to reconcile statements/invoices and confirm prior transactions.
To Keep Our Guests and Owners Informed
Personal information may be used to provide guests with newsletters regarding our tour company and to advise on any promotions, offers, discounts or related news that may be of interest. In order to carry out this task, personal information may have to be retained, and be shared with a third party. These companies could include communications and marketing companies, who are under contract with Next Step Journey (Private) Limited and are contractually obligated to protect all information shared.
For Marketing Research
With regard to surveys, we may wish to contact you to receive your views on our tour company and its service delivery. In most cases, information such as this is collected by a third party, who is under contract with Next Step Journey (Private) Limited and as stated above, they are contractually bound to protect the personal information shared. This is done with an intention to understand the trends, needs and expectations of our customers.
How is personal information collected?
Initially upon contact with our web site
Whenever you visit a site, a cookie is stored in your computer and your computer is identified with a unique ID number. Cookies are small pieces of information that your browser stores on your computer’s hard disk. They simplify any bookings by automatically filling up preferences already been filled up on your previous visit to the site. Cookies are also used as a way of collecting website data such as the number of visitors and traffic to specific web pages. This helps us to understand which pages are popular among users and which are not. It also helps us to improve on the site based on page views and number of visitors. You can set your computer to not store any cookies on your computer, if you prefer. However, this may prevent you using some of the functions we offer.
When accessing our website, your computer will be assigned a specific ID number, which will identify you whenever you visit our website. Although personal information such as name, age and address will be anonymous at this point, cookies will allow us to make a log of every time you access the site. Once personal information is entered, we will combine your ID number with the contact information you provided, so that we can recognize you on future visits to Sri Lanka.
While browsing our website
When you explore our web site, there may be instances where online surveys or promotions will request you to provide personal information. In responding to this request if you wish to participate, you may have to provide information about your personal identity such as name and address. In instances such as this, we only use information to suit the purposes you have specified.
When purchasing a tour package on our website
Through our worldwide Tour Package purchases
You can also purchase a tour package by calling our corporate office. If you call our corporate office by telephone inquiring about a tour package and subsequently agree to purchase a tour package, you will be required to disclose your personal details for the purposes aforementioned. In such an instance, we may ask for your personal information such as name, contact details and method of payments. In addition, we may also gather information about any special requests. Your payment information will be transmitted through a secure communication gateway and confirmation of your purchase will be sent to you directly by Next Step Journey (Private) Limited through email.
During your stay in Sri Lanka
From arrival to departure, we will record your name, country, contact number, email, your arrival and depart dates and times with flight details. This information will be carried in compliance with any reporting requirements, including those guidelines imposed by the government. In some cases, information specific to your service with Next Step Journey (Private) Limited may also be stored, such as service issues and payment difficulties. Other than in these instances, we may also retain the contents of any documents provided by you such as emails, comments, letters and electronic documents that you may have sent us before your arrival to Sri Lanka. Such information is shared only with the rest of the staff at Next Step Journey (Private) Limited, and not any other third party.
How do we store personal information?
Between arrival and departure in Sri Lanka
Our tour company goes to great measures to ensure that all personal information is kept in a secure location, be it a database or filing cabinet. Furthermore, we take steps to ensure that only designated individuals have access to this information.
In our marketing database
Next Step Journey (Private) Limited maintains a database of guest information which is used for marketing, promotion and research purposes. Any information sent provides a clear notice of how to discontinue receiving promotional materials.
What information is not secure?
Please note that e-mail communication is not secure, especially when conveying personal information. When requesting for information using e-mail, do not state your personal information such as credit card number. In addition, when purchasing a tour package outside your home, make sure that you always close your browsers. It is recommended that you close your browsers immediately upon completion because if not, you will still be logged in, and it will be easy for someone to gain access.
What personal information will be provided to third parties?
As mentioned before in this statement, third parties under contract with Next Step Journey (Private) Limited will receive personal information only in instances when their services are needed to better serve your needs as a guest. All third parties are contractually bound, and will be legally obligated to comply with agreed upon terms and conditions such as protection of personal information.
In exceptional circumstances, personal information may be shared when legal regulations, judicial or official orders may require us to hand data over to the relevant authority or court. However, this is only undertaken within the framework of our legal obligations. Other instances where personal information is shared without your consent are if you have failed to pay any amount due. And if your stay has been paid for by a third party, then all billing information will be sent to the paying party.
How do I access my personal information?
If you wish to know what personal information we may have of you on record, you can make a request and we will be more than happy to assist you with your requirements. However, in order to protect personal information of guests, we require that you prove your identity at the time the request is made. You have the option of requesting in person or via letter or fax. Next Step Journey (Private) Limited reserves the right to decline access to your personal information under certain circumstances. If your personal information will not be disclosed, you will be provided with the reasons for this non-disclosure.
How long is my personal information retained?
Your personal information will be stored for the period of time required by law. It may be stored indefinitely by Next Step Journey (Private) Limited as long as there is a business purpose for doing so. From time to time we may delete your personal information if you have not stayed with us for a number of years.
How will I know if there are changes to this policy?
To whom do I direct questions or concerns regarding this policy?
7/1, Edmond Residencies,
291/15, Edward Avenue,
Off Havelock Road,