Archive | January, 2010

Asia’s Top 10 Sustainable Spas – Heritance Kandalama

12 Jan

Heritance Kandalama is celebrated for its green philosophy and is widely recognised as the five-star resort that put eco tourism on the map in Sri Lanka. Considering the resort and adjoining Six Senses Spa is perched on a rock overlooking a world heritage site – the rock fortress of Sigiriya – it’s no wonder sustainability is its foremost responsibility. Its ecofeatures cleverly let the environment do most of the work, so by day not a single light needs to be flicked on in the resort; instead natural sunlight floods through windows and doors. The hot water system relies on the sun for its power and rainwater is drawn from deep wells. State-of-the-art recycling facilities ensure not a skerrick of pollution escapes into the ancient lake and virgin rainforest surrounding the resort. To witness the area’s pristine beauty, join a bird and butterfly watching tour or lake safari.

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Awards – 13 January 2010

Elpitiya Plantations’ Factories Receive Coveted ISO 22000

12 Jan

L-R: Mr. Tony Goonewardena (CEO/Director), Mr. Senerath Pahathkumbura (GM, Dunsinane), Mr. M I Izzadeen (GM, New Peacock) and Mr. N. Sriram (Country Manager SGS), the certifying agency.

Dunsinane Estate Tea Factory and New Peacock Estate Tea Factory of Elpitiya Plantations Plc have been awarded with the prestigious ISO 22000 Quality Certificate by SGS, Switzerland. These estate factories are owned and managed by Aitken Spence Plantation Managements Ltd.

The Dunsinane Tea Factory, situated in Pundalu Oya in the up country, produces quality CTC teas while New Peacock Tea Factory, situated in Pussellawa produces black, CTC teas with coloury liquors. Both factories have produced almost 2mn kilograms of quality CTC teas per annum since 1989.

“Obtaining the ISO 22000 certification attests to Elpitiya Plantations’ commitment to the manufacture of the highest quality CTC teas. The company is commends the hard work of the two General Managers Mr. Senerath Pahathkumbura and Mr. M I Izzadeen and the direction provided by the Chief Executive Officer/ Director, Mr. Tony Goonewardena”, said Dr. Rohan M. Fernando, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Plantations and Director, Aitken Spence Plc.

Media Release – 12 January 2009

New York Times says Sri Lanka the No. 1 Place to Visit in 2010

8 Jan

The 31 Places to Go in 2010

New York Times. Published: January 10, 2010

1. Sri Lanka

For a quarter century, Sri Lanka seems to have been plagued by misfortune, including a brutal civil war between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil minority. But the conflict finally ended last May, ushering in a more peaceful era for this teardrop-shaped island off India’s coast, rich in natural beauty and cultural splendors.

The island, with a population of just 20 million, feels like one big tropical zoo: elephants roam freely, water buffaloes idle in paddy fields and monkeys swing from trees. And then there’s the pristine coastline. The miles of sugary white sand flanked by bamboo groves that were off-limits to most visitors until recently are a happy, if unintended byproduct of the war.

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Media Release – 10 January 2010