Archive | March, 2018

Heritance Ayurveda receives ‘Best Partner’ certification from German operator at ITB

27 Mar

Aitken Spence Hotels’ wellness resort, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara was commended for its product and service excellence by German health and wellness operator Neue Wege as the ‘Best Partner Ayurveda Resort 2018’ at the world’s leading travel trade show Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin, better known as ITB 2018.

With Germany listed as a key market for Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, the recognition, awarded for the fifth consecutive year further promotes it as a forerunner in the niche wellness tourism front of Sri Lanka. The resort, offering a range of curated ayurvedic experiences conducted by qualified specialists is well-known in the international market for the superior services provided.

Set against the dazzling blues of Beruwala, the 64-roomed hotel is uniquely designed to offer holistic wellness treatments for guests. With the focus on mental, spiritual and physical balance, the resort offers specialised treatments inspired by traditional healing practices, organic food to detox and rejuvenate, alongside exceptional service.

Neue Wege is a German organisation that promotes health and mindfulness based travel. With over 400 travel offers in 20 countries around Europe and Asia, Neue Wege is among the first German tour operators to receive EU-sponsored CSR seal of approval for sustainable travel and has been certified since 2009.

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Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara Recognized by Fit Reisen for Quality

23 Mar

Aitken Spence Hotels’ wellness resort Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara was recently commended for their excellence in quality and standards by Fit Reisen Germany leading provider of health and wellness travel, with the Quality Certificate in the category of ‘ayurveda and yoga’. This is the fourth consecutive year the resort has received this recognition.

The certification which highlights the property as one of the highest quality and best rated hotels further confirms Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara’s position as the ultimate in spiritual, physical and mental harmony through customised healing rituals following the ancient traditions of Ayurveda.

The certification is awarded after a careful assessment process where Fit Reisen’s experts only accept and select partner hotels with strong service and quality orientation and a clear focus on spa and health. Customer reviews also play a vital role in this process.

The evaluation takes note of the state and cleanliness of the hotel, service staff, hotel room and atmosphere; taste, variety and balance of food and; health factors such as quality of treatment, pool, spa, treatment rooms, leisure activities and nature and surroundings.

An ayurvedic treatment destination, the 64-roomed property is located in Beruwala and caters to the niche segment of wellness-seekers. Uplifting treatments by professional ayurvedic specialists, extraordinary cuisine and outstanding hospitality is what guests checking-in at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara receive. Formally known as The Neptune Hotel Beruwala, the property underwent a complete refurbishment and commenced a journey as a wellness resort in late 2011. The resort also acts as a responsible tourism institution, uplifting indigenous arts & crafts of Sri Lanka and takes to the world a message on authentic healing through organic produce and holistic well-being.

With partners in over 50 countries, Fit Reisen has for over 40 years offered guests from around the world high quality travel, focused on health and well-being holidays.

Aitken Spence Rated Platinum Consecutively for Corporate Accountability

21 Mar

Aitken Spence PLC was rated Platinum for its corporate accountability practices and performance in the STING Corporate Accountability Index 2018 for the 6th consecutive year. The leading conglomerate has been ranked among the top three companies in the index since 2011.

Published by LMD bi-annually, the index rated the top 50 companies from the LMD 100 (excluding investment companies) as well as key state-owned enterprises on a holistic and integrated model covering corporate responsibility, sustainability and governance. STING Corporate Accountability Index, which is currently published every other year in the LMD magazine is the country’s most comprehensive ranking of corporate entities on their commitment to corporate accountability.

The integrated sustainability policy and its implementation framework that drives the sustainability strategy of the group has been categorized as the best in policy coverage in the index on many occasions.

The index assesses the companies in six areas of corporate values; stakeholder engagement; impacts, risks and opportunities; policy coverage; management and governance; and measurement and disclosure. Each of these areas consist a range of criteria that should be in place to operate through a truly responsible framework. There are 5 categories to the ranking namely, Platinum: 75-100, Gold: 60-74.9, Silver: 50-59.9, Bronze: 40-49.9 and Unclassified: 39.9 and below. The rating reflects the extent to which the largest companies operating in Sri Lanka have embedded accountability and responsibility in their daily operations in becoming sustainable business entities.

Accountability is strongly attested by Aitken Spence that also won the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2017 conducted by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The company has been ranked among the Top 10 Corporate Citizens for an unprecedented 12 consecutive years.

“We look at sustainability as a part of our business strategy to be more reliable to our stakeholders and more competitive in the marketplace. Our diverse sectors pose a myriad of opportunities to grasp and risks to manage. The Aitken Spence corporate sustainability framework provides a framework for our various sectors to align their business strategies to achieve resilient growth”, said Dr. Rohan Fernando, Director and Head of Business Development and Plantations of Aitken Spence PLC.

Aitken Spence is a blue-chip conglomerate with a strong regional presence in the Hotels, Travels, Maritime Services, Logistic Solutions, Plantations, Power Generation, Financial Outsourcing, Insurance, IT, Printing and Apparel sectors.

Aitken Spence Aviation Wins Award for Airport Operations – Individual Winner

13 Mar

Aitken Spence Aviation employee, Mr. Vasantha Kudaliyanage (Customer Service Manager, Singapore Airlines) won the award for Airport Operations – Individual Winner, at the Singapore Airlines annual awards 2017 held recently. The award was presented to Vasantha by Regional Vice President Mr. Joey Seow in Perth, Australia.

The individual winners were selected after a process based on commendable work and a compilation of all compliments received from passengers for the exemplary work done by individuals and teams across the West Asia and Africa (WAA) stations. Sub-continent countries include – India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Other individuals and teams that joined Mr. Kudaliyanage in winning the award were from India, South Africa and Dubai.

Mr. Kudaliyanage excelled in service by demonstrating key attributes such as taking initiative and ownership and offering great customer service that has made him a service champion and a role model figure while been an inspiration to his team. Other instances he assisted many passengers some of which included a UN peacekeeping mission to Timor-Leste for a group of 34 Sri Lankan police officers. Mr. Kudaliyanage went above and beyond a restricted time period to deliver excellent service in liaising with Singapore SATS Police, SilkAir, SQ SSE, the Sri Lankan High Commission and the local Sri Lankan Police Force. Furthermore, he assisted several passengers such as overcoming flight delays and efficiently dealt with lost personal belongings. Mr. Kudaliyanage has been a key figure in providing excellent customer service at Singapore Airlines and he is well known for going above and beyond in assisting numerous business and individual passengers. In light of such outstanding service, he has consecutively been awarded the following;

2017 – RVP West Asia & Africa – Airport operations Individual winner
2014 – RVP West Asia & Africa – Airport operations Individual winner
– Merit
2010 – CEO TCS Awards 2010 – Highest award in the network
2009 – RVP West Asia & Africa – Airport operations Individual winner

Aitken Spence, which is the longest standing GSA of Singapore Airlines worldwide, commended Vasantha Kudaliyange on his continuous achievement that instil values such as quality and reliability that are hallmarks of the Aitken Spence service.

Aitken Spence Logistics Pursues Continuous Fleet Enhancement with World Class Equipment

6 Mar

Aitken Spence Logistics, further exemplified its commitment towards continuous improvement with enhancements to its fleet of equipment. The new addition of equipment falls in line with the belief of delivering service par excellence for the company’s longstanding clientele.

Amongst notable additions to the fleet are six new forklifts, twelve new prime movers and an empty container handler to advance its operations in the fields of Container Freight Station (CFS), Transportation and Inland Container Terminal (ICT). In keeping with the belief of maintaining uncompromising standards of quality, the purchases were made from Toyota, TATA and KONECRANES.

KONECRANES is a globally renowned brand in the lifting equipment industry, lending its high quality products to a broad range of customers engaged in a multitude of industries across the world. The selection of equipment vendors is carried out by Aitken Spence Logistics with reliable quality and service in mind and has been a success factor for the company in the years of its operation.

“We believe it is essential that we maintain the highest levels of quality and reliability in all our operations. This has always been something that we emphasise and take pride in. With the expansion of our client base, we have maintained a consistent level of quality that made us successful from the inception of our business and this is our greatest achievement. We have remained closely aligned with the best in our industry and our investments reflect this belief that the best in the industry must partner the best,” commented Mr. Janaka Gunawardena, Chief Operating Officer – Aitken Spence Logistics.

The new additions to the fleet are part of the continuous expansion and upgrading of capacity that Aitken Spence Logistics have led in the recent past and the company aims to achieve improvements in service quality and efficiency through consistent enhancements to the fleet. As such, the company will also add on to its fleet a brand new 10 Ton Boom Truck in the near future aiming to strengthen its project cargo logistics capabilities.