Archive | December, 2019

Aitken Spence Maritime and Aitken Spence Travels boost tourism through Marella cruises

31 Dec

Boosting the revival of the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, Aitken Spence Maritime facilitated Marella cruises sailing their largest super-luxury cruise ship, Marella Discovery of the Marella fleet, to the Port of Colombo.

Marella Discovery commenced its voyage from the Persian Gulf and cruised past Cochin to reach Colombo and continued to cruise towards South-East destinations after visiting Sri Lanka. Marella is the third-largest cruise line in the United Kingdom, with a fleet of six ships. Marella cruises is a division of TUI U.K. and Ireland; TUI Group is the world’s leading integrated tourism group operating in more than 100 destinations worldwide.

Marella Cruise line offers holidays around Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian destinations. Marella Discovery is approximately 264 meters in length and 32 meters wide having 902 state rooms with a capacity for up to 2,074 passengers. The ship boasts many features such as an outdoor cinema, a rock-climbing wall, a mini-golf course, five-storey atrium and an indoor pool. Marella Cruises trademarks include a fantastic dining scene, a show lounge to rival the West End, and smart, contemporary interiors and a range of onboard activities enabling a wonderful experience for passengers on board.

Aitken Spence Travels was the shore excursion partner in Sri Lanka. The company offered excursions for over 800 passengers covering many locations close to Colombo, low grown tea estates, historical sites, Madhu ganga river safaris and tours across the city of Galle. The excursions are designed to create memories in Sri Lanka through experiences with culture, cuisine, architecture, heritage and way of life. Aitken Spence Travels is the leading Destination Management Company (DMC) handling majority of the shore excursions of cruise ships that call over to Sri Lanka. The company is a joint venture between Aitken Spence PLC, a leading blue-chip conglomerate, and TUI.

Aitken Spence Maritime is a pioneer in the industry and was the first Sri Lankan company to undertake port efficiency enhancement management overseas with its entry into the African continent and subsequently the South Pacific. The company handles all maritime services – from shipping and cargo handling services, to liner agency, cruise vessel, port management and development, chartering services and maritime education.

Aitken Spence Hotels celebrates the season with awards and festivities

26 Dec

Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC was crowned the Gold Award Winner in the Hotel Companies Sector whilst Browns Beach Hotels PLC received a Certificate of Compliance at the recently held 55th Annual Report Awards 2019 organised by Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka).

The premier hospitality chain, renowned for its sustainability and eco-efforts, celebrated yet another global recognition with TUI awards; a recognition from German guests and auditors. Heritance Ahungalla (Sri Lanka) and Adaaran Select Meedhupparu (Maldives) were named ‘TUI Environmental Champions 2020’. Awarded by TUI Group, the world’s leading integrated tourism group operating in more than 100 destinations worldwide, this recognition celebrates outstanding performance in driving sustainable tourism.

The true test of sustainability, and resilience is the capacity to maintain operations amid adversity; to support people and local economies dependent on business continuity for their sustenance. These achievements are a tribute to the strength and endurance of its people.

Aitken Spence Hotels have proven their mettle time and again, illustrating their strengths on multiple platforms. The team stole the show at the Culinary Art Food Expo 2019 walking away with the championship trophy and an impressive 130 medals in total. Heritance Aarah Maldives emerged ‘Overall Champion’ within just few months of operations. Always a changemaker in the industry, Aitken Spence Hotels introduced LEED certified architecture to the Maldives with Heritance Aarah, the first LEED Gold certified resort in the Maldives. LEED buildings save energy, water, resources, generate less waste and support human health.

Aitken Spence’s Heritance hotels in Sri Lanka and Adaaran hotels in the Maldives remain Travelife Gold certified. Aitken Spence Hotels also received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 16 of its hotels and resorts located across Sri Lanka, Maldives, Oman and India.

On that high note, Aitken Spence Hotels is welcoming the festive season with an array of exciting activities.

Indulge in the finest flavours with culinary feasts, join an impressive lineup of celebrations and treat yourself to a relaxing and a truly memorable holiday experience. Guests will be greeted with special celebrations all through the month including a gala dinner buffet on Christmas eve followed by festive lunch and dinner spreads on Christmas day. The festivities also include Christmas carols on Christmas eve and a range of fun activities for junior guests such as Kiddies Fun Camp, and the ‘Junior Chef’ seasonal workshop.

Usher in the New Year, at the new year’s bash and enjoy a grand lunch and dinner spread at Aitken Spence Hotels, renowned as Sri Lanka’s most awarded hotels and resorts.

For more details, visit http://bit.ly/2LMTuLY. For reservations for any of the events mentioned or for stay inquiries, contact the Aitken Spence Hotels head office on 0112308408.

Aitken Spence Hotels Team receiving the awards at the 55th Annual Report Awards

 

Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, Maldives

 

Heritance Ahungalla, Sri Lanka

Aitken Spence wins Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award for 3rd consecutive year

9 Dec

From left: Country Representative for IUCN in Sri Lanka Dr. Ananda Mallawatantri, High Commissioner of Australia in Sri Lanka David Holly, Aitken Spence Director and Head of Business Development and Plantations Dr. Rohan Fernando, Ceylon Chamber Chairperson Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya and Aitken Spence Deputy General Manager – Group Business Development and Sustainability Yasangi Randeni

 

Aitken Spence team

 

Aitken Spence PLC last week won the coveted Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability (BCCS) Award 2019.

Organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, this annual event recognises best practices of organisations that have successfully achieved a sustainable balance between social, environmental and economic performance.

Being the reigning winner of 2017 and 2018, Aitken Spence walked away with a hat trick winning the BCCS Award 2019 along with 12 other awards in diverse categories and sectors – the highest number of awards received by a single company at the ceremony. Aitken Spence displays unparalleled commitment to sustainability as the only company to have been ranked among the Top Ten Best Corporate Citizens for 14 consecutive years.

High Commissioner of Australia in Sri Lanka David Holly was the Chief Guest of the occasion and the event was graced by Sri Lanka’s top corporate leaders and executives to acknowledge and celebrate sustainability initiatives undertaken by the country’s corporate sector.

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce hosts this award with a panel of experienced evaluators and judges comprising industry leaders, and experts on sustainable development. Recognition at this platform is aimed to encourage businesses, a major contributor in the country’s economy and development, to adopt sustainable practices.

The diverse categories within this program evaluate processes and systems ensuring integration of environmental and social sustainability within the business, measures for customer satisfaction, systemic efforts for community development and economic contribution, governance structures, consistent commitment as well as sustainable projects carried out by corporates.

Commenting on this achievement, Aitken Spence PLC Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake said, “We are truly humbled and grateful to have received this significant achievement. We have always embraced sustainability as a strategic priority to proactively establish impact controls.”

“This is the fourth overall win for Aitken Spence and the 14th consecutive year we have presented our performance at this platform. Aitken Spence is one of the very few organisations in Sri Lanka that are truly international and diversified. That’s why, developing a strategy that encompasses the priorities of all our operations is all the more complex. This recognition validates the approach we have adopted across the leadership of Aitken Spence, as well as the commitment and years of hard work by genuinely passionate team members. I wholeheartedly thank the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and all our stakeholders that have been on this long journey with us. We will always remain committed to create sustainable value in Sri Lanka and wherever we set our footprint,” he added.

With an indisputable repute as one of Sri Lanka’s pioneering corporates, Aitken Spence is a blue-chip conglomerate anchored to a heritage of excellence spanning over 150 years. Listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange since 1983, Aitken Spence is a responsible enterprise driven by over 14,000 employees across 16 industries in 8 countries. Creating opportunities for Sri Lanka across new frontiers, Aitken Spence PLC is an organisation committed to the development of Sri Lanka.

 

Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2019

 

  • Top Ten Best Corporate Citizens
  • Sector Award– Diversified Holdings
  • Triple Bottom Line Award – Environment (Planet)
  • Category Award – Environmental Commitment
  • Category Award – Environmental Integration
  • Category Award – Environment Beyond the Business
  • Consistent Commitment and Continuous Improvement Award – Employee Relations
  • Consistent Commitment and Continuous Improvement Award – Community Relations
  • Consistent Commitment and Continuous Improvement Award – Customer Relations
  • Consistent Commitment and Continuous Improvement Award – Environmental Commitment
  • Consistent Commitment and Continuous Improvement Award – Environmental Integration
  • Consistent Commitment and Continuous Improvement Award – Environment Beyond the Business

Aitken Spence Maritime promotes a high season for cruises with AIDAvita and AIDAbella

3 Dec

AIDA cruises luxurious vessel ‘AIDAvita’ at the Colombo Harbour

 

AIDA cruises luxurious vessel ‘AIDAbella’ at the Colombo Harbour

Continuing the momentum in the cruise ship season, Aitken Spence Maritime ushered in two super luxury AIDA cruise vessels AIDAvita and AIDAbella on the 10th and 14th November 2019. Over 1,100 passengers visited Sri Lanka and joined excursions to enjoy the Colombo city and other locations outside Colombo, such as Bentota, Beruwala, Akuressa, and Galle exploring the beaches, tea estates and places of historical importance.

The cruises commenced their voyage from India and Maldives to the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka and thereafter headed towards Port Kelang, Malaysia. These luxurious cruise ships are equipped with 1,000 cabins and suits; each ship with capacity to accommodate 2,500 passengers.

AIDA cruises offers cruise holidays around Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian destinations. Hosting the finest combination of cruising, wellness holiday, city tours, breath-taking entertainment and experiencing nature whilst being one of the most modern and eco-friendly fleets in the world.

“As the local agents, Aitken Spence Maritime facilitated all aspects with the local authorities and other stakeholders to ensure that all passengers and crew members onboard had a positive experience of Sri Lanka, taking back fond memories of our island,” said Mr. Iqram Cuttilan, Managing Director of the Aitken Spence Maritime sector.

Aitken Spence Maritime is a pioneer in the industry and was the first Sri Lankan company to undertake port efficiency enhancement management overseas with its entry into the African Continent and subsequently the South Pacific. The company handles all areas of maritime services – from shipping and cargo handling services, to liner agency, cruise vessel, port management and development, chartering services and maritime education.