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Two Aitken Spence companies rank in the top 10 Most Awarded by LMD

20 Jan

Aitken Spence PLC and the Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC emerge in the top 10 Most Awarded by LMD. Aitken Spence is the only Group that has two companies in the top 10 ranking. This is an inaugural edition of the Most Awarded ranks the nation’s most revered corporations. Aitken Spence (19 awards) and Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings (18) round off the top 10 in the Most Awarded listing for 2019/20. The total number of awards describe the cumulative awards won between January 2019 and September 2020.

These are outstanding achievements both at home and abroad, bringing immense pride to the business community and nation as a whole. Aitken Spence PLC and Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC are honoured to be in the top 10 among the 125 of the organisations that make up the complete rankings.

Commenting on this honour, Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Aitken Spence PLC said, “Our efforts are not targeted towards solely winning awards. However, winning an award sharpens our focus and gives us valuable external perspectives. It is one means of monitoring, measurement and compels innovation. In all award platforms, we have consistently shared our performance, and we have used their feedback to improve our processes.”

“It brings us together to celebrate the efforts of our hard-working teams and is a powerful validation of the work they have done. It is also a reflection of how we are perceived,” he further commented.

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 13,000 employees across 9 countries, in hotels, travels, maritime, freight and logistics solutions, plantations, power generation, insurance, printing, apparel and other services. Creating opportunities for Sri Lanka across new frontiers, Aitken Spence PLC is an organisation committed to the development of Sri Lanka.

Heritance Hotels and Resorts rank high on Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2020

24 Jul

Aitken Spence Hotels’ premier brand Heritance Hotels and Resorts was recognised at Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards Middle East 2020 with Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka, and Heritance Aarah, Maldives, stealing the limelight. Heritance Hotels and Resorts was the only Sri Lankan hotel chain to be recognised in this travel and hospitality awards programme based on unbiased readers’ votes.

Heritance Hotels and Resorts is part of the local hospitality powerhouse Aitken Spence Hotels and has over the years curated a unique hotel experience with a carefully crafted mélange of locality, tradition, service and world-class comfort. The Heritance brand of hotels represent five resorts in Sri Lanka and one in the Maldives. Each hotel is distinct for its location which plays a key role in shaping the experience of the bespoke holidays it offers.

Heritance Kandalama, the architectural masterpiece designed by renowned architect Deshamanya Geoffrey Bawa was ranked number one as the most Favourite Hotel for Design (International) among hotels and resorts around the world. The resort has been a phenomenon since its inception, not only for its architecture but for its eco-aesthetic as well. Conceptualized 26 years ago, well-ahead of the eco-sustainability trend, Heritance Kandalama has been the recipient of a wide array of international accolades and awards.

Heritance Aarah, was ranked among the world’s best in Favourite Spa Hotel (International) and Favourite Beach Hotel (International) categories. The latest in the Heritance portfolio, Heritance Aarah is a premium all-inclusive 150-villa resort in the Maldives. Just a year since opening its doors, the resort offers an inimitable experience which includes the first of its kind medi-spa and a dine-around with 11 restaurants and bars. From the inception, the hotel has become superlative for excellence, from their culinary experience to the eco-friendly design of the property.

The 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards Middle East honour hotels, resorts and restaurants that have created lasting memories for guests. The programme also gives valuable insights about the expectations of regional travelers.

“I wholeheartedly thank the hard work of my exceptional teams and am grateful to all those who voted for us. It’s important to celebrate these achievements especially during an extremely challenging time and we strive forward with confidence,” commented Stasshani Jayawardena, Aitken Spence PLC Director, Head of Tourism and Leisure, and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements.

While the past few months have seen the tourism industry take a toll due to the global pandemic, achievements such as these reiterate the value placed on Heritance Hotels and Resorts by the global traveller.

Heritance Hotels and Resorts is part of the Aitken Spence Hotels, the hospitality arm of Sri Lankan blue-chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC which operates 23 hotels and resorts across Sri Lanka, Maldives, Oman and India. The Company’s owned hotels are reflected under the Heritance, Adaaran and Turyaa brands, popular around the world for exceptional service, undisputed product and curated lifestyle experiences. The Company’s Sri Lankan portfolio includes 11 resorts spread across the island, whilst the Maldives resorts totals to seven, four in Oman and one in India.

Aitken Spence ranks in the Top 3 Best Conglomerate Brands 2020

17 Jun

Aitken Spence was ranked among the top three best conglomerate brands 2020 compiled in a special edition by LMD. In the last rankings, Aitken Spence was ranked among the top 10 conglomerates and moved up six positions in 2020. The 17th annual review of Sri Lanka’s most valuable brands is produced through an in-depth analysis conducted by Brand Finance Lanka, a pioneering brand valuation and strategy firm.

The organisation was rated based on the following attributes; corporate vision, reputation or image, degree of innovation and quality consciousness. Aitken Spence achieved a competitive score of 82.58 from 100.

During the financial year 2019-2020, Aitken Spence reached several milestones. Most notable is the company’s investment in Sri Lanka’s first waste to energy project; The plant is 88% complete and is expected to commence operations during 2020-2021, solving two national crises with one effective solution. Aitken Spence also introduced LEED certified architecture to Maldives with the launch of Heritance Aarah which is the first property in the Maldives to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status.

Elpitiya Plantations PLC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sim Leisure Group Ltd, a leading theme park developer and operator based in Penang, Malaysia, to set up a world-class theme park in the Galle district.

“We have been at the forefront of pioneering sustainable investments in the country; using our expertise, investment capacity, access to technology and strong partnerships to be a catalyst for socio-economic progress. Moreover, having interwoven sustainability into our strategy for over a decade, we have made a mark of raising the bar for the country’s corporate sector. Continuing ongoing work and initiating new efforts, we invested Rs. 70 million towards sustainability processes and action plans in the financial year.

We are the winner of the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award for three successive years, while being the only company in Sri Lanka to be ranked among the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens for an unprecedented 14 consecutive years. Aitken Spence PLC has consistently ranked among the Top 10 Most Respected Entities in Sri Lanka by LMD. These recognitions reflect our commitment and efforts to sustain the triple bottom line with emphasis on the fourth P which is processes. We are committed to contribute positively towards the sustainable development of Sri Lanka,” commented Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC.

Aitken Spence PLC & Aitken Spence Hotels shines at the ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards

11 Mar

Public performance disclosures of the leading blue-chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC were recognised by ACCA Sri Lanka at the recently concluded Sustainability Reporting Awards of 2019. The holding company, Aitken Spence PLC was adjudged Runner-Up in the ‘Conglomerates & Diversified Category’ while Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC emerged winner in the ‘Leisure & Connected Services Category’.

ACCA Sri Lanka has felicitated Sri Lanka’s best sustainability reports for over 15 years. The Sustainability Reporting Awards are held with the objective of recognising and rewarding organisations which disclose information on financial, environmental and social performance, and to encourage corporate transparency, accountability and responsiveness to stakeholders.

Across the Group, a holistic, systemic approach is implemented to fulfil social, environmental and financial commitments with a long-term perspective that is reflected in the value created by the Group. Signatories to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, and the 7 Women’s Empowerment Principles, the Group also aligns their reporting practices to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI Standard) and the guidelines of the International Integrated Reporting Council. Operational priorities are aligned to national priorities and identified priorities within the Sustainable Development Goals.

Aitken Spence PLC is also the reigning winner of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability award for three successive years while being the only company in Sri Lanka to be ranked among the Top 10 Corporate Citizens for an unprecedented 14 consecutive years.

Strengthening the ingrained ethos of sustainability of their parent company, Aitken Spence Hotels is committed to preserve and sustain the natural environment and to channel dividends of the tourism industry to local communities. The award highlights the importance Aitken Spence Hotels gives to sustainability, transparency and accountability while recognising the company’s commitment to report its economic, social and environmental impacts.

With an indisputable repute as one of Sri Lanka’s pioneering corporates, Aitken Spence has 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.

Ms. Nilanthi Sivapragasam, Chief Financial Officer of Aitken Spence PLC, accepting the award for Runner-Up – Conglomerates & Diversified Category.

 

Mr. Jeevaka Weerakon – Chief Operating Officer, Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Pvt) Ltd and Mr. Dammika Ekanayake – Assistant Vice President Finance, Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Pvt) Ltd., accepting the award for Winner – Leisure & Connected Services Category.

Aitken Spence’s Heritance Aarah brings Gold from Culinary Olympics 2020

7 Mar

Aitken Spence Hotels continued their winning streak at their latest resort in the Maldives, Heritance Aarah, bringing home multiple wins from the prestigious IKA Culinary Olympics 2020. The team clinched four (04) Golds, seven (07) Silver and two (02) Bronze medals; marking their third win in the culinary sphere since the opening of the resort last year!

The team from Heritance Aarah embarked on the Culinary Olympic journey just months after their previous win at the Culinary Food Expo in September; the eight-member team from Heritance Aarah were led by chef Lalith Gunasekera –  Corporate Chef – Maldives Sector, and chef Amila Silva – Executive Chef Heritance Aarah. The team was guided by Culinary Olympic record holder Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe, a (nine-time Gold medalist). Chef Kumarasinghe is currently The Ambassador, Heritance Cuisine/Chefs & Culinary Art Development Officer at Aitken Spence Hotels.

Excellence in skill, together with the expertise of the team, sheer hard work, commitment and dedication fueled by the spirit of Aitken Spence and a winning attitude, proved to be the award-winning ingredient for Heritance Aarah.

Held in Stuttgart, Germany from 14-19 February, the competition saw over 2,000 chefs from around 59 countries crafting over 7,000 menus to be judged by an elite panel of global chefs from across the world. The competition acknowledged as the oldest, largest and most diverse international culinary art competition in the globe is one of the most competitive and challenging battles in the industry.

The winning team was welcomed at the Bandaranaike airport by the Chairperson and Management of Aitken Spence Hotels followed by a felicitation lunch and ceremony with the attendance of Deshamanya D H S Jayawardena – Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC, Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake – Deputy Chairman and Managing Director – Aitken Spence PLC, Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena – Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotels and well-wishers from Aitken Spence subsidiaries.

Heritance Aarah presents 150 villas with a premium all-inclusive offering, including extensive dining experiences. Introducing a unique food culture to the Maldives hospitality industry, Heritance Aarah’s culinary success is owed to its innovative approach and simple food structure. It’s no surprise that the resort has made a name for itself as a hub for gastronomic finesse among its wide clientele from across the world.

Speaking on this accomplishment, Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena, Aitken Spence PLC Director, Head of Tourism and Leisure, and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotels Management, said “I am extremely proud and congratulate our team. Their achievements today will no doubt motivate our very own and others to aspire for the best in their own fields.”

Heritance Aarah has successfully followed the footsteps of its sister properties in Sri Lanka and set a benchmark in the culinary field. Through our unique culture of embracing local flavours and fusing them with techniques around the world, our culinary experts have developed an award-winning experience that amazes guests from around the world. The win reiterates our commitment to create cuisine that delight our customers,” she said.

This achievement also reflects the Company’s dedication to invest in honing talent and to drive innovation. “These wins reflect the promising talent within our family. Our hope is that they utilise all available resources to improve their skillset and together, create memorable holidays for our guests,” she further added.

Aitken Spence Hotels is part of the Sri Lankan blue-chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC and operates 23 hotels and resorts across Sri Lanka, Maldives, Oman and India. The Company’s owned hotels represent Heritance, Adaaran and Turyaa brands, popular around the world for exceptional service, and undisputed lifestyle experiences. Aitken Spence Hotels’ Sri Lankan portfolio includes 11 resorts across the island, with seven resorts in the Maldives, four resorts in Oman and one resort in India.

 

Heritance Aarah Culinary Olympic Wins

 

Amila Sathsara Silva

Silver, Sri Lanka Culinary Artistic – D1

Silver, Regional Team Sri Lanka

 

A. Dananjaya Fernando

Bronze, Sri Lanka Pastry Artistic – D2

Silver, Regional Team Sri Lanka

 

F. Gihan Maduranga Fonseka

Gold, Sri Lanka Pastry Artistic – D2

Silver, Regional Team Sri Lanka

 

Chamaka Nadeeshan Perera

Gold, Culinary Art Cooking – Sri Lanka

Bronze, Pastry Artistic – D2

Silver, Regional Team Sri Lanka

 

Shrimal Kulatunge

Gold, Pastry Artistic – D2

Silver, Regional Team Sri Lanka

 

Lalith Gunasekera

Gold, Culinary Art Cooking – Sri Lanka

Aitken Spence Maritime & Freight Logistics emerges as Integrated Port & Terminal Logistics Operator of 2020

4 Mar

Aitken Spence Maritime & Freight Logistics was adjudged the Integrated Port & Terminal Logistics Operator of the Year 2020 at the prestigious Global Ports Forum Awards ceremony held in Dubai on 26th February 2020.

The primary objective of The Global Ports Forum Awards is to recognise the most valuable contributions made by the organisations and professionals in different areas of ports and terminals industry.

This award category recognises ports/ terminals specialising in port logistics, enhancing capacity and productivity with sustainable and consistent growth, and providing value added, high quality of service for customers.

“As Sri Lanka’s largest integrated logistics service provider, Aitken Spence offers an unrivalled gamut of solutions to the industry and the region at large. Our widespread facilities, service excellence and experience add to our competitive advantages in the industry. The award further reiterates our positive influence in the integrated logistics sector and whilst we take pride in this, we will continue to set higher benchmarks”, commented Mr. Iqram Cuttilan, Managing Director of the Aitken Spence Maritime sector.

Aitken Spence Maritime and Logistics broke new ground by becoming the first Sri Lankan company to venture into port efficiency management and container terminal management overseas. It was also the first Sri Lankan company to enter into an agreement with the Fiji Ports Corporation to operate the country’s two major ports, marking the first ever public-private partnership for a Sri Lankan company overseas.

Aitken Spence is a front runner in freight forwarding in the country, providing total freight and logistics solutions with offices in 15 locations including Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar and Pakistan. The company counts over 35 years of experience in international express services and represents global brands in Sri Lanka and the Maldives whilst representing cargo GSA’s of leading global airlines. Qatar Airways Cargo has been represented by Aitken Spence in Sri Lanka since 2011.

It was the first company in Sri Lanka to set up and operate an inland container terminal, Container Freight Stations (CFS), distribution parks, multi country consolidation, third party logistics, mobile reefer storage and quality assurance centres at the CFS.

The company operates the largest inland container terminal in Sri Lanka located close to the port of Colombo. Additionally, they also operate 3 three inland container terminals at major Free Trade Zones in Sri Lanka.

 

Chairman of Aitken Spence PLC ranked No. 1 in the Top 10 Leadership

6 Jan

Deshamanya Harry Jayawardena, ranked no. 1 in LMD 100’s longest serving chairmen. This recognition was to highlight individuals for their versatile leadership with having guided organisations across a multiplicity of sectors and industries – through both good and challenging times.

Mr. Harry Jayawardena, Chairman of Aitken Spence PLC, was also recognised in The 100 Club A- List of 2019 as the ‘Seasoned tycoon’.

Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC was recognised in The 100 Club A- List of 2019 as the ‘Maritime anchor’. The 2019 A-List highlights Sri Lankan businesspeople who continue to drive the nation’s engine of growth.

 

Aitken Spence Hotels Victorious with Heritance Hotels Sweeping the Culinary Art Expo 2019

28 Oct

Aitken Spence Hotels Culinary Art Food Expo 2019 – Winning Team

 

Aitken Spence Hotels showed their mettle at the Culinary Art Food Expo 2019 walking away with the championship trophy and an impressive 130 medals in total. Heritance Hotels & Resorts were the stars of the show clinching 126 medals.

Heritance Aarah Maldives emerged ‘Overall Champion’, the second win for the luxury resort within just few months of operations. The property also excelled at the Food & Hospitality Asia Maldives 2019 (FHAM) competition with the highest number of awards won by an individual property.

Heritance Hotels along with Turyaa collectively won 42 Gold, 37 Silver and 51 Bronze medals. Aitken Spence Hotels received the most number of medals for a company at this event.

Heritance Kandalama emerged ‘Most Outstanding Cultural Triangle Team’ with 4 Gold, 11 Silver and 19 bronze medals. Heritance Ahungalla won 22 medals while Heritance Negombo won 21 medals. Heritance Tea Factory and Heritance Ayurveda won 4 medals in total. Turyaa Kalutara also won 4 medals at the competition.

Known as South East Asia’s biggest food and hospitality show, Culinary Art Food Expo was organised by Chefs’ Guild of Lanka together with World Association of Chefs Societies and CDC Events & Travels. The event was held from 22-24 October 2019.

Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena, Executive Director – Aitken Spence PLC and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotels congratulated the teams, expressing delight over the many accolades. “Aitken Spence Hotels, and especially the Heritance properties, are known for their distinction in the culinary field. Our resorts, irrespective of its location, have been commended many a times on the unique F&B offering – by certifications, awards and most importantly, our guests. As such, the awards that are brought home from this competition are not a mere matter of pride but a reiteration of our commitment to nurture talent and present only the very best to those who walk in through our doors,” she said. Ms. Jayawardena, who also heads the Tourism and Leisure sector of Aitken Spence, added “The achievements of Heritance Aarah Maldives is especially commendable as it has been in operation for just a few months and have won two championship awards both in Maldives and Sri Lanka.”

Ms. Jayawardena also asserted that this recognition reflects the Company’s dedication to excellence and passion to drive innovation. “Since inception, the Company has been steadfast in its commitment to cultivate talent, promote innovation, inspire youth and local community development. This is evidence of the talents of our youth and we are proud to call them part of our family. We hope they utilise all available resources to improve their capabilities and together, create memorable holidays for our guests.”

The winning team was recognised at a ceremony held at Aitken Spence Towers, presided by Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director, Aitken Spence PLC.

Aitken Spence Hotels is part of the Sri Lankan blue-chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC and operates 21 hotels and resorts across Sri Lanka, Maldives, Oman and India. The Company’s owned hotels are reflected under the Heritance, Adaaran and Turyaa brands, popular around the world for its exceptional service and undisputed product and curated lifestyle experiences. The Company’s Sri Lankan portfolio includes 11 resorts spread across the island, whilst the Maldives resorts totals to five, four in Oman and one in India.

 

Heritance Aarah

Aitken Spence PLC among the top ten whilst Aitken Spence Hotels bag sectoral accolade at the CMA Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards 2019

25 Oct

Building on its tenacious journey towards excellence, the conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC was ranked among the ‘Top 10 corporates for the Best Integrated Report’ at the CMA Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards 2019 held for the fifth consecutive year. Adding colour to the prestigious event and its portfolio of recognition, Aitken Spence Hotels Annual Report presented under the theme “The Moment Momentum” walked away with the award for the Best Integrated Report – Hotels & Travels Sector whilst securing a certificate of Merit for Overall Excellence in Integrated Reporting.

The esteemed awards ceremony organised by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA), was graced by the Chief Guest – Honourable Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya and Keynote Speaker – Prof. Mervyn E. King SC, Chair Emeritus of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa.

The Aitken Spence Group with its long and distinguished history of over 150 years as one of the nation’s most respected conglomerates with thriving business interests in major industry sectors in Sri Lanka and beyond, have created a vibrant business enterprise by being smart and far-sighted and now adept at perceiving where the best avenues for value creation lie. The 36th annual report of Aitken Spence PLC based on the theme ‘Future Fit’ reflects the Organisation’s strategic direction that has transformed over the years, embracing international best practice in corporate reporting. It is the eighth integrated annual report which contained information for providers of financial capital and is of interest to other valuable stakeholders. The corporate’s aim is to communicate relevant material information in a concise but comprehensive manner, providing a balanced review of its performance.

As one of the leading Sri Lankan hospitality enterprises, with a uniquely diverse portfolio of properties spread across the region, Aitken Spence Hotels believe that when they create special moments for the people while protecting the environment and creating value for the communities served, they are creating not just one moment, but extraordinary experiences in every sphere of their operations. The eighth Integrated Annual Report of Aitken Spence Hotels comprises rich information that communicates the alignment between the strategy, stakeholder needs, business model and triple bottom line performance.

The dual awards won by the Group and Hotels segment at the CMA Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards is a further testimony to the Organisation’s commitment to international best reporting practices such as GRI and the IR Framework issued by the International Integrated Reporting Council.

Ms. Dilani Katipearachchi Vice President (right) – Corporate Finance and Ms. Shinska Wijesinha – Asst. Manager (left) Corporate Finance receiving the Aitken Spence PLC Group recognition as one of the Ten Best Integrated Reports.

 

Mr. Jeevaka Weerakone – COO Aitken Spence Hotels(right) and Mr. Dammika Ekanayake – Assistant Vice President (left) Aitken Spence Hotels receiving the award for the Best Integrated Report – Hotels & Travels Sector and a certificate of merit for overall excellence in Integrated reporting.

Aitken Spence Hotels celebrate 14 awards at the South Asian Travel Awards 2019

22 Oct

Aitken Spence Hotels reaffirmed their position as a trendsetting industry leader in hospitality, achieving the highest number of wins at the recently concluded South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2019 – winning six regional awards and eight country awards.

Aitken Spence Hotels in Sri Lanka, Maldives and India were recognised in the Gold and Silver categories.  Gold awards were awarded for the South Asian region and silver awards were presented in the respective countries (Sri Lanka, Maldives and India).

The iconic Heritance Kandalama brought home wins for both Sri Lanka and South Asia under Leading Eco-friendly Hotel/Resort. Heritance Kandalama, designed by the legendary Geoffrey Bawa, celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. The world’s first tea factory that was converted into a hotel, Heritance Tea Factory was awarded the Leading Theme Hotel/Resort in Sri Lanka and the region. Providing an authentic ayurvedic experience and having presented Sri Lanka as a leading wellness provider to the world since 2011, Heritance Ayurveda was adjudged winner, again, from both country and region as Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort. The hotel with the widest beachfront in Sri Lanka, Heritance Negombo was adjudged the winner for Leading Designer Hotel/Resort Sri Lanka.

Aitken Spence Hotels in the Maldives contributed to the wins with Adaaran Prestige Water Villas – Leading Bungalow/Villa, Adaaran Select Meddhupparu – Leading Dive Hotel/Resort and Adaaran Select Huduran Fushi – Leading Surf Hotel/Resort. The three resorts won awards in both the country category as well as the South Asian region.

Turyaa Chennai, India, located in the IT corridor and enjoying success as a business hotel won the country award for Leading Boutique Hotel.

Speaking of the recognition, Aitken Spence PLC Director, Head of Tourism & Leisure, and Chairperson of Aitken Spence Hotels Management.Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena expressed her delight in having secured the most number of wins at South Asia’s most prestigious hospitality and travel industry awards.

“As a key player in the highly competitive and ever-changing industry of hospitality, Aitken Spence Hotels have consistently pursued excellence not just in the experience offered to our guests but also in the work environment enabled for our suppliers and staff. We endeavour towards this with a commitment to attain sustainable growth, contributing positively to the people, planet and economy. Awards such as these reaffirm our strategies and our vision towards creating this holistic growth through superior product offering and service from the heart,” she asserted.

“In all hotels where we are located, we work tirelessly to offer our guests a holiday that celebrates locality whilst promoting unique opportunities for them to experience. The awards we have won celebrate just this,” she said. Ms. Jayawardena thanked the management teams, the General Managers of the Hotels and the entire Hotels team for their dedication which has undeniably strengthened the growth of the company.

Launched in 2016, the prestigious awards for travel and tourism stakeholders in the region has affiliations from regional associations. The awards were held for the third consecutive year at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai, India. With over 500 entries from Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bhutan under 36 categories; the recognitions thus received further reiterates Aitken Spence Hotels’ leadership in the region as an innovative hospitality service provider.

Aitken Spence Hotels portfolio consists of 21 properties, with eleven owned and managed properties in Sri Lanka, five in Maldives, four in Oman and one in India. The hotel chain recently introduced the ‘Heritance’ brand of hotels to Maldives earlier this year with the opening of premium all-inclusive all-villa property, Heritance Aarah.

 

Heritance Kandalama

Leading Eco-friendly Hotel/Resort – Sri Lanka

Leading Eco-friendly Hotel/Resort – South Asia

 

Heritance Tea Factory

Leading Theme Hotel/Resort -Sri Lanka

Leading Theme Hotel/Resort – South Asia

 

Heritance Ayurveda

Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort – Sri Lanka

Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort – South Asia

 

Heritance Negombo

Leading Designer Hotel/Resort – Sri Lanka

 

Adaaran Prestige Water Villa

Leading Bungalow/Villa – Maldives

Leading Bungalow/Villa – South Asia

 

Adaaran Select Meddhupparu

Leading Dive Hotel/Resort – Maldives

Leading Dive Hotel/Resort – South Asia

 

Adaaran Select Huduran Fushi

Leading Surf Hotel/Resort – Maldives

Leading Surf Hotel/Resort – South Asia

 

Turyaa Chennai

Leading Boutique Hotel – India