Aitken Spence Hotels win big at South Asia Travel Awards 2018

28 Oct

Aitken Spence Hotels secured several awards at the recently held South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2018 in Mumbai, India.

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 recently at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace. With over 500 entries from Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bhutan under 36 categories, the recognitions thus received further reiterates Aitken Spence’s lead in the region, as an innovative hospitality provider.

Among the wins are three Heritance properties from Sri Lanka with Heritance Kandalama winning both Sri Lankan and South Asia awards for Leading Eco Hotel/Resort; and Heritance Negombo and Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara securing destination-specific awards as Leading Beach Hotel/Resort and Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort respectively. Group’s Indian property, Turyaa Chennai won Leading Design Hotel in South India. Adaaran Resorts, under which Aitken Spence currently manage properties in Maldives was accoladed as the Most Marketed Hotel Chain in South Asia. Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, won the Leading Dive Resort title for both Maldives and South Asia, while Adaaran Prestige Vadoo secured Leading All-Inclusive Resort – Maldives title.

Speaking of the recognition, Aitken Spence PLC Director and Head of Tourism and Leisure and Aitken Spence Hotels Management (Pvt) Ltd Chairman Stasshani Jayawardena said; “As a hospitality chain that promotes the local culture and heritage whilst contributing to the growth and development of the regional tourism industry, these awards further reinforces our role as a leader in the field.”

“Ever since we began our journey in the hospitality sector we have pioneered change, challenged the status quo and innovated our way forward. No matter where we are located, we have worked hard to offer our guests an experiential holiday that celebrates the locality. We are focused on where we want to be, and this has made our journey a successful one thus far; and we will strive to be better,” she said. She thanked the management teams, the hotel General Managers and the employees for their dedication which has undeniably been vital for the growth of the company.

Aitken Spence Hotels portfolio consists of 21 star-classed properties, with 11 owned and managed properties in Sri Lanka, four in Maldives, four in Oman and one in India. The hotel chain will introduce the ‘Heritance’ brand of hotels to Maldives next year with the opening of premium all-inclusive all-villa property, Heritance Aarah.


Heritance Kandalama

Leading Eco Hotel/ Resort – Asia Pacific

Leading Eco Hotel/ Resort – Sri Lanka


Heritance Negombo

Leading Beach Hotel/Resort – Sri Lanka


Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara

Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort – Sri Lanka


Turyaa Chennai

Leading Design Hotel – South India


Adaaran Resorts

Most Marketed Hotel Chain – South Asia


Adaaran Select Meedhupparu

Leading Dive Resort – South Asia

Leading Dive Resort – Maldives


Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

Leading All Inclusive Resort – Maldives


Large-Scale Housing, Water & Sanitation Projects at Dunsinane Estate of Elpitiya Plantations

17 Aug

158 new homes were built at Dunsinane estate, in the Nuwara Eliya District, owned and managed by Elpitiya Plantations PLC.    Out of  404 Housing  Units  which are being  constructed under the Indian Government’s large-scale housing project initiated in the country at a cost of Rs. 1.2 Mn.,  158 Housing Units were declared opened recently by Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

The Indian Government initiated a programme to construct 14,000 housing units to provide decent houses in light of improving living standards of plantation workers under the ‘Plantation Villages’ concept introduced by the Sri Lankan Government in Central and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka.

The above programme was initially launched in October 2014, as the first ever mega project to construct housing units at the Dunsinane estate and to provide public amenities such as a Child Development Centre, Community Development Centre and an internal road network for easy access to all housing units.

The General Manager of Dunsinane estate at the time when the project was initially launched, Mr. M.I. Izzadeen and the current Deputy General Manager of the up-country cluster Mr. Ranga Gunasekera and Manager of Dunsinane estate Mr. Asela Udumulla ensured the correct selection of sites, beneficiaries while assisting the respective officials of the Ministry in Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development and the Plantation Human Trust to facilitate the implementing Agency – UN-HABITAT to complete the task successfully.

Coinciding this event, another first ever mega project to provide safe and pure drinking water, and sanitation facilities at cost of Rs. 74 million, funded by the World Bank was ceremonially declared opened at Dunsinane estate by the Hon. Prime Minister and the distinguished guests. This project is the first of its kind implemented on an estate owned by a Regional Plantation Company and would benefit a population of over 6,000.

The opening ceremony was held with the presence of His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Hon. Naveen Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries,  Hon. Palani Digambaram, Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, Hon. Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, Hon. Rauf Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Planning, and other distinguished dignitaries felicitated this ceremonial event.

Elpitiya Plantations wishes to greatly acknowledge the kind gesture of the Government of India for implementing a housing project of such magnitude and for selecting Dunsinane estate to launch this Pilot Project to construct 383 housing units. A special note of appreciation to the key role played by Hon. Palani Digambaram, Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, respective Ministry officials and officials of Plantation Human Development Trust and the implementing Agency – UN-HABITAT and other Government Institutions for initiating the above projects.

Elpitiya Plantations PLC is a public liability company and is one of Sri Lanka’s leading producers of exquisite high quality premium teas. The Company is managed by the Aitken Spence since 1997. Elpitiya Plantations comprises of 13 estates located in up, mid and low country regions, which cover more than 8,800 hectares. While the core business is focused on cultivation and manufacturing of tea, rubber, oil palm, coconut and cinnamon, the Company has diversified into sustainable forestry development, eco-tourism, hydropower development, and specialty teas.

Aitken Spence PLC Records 29 pc Drop in First Quarter PBT

10 Aug

Blue chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC reported a drop of 29.3 per cent pre-tax profit from Rs. 678 mn to Rs. 480 mn, over the previous year. The Company’s financial results for the three months ended 30th June 2018 reported the revenue for the first quarter decreasing by 9.2 per cent from Rs. 11.6 bn to Rs. 10.6 bn.

The Group’s earnings per share for the quarter stood at Rs. 0.52, whilst profit attributable to shareholders of the parent was reported as Rs. 210 mn.

Despite the impact of the exchange rates and increase in costs, revenue from the tourism sector remained strong as in the previous year rising by 4.7 per cent to Rs. 4.9 bn. The revenue increased across Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India markets while Oman reported a reduction.

However, the tourism sector reported a loss of Rs. 262 mn for the quarter, which is an increase from Rs. 150 mn, over the previous year. Lower occupancies in the Maldivian resorts and a lack of significant improvement in occupancy levels in Sri Lankan hotels contributed towards the losses. India performance improved, with better occupancy and banquet sales at Turyaa Chennai. Performance from Aitken Spence Travels during the quarter remained steady over the corresponding period last year.

Maritime & logistics and services sectors recorded increments. The maritime & logistics sector revenue increased by 12 per cent from Rs.1.9 bn to Rs.2.2 bn, driven by an improved contribution from the freight, courier and shipping agency businesses. The quarterly profit-before-tax of the maritime & logistics sector increased by 17.4 per cent to Rs. 436 mn, over the previous year.

The first quarter services sector revenue increased by 32 per cent from Rs.387 mn to Rs. 513 mn, while profit-before-tax rose by 1.8 per cent to Rs. 82 mn over the previous year, driven mainly by property and elevators segments.

Major expenses were incurred on the construction of Heritance Aarah resort, in the Maldives and the 10 MW waste-to-energy power plant in north of Colombo.

The construction of Heritance Aarah is expected to open in the Maldives by the end of 2018. Heritance Aarah will be the first resort outside Sri Lanka to be branded as ‘Heritance’, introducing a premium all-inclusive offering with elegantly designed villas.

The landmark waste-to-energy project is expected help solve both the waste disposal and energy supply challenges in the country at present. The project would be equipped to convert municipal solid waste to electricity, aimed at greatly relieving the Colombo City of its waste disposal burden.

Listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange since 1983 and marking its 150th year milestone in 2018, 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 is the reigning winner of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability award while being the only company in Sri Lanka to be ranked as a “Best Corporate Citizen” by Sri Lanka’s leading chamber for 12 consecutive years.

Aitken Spence Printing Leads Industry with Carbon Neutrality

23 Jul

Image 001: Mr. Prasanna Karunathilake, Managing Director Aitken Spence Printing & Packaging (Pvt) Ltd receiving the Carbon Neutral Certificate from Mr. Sanith de S. Wijeratne, CEO / Strategic Planning & Communications – Carbon Consulting Company (CCC)


Image 002: Mr. Prasanna Karunathilake, Managing Director Aitken Spence Printing & Packaging (Pvt) Ltd receiving the ISO certificate from Dr. Lakmini Senadheera, Senior Technical Consultant – Verification & Quality Assurance – Sustainable Future Group (SFG)


Industry leader Aitken Spence Printing renewed its carbon neutral certification for the fourth consecutive year. The company was the first carbon neutral printing facility operator in South Asia. In accordance with the related requirements of The Carbon Neutral Protocol for the stated activity, the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are measured and has reduced to net zero through internal changes and/or externally through carbon credits/offsets.

Aitken Spence Printing minimises its environmental impacts through a comprehensive environmental management system.

“Globally, a growing number of customers seek to minimise their environmental footprint of the products they purchase. We are positioned as a preferred print solutions provider to leading global and local brands who seek to maintain the highest quality of their products while having a responsible supply chain, which their customers increasingly demand”, said Prasanna Karunathilake, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Printing.

The methodology undertaken to measure and reduce GHG emissions assessment is in accordance with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) GHG Protocol and ISO 14064-1 Standard, and externally verified in accordance with The Carbon Neutral Protocol and ISO 14064-3 Standard.

The Carbon Neutral Certification is given by The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) which is a Sri Lankan consultancy firm specialising in providing integrated sustainability business solutions.  Carbon credits used were retired from mini hydropower projects in Sri Lanka.

Alongside receiving the carbon neutral certification, Aitken Spence Printing obtained the ISO 14064-1 certification for the period August 2017 – August 2019 by a total direct and indirect carbon emission of 1,321 tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalents (CO2e). The ISO 14064 standard (published in 2006) is part of the ISO 14000 series of International Standards for environmental management. The ISO 14064 standard provides governments, businesses, regions and other organisations with a complimentary set of tools for programs to quantify, monitor, report and verify greenhouse gas emissions.

Aitken Spence Printing obtained the certification upon the successful completion of the auditing process by Sustainable Future Group (SFG) – SFG provides accreditation and verification services and is accredited by the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) who is a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

Aitken Spence Printing is Sri Lanka’s leading printer that was the first LEED Gold certified printing facility in South Asia and was recognised for the fourth consecutive year as the industry’s best, by winning the Gold award in the Printing and Related Services category at the National Business Excellence Awards 2017.

The Company has pioneered many innovative benchmarks and enriched the industry with sought after professionals over six decades. Aitken Spence Printing offer a range of services from packaging, publications, magazines, seasonal products such as calendars and diaries; and caters to a wide range of industries such as tea, apparel, FMCG and pharmaceutical. Operating in a fiercely competitive industry, Aitken Spence Printing enjoys a leading market share in the printing industry of Sri Lanka. The company was also the first LEED-certified, carbon neutral printing facility operator in South Asia.

Aitken Spence Spreads Good Waste Management Practices

23 Jul

More than 100 Aitken Spence staff volunteered to spread awareness of good waste management practices among businesses and residents, while cleaning up the Vauxhall Street neighbourhood in Colombo on Saturday, close to where the company is headquartered.

Several teams belonging to hotels, travels, maritime services & shipping, cargo, insurance, plantations, financial services, property management, elevator agency and aviation business sectors operating from Aitken Spence Towers on Vauxhall Street stretched across Vauxhall Street and the neighbouring Beira Lake boundary to clean up waste and educate local residents and businesses on best practices in waste management.

Aitken Spence is the reigning winner of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability award while being the only company in Sri Lanka to be ranked as a “Best Corporate Citizen” by Sri Lanka’s leading chamber for 12 consecutive years.

Staff of Aitken Spence engaged in conversations with residents and businesses in the area about methods to better manage waste. The volunteers distributed awareness posters and in some cases helped local businesses put up the posters at their premises.

“As a business we continuously attempt to share our best practices with our neighbouring communities wherever we operate. It is evident in our longstanding relationships with local communities across Sri Lanka and beyond where we try to partner for greater good” said Dr. Rohan M Fernando, Director and Head of Business Development & Plantations of Aitken Spence PLC.

“I would like to thank all the employees who took their valuable time on Saturday morning to emphasize the importance of waste management and clean neighbourhoods by engaging proactively with our neighbouring community in Colombo”, he added.

Sustainability professionals of Aitken Spence conducted awareness workshops for tenants and staff of the YWCA at its premises, as well as for contracted janitorial and security staff at Aitken Spence Towers office complex.

The initiative was in support of the “No Kunu” movement which aims to build better waste management practices in Colombo.

The National Trust Unveils Ground-breaking Book with Aitken Spence Printing Support

31 May

The National Trust Sri Lanka selected Aitken Spence Printing as the sole print solution partner to produce a coffee table book that is a great value addition to the architectural knowledge in Sri Lanka. Aitken Spence Printing is known for its high-quality standards and state-of-the-art technology in carrying out responsible printing and packaging services. Aitken Spence Printing being a pioneer in the printing industry of Sri Lanka formed a partnership with The National Trust Sri Lanka that is dedicated to protecting and raising public awareness about Sri Lanka’s rich heritage.

Together with The National Trust Sri Lanka, Aitken Spence Printing took the lead in sponsoring a coffee table book titled ‘Geoffrey Manning Bawa: Decolonizing Architecture, by Shanti Jayewardene’, an important contribution to recognising Sri Lankan Artists.

“Aitken Spence Printing is proud to have been the sole sponsor of The National Trust’s book on Geoffrey Bawa, as it is a landmark publication that promotes Sri Lankan heritage on a cultural and aesthetic realm. Aitken Spence believes that the book is a task of national importance that would showcase a rich aspect of Sri Lanka’s wide heritage”, commented Prasanna Karunathilake, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Printing.

We want the new generation of architecture students to know Bawa’s significant creations, as narrated by Dr. Shanti Jayawardene. This is the only book that carries multiple architectural view images of his creations. We also contribute to this community of architect students by printing the quarterly magazine “The Architect” and “Wasthu” among the other relevant publications for this field of study”, added Mr. Karunathilake.

The publication centres around the work of Geoffrey M. Bawa (1919-2003), that is acclaimed internationally for its relationship with the traditions of Sri Lanka’s architecture. Bawa’s work reveals him discovering the traditions of Sri Lanka’s architecture while reshaping and learning in an effort to engage with European and Asian design cultures from a decolonial perspective. Some of the exceptional architectural work of Bawa have been captured at the Aitken Spence Hotels such as Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara. Bawa’s experience of cave monasteries such as Kudumbigala, Dowa and Dambulla have been captured in Heritance Kandalama hotel.

Aitken Spence Printing is a leader with over six decades in the printing industry in Sri Lanka. It has evolved into a dynamic operation and is ranked among the top printers in the country specializing in both offset and digital printing technologies. In addition to coffee table books, Aitken Spence Printing offer a range of services from packaging, publications, magazines, seasonal products such as calendars and diaries; and caters to a wide range of industries such as tea, apparel, FMCG and pharmaceutical. Operating in a fiercely competitive industry, Aitken Spence Printing enjoys a leading market share in the printing industry of Sri Lanka. The company was also the first LEED-certified, carbon neutral printing facility operator in South Asia.

Aitken Spence Posts 22% Growth in PBT in 2017/18

22 May

Aitken Spence PLC recorded a steady financial performance for the twelve months ending 31st March 2018 with a 22% year-on-year growth in profit-before-tax from Rs. 5.2 billion to Rs. 6.4 billion, its highest ever. The leading conglomerate recorded an increase in its annual revenue by 14.9% from Rs. 45.9 billion to Rs. 52.7 billion. The company also reported the highest ever profit-after-tax of Rs. 5.1 billion, which was an increase 27.3% from the previous year.

The diversified group concluded the reporting period with a strong fourth quarter performance during which both revenue and profit-before-tax figures showed strong growth trajectories.

Aitken Spence PLC’s profit-before-tax increased by 31.4% from Rs.2.4 billion to Rs. 3.1 billion in the fourth quarter, over the previous year, while revenue increased by 7.9% from 15.4 billion to Rs. 16.6 billion. The profit-after-tax increased by 47.1% from Rs. 1.8 billion to Rs. 2.7 billion in the fourth quarter.

The holding company’s revenue growth reflected across all key operational sectors including tourism, maritime and logistics, strategic investments and services.

The tourism sector recorded a growth of 18.2% in revenue to Rs. 28.5 billion, while the maritime and logistics, strategic investments, and services sectors reported revenues of Rs. 10.7 billion, Rs. 19.3 billion and Rs. 1.9 billion respectively, indicating a growth of 7.7%, 6.3% and 16.8% respectively over the year.

Aitken Spence PLC reported a profit attributable to shareholders of Rs. 3.6 billion, a rise of 23.2% while earnings per share also rose by 23.2% from Rs. 7.12 to Rs. 8.77. The earnings per share surged by 47.1% from Rs. 3.03 to Rs. 4.46 for the fourth quarter, year-on-year.

Sri Lankan hotels ended the year with a satisfactory performance. All properties under the Group’s flagship Heritance brand achieved revenue targets, with Kandalama, Tea Factory and Ayurveda Maha Gedara reporting good results despite being affected by a slow start to the year. Despite severe competition facing beach properties Heritance Ahungalla recorded a satisfactory performance, while the newest addition to the portfolio –Heritance Negombo, shows great promise for the future.  Meanwhile Turyaa Kalutara made steady progress towards a turnaround, as did Hotel RIU, where the Group has a 60% shareholding.

The global and local market conditions have remained less than favourable, with slow market growth impacting many of the operational sectors Aitken Spence PLC is engaged in.

“Despite challenges posed by a turbulent operating environment, our prudent and astute strategies continued to hold Aitken Spence in good stead, enabling the Group to achieve a remarkable performance recording its highest ever profit before tax of Rs. 6.4 billion during the year. In the year under review, we switched gears and accelerated the pace to reach the next phase of our growth agenda,” stated Aitken Spence Deputy Chairman and Managing Director, Mr  J.M.S. Brito.

“The year also saw the power generation segment to begin work on a landmark waste-to-energy project, that would help solve both the waste disposal and energy supply challenges in the country at present. The project would see the construction of a 10MW waste-to-energy plant in Muthurajawela which upon completion, would be equipped to convert municipal solid waste to electricity, which I expect would greatly relieve the Colombo City of its waste disposal burden,” added Mr. Brito.

“Moving forward, I am convinced that the Group has the resilience and the capability to accelerate its growth trajectory even amidst headwinds by drawing on our innate domain expertise and business acumen. In doing so we will look for long term growth opportunities by focusing on sectors and markets where we see ourselves having a distinctive role, now and in the future. We will continue the strategy of expanding in domestic and offshore markets through enabling partnerships and improving competitiveness by making consistent investments in technology, people and processes,” he added further.

Listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange since 1983 and marking its 150th year milestone in September 2018, 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 Travels records landmark 178,000 Happy visitors to destination Sri Lanka

18 May

Aitken Spence Travels, the largest inbound tour operator in the country closed the 2017/18 financial year with a total inbound volume exceeding 178,000 happy visitors to Destination Sri Lanka. This year’s performance builds on the previous year’s record high of 153,000 tourists by far the largest number of visitor arrivals handled by any Destination Management Company in the country. The Aitken Spence Travels’ growth was recorded at 16% while during the same period the country arrivals grew by 7%.

Commenting on the feat the Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels Mr. Nalin Jayasundera stated, “This achievement was possible due to our continues efforts in diversifying to new markets and growing the existing markets by securing new business.  I am happy to note our increased visitor numbers resulted in the Company recording the highest ever profit thus far. This was due to the excellent team work of the staff who ensured that our clients are served with dedication and professionalism coupled with years of experience in the tourism industry”.

“The contribution of our Tour Operator partners has been significant to the Company’s achievements.  We place our sincere appreciation for the support extended by Hotel partners, airline’s and other suppliers for playing a significant role. The 41 year journey of Aitken Spence Travels is built on the ethos of trust and partnerships. We are privileged to have the best practices of TUI, the world’s largest integrated tourism company and the strength and backing of Aitken Spence group”, he added.

Aitken Spence Travels is active in many diverse segments of tourism. The Company’s Cruise shore excursions business commands market leadership in the country. The cruise business is a growing segment and Sri Lanka has potential to offer a multi-port offering to differentiate in order to secure future business.

The charter flight operations have been growing and the Company has continued to handle charters from U.K., Sweden, Finland and Russia. In 2017/18 together with TUI, Aitken Spence Travels handled a charter from Poland for the first time which operated flights every 10 days. Due to the successful charter operation TUI will be operating a second charter for winter 2018/19 from Poland.

The Company has also made inroads on sports tours handled and have brought many teams from different sporting disciplines. Cricket by far is the most popular but netball, rugby and hockey tours have grown, and the Company has made inroads with golf tourism.

As the only award-winning conference organiser, AST events unit managers international and local business and consumer events. The event portfolio covers medical, IT, education and consumer trade fairs. Flagship local events such as Colombo Shopping Festival, Home and You, the Best Brand Show has attracted over 175,000 local visitors per annum. The unit also specialises in handling events in Maldives.


In addition to giving back to the community in numerous ways, Aitken Spence Travels is among the few companies in Sri Lanka that offsets its carbon footprint across its operations. Visitors continue to place their trust and confidence in the Company as they too become part of the organisations greater responsibility towards minimising carbon footprint when partaking on tours and excursions designed to have minimum impact to the environment and nature. The Travel Life Certification was secured for the operations keeping in line with global sustainable tourism practices.

Since 2015 the Company has been handling over one hundred thousand inbound clients and have not looked back since then. The formula for continuous success has been the commitment of the management and dedication of the staff to achieve a common corporate objective. The Company carries out its own promotions in partnership with tour operators to create a better demand for the destination.

It is envisaged that the tourism industry and its stakeholders will stand to gain from the proposed digital promotion campaign. It is also important to have a sustained and an effective marketing campaign for the benefit of the tourism sector stakeholders and the overall economy of the country.

Looking further Aitken Spence Travels hopes to continue to strengthen and build its international market position. The Company will continue to shape the tourism industry, by pioneering in terms of innovation in products and exploring markets be it Sports, MICE, Cruises, Nature, Luxury, Online and Charter operations.

Hyundai’s New Asia-Europe Express Service Offers Best Transit Times

3 May

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) launched its new Asia-North Europe Express (AEX) service that included Port of Colombo, in April from Pusan. The AEX service which is independently run by HMM offers exporters the fastest transit times to Europe base ports that will benefit them in meeting the timelines of their buyers with time sensitive shipments.

The first vessel on the AEX service mv ‘Hyundai Forward’ made its maiden call at the Port of Colombo on the 22nd of April berthing at the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT).

AEX Service brings immense benefits to the importers sourcing shipments with direct sailings from the base ports of Korea, China and Taiwan, improving the supply chains and minimising delays. Shipping & Cargo Logistics, a subsidiary of Aitken Spence is the local agent for HMM in Sri Lanka.

This new service includes port rotation in Pusan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Kaohsiung, Yantian, Singapore, Colombo, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Southampton on the westbound voyage.

The Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, commented that “We express our gratitude to HMM for choosing Colombo as one of its port of call and promoting Colombo as the transshipment hub for the Indian Subcontinent region. We assure that the Jaya Container Terminal and the Port of Colombo would afford all facilities to enhance transshipment volumes being routed through the Port of Colombo”.

Mr. D H Oh, Managing Director of HMM HQ – India expressed his confidence in the Port of Colombo and stated that HMM was laying greater emphasis on the Indian Subcontinent region with the opening of the Regional HQ in Mumbai and he expected more services to call at Colombo. He also mentioned the expansion plans of HMM where an order for 12 x 20000 TEU and 8 x 14000 TEUS vessels had been placed and by 2020. The 20000 TEU vessels will be deployed on the AEX service which will call at Colombo. He was excited at the development plans of the Port of Colombo and was looking forward for HMM to be a big player in Colombo in the very near future.

An exchange of plaques between the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake and Mr. D H Oh, Managing Director of HMM Regional HQ India to commemorate the maiden call of the AEX independent service at JCT was held on 23rd April. Also present at the ceremony were Mr. Jayantha Perera, Director Operation-SLPA, Mr. Upul Jayatissa, Chief Manager Marketing and Business Development-SLPA, Mr. Y D Park and Mr. Jitin Joshi from HMM Regional HQ India. The local agents of HMM in Sri Lanka was represented by Mr. Bevin Mack, General Manager of Shipping and Cargo Logistics (Pvt) Ltd along with Mr. Iqram Cuttilan, Chief Executive Officer of Aitken Spence Maritime sector.

Aitken Spence’s Turyaa Chennai, the best five-star deluxe in Tamil Nadu

25 Apr

Turyaa Chennai, owned and operated by the local hospitality chain Aitken Spence Hotels was conferred the ‘best five-star deluxe hotel’ in Tamil Nadu at the recently held Tamil Nadu Tourism Awards 2018.

The award ceremony, held with support from India Tourism, Government of India aims at identifying industry leaders who have actively promoted to maintain Tamil Nadu’s position as a premier tourism destination in India. In its third edition, this award is a testament to the quality and standards upheld by Turyaa Chennai who obtained the ‘five-star deluxe’ classification early last year. With this classification, Turyaa Chennai became one of five hotels in Chennai to have obtained this highly sought-after accreditation.

“We are pleased to have received this award, just a year after obtaining the five-star classification. The award is a reflection of the hard work and service excellence that is upheld by the team. Being the first Sri Lankan company to own and operate a five-star deluxe property in India, we are committed to spreading our unique message of hospitality through world-class offerings and service from the heart,” Aitken Spence Hotels Joint Managing Director Susith Jayawickrama said.

“Our hotel is ideal for local businessmen travelling to Chennai, or for local companies looking at MICE necessities in India,” he added, “With special business traveller packages, long stay packages and early bird offers, Turyaa Chennai is well positioned to lead the MICE industry in India.”

The 140-room property situated in the IT corridor of Chennai, just minutes away from the bustling city centre is perhaps the perfect amalgamation of business and leisure. Situated 20 minutes away from the international airport, the hotel is the ideal location for the business travellers, the ardent shopper or cultural holiday seeker.