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16 Nov

HRM MR recievingThe HR Team with a proven track record

Organized by the Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP) and Hewitt Associates, the recent Human Resource Management (HRM) Awards saw Aitken Spence become the only conglomerate in Sri Lanka to receive an award.

As well as Aitken Spence PLC and Heritance Kandalama receiving Silver awards, Browns Beach Hotel and Ramada Resort, Kalutara were also shortlisted for their initiatives and practices in HRM. All companies were evaluated on key areas that included training development, hiring & orientation and performance recognition.

‘Awards such as these consolidate Aitken Spence’s reputation as a wonderful place for technical training,’ explains Rohan Pandithakorralage, Director of HR at Aitken Spence. ‘We have always placed great emphasize on professional development, introducing programmes and initiatives that are focused on empowering and strengthening our employees.’

Rohan is no stranger to receiving awards himself. At the Asia Pacific HRM Congress (APHRM) held in Mumbai earlier this year, he was awarded the prestigious HR Leadership Award for his contribution in HR towards the economic development of the country.

Licensed to conduct the globally-recognised Management Training Programme (MTP), Rohan has conducted the 64-hour programme in Sri Lanka for over 2000 managers across various sectors and industries.

2008 – Ace Magazine Issue 1


Cat & Dog Café opens with early success

14 Nov

TUI and AWPA join forces to help stray animals and beach communities

TUI - Cat and Dog

A joint initiative between TUI and the Animals’ Welfare and Protection Association (AWPA) is helping to efficiently address the problems caused by stray dogs and cats in various hotels. With many of these animals having a tendency to scavenge kitchen refuse and disturb hotel guests, TUI and AWPA have begun to provide veterinary attention for the strays as well as installing strategic feeding points.


The various problems caused by stray animals were brought to the attention of TUI through their various travel representatives in Sri Lanka. Many hotel guests had expressed their concern about the proliferation of these strays and the effect it was having on their holidays. By enlisting the expertise of AWPA, TUI knew they were receiving the experience of a local partner with a distinguished track record in monitoring the welfare of animals. “We wanted to look after our guests without harming the animals,” explains Roger Zerter, resident Manager of TUI. “With AWPA, we have implemented a scheme which will hopefully catch on.”

After catching all the animals within the vicinity of a particular hotel, AWPA neuter and treat them for endo and ecto-parasites before releasing them on the hotel premises. Simultaneously, a Cat & Dog Café is set up in the hotel grounds, a long way from restaurants and swimming pools. The advantages of this approach are instantly tangible, as testified by the success of the scheme at Browns Beach Hotel and the Beach Hotel, the first hotels to receive the TUI Animal Friendly Award. Within a month of adopting the initiative, both hotels noticed a pronounced change in the behavior of their strays. The neutered animals had become a lot more settled, occupying an area with a reliable source of food-the Cat & Dog Café –and no longer disturbing hotel guests.

Ad image“TUI are making a great effort to educate hotel guests and local communities,” explains Mrs Hemantha Jayatilake, President of AWPA. “Hopefully, our joint initiative ca continue to save many animals and help people enjoy their holidays.”

2007 – Ace Magazine Issue 4