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45th AGM of Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka

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The 45th Annual General Meeting of the Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka (TAASL) and the 32nd Annual General Meeting of the IATA Agents Association of Sri Lanka (IAASL) was held on September 19, at the Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara. 183 participants attended this event. Channe Wijemanne, Director / CEO, George Steuarts Travels Ltd was re-elected as president of the Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka (TAASL) for the year 2020 /2021. Tilak Wickramasinghe, Managing Director of Skyways Travel Solutions (Pvt) Ltd was elected as the President of the IATA Agents Association of Sri Lanka (IAASL) for the year 2020 /2021.

Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga graced the occasion with his presence.During his speech, Wijemanne requested the Minister of Tourism to assist the industry on the requests made for financial assistance for the travel industry and moratorium and the working capital soft loan extensions. Further the Minister of Tourism reiterated that as discussed, positions would be given to TAASL & IAASL on the Management Committee of Airport and Aviation. Wijemanne thanked the Minister of Tourism profusely for giving the industry numerous opportunities to voice our grievances and wished him good luck in achieving his objectives and confirmed the industries fullest cooperation and support.

TAASL is the national travel agents body in the country, with representation on the governing boards of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourist Hotel Management (SLITHM), the Tourism Industry Skills Council and a member of the “One Industry One Voice” initiative.

It was founded on October 22, 1974 and is an approved association of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce representing the interest of 165 outbound travel agents in Sri Lanka. 

IATA Agents Association of Sri Lanka (IAASL) an affiliated association of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, which was formed in 1988 as a body to represent the interests of the Sri Lankan travel agencies accredited by the International Air Transport Association. At present the membership consists of over 145 travel agencies located throughout Sri Lanka.

The following Executive Council Members were elected at the TAASL Annual General Meeting:

Mr. Jude Condrad of Himpras Tours (Pvt) Ltd – Senior Vice President, Mr. Sabry Bahaudeen of Classic Travels (Pvt) Ltd – Junior Vice President, Aitken Spence Travels (Pvt) Ltd – Mr. Nishantha Senaveratne, Alpha Travels & Holidays (Pvt) Ltd – Mr. Wilhelm E. Brown, BOC Travels (Pvt) Ltd – Mr. Romesh Samaranayake, Acorn Travels (Pvt) Ltd (Formally Hemas Travels (Pvt) Ltd) – Mr. Mohamed Hussain Abdul Habeeb, Intersun Travels (Pvt) Ltd – Mr. Suffian Mohideen, Lando Travels (Pvt) Ltd – Mr. Lawrence Fernando, Mackinnons Travels (Pvt) Ltd – Mr. Shamindra Fernando, Scenic Ventures (Pvt) Ltd – Mr. Rizwan Ramieze, Skyways – Mr. Tillak Wickremasinghe, Traveller Global Destinations & Leisure Holidays (Pvt) Ltd – Mr. Omar – Ul – Shibly Shamsudeen, Upul’s Travel Service (Pvt) Ltd – Mr. Kapilanath Kalapuge.

The following Executive Council Members were elected at the IAASL Annual General Meeting:

Mr. Janath Vidanage of Danata Travels & Tour (Pvt) Ltd – Vice President, Mr. Riza Ahamat – 02ND Chance Travels (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Hussain Habeeb – Acorn Travels (Private) Limited, Mr. Wilhelm Brown – Alpha Travels & Holidays (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Romesh Samaranayake – B. O. C. Travels (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Mohamed Sabry Bahaudeen – Classic Travels (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Brighton Alexander – Ganlo Travel & Tours (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Mohamed Ziard Wahid – Golden International Travels & Tours (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Jude Condrad – Himpras Tours (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Lawrence Fernando – Lando Travels (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Shaminda Fernando – Mackinnons Travels (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Rizwan Rameize – Scenic Ventures (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Saman Premakumara – Travel World (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Rizmi Reyal – The Traveller Global (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Duminda Kuruwitaarachchi – Travel Outlook (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Kapilanath Kalapuge – Upuls Travel Service (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Nishantha Senaveratne will join the Executive Council in his capacity as the Immediate Past President.



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Hemas Consumer strengthens portfolio with L’Oréal partnership in Sri Lanka

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Hemas Consumer, the leading manufacturer and distributor in Sri Lanka’s beauty and personal care sector has strengthened its portfolio of offerings in a groundbreaking partnership with the world’s number one beauty company, L’Oréal. With this partnership Hemas Consumer obtains distributor rights to leverage its sales network and innovative marketing approaches in taking L’Oréal’s wide range of beauty and personal care brands across Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the new partnership, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Managing Director, Hemas Consumer & Executive Director Hemas Group said, “We have spent over fifty years building successful and strong consumer brands in Sri Lanka. In keeping with our promise of consumer delight and trust, we are elated to partner a world-class cosmetics group like L’Oréal expanding our existing portfolio with the world’s most sought-after beauty and personal care products.

We are well equipped in our distribution process with island-wide sales channels to serve all parts of the country. I believe this partnership will revolutionize Sri Lanka’s beauty care industry and more prospects await as we continue to look ahead with L’Oréal.”

Sabrina Esufally, Director Business Development and Innovation at Hemas Consumer said, “This partnership will enable Sri Lankans to access the iconic brands and solutions created through years of research and innovation by L’Oréal. In the fast evolving and dynamic beauty industry, the combined strength of Hemas’s local heritage and penetration, and L’Oréal’s global technology and trust is the perfect recipe for consumer delight.”

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DFCC Bank supports industrial excellence by partnering CNCI Achiever Awards

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DFCC Bank PLC, stepped up once again for the 3rd consecutive year to partner with the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) as the principal sponsor and official banking partner of the CNCI Achiever Awards 2020.

The CNCI Achiever Awards was held for the 19th consecutive time to recognize the outstanding efforts of exceptional performers who have molded their respective industries with innovative solutions, while overcoming challenges and meeting the demands of their clientele. This year, the event was recently held under strict health guidelines at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo. 

Commenting on the sponsorship, Chief Executive Officer of DFCC Bank PLC Lakshman Silva stated, “We are pleased to have partnered with the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI), as the Main Sponsor and Official Banking Partner of the 19th CNCI Achiever Awards 2020. DFCC is honored to partner in reconciling successful Sri Lankan businesses from various industrial sectors. Our partnership with this prestigious awards programme aligns seamlessly with our commitment to foster and reward industrial growth across the country and support local entrepreneurs in MSME & SME sectors.”

 

 

 

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Lanka SSL triumphs with National Gold and Top Ten Awards

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CNCI Achiever Awards 2020

Lanka Special Steel Limited (Lanka SSL), a trusted name in wires and a fully-owned subsidiary of E B Creasy & Company PLC, was recently awarded the coveted National Gold Award under the Extra Large category in the Manufacturing Sector at the Achiever Awards 2020 for Industrial Excellence.

The annual event organized by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) was held in March 2021 at Colombo, and celebrated some of the leading industrialists in the country for their tremendous and continued efforts in uplifting and promoting quality standards, productivity, growth and strategy, R&D, employee welfare and others whilst contributing to both the society and economy at large.

‘We are immensely proud to have been recognized with two very prominent awards at this year’s CNCI Achiever Awards. It is a huge leap from just winning a Merit Award the last time around, and this incredible achievement certainly reflects our highly ambitious plans to strive for continued excellence. We would like to thank our valued customers and all stakeholders. We are grateful to our hardworking and committed staff at Lanka SSL who have made this possible,’ said Pravin De Silva, CEO of Lanka SSL.

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