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Aitken Spence Hotels emerge victorious at the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2021

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Aitken Spence Hotels’ overseas resorts, Heritance Aarah, Maldives and Desert Nights Camp, Oman were recently honoured among the best global luxury brands at the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2021.

The accolades were bestowed in the categories of ‘Best All-Inclusive Resort’ and ‘Best Luxury Hotel’ for Heritance Aarah and Desert Nights Camp respectively, shortlisted and selected from among 10,000 applicants in 400 categories.

The Luxury Lifestyle Awards confers goods and services aimed at the global professional community, recognising the exceptional initiatives, innovations and excellence that effectively entice consumers in the luxury sector. The awards are thus, an assurance of the highest quality in service. The international awarding body determines this by conducting a detailed category and region-based research independently, which are then reviewed by luxury lifestyle experts.

Aitken Spence Hotels deems the award as a pinnacle of achievement amidst challenges faced throughout the past year, owing to the resilience and efforts of the company and staff in maintaining exceptional standards in hospitality. The service-based awards are a further testament to the spirit of the teams at the hotels who serves hospitality from the heart. While the victory symbolizes excellence, the recognition also brings about an unparalleled exposure to the targeted premier segment globally.

Aitken Spence Hotels is the largest overseas hotel operator in the Maldives and its latest all-villa property in the Maldives, Heritance Aarah introduces the novel premium all-inclusive offering to the market. The resort curates a distinct variety of experiences, popularly the dine-around restaurants and bars serving an elegant assortment from traditional Heritance cuisine to premium organic wines. Undoubtedly amply endorsed by the award, the resort defines perfection to those seeking a luxury experience.

Oman is home to the most-loved resort by honeymooners, Desert Nights Camp – only a two-hour drive from Muscat, the capital. Eluding elegance and charm, the hotel is a luxurious haven to enjoy the views of the endless dunes and crystalline wadis. While comfort is a known indulgence, the Arabian desert adventures are a must to enjoy the ultimate vacation.

Aitken Spence Hotels, headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka operates a total of 23 hotels and resorts across Sri Lanka, Maldives, India and Oman catering to a diverse portfolio of clientele. The chain boasts of premier properties in unique destinations categorized under flagship brands Heritance, Turyaa and Adaaran.



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HNB joins CBSL to promote ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign in Kandy

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HNB PLC once again joined the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to promote the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign to raise awareness and encourage the public in the Kandy district towards a cashless payment ecosystem.

HNB, together with other financial institutions and telecommunication partners, participated in the day-long event held at the Kandy City Center. The bank raised awareness regarding its LANKAQR integrated HNB SOLO payment app while onboarding merchants during the promotional campaign.

“During the early stages of the pandemic we witnessed many of our customers and members of the public seamlessly adopt our cashless and contactless payment app HNB SOLO. With COVID and the subsequent launch of the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign the number of users of these types of systems have increased exponentially.

“Given that the mutual vision of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and HNB is for a financially and technologically empowered Sri Lanka, HNB is proud to serve as an enthusiastic partner to roll out LANKAQR island-wide. The fact that we now have merchants in the cultural capital of Sri Lanka making this shift is another major milestone in this digitalization journey,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

 

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ComBank’s ATM network sets new records for cash dispensed during festive season

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The automated teller machine (ATM) network of Commercial Bank of Ceylon dispensed a record Rs 8.818 billion on 9th and 10th April 2021, shattering the previous records for the highest and second highest cash disbursements for a 24-hour period, as Sri Lanka’s leading private bank facilitated the celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

The disbursements of Rs 4.498 billion on April 9 and Rs 4.320 billion on the following day represented a substantial increase over the single-day values recorded in previous years.

In total, Commercial Bank dispensed Rs 41.748 billion via its ATM network between 1st and 15th April 2021 at an average of Rs 2.783 billion per day, reaffirming the indispensable role it plays in the lives of Sri Lankans, as well as the reliability and robustness of the network. On seven of these 15 days the network dispensed more than Rs 2 billion a day, and on five days disbursements exceeded Rs 3 billion a day, the Bank said.

Comprising of 890 ATMs, the network processed 2.434 million transactions over the 15 days at an average of 168,988 transactions a day, while on 9th April, the number of transactions processed totalled 233,990 at an average of 9,749 transactions per hour or 162 transactions per minute.

The first Sri Lankan bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 10 years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 268 branches in Sri Lanka. The Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Microfinance company in Nay Pyi Taw; and the Maldives, where the bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake.

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‘Ceylinco VIP Cyber Tharu’ to showcase Sri Lankan talent

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Ceylinco General Insurance has announced an online competition with a novel concept to showcase Sri Lankan talent by providing a platform for them with the opportunity to win handsome cash prizes.

“This time, our effort is to organize an online competition that provides an opportunity for Sri Lankan people to display their talent and also to identify hidden talents whilst rewarding them. There will be five overall winners whose prize money will be over Rs. 1 million and each category winner will get Rs 100,000/-. Ten randomly picked voters too will receive handsome cash awards,” said Patrick Alwis, chairman CEO of Ceylinco General Insurance.

The guidelines and the criteria of the competition were announced recently through a dedicated website and other social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, twitter, You Tube as well as LinkedIn. Contestants can perform under five categories, namely, singing, dancing, instrumental performances, fashion modelling and funny videos / Standup comedy. Individuals over 18 years could perform under the individual category whilst the group category will have no age limit.

Under the group category either families or a group of friends could take part. Each entry will have to be specially recorded for this competition. Prior to recording the performance, they should download the image of the logo and have it displayed prominently in the background. Performances could be recorded using a smart phone or a video cam.

 

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