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Cinnamon Hotels And Resorts Holds Winning Streak At SATA 2022



Exceptional Sri Lankan Hospitality awaits global tourists who visit this picturesque island

At the recently concluded South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2022 held in the Maldives, one of Sri Lanka’s biggest hospitality brands, Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts picked up three awards, one in the Gold category and two in the Silver category, continuing a fine winning streak since 2017. This is a true testament to the entire team at Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, living and breathing hospitality with a dedicated focus on rebuilding and rejuvenating Sri Lanka’s struggling tourism industry. As the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has so much to offer, including a rich blend of culture, gastronomic delights, pristine sandy beaches, picturesque scenery, stunning wildlife, and unparalleled natural beauty. With properties strategically located across Sri Lanka and Maldives to take advantage of these gifts, Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts’ win at SATA 2022 showcases that the brand is always committed towards the best standards of hospitality.

“We are pleased and truly humbled to receive these awards, competing against a backdrop of excellent competitors that include Taj Resorts, Heritance Resorts, and other top-level regional players” said Ilias Vamvakas, Area Vice President Sri Lanka resorts – Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts. “Winning these awards highlights our ongoing commitment towards delivering the highest standards of service and excellence in the hospitality industry. Sri Lanka has so much to offer, including a rich blend of culture, gastronomic delights, sandy beaches, picturesque scenery, stunning wildlife, and unparalleled natural beauty. Of course, this also helps us raise the profile of the Cinnamon brand locally, regionally, and globally, and cements our dedication towards providing travellers with truly enriching and inspiring moments and experiences throughout their holidays.”

Cinnamon Citadel in Kandy, situated on the banks of the mighty Mahaweli River, was awarded Gold in the Leading Riverfront Hotel/Resort category. Directly fronting Sri Lanka’s longest river and surrounded by the hill capital Kandy’s rolling hills, natural flora, and fauna, and beneath clear blue skies, the hotel is truly a must-experience for those visiting Kandy.

Cinnamon Wild Yala, a premium game lodge situated on the very fringes of Sri Lanka’s much celebrated Yala National Park, clinched Silver in the Leading Wildlife Lodge category. Offering four-star luxury services with the prime objective of ensuring all guests receive an immersive wildlife experience without disturbing the natural course of the resident wildlife, Cinnamon Wild Yala is another must-see, whether you are a seasoned wildlife pro, or a casual observer.

Sri Lanka’s beaches are renowned for their beauty and accessibility, and in the Leading Beachfront Resort category, Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala secured Silver. Sporting Moorish décor and style, Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala offers a regal experience that is just a few steps away from a wide, golden, sandy beach.

The South Asian Travel Awards was first held in 2016 and has since received endorsement by over fifteen international and Government agencies, including the Sri Lanka Inbound Tour Operators Association, The Hotels Association Of Sri Lanka (THASL), Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC), Association of Professionals In Tourism (APT) and Confederation of Accredited Tour Operators (India). Covering 37 categories across 10 segments, it is reputed to be one of the most coveted and influential regional travel industry awards. Being recognized as a SATA Gold, Silver or Bronze winner epitomizes the highest standards of that entity in their relevant segment.

About Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts – Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts is a diverse chain of hotels spanning Sri Lanka and the Maldives and a member of John Keells Holdings PLC, one of the largest listed conglomerates in Sri Lanka, with diverse interests in sectors ranging from Leisure, Transportation, Property, Consumer Food & Retail, Financial Services, Information Technology, Business Process Operations to Plantations. This pioneering hotel chain was launched at The World Travel Market in London on 14 November 2005. Since its launch, it has come to represent a uniquely Cinnamon experience and has steadily risen to become the leading choice for travellers in Sri Lanka. The Cinnamon brand boasts a portfolio of vibrant and modern hotels, colourful and inspiring, unswervingly hospitable and committed to satisfying our patrons varied and discerning needs.

Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts is the pinnacle of Sri Lankan hospitality through comfort, creativity, discovery, and inspired living. Each property is designed to highlight and complement the local environment, character, culture, and traditions of the area it serves. From Jungle cabanas to city luxury, water villas in the Maldives to beach chalets in Sri Lanka, each resort is designed to take you on a memorable journey into discovery. With three City properties in Colombo, eight Resort properties around Sri Lanka and four Resorts in the Maldives, and a host of new and exciting projects on the horizon, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts is your partner and faithful guide to ‘The Jewel of the Indian Ocean’ and its timeless and fascinating ‘Emerald Isle

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Dulux colours Architect 2023 exhibition with vibrant and engaging presence



Dulux -Sri Lanka’s, a leading manufacturer of paints and coatings – is celebrating the successful close of its participation at Architect 2023, also taking home an award for the ‘Best Trade Stall with Innovative Use of Colour’.

Organised by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects -and now in its 41st year- this year’s edition of the Architect 2023 annual trade fair took place from February 24-26 at the BMICH, and witnessed greater participation from leading companies and entrepreneurs actively involved in the various construction and architecture sectors; both locally and internationally, a company news release said.

“Dulux established a strong presence at the event with a spectacular exhibit themed Colour Futures ’23, featuring its 2023 Colour of the Year: Wild Wonder. Visitors to the stand were able to explore the four colour palettes, Lush, Buzz, Raw and Flow, inspired by the nature-influenced theme, with Dulux colour experts on hand providing unique trade insight, and also advising visitors on how best the shades can be implemented into their own work and living spaces,” it said.

“The popular mascot, “Dulux Dog” was also present to playfully engage with exhibition attendees and brighten up the vibrant Dulux stall even further. The Dulux exhibit proved widely popular among attendees to Architect 2023, due to its powerful display of colour in both interior & Exterior spaces. “

“Architect 2023 was a great opportunity for Dulux to learn from fellow trade professionals, and also to introduce visitors to the latest trends and insights from the global paints and coatings landscape,” said Upendra Gunawardhana, Head of Marketing at AkzoNobel Paints Sri Lanka. “We’ve maintained a strong long-standing relationship with the SLIA, and have every intention of being back again next year as well.”

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ACCA reaffirms ComBank as Best among Sri Lankan banks for Sustainable Reporting



Commercial Bank’s Chief Operating Officer Mr S. Prabagar (third from left) receives the ACCA award. The Bank’s Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking & Marketing Mr Hasrath Munasinghe (second from right) and Senior Manager – Sustainability, Women’s Banking & CSR Mrs Kamalini Ellawala (extreme right) are also in the picture

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon was declared the best among all Sri Lankan banks in sustainability reporting at the Sri Lanka Sustainability Reporting Awards for 2022 presented by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Sri Lanka.

As the winner in the ‘Banking’ category Commercial Bank was recognised for being one of the most transparent, accountable, and responsible entities in the country. The award was presented for the Bank’s 2021 Annual Report titled ‘Beyond a shape, beyond a colour’ which among other aspects, explores the Bank’s evolving operating context in which social and environmental concerns are brought to the centre of its corporate agenda.

Prepared in line with the International <IR> framework, this Annual Report also presents the Bank’s social and environmental impacts as per the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards: Core option. Additionally, it reports on the Bank’s contribution towards the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals.

The Report also features a dedicated section on ‘Business model for sustainable value creation’ and discloses information on loans screened through the Bank’s Social and Environmental Management System (SEMS), paper reduction and recycling initiatives, increased usage of renewable energy, and switching to energy-efficient appliances under the section on ‘Natural Capital.’ Indicators of value derived in this category include reduced energy consumption in gigajoules, number of facilities subjected to SEMS screening, number of new solar panel installation locations, number of internet banking and mobile banking users, and solar power generated as a percentage of energy consumption.

Commercial Bank’s high standards in comprehensive reporting area result of the Bank’s commitment to being a responsible financial entity and shaping its work ethics around sustainable business practices, the Bank said. Last year too, Commercial Bank topped the ACCA awards in the Banking category, in addition to winning the overall award for the Best Sustainability Report of 2020.

Notably, Commercial Bank’s 2021 Annual Report also won four awards including a Gold for ‘Interior Design,’ and a Bronze for ‘Interactive Annual Report’ at the 2022 edition of the MerComm ARC Awards which is the world’s largest annual report competition.

The Bank’s sustainability initiatives include lending to support sustainable and green operations, migrating customers to paperless banking, improving efficiency in the use of energy, water and other resources in its own operations and supporting community initiatives that help conserve habitats and the environment. Its support to a mangrove restoration project in Koggala and marine turtle conservation initiative in Panama are examples of its commitment to environmental conservation.

The Bank pioneered a mandatory social and environmental screening process for its project lending activities and was the first bank in Sri Lanka to venture into Green Financing. It also revolutionised digital banking by introducing features in its ‘Flash’ mobile application to measure and offset customer impact on the environment.

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Ex-Pack Corrugated Cartons PLC prioritizes psychological wellbeing in view of Women’s Day



Seen here are a few women at Ex-Pack cutting the cake

In view of the marking the International Women’s Day, Ex-Pack Corrugated Cartons PLC held an insightful event at their state-of-the-art factory premises in Kelaniya, highlighting the importance of psychological wellbeing and how Ex-Pack is taking up measures in ensuring an enabling environment for its 300 strong workforce, based on its wider DEI policies.

Various global studies have shown that women are impacted at much higher rates than men when it comes to mental illnesses. The session celebrated their achievements and life stories, and shared some eye-opening tips, facts, know how’s, to-dos, and various other influential factors including the dire need to change our perspectives on women’s roles, health and wellness. This also touched upon the emotional and social aspects of wellbeing too.

This year’s theme is centered on #EmbraceEquity, and Ex-Pack is no stranger when it comes to pursuing gender equality in an industry that has been traditionally dominated by male. As one of leading corrugated cartons manufacturer in Sri Lanka delivering end-to-end packaging solutions to both local and international clientele, and a subsidiary of Aberdeen Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Ex-Pack actively encourages more female participation.

‘With this year’s theme being #EmbraceEquity, we take great pride in being an ambassador and role model in our industry. We go beyond just equal opportunities to pro-actively collaborate with everyone, to ensure that our talented women have every possible resource at their disposal and are given all the required support to succeed both professionally and personally,’ said M. Zulficar Ghouse, Managing Director- Ex-Pack Corrugated Cartons PLC

Ex-Pack has long been engaged with providing equal career opportunities, and both men and women

are respected, rewarded and compensated equally. The company also has an open-door policy for all employees. Women empowerment stems directly from the top leadership, recognizing that women and their strengths are crucial to both the company and the overall economy.

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