Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC emerged victorious at the prestigious National Business Excellence Awards (NBEA) presented by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka by being adjudged the winner in the Hospitality Sector.
The National Business Excellence Awards is an annual award competition conducted by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) with a view to recognising business enterprises, which have demonstrated excellence in business, whilst contributing to the economic progress of the country. Applications for the awards were technically evaluated by a team of highly qualified professionals and the final selection was made by an expert Panel of Judges headed by Prof. Uditha Liyanage, Director, Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM).
Aitken Spence Hotels operates a chain of 25 hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka, Maldives, India and Oman. With many years in the hotels industry, the company’s expertise in hotel design, building and management is complimented by its dedication and commitment to excellence in everything on offer. Located in some of the key tourist locations, each of the chain’s leading hotels caters to a diverse client base. Aitken Spence Hotels boasts of having a hotel suited to a variety of needs and budgets while maintaining the highest standards of hospitality.
The chain includes award winning resorts, distinctive properties, layovers and niche market hotels. Aitken Spence Hotels have received many accolades for their environmentally friendly operations which demonstrate their strengthened commitment towards the individual environments in which they operate in and their responsiveness towards the crisis faced with regards to the depletion of natural resources.
“We are extremely proud of being the recipient of this award, it is truly rewarding to be recognised for the contribution Aitken Spence Hotels makes to the socio economic development of the country while practicing exemplary business practices”, said Malin Hapugoda, Aitken Spence Hotels.
Aitken Spence Hotels has been pioneers in driving sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka. As a measure of further commitment to the cause, the Company is a signatory of the United Nationals Global Compact (UNGC) and undertakes the social obligation towards sustainable business practice.
Aitken Spence Hotels align its operation and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. As the leaders in “green” tourism, Aitken Spence Hotels has formulated strategies to ensure the protection of the destination, thus enabling it to retain its natural and cultural appeal over time.
Aitken Spence chain boasts of exotic properties such as Barefoot at Havelock located on the “The Best Beach in Asia” as rated by the Time Magazine, award winning eco-friendly properties, such as Heritance Kandalama, situated in close proximity to two UNESCO world heritage sites and Desert Nights Camp, Al Wasil, Oman, rated as one of the top ten desert retreats in the world.
The chain’s Heritance Tea Factory has been voted by the Independent, UK as one of the ‘Top Five Factory Hotels’ in the world and one of the best 100 places to stay in the world.