COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Known as Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, Jetwing was once again honored with the prestigious PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Grand Award in the Environment category for the entry titled “The Success of Self-Reliance” – a thorough and comprehensive entry focusing on the sustainability initiatives undertaken at Jetwing Yala, and a PATA Gold Award (Promotional E-Newsletter) in the Marketing category for “The Front Desk.” This occasion marks the third consecutive year Jetwing has won a Grand Award; and also the only Sri Lankan company to win awards this year.
The PATA Gold Awards put the spotlight on tourism innovation and excellence. This year’s awards attracted 269 entries from 83 organizations and individuals worldwide, the highest numbers since 2007. Judged by panels of experts, the PATA Awards recognize exceptional achievement in six categories:-Marketing, Environment, Heritage and Culture, Education and Training, Marketing Media and Travel Journalism with Grand Awards given for four. The award ceremony took place at the PATA Travel Mart this September, in Bangalore, with Managing Director Ruan Samarasinghe accepting the Gold Award for the Front Desk and Gamunu Srilal – General Manager of Jetwing Yala – receiving the Grand Award.
Jetwing Yala was launched in January 2014, and has quickly established itself as the beacon of the Deep South of Sri Lanka. Featuring 80 rooms and 10 luxury tented villas, Jetwing Yala brings world class luxury and hospitality to the wilderness of Yala, in a stunning location overlooking massive sand dunes and the vibrant hues of the Indian Ocean. The entire property was designed from ground up to be as sustainable as possible, with an acre dedicated to a solar park (one of the country’s largest privately owned solar parks) containing over 1000 panels, generating 40% of the hotel’s electricity demand, a biomass boiler which utilizes cinnamon wood to power a vapor absorption chiller (which in turn powers air conditioning) and a composting machine that reduces processing from the standard 40 days to 14-20 days.
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