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Jetwing Yala tops Asia Pacific for its commitment to sustainability

Nov 08, 2016

While Jetwing Hotels lives up to its promise of being the home of Sri Lankan hospitality through its exceptional service, the Jetwing family is also committed to the cause of sustainability. In recognition of the practices ensued at Jetwing Yala, the hotel was announced as a HICAP Award winner for sustainable operations.

The official announcement of HICAP went on to say that Jetwing Yala homes one of the country's largest privately owned solar installations of 300 kilowatts, which meets 40 percent of the hotel's daily electricity needs. The plant supplies excess energy at peak back to the national grid, helping to cushion grid fluctuations experienced by local residents. Its cooling is operated by a vapour absorption chiller, run sustainably via steam generated from a biomass boiler using sustainable cinnamon wood procured locally. Hot water is provided entirely through renewable energy, and lighting is 100 percent LED. The renewable energy applications and efficient operations reduce CO2 by about 60 percent compared to if comparable conventional technologies were used. All wastewater is collected, treated, and reused onsite. All waste generated at the hotel is separated at source and quantified prior to disposal.

Jetwing Yala provides a holistic experience to its guests; from traveller comforts, engaging in excursions to being a part of responsible tourism, this property is in perfect unison with the natural world. While the official announcement gives a general understanding of the sustainable initiatives at Jetwing Yala, the team at the property strives for harmony with the environment through every day practices.

As for water needs, seawater is filtered through a reverse osmosis system, ensuring no strain on the scarce freshwater resources of the region. The wastewater is separated at source and treated black water is used for gardening purposes while treated grey water is used for the cooling towers and further disinfected for use in cisterns. The property also homes its own compost machine and plant whereby all organic waste is treated and used as organic fertilizer for the hotel gardens and farms. Additionally, electric buggy carts are used for transportation within the hotel to lower greenhouse gas emissions from fuel consumption. The resident naturalist alongside the team at Jetwing Yala is ever ready to take its guests on a tour enlightening them on the properties sustainable initiatives.

It is not the first time Jetwing Hotels bagged a HICAP Award, in keeping to the family’s commitment to the environment and community, in 2012 Jetwing Vil Uyana received a HICAP award for sustainable design followed by Jetwing Lagoon being recognized for its sustainable operations at the HICAP Awards in 2013.

“From the very beginning, we made sure to incorporate all our green initiatives into the design phase of Jetwing Yala – thus ensuring that everything in practice was a part of the hotel and not introduced later on. We wanted our guests to enjoy sustainable comfort and luxury with no compromises, and without any guilt. Winning our second HICAP award makes me very proud of what we have achieved and I look forward to more accolades in the future.”

The 27th annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) was held from 19-21 October, 2016 at the InterContinental Hong Kong with the participation of over 800 delegates. The Sustainable Hotel Awards was launched at HICAP in 2007 to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region demonstrating exemplary sustainable best practices. The institution of the Awards hopes to inspire industry wide commitment to embracing and proliferating sustainable development and operations as standard practice in contribution to the preservation of global and local environments and cultures.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 43 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. In line with the Jetwing Hotels Sustainable Strategy, across all properties sustainable and responsible practices are given precedence with resource efficiency, community upliftment and education, and awareness being some of our key focus areas.

Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya: man and nature in perfect harmony - Celebrating 10 years of commitment to sustainability

Oct 20, 2016

“All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man... the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.”

As said by Chief Seattle, this unison of the beast, the tree and the man living in perfect harmony is readily seen at Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya. A signature property of the Jetwing family, the resort remains famous for its unique concept and design. Since its inception in 2006, its commitment to sustainability and eco-luxury offerings has been unparalleled and on the 28th October, 2016 Jetwing Vil Uyana will celebrate its 10th year of excellence.

Leaving aside the exceptional service the hotel offers, there’s much to be spoken about the sustainability practices the property engages in. The layout of the hotel itself embodies the perfect home for flora and fauna, and man to dwell in. The inspiration behind Jetwing Vil Uyana is the model at the Barnes Wetland, UK - in 2002 a bare land was converted into a man-made wetland enclosure with lakes, reed beds and forest to form a private nature reserve allowing dwellings to be built within a variety of habitats.

Jetwing Vil Uyana is a record holder of many firsts in the Sri Lankan hospitality industry; from the first man-made wetland to be created, the first Jetwing Youth Development Project (JYDP) implemented and the discovery of the elusive Grey Slender Loris and the establishment of the Loris Conservation Fund, the property is a treasure trove in itself. Jetwing Vil Uyana’s distinctive habitats paved the way for the protection of endangered species, and have even acted as a base for research. This man-made layout has attracted and multiplied a considerable amount of species in comparison to the first faunal diversity assessment conducted prior to the construction of the property. The original assessment revealed 24 species of butterflies, 4 species of fish, 3 species of amphibian and reptiles, 29 species of birds and 12 species of mammals. Currently, there are 36 species of butterflies, 120 birds, and 20 species of mammals. In essence, Jetwing Vil Uyana is a haven of wildlife.

Chaminda Jayasekara, Resident Naturalist at Jetwing Vil Uyana has also had the honour of presenting a photographic educational guide on the Dry Zone Slender Loris to His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena. The guide consists of years of research Chaminda has conducted under the Jetwing Research Initiative on the Loris habitat at the property. The Loris, the smallest recorded primate in Sri Lanka was facing extinction due to threats on its habitat, with Chaminda’s guide acting as a step towards creating awareness on the Loris and the conservation efforts carried out at Jetwing Vil Uyana to protect its habitat.

It is important to note that out of 28 acres of land the property is spread across, 3 1/2 acres of ground alone has been dedicated to the Loris Conservation Site. Before the finding of this rare species by Chaminda in 2010, the said land area was reserved for the installation of additional dwellings for the hotel. Chaminda insisted that the land be preserved as a breeding ground for Loris; this gave birth to the famous “Night Walk”, where guests were allowed to witness the elusive species in their natural habitat. In a trail taking guests into a forested area, treading over naturally intertwined branches and bushes the Loris can only be spotted by wearing a red light directed above eye-level. The animated species with its big round eyes stretching across branches and momentarily posing for the strange inhabitants walking into their home is a pleasure to see. This mysterious creature attracted many a visitors, this way Chaminda was able to initiate the Loris Conservation Fund, which helps in the maintenance of the habitat, conducting educational and awareness programmes, encourage research, and even promote the species as one that needs to be protected.

Among the many faunal varieties that were naturally attracted to the eco-system created at Jetwing Vil Uyana, the Fishing Cat is another animal that was deemed endangered but was spotted within the compound. Interestingly, out of the four types of wildcats that can be found in Sri Lanka (leopard, fishing cat, rusty spotted cat, and jungle cat), all except the leopard can be found freely wandering within the property. Fishing cats are primarily associated with wetland, and are typically found in swamps and marshy areas. The private nature reserve being Jetwing Vil Uyana is an ideal procreation ground for the species. Since the finding of these rare species, many internationally renowned institutions have approached Jetwing Vil Uyana with the purpose of filming the creature in its natural habitat.

Jetwing Vil Uyana has also been recognized internationally for the wide range of sustainable initiatives it has embarked on. From a HICAP Sustainable Hotel Award, Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Award, EU SWITCH Asia Greening Hotels Award in 2012; EU SWITCH Asia Greening Hotels Award and National Green Award in 2013; and PATA Grand Award, WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Award, National Green Award, THASL Greening Award, Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Award in 2014, Jetwing Vil Uyana’s commitment to sustainability has been unmatched.

Jetwing prides itself on being distinct in identity especially through its remarkable dedication to the natural world. As a result, Jetwing believes that tourism cannot exist in isolation and only works well with the understanding of the surroundings. This is heavily practiced at Jetwing Vil Uyana, and had seen through many successes over the 10 years. For that reason, Jetwing celebrates this glorious milestone with the promise of continued bond with sustainability.

To get the best of the 10th year anniversary offers at Jetwing Vil Uyana log on to www.jetwinghotels.com or call on 011 4 709 400.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 43 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. In line with the Jetwing Hotels Sustainable Strategy, across all properties sustainable and responsible practices are given precedence with resource efficiency, community upliftment and education, and awareness being some of our key focus areas.

Jetwing Vil Uyana celebrates 10 glorious years of eco-luxury living

Oct 11, 2016

Bringing the impossible to life while breaking new ground with unique concepts, Jetwing Vil Uyana over the years has excelled beyond expectations through the commitment and contribution of all those who brought the property to what it is today. Being the first man-made nature reserve ever to be created in Sri Lanka, Jetwing Vil Uyana in Sigiriya celebrates a decade of eco-luxury living this October.

Jetwing Vil Uyana is highly praised for its layout of a wetland system with lakes, reed beds and forest to form a private nature reserve allowing dwellings to be built within a variety of habitats. Its contribution to nature and unique designs throughout the 10 years has been acknowledged by leading institutions in the world. This property is a fortune of lavish living, warm service, exceptional architecture and design, royal history and eco-friendly surroundings.

A pioneer in world class design and creating open spaces, Jetwing Hotels embarked on an ambitious journey in 2002. Making a bold move by converting an abandoned land into a manmade wetland and nature reserve, the inspiration behind Jetwing Vil Uyana is the model at the Barnes Wetland, UK. In an effort to ensure the continuation of life through the establishment of a wetland consisting of beautiful landscapes and encounters with wildlife, it was important that Jetwing Vil Uyana embodied a sustainable design. With the input of a number of specialists, the property stands as an enclosure in perfect harmony with natural habitat.

The total land area of Jetwing Vil Uyana stands at 28 acres; 4 acres of land is used to grow paddy using traditional and organic harvesting methods while 3 acres have been used for vegetable farming; 5 acres consist entirely of the man-made lakes and the balance 17 acres of land includes the forested land with distinct native species attracted to the area.

It was important that the eco system remained intact and that the property would build itself around the natural surroundings. Thus, with the help of experts in the field and the resident naturalist at the time a date capture program was conducted to monitor the changes in flora and fauna. The original assessment during construction revealed 24 species of butterflies, four species of fish, three species of amphibian and reptiles, 29 species of birds and 12 species of mammals. Currently, there are 36 species of butterflies, 120 birds, and 20 species of mammals. This signifies that the property has in no way endangered the eco system but in fact enhanced the bio diversity in the area and as a result has attracted the said species. One of the many attractions to date at Jetwing Vil Uyana is the night trail which goes on to spot the elusive Grey Slender Loris, who were naturally attracted to the habitat and also the fishing cat.

With the intuitive understanding of Jetwing’s commitment to undisrupted habitat, environmental architect Sunela Jayawardene put together a concept for Jetwing Vil Uyana including elements of the hotel such as the dwellings inspired by traditional watch huts on stilts used by farmers deep in the Sigiriya jungles and the incorporation of vernacular design integrated in a built wetland refuge, thus creating a hotel with a unique lifestyle. The concept encompasses a plan to irrigate similar to traditions of ancient kings and also embodies the lifestyle of royalty with open gardens for leisure. This paved way for 36 dwellings to be built in and over water, paddy field, forest, marsh and garden surroundings.

Working in perfect harmony with the local community, Jetwing Hotels went on to introduce the Jetwing Youth Development Project (JYDP), by taking under their wing 120 school leavers who underwent a six month comprehensive education and training course. Offering both practical and theoretical training – ranging from English language proficiency, skill development, industry training – they were prepared for a career in the travel and tourism industry. The project at Jetwing Vil Uyana was awarded a PATA Grand Award in 2007 and 10 years on in recognition of the value of the programme, the same award was received in 2016 for its valuable contribution. Interestingly two of the associates from the first JYDP batch at Jetwing Vil Uyana still provide their valuable service at the property and celebrates 10 glorious years with the hotel.

In recognition of Jetwing Vil Uyana’s sustainability practices and distinct service, a number of awards have been won by the team. From being named as a waste management champion by the EU SWITCH, Asia Greening Hotels Awards and a Silver Award at the National Green Award in 2013; WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Award for Environment, a PATA Grand Award for the environment under ‘Man & Nature – In Perfect Harmony’, a merit award from the Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Awards, a merit for energy & water conservation, & waste management at the THASL Greening Awards in 2014; the property also was named as Sri Lanka’s Leading Boutique Hotel at the World Travel Awards and the Global Luxury Wildlife Resort at the World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2015.

“Jetwing Vil Uyana was a risk, no doubt – a project of this scale and scope had never been undertaken in Sri Lanka at the time! The location was completely rural, the investment was sizeable, and the tourism industry at the time was hard hit due to the civil war. All we had was a vision, and a dream to create an eco-resort that truly allowed guests to experience the finest nature had to offer, without compromising on luxury and comfort.

Today, I look at Jetwing Vil Uyana and I am very proud. Our associates, the community, and all our guests over the past 10 years have given the resort a personality of her own; a concept can be copied, after all, but a personality and identity is unique. We look forward to celebrating such milestones in the future as well”, said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing.

The true home of Sri Lankan hospitality is Jetwing Vil Uyana; with the magnificent rock fortress in view amidst solidarity and bliss in an enclosure fit for royal living, 10 years of service makes Jetwing Vil Uyana a premier eco-luxury resort.

To get the best of the 10th year anniversary offers at Jetwing Vil Uyana log on to www.jetwinghotels.com or call on 011 4 709 400.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 43 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. In line with the Jetwing Hotels Sustainable Strategy, across all properties sustainable and responsible practices are given precedence with resource efficiency, community upliftment and education, and awareness being some of our key focus areas.

Jetwing Beach Is a TUI Environmental Champion for 2016

Sep 02, 2016

Keeping in line with Jetwing Hotels Sustainable Strategy, the 26 properties across the Jetwing family engage in earth friendly practices making it a distinct corporate entity in the country. Verifying this commitment to sustainability, Jetwing Beach, Negombo has been named one of the TUI Environmental Champions in 2016 for its commitment to the environment.

A German based multinational company, TUI is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world. It owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and retail stores. The group owns six European airlines - the largest holiday fleet in Europe - and nine tour operators based in Europe and Scandinavia. Since 1996, TUI has awarded hotels that took extra steps to protect the environment and exercise their social responsibility. The award is being presented annually and approximately 200 hotels across various destinations in the world are bestowed with the title. However, Jetwing Beach Negombo is the only hotel listed under Sri Lanka this year to be identified as a TUI Environmental Champion.

With the prestigious Travelife Gold certification at hand for sustainability in tourism, Jetwing Beach with its associates gives precedence to earth friendly practices; hotel’s associates make it their responsibility to absorb the green activities in their duties and promote such initiatives to their guests as well. At Jetwing it is believed that tourism cannot exist in isolation, which is why sustainability in the lines of energy and carbon, water and waste, biodiversity, community and culture, family, and responsible sourcing and production is heavily incorporated.

Among the many activities beach cleanup programs extending beyond the boundaries of the hotel are carried out twice a month, involving the community and hotel associates. The hotels renewable energy sources being the solar thermal system and a biomass boiler generates 100% of the hot water at the hotel. Entire artificial illumination at the hotel is achieved through energy efficient LED and CFL bulbs. Additionally, in 2015, Jetwing Beach saved over 17 million liters of freshwater by treating and reusing 100% of the wastewater generated at the hotel. Across the property many other environmental friendly practices are ensued making the guests feel very much a part of responsible tourism.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 43 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. In line with the Jetwing Hotels Sustainable Strategy, across all properties sustainable and responsible practices are given precedence with resource efficiency, community upliftment and education, and awareness being some of our key focus areas.

‘A Journey of Hope and Progress’ - Jetwing Wins Second PATA Grand Award for Inspiring Youth

Aug 02, 2016

Widely known as the home of Sri Lankan hospitality, Jetwing Hotels will receive its second PATA Grand Award this year on Education and Training for its ‘A Journey of Hope and Progress - The Jetwing Youth Development Project’ at the awards ceremony in Indonesia on September 9, 2016.

The Jetwing Youth Development Project (JYDP) first made history by winning the PATA Grand Award for Education and Training in 2007 followed by being identified as the Best Sustainability Project at the Best Corporate Citizen Award organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in 2014. Ten years since its inception it is a great honour for Jetwing Hotels to be once again bestowed with the PATA Grand Award for JYDP under the education and training category after having influenced the lives of 120 youth in the first project to now over 600 youth across 40 villages in the country. Thus far, 12 programs have been successfully completed while 6 projects are ongoing nurturing many young dreams to fruition.

02 AUG, 2016 - Jetwing wins second PATA Grand AwardBeen in the hospitality industry for over four decades Jetwing Hotels with 27 properties across the island offers not only the best of Sri Lankan hospitality but also engages in sustainable practices through its sustainable strategy. While resource efficiency, community upliftment, education and awareness are some of its key focus areas the project with its accolades remain one that echoes empowerment and giving back to the local community, which Jetwing prides itself on.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Grand Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories: marketing; education and training; environment, and heritage and culture. It is a great honour for Jetwing Hotels to be recognized for its initiative of uplifting livelihood of the local community for the second time under the education and training category.

Understanding the perils of the youth in the local community and their potential Jetwing Hotels created the program to form a bridge between the two needs; its necessity of personnel and the community’s need for education and job opportunities for their youth. The Jetwing Youth Development Project (JYDP) was designed to empower rural youth who are underprivileged and do not enjoy the opportunities for higher education or meaningful career prospects. Providing free training to school leavers from disadvantaged families in locations of Jetwing Hotels around the country, the program offers both practical and theoretical training – ranging from English language proficiency, skill development, industry training – to prepare them for a career in the travel and tourism industry. Upon the successful completion of the six month program Jetwing Hotels guarantees employment to the youth within the Jetwing family unless chosen otherwise.

“The program allows them to acquire suitable employment within Jetwing Hotels as well as creating equal opportunities for them to find employment elsewhere. As well as providing them with life skills, they also gain valuable exposure to communities beyond their village helping towards positive cultural integration,” PATA said in an official statement.

A simple step taken to uplift the livelihood of the locality has now grown by leaps and bounds with the help of community and religious leaders, and local vocational training centres such as the Vocational Training Authority (VTA), Berendina Employment Centre, GIZ, World University Services of Canada (WUSC), Care UK, Northern Province Tourism Association (NPTA) supporting Jetwing Hotels to produce skilled and energetic individuals fit to cater to the tourism industry.

Karu, an associate at Jetwing Vil Uyana is a product of the first JYDP conducted in 2006. Completing his 10th year of service at the hotel with all smiles he goes on to say, “I had no hope ten years ago until I enrolled with the JYDP. The program helped me to get to where I am today and my hope is to manage my very own boutique hotel in the future.”

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 43 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. In line with the Jetwing Hotels Sustainable Strategy, across all properties sustainable and responsible practices are given precedence with resource efficiency, community upliftment and education, and awareness being some of our key focus areas.

Live Sustainable, Be Resourceful - Jetwing Yala Wins At Wild Asia Awards

Dec 25, 2015

In keeping with their reputation as the home of Sri Lankan hospitality and firmly committed to strong sustainable operations, the flagship property Jetwing Yala of Jetwing Hotels was adjudged the 'Best in Resource Efficiency' by the Wild Asia Awards, awarded at the PATA Travel Mart 2015.

wa-awardsOne of the very first awards established in Asia to be specially focused on sustainable tourism best practices, Wild Asia aims to recognize tourism operators who are making a positive difference in the destination where they operate by adopting sustainable management practices. Jetwing Yala is the only Sri Lankan property to be recognized this year, winning the award for Best Resource Efficiency – which is given to properties that exhibit ‘excellence in waste, water and energy management and sustainable architectural design in order to minimize environmental impact’.

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, to match the local ecosystem by maximizing natural ventilation and lighting, along with muted colours to complement the surroundings.

Energy conservation initiatives include illumination through 100% LED lighting and feature LED backlit TVs in guest rooms; a biomass boiler that burns cinnamon wood (sourced through local suppliers) for night time hot water generation along with providing steam for an absorption chiller which supplies the hotel’s entire air conditioning needs (similar to Jetwing Lagoon); a central solar hot water system for daytime demand; and the largest privately opened solar park in the country that is already providing 40% of the hotel’s daily electricity demand.

In addition, no organic waste is taken outside the property - treated on-site to ensure 100% recycling and used as organic fertilizer for the hotel gardens. Waste water is also treated on-site, through an effluent treatment plant which is used in the gardens once again and in the air-conditioning cooling towers.

Accepting the award, Gamunu Srilal – General Manager of Jetwing Yala praised the commitment shown by the entire Jetwing group, saying “at Jetwing, we believe that the hospitality industry is one that should benefit everyone and the country itself – whether it be by developing communities, providing livelihoods, and by causing as little impact as possible. Jetwing Yala has been at the forefront of the Jetwing family’s efforts to continuously improve in terms of responsible tourism and we look forward to welcoming the world to our beautiful island”.

About Wild Asia

The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards are an opportunity for shining stars in sustainability to gain international recognition for their efforts to create better places to live and better places to visit. The Winners represent leadership in commitment to benefiting their local communities and natural environment, whilst providing authentic and meaningful travel experiences for visitors from around the world. The Awards are based in the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, and all recipients go through an in-depth review and assessed by a panel of international travel industry experts.

About Jetwing Hotels

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 42 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Elevating Sri Lanka - Jetwing Hotels Wins Pata Grand And Pata Gold Awards

Aug 24, 2015

Known as Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, Jetwing was once again honoured 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 will take place at the PATA Travel Mart this September, in Bangalore.

Jetwing Yala was launched in January 2014, and has quickly established itself as the premier resort in 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 containing over 1000 panels, generating 40% of the hotel’s electricity demand, a biomass boiler which utilizes cinnamon wood to power a vapour absorption chiller (which in turn powers air conditioning) and a composting machine that reduces processing from the standard 40 days to 14-20 days.

Functioning as the Jetwing brand’s regular communication with its public, The Front Desk provides a constant and consistent look at the company’s progress, instilling a sense of familiarity and belonging among visitors in a personal form of digital communication. The title symbolizes the functions of the reception at a hotel, be it a warm welcome, acting as an information provider, and a source of communication between hotel and guest. In addition, the layout was constructed around the concept of guest relations, to provide information, generate interest, and to foster communication between Jetwing and international visitors in a professional and attractive design.

“This is a victory for Sri Lanka, and not just Jetwing” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing. “If you look at all the other winners, the majority belong to the tourism authorities of countries – Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan and Korea for example. To be recognized and winning both a Grand and a Gold Award speaks volumes about our efforts, and proves that we as a country and a company are on the right path”, he continued.

About PATA

Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 87 government, state and city tourism bodies, 24 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 59 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 43 local PATA chapters worldwide. Visit www.PATA.org

About Jetwing Hotels

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 42 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Living Green And Firmly Committed - 08 Jetwing Properties Awarded Travelife Gold Awards

Aug 24, 2015

For the second time, Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand Jetwing Hotels has been awarded the prestigious Travelife Gold Award for 08 of their properties.

Travelife (www.travelife.org), the international certification scheme developed by the travel industry for the travel industry announced recently that they have awarded 08 Travelife Gold Awards to hotels belonging to the Jetwing family of properties: Jetwing Blue, Jetwing Beach, Jetwing Vil Uyana, Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions, Jetwing Sea, Jetwing Lighthouse, Jetwing St. Andrew’s and Jetwing Yala. At present, Jetwing possesses the most properties located in Sri Lanka on the Travelife Collection – with 09 properties being certified Gold, including Jetwing Lagoon which was certified in 2013.

Set up in 2007 by leaders in the travel and tourism industry including TUI Travel, Thomas Cook, Kuoni, Virgin Holidays and others, Travelife is an international sustainability certification scheme for hotels and accommodations. The Travelife Collection website was created to help holiday-makers find truly sustainable properties before booking their holiday, and the properties featured on the Travelife Collection have shown that they meet strict sustainability criteria and have achieved at least one award.

To gain Travelife Gold certification, hotels must meet 150 sustainability criteria. This includes environmental issues, such as minimising their waste and use of energy, water and chemicals; , as well as taking positive action on social issues, such as employee welfare, working with the local community, child protection and human rights. They must also show how they are helping to support local businesses and protect local traditions and wildlife.

Achieving a Travelife award depends on an independent, third party auditor who will assess the property against the substantial and comprehensive requirements of the Travelife sustainability criteria. In short, a Bronze Award hotel will show an active environmental policy, as well as treating their staff fairly and with respect; a Silver Award hotel buys local produce for their restaurants and give their staff responsibility for green issues; a Gold Award hotel will do all of the above, as well as be an industry leader, improve the living standards of the local community, along with publishing regular reports on their sustainable actions.

Through the Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme, known as JEEP (www.jetwingeternalearthprogramme.com), Jetwing looks at 4 main areas of sustainable practice – Community Outreach (the Lighthouse Community Pool, the PATA Grand Award winning Jetwing Youth Development Project, and the Tuk Tuk! Project), Sustainability (energy and water conservation and optimization, the usage of energy saving appliances and technology such as LED lighting, biomass boilers, etc), Eco Projects (the Whale & Dolphin Center at Jetwing Lighthouse, Primate Research) and Humanitarian Programmes (cataract surgeries for the less fortunate, etc).

“My father was fond of saying that tourism is an industry that cannot exist in isolation – it must help and uplift the communities around, and provide opportunities to prosper and develop” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing. “Our commitment to sustainability has always remained steadfast, as our future will depend on it. The efforts of our Engineering, Naturalist and hotel teams and associates have brought us this far, and so it shall continue” he went on to state.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 42 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Tuk Tuk Wisdom - An Inspiring Tale Of Community And Industry

Aug 24, 2015

U.K. Karunanayake, fondly referred to as Rathu Aiya (Sinhalese, lit. red brother) by his family and friends, is a smiling and affable man. His daily routine, to him, is all about Galle – providing centuries of history complemented by decades of experience to first time visitors and regular travelers. Through the simple and now iconic tuk-tuk, or trishaw, Karunanayake conveys a great knowledge of the city – an affordable and memorable experience.

Tuk Tuk Wisdom
Serving as the President of the Jetwing Lighthouse Tuk Tuk! Line, Karunanayake has been with the Association since 1996, even before the construction of Jetwing Lighthouse. Operating as a loose organization and establishing a ‘three-wheeler park’, and made up of residents of the area, the entry of the hotel created doubt and fear initially. In Karunanayake’s words: “When this started we were initially reluctant. It was a new trade, and we were not sure how to tackle it in the best way possible. We were apprentices, but now thanks to the efforts of Jetwing we have become masters!”.

Today, Karunanayake and his comrades enjoy a different relationship with Jetwing Lighthouse; one which has stood for over a decade. A unique feature of the programme is that the number of drivers (43) that joined over 10 years ago still remain, and now operate a variety of vehicles – from trishaws, cars and vans. Established to eliminate any feelings of antagonism between the hotel industry and the drivers, the Tuk Tuk! Project sought to combine both a service (providing transport and tours to guests) as well as contribute (by involving youth from the area, and to uplift standards of living). A comprehensive training programme was implemented, focusing on the areas of language, communication, history of Galle, and now is completely managed by the drivers themselves – through a well organized schedule and internal discipline.

Tuk Tuk Wisdom
"There has definitely been an improvement, in our lives and in the area thanks to this initiative. On our part, we are more than happy to provide the best service possible to the guests, because it brings in a lot of satisfaction, especially when travelling by trishaw!" says Karunanayake. The Tuk Tuk! Project was a PATA Gold Award winner in 2005, under the Education & Training category, and is an initiative under the Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme – the company’s overarching philosophy of sustainable and responsible practice. Throughout four decades, the focus on community development and upliftment has remained strong; ensuring that the benefits of tourism and travel are enjoyed by all stakeholders at all locations a Jetwing property is present in.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 42 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Together We Rise - The Jetwing Youth Development Project In Jaffna

Jul 10, 2015

Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand Jetwing Hotels continues its commitment to the development and uplifting of local communities through the award winning Jetwing Youth Development Project (JYDP); this time in the once inaccessible region of Jaffna, located in the North of the country.

The 11th installment of Jetwing Youth Development Project began on the 20th of January, 2015 at the Vocational Training Centre in Karainagar, Jaffna. A region with massive potential, Jaffna is currently transforming itself to a centre stage of tourist attraction by the inclusion of regional, cultural values to complement the already world-renowned Sri Lankan hospitality with the commitment and dedication of the local community.news-together-we-rise-1

The opening ceremony was attended key personnel who represented the organizations taking part and executing the programme in respective areas, and included Hon. C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Northern Province; Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing and Chulangi Perera, Director General of the Vocational Training Authority.

Following on the success of the JYDP held in Hambantota, Jetwing has partnered with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Vocational Training in the North Project – GIZ) and the Vocational Training Authority (VTA). The two organizations have a long history and proven track record of helping the local community and providing training needs to fill employment requirements and were thus an ideal fit for the Project’s demanding logistical requirements. As per the previous programmes, 80 trainees will be provided hands-on training in areas such as Front Office Management, Kitchen, Food & Beverage, and Housekeeping operations supplemented by language and communication instruction, and soft skills instruction – provided completely free of charge and without any employment restrictions.news-together-we-rise-2

“The first ever JYDP went on to win the PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Grand Award, and more satisfying is the simple fact that through the programme hundreds of lives have been changed – talented and eager youth are given an opportunity to create a new future for themselves. With the support of our partners, GIZ and VTA, I look forward to seeing our country’s youth rise together, and champion our hospitality throughout the world” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment.

Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Jetwing Hotels, BASF and Polypak Partner to Help Better Manage Organic Waste from Hotels in Sri Lanka

Mar 11, 2015

  • New milestone in promoting organic waste composting in Sri Lanka
  • Jetwing Hotels is first in the industry to adopt certified compostable bags for daily use

BASF, Jetwing Hotels, Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, and Polypak Secco Ltd., a leading plastic manufacturer, have entered into an agreement to help better manage organic waste in Sri Lanka. Under the agreement, Jetwing Hotels will adopt certified compostable bags, manufactured by Polypak with BASF’s certified compostable polymer ecovio® at its hotels and resorts across the country.

Jetwing Hotels will be the first hotel operator in the country to adopt certified compostable bags for its daily use. With the joint efforts, the parties aim to help efficiently and effectively manage organic waste from the hotel industry in Sri Lanka.

Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing said, “One of the Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme’s founding principles lies in the efficient management of waste, an area in which we have made much progress. As the first in the industry to switch to certified compostable bags, we hope more hotel industry players will follow suit and help to make a difference in waste management in Sri Lanka.”

Certified compostable bags enable the hygienic collection of organic waste: they prevent liquid leaking from organic waste and keep out unpleasant odors. Additionally, as the bags are certified compostable, the organic waste can be processed immediately upon arrival at the composting site, to be quickly converted into high quality compost. This nutrient-rich compost in turn helps improve the soil quality, treat loss of arable land and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. BASF has already been involved in several projects worldwide to demonstrate the potential of composting as a feasible and effective waste management option for organic waste.

Panduka Weerasingha, Managing Director of BASF Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. said, “Sustainability is an integral part of our corporate strategy and operations. In the last years, we have been creating public awareness and encouraging the use of certified compostable bags as waste bags to better manage organic waste locally in Sri Lanka. With this agreement, we are pleased to have Jetwing Hotels and Polypack on board to take our efforts in improving organic waste management in Sri Lanka to the next level.”

BASF’s ecovio® is made of certified compostable polyester ecoflex® along with bio-based polylactic acid (PLA). Like the organic waste itself, the ecovio® waste bags are completely broken down by microorganisms with the aid of enzymes. At the end of the composting process, the microorganisms have converted the bags into carbon dioxide, water, while in the same process the organic waste is broken down to biomass. The bags can help reduce the amount of organic waste that ends up in the regular garbage cans, contribute to protecting the environment and also lower the disposal costs for residual waste.

For more information, please visit: www.ecovio.com.

About Jetwing Hotels

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 42 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

About BASF Sri Lanka

BASF has had an association with Sri Lanka for almost 80 years. With 45 employees, and a state-of-the-art warehousing complex at Sapugaskande, BASF registered sales of approximately Euro 20 million to customers in Sri Lanka in 2013. BASF in Sri Lanka also contributes to the local community with initiatives that support relief and rehabilitation efforts.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about Euro74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

Eden Restored – Jetwing Vil Uyana Wins Environmental Award At Lcc Awards 2014

Dec 28, 2014

Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, Jetwing was once again recognized for their novel approach to environmental luxury design and sustainable hospitality at the LCC (Lufthansa City Center) General Assembly Awards held in Dubai, U.A.E. on the 29th of November 2014.

Jetwing Vil Uyana, a flagship property of the brand and listed by National Geographic Traveler in their Best Ecolodges of the World issue in 2013 was adjudged winner of the Environmental Award, which honours the best idea for a sustainable usage of natural resources with the aim to strengthen the awareness for environmentally supporting activities. The Awards were open to LCC’s whole network, to 650 offices in 87 countries, with Jetwing joining the network in mid-2014 and attending the awards for the very first time. The victory completes an amazing year for Jetwing Vil Uyana, which won the Environmental Award at the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards (organized by the World Travel & Tourism Council) along with its second PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Grand Award in 2014.

Set over an expanse of just over 24 acres, Jetwing Vil Uyana represents the rich potential in sustainable and eco-friendly destinations. Formerly an abandoned land used for sporadic agriculture, Jetwing transformed the property into a man-made wetland featuring two lakes and thirty individual dwellings over distinct habitats such as Water, Forest, Paddy, Marsh and Garden. Over the years, the resort went on to be home to a variety of flora and fauna, such as the elusive loris, and also counts 20 species of mammals, 112 species of birds, 36 species of butterflies, and 35 species of amphibians and reptiles. Nature is highly respected, and provided ample space to flourish – with three acres being designated as a loris conservation site, the first in the country.

“The Jetwing family from the very beginning has been committed towards the environments in which we operate”, said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing. “Jetwing Vil Uyana is certainly one of a kind, and it is a great honour indeed to be recognized at the first ever LCC Awards after we joined the network. This award is not only a victory for Jetwing Vil Uyana, but also catapults the rich offering of Sri Lanka and her potential”, he continued.

The Lufthansa City Center (LCC) travel agency franchise is an affiliation of travel agency entrepreneurs, combining the flexibility and expertise of independent and IATA-licensed travel agencies with a complete service portfolio and world-wide recognition of its brand and its products. With 650 LCC partners in 87 countries around the world, the network and brand has seen rapid growth since its introduction into the market in 1991. LCC ranks among the leading industry players internationally and our continuous success over the past twenty years of the company’s development is proof of the integrity of the Lufthansa City Center concept and stability. LCC members around the world turn over some 5 billion EUR per year.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Giving Sri Lankan Youth A Boost – Jetwing Wins Best Sustainability Award For The Jetwing Youth Development Project

Dec 28, 2014

Jetwing Yala, launched at the beginning of 2014 and a flagship property of Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand was victorious at the Best Sustainability Project Awards 2014 – a part of the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards 2014.

Organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the Awards have been a long-standing recognition of the efforts displayed by the corporate sector in implementing sustainable practices and efficient processes to minimize environmental impact and enhance communities and their development. Held for the 11th consecutive year, the Awards featured many organizations and companies showcase their corporate social responsibility initiatives. Introduced by the Ceylon Chamber to encourage businesses to think beyond their bottom line by investing some of their gains in philanthropic activities that benefit the environment and society at large, the Best Sustainability Project Awards saw five outstanding initiatives being recognized after a thorough evaluation, presentation and interview by an independent panel and judges.

Initially implemented at Jetwing Vil Uyana in 2006, the Jetwing Youth Development Project is an initiative designed to empower rural, underprivileged youth that cannot afford higher education. The initiative provides training for suitable employment within Jetwing Hotels as well as creating opportunities for them to find employment elsewhere within the hospitality industry. Developed to address the growing problem of youth unemployment, and to provide a solution for the manpower shortage in the hospitality industry, JYDP relies on the involvement and support of local communities. Focusing on bridging the gap between the unskilled and the skilled by equipping them for employment, JYDP provides training absolutely free to school leavers from disadvantaged families in rural areas.

Jetwing Yala was home to the 7th programme under the JYDP initiative, and provided training for for youth from the villages of Kirinda, Katharagama, Tissamaharama and Hambantota. The 8 month programme commenced on the 15th of January 2013, ending on the 16th of August 2013, was held in collaboration with partner organisations, namely, Kavantissa Vocational Training Centre (KVTC), CARE International Sri Lanka, and World University Services of Canada (WUSC). The subjects covered under JYDP are entry level technical inputs on the four core operational areas, which are: Front Office, Housekeeping, Kitchen, and Food & Beverage service. These four areas are supported with personal and professional development inputs. All sessions are held under the guidance of the Training and Development team of Jetwing Hotels.

“My father always firmly maintained that tourism is an industry that cannot exist in isolation”, said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing. “The potential that lies in hospitality and tourism - elements that we are known and famed for all over the world- is immense, and that potential can be harnessed by our youth.

The JYDP that was held at Jetwing Yala was very successful, and I am happy to say that out of 82 participants, over 30 were young women. This industry has much to offer, to our country, its people, and its visitors – the Jetwing Youth Development Project will benefit all three” he continued.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

A Clean Sweep – Jetwing Lagoon Victorious At Thasl Green Hotel Awards 2014

Oct 27, 2014

In an unprecedented display of achievement and commitment, Jetwing dominated the THASL (The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka) Green Hotels Awards 2014, with Bawa masterpiece Jetwing Lagoon picking up three of four awards in the Large Hotels and Boutique Hotels category, along with Jetwing Yala, Jetwing Sea, and Jetwing Vil Uyana receiving other accolades.


Organized for the first time by the THASL affiliated to The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce to recognize the enhanced environmental
performance of the hotels to encourage implementation of sustainable practices in the hotel industry in Sri Lanka, the competition is a continuation of the ‘greening hotel’ award scheme initiated by the EU sponsored Greening Sri Lanka Hotels program (EUSWITCH Asia Greening Hotels Awards). Applicants were judged on a variety of criteria: their commitment to sustainability, implementation of best sustainable practices in energy, water and waste management, Customer engagement in sustainable practices, any other sustainability initiatives, along with new interventions year on year to improve current practices.

Sri Lanka’s first resort, Jetwing Lagoon emerged miles ahead of the competition, thanks to a thorough and consistently monitored plan implemented from the beginning of its renovation in 2011.

Utilizing the highest standards in technology along with simple practices such as the country’s first vapour absorption chiller (in the hotel sector) powered by steam generated via the biomass boiler for air-conditioning, along with 100% LED lighting and the novel and innovative AgroNova machine – used for enhanced composting, Jetwing Lagoon was given the accolades for Energy Conservation Champion, Waste Conservation Champion, and the crown itself: Best Green Hotel for 2014 in the Large and Boutique Hotels category.

In addition, Jetwing Yala – home to the largest privately owned solar park in the country, and currently supplying 40% of the hotel’s electricity demand- was adjudged the Best New Emerging Green Hotel in the Large Hotels and Boutique Hotels category, along with a Certificate of Merit for Energy & Water Conservation and Waste Management under the same category; an achievement shared with Jetwing Sea and Jetwing Vil Uyana.

Speaking about the victory, Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing praised the efforts of the Engineering team, along with the dedication to consistent practice demonstrated by the associates of Jetwing. “From the day we opened our doors in 1973, we have practiced a simple philosophy- we have one Sri Lanka, and only one. This was long before words such as ‘sustainability’ and ‘environment friendly’ were used, but the principle remains the same. Anything we do has to benefit the communities around us, and to reduce negative impact as much as possible. I am extremely proud of our Engineering team, and all our associates at our hotels – particularly Jetwing Lagoon, a relatively young hotel, for winning such a prestigious award”.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

The Drought Challenge – Jetwing Donates Over 190,000 Litres of water to The Yala National Park

Sep 17, 2014

The Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s renowned wildlife sanctuary is to close for the month of September due to a prevailing drought – one that affects the animals far more than usual, due to unexpected severity. To ease suffering and the possibility of ranged scavenging, Jetwing Yala has teamed up with the Tissamaharama Independent Jeep Drivers’ Association to provide more than 190,000 litres of water to the resident wildlife in the park.

Launched in January this year, the resort utilizes reverse osmosis technology which was the only self sustaining option of obtaining purified water, especially in a remote location such as Yala. Seawater is collected and undergoes desalination through reverse osmosis process, which produces pure water from saline water. The resultant product water is used for a variety of hotel operations excluding drinking purposes. Operation of the plant is complemented by the recently opened solar park, which currently supplies 40% of the hotel’s daily electricity demand and is the country’s largest privately owned solar plant. The water harvested is then pumped into bowsers sponsored by the Jeep Drivers’ Association, and distributed in the Yala National Park. To date, the quantity donated stands at just over 190,000 litres.

“The Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest treasures, and we must do our best to protect, conserve, and sustain this miracle.

I commend the Jeep Drivers’ Association for taking the initiative and for their help in getting the water to the places that need it the most” said Gamunu Srilal, General Manager of Jetwing Yala. “Hopefully through this programme we provide the animals with some much needed relief, and give them adequate time to rest and recover from the drought before the park is opened to the public once again”, he continued.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment.

Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Jetwing Wins Third PATA grand Award – Man and Nature, In Perfect Harmony

Sep 17, 2014

Known as Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, Jetwing once again walked away with the prestigious PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Grand Award in the Environment category for the entry titled ‘Man and Nature in Perfect Harmony’ – based on the very concept that made Jetwing Vil Uyana the country’s most iconic eco-luxury resort. This occasion marks the second consecutive year Jetwing has won a Grand Award; with Jetwing now possessing three out of only six Grand Awards won by Sri Lankan companies.

The PATA Gold Awards put the spotlight on tourism innovation and excellence. This year’s awards attracted 181 entries from 66 organizations and individuals worldwide. 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. The award ceremony will take place at the PATA Travel Mart this September, in Cambodia.

Set over an expanse of just over 24 acres, Jetwing Vil Uyana represents the rich potential in sustainable and eco-friendly destinations. Formerly an abandoned land used for sporadic agriculture, Jetwing transformed the property into a man-made wetland featuring two lakes and thirty individual dwellings over distinct habitats such as Water, Forest, Paddy, Marsh and Garden. Over the years, the resort went on to be home to a variety of flora and fauna, such as the elusive loris, and also counts 20 species of mammals, 112 species of birds, 36 species of butterflies, and 35 species of amphibians and reptiles.

Nature is highly respected, and provided ample space to flourish – with three acres being designated as a loris conservation site, the first in the country. Jetwing Vil Uyana was also the recipient of the Tourism for Tomorrow Award for the Environment category in April 2014, organized by the World Travel and Tourism Council, and was also listed in National Geographic Traveler’s Best Ecolodges of the World issue in August 2013.

“It brings me much happiness to see Jetwing Vil Uyana winning its second Grand Award, for a concept and an idea that most were sure would fail. We accomplished a lot of what we set out to do almost 10 years ago, to become a resort where nature is not just outside your room – rather, it is a part of the entire experience” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing. “I would like to thank the associates of the property, for all their hard work and commitment in making this award a reality”, he continued.

About PATA

Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 90 government, state and city tourism bodies, nearly 30 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 57 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 41 local PATA chapters worldwide. Visit www.PATA.org

About Jetwing Hotels

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

The Beginning of A Bright Future - The Jetwing Youth Development Project Passikudah

Sep 17, 2014

Furthering their commitment to community development and upliftment, Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand Jetwing held the graduation ceremony for the most recent Jetwing Youth Development Project, which covered the upcoming destination of Passikudah. The ceremony saw the successful completion of the programme by 25 youth from the area.

Attended by Her Excellency Shelley Whiting, High Commissioner of Canada, Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing, and other dignitaries along with the families of the graduates, the ceremony was held at Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya and organized with the help of the other partners in the Project: the Miani Technical Institute Batticoloa, and WUSC (Canada).

Commencing from the 16th of October, the grueling 7 month programme provided a comprehensive grounding in the functions and operations of the hospitality industry, along with lessons in English.

This is the 8th occasion JYDP has been completed, with the initial Project at Jetwing Vil Uyana winning a Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Grand Award under Education & Training.

Speaking at the event, Her Excellency Shelley Whiting congratulated the efforts of the youth and Jetwing’s commitment to community development: “Today is an occasion for celebration and pride for all the young men and women receiving their Diplomas. What you have achieved is significant in more than one way. From today you will be qualifying to serve in an industry that is truly a global industry. There is no better way to start it than starting your careers with a world-class hotel and a leader in the hospitality sector in Sri Lanka. [It is] only fitting to commend all of you, the Jetwing Group of Hotels and the new graduates, who have teamed up to help Sri Lanka move forward in attaining its vision for sustainable development.”

“The purpose of JYDP is to provide employment to talented, yet unemployed youth from rural areas which will in turn give them skills that will last a lifetime. The tourism industry has never before been this attractive, and its potential is limitless given proper infrastructure and control” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

The Power Of The Sun – Jetwing Yala Opens Sri Lanka's Largest Private Solar Park

Jul 10, 2014

Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand Jetwing continues their commitment towards sustainable practice by opening the country’s largest privately owned solar photo-voltaic (PV) system, at Jetwing Yala.

With the vision of being the first purely carbon neutral hotel in Sri Lanka, Jetwing Yala is now the site for the country’s third largest PV installation. Building up on the experience gained by past installations at flagship properties such as Jetwing Blue (20 kW), Jetwing Sea (15 kW) and Jetwing Lagoon (20 kW and 10 kW), the new park covers an area of 1.25 acres – a first in the industry, featuring a record 1122 panels with an output of 300 kW.

Commissioned on the 18th of March 2014, the grid-tied system features panels made in Germany – one of the foremost manufacturers of PV panels in the world, and inverters from Austria. Designed to operate under the most extreme environmental conditions possible, the panels are subject to a salt spray test and possess certified anodized aluminum frames. Data collected over the past months of operation show an average generation of 1500 kWh per day, with approximately 40% of the hotel’s daily electricity demand provided by the PV system. Furthermore, CO2 emissions avoided in the past three months thanks to the system amount to a staggering 53.37 tonnes – equivalent to the carbon sequestered by little over 1300 trees.

The first solar installation took place at Jetwing Blue, in 2010 with a 20 kW off-grid roof mounted system that provided energy for 100% of guest room lighting. Jetwing Sea followed suit in 2011, and in 2012 Jetwing Lagoon became the first property to expand the solar PV system to more than just illumination – with a 20 kW off-grid system for guest room lighting, and a 10 kW grid-tied system that supplies energy for the hot water circulation pumps and the biomass boiler’s blower.

“With Jetwing Yala, we aim to achieve what we consider the ultimate future standard – a fully carbon neutral resort. We have long been known for our sustainable practices, but with the opening of the solar park we are now very close to making this vision a reality. No expense has been spared, from the quality of the system to even ensuring its installation; initially, we were considering a roof mounted system, but decided later on to move onto a ground mounted one for purely aesthetic reasons to preserve the concept of Jetwing Yala” said Jude Kasturi Arachchi, Director of Jetwing. “The performance of the system is monitored and recorded via a state of the art onsite control station, which includes a professional weather station. The system also allows for (web based) remote monitoring, and as such we receive data in real-time”, he continued.

Jetwing Yala was launched in early 2014, and features 90 rooms set facing massive sand dunes and the Indian Ocean. Only 45 minutes away from the Mattala International Airport, and a short drive from the famed Yala National Park, the resort emphasizes luxury and comfort – being the concept and design of famed architect Murad Ismail.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Winning Gold, Being Green – Jetwing Lagoon Victor At National Green Awards

Jul 10, 2014

Colombo - Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand Jetwing Hotels once again was recognized for its efforts towards sustainable operations, with top-end resort Jetwing Lagoon walking away with the Gold Award in the Hotel Sector at the National Green Awards held on the 12th of May 2014 at the BMICH. In addition, Jetwing Vil Uyana was the recipient of a Merit award.

Organized by the Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka under the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy, the event was held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Awards were initiated in 2011, to recognize those in the business community who contribute towards eco-friendly activities and also services, local authorities, schools, and other organizations. Agencies and individuals are nominated under different sectors, and are evaluated on subjects such as environmental pollution control, waste and resources management, clean production, etc.

Jetwing Lagoon holds the honour of being Sri Lanka’s first resort, and also architectural genius Geoffrey Bawa’s first resort design. Formerly known as the Blue Lagoon, the property was re-imagined and launched by Jetwing two years ago, retaining the classic open style favoured by the master and adding other features such as the 100m straight pool. Now a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the 55 room property is at the forefront of the Jetwing sustainability ethos with LED lighting, biomass boilers and solar panels for power generation, with the air conditioning being run by an absorption chiller which utilizes steam from the biomass boiler. The property was also the winner of the 2013 PATA Grand Award under the Environment category – the highest accolade in the category.

Located in close proximity to the 8th wonder of the world, the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, Jetwing Vil Uyana is the premier eco-luxury destination in Sri Lanka. Designed from ground up to be one with nature, the resort sits atop a man-made wetland and features 30 individual dwellings. Jetwing Vil Uyana is also the only Sri Lankan property to be listed by National Geographic Traveler in their Best Eco-lodges of the World issue, another PATA Grand Award winner, and most recently the winner of the Environment Award at the 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards organized by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing congratulated the associates of Jetwing Lagoon and Jetwing Vil Uyana, praising their “dedication and commitment to the cause of environment friendly operations, and all their efforts to ensure that Jetwing remains on the green path”. He also thanked the Engineering team for their careful planning and constant outlook at the latest technologies and practices being used worldwide.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand.

Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

A Green Future – Jetwing Vil Uyana Wins Gold at Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Jul 10, 2014

Jetwing Vil Uyana, a flagship property of Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand Jetwing, walked away with the Environment Award at the 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards organized by the World Travel & Tourism Council and held in Hainan, China. The win is historic to say the least, as the unique eco-luxury resort beat tough competition in the form of Great Plains Conservation and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and is the first time a Sri Lankan property has won at this prestigious ceremony.

The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are one of the world's highest accolades in the Travel & Tourism industry. They are aimed at recognising best practice in sustainable tourism within the industry worldwide, and each year receive hundreds of applications from all over the world. Applications can be made under six Award Categories – Destination, Environment, Community, Business, People, and Innovation. The judging process then begins, with a three-step process including site visits, and an international team of 18-20 judges possessing a range of backgrounds and expertise in the travel and tourism industry.

For the 2014 Awards, 18 finalists were selected under the six categories including Cathay Pacific Airways, TUI Travel, and Abercrombie and Kent. Jetwing Vil Uyana is now in its 8th year of operation, and is no stranger to the international limelight – being listed by National Geographic last year as one of the Best Eco-lodges of the World. The property features 30 dwellings in five distinct categories: Water, Paddy, Forest, Marsh and Garden. Originally an unutilized plot of land in a remote location a few kilometers from the ancient Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, Jetwing embarked on an ambitious project to create a man-made wetland that provides the perfect blend of luxury and nature.

Launched in 2006, Jetwing Vil Uyana was considered a fool’s dream – situated far from the traditional tourist destinations, a massive investment, which involved a complete reimagining of an abandoned dry land previously used for slash-and-burn agriculture, and created during a time of unrest and conflict. Over the years, the property which has oft been referred to as “Sri Lanka’s best eco-resort” has grown in reputation, and has been a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World for since its inception.

Aided in their efforts by renowned eco-architect Sunela Jayawardene, the project went above all expectations. The grounds have now become home to many species of flora and fauna, including 80 species of birds, 17 species of mammals, 36 species of butterflies and 21 species of amphibians now residing within the hotel grounds as well as rare and threatened Otter and Fishing Cats. The VIP guest is the endangered Grey Slender Loris - looking like it is now a full time resident, with a growing population and with a separate area marked as a Loris Conservation site; the first in the country.

With a 94% approval rating on the largest independent travel site, TripAdvisor, Jetwing Vil Uyana receives raving reviews on a daily basis. Jetwing has plans to expand the property, and add 5 more dwellings to the current inventory whilst maintaining the spacious elegance it is renowned the world over for.

“Jetwing Vil Uyana has always been a property that we have looked upon with pride. We set out to do something different in the tourism industry, and to also see if such a project could be sustainable. Over the years, we find out that we are indeed on the right track, as evidenced by this prestigious award. My thanks go out to our engineering and construction team, Sunela, associates of Jetwing Vil Uyana, and WTTC and their judges for bringing a vision to life” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

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A Rare Sight Indeed – The Loris Of Sri Lanka

Apr 04, 2013

A RARE SIGHT INDEED – THE LORIS OF SRI LANKA
by Chaminda Jayasekera, Resident Naturalist of Jetwing Vil Uyana

There is a proverb used generally amongst village communities; “For the Loris its offspring is a gem.” This proverb refers to the loving nature of one of the country’s rarest animals – the Loris. Now, you may not have used such a statement, or seen a Loris let alone heard one due to its extremely elusive nature. In the case of villagers, asking them “have you seen a loris?” would usually be met with the question: “is it the animal that sounds like a cobra?”. When the same question is posed to one of the indigenous people of Sri Lanka however, they say that the loris makes no sound; that they are dumb and mute creatures.

They also believe that the loris does not emit sounds, as they prefer to stay hidden. Living in the jungles of Sri Lanka, this animal is considered to be a threatened species and faces extinction. Within Sri Lanka four sub species have been identified, and among them the Grey Loris could be found in the dry zone. Being a nocturnal animal and a slow mover, the grey loris can however move away quickly when danger is sensed. Mainly they feed on insects, but have been observed at times eating fruit found in the forest.

Generally the body size/length is about 08 inches and is a small mammal weighing about 230 grams. Most of the time, it lives in solitude though occasionally in pairs. The major threat to their survival is the fast destruction of the forest cover where they live. An interesting find is that the diversity of flora and fauna in Sri Lanka is a major tourist attraction to both local and foreign visitors.

This gives rise to an interesting opportunity -introducing Loris watching tours which would be a novel attraction. To the tourist who likes night safaris / tours, Loris watching would be a perfect excursion. Of course, it goes without saying that we should take care in every respect not to disturb the animal during such excursions. To spice things up, folklore about the Loris would be discussed, to provide an overall experience to a visitor.

I was fortunate to visit the indigenous people of Sri Lanka that live in Dambana. The chieftain Uruwarige Wanila Aththo’s younger brother, one Gunabandila Aththo provided us with lot of information enthusiastically and in a cordial manner. My two companions, naturalists Sunil and Buddhika who accompanied me gave me immense support in gathering information. They also said that the Loris prefers certain trees to live in, and especially the “Kenda” (Helapeniya othaniya) tree which they take cover in, and also move slowly through them. This is where things became very interesting, as we learnt that the Loris is such a careful animal that when climbing a tree if a piece of bark gets chipped off, it will not allow it to fall but bring it down and placing it

calmly without making any sound and climb up pursuing their prey. In this manner they capture fledglings and other creatures efficiently and also capture peacocks and eat their heads!

This animal species faces habitat loss today. When I first started the loris watching excursions from Jetwing Vil Uyana, guests had to be taken quite far to the forest. About two years ago, we made an astonishing discovery: the loris had made its home in the forest area of Jetwing Vil Uyana!

 Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya is fast becoming the easiest location to see this rare and wonderful animal, and the management has taken steps to preserve and conserve their habitats to ensure their survival. Tourists who have taken this night walk to see the Loris have commented very appreciatively and been thankful for the opportunity. They have even stated that this excursion had been the best and the most exciting wildlife event they have experienced during their visit!

For more information about the loris and loris watch excursions, please contact Chaminda at Jetwing Vil Uyana on 066 4923585.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 40 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Unite To Protect – Jetwing Hotels Joins Earth Hour

Mar 22, 2013

Unite To Protect – Jetwing Hotels Joins Earth Hour

Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find.  - Quoted in Time

On the 23 of March 2013, Jetwing Hotels – Sri Lanka’s largest family owned hospitality company will be a part of the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world.

This year, over 150 countries and territories will be participating in Earth Hour, with many joining the global movement for the first time.

For Jetwing, the symbolic hour of switching off non-essential lighting is merely one of the many activities planned across the family of resorts and villas. Conscious and committed to the environment through the Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme, which has been uplifting communities and promoting sustainable practices, Jetwing hotels around the island are planning a variety of guest interactive events. In Negombo, Jetwing Blue and Jetwing Beach will feature a presentation for guests on energy saving initiatives and green practices, and redevelop the gardening area of two foster schools in the vicinity. Jetwing Lagoon, Sri Lanka’s first resort and Bawa’s first resort design will hold a beach clean-up with the help of students from Dungalpitiya; Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions and Jetwing Sea will host a tree planting ceremony within the hotel grounds.

In the South of the island, Jetwing Lighthouse will carry out presentations on climate change and the kings of the sea, whales and dolphins to 150 Sunday school students at Thotagoda Buddhist Temple, Galle along with a tree planting programme where 100 trees are expected to be planted. At Jetwing Vil Uyana, located close to the famous Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, free loris watching excursions will be conducted for guests by Chaminda, the resident naturalist, along the recently demarcated Loris Conservation Site. Jetwing St. Andrew’s, Nuwara Eliya, will organize a tree planting programme and series of lectures at Kande- Ella Nature Reserve, which will focus on climate change, green practices, wildlife and biodiversity conservation, and a nature tour for 60 students of the area.

Earth Hour is an international campaign initiated by the World Wild Life Fund (WWF) in order to inspire individuals, societies, businesses and governments to combat climate change. Considered the largest environmental campaign in the history of the world, Earth Hour is a combined effort that takes place in March on the last Saturday of the month yearly from 8.30pm – 9.30pm when lights are switched off for one hour. By being a part of this monumental movement Jetwing Hotels will be joining The Petronas Towers, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the Empire State Building and the Brandenburg Gate.

 

Earth Hour was first put into practice in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Over 2 million people and 2,000 businesses turned off their lights for an hour. By 2008 what had begun as a country based event had panned out into a “Global Sustainability Movement” with a participation of 370 cities and towns in over 35 countries crossing 18 time zones. By 2010 Earth Hour had become a phenomenal environmental event with the amazing record of 1.3 billion persons taking part in 4616 cities in 128 countries, and more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries in 2011. 2010 also marked the beginning of Sri Lanka’s participation in this exciting event. Last year, more than 7000 cities and towns in 152 countries across all seven continents took part in the initiative, with hundreds of millions taking part – making it the biggest growth since 2009.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 40 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Jetwing Commemorates World Tourism Day

Mar 17, 2013

Celebrated since 1980, World Tourism Day is an initiative by the United Nations World Tourism Organization to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, Jetwing Hotels, marks the occasion with social programmes covering the regions where the brand is present.

In commemoration of the event, Jetwing Vil Uyana in collaboration with Jetwing Travels, takes a step forward in the protection and conservation of historical sites, by donating 20 concrete disposal bins to be installed at the historic Dambulla Cave Temple. This move is a continuation of the same programme that was implemented at the site of Sigiriya, and Jetwing hopes to take the initiative around the island in the future; especially in areas of cultural and tourist significance. After the ceremony, a thorough Shramadhana by associates of Jetwing Vil Uyana and local schoolchildren will take place.

The Negombo region will focus on a beach and main street cleaning together with the Negombo Hoteliers Association, the municipality, three wheeler drivers association, provincial tourism authorities, the shop and restaurant association with the support of the police. Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle, will follow suit with a beach cleaning programme of their own.

In the hill country, Jetwing St. Andrew’s has two events planned: one being the placing of environmental conservation message boards around the picturesque Lake Gregory, and a lecture on Responsible Tourism to 100 students of Madduma Bandara Vidyalaya.

“From the day Jetwing was started, even before keywords such as ‘sustainable tourism ‘and ‘corporate social responsibility’ became popular, we understood the value of the communities around us. Over the years, the relationships we built have seen us through difficult and good times, and we have contributed immensely to their growth as well. Tourism is doing very well at present, however our heritage, our culture, and our traditions need to be preserved and maintained for the generations to come” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing.

Jetwing has long since embraced the value and potential of sustainable and responsible tourism. Initiatives such as the Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme seek to minimize the effects of carbon emission. Schoolchildren are targeted as the main agents of future change, and educated on causes and consequences of such harmful effects. JEEP encompasses Jetwing’s inner practices as well; with hotels such as Jetwing Sea, Jetwing Beach being recognized both nationally and internationally for measures such as LED lighting, biomass boilers and reliance on solar power. Jetwing Lagoon is a prime example, winning the PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Grand Award under the Environment category early this year.

Another initiative is the novel Jetwing Youth Development Project, initially carried out at Jetwing Vil Uyana. The 7th Project was recently completed at Tissamaharama, with the Project’s aims being the development of English and basic hospitality skills of unemployed youth in the area, thus providing new opportunities and paths in life.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 40 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

A New Beginning – The Jetwing Youth Development Project at Tissamaharama

Mar 17, 2013

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” - George Bernard Shaw

Furthering their commitment to community development and upliftment, Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand Jetwing held the graduation ceremony for the most recent Jetwing Youth Development Project, which covered the Hambantota District. Over 80% of participants passed the final examination, and have been offered employment at the soon to be unveiled Jetwing Yala.

Attended by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka, Chamal Rajapaksa, Speaker of Parliament and MP Namal Rajapaksa, the ceremony was held at the Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and organized with the help of the other partners in the Project: the Hambantota Sri Kawantissa Vocational Training Centre, CARE UK, and WUSC (Canada). The Project was a success indeed, with a noteworthy point being the high number of female participants.

Commencing from the 15th of January, the grueling 7 month programme provided a comprehensive grounding in the functions and operations of the hospitality industry, along with lessons in English. This is the 7th occasion JYDP has been completed, with the initial Project at Jetwing Vil Uyana winning a Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Grand Award under Education & Training.

“The purpose of JYDP is to provide employment to talented, yet unemployed youth from rural areas which will in turn give them skills that will last a lifetime. The tourism industry has never before been this attractive, and its potential is limitless given proper infrastructure and control. I congratulate all who have successfully passed the final examination, and look forward to seeing them at our upcoming Jetwing Yala” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 40 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

A Forest of Green – Jetwing Yala and Sustainability

Mar 17, 2013

Jetwing Hotels, Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, is all set to open the doors of an eagerly anticipated property in the months to come – Jetwing Yala. Set on the outskirts of the famous national wildlife park, the hotel will feature 80 rooms designed in the inimitable Jetwing style along with the highest standards of environmental responsibility.

With the launch being only a few weeks away, Jetwing Yala has been created from ground up to be as sustainable as possible; with the intention of conserving energy and resources, to be a part of the environment and cause little harm to nature, and to reuse and recycle. To aid in these efforts, Jetwing Yala features many initiatives that are now standard at Jetwing properties around the country.

Energy conservation initiatives include illumination through 100% LED lighting and feature LED backlit TVs in guest rooms; a biomass boiler that burns cinnamon wood (sourced through local suppliers) for night time hot water generation along with providing steam for an absorption chiller which supplies the hotel’s entire air conditioning needs (similar to Jetwing Lagoon); a central solar hot water system for daytime demand; a solar photo-voltaic (300kW) plant which will cater to 1/3rd of the hotel’s day consumption; dual set point thermostats for air conditioning to optimize use according to occupancy.

Recycling of waste is considered a priority, with 100% of waste water (shower water and the primary rinse water from laundry washers) recycled into laundry operations; a waste water treatment plant which supplies the water used to flush; fresh water provided through a self generated reverse osmosis plant which reduces the burden on the national water supply; and a zero solid waste outflow, as the waste is recycled for compost which takes place in a composting machine with the feature of an enhanced process – able to recycle waste into compost within 14 days.

On the community side, the seventh Jetwing Youth Development Programme saw the addition of over 80 associates to the hotel. The award winning programme saw over 100 youth from the area participate in a grueling 6 month course on hotel operation, etiquette, English and communication, amongst other areas. A PATA Grand Award winning initiative, this year’s graduation ceremony was graced by the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“With Jetwing Yala, we have introduced measures that have been tried and tested by us for years. Our results speak for themselves, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to sustaining and promoting the cause of the environment for the generations to come” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 40 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand.

Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

A Commitment Recognized- Jetwing Lagoon Wins PATA Grand Award

Mar 17, 2013

Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand Jetwing Hotels made history once again, with the recently unveiled Jetwing Lagoon winning a prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Grand Award for the entry of “A Heartfelt Commitment” in the Environment category. This marks the second occasion where Jetwing has won a Grand Award, with the first being for the Jetwing Youth Development Project (JYDP) held at Jetwing Vil Uyana in 2007. Jetwing Hotels has now become the first Sri Lankan company to win a Grand Award twice.

The PATA Gold Awards put the spotlight on tourism innovation and excellence. This year’s awards attracted 165 entries from 60 organizations and individuals worldwide. Judged by panels of experts, the Gold Awards recognize exceptional achievement in six categories:- Marketing (six Gold Awards and one Grand Award), Environment (three Gold Awards and one Grand Award), Heritage and Culture (two Gold Awards and one Grand Award), Education and Training (one Gold Award and one Grand Award), Marketing Media (nine Gold Awards) and Travel Journalism (four Gold Awards). The winning entries will be showcased at the PATA Travel Mart, September 15-17, 2013, in Chengdu, China.

Jetwing Lagoon holds the distinction of being the first resort design by renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, as well as Sri Lanka’s first ever resort. Formerly known as the Blue Lagoon, the property was re-imagined and launched by Jetwing a year ago, retaining the classic open style favoured by the master and adding other features such as the 100m straight pool. Now a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the 55 room property is at the forefront of the Jetwing sustainability ethos with LED lighting, biomass boilers and solar panels for power generation, with the air conditioning being run by an absorption chiller which utilizes steam from the biomass boiler.

“This occasion is the second time we have won a PATA Grand Award. It is quite an honour, and I must thank our Engineering team for their dedication and commitment to ensuring Jetwing remains as sustainable as possible. Through the Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme, we believe we can make a positive difference. Being recognized by a global and renowned platform such as PATA can only add to our commitment” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 40 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment.

Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Gold all the Way – 07 Jetwing Properties Awarded Travelife Gold Awards

Mar 17, 2013

Continuing their wave of global recognition for sustainable efforts, Sri Lanka’s Jetwing Hotels have been awarded the prestigious Travelife Gold Award for 07 of their properties.

Travelife (www.travelife.org), the international certification scheme developed by the travel industry for the travel industry announced recently that they have awarded 07 Travelife Gold Awards to hotels belonging to the Jetwing family of properties, namely: Jetwing Blue, Jetwing Beach, Jetwing Vil Uyana, Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions, Jetwing Sea, Jetwing Lighthouse, and Jetwing St. Andrew’s. At present, Jetwing possesses the most properties located in Sri Lanka on the Travelife Collection – 7 out of the 8 listed.

Set up in 2007 by leaders in the travel and tourism industry including TUI Travel, Thomas Cook, Kuoni, Virgin Holidays and others, the Travelife Sustainability System is a way of managing the environment, people, and local community issues of hotels and accommodation. The addition of a hotel that buys goods from community businesses support the local economy, keeping citizens happy – creating positive impact. Also, goods bought locally need not travel far to reach a hotel, which reduces carbon emissions thus benefiting the environment. To encourage others and to reward achievement, Travelife has an award system of Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Achieving a Travelife award depends on an independent, third party auditor who will assess the property against the substantial and comprehensive requirements of the Travelife sustainability criteria. In short, a Bronze Award hotel will show an active environmental policy, as well as treating their staff fairly and with respect; a Silver Award hotel buys local produce for their restaurants and give their staff responsibility for green issues; a Gold Award hotel will do all of the above, as well as be an industry leader, improve the living standards of the local community, along with publishing regular reports on their sustainable actions.

Through the Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme, known as JEEP (www.jetwingeternalearthprogramme.com), Jetwing looks at 4 main areas of sustainable practice – Community Outreach (the Lighthouse Community Pool, the PATA Grand Award winning Jetwing Youth Development Project, and the Tuk Tuk! Project), Sustainability (energy and water conservation and optimization, the usage of energy saving appliances and technology such as LED lighting, biomass boilers, etc), Eco Projects (the Whale & Dolphin Center at Jetwing Lighthouse, Primate Research) and Humanitarian Programmes (cataract surgeries for the less fortunate, etc).

“To us, having 7 of our properties certified with the Travelife Gold is an honour. Jetwing Lagoon will be undergoing the audit very soon, and we look forward to seeing another Gold award!” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing. “Our commitment to sustainability has always remained steadfast, as our future will depend on it. The efforts of our Engineering, Naturalist and hotel teams and associates have brought us this far, and so it shall continue” he went on to state.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 40 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Jetwing Hotels Wins Gold at Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Awards 2013

Feb 28, 2013

Participating in the prestigious ceremony for the fourth consecutive year, Jetwing Hotels was recognized for its tremendous efforts to bring about positive action for the environment through energy efficient initiatives in all their properties.

After an on-site inspection and audit, Jetwing Lagoon was adjudged the winner of the prestigious Gold Flame Award in the Large Scale Hotel Sector category. Well deserved, as Jetwing Lagoon’s efforts and environmental initiatives were recognized earlier this year by the Pacific Asia Travel Association, with the resort winning the PATA Grand Award in the Environment category. Jetwing Lagoon possesses a unique place in the modern history of Sri Lanka’s hospitality industry, being the first resort opened and also Geoffrey Bawa’s first resort design. After becoming a part of the Jetwing brand, the resort was revamped and expanded with comfort, luxury and the environment in mind – the property now features an absorption chiller for air-conditioning power that runs off the steam generated by the biomass boiler, a first in the hotel sector. In addition, other measures include a 30kW solar photo-voltaic system, 100% LED lighting, and a central solar powered hot water system.

Joining Jetwing Lagoon, Jetwing Sea was the recipient of the Bronze Flame award in the same category. Last year’s winner of the PATA Gold Award for Corporate Environmental Programme, Jetwing Sea features many of the same measures and was also re-constructed and launched in January 2011. Jetwing Blue, the first in the Jetwing collection of properties was awarded a Merit, priding itself on features such as total lighting being through energy saving bulbs, hot water production through solar panels and a biomass boiler, along with reusing resources such as water, with waste water being chemically purified and used in the garden areas.

“Our focus on preserving and sustaining this land of ours has always been a priority’ said Hiran Cooray. ‘We are happy with our efforts, particularly of our Engineering Team and resident naturalists, for their dedication and hard work which has resulted in such recognition” he continued.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 40 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Jetwing Lagoon Wins at HICAP Sustainable Awards 2013

Feb 28, 2013

Burba Hotel Network (BHN), Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organizers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) have announced that Jetwing Lagoon, Sri Lanka, has won the award for Sustainable Operations at the HICAP 2013 Sustainable Hotel Awards. The Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched at HICAP in 2007 to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region demonstrating exemplary sustainable best practices. The institution of the Awards hopes to inspire industry wide commitment to embracing and proliferating sustainable development and operations as standard practice in contribution to the preservation of our global and local environments and cultures.

The official announcement as released by HICAP is as follows:

Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo, Sri Lanka - This original Geoffrey Bawa-designed resort was acquired by Jetwing Hotels in 2011 and thoughtfully restored in line with Bawa’s original plan. A Green Directory measures environmental performance across ten specified key performance areas including energy, water and waste. Monthly reports and an annual independent audit regularly assess the hotel’s environmental performance. The importance placed on remaining sustainable through energy efficiency and education is heightened with a wide range of innovative initiatives including a central chilling system powered by a biomass boiler for running the entire air conditioning requirements of the hotel, 100% illumination through energy-saving LED lighting, room lighting powered by solar panels, hot water generated through biomass boilers and all waste water treated via an on-site treatment plant and re-used within the hotel gardens.

The award ceremony will take place during 16-18 October 2013, at the InterContinental Hong Kong. Other winners include the Holiday Inn Express, Hong Kong; Parkroyal on Pickering, Singapore; and Bambuh Indah, Indonesia.

“Jetwing Lagoon is a property which is very close to our hearts, being the first resort in Sri Lanka as well as the great Geoffrey Bawa’s first resort design. I personally hold many fond memories of the place growing up, and winning a HICAP award for Sustainable Operation is certainly nothing short of amazing. As one of the newest members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Jetwing Lagoon has come a long way – with a bright future ahead” said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 40 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment.

Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.

Jetwing Hotels, Recognized For Good Earthsaving Practices At The Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Awards 2012

Dec 03, 2012

Participating in the prestigious ceremony for the third consecutive year, Jetwing Hotels was recognized for its tremendous efforts to bring about positive action for the environment through energy efficient initiatives in all their properties.

This time around, Jetwing Blue shone, picking up the Bronze award in the Large Hotel category. Formerly known as the Blue Oceanic Beach Hotel, the first in the Jetwing collection of properties, Jetwing Blue underwent a massive re-creation and was launched last year. Designed and constructed to minimize use of limited resources, as well as reduce dependency on harmful ones, Jetwing Blue prides itself on features such as total lighting being through energy saving bulbs, hot water production through solar panels and a biomass boiler, along with reusing resources such as water, with waste water being chemically purified and used in the garden areas.

In the Medium Scale Hotel category, Jetwing Sea, Jetwing Vil Uyana and Jetwing St. Andrew's received Awards of Merit, commending the dedication each property shows in the field of energy efficiency and sustainability. This year's winner of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award for Corporate Environmental Programme, Jetwing Sea was relaunched in January 2011, and as in the case of Jetwing Blue, has been constructed with the environment in mind. Jetwing Vil Uyana needs no introduction; as its lofty status as the country's finest eco-luxury resort is well earned. Set amidst a man-made wildlife preserve, and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Jetwing Vil Uyana strives for efficiency in all ways. Jetwing St. Andrew's, set in the cool climes of Nuwara Eliya, famed for its history and colonial charm was another Jetwing property to receive an Award of Merit.

'Our focus on preserving and sustaining this land of ours has always been a priority' said Hiran Cooray. 'We are happy with our efforts, particularly of our Engineering Team and resident naturalists, for their dedication and hard work which has resulted in such recognition' he continued.