Sa­man­tha Gu­narathne ap­pointed as Elyon Ho­tels COO

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FINANCE / TOURISM -

Sri Lanka’s niche ho­tel operator, Elyon Ho­tels ap­pointed in­dus­try vet­eran Sa­man­tha Gu­narathne as its new Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, re­cently.

Elyon Ho­tels & Man­age­ment Co, though a rel­a­tively new en­trant in the coun­try’s hos­pi­tal­ity sphere, has a thor­ough un­der­stand­ing of the lo­cal mar­ket com­bined with in­ter­na­tional ex­per­tise.

Elyon is syn­ony­mous with in­tro­duc­ing the Best West­ern brand – the fourth largest ho­tel operator in the world – to Sri Lanka. The com­pany cur­rently man­ages Best West­ern Colombo and the soon-to-be-com­mis­sioned Elyon Colombo, lo­cated at the iconic Orion Tow­ers at the Orion City IT Park.

Sa­man­tha is recognised as a sea­soned hote­lier with over 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in ho­tel man­age­ment, plan­ning and op­er­a­tions. He has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for driv­ing per­for­mance and forg­ing strong re­la­tion­ships with key stake­hold­ers in the in­dus­try.

“We are very ex­cited to wel­come Sa­man­tha to our team,” said Elyon Ho­tels Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Pre­san­tha Jayamaha.

“The breadth of his ho­tel man­age­ment ex­per­tise will be in­valu­able as we work on the ex­pan­sion of our port­fo­lio of ho­tels. From what I have heard, through­out his ca­reer, Sa­man­tha has demon­strated en­ergy, pas­sion and lead­er­ship, which we firmly be­lieve will help drive our busi­ness for­ward.”

In his most re­cent po­si­tion, as Gen­eral Man­ager of the city’s newly opened 300room Marino Beach Ho­tel, Sa­man­tha suc­cess­fully led the en­tire team to achieve the tar­get open­ing date and con­tin­ued to over­see op­er­a­tions. Prior to this, he was Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer for Zinc Ho­tels and Re­sorts Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd, where he man­aged a col­lec­tion of small lux­ury re­sorts prov­ing his abil­ity to de­velop staff and achieve strong growth.

In his new po­si­tion with Elyon Ho­tels, Sa­man­tha has been tasked with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of man­ag­ing Elyon Ho­tel’s ex­ist­ing Best West­ern Colombo Ho­tel and Elyon Colombo. In ad­di­tion, he will be driv­ing the brand’s pres­ence and build­ing a ro­bust port­fo­lio of fu­ture ho­tel projects for the com­pany around the coun­try.

Com­ment­ing on his ap­point­ment, Gu­narathne noted, “As a proud alumni of the Na­tional Ap­pren­tice and In­dus­trial Train­ing Au­thor­ity (NAITA) and from hum­ble be­gin­nings work­ing in as a trainee waiter, I have risen pur­pose­fully through the ranks and to­day recognised as a re­spected hote­lier among in­dus­try peers.”

A grad­u­ate of the Cey­lon Ho­tel School, he is also the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the Cey­lon Ho­tels School Grad­u­ate As­so­ci­a­tion, which has 1500 mem­bers world­wide.

Flu­ent in Ger­man, Gu­narathne’s unique ethos of work­ing with and through peo­ple, where he strives for a sci­en­tific ap­proach of man­age­ment out­comes whilst re­spect­ing hu­man­ity and core val­ues, is aligned to the Elyon brand iden­tity to cre­ate orig­i­nal and mean­ing­ful hos­pi­tal­ity ex­pe­ri­ences.

“To­day, hote­liers face new chal­lenges. With my ex­pe­ri­ence and with the great team in place, I look for­ward to help­ing to build our po­si­tion as a dy­namic ho­tel group in the coun­try and cre­ate new desti­na­tions and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences for our guests,” he added.

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