Chairman - Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka, Group Director of Hemas Holding Ltd
Mr. Abbas Esufally is a Group Director of Hemas Holding Ltd., over looking the Hemas Leisure sector and Chairman of Serendib Leisure Management. With over 29 years experience in the tourism industry, Abbas has played a pivotal role in diversifying the Hemas Leisure interest. He has also taken an active part in the development of the tourism industry working in conjunction with the Sri Lankan Government. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. Abbas is also an all Island Justice of Peace, Member of the Hotel Catering International Management Association, Past President of the Association of the Travel Agents, Member of the Tourism Committee, Member of the Tourism Think Tank and Member of the Tourism Policy Committee facilitated by USAID. He is also the Honorary Consul General of Bhutan in Sri Lanka.
Managing Director - Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka / Diethelm Travel The Maldives
Mr. Harith Perera is the Managing Director of Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka (DTSL) and Diethelm Travel The Maldives (DTTM). He has been with Hemas for the past 16 years. He joined Hemas FMCG in 1997 and was involved in Sales and Brand Management until 2006. He joined Hemtours in 2006 and subsequently was part of the team launching Diethelm Travel in Sri Lanka and Maldives. Harith is currently the Hon. Treasurer of Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) and also an Executive Committee member of PATA, Sri Lankan chapter. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK and has a MBA from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
General Manager Finance
Chamara is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and holds a MBA from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and a BSc from University of Colombo. He started his career in Ernst & Young as an audit trainee and holds the position of General Manager Finance in Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka and Diethelm Travel Maldives. He has over 5 years of audit experience and 6 years of commercial experience. Chamara started his career in Hemas Holdings PLC as the Group Accountant and promoted as Manger Finance in Group Finance and to the current position. A past pupil of Royal College Colombo has represented the country in Rowing and has won a bronze medal at the 10th South Asian Games held in Colombo 2006.
General Manager Operations
Prasanna joined DTSL as a Trainee Accounts Clerk in 1987 and since then has had a remarkable career within the company. He gained a wealth of experience in the destination management by holding the positions from accounts clerk, Tour assistant, Tour executive, Senior Tour Executive, Assistant manager and Manager. In 2006 Prasanna was promoted to Head of B2B and was held responsible for all B2B operations. 2011 saw Prasanna being promoted to General Manager Operations
General Manager Sales & Business Development
Petra joined in July 2007 and brings a wealth of knowledge counting over 20 years in the hospitality industry. A native of Germany, She has been living in Sri Lanka for the past 12 years. She is a graduate of Maria Ward High School in Munich and started her career as Hotel Management Trainee. She gained vast experience and knowledge with multinational companies in Hotel Management, Destination Management and Tour Operating. Her industry experience and responsibilities have spanned around areas such as Contracting, Product Development, Operations, Sales & Marketing and liaising with overseas principles and the local industry. She has participated in many training programmes and is well recognized in the tourism sector.
General Manager - Asia
Laahiru brings over 14 years of experience in the hospitality Industry being actively involved in BENELUX , Indian and Middle Eastern Markets. He holds a Degree in Business Administration and Management from the Canterbury University, UK. Laahiru is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK and holds a Diploma in Management from the Open University of Sri Lanka. Always smiling and soft spoken, "LJ" as called by many, is very popular with his agents and colleagues.
Thiru is the Winner of the "Hemas CEO's Awards 2010". With a service record of more than 25 years at Hemas is no doubt a loyal employee. She had a remarkable career at DTSL and presently heads the FIT India team.
Senior Manager - Operations
Rohan re-joined Diethelm Travel team in November 2007 after a successful two-year stint with Aitken Spence Travels. He started his travel & tourism career at DTSL (then Hemtours) in 1999 & counts more than 12 years experience in the trade. He holds Diplomas in Management, Travel & Tourism and Human Resource Management. Rohan is an old boy of Kingswood College, Kandy; where he was a talented sportsman. He is a keen rugby fan and enjoys weekly gym sessions. He loves to escape into Sri Lanka's rural areas which he believes releases his stress and helps find balance in life. He is very much interested in nature & adventure activities. Rohan is always willing to try new and impossible things not only in adventure sports and other activities, but also in his life.
Major Kapila N de Silva
Senior Manager - Human Resources
Major Kapila N de Silva is responsible for all aspects of HR at DTSL and DTTM which includes recruitments, familiarization programmes and HR administration, initiate training plan, develop counseling services & other skills to develop or motivate staff. He is also responsible that the quality and service standards within the company provided. Major Kapila who has had his primary education at Nalanda College, Colombo is a dynamic result oriented Commissioned Officer in the Sri Lanka Army with over 20 years of service and experience in varied capacities and a dedicated individual who has built up a reputation for unwavering accuracy and credibility proven to deliver high quality work
Head of Product Development & E-Commerce
Shiraj joined as a trainee in 1995, since then gained experience in DMC activities by being exposed to many different areas of the trade. He had the opportunity to represent our country for 'International Rotary Youth Leadership Awards' in India while in college. Shiraj is a member of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management, UK and also holds a Diploma in Sales Management. He is supported by a highly efficient team who would not hesitate to go that 'extra mile' to create a perfect holiday experience for our guests.
Head of Operations - Asia
A former First Choice Holidays, Sovereign Worldwide and Hayes & Jarvis (UK) Resort Representative for Hemtours and Aitken Spence Travels for over 10 years. An old Careyite who excelled in Basketball and Football for Newnham Playground and Black Square Sports Club. He is a veteran in the Travel Trade and counts more than 15 years in the Tourism Industry. Worked in Qatar and Oman under British Management for almost 11 years and has widely travelled on Sales visit to UAE, KSA, Kuwait and Bahrain. Zam has worked for the Hemas Group with Hemdrug Travels, Hemtours and now for Diethelm Travel is very famous for his Customer Care and Quality Service capabilities where he will not hesitate to go out of the way to make sure a valued guest is satisfied and happy before leaving Sri Lanka. Zam now heads the Middle East Market as the Head of Operations for Asia team.
Manager Procurement & Reservations
Surangie joined DTSL in April 2010 a new addition to our constantly growing work force. After completing Hotel school (Front Office) she started her career working for Hotel Topaz, Hotel Suisse & Queens hotel and gained experience in hotels Reservations and Front office operations. She has also gained a vast knowledge & experience in the hospitality industry during the past 15 years. She headed the reservations team at Connaisance Group ( Now Amaya Group ), at Taj Group she handled the travel trade & at Confifi Group handling the corporate sector she was able build a repeated client base which was the sector that brought in most of the companies proFITs at a time which tourism in the country was faded.
Manager - Cruise & Special Events
A new addition to DTSL, Andrea, a past pupil of Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya, began her career having been involved part time in the event management industry whilst studying for her bachelor’s degree in BSc Management from the University of London. Upon completion of her studies she continued in the same industry & is currently managing the Cruise & Special Events sector at DTSL.
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