Mumbai: Aitken Spence Hotels has secured several awards at the recently-held South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2018 in Mumbai. Among the award-winning properties are three Heritance properties from Sri Lanka with Heritance Kandalama winning both Sri Lankan and South Asia awards for Leading Eco Hotel/Resort; and Heritance Negombo and Heritance Ayurveda MahaGedara securing destination-specific awards as Leading Beach Hotel/Resort and Leading Wellness and Spa Hotel/Resort respectively. The Group’s Indian property, Turyaa Chennai, won Leading Design Hotel in South India title. Adaaran Resorts, under which Aitken Spence currently manages properties in Maldives was honoured with award for the Most Marketed Hotel Chain in South Asia. Adaaran Select Meedhupparu won the Leading Dive Resort title for both Maldives and South Asia, while Adaaran Prestige Vadoo secured Leading All-Inclusive Resort – Maldives title.
With over 500 entries from Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bhutan under 36 categories, the recognitions received further reiterates Aitken Spence’s leadership role in the region as an innovative hospitality provider.
Speaking of the recognition, Aitken Spence Plc Director and Head of Tourism and Leisure and Aitken Spence Hotels Management (Pvt.) Ltd. Chairman Stasshani Jayawardena said, “As a hospitality chain that promotes the local culture and heritage whilst contributing to the growth and development of the regional tourism industry, these awards further reinforces our role as a leader in the field.”
Aitken Spence Hotels portfolio consists of 21 star-classed properties, with 11 owned and managed properties in Sri Lanka, four in Maldives, four in Oman and one in India. The hotel chain will introduce the ‘Heritance’ brand of hotels to Maldives later this year with the opening of premium all-inclusive all-villa property, Heritance Aarah.