Yes, we all like our #wanderlust Instagram posts and watching bloggers jet set around the world. But what’s next? Tourism is expected to be one of the largest contributors to the Sri Lankan economy, and the number of supplementary services and industries are endless. Today’s start-up arena is yet to capitalize on these opportunities available and add value to the millions of tourists who pass through Sri Lanka every year. The speakers at the event come from a variety of backgrounds in the hospitality sector, and will highlight global trends and how these are expected to affect Sri Lanka in the next 5-10 years. Come, learn and network with like-minded individuals looking to make a mark in the travel industry.
Ayubo.lk – Shageevan, CIO
Shageevan is the Director and CIO at Ayubo.lk, which provides an online platform for travelers to expidite their accommodation, transportation, activities, and custom tours at affordable rates.
Feild Travel Company - Savindri, Co-Founder
Savindri is the Co-Founder Director of The Fields Travel Company and the founder of The Math School, a mathematics tutoring service for children and adults. Prior to founding Fields in March 2015, she has held positions based in Science research abroad as well as positions related to Quantitative Finance and Sustainability within Sri Lanka’s private sector.
OMAK Technologies - Ehantha Sirisena, Chief Executive Officer
Ehantha is an Electrical and Electronic Engineer by profession, is fanatical about creating an IT company that is different, fun and globally recognised. He has experience in several industries, after the completion of his degree he has been involved in working for a leading IT consultancy and a management consultancy specializing in Business Process reengineering.
Pikanite - Praveen, CEO
An avid traveller, Praveen has a background in software and impact investments at boutique firms and MNCs. He currently leads the team at Pikanite on product and strategy, moonlights as an unofficial travel agent and constantly looks for amusing hotels on the app.
Santani Wellness- Chamindra, Director of Operations
Santani is a luxury wellness resort located in the mountains of Sri Lanka. In just 2 years, the resort has been selected by Time, Vogue, CNT, T+L, Forbes and others as one of the best hotels, spas and wellness resorts in the world. Chamindra oversees the entire operation of Santani. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Duke University and his M.B.A. at the University of Leicester. He has close to 10 years of experience in hospitality and marketing, and recently attended the professional development program at Cornell University in New York.
This event is organized by Santani Wellness Resort in collaboration with Colombo Cooperative. Event beverage partner is Soul Coffee!