HEALTHNET REVAMPS WEBSITE

HEALTHNET REVAMPS WEBSITE

HealthNet Revamps Website and Enhances Customer Experience

HealthNet, Sri Lanka’s first full service e-pharmacy, has upgraded its web platform and added more services to enhance customer experience. The new website, sporting a fresh new look, and offering a host of new features, was launched at a ceremony held recently, in the presence of Professor Vajira H.W. Dissanayake, Chair of the Specialty Board in Biomedical Informatics in the University of Colombo.

“HealthNet has grown significantly, in a short period of two years,” said Deeshana Basnayake, Co-Founder/CEO, HealthNet, “to fill more than 17,000 prescriptions and serve over 6,000 satisfied customers. Throughout this period, we listened closely to our customers and identified a number of ways we could enhance our service experience. The new HealthNet process is simpler, more personal, and offers a host of incredible new features.”

Research has shown that non-adherence of long-term chronic medication, due to factors such as forgetfulness, late monthly refills, delayed doctor visits and non-availability of medicines, is a complex health care problem. Most often this type of non-adherence leads to dangerous health complications for patients suffering from non-communicable diseases. HealthNet helps customers overcome this situation by simplifying the pharmacy experience. Customers submit prescriptions online, which are then filled out by certified pharmacists and delivered within a period of 24 hours.

HealthNet began operations offering delivery services only in the Colombo region, but has now expanded its reach to cover the suburbs, including Wattala, Kottawa, Athurugiriya and Moratuwa, for prescription medication. Non-prescription and over the counter medicines are delivered island wide.

HealthNet sources all medications directly from licenced importers and authorised agents. Prescriptions are prepared by SLMC certified pharmacists and delivered using temperature-controlled transport units. Delivery is free for orders exceeding LKR 5,000, while a nominal fee of Rs. 150 is charged for deliveries within Colombo 1-15, and Rs. 250 for Colombo suburbs. HealthNet adheres to regulations and guidelines stipulated by the National Medicine Regulatory Authority – Ministry of Health.

Rangika Wijesinghe, Co-Founder/Director, HealthNet added, “Our new website is more than just a fresh new logo and layout. It also offers customers a number of new features, including automated refills, dose reminders, managing multiple patients and prescriptions under one subscription and a prescription log book to maintain records. We also provide on-call pharmacist assistance for demonstrations and support, upon request.”

HealthNet retails medications at competitive prices. Payments can be made online via a secure payment gateway or upon delivery using cash or POS card machines. Customers can also order a reduced quantity of items on a prescription if they so wish. However, this does not apply to antibiotics, as patients are required to complete the prescribed dosage.

The new website can be visited at healthnet.lk.

Healthnet can also be contacted via email on info@healthnet.com or through the hotline 0117 795 795 which is open between 6 AM and 12 midnight, seven days a week.

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Musaeus  champions at CA Sri Lanka Business Plan  Competition 2019

Musaeus champions at CA Sri Lanka Business Plan Competition 2019

One of Colombo’s leading schools, Musaeus College clinched the championship at the grand finale of the CA Sri Lanka Business Plan Competition 2019 organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka).

Musaeus College competed against five other top schools, pitching an innovative and eco-friendly business plan in developing an edible cup, to win the grand prize to fly to Brisbane, Australia in May to represent Sri Lanka at the BlueShift Business Case Competition organised by the QUT Business School of the Queensland University of Technology along with a cash prize of LKR 250,000.

Former Sri Lanka cricketer and Ideal Group of Companies Deputy Chair Aravinda de Silva was the chief guest at the event.

Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo was adjudged the first runner up and was awarded a cash prize of LKR 150,000, while Bandaranayake College, Gampaha was the second runner up, and received a cash prize of LKR 100,000. The other teams which competed at the grand finale were St. Bridget’s Convent, Rathnavali Balika Vidyalaya, and Bandarawela Central College.

For the third consecutive year, the QUT Business School of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane came on board as the strategic partner of the CA Sri Lanka Business Plan Competition, which was conducted in association with the Sri Lanka and Australia Chamber of Commerce (SLACC).

The panel of judges at the grand finale was led by Dr. Roshan Ajward, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The other members of the panel were Andrew Paltridge, Assistant Dean (International) of the QUT Business School, Kalum De Silva, National President of SLACC Ravi Jayawardena, Group Chief Executive Officer of Maliban Biscuits Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd and Varuni Amunugama Fernando, Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director of Triad (Pvt) Ltd.

Speaking at the event, Chief Guest Aravinda de Silva said that the number one secret to success is passion. “You must understand that sometimes every business plan is not going to be a winning plan but with passion, you can sometimes make it a winning plan.”

He also advised the students to never be afraid of making mistakes. “The only way you can learn is by making mistakes. We have all got here by making mistakes all through our lives, but it is important to remember that must never repeat the same mistake. It is only then will you really progress in life,” de Silva said.  High Commissioner (designate) of the Australian High Commission to Sri Lanka David Holly who was the guest of honour at the event urged the students to not only think local but to aspire to go global. “Your ideas through the business plans are ones I hope you will expand not only at a Sri Lankan level but will also think of expanding at a global level,” he said.

CA Sri Lanka President Jagath Perera said that the primary objective of the Business Plan competition is to help strengthen the soft skills of students and help them gain a better understanding of business matters. “This programme will definitely give a lot of value to all students after you complete your school education and focus on your professional careers,” he said.  Andrew Paltridge said he was impressed at the level and thought that had gone into each of the six business plans which focused on bringing positive outcomes for both the society and environment. “I was impressed not only at the business plans but also because each of these teams had a reason for developing these plans, stemming from ethical reasons, health issues and environmental concerns,” he said.

Kalum De Silva said that his chamber has been instrumental in becoming a bridge between Sri Lanka and Australia’s business communities and the Business Plan Competition organised with QUT and SLACC is also one such partnership. “In 2015, the bilateral trade between the two countries was around AUD 830 million and today this trade stands at around AUD 1.5 billion,” he disclosed.

Chair of the CA Sri Lanka Media & Communications Committee Laknath Peiris said that it is a known fact that Sri Lanka needs successful entrepreneurs to create wealth and generate employment. “Therefore, as the National Accounting Body we have taken the necessary steps to develop and harness the entrepreneurial skills among our future business leaders who we hope will go on to become world class entrepreneurs while helping Sri Lanka reach its potential as a global player,” he added.

Around 30 school teams competed at the regional rounds which were held across Colombo, Kandy, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Kurunegala, Bandarawela and Jaffna in February and March. The six teams for the grand finale were chosen based on the highest aggregate marks the participating schools received at the regional rounds.

Panel of judges at the grand finale (From L to R) Triad Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director Varuni Amunugama Fernando, QUT Business School Associate Dean (International) Andrew Paltridge, Sri Jayewardenepura University Senior Lecturer Dr. Roshan Ajward, Maliban Biscuits Manufactories Group Chief Executive Officer Ravi Jayawardena, and SLACC National President Kalum de Silva.

CA Sri Lanka President Jagath Perera exchanging the MOU with SLACC President Kalum De Silva to continue the CA Sri Lanka Business Plan Competition next year. QUT Business School Assistant Dean (International) Andrew Paltridge, while CA Sri Lanka’s Media & Communication Committee Chair Laknath Peiris and Secretary Lakshman Athukorala look on.
Champions of the CA Sri Lanka Business Plan Competition 2019 Musaeus College flanked by first runner up Devi Balika Vidyalaya and second runner up Bandaranayake College, Gampaha.
Former cricketer and Ideal Group of Companies Deputy Chair Aravinda de Silva delivering his speech.
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New DSI Showroom Opened in Pelmadulla

New DSI Showroom Opened in Pelmadulla

DSamson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd celebrated the opening of a second DSI Showroom in the town of Pelmadulla.

Emeritus Chairman Deshamanya Nandadasa Rajapaksa, and Kaushalya Perera, Director of D. Samson & Sons (PVT) Ltd were present at the opening ceremony along with members of the Senior Management of the organisation. Located in the centre of the Ratnapura District, Pelmadulla is the ideal location for DSI to expand the brand’s reach throughout the Sabaragamuwa Province. The new showroom has been designed according to a revamped format with the aim of providing customers with a different, convenient and enjoyable shopping experience. The entire range of DSI’s repertoire can be found at the new showroom in Pelmadulla. Consisting of popular local and international brands, the entire range offers stylish footwear for ladies, gents and children that will fit any occasion.

With the approach of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, the showroom offers the public of Pelmadulla and Ratnapura an opportunity to step into the Aluth Avurudda with the latest footwear.One of the largest retail networks in the country, D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd serves as the sole distributor of a number of local footwear brands including, DSI, Ranpa, Samsons, Supersport, Beat, Beach, Petalz, Fun Souls, Tamik, Waves, Jessica and AVI as well as popular international brands such as Clarks, Florsheim, Red Tape, Reebok, New Balance, Puma, Fila, U.S. Polo, W and Aurelia. The company network spans more than 200 company outlets, 4,000 dealers and 50 sales representatives, island-wide. All of which are involved in fulfilling the company’s vision of creating a customer-centric business.

The new showroom is located at No. 116 along the Main Street of the town.

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Ananda  Seneviratne  new Siyapatha Finance MD

Ananda Seneviratne new Siyapatha Finance MD

Experienced Businessman and Accountant, Ananda Seneviratne recently took on the role of the Managing Director at Siyapatha Finance PLC.

Boasting over 36 years’ worth of experience in the local and international industries, Seneviratne is a graduate in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and the holder of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colombo. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka as well as an active member of the institute’s various committees.

In 2016 Seneviratne was elected as the Chairman of Leasing Association of Sri Lanka, a position he held until 2018. Concurrently, he was also a Board Member of Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka (CRIB) and David Pieris Global Ventures (Pvt) Ltd.

Following the successful completion of his articles at Sachithananda Shockman & Pasupati, he joined Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd in 1983 and served the company for two years as the Financial Accountant and as the Accountant for Stores & Supplies. He later joined Richard Pieris & Company as the Head of the Internal Audit Department from 1985 to 1991.

In 1991 Seneviratne began work at Nestle Lanka Limited. Beginning as the Head of Internal Audit, over the next 17 years he made his way up the company’s hierarchy. In 1999, he was transferred to Nestle Middle East to function as the Business Excellence Manager and was assigned the task of introducing common business practices in the Lower Gulf Countries, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. After completing his assignment at Nestle Middle East, Seneviratne returned to Sri Lanka in the year 2002 and took up the position of Head of Procurement.

2008 saw Seneviratne join Loadstar (Pvt) Ltd and serve as the Director/General Manager of Procurement for a year, before moving on to the position of Director – Operations at Assetline Leasing Company Ltd, which is the largest subsidiary of the David Pieris Group of Companies. Subsequently he was promoted to the rank of Chief Executive Officer in 2015.

During his tenure, Seneviratne transformed Assetline Leasing into one of the best performing and most profitable companies in the Non-Banking Finance industry by expanding and diversifying its operations in both the automotive and non-automotive sectors.

Given his vast trove of accomplishments over his 36 years of service, Seneviratne is the ideal leader for the task of taking Siyapatha Finance – one of Sri Lanka’s leading financial organisations – to the pinnacle of success.

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NDB conducts Investor  Webinar on its exceptional performance for the year 2018

NDB conducts Investor Webinar on its exceptional performance for the year 2018

The NDB Bank (National Development Bank PLC) released its financial results for the financial year 2018, to the Colombo Stock Exchange on 11 February 2019. The results showed exceptional profitability of LKR 5.7 Bn in post-tax profit, which was a growth of 30% over the previous year. Business recorded impressive growth with 23% in total assets, taking the assets base to LKR 473 Bn. Within the Balance Sheet, loans and receivables as well as customer deposits grew by 27%, to LKR 353 Bn and LKR 348 Bn respectively.

These growth rates were well ahead of the industry norm. Enhanced performance was demonstrated across a number of KPIs such as net interest margin, cost to income ratio, return on equity, return on assets and loans to deposits ratio.

The Director/ Group Chief Executive Officer of NDB Bank, Dimantha Seneviratne, hosted the Bank’s quarterly on-line investor webinar to discuss the Bank’s financial results for the full year 2018, on 13 February 2019 from the Bank’s Head Office premises in Colombo. This is a quarterly endeavour carried out subsequent to releasing quarterly financial statements to the Colombo Stock Exchange, whereby the Bank’s Investor Relations Team facilitates an on-line forum using webex technology, to which local and overseas investors, research analysts, stock brokers, fund managers, etc. can connect with the GCEO for a presentation of the financial results and pose any questions and seek clarifications.

At Wednesday’s Webinar, Seneviratne explained that a clear strategy and precise execution led to enhanced results in 2018. NDB embarked on a mid-term strategy, entitled Transformation 2020, in 2017, along with the professional input of the International Finance Corporation. The strategy’s core objective is to convert NDB to a domestic systemically important bank [D-SIB] by 2020. Close to 150 strategic initiatives were implemented over 2017 and 2018, involving business transformation, business process re-engineering, digital transformation and marketing, and customer experience amongst other strategic verticals.

It is evident from the financial results of 2018, that the Bank will achieve the status of a D-SIB well before the end of 2020. In light of this, the Bank devised a fresh strategy to guide it beyond 2020, with a five-year strategy spanning up to 2023. This new strategy will set NDB on an accelerated growth mode. The expanding business, coupled with industry developments such as BASEL III guidelines, impact of the adoption of SLFRS 9, capital conservation buffer, Debt Repayment Levy, etc., will require additional capital for the Bank.

The Bank concluded a Rights Issue during the last quarter of 2018, resulting in LKR 3.4 bn being raised as Tier I capital. Furthermore, in December 2018 the Bank also announced its plans to raise Tier II capital via a five-year listed debenture issue, to support business growth.

Fitch Ratings Lanka Ltd published the Bank’s National Rating, affirming the rating at A+(lka) with a revised Negative Outlook, the key driver being the continued pressure on NDB’s capitalisation, which has been well accounted for, in the Bank’s strategic priorities.

Commenting at the Investor Webinar, Seneviratne further reiterated that more initiatives will be taken during 2019 to ensure that the Bank is soundly capitalised to support the business growth and be fully compliant with the applicable regulatory guidelines on capital adequacy.

He also elaborated that the Bank’s focus in 2019 would be on streamlining the internal processes via digital strategies with investments expected in this area. Furthermore, initiatives will be implemented to optimize on the synergies offered by the unique financial services group proposition enjoyed by NDB, with the amalgam of commercial banking and capital market services offered under the NDB brand name. Various novel products, combining banking product features and capital market solutions, are being considered, he mentioned, with NDB One account being the prevalent example, which brings the convenience of a savings account and enhanced benefits of wealth management to the customers.

NDB is governed by a highly competent Board of Directors and led by an equally competent management. With solid plans in place to strengthen the Bank’s capital base, NDB is geared for another successful year in 2019, when it expects to deliver enhanced results to its valued clientele and the country at large.

NDB Bank which is the first, and to date the only corporate in Sri Lanka to officially be certified with EDGE Certification, the leading and only global certification for gender equality in the work place, is the parent company of the NDB Group, one of the fastest-growing financial services conglomerates in Sri Lanka, with the strategic mission to be the dominant leader in the financial services and banking sector. From its inception, the group which includes NDB Bank, NDB Investment Banking, NDB Wealth, NDB Securities, and NDB Capital has been a catalyst in the development of the nation, strengthening and empowering entrepreneurs, corporates and individuals from all strata of the economy. Our customers across all group companies have benefited from the product and service offerings of the NDB group.

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Responsible  Whale Watching  in Sri Lanka with  F-airways

Responsible Whale Watching in Sri Lanka with F-airways

Watch the largest mammal in the world and the natural beauty of the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka from the sky!

It has been almost 10 years since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, and Sri Lanka has been named as the top country for travel in 2019 by Lonely Planet. The country has a lot to offer and explore for tourists, which can easily take days up to weeks. Yet something to include in your travel itineraries is whale watching in the South of Sri Lanka.

We travelled from Galle to Koggala Airport which took less than 30 minutes in a cab in order to experience this for ourselves. Koggala Airport was originally a Royal Air Force Station and is now used by F-airways and the Sri Lankan Air Force.

Scenic Views

The first thing that blew our minds was the breath-taking view of the entire South Coast of Sri Lanka. We could see the beaches of Mirissa, Unawatuna and Galle which is a scenic composition of several different hues of blue and turquoise. We had visited these places the day before but our view from the sky gave us a whole new perspective to it and to Sri Lanka’s natural beauty.

We were flying over the Indian Ocean, about 20 miles off the coast at 500 plus feet (150+ metres), trying to spot a whale and we saw over 15 boats filled with tourists in the ocean. When we spotted a whale, it took our pilot a few seconds to bring us closer to see the blue whale up close but within a safe distance so as not to disturb the whale in its natural habitat. It was an incredible experience seeing the 70 to 90 feet (21-27 metres) Blue Whale breathe at the surface from its blowhole. This immediately became the highlight of our trip.

We travelled from Galle to Koggala Airport which took less than 30 minutes in a cab in order to experience this for ourselves. Koggala Airport was originally a Royal Air Force Station and is now used by F-airways and the Sri Lankan Air Force.

Responsible Whale Watching

What really disturbed us while whale watching was how the boats were aggressively trying to chase the whale, and due to their sudden acceleration, instead of breathing for a minute, the whales dived into the water in less than 30 seconds. It is also concerning to know that the whales are starting to swim further away from the coast as their natural habitat is currently being disturbed by boats.

Observing the majestic nature of the largest mammal in the world, the Blue Whale, from an aerial point of view and seeing the natural beauty of the South coast of Sri Lanka has made us fall in love with this country. We absolutely recommend adding this to your bucket list the next time you visit Sri Lanka.

Whether you’re a solo traveller, a couple travelling together, or families with children, F-airways has flights 7 days a week that starts from 8.00 am till 3.30pm. Whale Watching with F-airways starts from USD 150 per person for 45 minutes. It is USD 90 for children between 3 – 14 years old.

For online reservations please visit www.f-air.lk or call + 94 774 445 830. Email info@f-air.lk

Gursheel Dhillon is the Director & Editor in Chief of Vanilla Luxury, a luxury lifestyle marketing agency based in Singapore.

 

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Dialog voted Year’s TSP and ISP

Dialog voted Year’s TSP and ISP

Sri Lankan consumers once again voted Dialog as the Telecom Service Provider (TSP) and Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the Year at the prestigious SLIM-Nielsen Peoples Awards 2019. Voted for by the public to recognise brands that have made a profound impression in the minds of the people of Sri Lanka, Dialog won the The Peoples Awards as the preferred TSP for a record eighth year running, and as the preferred ISP of the Year, for the seventh consecutive year; recognising the delivery on its commitment as the number one and fastest network. Dialog continues to strive for excellence on all frontiers, delivering the widest coverage and fastest speed, further solidified by earning the 2018 Speedtest® Award, by Ookla® the global leader in mobile network testing applications, data and analysis. Dialog’s undisputed leadership in the space of connectivity and innovation is capped by the commissioning of South Asia’s first fully functional and standards compliant 5G pilot transmission, and by the introduction of emerging technologies such as the Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IOT) and commercial launch of Voice over LTE (VoLTE), VoLTE Roaming, Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi), and 4.5G LTE Home Broadband; showcasing Sri Lanka’s dominance as a regional hub in driving digital transformation, developing the digital ecosystem, and new technology standards.

Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC said, “We are grateful and humbled that Sri Lankans have voted us once again, as the Telecom Service Provider of the Year and the Internet Service Provider of the Year. We will continue to deliver a fully connected, intelligent Sri Lanka and pioneer next generation of digital infrastructure, accessible to every Sri Lankan.” He continued, “This recognition resonates with the sentiments of all Sri Lankans and the value we create and deliver, in line with our vision of empowering and enriching Sri Lankan Lives and Enterprises.”

This year was the thirteenth edition of the Peoples Awards programme, hosted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing, with research conducted in association with Nielsen. The nominees and winners for the various categories are identified through research undertaken over a 6-month period encompassing respondents from all 9 provinces, drawn from age segments in the range of 15 – 60 years. The Peoples Awards recognises brands and personalities that personally appeal to the people of the country.

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NDB Fort Branch Revolutionises  Digital Banking

NDB Fort Branch Revolutionises Digital Banking

NDB recently opened its 109th branch, branded as NDB NEOS, at No. 39, Canal Row, Colombo 1 signalling a steady continuation of the Bank’s expansion strategy as well as the bank’s revolutionary steps into the digital world. The new branch was ceremoniously opened by the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswamy, Chairman of NDB Ananda Atukorala, Director/Group CEO Dimantha Seneviratne, and the NDB Senior Management.

With the opening of this branch, NDB became one of the first banks in Sri Lanka to revolutionise its banking journey with a digital transformation by migrating the Bank’s customers to a digital, paperless platform to perform all activities in the branch. This is the Bank’s first “Phygital” proposition which was launched, with a view to provide customers a new paradigm in banking convenience, where the physical presence of bank staff is coupled with a truly digitised experience.

“We have taken steps to re-imagine customer journeys and re-define customer experience by providing truly digital experience with human touch at this branch. We are proud to introduce some of the first time innovations to the local banking industry namely; a comprehensive interactive digital platform connected to multiple devices, pad bot based queue management system, paperless account opening through interactive devices, wide digital screens with all information, to totally paperless transactions processing; most importantly the successful implementation of RPA (Robotic Process Automation) at the NDB NEOS branch,” said NDB Digital Banking AVP Damitha Silva, adding that this state-of-the-art platform stems purely from local talent, the entire concept being brainstormed and developed by the able NDB team. An upcoming local FinTech company provided the technical expertise and know-how to develop this unique, world class platform.

The branch will add value to the service delivered by the Bank by enhancing the quality of information services and customer support, with a fully digital flavour. This will further enable the Bank to reduce operational costs while encouraging the customer base to use self-service devices for day-to-day transactions. NDB NEOS offers the Bank’s customers a unique, convenient experience tailored to today’s fast-moving, digital lifestyles, creating a seamless and integrated “phygital” experience.

Kumarini Munirathna assumed duties as the Manager of the new branch and her team consists of Assistant Branch Manager Lakshan De Silva, Michelle Mendis and Kamendra Premanayake.

NDB Bank which is the first and to date the only corporate in Sri Lanka to officially be certified with EDGE Certification, the leading and only global certification for gender equality at work place, is the parent company of the NDB Group, one of the fastest growing financial services conglomerates in Sri Lanka, with the strategic mission to be the dominant leader in the financial services and banking sector. NDB was felicitated with two of the most coveted global banking awards – the ‘‘Bank of the Year in Sri Lanka 2018’ presented by The Banker UK, which came in the backdrop of NDB being recognized as the Best Bank in Sri Lanka by the coveted awards program of the Global Finance Magazine, USA.

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Impressive ratings for FAIRWAY COLOMBO

Impressive ratings for FAIRWAY COLOMBO

Online tourism sites Booking.com and Expedia.com, honoured The Fairway Colombo – the most happening venue in the heart of the city – with two awards, recently.

The Guest Review Award by Booking.com came with an excellent 8.6/10 rating as did the Loved by Guest Award by Expedia.com. Both ratings were based on guest reviews that were given within a time span of 12 months.

A guest from the Netherlands named Paula posted a review on Expedia.com stating: “The location of this hotel is great. Just opposite the Dutch hospital area. The decor is contemporary, cheerful and colourful. The staff is good, professional and very helpful. The breakfast buffet is great!”

While Sharon from Australia gushed about the hotel on Booking.com saying, “Great location next to the Dutch Hospital. Professional, friendly staff. Good rooftop bar/restaurant.”

Located at the end of Hospital Street, the Fairway Colombo fits in perfectly with the colonial façade. However, upon entry one is greeted by an entirely modern setting, along with the most technologically advanced features, all with the aim of conserving energy and preserving the environment. The Fairway Colombo offers guests comfort, modern luxury, hospitality and privacy.

The hotel has been synonymous with the buzzing Fairway Street events, a variety of cultural and entertainment activities that regularly take place at Hospital Street including the Colombo Street Food Festival, Art & Jazz on the Street, the Fairway Colombo Cultural Show, Jam on the Street and the Street Latin Night.

 

From left to right:
Subanu Perera, Head of Sales & Marketing - Leisure Sector, Fairway Holdings, Priyanthi Panabokke, Hotels Account Manager, Booking.com, Ritu Mehrotra, Regional Manager Partner Services, Booking.com, Saman Perera, General Manager, Fairway Colombo, Samodya Pallewasala, Assistant Sales Manager E-Commerce, Fairway Colombo, Mohammed Himaz, Manager Reservations & Front Office, Fairway Colombo

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Popular Indian fashion brand“W” arrives at Colombo City Centre

Popular Indian fashion brand“W” arrives at Colombo City Centre

The Colombo City Centre is now the site of a brand new “W” Showroom, brought by D. Samson & Sons (Pvt.) Ltd, a member of the DSI Samson Group. The third in the line of showrooms in Sri Lanka, it was opened on the 28 January 2019. “W” stores are also located in Kandy and Bambalapitiya.

Deshamanya Nandadasa Rajapaksa, the emeritus Chairman of D. Samson and Sons (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Thusitha Rajapaksa, the Managing Director of D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd, Mrs. Kaushalya Perera and Mr. Asanka Rajapaksa, the Directors of D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd together with other members of the organisation’s management graced the opening ceremony.

“W” is an Indian brand with a strong presence in its native country with over 300 shops and 1500 touch points across India. The brand combines fashion and functionality in women’s clothing and consists of everything ranging from salwar kameez, tunics, work wear, festive wear, and fusion wear compromising skirts and trousers. “W” offers its customers contemporary and fashionable garments that compliment a woman as she seamlessly transits from office to smart casual. “W” clothes are designed with creativity and care.

One of the largest retail networks in the country, D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd serves as the sole distributor of a number of popular international brands such as, Clarks, Florsheim, Redtape, Reebok, Puma, New Balance, Fila, Arrow, U.S Polo Assn., W and Aurelia. The company network spans more than 200 company outlets, 4,000 dealers and 50 sales representatives island wide. All of which are involved in fulfilling the company’s vision of creating a customer-centric
business.

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