People On The MoveWith over two decades in travel and leisure, Suranga Ratnayake takes over from previous COO Tikiri Ellepola.

Aitken Spence Travels top executive ascends to COO

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Suranga Ratnayake is now COO at Aitken Spence Travels, taking over from Tikiri Ellepola.
Suranga Ratnayake is now COO at Aitken Spence Travels, taking over from Tikiri Ellepola.

Suranga Ratnayake, one of Aitken Spence Travels' senior executives for over two decades, is now the destination management company's COO.

In this new role, effective since 15 August 2022, Ratnayake will be responsible for the overall management of operations under the leadership of managing director, Nalin Jayasundera. He takes over from previous COO, Tikiri Ellepola, who has played a vital role in driving Aitken Spence Travels’ growth through his tenure of over four decades.

The industry veteran has shown his extensive, multi-faceted experience in driving strategy, business development, operations, and marketing over his 25-year-long career in travel and leisure. At Aitken Spence Travels, he has provided leadership to several diverse verticals, collaborated extensively with industry stakeholders in promoting Sri Lanka as a destination and played a vital role in developing strategic source markets.

Aitken Spence Travels is one of Sri Lanka's oldest destination management companies, with operations and a strong presence in Maldives and Myanmar. It is also is part of Aitken Spence, one of Sri Lanka’s largest conglomerates with interests in tourism, maritime, logistics and services, among others. 

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