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Sustainable Sri Lanka and creating futures – Jetwing wins at LCC Awards 2015

Sustainable Sri Lanka and creating futures – Jetwing wins at LCC Awards 2015 ( COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Known as the home of Sri Lankan hospitality, Jetwing shone at the annual LCC Awards 2015, held during the LCC (Lufthansa City Center) General Assembly. The company walked away with two victories, winning the LCC Social Award for the Jetwing Youth Development Project (JYDP), and Jetwing Yala came in second for the LCC Green Award.

Initially begun in 2006 ten months prior to the opening of Jetwing Vil Uyana, located in Sigiriya, the Jetwing Youth Development Project (JYDP) was an initiative designed to change lives through hospitality. The principle objective of this project was to provide means of employment to youth of the surrounding villages. The program was successfully completed in June of the same year, and was awarded the PATA Grand Award, under the Education and Training category. Following up on the success of the initial JYDP at Jetwing Vil Uyana, over the past few years the program has subsequently been conducted at Jetwing Vil Uyana again, in Negombo, Galle, Tissamaharama, Passikudah, Wellawaya, and Jaffna.

Jetwing Yala was launched in January 2014, and has quickly established itself as the beacon of the Deep South of Sri Lanka. Featuring 80 rooms, Jetwing Yala brings world class luxury and hospitality to the wilderness of Yala, in a stunning location overlooking massive sand dunes and the vibrant hues of the Indian Ocean. The entire property was designed from ground up to be as sustainable as possible, to match the local ecosystem by maximizing natural ventilation and lighting, along with muted colors to complement the surroundings.

Energy conservation initiatives include illumination through 100% LED lighting and feature LED backlit TVs in guest rooms; a biomass boiler that burns cinnamon wood (sourced through local suppliers) for night time hot water generation along with providing steam for an absorption chiller which supplies the hotel’s entire air conditioning needs (similar to Jetwing Lagoon); a central solar hot water system for daytime demand; and one of the largest privately opened solar parks in the country that is already providing 40% of the hotel’s daily electricity demand.

In addition, no organic waste is taken outside the property - treated on-site to ensure 100% recycling and used as organic fertilizer for the hotel gardens. Waste water is also treated on-site, through an effluent treatment plant which is used in the gardens once again and in the air-conditioning cooling towers.

The Awards were open to LCC’s whole network, to 650 offices in 87 countries, with Jetwing joining the network in mid-2014 and attending the awards for the second time. The Lufthansa City Center (LCC) travel agency franchise is an affiliation of travel agency entrepreneurs, combining the flexibility and expertise of independent and IATA-licensed travel agencies with a complete service portfolio and world-wide recognition of its brand and its products. With 650 LCC partners in 87 countries around the world, the network and brand has seen rapid growth since its introduction into the market in 1991.

LCC ranks among the leading industry players internationally and our continuous success over the past twenty years of the company’s development is proof of the integrity of the Lufthansa City Center concept and stability. LCC members around the world turn over some 5 billion EUR per year.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 42 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. Considered a priority, sustainable and responsible practice is implemented through the award winning Jetwing Eternal Earth Program; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Program.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Angie Samuel (Marketing Communications Manager) , ; Prasanna Welangoda (Assistant Manager – PR and Media),

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