Lion Royal Tourisme & Lion Royal Resorts – APEA – Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards

OUTSTANDING CATEGORY

NILAN WICKRAMASINGHE
CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR


Lion Royal Tourisme & Lion Royal Resorts
45, Braybrook street,
Colombo 02,
Sri Lanka
Tel: (+94) 114715996
www.lionroyaltourisme.com


A journey through difficult and impossible platforms, achievements through failures and disappointments, breaking through the utmost challenges, Nilan Wickramasinghe has today pinnacled his carrier as a successful hotelier, a reputed DMC and notwithstanding an Executive Director in a government body.

He started his trail as an Accounts clerk in a motor garage in early 80s’ but his passion for the French language has pursued him throughout and diverted him into hospitality sector. His desire of aligning to hospitality sector was marked when he was rewarded one dollar note by a foreign traveler during his school days. This one dollar note made him determined to engage in tourism arena which he secures in his wallet even for today. His courage currently converted this one dollar into many dollars, euros and pounds to count into his revenue.

In 1983, during an era, the country was hit by the civil war, he waged himself into a war; a war of guiding the French travellers during their stay while safeguarding their security. He was licensed by the Tourist Board of Sri Lanka as a professional tourist guide lecturer in 1986. When the country was plunged under the devastation caused by the civil war, when his peers left the country with no hope of returning, he persevered promoting Sri Lanka as a tourist destination. Unabated, he served thousands of travelers during these three decades.

Obstacles continued. The country was again mourned over the death brought by tidal wave, Tsunami in December 2004 which was disastrous strike to tourist arrivals. The entire coastal line was erupted and the number of death could not be even estimated. Wickramasinghe was the only Sri Lankan who conveyed the accurate state of the country to France over Radio France in French. He was greatly recognized by millions of governmental and non - governmental donors who with his intermediary, helped with enormous donations; fiscal, medical and material.

In 1999, Nilan Wickramasinghe initiated his DMC named Lion Royal Tourisme with only two assistants. It aimed the foreign travellers looking for a reliable intermediary service provider to explore the country. With his tactical direction of operation, Lion Royal Tourisme has today pioneered the French and Japanese arrivals within intensely competitive market environment. Wickramasinghe is an active stakeholder with foreign travel agents beating traditional pragmatism.

In 2007, he created a hotel in the cultural triangle, Kassapa Lions Rock. A 3 star hotel equipped with most recent hotel facilities and amnesties. With its exceptional service and favourable location, the hotel is renowned in online accommodation booking engines such as Booking.com, Agoda and online guides, Trip Advisor. Latest addition of 20 rooms which makes the total number of 80 and the second pool along with improved and diversified comfort have sharpened an edge over its competitors.

In 2015, his span of hospitality sector was diversified with his hotel in west coast beach, Coco Royal Beach Resort. Nilan resolved in operating in the growing markets serving local and foreign clients to utmost satisfaction. Unbeatable service, luxury comfort, professionalism enriched with experience, competence and field proficiency, the hotel hoists its unique superior amenities with its stunning view of the Indian Ocean and ample space stepping into Sun, Sea and Sand.

Last but not least into his collection, Lion Royal Resorts proudly announced The Port Mc. Callum Lock Gate Restaurant early this year in the heart of Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. The restaurant with a historically significant portfolio offers you an authentic multi-cuisine experience with a peaceful environment facing Beira Lake. The ideal setting to spend your evening while enjoying different themed cuisine.

His entrepreneurial instincts irrespective of the rise and tide of the business environment of the country is expertise with his quality work, close relationship, modern technology and most importantly speedy execution. Nilan shelters currently over 250 total workforce on whom he believes and takes care of exceptionally. He upholds meritocracy by looking upon his employees as an extension of his family. He gears his team by example, disperses power and authority, makes them comfortable and independent in decision making and appreciates innovative approach.

His vision that empowers all his achievements is Affordable Star Class Tourism. To work this out, he strives to cater the customer with exceptional values through hospitality while recognizing and protecting nature and culture in a positive working environment eventually assuring a sustainable growth of the company. His hope for the future is to meet the demand for accommodation for ‘smart’ travellers by improving the number of beds. He creates policies, processes and protocols and approves actions and strategies just to make sure the ‘Right Royal Treatment that fits for a King’, the very reason, Nilan often quotes “Never think of short term…gain for yourself at the expense of what is best for the client”.

His path was enriched when his service is recognized and esteemed by being appointed him to the Board of Directors in Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training in 2015. He was privileged to delegate officially the 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Venezuela in 2016. His illustrious career and expertise in the field specializing has opened many new avenues. He was appointed as an Executive Director of Sri Lanka Ports Authority in 2018. His scope comprehends improving infrastructure of the port and other related subjects which uplifts and smoothens the shipping operation of the island.

Accolades followed by his service, expertise and excellence, The Best Inbound Tour Operator (Medium Category) – 2011 at National Tourism Award Ceremony 2012 MACO International Business Excellence Award 2012 Entrepreneur of the year 2012 (Silver award in regional level & Bronze award in national level) at FCCICL Entrepreneur of the year 2013 (Silver awards in regional level in national level) at FCCICL Emerging Entrepreneur at Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Awards 2013 Star Awards 2013 (Sector -Medium/Service) at Department of Industrial Development and Enterprise Promotion Most promising Entrepreneurship Category at Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Awards 2014 Emerging Entrepreneurship Category at Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Awards 2013.

Nilan’s skilled synthesis of personality has extended up to non-profit activities island wide. He distributes bedsheets to the cancer hospital in Maharagama once a month. Plus, he provides provisions to an elderly home in Dambulla. Furthermore, Nilan offers lunch to a primary school in Sigiriya every Friday where he built three toilets and painted the entire school. Up and above, he schedules lamp posts in digital screen in Galle Face green to make people aware of litter and garbage which helps to keep the city clean. He never hesitates to step forward to support when it comes to flood, landslides or draught by supporting them with food, clothes and sponsoring medical facilities.

Apart from this business-minded philanthropist, he is also passionate about his extra goings-on. He is competent in photography, a talented music composer, and a clever lyricist. A soccer lover and a leisure golf player, Nilan is always keen on sports he can be part of and widely resourceful on world timeline. He is all-round in all what he loves to do and a unique character with all virtuous and noble qualities.

OUTSTANDING CATEGORY

NILAN WICKRAMASINGHE
CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR

A journey through difficult and impossible platforms, achievements through failures and disappointments, breaking through the utmost challenges, Nilan Wickramasinghe has today pinnacled his carrier as a successful hotelier, a reputed DMC and notwithstanding an Executive Director in a government body.

He started his trail as an Accounts clerk in a motor garage in early 80s’ but his passion for the French language has pursued him throughout and diverted him into hospitality sector. His desire of aligning to hospitality sector was marked when he was rewarded one dollar note by a foreign traveler during his school days. This one dollar note made him determined to engage in tourism arena which he secures in his wallet even for today. His courage currently converted this one dollar into many dollars, euros and pounds to count into his revenue.

In 1983, during an era, the country was hit by the civil war, he waged himself into a war; a war of guiding the French travellers during their stay while safeguarding their security. He was licensed by the Tourist Board of Sri Lanka as a professional tourist guide lecturer in 1986. When the country was plunged under the devastation caused by the civil war, when his peers left the country with no hope of returning, he persevered promoting Sri Lanka as a tourist destination. Unabated, he served thousands of travelers during these three decades.

Obstacles continued. The country was again mourned over the death brought by tidal wave, Tsunami in December 2004 which was disastrous strike to tourist arrivals. The entire coastal line was erupted and the number of death could not be even estimated. Wickramasinghe was the only Sri Lankan who conveyed the accurate state of the country to France over Radio France in French. He was greatly recognized by millions of governmental and non - governmental donors who with his intermediary, helped with enormous donations; fiscal, medical and material.

In 1999, Nilan Wickramasinghe initiated his DMC named Lion Royal Tourisme with only two assistants. It aimed the foreign travellers looking for a reliable intermediary service provider to explore the country. With his tactical direction of operation, Lion Royal Tourisme has today pioneered the French and Japanese arrivals within intensely competitive market environment. Wickramasinghe is an active stakeholder with foreign travel agents beating traditional pragmatism.

In 2007, he created a hotel in the cultural triangle, Kassapa Lions Rock. A 3 star hotel equipped with most recent hotel facilities and amnesties. With its exceptional service and favourable location, the hotel is renowned in online accommodation booking engines such as Booking.com, Agoda and online guides, Trip Advisor. Latest addition of 20 rooms which makes the total number of 80 and the second pool along with improved and diversified comfort have sharpened an edge over its competitors.

In 2015, his span of hospitality sector was diversified with his hotel in west coast beach, Coco Royal Beach Resort. Nilan resolved in operating in the growing markets serving local and foreign clients to utmost satisfaction. Unbeatable service, luxury comfort, professionalism enriched with experience, competence and field proficiency, the hotel hoists its unique superior amenities with its stunning view of the Indian Ocean and ample space stepping into Sun, Sea and Sand.

Last but not least into his collection, Lion Royal Resorts proudly announced The Port Mc. Callum Lock Gate Restaurant early this year in the heart of Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. The restaurant with a historically significant portfolio offers you an authentic multi-cuisine experience with a peaceful environment facing Beira Lake. The ideal setting to spend your evening while enjoying different themed cuisine.


Lion Royal Tourisme & Lion Royal Resorts
45, Braybrook street,
Colombo 02,
Sri Lanka
Tel: (+94) 114715996
www.lionroyaltourisme.com


His entrepreneurial instincts irrespective of the rise and tide of the business environment of the country is expertise with his quality work, close relationship, modern technology and most importantly speedy execution. Nilan shelters currently over 250 total workforce on whom he believes and takes care of exceptionally. He upholds meritocracy by looking upon his employees as an extension of his family. He gears his team by example, disperses power and authority, makes them comfortable and independent in decision making and appreciates innovative approach.

His vision that empowers all his achievements is Affordable Star Class Tourism. To work this out, he strives to cater the customer with exceptional values through hospitality while recognizing and protecting nature and culture in a positive working environment eventually assuring a sustainable growth of the company. His hope for the future is to meet the demand for accommodation for ‘smart’ travellers by improving the number of beds. He creates policies, processes and protocols and approves actions and strategies just to make sure the ‘Right Royal Treatment that fits for a King’, the very reason, Nilan often quotes “Never think of short term…gain for yourself at the expense of what is best for the client”.

His path was enriched when his service is recognized and esteemed by being appointed him to the Board of Directors in Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training in 2015. He was privileged to delegate officially the 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Venezuela in 2016. His illustrious career and expertise in the field specializing has opened many new avenues. He was appointed as an Executive Director of Sri Lanka Ports Authority in 2018. His scope comprehends improving infrastructure of the port and other related subjects which uplifts and smoothens the shipping operation of the island.

Accolades followed by his service, expertise and excellence, The Best Inbound Tour Operator (Medium Category) – 2011 at National Tourism Award Ceremony 2012 MACO International Business Excellence Award 2012 Entrepreneur of the year 2012 (Silver award in regional level & Bronze award in national level) at FCCICL Entrepreneur of the year 2013 (Silver awards in regional level in national level) at FCCICL Emerging Entrepreneur at Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Awards 2013 Star Awards 2013 (Sector -Medium/Service) at Department of Industrial Development and Enterprise Promotion Most promising Entrepreneurship Category at Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Awards 2014 Emerging Entrepreneurship Category at Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Awards 2013.

Nilan’s skilled synthesis of personality has extended up to non-profit activities island wide. He distributes bedsheets to the cancer hospital in Maharagama once a month. Plus, he provides provisions to an elderly home in Dambulla. Furthermore, Nilan offers lunch to a primary school in Sigiriya every Friday where he built three toilets and painted the entire school. Up and above, he schedules lamp posts in digital screen in Galle Face green to make people aware of litter and garbage which helps to keep the city clean. He never hesitates to step forward to support when it comes to flood, landslides or draught by supporting them with food, clothes and sponsoring medical facilities.

Apart from this business-minded philanthropist, he is also passionate about his extra goings-on. He is competent in photography, a talented music composer, and a clever lyricist. A soccer lover and a leisure golf player, Nilan is always keen on sports he can be part of and widely resourceful on world timeline. He is all-round in all what he loves to do and a unique character with all virtuous and noble qualities.