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Meet Sun Siyam Resorts New Sustainability Project Manager Upul!

Sun Siyam Resorts welcomes Chaminda Upul Kumara as the Sustainability Project Manager for the group.

As the new Sustainability Project Manager, Upul brings a wealth of expertise and passion to Sun Siyam Resorts. Hailing from Kandy, Sri Lanka, Upul is a seasoned professional with a diverse educational background. He graduated from Rajarata University of Sri Lanka with a degree in Travel & Tourism Management and Environmental Management. Additionally, Upul also has a Diploma in Airline Ticketing and Reservation. Upul is also a certified professional in ISO14001 and ISO45000 standards!

Upul’s Career & Journey with Sun Siyam Resorts

Upul’s career began in 2007 at Ceylon Tours Pvt Limited, where he served as a Travel Executive. With his expertise, Upul led progressive roles, including Assistant Manager and Senior Operation Head at Aitken Spence Travels Pvt Ltd – Sri Lanka’s premier Destination Management Company. Upul has also ventured into international markets. After excelling as a Yield & Sales Executive at Ace Travel Maldives, Upul returned to Sri Lanka. He spearheaded the Naturem Eco & Sustainability Division at Aitken Spence Travels Pvt Ltd after his return.

In this new role at Sun Siyam Resorts, Upul will closely collaborate with resort-based sustainability committees, champions, and marine biologists. Through these collaborations, he will oversee and execute various environmental projects. Additionally, Upul will also liaise with the PR and communications department to promote all sustainability programs contributing to Sun Siyam Cares‘ positive global image. Additionally, Upul will also work with stakeholders and partners to develop sustainable projects, integrate sustainability practices across departments, and conduct sustainability audits to identify areas for enhancement.

We are thrilled to welcome Upul to Sun Siyam Resorts and adding this new but extremely important role to our organization. His extensive experience and passion for sustinability will undoubtedly take our environmental efforts to new heights. We look forward to working together to streamline our sustinability practices and creating a lasting positive impact, says Deepak Booneady – CEO of Sun Siyam Resorts.

Beyond his professional endeavours, Upul is recognised for his commitment to community service and ethical practices. Some of his volunteer works include the Foundation of Goodness, serving as Director of the Good Life Institute and supporting animal welfare at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Furthermore, Upul is also a proud member the of Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). Upul also serves as a guided meditation teacher offering support to individuals seeking psychological assistance through counseling.

About Sun Siyam Resorts

Sun Siyam Resorts provides the idyllic natural surroundings of the Maldives and Sri Lanka to travellers. With a team of lovable personalities, every guest can expect to have a lasting impression at every Sun Siyam Resort outlet. Travellers can explore five different Sun Siyam Resort destinations in the Maldives. This includes Siyam World, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Sun Siyam Iru Veli, Sun Siyam Vilu Reef, and Sun Siyam Olhuveli. In addition to this, guests can also explore Sun Siyam Pasikudah in Sri Lanka.

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The first-ever Sea-to-Air Cargo Transshipment Commenced in the Maldives!

Velana Airport has announced the first-ever sea-to-air cargo transshipment along with Turkish Airlines, Maldives Ports Limited and Maldives Customs Service. This major step in cargo transhipment in the Maldives was celebrated on the 17th of May at the airport.

The  MoU for the ‘Sea to Air’ cargo transshipment services were signed earlier this year, on March 30th. With this, Turkish Airlines became the cargo partner to facilitate the service along with the Maldives Ports Limited (MPL).

With the transshipment service, MPL can easily transport goods through both seas as well as air travel. In addition to catering to the needs of businesses and industries in the region, this will also help expedite the carrying of goods from one place to another. According to the Turkish Airlines’ Regional Cargo Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives Bilal Okur, this will help the airline’s target to develop the Maldives into a sea-to-air transshipment hub.

This innovative logistics solution is expected to significantly boost the efficiency of cargo movement. Additionally, this may also see the enhancement of trade opportunities for the Maldives.

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