Colombo, Sri Lanka- Sun Siyam Resorts, a renowned and multi-award-winning Maldivian hospitality group, is pleased to introduce Arshed Refai as the General Manager and Dulanka De Mel as Sales and Marketing Manager at Sun Siyam Pasikudah in Sri Lanka. Their appointment comes in anticipation of reopening of this remarkable five-star boutique haven. The property has undergone a comprehensive rejuvenation, assuring guests a captivating experience that harmoniously blends accessible luxury with the cultural opulence of Sri Lanka. Arshed and Dulanka bring a wealth of industry expertise to this rejuvenated gem.
In his role as General Manager, Arshed, a Sri Lankan national, will oversee the overall operations of Sun Siyam Pasikudah. He collaborates closely with the CEO and the Group General Manager at Sun Siyam Resorts. Arshed began his career in IT but gradually transitioned into operations, accumulating extensive experience in the field over the years. Prior to this new role as General Manager, he served as the Operations Manager at Sun Aqua Pasikudah, which was rebranded to Sun Siyam Pasikudah in 2020. With over a decade of dedication to Sun Siyam Resorts, Arshed has been involved from the inception and initial construction stages of Sun Siyam Pasikudah, and has since overseen all operational aspects of every department within the property.
Arshed said ‘‘I’m very proud to be part of a dynamic and vibrant organisation where ideas, vision and creativity thrives. With Sri Lanka back on the map and tourism buzzing, my main role will be spurring its growth and continuously create that local yet diversely rich cultural stay for our guests and go onto contribute significantly to the country’s tourism industry and economy as a whole.’’
Sri Lankan national Dulanka will be leading all marketing and sales efforts of Sun Siyam Pasikudah as he comes with over 13 years of progressive experience in the country’s hospitality sector. Having previously worked with ANI Private Resorts, Onyx Hospitality, UGA Escapes, Resplendent Ceylon, Aman Resorts and Cinnamon Grand, Dulanka will also be key in driving destination and product positioning.
‘‘Sri Lanka has always shown resilience despite numerous challenges, from the covid-19 pandemic to the economic crisis. With the country on a steadfast economic recovery and a positive outlook for tourism, we are putting together some ambitious plans for Sun Siyam Pasikudah and for Sri Lanka as an ideal destination. I’m honored to be a part of this journey,’’ said Dulanka.
Sun Siyam Pasikudah invites travelers to embark on a remarkable journey, promising an adventure, a cultural immersion, and a sanctuary of serenity. Take advantage of fantastic opening, family, and festive offers and visit the website for more information or reservations www.sunsiyam.com/sun-siyam-pasikudah/.
Sun Siyam Resorts is a multi-award-winning hospitality group with over 30 years of experience, owning and managing five luxury private island properties in the Maldives and a boutique beach retreat on the East Coast of Sri Lanka.