Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jetwing Yala wins best sustainability award

Jetwing Yala, launched at the beginning of 2014 and a flagship property of Sri Lanka's premier hospitality brand was victorious at the Best Sustainability Project Awards 2014 – a part of the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards 2014.


Ceylontoday, 2014-12-04 02:00:00
Jetwing Yala wins best sustainability award
Jetwing Yala, launched at the beginning of 2014 and a flagship property of Sri Lanka's premier hospitality brand was victorious at the Best Sustainability Project Awards 2014 – a part of the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards 2014.
Organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the Awards have been a long-standing recognition of the efforts displayed by the corporate sector in implementing sustainable practices and efficient processes to minimize environmental impact and enhance communities and their development. Held for the 11th consecutive year, the Awards featured many organizations and companies showcase their corporate social responsibility initiatives. Introduced by the Ceylon Chamber to encourage businesses to think beyond their bottom line by investing some of their gains in philanthropic activities that benefit the environment and society at large, the Best Sustainability Project Awards saw five outstanding initiatives being recognized after a thorough evaluation, presentation and interview by an independent panel and judges.

Initially implemented at Jetwing Vil Uyana in 2006, the Jetwing Youth Development Project is an initiative designed to empower rural, underprivileged youth that cannot afford higher education. The initiative provides training for suitable employment within Jetwing Hotels as well as creating opportunities for them to find employment elsewhere within the hospitality industry. Developed to address the growing problem of youth unemployment, and to provide a solution for the manpower shortage in the hospitality industry, JYDP relies on the involvement and support of local communities.
Focusing on bridging the gap between the unskilled and the skilled by equipping them for employment, JYDP provides training absolutely free to school leavers from disadvantaged families in rural areas.

Jetwing Yala was home to the 7th programme under the JYDP initiative, and provided training for youth from the villages of Kirinda, Katharagama, Tissamaharama and Hambantota. The 8 month programme commenced on the 15th of January 2013, ending on the 16th of August 2013, was held in collaboration with partner organisations, namely, Kavantissa Vocational Training Centre (KVTC), CARE International Sri Lanka, and World University Services of Canada (WUSC). The subjects covered under JYDP are entry level technical inputs on the four core operational areas, which are: Front Office, Housekeeping, Kitchen, and Food & Beverage service. These four areas are supported with personal and professional development inputs. All sessions are held under the guidance of the Training and Development team of Jetwing Hotels.
"My father always firmly maintained that tourism is an industry that cannot exist in isolation", said Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing. "The potential that lies in hospitality and tourism - elements that we are known and famed for all over the world- is immense, and that potential can be harnessed by our youth.
The JYDP that was held at Jetwing Yala was very successful, and I am happy to say that out of 82 participants, over 30 were young women. This industry has much to offer, to our country, its people, and its visitors – the Jetwing Youth Development Project will benefit all three" he continued.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 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 Programme; with energy efficiency, community upliftment, and education of earth saving measures to schoolchildren being a few tenets of the Programme.