On January 10th 1878, Chas P. Hayleys & Co. was founded in Galle to import such luxuries as claret and to export local products, spices, coir yarn and essential oils. Over a century later, Hayleys has grown through overseas expansion, diversified into agriculture, manufacturing and service industries, and won acclaim as a Super-brand and as the Best Corporate Citizen of Sri Lanka on four occasions.


Hayleys Tours Management Team

Amith Sumanapala, is the Director / General Manager of Hayleys Tours, the Destination Management arm of Hayleys PLC. During his career over 25 years, he has served at John Keells Holdings, Walkers Tours and SriLankan Airlines, the national career of Sri Lanka.

During his career at Walkers Tours, he was the Assistant Vice President & Head of Sales & Marketing, responsible for major European markets, large segment of the Asian Markets & India, representing many major Tour Operators, gaining wide exposure across many nationalities and communities. He also headed the John Keells conventions, the MICE division of John Keells Group. During his spell at John Keells Holdings, he has handled cruise liners such as Hapag-Lloyd Cruise, Transocean Cruise, Swan Hellenic, Fred Olsen Cruise, P & O Cruise, Orient Lines, Page & Moy and he was one of the pioneers in introducing excursions for cruise liners calling in the Maldives. His exposure in overall DMC services, Overseas markets as well as excellent relationships with Local hotel industry can be considered rare in the trade.

Prior to joining Hayleys Tours, he was the General Manager of SriLankan Holidays, leisure arm of the SriLankan Airlines, the national career of Sri Lanka. He further headed Srilankan MICE, E-Commerce, Domestic airlines Srilankan Air taxi. He was responsible in launching “SriLankan Holidays” as a brand promoting inbound and outbound tourism in Sri Lanka. Under his leadership SriLankan Holidays won the Presidential Travel & Tourism award for the category “Out-bound Tour Operator” for two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009. He further led many promotional campaigns in overseas markets with Sri Lanka Tourism & Sri Lanka convention Bureau.

In year 2010, Amith took a decision to join the prestigious blue-chip Hayleys Group of Companies and today he is spearheading the inbound division, Hayleys Tours with the introduction of the Leisure sector of the group.

The Team







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