Veteran hotelier Priyal Perera was re-elected President of Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) at their 49th AGM held recently at the Taj Samudra Hotel.
Having graduated from the Ceylon Hotel School in 1991, Priyal has diverse experience in the hotel industry spanning from food and beverage management and operations to hotel management and operations. With over 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, Priyal Perera currently offers his expertise in senior management capacity at Serendib Leisure Management Ltd.
Starting his career back in 1986 as a trainee, Priyal worked his way up in the industry and joined the Serendib Leisure hotel chain in 2004. He managed projects, procurement, and operations during a crucial time following the tsunami, facilitating a complete restoration, and reopening of the then Hotel Serendib, Bentota within a span of six months. Resigning from his role in 2006, Priyal pursued his own business for 14 years before rejoining Serendib Leisure in 2018.
“I must thank Serendib Leisure for providing me such an incredible opportunity within the hotel industry, which has added an incredible value to my career,” said Serendib Leisure Management Head of Procurement Priyal Perera. “I am also thankful to our Chairman, Abbas Esufally, our Managing Director, Shantha Kurumbalapitiya, and my team for the tremendous support and cooperation given to me to carry out my responsibilities for the CHSGA. My goal is to carry out my duties for Serendib Leisure and CHSGA to the best of my ability and enhance the standards of our service offerings within the industry.”
Serendib Leisure Management Managing Director Shantha Kurumbalapitiya said: “We are proud to have an extraordinary leader such as Priyal with us. He is a role model to all of us, proving the importance of work-life balance. His commitment in giving back to the industry is commendable and we are honoured to support his journey.”
Serendib Leisure Management is one of the leading hotel groups in Sri Lanka with some of the island’s iconic properties under its wing including Avani Bentota Resort, Club Hotel Dolphin and Hotel Sigiriya and its idyllic villa collection, Reveal.