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Hoteliers Share Their Expert Opinion On Reviving South Asian Travel Trade On South Asian Digital Travel Conversation

Hoteliers Share Their Expert Opinion On Reviving South Asian Travel Trade On South Asian Digital Travel Conversation

The South Asian Digital Travel Conversation is a digital conversation organized by the South Asian Travel Awards to discuss in-depth, to create awareness and to voice the challenges that are being faced in the Travel Trade & Hospitality Industry of the South Asian region.


The conversation has been purposefully designed as a series, spread across multiple episodes of 45 minutes each, with special guests from the South Asian region’s Travel Trade & Hospitality Industry. Each episode will highlight a specific topic, and industry professionals will be sharing their voice with regional factual data.


The conversation will be guided by a moderator who will ask questions based on the topic of the day, and the guests will share their views, experiences, opinions and hindrances. The show will be viewed live on Facebook ( every Saturday at 1130 GMT and a rerun will be telecasted on Raajje Television at 1830 GMT. Different episodes will be presented with diverse industry stakeholders and moderators.


Episode five will be hosted by the VP of South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) Mr Suraj Khan and News Director – International Affairs of Raajje TV, Aishath Shaany. The topic of episode five is; Reviving South Asian Travel Trade - Hoteliers


Guests for Episode 05 are:


·         Nikhil Sharma                      - Area Director Eurasia, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Nikhil Sharma has over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked for major players in the region across strategy and planning, business development, revenue management and distribution. He recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Ginger Hotels, where he led the company’s operations, growth portfolio, as well as its digital and loyalty strategy. He was also amongst one of the first core team members at The Lemon Tree Hotels and was instrumental in its growth.

Nikhil holds a Diploma in Hotel Management from the Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi and certification from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He has collaborated with many high profile industry organisations, serving as Chair and Convener for Skills and Entrepreneurship, Confederation of Indian Industry, Delhi State Council, and the Steering committee of Confederation of Indian Industry.


·         Suresh Dissanayake            - AVP of Marketing, Adaaran Resorts

Suresh Dissanayake, has 14 years of experience in Hospitality industry. From a Sales Executive at Aitken Spence in 2003, he climbed the ladder to Assistant Vice President of Adaaran Resorts Maldives. Adaaran Resorts is the Maldives sector of Aitken Spence Hotel’s. Humble, down to earth and ambitious Suresh has worked in various areas of Hospitality industry throughout his career. Having acquired Business Management Diploma from Open University of Sri Lanka and MBA from New Bucks University, United Kingdom, Mr. Suresh has travelled to 50 countries to promote tourism. He is also a member of certified management accountants of Australia and Member of Sri lanka institute of Marketing. His Mantra to young entrants is to work hard, be honest and focused and work towards the goal every day



·         Dheeshana Ameresekere - Managing Director, The Theva Residency and Theva cuisine

Dheeshana Ameresekere is the Managing Director of the Award-Winning Boutique Hotel, The Theva Residency and Award Winning Restaurant, The Theva Cuisine in Kandy. The Theva Residency was awarded for “World Luxury Hotel Award” and is a “Winner of Trip Advisor Service Excellence Award”. The Theva Cuisine Restaurant was selected as a “Winner of World Luxury Restaurant Award” and is a “Winner of Trip Advisor Service Excellence Award”. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (specialising in International Marketing) from the American University in Washington DC, USA, a Bachelor of Science in Travel Industry Management (specializing in Hotel Management) from the University of Hawaii, USA; and a Diploma in Restaurant, Travel & Tourism Management, Kapiolaani College, Hawaii, USA.


·         Srijan Vadhera                     - General Manager, Conrad Bengaluru

An impressive 20 years of rich experience in hospitality primarily in the luxury and upscale segment. Srijan is known for dynamic leadership and comprehensive knowledge of international service standard procedures.  In his role, Srijan spearheads the hotel’s growth and expansion through innovative and ground-breaking strategies, and remains focused towards further strengthening Conrad Bengaluru, marking it on the Global hospitality map, as the preferred destination for business and leisure travelers.

As Chairman – Travel & Tourism (Karnataka) to Bangalore Chambers of Industry and Commerce, Srijan has an adept insight and plethora of experience in the weddings and celebrations landscape. His knowledge and passion combine to resonate the extensive background in hotel leadership and Sales and Marketing.



The South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) is the first ever regional Travel Award endorsed by Multi National Associations providing the Tourism sector of the South Asian Region with recognition towards their facilities and service excellence. The South Asian Travel Awards aims to encourage and raise service standards within the regions of the Tourism industry. The brand is one of its kind with affiliations from regional associations ensuring the process within a smooth and transparent procedure. The judging panel consists of high profile senior representatives selected from destinations with vast knowledge and background of the industry to assure an accurate and fair process. SATA is a Highrise concept. The SATA Team have proudly unveiled their platinum partner as Gulf Craft Maldives and Gold Partner as The Hawks Pvt Ltd and look forward to host the prestigious South Asian Travel Awards Grand Gala in the Maldives by the last quarter of 2020.