Jeeva feels the hospitality industry is ‘in his blood’. Little wonder. Growing up in Sri Lanka with a father in the industry and spending 25 years in hotels himself, you can see the connection.
He views his involvement as being similar to the experience of having guests in his house. ‘The people working in the industry are mainly service-orientated and gel together with the same mind set’, he observes.
There is no denying Jeeva’s credentials. After qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA, UK) and a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA, USA), his first real job was with a recently constructed hotel, in the pre-opening phase, charged with setting up all the systems. The hotel opened without a hitch. He’s opened several since then; the anticipation and excitement he claims is ‘hard to beat’.
Many of the staff he has trained are themselves now hotel general managers and some still keep in touch
So how does Jet Park rate among the five countries where he has been involved in the hospitality industry?
Jeeva describes it as ‘quiet and private place for business or pleasure’. He believes it has a ‘resort feeling’ about it, combined with the efficiency of a business hotel.
Not too bad a recommendation from an employee with vast experience!