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Mr. Gunewardane

Ranjit Gunewardane

Vice President, Hotel Solutions Partnership

Ranjit Gunewardane Vice President of Hotel Solutions Partnership.  He brings unique cross border experience and a broad range of multi-disciplinary skills to play in advising clients on all aspects of Hotel Systems Automation and Digital Transformation.

With over 35 years of experience as an hotelier, Mr. Gunewardane has worked with luxury hotel brands InterContinental Hotels Group and Kempinski developing designs for luxury hotels and Royal Guest Palaces in Asia, Middle East and Africa, through innovation, creativity and change. He has worked with passion and flare throughout his 35 years' experience in the hotel industry, whether as Area Director of Engineering, Middle East and Africa with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) or Executive Director of Engineering with Kempinski. While responsible for the Facility Management activities of 64 IHG-managed hotels and eight Royal Guest Palaces in the Middle East and Africa region, he ensured the efficient operation and maintenance of the assets by applying state-of-the art Planned Preventive Maintenance programs and providing exceptional guidance on standards of Fire and Life Safety. The benefits of a detailed, comprehensive Energy Management and Conservation program implemented in all properties were many and included commendable savings, reduced capital costs from economies of scale, and increased environmental benefits.

He was registered a Chartered Engineer by The Engineering Council, United Kingdom in July 1989, and thereafter made a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom in October 1999 (C.Eng.F.I.Mech.E). He is an active member of the Construction Specification Institute, USA, American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, USA, National Fire Protection Association, USA, and the Association of Energy Engineers, USA.

Please visit http://www.hotelsolutionspartnership.com for more information.

Mr. Gunewardane can be contacted at +1 617-595-3114 or ranjitgunewardane@hotelsolutionspartnership.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.