Hiran Cooray

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Chairman, Jetwing Hotels


Hailed as a respected professional in Sri Lankan tourism, Hiran Cooray contributes an immense mixture of passion, honesty, integrity and tenacity to the industry. Carrying on the legacy of his father, the late Herbert Cooray, Hiran is the current Chairman of Jetwing – a family owned company which counts a storied 40-year history. His achievements are numerous and much acclaimed, being educated at the prestigious St. Joseph’s in Colombo and going on to graduate from the University of North Carolina and having followed a General Mangers course at Cornell University.

Hiran has represented Sri Lanka on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)  as well as being the immediate past Chairman of the organization (2010/12); Chairman of  PATA Sri Lanka Chapter (2003/4) and President of the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (2005/8); and was recently appointed an Alternate Member of the UNWTO – World Committee on Tourism Ethics 2013-2017.  Hiran is currently serving for the second term as President of Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka 2014-2016.

Today, Hiran sits on the Boards of the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority. In addition, he holds over 50 directorships in various hotels and related companies – making him a much sought after speaker/panellist at tourism-related international forums.