Industry Update
Appointment30 July 2019

Venushe Wickramarathne

Appointed Director of Commercial – Asia
At Best Western Hotels & Resorts Bangkok, Thailand

Venushe Wickramarathne

A highly skilled and experienced hospitality professional, Wickramarathne graduated from the Business Hotel Management School in Lucerne, Switzerland, with a BA Honors Degree in Hotel & Hospitality Management. Since he embarked on his career, Wickramarathne has worked in a series of roles in Europe and Asia, rising from Night Manager at an AccorHotels property in Zurich to Deputy Head of Sales - Events & Banqueting for the popular Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

In 2017 he joined Centara Hotels & Resorts, initially as Area Director of Sales & Marketing for Colombo, before he moved to Thailand in January 2018 to become the company's Area Director of Sales & Marketing for Krabi.

Wickramarathne now brings his impressive industry expertise to Best Western Hotels & Resorts, where he will oversee the sales and marketing activities for the group's entire collection of hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia and Japan, encompassing all 16 of the company's diverse and distinct brands.

Venushe Wickramarathne is now based at Best Western's Regional Head Office in Bangkok.

Business & Hotel Management School (BHMS)

Venushe Wickramarathne (Class of 2012) is a graduate of Business & Hotel Management School (BHMS) in Luzern - Switzerland
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Best Western International, Inc.

Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel GroupSM global network. With 17 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market.
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