DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

WHO WE ARE

Established in 1995 as United Holidays, the company embarked on a singular mission to emerge as a prominent player in the travel and tourism sector. Over the years, United Ventures has undergone a transformative journey and currently stands as the Holding Company overseeing three distinct, independent travel-focused enterprises.

Vision

Aspire to be the preeminent choice for distinctive travel experiences.

Mission

Provide innovative services to our customers, foster successful partnerships, and motivate our team for excellence.

Values

Customer Commitment
Environmental Stewardship
Continuous Improvement
Loyalty & Integrity
Our Dedicated Personnel
Collaborative Teamwork

United Ventures [Pvt] Ltd.

United Ventures (Private) Limited

Established in 1995, our journey began as the appointed GSA for Passenger Sales for United Airlines, expanding to include Air Canada in 2001. Focused on representing esteemed carriers within the Star Alliance, our commitment led to our appointment as GSA for the Lufthansa Group, encompassing Lufthansa German Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines, and Swiss International.

Our emphasis lies in cultivating the brand image and reputation of these airlines among business travelers and agents of varying scales in this market. Our seasoned teams proficiently handle both online and offline operations. The company remains dedicated to employee development, consistently investing in training initiatives locally and internationally.

ISIC, IYTC & ITIC

The ISIC (International Student Identity Card), IYTC (International Youth Travel Card), and ITIC (International Teacher Identity Card) offer exclusive discounts and services globally.

The ISIC, endorsed by UNESCO and the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka, grants access to 150,000+ benefits locally and in 110+ countries.

With strong partnerships with lifestyle and educational providers, we co-brand with academic institutions.

SWISStours, established in 1997, is the registered leisure brand of Airline Marketing Services India Private Limited, a 100% subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines, Switzerland.

With over a decade of expertise in the European travel market, we specialize in providing a comprehensive range of services and products, including rail passes, air tickets, hotels, apartments, sightseeing excursions, packages, wellness options, and tailor-made itineraries within specific countries.

SWISStours strength lies in their well-traveled, friendly, and professional personnel who, with their expertise, ensure that their clients have an unforgettable and seamless experience.

Tourism Authority of Thailand

United Ventures, the designated agent for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, actively promotes key tourist destinations in Thailand.

In our ongoing role, we persistently market Thailand’s diverse tourist offerings, ranging from niche wellness and luxury resorts to vibrant night markets and globally acclaimed ‘street food.’

We anticipate sustained growth in Sri Lankan visitors to Thailand, a prospect bolstered by the strategic partnership between United Ventures and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Visit https://www.tourismthailand.org/ for more information.

Travel7
(Private) Limited

In alignment with our strategic vision to broaden our portfolio as a comprehensive service provider for contemporary travelers across all demographics, Go Holidays (Pvt) Ltd, an IATA-accredited travel agency established in 2005, underwent rebranding as Travel7 (Pvt) Ltd, effective December 1, 2015.

Our comprehensive array of services encompasses premium and low-cost airline ticketing, hotel accommodation, global service apartments for extended stays, holiday packages, car rentals and limousine services, airport transfers, visa assistance, passport renewal and extensions, travel insurance, foreign exchange, and the registration and management of frequent flyer programs.

Our travel consultants are amicable, professional, and seasoned in catering to both seasoned travelers and those new to the realm of travel. A substantial portion of our business is derived from repeat clientele and referrals.

Holidays by Design
(Private) Limited

Our tailored holiday itineraries meticulously consider the finest details of your taste and interests. Listening attentively to your preferences, we meticulously craft a holiday with full regard for your budget. Our pride lies in a steadfast commitment to quality, ensuring a distinctive experience for you.

From exclusive villas, bungalows, boutique hotels, and luxury camping to high-quality budget accommodation, we offer a comprehensive range of options. Visit www.hbdasia.com to explore Sri Lanka in new and exciting ways.

Our services encompass personalized holidays for individuals, families, groups, and MICE tours, along with hotel accommodation and popular local experiences. Years of fostering strong relationships with industry stakeholders, including hoteliers and suppliers, empower us to present a service portfolio capable of negotiating favorable rates on your behalf. Our offerings also include a dependable fleet of vehicles featuring the latest in hybrid technology, complemented by knowledgeable guides and chauffeurs.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Parveen Dassenaike

CHAIRPERSON / MANAGING DIRECTOR

Parveen has been with United Ventures since the company was first established in 1995 as United Holidays, and played a pivotal role in its development and expansion over the years. She began her career in the vibrant, people oriented hospitality industry, at a premier Five Star Hotel in Colombo.

Her experience covers over twenty years in the hotel, airline, & tourism industry, in addition to a recent foray in to student & youth services, which has helped pave her way up the corporate ladder. Parveen has served two terms as Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Association of Airline Representatives (SLAAR), and on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka, and currently serves on the Boards of the Neo Synthesis Research Center.

Thisum Jayasuriya

DIRECTOR

Thisum’s impressive Airline experience dates back to 1999 when he joined Emirates Airlines in Sri Lanka. He has over 16 years of Cargo and Passenger experience in the Airline industry, which includes stints with Emirates and Qatar Airways. He headed the offline and online operations of United Airlines, Air Canada, Thai Airways Cargo, Delta Airlines Cargo for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Hong Kong Airlines, Tiger Airways and Fly Dubai in the Maldives. He has received extensive training in Dubai, UK, Hong Kong and the United States in Airline operations, Sales, and Marketing.

His innovative approach towards handling and promoting the products and services of the respective Airlines he served, has earned him a good reputation in the Sri Lankan Airline industry. Thisum also served as the PR and Marketing Consultant (2013-2016) for the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Sri Lanka. His wide experience will help spearhead the company’s expansion plans.

Ravi Widyalankara

DIRECTOR

An IATA/UFTAA qualified consultant, Ravi’s 30 year track record in the aviation industry includes work experience at KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) in Colombo, Fahad Express in Oman and a 15 year stint as General Manager for Air Global Limited – GSA for Qantas and British Airways. In addition Ravi is a qualified trainer and has conducted many training sessions for SLAAR, TAASL, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Department of Immigration and Emigration and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau.

From 2007 – 2009, Ravi served as Chairman of the Sri Lanka Association of Airline Representatives (SLAAR) and currently serves on its committee.

Rohan Siriwardene

DIRECTOR

Rohan brings to the Board of United Ventures a wealth of knowledge and experience. His initial background was in Cost and Management Accountancy (UK) and a subsequent study of Business Administration from the University of Colombo, along with Senior Managerial Sales & Marketing disciplines from the prestigious British Airways School of Marketing UK. His working experience spanning a career of over 25 years in senior management, holding positions in Airlines and Airline Representative Companies (GSA’s) both in Sri Lanka and USA, positions Rohan as the ideal guiding force at United Ventures.

An Aviation/Travel industry leader who actively contributed at forums such as the Board Of Airline Representatives (BAR), IATA/BSP working groups & Sri Lanka Association of Airline Representatives (SLAAR) since the late 80’s, Rohan is a past committee member of the Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka & Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport & Logistics UK.

Peter Hughes

DIRECTOR

Peter brings significant experience in international relations from his 42 years of working as a career diplomat with the British Foreign Service. He has lived and worked in a number of countries including Pakistan, Italy, Poland, Australia, St Lucia (where he was the Resident British Commissioner), Sri Lanka (where he was the Deputy British High Commissioner from 2001-2005), and Afghanistan.

Peter was the British Ambassador to North Korea from 2008-2011, and British High Commissioner to Belize from 2013-2018. In 2007 he was awarded the Civilian Service medal for his work in Afghanistan, and in 2013 he was honored with an OBE by HM The Queen.

Gopal Iyer

DIRECTOR

Gopal, a dynamic individual, has navigated a remarkable journey over 35 years—from an Indian college graduate to a thriving entrepreneur and Chairman/Director of multiple apparel industry companies. He owned a garment manufacturing and export unit, representing leading buyers from the USA and Europe.

Gopal's influential roles include serving on the Export Development Board's advisory board, executive committee membership in the Joint Apparel Association Forum, Executive membership in the Sri Lanka Chamber of Garment Export Association, Chairmanship of the Sri Lanka Apparel Sourcing Association, and Directorship at the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel (SLITA).

Passionate about nurturing young talent, he mentored textile graduate students from the University of Moratuwa. Currently, as the Secretary General of SLASA (Sri Lanka Apparel Buyers Association), Gopal, an avid photographer, has chosen Sri Lanka as his permanent home.

MEMBERSHIPS

CONTACT

United Ventures (Private) Limited

209, 1st Floor
Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Mw
Colombo 07, 00700, Sri Lanka

Hotline: +94 71 5474747
Telephone: +94 11 5474747
WhatsApp: +94 (76) 3277139
Email: info@unitedventuressl.com
Web: www.unitedventuressl.com