Sri Lanka was granted Independence in 1948, the same year that Hemas Holdings was incorporated. It engages in a diverse set of business activities, focused on Healthcare, Personal Care, Leisure, Transportation, Power and Strategic Investments. Hemas Holdings became a Public Quoted company in October 2003.
The Hemas Leisure Sector principally consists of an Inbound Tour Operations / Destination Management Company (DMC) and Hotel Operations sector. The sector provides a comprehensive range of leisure services to foreign clients. The Group’s flagship business Hemtours enjoys a strategic partnership with Diethelm Travel Group and is one of the leading DMCs in Sri Lanka, having affiliations with some of the largest Tour Operators from Germany and UK.
The three hotels Club Hotel Dolphin, Avani Bentota Resort & Spa, Avani Kalutara Resort & Spa and Hotel Sigiriya form the Hotel Sector of the Group, which falls under the management of Serendib Leisure Management Ltd.
As at August 2011, the Hemas Group has a shareholding of 51% in Serendib Hotels PLC (the owning company of Avani Bentota Resort & Spa). Serendib Hotels PLC in turn holds 62% of Hotel Sigiriya PLC (the owning company of Hotel Sigiriya, Sigiriya), 65% of Dolphin Hotels PLC (the owning company of Club Hotel Dolphin, Waikkal) and 19.9% of Jada Resort & Spa (the Owning company of Avani Kalutara Resort & Spa). All are public quoted companies trading in the Colombo Stock Exchange except Jada Resort & Spa (Pvt.) Ltd. Serendib Leisure Management Ltd is 100% owned subsidiary company of Serendib Hotels PLC.
The Hotel Arm of Hemas Holdings is in partnership with Minor International Public Co., Ltd., a leading conglomerate in Thailand which owns international hotel brands Anantara Resorts and Avani Resorts.