President / Co-Founder
Towering over you at 6 feet (no inches), Shanitha may seem intimidating at first glance. But you’ll realise it’s all a façade within the first five minutes of interaction with him; as he’s what you’d call a ‘gentle giant’.Hailing from the cultural capital Kandy, Shanitha was educated at one the cities most prestigious schools St Anthony’s College, where he excelled at sports, notably, Rugby. This particular interest led him towards captaining one of the celebrated rugby clubs, CR and FC and even playing for the National team.
Later he even played for Walkers Tours – a subsidiary of the John Keells Group.Shanitha’s passion for travel, discovering pristine locations and current affairs is fulfilled by the tremendous wealth of opportunities his work has to offer. With over 30 years of experience in the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, Shanitha has travelled extensively to many European destinations and the United States, handling some of the most prestigious travel brands celebrated globally.
He believes that his experience in India has been the most rewarding thus far; where he was required to set up DMC operations on behalf of the company. The opportunity allowed him to manage a multicultural workforce, travel extensively around the country and handle complex operations successfully.
As the co-founder of Authenticities Shanitha is responsible for the European and US markets with a specialisation in the incentive and luxury segments. His genuine concern for partners and clients is reflected in the way he does business.Look beyond the tough exterior, and you will find Shanitha extremely easy-going with a quirky sense of humour and an endless desire to help the underprivileged.