Asela Jayaweera, J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence

Asela Jayaweera
Director of Recreation
Sharq Hotel Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Doha, Qatar

As Director of Recreation at the Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Qatar, Asela Jayaweera gets paid to have fun. It’s what he loves the most about his job. He leads a team of dedicated ladies and gentlemen who help create experiences and memories for guests — all while having fun themselves!

A former professional water polo player, Asela is also passionate about water safety at his hotel and beyond. He regularly organizes water safety classes for area school children, as well as conducts lifesaving training in Qatar and other countries in the region. “Sports is in me,” he says. “I love that I can incorporate sports into my work. It brings our team together and makes us better able to serve our guests.” Under Asela’s leadership, his team has attained 100% on their engagement score.

When he joined the hotel three years ago, Asela was immediately recognized for his commitment to learning about areas outside of his Recreation department. In addition to serving as his hotel’s TakeCare Champion, Asela can often be found making sales calls, creating social media promotions or leading community service projects. Two years ago, Asela took the initiative to meet with a local beekeeper to arrange the housing of bees on the hotel property. He recognized that the local children were very fearful of bees and wanted to create a safe and controlled environment for them to learn about the importance of bees. The hotel has since hosted over 1,200 school children to learn about beekeeping and how to properly handle bees.

Asela has a poster that hangs in his office with a quote from Muhammed Ali: “Impossible is Nothing.” That mindset motivates him in all he does. Once, when an unexpected sandstorm affected an outside event with 500 guests, Asela and his team helped move guests inside and organized team-building activities for them while the banquet team helped set up indoor space for the event. The customers were so impressed that they have since returned to the hotel three more times for their events.

Asela Jayaweera, Director of Recreation, Sharq Village and Spa, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha, Qatar
Asela Jayaweera

Asela Jayaweera

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