|Ebert Silva Group|
‘Ebert Silva’ is a name synonymous with Sri Lanka’s Travel and Tourism industry with its roots going as far back as 1925. In a classic story of Sri Lankan entrepreneurship, Nomis de Silva, hailing from the small town of Waskaduwa, in southern Sri Lanka, arrived in Colombo with dreams of starting up a transport service in the capital city. He set out to realize his dream of starting a bus service. The first bus was operated between two significant towns in the island, Colombo and Matara. Later as the number of buses grew, transport services were operated also from Colombo to Jaffna, the northern most city in Sri Lanka as well, in addition to other main routes in the island.
In the early 1940s Nomis de Silva incorporated his bus service into a limited liability company as ‘Ebert Silva Omni Bus Company Ltd.’, in the name of his eldest son. The untimely death of Nomis de Silva in 1953 saw a very young Ebert taking over the reigns of the company as the Chairman and Managing Director. Laying a stone to the foundations of the tourism industry of Sri Lanka ‘Ebert Silva Touring Co., Ltd’ was formed in 1954 by Ebert Silva, mainly to cater to the emerging tourist markets which were results of the then newly liberalized economy.
1958 saw the Nationalization of all private bus companies by the Government of Sri Lanka. This made Ebert Silva and all other bus operators lose all assets of their companies overnight. With other transport giants crumbling and collapsing and being swept into oblivion, the buses and assets of Ebert Silva Omni Bus Company too were absorbed into the newly formed ‘Ceylon Transport Board’. However, the commitment, optimism and vision enabled Ebert Silva to endure and brave through some of the darkest times in the history of the industry. Thus, the name ‘Ebert Silva’ rose up from the ashes growing from strength to strength. Today, ‘Ebert Silva’ is a much respected and valued brand and a fore player in Sri Lanka’s travel and tourism industry.
At present, the company performs under the visionary leadership of Ebert Silva who is the Chairman of the Ebert Silva Group. Among the many accolades received by Ebert Silva Touring Co., are the prestigious ‘Presidential Awards’ as the ‘Best Domestic Tour Operator’ in the years 2007 and 2008. Further, the unique and distinct contributions made by Ebert Silva towards Sri Lanka’s travel and tourism industry for well over 5 decades were recognized and felicitated with the ultimate and prestigious award that in the industry. At the 2009 Presidential Awards, Ebert Silva was honored as a ‘Legend’ in the travel and tourism industry of Sri Lanka. The Ebert Silva Group subsidiaries are, ES Automobile Engineering Company (Pvt) Ltd., ES Forwarding and Clearing Company (Pvt) Ltd., ES Arch Construction Company (Pvt) Ltd., ES Holidays (Pvt) Ltd. and ES Properties (Pvt) Ltd.
Ebert Silva Holidays (Pvt) Ltd.
Functioning as the leisure wing of the group, ES Holidays exclusively carry out inbound and outbound travel and domestic packages including holiday, pilgrimages and adventure tours. With the tag line of ‘Your Trusted Travel Partner’ it has earned an exclusive and added advantage with the superior personalized service and care extended to Sri Lankans as well as foreign tourists from around the world. The ‘Colombo City Tour’ is yet another unique venture by the company which is the first ever open deck double decker sightseeing service in Sri Lanka. It is a venture in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tourism. Rajini de Silva Mendis, the daughter of Ebert Silva heads Ebert Silva Holidays with the guidance and direction of her father. A Chartered Architect by profession, she is committed and dedicated to carry the brand equity of ‘Ebert Silva’ to the future whilst making a lasting contribution toward Sri Lanka’s travel and tourism industry, thus helping it achieve and accomplish the coveted status of being the ‘Wonder of Asia’.