BATW member Lakshman Ratnapala, Emeritus President & CEO of PATA, has achieved the distinction of publishing a second book in a year. Titled Soaring Spirits and Shooting Starsthe book is a compendium of tributes to 14 people who have inspired the author through his lifetime, culminating as a global corporate executive of travel and tourism.

The people he has chosen to honor, with their biographical portraits, include leaders of tourism, nature conservation, politics, sports and creative arts, from the U.S.A., Japan, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Soaring Spirits and Shooting Stars, will be available in Vijitha Yapa book-shops, other major booksellers and online at as well as at