James Jayasundera is Founder and Managing Director of Ampersand Travel in London. Of Sri Lankan and English descent he was brought up in Rome and has been travelling throughout Indian subcontinent and South East Asia all his life. Although he loves his comfort he is not blinded by five star luxuries – his motto is “luxury is in the experience” and it is that indefinable quality that makes something special which he is always on the look-out for. James cut his teeth in travel and hospitality by working with Taj and Hilton Hotels and later by setting up and managing a game lodge in Namibia. He switched career for a stint in the City before founding Ampersand Travel in 2003. The company has since developed an excellent reputation for in-depth knowledge of its destinations, candid and impartial opinions on hotels and locations and a formidable network of contacts within the industry and its destinations.