Anura Basnayake is a fellow of the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association. He has been involved in the hotel sector since 1980. Anura Basnayake was appointed a member of the board of McLarens Hotels Ltd in 1998 and became the Jt. MD of McLarens Hotels on the 1st of January, 2002. He also serves in the Board of Directors in McLarens Holiday Resorts (Pvt) Ltd, Emerald Lanka Hotels Ltd, as well as Speed Drome (Pvt) Ltd in the McLarens Group of Companies.