Our Team:

Dilan De Silva

Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure Business Broker
Upper South Island
International: +64 27 444 9692
NZ Mobile: 027 444 9692

Email: dilan@tourismproperties.com

Dilan De Silva | Specialist Business Broker

Covering all the way from Omarama, in the Waitaki District, through the Canterbury, Marlborough, Tasman & West Coast regions of the South Island, Dilan De Silva offers you over 18 years’ experience within the tourism, hospitality, and leisure sectors, both nationally and internationally.

As an expert business broker, Dilan offers you professional experience, vast knowledge, and he is highly connected within NZ’s tourism and hospitality sectors. With his calm and confident personality, Dilan will provide you with the confidence and peace of mind required to achieve your desired result.


When buying or selling a tourism business only an industry expert can broker you the best possible deal. Dilan’s relevant experience, expertise and connections makes it easy for him to match vendors with the right buyer, and then guide them through the process, and assist them into tourism business management and/or ownership.

A highlight of working with Dilan is that he is not only a well-connected local tourism broker, but that he also has vast connections with international investors, and hospitality and tourism management companies, which means that your selling potential and pool of buyers is not limited to New Zealand only.

Before working as a Business Broker, Dilan spent 18+ years as a General Manager, and has managed hotels and hotel companies in New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, and in the Middle East. Most recently he worked as a General Manager in hospitality for 11 years in Canterbury, and managed both large and small scale tourism businesses over this time. He has vast experience in tourism and hospitality business acquisitions, tourism sales and marketing, destination marketing, tourism property sales, franchises, development, and partnerships.


Dilan has always been actively involved in tourism boards and marketing organisations, as he has a real a passion and heart for the sector and those within it. He is a friendly, confident, helpful, and calm person, with an absolute ‘can do’ attitude. His breadth of knowledge, and connections, mean that he is easily able to connect an ideal business or property, with the ideal buyer.

Dilan is looking forward to meeting with the Business Professionals in the Upper South Island Region, and working with them when the time arrives for them to realize their business and assets, and move forward to the next chapter in their lives.

If you would like assistance or more information on buying or selling a Tourism Business in the Canterbury, Marlborough, Tasman & West Coast regions, please contact Dilan directly on the details above, or use our easy Contact Form here to get in touch now.

“Looking for a lifestyle change? The time to invest in tourism is right now!” ~ Dilan De Silva, Christchurch, NZ.



“When Dilan De Silva switched careers, little did he know how successful he would become!

Dilan, a former hotel general manager, decided, just prior to New Zealand’s 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, to try his hand at real estate, specialising in tourism businesses and properties. Since exiting 2020 lockdown, the proud South Island resident has sold 33 tourism businesses, worth more than $20 million, earning him Tourism Properties’ ‘Rookie of the Year” title: read more here”

Dilan offers a free, three-month, new-buyer programme

For buyers who are new to the tourism, hospitality and leisure sector in New Zealand, Dilan offers a free 3-month business consultation programme. This is an opportunity for you to tap into Dilan’s extensive industry experience and expertise. Dilan fully understands the demands of marketing, compliance, staffing, costs, and the many other pressures that can exist for new business owners. The programme is specifically designed to help buyers new to the sector, assisting them to understand the business and nature of hospitality, accommodation and/or leisure businesses. Dilan’s experience enables him to offer sound practical advice and strategies to jump-start your new business, in areas such as marketing, profit and loss, and yield management, as well as assistance with general business management. Whether you are buying a business for investment or buying a business to secure an income, having the support of Dilan at your finger tips can make a significant and lasting difference to both your business and your life.


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