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Jetwing Colombo

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Jetwing Colombo scheduled to be opened in January 2014, will have 70 deluxe rooms and 28 serviced apartments designed by a leading architectural firm in Singapore.

Jetwing Colombo will be fully equipped to deal with  the whole range of  travelers from business (with a state of the art conference facility and business centre) to leisure.

Rooftop swimming pool, nature spa. gym and fitness centre.



Mövenpick Hotel Colombo

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The Swiss hospitality chain Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts will begin its first ever hotel, Mövenpick Hotel Colombo, the 19-floor, 180-room hotel, in a half an acre property in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka  in January 2014.

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts President and CEO Jean Gabriel Peres has recently visited the country to sign the management agreement with Softlogic Holdings to build the 200-room five-star property in Kollupitiya area of Colombo.

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo - being designed with sustainable build and operating requirements – will feature contemporary architecture and room sizes vary from 36sqm for standard rooms up to 70sqm for a suite.

Alongside one speciality restaurant will be an all-day dining venue, rooftop bar and nightclub, and guests will be able to unwind in the fitness centre, spa and pool and receive 24-hour room service, while executives will be able to avail of the Boardroom and Business Centre.

“With the growing business traveller in mind as well as holiday guests, Mövenpick Colombo will be cozy, warm, exquisite, premium quality, and an upscale five-star hotel,” Peres has told the Daily FT in an exclusive interview.

The executive said that Sri Lanka tourism has the potential to be successful as Thailand is today as hospitality is natural for Sri Lankans.

“Sri Lanka’s natural hospitality and warmth is legendary. Sri Lanka is a gorgeous country. Following the end of the conflict Sri Lanka has great potential for the future,” Peres has said.

The hotelier has noted the cleanliness of the capital city and has said that the country has vastly improved.

Peres has said that he was impressed with the quality of new hotels and the entry of several new brands in Colombo and encouraged by the support infrastructure as well as real estate.

The global brand is also looking for opportunities to manage a beach resort to complement and expand its offering in Sri Lanka.


The Kingsbury Colombo

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Location of The Kingsbury Colombo
The Kingsbury Colombo [formerly Ceylon Continental] is located in the heart of the city called Fort: at the northern end of the Galle Face Green in the immediate backdrop of the Indian Ocean to the west and Hotel Galadari Colombo and Hotel Hilton Colombo immediate to the east. Immediately to the north of Kingsbury Colombo is the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, the banker to the state.

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Setting of The Kingsbury Colombo
The Kingsbury Colombo  stands majestically on a strip of land nesting between the Colombo Fort marine drive called Chaithiya Road [Sinhala: Stupa Road] and the Colombo Galle A2 main road [CGHW] that connect to the Janadhipathi Mawata [Sinhala: President’s Avenue] [called Queen’s Street during the British Colonial times].

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of The Kingsbury Colombo: to be edited.
Type of hotel & star rating of The Kingsbury Colombo: a five-star luxury hotel

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Architecture and Interior Décor of The Kingsbury Colombo
Colonial grandeur blended with luxuries of twenty first century living.

Accommodation at The Kingsbury Colombo
One Presidential suite, 21 suites & 207 luxurious bedrooms (Superior, Deluxe, Premium and Executive Rooms)
The views from the rooms at feature Galle Face Green or the Colombo harbor and Indian Ocean.
The rooms have views of the Galle Face green or the Colombo harbour and the Indian Ocean. The room interiors blends classic charm with contemporary living and are furnished with twin or king-size beds.

Kingsbury Colombo

In-room facilities at The Kingsbury Colombo
All rooms of The Kingsbury Colombo are furnished twin or king-size beds
a/c, overhead fans, LCD TV with satellite channels, IDD telephone, tea/coffee facility
wi-fi internet, digital safe, room service and laundry service.
En-suite white marble bathrooms are equipped with hot water and cold water showers.
In house facilities at The Kingsbury Colombo
Ballrooms: The Balmoral, The Victorian and The Winchester.
Other hotel facilities include a swimming pool, fully equipped fitness centre, spa offering relaxing massages and beauty treatments, business centre and banquet facilities.

Kingsbury Colombo  Dining

Restaurants and bars at The Kingsbury Colombo
The Ocean (world cuisine: an all day restaurant serving international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Yue Chuan (Chinese): serves up Cantonese and Szechuan dishes
Fisherman’s Wharf: seafood specialties
The Gourmet Station: specialty teas brewed of Ceylon Tea, the finest Black Tea in the world, chocolates, cakes and pastries.
The King’s Pub, the lobby bar: a range of alcoholic beverages.

Excursions within Colombo district
Kaleniya Royal Temple at the city of Kaleniya, located 11km east of Fort, Colombo
Seemamalaka and Gangaramaya temple located 3 km south of Fort, Colombo on the eastern bank of Beira Wewa [Sinhala: Beira Lake]
Bellanwila Raja Maha Vihara [Sinhala: Bellanwila Royal Buddhist temple] at Bellanwila, off Dehiwale, 14km south of Fort, Colombo and 5km east of Sri Lanka Holidays Mount Lavinia.


Hyatt Regency Colombo

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Hyatt Regency Colombo

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced [October 18, 2012 ] that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Sinolanka Hotels and Spa Private Limited for a Hyatt Regency hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hyatt Regency Colombo will be the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Sri Lanka.

Hyatt Regency Colombo, Sri Lanka
“Sri Lanka continues to be a growing market, and we are excited to work with Sinolanka on this iconic project in Colombo,” said Ratnesh Verma, Senior Vice President – Real Estate and Development, Asia Pacific for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “Establishing our brand’s presence in key gateway cities like Colombo is an integral part of our strategy to drive preference for the Hyatt brand in the South Asian region. We believe the hotel’s excellent location and full range of services and dining options will meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers. It is our privilege to work with Sinolanka and be part of the government’s initiatives to develop tourism infrastructure in Sri Lanka.”

“We are pleased to work with Hyatt on the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Sri Lanka,” said Gamini Senarath, Chairman of Sinolanka Hotels and Spa Private Limited. “Hyatt RegencyColombo is expected to be a flagship development for Sri Lanka, demonstrating the rapidly expanding opportunities in this country’s tourism sector.”
Expected to open in 2014, Hyatt Regency Colombo will be a 42-floor hotel on Galle Road, which is one of the arterial roads in the central business district (CBD) area. The hotel will feature 475 guestrooms and 84 serviced apartments, as well as a lobby lounge, an all-day dining, multi-cuisine restaurant, three specialty restaurants, a bar, eight spa treatment rooms, a fitness center, a swimming pool, and a Regency Club lounge. Additionally, the hotel will offer more than 17,000 sq ft (1,579 sq m) of enclosed meeting space, including a 7,500 sq ft (696 sq m) ballroom.


Palm Beach Hotel

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia, Colombo

Location of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Palm Beach Hotel is located at the coastal town of Mount Lavinia,10 km south of Fort, the heart of Colombo. Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka is 1.5 hours drive south from CMB Bandranayake Int’l Airport at Katunayake, Negombo along A3 Colombo-Negombo main motor road.

Setting of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Mount Lavinia Beach: Palm Beach Hotel is mere 50 meters inland from the beach.

The zone of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Palm Beach Hotel is located in the well sheltered and shaded sea side of the main zone of the township of Mount Lavinia. The zone studded with flowery avenues and lanes that are well shaded from the tropical sun by giant topical trees, has a cluster of tourist hotels. These avenues and lanes crisscross one another to find ways to the southern railway track and Mount Lavinia beach to west of the zone and to the A2 Colombo-Galle main road to the east of the zone.
Still more, with the multitude of tourist hotels and guest houses sandwiched between A2 Colombo-Galle Road and the southern railway line, this zone at suburb Mount Lavinia is the most convenient accommodation option in the suburbs of Colombo.

Palm Beach Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

Most of all, this zone of Sri Lanka Holidays Mount Lavinia is home to the closest tourist class beach of Colombo.

The coastal tropical garden of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Palm Beach Hotel is well set in a tropical garden rich with tropical trees. The courtyard of the Palm Beach Hotel, with a swimming pool and the pool bar, is well shaded with large tropical trees and a couple of towering mangrove trees.

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia:
To be edited

The architecture of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
The architecture of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia seemed to have derived much from the colonial era architecture of the British Ceylon. Wide verandahs run along the rooms of the main building.
Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Accommodation at Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
All rooms, i.e. Pool View Rooms, Superior Rooms and Family Rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with ceiling fans and furnished with double or twin beds.

Palm Beach Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

In Room facilities at Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Cable TV, telephone and wi-fi internet facility

In house facilities at Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Dining; indoor at the Summer Time restaurant; outdoors at the Atrium restaurant located by the poolside; on the roof top restaurant and bar with ocean views.
All restaurants serve Sri Lankan and western cuisine.
Alcholic beverages are served at the s Palm Beach swimming pool side bar as well as in the Night Club.
Health and recreation: Fitness Center, Billiard Pool, Table Tennis, Outdoor Swimming Pool
Services: Room Service. Meeting and Banquet Facilities, Business Center

Palm Beach Hotel, Sri Lanka

Excursions from Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Sri Lanka Holidays Kelaniya Royal Buddhist Temple at Kelaniya, magnificent murals of which narrates the milestones of Aryan Sinhalese Buddhist history of Sri Lanka.
Bellanwilla Royal Buddhist Temple , which houses beautifully sculpted serene Buddha statues and murals.
Dehiwale Zoological Gardens



Casa Colombo

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Location of Casa Colombo
Casa Colombo is located at Bambalapitiya [Colombo 4], 6km south of Fort, the heart of Colombo and 7km north of Mount Lavinia. Mount Lavinia has the one and only Sri Lanka Holidays bay beach of Colombo district. Sri Lanka Holidays beaches of the South western and southern coasts begins at Kalutara, 23km south of the bay beach in Mount Lavinia. The zone of Bambalapitiya [Colombo 4] and surroundings is home to high end shops, restaurants, casinos and nightclubs. Furthermore Colombo affords the opportunity to play golf at Royal Colombo Golf Club [18-hole par 71 course], an international class golf course.
The main motor road southwards of Colombo, A2 Colombo-Galle road that runs parallel to the southern railway line takes Sri Lanka Holidays tourists to the south western and southern beaches of Sri Lanka replete with fine palm fringed beaches of golden sand.

Casa-Colombo, Sri Lanka Holidays
Setting of Casa Colombo
For those who wish to have privacy, the location of Casa Colombo is ideal: it sits well at a dead end of a road off the main A2 Colombo Galle road at Bambalapitiya [Colombo 4]: a cul-de-sac.

Casa Colombo Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials: to be edited.

Architectural concept of Casa Colombo
Casa Colombo is a retro-cool [at once appeals to the latest fashion yet retain a nostalgic revival of the age old style] 12-room boutique hotel set up following a restoration of a magnificent heritage propertyof Colombo: a 200 year old Moorish mansion. While the prominent features of the heritage property, i.e. ornate balconies and window awnings intricate mosaic floors, molded ceilings, elaborate columns and arches have been retained, contemporary furniture, upholstering and feature have been blended in. Colors are vibrant; floor is of polished cement; lighting is neon; metal fitting consists of brushed steel and copper; drapes are raw silk; furniture is made of tropical hard wood.
Casa Colombo’s juxtaposition between old and new is heavenly: it is an extraordinary, unusual and exceptional example of a boutique hotel.
As the newspaper Sunday Times published in Colombo, Sri Lanka put it, Casa Colombo is an opulent and eclectic hotel, where old and new blend in startling contrast. Travel+ Leisure found Casa Colombo blends edgy contemporary with classic elegance effortlessly.

Casa Colombo Sri Lanka

Casa Colombo, one of the most remarkable contemporary hotels was entirely reinterpreted by a talented Sri Lanka designer Lalin Jinasena. I think Geoffrey Bawa has a worthy successor who knows how to draw his inspiration from the teacher’s genius, to renew the Singhalese creation and architecture. A name that will rank, I am sure, amongst the greatest names of the international scene.

Sandra Rude, Chief Editor of the lifestyle TV series l’ emission “Hotels”, Films Concept Associes, France.

Casa Colombo Sri Lanka Holidays

Accommodation at Casa Colombo
Casa Colombo consists of 12 air-conditioned luxury suites with a floor space in between 500 to 1000 sq. ft.: three Leisure Suites, eight Corporate Suites and one Royal Suite. Each suit is individually designed with an open plan and consists of a sleeping area, work space, lounge and ensuite bathroom. Each suit is well furnished with large comfortable bed, desk and lounge chairs.
In addition to above, each Corporate Suite consists of laptop within the work area, super King-size bed, exquisite copper bathtub within the room right within your room, and a laptop within the work area while the luxurious Royal Suite also has a Jacuzzi in the balcony. Luxurious Royal Suite also has access to a roof top attic for candle-lit dinning.

CASA Colombo

In room facilities at Casa Colombo
29-inch Nakamitchi LCD TV which affords viewing from bed room as well as from sitting room
Nakamitchi high-fidelity sound system by Nakamitchi
Movies on an Apple ipod, Complementary Wi-Fi
The ensuite bathroom with twin vanities, a waterfall shower with hot and cold water, and w/c.

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In-room spa services at Casa Colombo
Casa Colombo in collaboration with Angsana Spa provide in room spa services to its clients.
In house Facilities at Casa Colombo
While High Tea is served in the afternoon with Ceylon Tea, the finest Black Tea in the World at the T-REPUBLIC located on the front lawn, cocktails are served at the lounge bar.
The pink swimming pool has cement and glass sun beds and canopied sun beds are set in the shade of a large tropical tree.

Casa Colombo,Bambalapitiya, Sri Lanka

Half day Excursion off Casa Colombo
Mount Lavinia Beach at Mount Lavinia, 7km south of Casa Colombo
Kelaniya Buddhist Temple at Kelaniya [home to exquisite modern murals depicting landmarks of Sinhalese Buddhist civilization of Sri Lanka], 15km north-east of Casa Colombo
Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya [home to magnificent modern Buddha statues and paintings], 9km south of Casa Colombo, Bambalapitiya
Gangaramaya Temple by the Colombo Beira lake [home to a multitude of Buddha statues], 5km north of Casa Colombo


Colombo Rooms

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Colombo Rooms of Riolta Sri Lanka Hotel Guide is a guide to the whole range of rooms available in Sri Lanka Holidays in Colombo: star class hotels of international standing, mid range hotels, budget hotel and home stay.
To begin your Sri Lanka Holidays, there is no better location than the capital city of  Sri Lanka, Colombo.
Here are the main reasons:
(a) Beginning your Sri Lanka Holidays in Colombo is gives all of you a kick start. Colombo affords the opportunity to witness the modern murals at Kaleniya Royal Temple. The famous murals depict the major milestones of Sinhalese Buddhist civilization of Sri Lanka. The murals build up a brief pictorial narrative of the unbroken chronicled history of Sri Lanka since 543 BC. Kaleniya Buddhist Temple is a mini encyclopedic springboard to the exploration of the historical, cultural and archeological destinations of Sri Lanka Holidays.
(b) Colombo is the main airport, main harbor, commercial center, emporium and heart of main metropolitan district also called Colombo in Sri Lanka.
Colombo is the city to arrange your Sri Lanka Holidays, should a holiday package hadn’t been already bought prior to the arrival at  CMB Colombo Bandaranayake Airport at Katnuayake, Negombo, 37km north of the heart of Colombo,
(c) Colombo offers the best chance to buy your equipment, medication, clothes that you may have forgotten pack up. Since Sri Lanka is an underdeveloped country, buying even regular stuff available in developed countries could turn out to be a time killer.
(d) Colombo is the main hub of transportation of Sri Lanka Holidays: the most important main roads (designated with the initial A followed by a number) spoke out of Colombo. For eg. A1 is Colombo-Kandy  road; A2 is Colombo-Galle southern coastal road; A3 is Colombo-Puttalama coastal road. A map of Sri Lanka can be bought on arrival at CMB Colombo Bandaranayake Airport at Katnuayake, Negombo airport.
Colombo Rooms: Hotels, Guest Houses, Rest Houses and Home stay.

Colombo has a fair share of accommodation options. The heart of Colombo city called Fort is numbered Colombo 1. Other suburbs are numbered from 2 to 15.
The other suburbs located within the district of Colombo aren’t numbered. For example, Mount Lavina located mere 10km south of  Colombo nor Moratuwa 15 km south of Colombo along the main A3 Galle Road are numbered though those are densely populated main cities of the Colombo district.

Colombo Hotels, Sri Lanka Holidays

Colombo Hotels, Sri Lanka Holidays

A- Hilton Colombo; B- Cinnamon Grand; C- Hilton Colombo Residence; D- Cinnamon Lakeside;  E- Taj Hotel;  F- Galadari Hotel

Colombo 1 to 15 are:
1 Fort; 2 Slave Island and Union Place; 3 Kollupitiya; 4 Bambalapitiya; 5 Havelock Town and Kirilapone; 6 Wellawatte and Pamankada; 7 Cinnamon Gardens; 8 Borella;
9 Dematagoda; 10 Maradana and Panchikawatte; 11 Pettah; 12 Hultsdorf; 13 Kotahena and Bloemendhal; 14 Grandpass; 15 Mutwal, Modera, Mattakkuliya and Madampitiya.

Locating High Range Rooms, Mid Range Rooms, Budget Range Hotels in Colombo 1 to Colombo 15 would cause no hassle at all since located in the close proximity to the heart of Colombo. Should you prefer a rest at the beach in Colombo, locating Mount Lavina Rooms Beach side Hotels and Guest Houses in Mount Lavinia, 12km South of Fort isn’t bound to cause difficulties either since all hotels therein are clustered together in and around the leafy and sheltered avenues.
However locating High Range Rooms, Mid Range Rooms, Budget Range Hotels in the suburbs of Colombo would need some local help.

Coordinates: 6°56?04?N 79°50?34?E
Province Western Province ; District :Colombo District
Time zone: Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+05:30)

Hilton  Colombo, Fort, Sri Lanka Holidays

Hilton Colombo, Fort, Sri Lanka Holidays

High Range Rooms in Colombo (Colombo 1 to Colombo 15) Sri Lanka Holidays
Ceylon Continental Hotel, 48, Janadahipathi Mawatha, Fort (Colombo 01)
Cinnamon Grand hotel, 77, Galle Road, Kolulupitiya (Colombo 03)
Cinnamon Lake, 115, Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mw., Slave Island (Colombo 02)
Galadari Hotel, 64, Lotus Road, Fort
Galle Face Hotel, 2, Galle Road, Kollupitiya
Hilton Colombo, 2, Sri Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mw., Slave Island
Ramada Colombo, 30, Sir Mohamed Macan Marker Mw., Galle Face
Taj Samudra Hotel, 25 Galle Face Center Road, Kolulupitiya

Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka Holidays

Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka Holidays

Mid Range Rooms in Colombo (Colombo 1 to Colombo 15) Sri Lanka Holidays
Global Towers Hotel, 11, Station Avenue, Wellawatta (Colombo 6)
Grand Oriental Hotel (Taprobane), 2, York Street, Fort
Janaki Hotel, 43, Fife Road, Havelock Town (Colombo 5)
Hotel Sapphire, 371, Galle Road, Wellawatta
Indra Regent Hotel, 383, R. A. De Mel Mw., Kolulupitiya
Renuka City Hotel & Hotel Renuka, 328, Galle Road, Kolulupitiya
Sea View Hotel, 15, Sea View Avenue, Kolulupitiya
Hotel Omega Inn, 324, Galle Road, Wellawatta

Budget Range rooms in Colombo (Colombo 1 to Colombo 15) Sri Lanka Holidays
Hotel Western, 35, Frankfurt Place, Bambalapitiya

Home stay in Colombo (Colombo 1 to Colombo 15) in Sri Lanka Holidays
To be edited


Shangri-La Colombo

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Shangri-La Colombo
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to Open a New Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2014
4 Jan 2011
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Asia Limited announced the purchase of six acres of government land facing the Galle Face green promenade, a prominent landmark in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The development will be a multi-use complex with high-end retail facilities, deluxe apartments and a 700-key luxury hotel to open in early 2014. The purchase marks the entry of the hotel group into Sri Lanka, often referred to as “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean.”
Shangri-La is also planning to develop a second property, a 161 rooms and 20 villas beach side resort on the southern coast of  Sri Lanka Holidays Hambantota  , to open in 2013.
“Sri Lanka is a country of unsurpassed natural beauty, rich in cultural heritage, and above all it is well recognized for its warm and hospitable population. The local government is fully committed to rebuilding the economy following the end of three decades of conflict and we believe that Shangri-La will be able to assist in positioning the country as a prime global tourist destination. Both Shangri-La hotels strategically fit into the group’s ongoing expansion plans to link the Indian subcontinent and our South East Asia developments,” said Greg Dogan, president and chief executive officer of Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd.

To Open A New Hotel In Colombo, Sri Lanka In 2014
‘The entry of the Shangri-La global network is an endorsement of the economic prospects that Sri Lanka has gained since His Excellency the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa ending the long drawn conflict, and accelerating long term infrastructure development, through the creation of a stable economic environment while promoting a rural-centric development strategy. It also marks the beginning of a new journey of a high level of Foreign Direct Investment that Sri Lanka needs in order to accelerate an economic growth in excess of eight percent and position Sri Lanka as an emerging middle income country in Asia’, commented the Secretary to the Treasury. The Secretary also confirmed that several of the world’s leading investors have expressed interest to undertake a wide range of investment activities in 2011.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, currently owns and/or manages 72 hotels under the Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders brands, with a room inventory of over 30,000. Over four decades the group has established its brand hallmark of ‘hospitality from the heart.’ The group has a substantial development pipeline with projects in Canada, mainland China, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Mongolia, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey and United Kingdom.




Sheraton Colombo

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Sheraton Colombo, Sri Lanka Holidays
COLOMBO Nov 6 (Reuters) – Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, the largest Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide brand, will build a hotel in the Sri Lankan capital on land originally offered to a Chinese firm, a government official said on Sunday.
The island nation’s junior economic minister said the government has completed negotiations with Sheraton to allocate the land, earlier offered to China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC).
“The negotiations with Sheraton are successfully over and we have agreed to give (the) CATIC land,” Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene told Reuters.
However, he declined to comment on the amount of the investment or extent of land the government had agreed to offer Sheraton under a 99-year lease.
Last month, Sri Lanka annulled a $500 million investment deal with CATIC after it refused to sell the beach front land outright to the state-run Chinese conglomerate as agreed earlier.
The CATIC deal was among the largest foreign investments since Sri Lanka won a quarter-century civil war in 2009, and analysts say its cancellation has created concerns among potential investors.
The land deal was cancelled after the main opposition United National Party (UNP) questioned it in a parliament dominated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling party.
Officially, Rajapaksa questioned why the land for the hotel on the colonial-era Galle Face seafront grounds was being sold instead of given on a long-term lease. CATIC balked at the change in terms, having already paid $54.5 million.
The government says it is negotiating to give CATIC another property, and is in talks to lease the land in front of Galle Face Green it offered earlier to another party, which it declined to name, to build a hotel.
However, the government has not changed the terms of a similar $500 million hotel, shopping and apartment project with Shangri-La Asia Ltd , which paid $125 million to buy 10 acres next to the 6 acres CATIC wanted.
CATIC is primarily a weapons manufacturer, but has other interests, including in hotels.



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