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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 05.55 GMT

Another modern hotel opened as tourism boom


The Gateway Hotel Airport Garden Colombo in Seeduwa is the latest addition to super luxury hotels in Sri Lanka to facilitate the record tourism hike. A series of hotel and resorts to facilitate tourism boom after defeat of terrorism has been planned and this hotel was one of them.

The Gateway Hotel Airport Garden Colombo in Seeduwa, in close proximity to the international airport was opened by the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa.

The Hotel has opened up 100 additional rooms which offer the perfect blend of modern comfort and vibrancy. Nestled amidst a 38-acre coconut plantation bordering the tranquil Negombo Lagoon, The Gateway Hotel in Colombo now boasts of total inventory of 200 rooms.

Designed by the Singapore based architects group supported by Tommy Wijesekera, the rooms are stylishly sleek and exude energy and simplicity. The theme of the new block, consisting of 98 Executive Rooms and 2 Gateway Suites, has been conceptualized to include a modern flavour of Sri Lanka and caters to all segments of MICE, leisure, corporate and transit travellers.

“Refurbished at a cost of SLRs 1.3 Billion (10 million USD), the hotel is designed to reflect international standards with a brand new contemporary design. We welcome Sri Lankans and international travellers back to their favourite hotel with enhanced facilities to experience the legendary Taj hospitality” said, Rohit Khosla, Area Director – Sri Lanka, The Taj Group of Hotels.

Sri Lanka began constructions of many new-style holiday resorts especially in the tourist zones of Eastern seaboard last year (2013).

These hotel and resorts are being built under Economic Development Ministry's five-year plan to build 50,000 new hotel rooms to accommodate the 2.5 million tourists expected in Sri Lanka by 2016. According to the Ministry the plan is successfully nearing completion.

Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel group, Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts also started construction in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Shangri-La Asia Limited has invested US$ 408 million on the 30- storied star class hotel that will have 661 rooms. The construction work is to be completed in 2015.




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