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Marriott to open first Sri Lankan property

After signing an agreement with Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd, the Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand plan to open their first Sri Lankan hotel.

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa set to open in 2014, will boast 200 rooms over 11 floors.

Marriott Asia Pacific president and managing director Simon Cooper was delighted the company was opening a world-class hotel on the Indian Ocean island.

“Sri Lanka is a destination that has great potential and opportunity and we hope to capitalise on that and establish a strong presence in the country,” he said.

“We are confident that the reputation of Marriott Hotels and Resorts and the power of Marriott Rewards, our loyalty programme, will create great interest from both local and international travellers and be successful in promoting the beautiful area of Weligama Bay, as well as the country itself as this is our first hotel here.”
East West Properties PLC chairman Nahil Wijesuriya said the property will be constructed in-house and to the highest standards and quality.

“We are among the first companies in Sri Lanka to sign up with an international branded hotel company and to open as early as 2014. The resort is being built according to Marriott International’s five star brand standards, with a beach frontage of 115 meters on the Galle-Matara road in the South-East of the country.”

Weligama is known for its famous stilt-fishermen and is already a popular tourist destination on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka. The services sector is expected to be the primary engine of growth for the region in coming years, which is expected to be led by tourism.

“While India, UK and Germany are the largest source markets for hotels in Sri Lanka; the Middle East and Russia are the emerging source markets and with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority aiming to achieve a target of 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016, we are confident of attracting great leisure and business guests to the property,” Mr Cooper said.

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