Billion rupee refurbishment of Hilton Colombo secured by Sri Lanka’s Hayleys-S&T Omani JV
A joint venture of Sri Lanka’s Hayleys Group with S&T Oman – S&T Interiors – has secured the Rs. 1.94 billion 253 guest room refurbishment project of Hilton Colombo.
The 15-month project is to reportedly be completed in four phases, with minimal disruption to hotel operations and will be the first major guest room interior refurbishment since 1984.
The refurbishment by S&T Interiors will consist of civil, interior fit-out and MEP work for the 253 guest rooms.
The renovation is due to be completed by late 2022 and will provide visitors with a completely new and upgraded stay, in line with the international standards set within the luxury segment of Hilton hotel brand.
S&T Interiors Head of Strategy and Finance Chinthaka Jayathilaka has been quoted as saying, “We are pleased to have been awarded this refurbishment project. Whilst the main challenges are to ensure the refurb of the 253 guest rooms do not disrupt hotel operations, we are also quite mindful of the volatility of the economy and regulations in place that could disrupt the process. The refurbishment has been commissioned at the right time, as with the current low occupancy rates – allowing for more convenient preparation and work on the property for the future.”
Concluding, Hotel Developers Lanka (PLC) Chief Operating Officer Shamahil Mohideen has further noted, “We are pleased to have partnered with S&T Interiors for the refurbishment of our 253-room inventory at the Hilton Colombo through a competitive bidding process. The renowned interior fit-out contracting company stood out during the competitive bidding process due to their international expertise and global network, in particular their in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Hilton brand, its visual and hotel standards as well as the brand ethos that when executed correctly, can be brought to life through every aspect of the property.”
Sri Lanka is engaged in an aggressive development programme aimed at taking the country to the next level of development. The development has also been extended to the country’s private sector. Sri Lanka’s tourism industry meanwhile is also using the present slow movements in the industry due to pandemic travel issues to take time to renovate and further develop the country’s leisure sector. Sri Lanka is on the path to becoming a business hub in the South Asian region. All these have expanded business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is currently recording a steady growth of tourist arrivals amidst challenges posed by the global Covid 19 pandemic.
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