Sri Lanka’s Colombo City Center launches The Courtyard by Marriott
Sri Lanka’s Colombo City Centre, which is a member of the Abans International Group, has reportedly signed an agreement with Marriott International Inc to launch ‘The Courtyard by Marriott’ brand in Sri Lanka.
“We are delighted to strengthen our Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of hotels in Sri Lanka with this signing,” Marriott International President-Asia Pacific (excluding China) Rajeev Menon has been quoted as saying.
“This signing underscores our long-term commitment to Sri Lanka as a strategically important market, offering the potential to grow our brand and provide customers with more choices.”
Set in the heart of Colombo city adjacent to the Beira Lake, The Courtyard by Marriott Colombo will provide convenient business connectivity and excellent views of the city skyline. Slated to feature 164 modern-styled guest rooms and suites, the hotel will offer an inviting hospitality experience through its intuitive service and uplifting spaces, allowing business and leisure guests to shift gears smoothly from work to relaxation, according to local media reports.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with Abans Group, who share our vision to offer smart, intuitive service and high-quality accommodation in Sri Lanka,” Marriott International South Asia Regional Vice President – Development Kiran Andicot has been quoted as saying.
The hotel is set to feature two dining venues – including an all-day dining restaurant offering a combination of Western dishes, Asian favourites and a host of local delicacies, as well as an adjoining Lobby Lounge decked with a full-service bar and a quick-bites menu. Additional plans call for a well-equipped 24-hour fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool and meeting rooms to be fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and wireless internet.
“We are happy to have forged this strategic alliance with Marriott International and we are keen to see our relationship grow from strength to strength. We now eagerly look forward to opening the first Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Sri Lanka and are excited to have Marriott International with us at Colombo City Centre,” Abans Group Chairperson Aban Pestonjee has stated.
Abans Group Managing Director Behman Pestonjee has noted, “We are delighted to partner with Marriott International – the world’s largest hospitality group. With plans for more similar developments to follow, this is a testimony to our confidence in the market and our long-term commitment to contribute to the growth of our beautiful city. We gladly welcome the entry of Marriott into Colombo City Centre and our Group.”
“Abans PLC and Marriott International have jointly recognised the growth potential in our island nation. We are confident that tourism will bounce back to its full glory shortly. Colombo is one of the most sought-after cities in South Asia, as it is a highly cosmopolitan area and is a melting pot of several cultures. Marriott and we are perfectly poised for a long innings together,” Colombo City Centre CEO Praveen Methil has been quoted as saying.
Sri Lanka’s hospitality industry is once again on a path to recovery after facing the impact of the global Covid 19 pandemic. The country’s tourism industry was one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the country when the Covid 19 pandemic affected global travel resulting in a complete standstill in tourist arrivals to the country. However, as soon as the country re-opened its borders to foreign travellers, Sri Lanka witnessed tourist arrivals to the country. Also, Sri Lanka’s positioning as an emerging business destination in the South Asian region has also made the island an important travel destination. Realizing the growing business/investment potential in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry many international hospitality brands have expressed interest in entering the country. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.
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