Sri Lanka’s first airport hotel to be set up at Bandaranaike International Airport
Sri Lanka has recently announced the launch of the country’s first airport hotel at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) that is scheduled to be operational by next December.
Promoted by Colombo International Airport Hotels Ltd. (CIAH), the 185-room four star venture is expected to expand into a mega value addition to the expanding capacity of the BIA, according to local media reports.
“We are especially pleased with the timing of this project. This will not only add value to the BIA but also offer a unique option for the Free Trade Zone visitors as well as transit, crew and business travellers. We are most delighted to partner with Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka Ltd. to build this on their own land. We are happy about the confidence placed in us by the people of Japan investing in the project and our well-wishers in Sri Lanka for their active support to make it a success,” CIAH Chairman Dr. Ruwan Perera has been quoted as saying.
Dr. Perera, has previously worked at Sony Corporation in Japan and Sri Lanka.
The principal architect of the project is Ichio Tetsuya from Ichio Kenchiku Kannkyou Sekkei based in Japan and CIAH has also acknowledged and appreciated F. Michio who is a goodwill ambassador to Sri Lanka in Japan as well as an ardent supporter and promoter of this project.
CIAH has stated that after an exciting day exploring the island or arriving/departing from Sri Lanka on business or leisure, travellers could look forward to utmost convenience at a hotel designed to foster a welcoming and convenience next to the airport.
“Together with Japanese collaboration, a renowned consultants group in Sri Lanka and a leading construction consortium will be responsible for the construction of the project with an aggressive and ambitious plan to start business by the deadline,” Dr. Perera has added.
Sri Lanka is engaged in an aggressive development programme aimed at gearing the country to face the economic expansion that comes along with becoming a business hub in the South Asian region. The country’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean and the many trade agreements as well as trade concessions enjoyed by the country have also helped the country’s posturing as a business hub in the region. The expansion of the Bandaranaike International Airport is also part of the overall development programme to prepare the country to meet the growing needs of a regional hub. Sri Lanka’s development programme has posed many business/investment opportunities for foreign businesses. The country has also shown a growth potential despite facing the impact of the global Covid 19 pandemic. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s development programme.
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