The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka has signed an agreement with LA’ MORE Hotel Ltd. to set up, conduct and operate a 176 key five-star hotel project in Tangalle.
The project represents an investment of $ 35 million and will employ a staff of 355 members at the property.
The agreement was signed by Board of Investment of Sri Lanka Chairman Mangala Yapa and Amagi Group Chairman S. Ganeshanadan. Also present was Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts of the Maldives President of Business Development Shrikant Dash, who will be managing the five-star hotel project.
Commenting on the new investment, Shrikant Dash stated: “Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts is an Indian Ocean hospitality group currently based in the Maldives. As a company, we strongly believe in Sri Lanka’s expansion and growth as a top tourism destination for travellers world-wide. We have embarked on this journey in Sri Lanka with Ganesh who is a vibrant and young entrepreneur with a lot of enthusiasm and foresight. In addition to being one of the major seafood exporters from Sri Lanka and having received the Presidential Award for the Best Seafood Exporter, he is also an ambitious hotelier and we are working together with him and his group of investors to achieve his vision of a new phase of tourism in Sri Lanka.
“Our main strength is product development and design as we understand the concept of leisure and what the key markets and demographics really want from a holiday destination. We opted for Tangalle because it is an ideal location, which offers a unique old-world charm and is far less crowded than other developing tourist areas in the province, such as Galle.
“In Tangalle there is a sense of Sri Lanka that you do not get anywhere else. The sea and sand are very different because of the reef close by. In fact, the sand is whiter in Tangalle than elsewhere in the country.”
Dash added: “We are building exclusive villas, guest rooms and service outlets and are confident that our ability to deliver a top-tier product with exemplary service combined with an amazing location in quintessential Sri Lankan surroundings will ensure a resounding commercial success for this project.”