Basil declares open star class hotel in Batti

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:03 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A new star class hotel named Eastern Lagoon located in Sinna Uppodai, Batticaloa was declared open by Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa, last Saturday (22 June). The new 45-room hotel with facilities on par with international standards has been built in the middle of an islet in the Batticaloa lagoon and enjoys a picturesque backdrop to it. Minister Rajapaksa said the Eastern Province is a goldmine for tourism and ideally located for tourists. Subsequent to the end of the war, tourism has begun to blossom in the Eastern Province with foreign and local tourists travelling to resorts without any restrictions or difficulties, the Economic Development Minister said. From Batticaloa, there are several hotels in the coastal areas of the Eastern Province and the new hotel is considered special among them, given its multiple facilities including banquet hall, swimming pool, and conference hall with modern facilities was built at Rs. 350 million. Eastern Province Chief Minister Najeeb Abdul Majeed, the Adviser to the President on Eastern Affairs and Provincial Council Member Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, Minister Habis Nazeer Ahamed, SLFP Organiser for Batticaloa Arun Thambimuthu, Batticaloa District Secretary P.S.M. Charles and other VIPs were present at the opening ceremony.