Sri Lankan Hotels Unveil Expansion Plans

21st March 2010 (Last Updated March 21st, 2010 18:30)

Increased tourism in Sri Lanka, due to the end of the 37-year civil war, has forced Sri Lankan hotels to reveal their expansion plans. The total number of hotel rooms will grow from 15,000 to 22,000 within the next two years, according to Sri Lanka's tourist board. John Keells

Increased tourism in Sri Lanka, due to the end of the 37-year civil war, has forced Sri Lankan hotels to reveal their expansion plans.

The total number of hotel rooms will grow from 15,000 to 22,000 within the next two years, according to Sri Lanka’s tourist board.

John Keells Holdings said it will spend $900m to renovate one existing flagship hotel in Colombo and two beach-front resorts, one of which will be reopened in May.

Aitken Spence Group will spend $30m next year to renovate properties and build three hotels, while Jetwing Group will spend more than $7m this year to improve its properties, according to news agency AFP.

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau head Dileep Mudadeniya said most hotels have been fully occupied in the past three or four months and forward bookings are encouraging.

John Keells is the operator of leisure hotels in Sri Lanka.