Marriott International has entered into an agreement with East West Properties’ wholly-owned subsidiary Weligama Hotel Properties to open a hotel in Sri Lanka.
The new 11-storey, 200-room Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa 2014, which will be Marriott’s first property on the Indian Ocean island, will be operated under the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand.
The resort hotel is being built according to Marriott International’s five star brand standards, with a beach frontage of 115m on the Galle-Matara road in the south-east of Sri Lanka, construction of which is being carried out in-house by East West Engineering Services.
Marriott Asia Pacific president and managing director Simon Cooper said Sri Lanka is a destination that has great potential and the company hopes to capitalise on that and establish its presence in the country.
"While India, UK and Germany are the largest source markets for hotels in Sri Lanka, the Middle East and Russia are the emerging source markets and with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) aiming to achieve a target of 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016 we are confident of attracting great leisure and business guests to the property," Cooper added.
The Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa 2014 will feature 640m² of ballroom space, three restaurants, a pool with a pool bar, a spa and a fitness centre.
The hotel will be located in Weligama, which is one of the largest cities on the south coast of Sri Lanka, where tourism and fishing are the two main businesses.
US-based lodging company Marriott International, which currently operates over 3,700 hotels in over 73 countries and territories around the globe, operates and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and resorts including Bulgari Hotels and Resorts and The Ritz Carlton.