National carrier SriLankan Airlines threw the gauntlet at the hotel industry, saying it was ready to broad base into up-market leisure hotels if local industry didnt make a move on.
ldblquote If you dont invest in the industry, this airline will,
dblquote warned SriLankan Airlines CEO, Peter Hill addressing corporate heads at the ninth LBO-LBR CEO Forum on Thursday.rn
rnThe Airline says it is ready to broad base to counter a lack of rooms and specialised leisure facilities for niche, high spenders, a segment Sri Lanka is trying hard to attract.rn
rnldblquote We are ready to. We are thinking of specialised leisure facilities on the lines of maybe a hotel with a golf course and so on,
dblquote Hill said, pointing out that parent company Emirates is already in the leisure business.rn
rnThe Airline sees potential on the Galle Coast and even in the East, packaging it with its expanding amphibious plane operations.rn
rnSriLankan will be expanding its fleet to 21 aircrafts this year, to servi