The Ceylon Hotels Corp. (CHC) is knocking on the Treasurys door for a Rs. 59 mn loan to upgrade its properties.
Part of the funds will also be utilised to pay off a Rs. 19 mn early retirement package the corporation offered earlier this year to send home 51 employees, CHC Chairman, Bodhi Liyanage said.rn
rnCHC, a government controlled entity, manages 21 Rest Houses and snack outlets islandwide, mostly catering to the local tourists.rn
rnLiyanage says the overall product has not been upgraded over the years, but an upturn in tourism, following the onset of the ceasefire, has prompted the corporation to renovate its properties.rn
rnldblquote We made a Rs. 13 mn loss in 2002. But we have started renovating our properties with internally generated funds,
dblquote he said.rn
rnWith domestic tourism on the rise, the corporation has raised its prices by Rs. 1,000 per room. This together with more locals taking holidays has enabled CHC to post a Rs. 2 mn profit for the six months ending June 30, 2003.