April 08, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Confifi Group says two of its three beach resorts on the west coast have done well in the last winter season despite the sharp down turn in arrivals to the island. . M T A Furkhan, Confifi Group chaiman, said the company has plans to refurbish its hotels although expansion plans are on hold until the market improves.
Confifi owns and operates three resorts on what’s known as the ‘Golden Mile’ in Beruwela, south of Colombo, one of the first stretches of beach to be developed into resorts.
The present downturn in arrivals has not hit the group’s beach resorts as badly as the city hotels, upcountry hotels and those in the ‘cultural triangle’, a north-central region where the ruins of ancient monasteries and habitats are an attraction.
“Our beach resorts are enjoying better occupancy than city hotels,” Furkhan told LBO in an interview.
Beach resorts have the best time during the winter season between November and end-March.
Furkhan said Confifi’s Riverina and Palm Garden hotels enjoyed 90 percent occupancy in the latest winter season that has just ended but Eden at the top end of the business saw occupancy down to about 60 percent.