Sri Lanka night race will help travel trade: Colombo hoteliers

Dec 16, 2011 (LBO) – A night car race in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo has increased occupancy in city hotels and will help the travel trade if it is made an annual international event, hoteliers said. “An event like this will put us on the map as a happening city,” Rohit Khosla, head of Taj Samudra hotel in Colombo told reporters.

“We have seen an increase in booking levels. I hope in the years to come it will become an event in the calendar that people will look forward to.”

Shanthi Kumar president of the Colombo Tourist Hotel Association said about 500 rooms of the total 2,200 five stars capacity would be taken up during the weekend by mainly local fans and interested persons.

“It will be a great opportunity start for the future,” Rudolf Trostler general manager Hilton Colombo said.

“It will help to be destination for festivals and events.”

Sampath Siriwardana general manager of Galadari Hotels where the races start and finish said the hotel itself has planned special events and parties after a key promoter of the event Yoshitha Rajapaksa of the Carlton Sports Network met him a month earlier.

Tiered seating had been built in front of the hotel by Carlton Sports Netw