Sri Lanka ‘Uga Bay’ hotel expects to open this month: official

Oct 12, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Uga Escapes leisure group will open a resort in the north eastern coast of Passikudah and the firm expects to sell a room at 250 to 300 US dollars a night, an official said. Sri Lanka is seeing a tourism boom after the end of a 30-year civil war in 2009 and the opening up of new areas in the former war zones in the Eastern coast opening for development.

The ‘Uga Bay’ resort built at a cost of 850 million rupees has 48 cabins, managing director of the Uga Escapes group Priyanjith Weerasooriya said.

In June the group has opened Uga Jungle Beach in Kuchchaveli also in Sri Lanka’s Eastern coast.

Weerasooriya said he expected the hotels to break even in about 16 months with occupancy rates of around 40-45 percent.

Sri Lanka’s Eastern coast is sunny and bright in the middle of the year, when the more developed western and southern coastal tourism belt sees rain from monsoon winds.

The group also operates ‘Uga Ullugalla’ in Anuradhapura, in north central Sri Lanka. The firm says it is charging about 1,000 US dollars a night on the resorts.