Sri Lanka woos Sheraton India franchisee for hotel: report

Nov 25, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is in talks to with India’s ITC Ltd a franchisee of Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ Sheraton brand to build a 450 million US dollar hotel in a beachfront in the capital Colombo, a media report said. Reuters, a new agency quoted Sri Lanka’s Treasury Secretary as saying that the firm will be given land earlier part sold to China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corp. (CATIC).

“The land will cost $70 million and the CATIC land will be released,” Reuters quoted Jayasundera as saying.

“The total investment would be $450 million.”

CATIC is reportedly looking for other land after the state decided not to sell property outright but give long-term lease. CATIC had already made a part payment for the property.

“Whilst we have expressed interest in building a premium green ITC Hotel in Sri Lanka, we are unable to offer any comments at the moment, until we receive formal intimation,” Reuters quoted an ITC spokesperson as saying.

Sri Lanka image as a safe investment destination has been shaken by an expropriation law that was passed earlier this month, which lawmakers said was deeply flawed.

“In my view none of the investors have been affected by these incidences,” the r