Sri Lanka’s Jetwing leisure group plans new resorts in East, centre

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June 25, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s privately held Jetwing leisure group, is planning new project in the central and war-torn eastern areas of the island that will add 500 rooms over the next two years catering to a post-war boom, officials said.

“We are looking at 50 rooms in the first phase and another 30 in the second,” managing director of Jetwing Hotels, Ruwan Samarasinghe said.

“Construction will begin as soon as approval comes.”

Jetwing upgraded a hotel in Negambo, near Sri Lanka’s international airport in the Western coast Friday to 4-star standard Friday relaunching it as ‘Jetwing Blue’. The firm said it spent 8 million US dollars to spruce up the 112 room property spread across nine acres.

The group has four properties in Negambo.

The company has already announced plans to build hotels in Colombo, Jaffna, Uppuveli and Nilaveli in Trincomalee, Kandy, Yala and Dambulla.

Jetwing says an 80 room four star hotel is on the cards for Dambulla, which will cost 800 million rupees to build.

The construction of the hotel will consolidate Jetwing’s presence in the island’s cultural triangle of Anudhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla where the main tourist attraction is Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress.