Indian Bedfellow

CEAT Kelani Holdings Managing Director Ravi Dadlani (right) and Lanka Ashok Leyland CEO Umesh Gautham exchange the OEM agreement

John Keells Hotels will take its first steps into India, scouting for prospects in joint hotel and resort management in the neighbouring country.rnrn
“We have been flirting with India and have been looking at it for the hotel sector for the past couple of years, even previously looking at beach properties in Goa,” Managing Director John Keells Group, Ajit Gunewardene said.rn

rn”We want to first work on the management side before investing as such. So India is of special interest, but there is nothing very firm at the moment as yet.”rn

rnThe company will look at management of the less up-market four star properties initially. rn

rnA property in Indias southern Kerala state however is likely with a local partner, tapping into surging tourist traffic in South India.rn

rnThe Group will also expand operations in Maldives where it owns two properties, with a US$ 15 mn resort project on the cards. rn

rnJohn Keells has eleven hotels under its umbrella, with 2,000 rooms in Sri Lanka and two resorts in

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