John Keells Hotels (KHL) reports losses of Rs470mn on 27% drop in revenue

John Keells Holdings Deputy Chairman Gihan Cooray on CNBC forecasting a recovery in Sri Lanka's tourism industry

October 25, 2019 (LBO) – Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) listed John Keells Hotels PLC (KHL), the subsidiary of John Keells Holdings (JKH) which owns resort hotels in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, reported sharp losses for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

KHL lost Rs470mn (US$2.6mn) in the three month period with revenues down 27% year over year. This is in comparison to breakeven results in corresponding quarter one year ago.

The dismal results come in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attacks which struck at churches and five star city hotels including the Cinnamon Grand owned by JKH.

The attacks devastated Sri Lanka’s thriving tourist industry which represents approximately 5% of the country’s GDP. The tourism industry has been recovering since the attacks approximately six months ago.

In a recent interview with global business network CNBC, Deputy Chairman of JKH Gihan Cooray mentioned that the tourism segment of their business is showing signs of a significant recovery.