Sri Lanka’s Asia Leisure in Japan tie for beach resort

Chandi Dharmaratne

May 05, 2012 (LBO) – Teoria Investment Company Limited, a Japan based company is investing two million US dollars in a beach resort built by Sri Lanka’s Asia Leisure, which is seeking partners for new hotels, officials said. “We need to raise seven-to-eight million dollars each (for each hotel), to start projects in Galle and Trincomalee.”

Sri Lanka’s interest rates have moved up over the past year as a sudden surge in bank credit taken by state energy enterprises to manipulate prices triggered a balance of payments crisis.

“Asia Capital will buy the properties, but we need working capital to build, for that we are talking to several foreign parties to invest in each property,” Abeysinghe said.

The 30-room Balapitiya boutique property is due to be ready for occupation by April 2013, for which the local partners hope, will attract Japanese holidaymakers.

Formerly known as ‘Taruvillas’, Asia Leisure owns and operates three small luxury properties: The Park Street Hotel, Colombo (13 rooms); The River House, Balapitiya (five rooms); and the Tamarind Hill, Galle (13 rooms).

Another 35-room property is being developed along the southern coast of Wadduwa.

The five properties will raise Asia Capital