Mövenpick seals Colombo hotel deal
Colombo , December 13, 2010
Swiss hospitality chain Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has secured a management deal to operate a 180-room property in Sri Lankan capital Colombo, which is expected to open by mid 2013.
The upscale Mövenpick Hotel Colombo, located next to Liberty Plaza in the heart of the city, will occupy half an acre in the prime downtown district, surrounded by commercial businesses, high-end residences and prestigious restaurants.
The 19-floor hotel – being designed with sustainable build and operating requirements – will feature contemporary architecture and room sizes vary from 36 sq m for standard rooms up to 70 sq m for a suite. It is owned by SoftLogic Holdings.
Alongside one speciality restaurant will be an all-day dining venue, rooftop bar and nightclub, and guests will be able to unwind in the fitness centre, spa and pool and receive 24-hour room service, while executives will be able to avail of the Boardroom and Business Centre.
Andreas Mattmüller, chief operating officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Asia, said the company is very excited about opening in Colombo, which is in line with its development strategy to secure projects in key Asian markets.
“It’s a great opportunity to expand our presence in such an emerging travel destination,” he said. 'It dovetails perfectly with our commitment to international expansion and will strengthen our brand portfolio in Asia,' Mattmüller remarked.
Ashok Pathirage, chairman of SoftLogic Holdings, said: “We were keen to work with a globally recognised brand and Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts meets our criteria perfectly. I am sure with their world-renowned levels of service and large client base, they will be a successful addition to the Colombo hospitality scene.”
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is represented through over 90 hotels existing or under construction in 26 countries with a concentration on its core markets in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The hotel group is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7 per cent) and the Kingdom Group (33.3 per cent).-TradeArabia News Service