Hilton has signed six management agreements with Melwa Hotels & Resorts to manage three Hilton Hotels & Resorts and three DoubleTree by Hilton properties in Sri Lanka.
The six new-build properties – Hilton Kandy Resort, Hilton Yala Resort & Spa, Hilton Kosgoda Resort, DoubleTree by Hilton Nuwara-Eliya, DoubleTree by Hilton Colombo International Airport and DoubleTree by Hilton Negombo – are scheduled to open between 2020 and 2021.
(From left) Melwa Hotels & Resorts' P P Barathakumar and P P Barathamanickam; Hilton's Kieran Bestall; Melwa Hotels & Resorts' Ranjith Bandara; Hilton's William Costley; Melwa Hotels & Resorts' P P Murganandhan, P P Anandharajah and P P Devaraj
Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development – Asia & Australasia, Hilton, said: “Our hotels are strategically located in the heart of key tourist destinations of Kandy, Yala, Kosgoda, Nuwara-Eliya, Colombo and Negombo, allowing them to reap the full benefits of the burgeoning growth in tourism in Sri Lanka,”
Sean Wooden, Hilton’s vice president, brand management, Asia-Pacific, added: “With few international hotel brands having a widespread presence throughout the country, Hilton will enjoy the first mover advantage in riding on Sri Lanka’s growth trajectory.”
In 2016, the total international arrivals to Sri Lanka hit a new milestone of more than two million – a 14 per cent increase from 2015.