and Resorts broke ground for its new hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 24 February
2012. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will be located between the Galle Face green
promenade and Beira Lake, with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. The
Hong Kong-based group announced the purchase of 10 acres of government land in
January 2011 and is targeting to open the property in 2017.
will be easily accessible from Colombo International Airport in 45 minutes by
car. Shangri-La is also developing a second property, a 300-key city resort on
approximately 145 acres of land in Hambantota, on the southern coast of Sri
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will be built according to
sustainability guidelines, with 500 rooms offering some of the largest
accommodation in town at 45 square metres to 60 square metres (484 square feet
to 646 square feet). This also includes 30 suites ranging in size from 90 square
metres to 225 square metres (968 square feet to 2,421 square feet).
range of restaurant and lounge concepts will be available at the hotel, with
more details to be announced nearer to opening.
Meeting facilities will
be among the largest in Colombo, with over 4,500 square metres (48,438 square
feet) of function space spread over three floors to host meetings, receptions
and private functions.
A fitness centre, spa, pool and two outdoor tennis
courts will complete the recreational facilities.
The Sri Lankan
properties will be fully integrated into the local community from the very
beginning, offering employment opportunities and infrastructural support. In
addition, both properties will adopt Embrace, Shangri-La's Care for People
Project, and will work with local children's organisations on health or
education programmes over a long-term period in need areas such as school
materials, infrastructure improvement, hygiene and nutrition. The hotel is in
the process of identifying eligible schools within Colombo.
recognises the unique opportunity presented to hone a new generation of tourism
talent in Sri Lanka. Both properties are committed to employing the majority of
the workforce locally and they will commence a “Hospitality Traineeship
Programme.” Young adults participating in the 15- to 18-month programme will
start with basic skill courses in front office, food and beverage service,
kitchen, landscaping and gardens. Successful candidates will then be placed in
selected Shangri-La hotels globally until the properties in Sri Lanka are ready
for pre-opening work.
“Sri Lanka is a country of unsurpassed natural
beauty and rich in cultural heritage. Both Shangri-La hotels strategically fit
into the group’s ongoing expansion plans to link the Indian subcontinent and our
South East Asia developments,” said Greg Dogan, president and chief executive
officer of Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd.