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NEWS | Marriott International to debut in Sri Lanka in 2014

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of East West Properties PLC, to open its first hotel in Sri Lanka in 2014. The 200-room, 11-storey Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, will be operated under Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand. "Marriott is delighted to be extending its portfolio and opening a world-class hotel in Sri Lanka,"
said Simon Cooper, President and Managing Director Marriott, Asia Pacific. "Sri Lanka is a destination that has great potential and opportunity and we hope to establish a strong presence in the country. We are confident that the reputation of Marriott Hotels and Resorts and the power of Marriott Rewards, our loyalty programme, will create great interest from both local and international travellers as this is our first hotel here," Cooper added. The upcoming property will offer around 640 square metres of flexible ballroom space, and should prove popular in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition (MICE) market. While those travelling to Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa on holiday, will be able to take full advantage of the wide leisure offering at the hotel, which includes three restaurants, a pool with a pool bar, spa, fitness centre, among others. Commenting on the project Nahil Wijesuriya, Chairman, East West Properties PLC said, "We are among the first companies in Sri Lanka to sign up with an international branded hotel company and to open as early as 2014. The resort is being built according to Marriott International’s five-star brand standards, with a beach frontage of 115 metres on the Galle-Matara road in the South-East of the country. The construction is being carried out in-house by East West Engineering Services (Pvt) Ltd so we have direct control of every aspect of the construction."

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