Newest 13-room five-star hotel to enter the Sri Lankan tourism arena will be Heritance Negombe which is the creation of Aitken Spence Travels and its joint venture partner Touristik Union International (TUI), the World’s largest intergrated tourism group.
Demolishing the earlier known Browns Beach hotel to make way for this iconic creation Aitken Spence Travels has invested Rs.5 billion to build Heritance Negombo.
The hotel also will have one Presidential Suite, four superior deluxe suites, 48 deluxe suites, 22 premium and 64 deluxe rooms. The hotel also has one of the largest childrens’ pools and an interactive swimming pool. In a bid to attract the conference and the wedding market, the hotel offers four banquet halls which could cater to over 1,000 guests.
Aitken Spence Hotels Managing Director Stasshani Jayawardane said that they are also able to offer higher rate for employees and they see a trend where some of the Sri Lankans working overseas returning to work in Sri Lanka.
Hotel manager Ranjan Stanislaus said they started to market Heritance Negombo an year ago and are happy with the response. “We hope to maintain around 60% occupancy in the first year of operations.”
“We expect a majority 90% to be foreigners and we would be also at an advantage as we could include this hotel as the last of stays when marketing a package.”