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* Swiss hospitality chain to open hotel in Sri Lanka capital
Tue, Dec 14, 2010, 12:18 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 13, Colombo: The Swiss hospitality chain Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has finalized a management deal to operate an upscale hotel in Kollupitiya area of the capital Colombo, a press release by the hotel chain said.

The Swiss chain said it has secured a management deal to operate a 180-room upscale Mövenpick Hotel in a half an acre property next to Liberty Plaza in Colombo. The hotel owned by SoftLogic Holdings is expected to open by mid 2013.

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.

Alongside one specialty 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, the release noted.

Andreas Mattmüller, chief operating officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and 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.

He added that Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts look forward to working with owners SoftLogic Holdings in establishing and growing the business.

"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 and 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."

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