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* Sri Lanka improves old hotels to reach tourism targets
Fri, Dec 6, 2013, 02:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 06, Colombo: In a modernization drive, old hotels in Sri Lanka are refurbishing and improving their facilities to meet the government's tourism targets.

Improving the facilities of old tourist hotels is being successfully implemented now in parallel with the programme to bring 2.5 million tourists to the island by 2016, the Economic Development Ministry said.

Several hotels have been modernized and reopened under the patronage of the Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa recently.

The Minister recently opened the modernized Hotel Dolphin which is the firstly constructed tourist hotel is Waikkal in 1983. The four-star hotel belongs to Hemas Holdings PLC has 154 rooms and a large garden.

The Blue Water Hotel in Wadduwa has also added a new room complex consisting of 40 rooms. The 100-room hotel was constructed in 1988 according to a plan made by the renowned architect Geoffery Bawa. It hotel belongs to Union Resorts PVT Ltd.

The Minister also opened the improved Ranowell Hotel and Banquet Hall in Kochchikade.

The tourism authority anticipates attracting more tourists by modernizing the tourist hotels with the facilities required for tourists. It is expected to provide rooms required for increasing number of tourists.

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