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* Sri Lankan government approves projects for luxury hotels without gaming facilities
Wed, Dec 18, 2013, 09:28 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 18, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government issued Gazette notification approving three luxury hotel projects including Australian billionaire James Packer's Crown hotel project.

However, the approval has not been granted for gaming and casino facilities to be included in the hotel projects.

The Cabinet at its meeting on Monday approved the three projects which were presented by the Investment Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena.

The Cabinet in September gave its approval to initiate the Packer's US$ 350 million project to build a mixed-resort in the capital Colombo and another project by the diversified conglomerate, John Keells Holdings (JKH) to build a multi-function resort at a cost of US$ 650 million.

However, in the face of strong opposition from the Buddhist monks and opposition parties as well as coalition partners the government held back the two gazette notifications on regulations to establish two casinos in Colombo.

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