09th May 2011, www.lankabusinessonline.com
Sri Lanka's LOLC group has closed three beach hotels it acquired recently - Riverina, Club Palm Garden and Tropical Villas - for refurbishment and modernisation.
The three hotels will be closed for business for 18 months from May 01, 2011 "to complete an accelerated refurbishment programme," a stock exchange filing said.
"This comprehensive property improvement which will be supported by a substantial investment will transform the three hotels into the league of the best beach hotels in Asia," it said.
"After being upgraded the hotels will be managed by a globally reputed hotel management company. The final negotiation with the international operator is expected to be concluded shortly."
Tropical Villas, a beach resort with 50 luxury villas in Beruwela, on the south-west coast was the latest hotel acquired by the LOLC group through a subsidiary, LOLC Leisure.
In May 2010 LOLC group entered the hotel sector by buying three hotels from the Confifi group; Palm Garden, Riverina and Eden, also in Beruwela.
At the time the LOLC group said the acquisition of the fourth hotel means LOLC Leisure has over 25 acres of prime beach front land located on one of the best stretches of beach in the south of the country referred to as a 'Golden Mile'.
The company said it plans to develop all the four hotel properties as a complex of beach hotels under one umbrella.
LOLC said at the time it was holding talks with a "few world-renowned hotel chains" that have shown interest in establishing a partnership with the LOLC group to manage the hotels.
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