28th July 2011, www.island.lk
The sale of land to Shangri-La and CATIC has set new benchmarks for land prices in Colombo, a senior businessman said.
John Keells Holdings Chairman Susantha Ratnayake said the land prices in Colombo has surged after the sale of land to the two international hotel firms who would developing star class hotels and shopping complexes in the city.
Several key investors are investing in Colombo land and it is expected to increase further, while the existing land owners are looking at large scale projects.
The government last December sold six acres of land followed by four acres in March to Shangri-La at US$ 125 million while selling 10 acres to CATIC at US$ 136 million.
Each firm would be investing more than US$ 300 million to develop star class hotels facing the Gall Face Green.
Recently Deputy Economic Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the Chinese investment would be followed by an influxe of Chinese tourists which will help Sri Lanka to achieve its ambitious goal of 2.5 million arrivals by 2016 and five million by 2020 increasing the foreign exchange earnings through the tourism sector ten fold.
The tourism sector revenue increased 50 percent during the first half of this year attracting 381, 538 visitors which reflecting a growth of 36.9 percent.
According to Central Bank data the earnings reached US$ 370 million, up 50 percent compared to US$ 245 million a year ago.
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