John Keells Hotels to reopen Sri Lankan hotel in May

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    The hotel property formerly known as Club Oceanic Trincomalee, a member of the John Keells Hotels Group is scheduled to reopen in May 2010 with a new and improved ambience as Chaaya Blu Trincomalee.Hotel operations have ceased in order to make way for the complete refurbishment and expansion plan which is currently underway.

    Under the watchful eye of architect Channa Daswatte, Club Oceanic Trincomalee is to undergo a transformation which promises a fresh theme and a vibrant new appearance that will enchant its guests. The evocative designs and captivating architecture will blend in with the surroundings of Sri Lanka’s untouched east coast.

    The John Keells Hotels Group has set aside a sum of Rs. 450 million for this project which will increase the hotel’s room capacity from 56 to 80. Joining the Chaaya Resorts and Hotels circle, Club Oceanic Trincomalee is to garland its grand reopening with its new name, Chaaya Blu Trincomalee.

    Offering his views on the expansion project, Ajit Gunewardene, deputy chairman John Keells Holdings and president of the leisure group said: “Having been involved in Sri Lankan tourism as a group for over 35 years, we are excited and enthused by the emergence of east-coast tourism. We believe that Trincomalee has the potential to become one of the most sought-after destinations in the country and Chaaya Blu Trincomalee with its new retro-chic look will bridge the present deficit for quality 4-star accommodation. This will be a first of many investments in the resort sector in strategic locations around the country.”

    Daniel Fountain / 21.03.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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