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Marriott International to manage more properties in Sri Lanka

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa celebrates first year anniversary

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa is Marriott International’s flagship resort in Sri Lanka. Owned by East West Properties PLC,  the property emphasizes in offering innovative leisure experiences, driving financial value and communal conservation.

The resort is situated in Weligama, a destination known globally as a learner’s surfing hotspot.

“We have 200 luxury rooms including 10 suites and a Presidential suite, all with direct views of the Indian Ocean. Every  room  features a bathtub, private balcony, 55-inch television and other facilities fit for an international traveler. Five food and beverage outlets, a premier spa and a kid’s club complement the product offer. Last year we experienced a healthy occupancy rate, entertaining a good mix of local and foreign clientele. This year, with the property being more established in the market, there is a considerable hike in occupancies. Currently Sri Lanka is the largest market for us. The patronage and acceptance of our Sri Lankan guests is most encouraging. Our hotel is very much popular amongst local guests and we are becoming the preferred choice for accommodation and events in the South Coast.

Sri Lanka is a growing tourist destination and people outside are keen to visit the country. Our two biggest foreign source markets are India and China. A significant number of visitors arrive to our hotel from Eastern and western Europe. Australia, The Middle East and North America are some of the emerging markets for us” said Elton Hurtis, General Manager of Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa.

“Marriott International continue to increase its Sri Lankan presence with opening properties in Kosgoda, Colombo and Nuwara Eliya. Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort and Sheraton Colombo will open their doors very soon” continued Elton.

Marriott International will also manage the two iconic properties, JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton in Colombo. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world.

With growing recognition, Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa is also listed for  a few international awards. “We were nominated as the Best Coastal Resort, Best Luxury Hotel and Best General Manager under three titles by The World Luxury Hotel Awards” noted Elton.

“In terms of our service aspect, we have on-boarded a new program run by Marriott International, named the ‘Inventive Host’.  We are one of six in a group of concept hotels in Asia Pacific. Our activity desk ‘Pepper’ creates tailor made experiences for customers. The packages include Whale Watching, Snorkeling, Diving, Nature Tours and more. The tourism landscape is perfect in the country and especially the Southern part is ideal for tourism projects. Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa has been recognized as a performing asset within Marriott International properties. We remain thankful to our guests, primarily from Sri Lanka, for the success achieved thus far”, concluded Elton.



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