Colombo, Dec 16 (NIA) – Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa, situated in the southern coast of the island country, was awarded a 5-Star rating at a ceremony held to award star classification for tourist hotels in Sri Lanka, recently.
Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa opened its doors on 1 June 2016 and with this 5-star classification, joins Shangri-La Group’s other distinctive 5-star properties around the globe.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Tourism, John Amaratunga, said, “We greatly appreciate the contribution of the hotel industry to tourism – and this ceremony recognizes their efforts for attaining the certificate of excellent standards. High-end tourists expect high standards and by classifying hotels, we offer them an assured product,” Minister Amaratunga said.
Amaratunga added that by the end of December 2016, Sri Lanka hoped to attract 2.2 million tourists.
“The government is looking closely at the tourism sector as a key industry to stimulate the economy. Our commitment has led us to combat shortage of staff by training youth in greater numbers to meet the demand for human capital as new hotels are launched. We invite the private sector also to participate in Public Private Partnerships in training and developing human resources to ensure a sustainable future for the industry.”
Speaking at the event, Paddy Vithana, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, said that Sri Lanka was an ideal dream destination and an event such as this further strengthens the country’s tourism product.
“We are proud to award these star class certifications and congratulate the management of all the hotels being recognized at this ceremony.”
Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa is located beside the Indian Ocean and framed by swaying king coconut trees and 145 acres of tropical gardens, offering luxury of space for guests to unwind within the spectacular surroundings and make the most of the impressive facilities.
Most notable include CHI, The Spa which focuses on Ayurvedic treatments; three swimming pools; an 18-hole golf course; a unique Artisan Village celebrating local arts and crafts and an array of al fresco dining options. Shangri-La Hambantota is in close proximity to some of the country’s finest nature and wildlife reserves, including Yala and Bundala National Parks.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently own and/or manage 98 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 40,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services, and are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.