Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts seals Colombo management contract
Deal marks Swiss chain’s first property in Sri Lanka and further strengthens its Asian profile
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has secured a management agreement to operate the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo, a 180-room property in Sri Lanka, which is expected to open by mid 2013.
The upscale property, located next to Liberty Plaza in the heart of the city, will occupy half an acre in the prime downtown district, surrounded by commercial businesses, high-end residences and prestigious restaurants.
The 19-floor hotel – being designed with sustainable build and operating requirements – will feature contemporary architecture and room sizes vary from 36sqm for standard rooms up to 70sqm for a suite.
Alongside one speciality restaurant will be an all-day dining venue, rooftop bar and nightclub, and guests will be able to unwind in the fitness centre, spa and pool and receive 24-hour room service, while executives will be able to avail of the Boardroom and Business Centre.
Andreas Mattmüller, Chief Operating Officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Asia, said the company is very excited about opening in Colombo, which is in line with its development strategy to secure projects in key Asian markets.
“It’s a great opportunity to expand our presence in such an emerging travel destination,” he said. “It dovetails perfectly with our commitment to international expansion and will strengthen our brand portfolio in Asia.”
He added that Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts look forward to working with owners SoftLogic Holdings in establishing and growing the business.
Ashok Pathirage, Chairman of SoftLogic Holdings, said: “We were keen to work with a globally recognised brand and Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts meets our criteria perfectly. I am sure with their world-renowned levels of service and large client base, they will be a successful addition to the Colombo hospitality scene.”
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale hotel management company with over 12,000 employees, is represented through over 90 hotels existing or under construction in 26 countries with a concentration on its core markets in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The international hotel group with roots in Switzerland is expanding and has a stated objective of increasing its hotel portfolio (existing and under construction) to 100 by the year end 2010. With two hotel types, business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has clearly positioned itself in the upscale segment and stands for quality, reliability and care with a personal touch. The hotel group is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%).