Asanga Seneviratne | Peter Amerasinghe

Sri Lanka’s top resorts operator, Anilana Hotels and Properties PLC is planning on commencing commercial operations at its upcoming property in Dambulla by 2017, a top official said. Since commencing operations in 2013, the luxurious hotel operator presently operates one villa and two hotels in Pasikudah and Nilaveli whilst two further hotels and several villas are currently under construction.

“Our plans for expansion are carried out in a well thought-out and systematic manner. Our 54 room hideaway in Dambulla is nearing completion and we hope to commence its commercial operations over the next 15 months,” Managing Director Asanga Seneviratne said addressing stakeholders in the group’s Annual Report 2014 released recently.

Seneviratne said he is confident that this too will be a resounding success for it is placed at the very heart of the Cultural Triangle cleverly combining the excellence of design with the impeccable service that Anilana is now renowned for.

“Our Panichchankerni project is currently well underway as well. In fact, we are nearing completion of four villas there, and set amidst breathtaking surroundings, these villas will artfully complement the location it is placed in, without detracting from the awe-inspiring beauty of the area,” the Managing Director further noted.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Anilana, Peter Amerasinghe in his message said the trend of a rapid increase in tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka witnessed in 2014 is expected to continue in 2015, despite two consecutive elections and a fast changing environment.

“There have been over 1.52 million tourist arrivals recorded in 2014, and the Government’s target of 2 million tourists for 2015 definitely seems to be within reach, as already from January to July 2015 over 1 million international travelers have visited our golden isle. When analyzing tourist arrivals further, the highest number of tourist arrivals country-wise, both in 2014 and 2015, have been from India, China and the United Kingdom.

In March 2015, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau has launched an aggressive promotional campaign amounting to Rs 1.2 billion, which is hoped to bring in a further influx of international travelers, and in accordance to the Chairman of the Tourism Promotions Bureau, they wish to concentrate on attracting high end travelers, a fact which indeed, bodes well for us and our country,” Amerasinghe said.