ECONOMYNEXT – US based Hilton hotels group said it had inked a deal to manage a hotel in Weerawila in Sri Lanka’s south under its Double Tree brand, bringing the total new properties it plans in the country to seven.
"The signing of DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila demonstrates our commitment to fill the existing gap of an international accommodation in the area,.." Guy Philips, Hilton’s senior vice president of development, Asia and Australasia, said in a statement.
The 140 room hotel will be built by Sri Lanka’s KDU Group.
KDU has seven tea factories in Sri Lanka’s Sabaragamuwa province including in Galppaditenne, which is said to be largest black tea factory in the country.
Sri Lanka has seen tourism boom after the end of a war in 2009.
"The DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila will mark the fourth upcoming DoubleTree by Hilton property in this emerging market," said Dianna Vaughan , senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton.
"As the first upscale hotel in Weerawila, we look forward to delivering exceptional experiences to guests beginning with our signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie welcome."
Hilton had already signed up to manage three hotels built by Sri Lanka’s Melwa group under its Double Tree by Hilton brand and three Hilton Resorts totalling 784 rooms.
Hilton already manages a five star hotel in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo and a serviced apartment complex.