November, 6, 2019
The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka has signed an Agreement with LA’ MORE Hotel (Private) Limited to set up, conduct and operate a 176 key 5-Star hotel project in Tangalle.
The project represents an investment of US$ 35 million and will employ a staff of 355 members at the property.
The Agreement was signed by Mangala Yapa – Chairman of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and S Ganeshanadan – Chairman of the Amagi Group. Also present was Shrikant Dash – President of Business Development of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts of the Maldives, who will be managing the 5-Star hotel project.
Shrikant Dash stated with regards to the new investment:
“Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts is an Indian Ocean hospitality group currently based in the Maldives. As a company, we strongly believe in Sri Lanka’s expansion and growth as a top tourism destination for travelers world-wide. We have embarked on this journey in Sri Lanka with Mr Ganesh who is a vibrant and young entrepreneur with a lot of enthusiasm and foresight. In addition to being one of the major seafood exporters from Sri Lanka and having received the Presidential Award for the Best Seafood Exporter, he is also an ambitious hotelier and we are working together with him and his group of investors to achieve his vision of a new phase of tourism in Sri Lanka.
Our main strength is product development and design as we understand the concept of leisure and what the key markets and demographics really want from a holiday destination.
We opted for Tangalle because it is an ideal location, which offers a unique old-world charm and is far less crowded than other developing tourist areas in the province, such as Galle.
In Tangalle there is a sense of Sri Lanka that you do not get anywhere else. The sea and sand are very different because of the reef close by. In fact, the sand is whiter in Tangalle than elsewhere in the country.”
Dash added “We are building exclusive villas, guest rooms and service outlets and are confident that our ability to deliver a top-tier product with exemplary service combined with an amazing location in quintessential Sri Lankan surroundings will ensure a resounding commercial success for this project.”
Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts is a dynamic and fast-growing Indian Ocean Hotels & Resorts group currently based in the Maldives. Atmosphere’s first property, Atmosphere Kanifushi, opened its doors in December 2013. The group opened its second property, OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, in November 2015; followed by their flagship Lifestyle Luxury sub-brand, OZEN by Atmosphere, in July 2016; and then OBLU Select at Sangeli, which opened in July 2018. The newest addition to the portfolio, VARU by Atmosphere, offering a naturally Maldivian experience, opened in October 2019.
Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts offers guest-centric resort experiences through unique Resort Plans, offering guests a range of all-encompassing experiences, with varieties of dining options as well as a number of complimentary amenities and activities that ensure a relaxed, hassle-free holiday experience at each resort, all while staying true to the brand’s core philosophy: ‘The Joy of Giving’