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Mumbai, March 19,2014:

Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces today said it has completed a $10-million expansion at its Sri Lankan property the Gateway Hotel Airport Garden Colombo. It has opened up 100 additional rooms and now has a total inventory of 200 rooms.

Commenting on the expansion, Rohit Khosla, Area Director, Sri Lanka, The Taj Group of Hotels, said: “Given the hotel’s proximity to the airport and the steady growth of Sri Lankan tourism, we feel it is an opportune time to expand our inventory.”

“Refurbished at a cost of $10 million (around Rs. 61 crore), the hotel is designed to reflect international standards with a brand new contemporary design,” he added.

Design and theme

The property is designed by the Singapore-based architects Chiu Man Wong and Maria Warner Wong from Warner Wong design group supported by Tommy Wijesekera from Acop Sri Lanka.

The theme of the new block, consisting of 98 Executive Rooms and 2 Gateway Suites, has been conceptualised to include a modern flavour of Sri Lanka and caters to all segments of leisure, corporate and transit travellers.

Operational for the past three decades, The Gateway Hotel Airport Garden Colombo is jointly owned by Mukesh Advani and Prakash Advani and Hirdaramani family, with 50 per cent stake each. Since inception, the hotel is managed and operated by the Taj Group, which also operates two other properties in Sri Lanka — Colombo and Bentota under the Taj and Vivanta brands, respectively. Business Line

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