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Old October 31st, 2013, 01:42 AM   #1
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Beruwala | Club Med Ceylon | U/C



Venture will see amalgamation of footprint of three award winning hotels, Riverina, Palm Garden and Tropical Villas.

Phase 1 will comprise a fully-integrated resort of internationally benchmarked, 5-star standard with 500 rooms


LOLC Leisure yesterday laid the foundation for ‘Phase 1’ of what it described as “mega tourism development” in Beruwala.
The traditional ceremony took place in the presence of Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama and Ports and Highways Project Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena, alongside other dignitaries and Directors of LOLC Leisure.
Minister Welgama said: “In the post-conflict tourism landscape of Sri Lanka, this long-awaited mega tourism development in Beruwala is another vital step, not only in propelling the tourism sector but also in promoting the investment credentials of Sri Lanka and the local area. With the completion of both phases, the local and national economy stands to benefit tremendously, ensuring the fruits of peace are shared by all.”

Project Minister Abeygunawardena said: “Across two phases, this mega tourism development will provide some 1,000 direct and 5,000 indirect employment opportunities as this is one of the biggest such locally-funded tourism projects outside Colombo. It will no doubt empower Sri Lanka in attracting a higher spending breed of visitors to the country.”

LOLC Group Managing Director/CEO Kapila Jayawardena in his address said: “With an ever-expanding portfolio of cutting-edge properties, today’s initial step is a clear expression of LOLC Leisure’s ambition to be one of the island’s premier hotel operators and along the way add value to the presently bullish tourism market with novel and dynamic guest experiences.”

Phase 1 will comprise of a fully-integrated resort of internationally benchmarked, 5-star standard with 500 rooms offering all ultra modern luxuries, complemented by extensive MICE facilities. It is envisioned that an International hotel chain will be awarded the management contract of Phase 1, upon its completion and the vetting of offers is presently underway.

LOLC said this mega tourism development will see the amalgamation of the footprint of three award-winning hotels, Riverina, Palm Garden and Tropical Villas. Across two phases, this development will elevate the ‘Golden Mile of Beruwala’ to an international holiday destination. The architect is Vinod Jayasinghe and the contractor is Sierra Construction Ltd.

LOLC Group also owns and operates the 5-star Eden Resort & Spa in Beruwala, the Dickwella Resort & Spa in Dickwella and Green Paradise in Dambulla. The 5-star ‘Samudra Beach’ in Kosgoda is due to open its doors in the second quarter of 2014. The LOLC Group also possesses a myriad of attractive greenfield sites earmarked for future development.

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By the Daily news report that project only Rs800 million which is like $7.5 Million, what a pathetic situation
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Old October 31st, 2013, 01:43 AM   #2
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looks pretty average by the way
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Old October 31st, 2013, 04:39 AM   #3
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It does look average n not a modern iconic design. The Marriot looks better.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 06:51 AM   #4
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It does look average n not a modern iconic design. The Marriot looks better.
Tell me about it, this looks like a horrible design!
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Old October 31st, 2013, 09:28 AM   #5
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Tell me about it, this looks like a horrible design!
look like a office building
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Old October 31st, 2013, 03:50 PM   #6
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look like a office building

It not a nicest looking thing but I like it a lot in tourism psychology of modern luxury travel is now looking out for look for simple and sustainable thing for sun and sea travel this look perfect,
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Old October 31st, 2013, 04:56 PM   #7
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look like a office building
Take away the swimming pool and palm trees and it does look like an office complex.

It also looks like it could be a housing project for shanty-dwellers.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 05:36 PM   #8
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look like a office building
Yeah This design suitable for office building or mega hospital complex.
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Any updates on this project or the status at least.
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Any updates on this project or the status at least.
LOLC Leisure was rebranded as Browns Hotels and Resorts in 2014 [SOURCE]

I searched for anything I can find and I found this article

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The company said it has exciting new plans on the horizon, with new properties planned for Beruwala, Pasikuda and Maldives
it seems that the project has not yet started construction
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LOLC Leisure was rebranded as Browns Hotels and Resorts in 2014 [SOURCE]

I searched for anything I can find and I found this article



it seems that the project has not yet started construction

Thanks for the update.
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Riverina Resort Becomes Sri Lanka’s First Club Med Resort


The LOLC Group and Club Mediterranee – France, signed a historic agreement on 25 November 2016 which will witness the Riverina Resort in Beruwela being branded as the First Club Med Resort in Sri Lanka. The landmark agreement was signed between LOLC Group Managing Director/CEO, Kapila Jayawardena and Henri Giscard d’Estaing, President and CEO of Club Mediterranee, on behalf of the respective companies. The establishment of the globally-reputed Club Med brand in Sri Lanka opens a new chapter in the country’s higher value tourism prospects. Under the terms of the agreement, Club Med will brand, market and manage the property as one of its many exotic Club Med destinations attracting affluent tourists from Europe and Asia to Sri Lanka. This development will further the industry’s aspirations to develop the island as a magnet for high spending tourists while simultaneously creating a significant number of direct and indirect employment opportunities. Club Méditerranée SA, commonly known as Club Med, is a French company specializing in operating Club Resorts at a number of exotic destinations around the world.
The LOLC Group is a leading diversified conglomerate present in the foremost economic sectors of the country and over the past few months has aggressively expanded its leisure portfolio of properties in neighbouring Maldives. It has made significant investments in the Maldives, by securing some of the most sought after real estate in Male and in strategic locations among other Atolls. The LOLC Group is also diversifying its interests in the leisure sector by having set up a destination management company, an out-bound arm and a popular entertainment complex.
Commenting on the new milestone, Kapila Jayawardena, Group Managing Director of the LOLC Group, said, “We are pleased to have Henri Giscard D’Estaing, the President and CEO of Club Méditerranée, to sign this historic venture that ushers in one of the most prestigious tourism brands in the world to Sri Lanka. We are confident that this will be a mutually rewarding partnership that will add immense value to Sri Lanka Tourism.
As a tourism destination, Sri Lanka has a rich and diverse offering spanning nature, culture, religion, adventure and eco-tourism, and we are confident that it will ascend in popularity and profitability to become one of Club Med’s premier properties.
LOLC has forged strategic partnerships across its business sectors and this collaboration with yet another international brand reflects the strong investment potential of the group. Scheduled for completion in 2018, Sri Lanka’s First Club Med is yet another pioneering initiative by LOLC.”
President and CEO of Club Mediterranee, Henri Giscard D’estaing added, “We are delighted to embark on setting up the first Club Med in Sri Lanka, which is an exceptional destination. The beautiful island and the strategic location of the property reflects the exclusivity that Club Med looks for in its new locations. We believe that the Sri Lanka Club Med will be much in demand with our members. We have found in the LOLC Group, a dynamic partner with whom we expect to have a rewarding relationship. Doing business in Sri Lanka thus far has been a pleasure and we expect to forge closer bonds with this gorgeous island country going ahead. I am grateful to the Board of
Directors and senior management of the LOLC Group for their warm welcome. I would like to thank the Government of Sri Lanka and the tourism authorities for facilitating the first Club Med in the country.”
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Club Med with LOLC Aspires to Setup best Family Resort in Indian Ocean



Sri Lanka’s diversified LOLC group recently inked an agreement with the French premium hospitality brand, Club Méditerranée, which is popularly known around the world as Club Med, to transform the Riverina resort facility in Beruwela, which now combines hotel Riverina, Tropical Villas and Club Palm Garden, as Sri Lanka’s first Club Med resort with 367 keys.
According to LOLC Group Managing Director Kapila Jayawardena, their wait for the most fitting partner in the last couple of years for Riverina is well worth it. A top LOLC official said over 12 well-known international hospitality brands were knocking on LOLC’s door for this property.
Club Med wasn’t also shy about its ambitious plans for Riverina. Club Med President/CEO Henri Giscard D’Estaing, who was in Colombo to ink the deal, said their objective is to transform the property in the Golden Mile of Beruwela to the most sought-after family holiday resort in the Indian Ocean.
Following are the excerpts of a brief exclusive interview Mirror Business had with D’Estaing on the day of the inking of the partnership with the LOLC group, in Colombo.

· How excited are you about this partnership with LOLC and bringing in the Club Med brand to Sri Lanka?

Very excited I must say. We are looking forward to creating a Club Med in Sri Lanka because I strongly believe Sri Lanka is a promising tourist destination with its unique combination of culture, history, nature and people. Obviously we had to find the right location, which is of the right size that allows us to introduce a lot of activities to create a true family resort. We looked for some time for the right opportunity and we are very happy to partner with LOLC to transform the Riverina property to the first Club Med in Sri Lanka.

· Will Club Med be putting equity as well for the Riverina project?

No. Club Med will take the economic risk of running the resort and selling it and contributing to the owner. That is how Club Med operates everywhere. Our role is not to invest in real estate because it is not what makes our clients come.


· So, it is just a branding exercise—rebranding Riverina as Club Med?


Definitely it’s much more than just branding. Of course, branding is one aspect of it. As I said, selling the property is our responsibility. Club Med has marketing offices in all the large tourism markets of the world—Paris, New York, Shanghai, San Paolo, etc. Apart from that, we have 27 Internet sites in 14 languages. And all these sites are linked to our global booking engine so people can book at their convenience. More than 60 percent of our distribution is direct. So that means we have the ability of making guests come to our places. In other words, Club Med has its own clientele.


The second element is we have this special team of people who we call G.Os (Gentil Organisateur). G.Os are young people who will look after our guests in terms of activities—they will help them to sail, water ski, play tennis, etc., and they will also help our guests by looking after the kids. Our Club Med resorts have special facilities for kids. The G.Os are travelling in order to bring in multicultural experience to the resorts because we welcome many nationalities in our resorts. For example, in our Maldivian resort, our G.O team has 20 nationalities. We have Maldivians, French, Chinese, Taiwanese, Koreans, Americans, you name it! So, our role is marketing, selling and managing the experience for the guests.


· Do you plan to hire locals for the Club Med in Sri Lanka?


Of course, and they will be trained. What is marvelous about Sri Lanka is two things—the culture of service and an English-speaking workforce. So, I believe that Sri Lanka can become a source of talent for Club Med around the world. We have done that for Mauritius. We have two properties there. Now we have Mauritius colleagues all around the world. We have even done that in the Maldives. A certain number of managers in our resort in Japan are Maldivians. So we intend to do that here in Sri Lanka as well.


· So when are you planning to open Sri Lanka’s first Club Med?


Let’s say we are targeting end of 2017 or early 2018.


· Does Club Med operate charter flights also to promote its resorts?


We do when it is necessary. But I believe Colombo has sufficient air connectivity. But we would like to see SriLankan Airlines reinforcing certain destinations, for instance SriLankan could reopen its line to Paris. Our customers prefer to fly on regular airlines as it gives them more choice in terms of dates of arrival.
Also, I hope to convince SriLankan Airlines in one year or one-and-a-half years when we open the resort to reopen the line. The airport in Colombo can become a hub from Paris to South India, Maldives, etc. We would be very happy to have a global partnership with SriLankan.


· Riverina is going to be your first Club Med. How many Club Med resorts are you looking at in Sri Lanka?


Obviously one day we will be in the eastern part of the country.


· Have you already earmarked certain properties?


Well, we are always looking at resort properties. But we will wait until the motorway (expressway) to the country’s eastern part is completed. When you are in the family holiday business, accessibility is key. People want more and more easy travel. They want it simple and straight. For a family it’s understandable. When you have flown a long-haul flight of eight to 10 hours or more, you don’t want to spend three, four hours in a bus or car.


Your partner in the first Club Med resort, LOLC, is a very aggressive player in the local hospitality scene as well as in the Maldives, where plans are now afoot to come up with five star-class resorts. Club Med is also present in the Maldives. Will this partnership be extended to the archipelago also?


We only set up in exceptional locations with the right partners. Yes, our partnership with LOLC could extend into other markets as well. Selecting a location and a partner is a very strategic decision for us. Why, because we have loyal customers who are accustomed going to the best places in the world. We can’t disappoint them. I personally came here to look at the Riverina property and walked the entire property before taking a decision.


· Several international hospitality brands are operating at the moment in Sri Lanka and many more will soon set up shop. How does Club Med’s offer differ from them?


The unique activity and know-how of Club Med is on premium family and active couple holidays. We offer something very different. When you operate a true family resort, you need something very different. You need to have special facilities for kids. You need to have sport activities. You need to have entertainment. You will need a nightclub where people will enjoy their evenings. You need to have activities on the beach. So, it’s in that respect that Club Med offers a very different product.


· Everybody says Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has a lot of potential. As you see, what should the county do to harness this potential?


I think to have a few top international companies partnering with the very best Sri Lankan companies to create landmark properties in Sri Lanka, which will become the benchmark for the hotel industry in the country, is probably what is needed now. You need to have hotels recognized internationally as top-class. That’s exactly what Club Med intends to do in Sri Lanka.
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