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Sunday, 15 August 2010





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Minor International, Hemas purchase Kani Lanka

Kani Lanka Resort & Spa was acquired by partner Hemas Holdings PLC, through its subsidiary Serendib Hotels PLC together with its international partner Minor International PLC of Thailand.

A spokesman of the company said that all shares of Cyprea Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the owner and operator of Kani Lanka Resort and Spa, Kalutara was purchased by Minor International and Hemas Holdings. The total investment to purchase and develop the property is estimated at US$ 22 million.

The existing property will be upgraded and developed as a new resort under the Anantara brand and will consist of approximately 120 luxury rooms. This will be the first-ever Anantara branded resort in Sri Lanka and the first international chain of luxury hotels to come into post-conflict Sri Lanka. Anantara, known around the world for its luxury resorts, is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Leafing Small Hotels, Virtuoso and the Kiwi Collection.

Chairman / CEO of the Minor Group William E. Heinecke said that Minor is delighted to bring its Anantara brand to Sri Lanka. The country has shown great promise, especially after the conflict.With Sri Lankas legendary hospitality, vast cultural diversity and infinite variety, I have no doubt that this partnership will transcend the envisaged goals and make Sri Lanka one of the top end destinations in the region.

Director Hemas Holdings and Chairman Serendib Leisure Management Ltd., Abbas Esufally said that the time is ripe to re-define the boundaries of conventional tourism and explore new and bolder ventures.

With 2011 being declared as Visit Sri Lanka Year, and with the 750,000+ expected tourists, the potential is massive. Now is the time for all stakeholders to get together and get ready for 2011. Hemas is proud to partner with an organisation of the calibre of the Minor Group and its internationally acclaimed Anantara brand. He also added that the newly acquired property will be managed by Serendib Leisure Management and plans are in the pipeline to develop the property further, to meet the demands of guests.


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