Lankan hospitality at Villa Ocean, an oasis of luxury
Despite the global crisis affecting all people some hoteliers are
optimistic and have invested large sums of money in anticipation of the
good times ahead.
Villa Ocean View Hotel, a luxurious beach property located on the
sandy beach of Wadduwa has invested nearly Rs. 200 million for
refurbishment expanding its capacity to provide to its guests
traditional Sri Lankan hospitality that is renowned the world over.
The swimming pool
According to the General Manager Marketing of Villa Ocean View,
Ranjaka de Mel, the hotel has upgraded its facilities in two stages to
cater to the needs of a wide spectrum of guests including upmarket
tourists, foreign and local honeymooners, local families and all
inclusive groups as well as the needs of MICE (Meetings, Incentives,
Conventions and Exhibitions) sector.
He said that an investment of Rs. 200 million in upgrading the
hotels' facilities had given a new look while making Villa Ocean one of
the most attractive properties on the southwestern coast of the country.
The Villa Ocean houses 140 well appointed rooms of which 73 are cabanas.
There are 67 superior rooms including six classy suites.
Each villa has air conditional rooms set amidst beautifully
landscaped gardens, each with its own balcony air terrace replicating
typical bungalow living. Hotel amenities include elevators, coffee shop,
bar, restaurant and health club. Night themes are available throughout
the week with live amusement and DJ music with a seating capacity up to
150 guests at a time. The hotel, situated in Wadduwa, is only 34
kilometers from Colombo. Set in a beautifully landscaped land of 20
acres with an enchantingly picturesque view of the golden beach. it is
just a one and half hours minute drive from Colombo.
Villa Ocean View also has four banquet halls and they have upgraded
the capacity of its main banquet up to 400 guests. "It is a popular
destination among the locals and foreigners to tie the nuptial knot," he
said. "Especially foreigners like to have their weddings in typical Sri
Lankan style with A "poruwa" `ashtakas' and magul bera," he said. The
Villa Ocean is popular among Western and Eastern Europeans and Asians.
It is patronised by Sri Lankans and expatriates alike. This hotel has
always been a popular venue for the weekend buffet specially designed
according to the guests" preferences. An Ayurvedic Center handled by
professional Ayurvedic doctors has become a very prominent place for
both local and foreign clients.
The Villa Ocean View has been awarded by ISO 2002 certificate for
maintaining high standards and a satisfied service to customers. The ISO
14001 certificate has also been awarded to the hotel due to its
environmental friendly system and service.
Superior rooms are equipped with all amenities including super mini
bar, cable TV, IDD connection, hot and cold water bath tub. They come
with a glamorous sea view through a private balcony. One of the
significant changes to the hotel's infrastructure was the redesign and
extension of its conference facilities.
"There is no doubt that the Villa has become very popular as a
conference hub which very famous among foreign mission, corporate sector
"We also offer a wide range of leisure activities including animation
programs," Senior Assistant Sales Manager Pandula Weerakoon said.
Another unique feature of the Villa is its two pools that provide
maximum enjoyment to guests. On is equipped with a "Jacuzzi" feature
which has become very popular among the guests, Assistant Sales Manager
Dilrukshi Jayasena said.
In addition to these facilities, there are other recreation
activities provided by the hotel such as volleyball, table tennis,
badminton, carom, mini golf, pool table, water polo and floodlit tennis.
Minister Moragoda meets Indonesian counterpart
Minister of Tourism Milinda Moragoda and Indonesian Minister of
Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik emerging from an international
conference on Trail of Civilisation on Buddhism 2009 held in Borobudur
recently. Moragoda who was on a three-day official visit on the
invitation of the Government of Indonesia to participate in the Trail of
Civilisation met his counterpart Jero Wacik with senior leaders of the
Minister Moragoda and Minister Jero Wacik discussed the issues and
the new developments in the Tourism sector and he urged the Minister of
Tourism and Culture Jero Wacik to provide expert help to Sri Lanka to
strengthen the sector.
Moragoda, who called on Jero Wacik here, said: "both of us want to
learn from each other how tourism related issues are dealt at the State
and community level. Sri Lanka is involving the private sector in
tourism related activities and wants to develop new tourism related
products to attract more tourists."
Wacik said tourism is an economic driver in Indonesia from which the
Centre as well as the State Governments are benefiting. He said
Indonesia is developing mega destinations like Bali to provide complete
experience for tourists. During their meeting, both leaders discussed
matters of cooperation in tourism sector between the two countries.
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Commonwealth Secretariat assists trade facilitation
Trade facilitation is very important for the economy of Sri Lanka and
the exercise undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration
with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL)
is appropriate and timely, said Prof G.L. Peiris, Minister of Export
Development and International Trade speaking at the press briefing held
at Taj Samudra Hotel to explain the purpose and modalities of the Trade
Kosala Wickramanayake, President, FCCISL making the welcome address
said that trade facilitation is an essential component of trade
promotion and such facilitation involves many systems and processes.
He said that Sri Lanka has been one of the pioneers in introducing
facilitation way back in 1980s, but the interest on this key subject
suffered and have fallen behind in the efforts to introduce new methods
and facilities that would ultimately enable the speedier movement of
export and import cargo.
Prof Peiris continuing said that he deeply appreciate the interest of
the Commonwealth Secretariat in the decision of supporting this program
in order to stimulate the innovative thinking on systems and procedures
to take stock, identify shortcomings and recommendation.
He said that looking back to the country's history, at the time of
receiving the independence, Sri Lanka had one of the strongest economies
and the per capita income highest in the region, way ahead of such
countries like Thailand, Korea and slightly below Japan.
He said that subsequently the country underwent problems like the
ethnic strife which prevented progress.
He said that now this problem has been resolved completely and a new
page is being turned in the annals of Sri Lankan history.
He said that the time is appropriate to address the problem of
rebuilding the economy.
Therefore the area of trade facilitation would be a practical project
and the country's strongest advantage is its natural resources and this
advantage should be optimally used.
Prof. Peiris suggested that the advantageous natural resources to be
identified and said that the country's geographical location would
enable it to be the regional gateway for trade rather than just a market
place of 19 1/2 million people.