Palm Village under new management
PALM Village Hotel Uswetakeiyawa, has completed Rs. 30
The refurbishment programme includes air conditioning all the rooms,
introduction of satellite TV, upgrading of toilets with hot water, pool
area and the picturesque garden.
The hotel constructed 23 years also under went a management change on
1 August and is now being managed by McLarense group. Lakshitha
Wegodapola General Manager of the Hotel said that 50 rooms have been
fully furnished with all modern facilities.
He said that after the refurbishment their clientele has staidly
increased with new markets being opened up. "We are expecting a high
occupancy for the season," he said.
One of the main attractions of the hotel is the its location in close
proximity to the Colombo international airport. "This has resulted in
several tour operators recommending this hotel to transit tourists and
for airlines crews," he said. Both the local and foreign wedding market
too is growing.
One of the main clienteles for the hotel also include Lankan
companies patronising their hotel for conferences and also for out ward
bound programs. The conference facilities in the hotel too have been
The day excursions to Muthurajawela and to the Negombo Dutch heritage
sites are popular among foreign clientele.
The leisure activities in the hotel include flood lit tennis, a
modern gymnasium, table tennis and facilities for indoor games. The sea
frontage, beach, turtle, water skiing, diving too are very popular.
Week end buffet and the beach bar too are some of the other
attraction to the hotel. "Palm Village Hotel is ideal for a fun filled
holiday" he said. - SS
Confifi re-launch website
CONFIFI Group Hotels re-launched of its website (www.confifihotels.net)
"Internet presence is a major factor in vacation decision making, and
travellers are utilising the web more and more for possible getaway
Our new website has already proven to be more effective and
successful in conveying updates to potential and repeat guests and is a
great source of business", said General Manager Sales and Marketing
Site provides information on accommodation, dining, spa and ayurveda
treatments, recreational activities, wedding and honeymoon offers,
conference facilities, photo gallery, newsletter and more.
On the e-commerce side, visitors may make room reservations on line.
New to the site will be an on-line purchase for gift certificates,
e-newsletter, and link to subsidiary companies such as Confifi Hotel
Supplies and Travelanka.
Confifi Group Hotels currently operates and manages three resorts
(Eden Resort & Spa, Riverina Hotel, and Club Palm Garden) on the south
west coast of Sri Lanka with a total inventory of 490 rooms.
Amongst these resorts, there is a selection of accommodation, spa and
ayurveda treatments, food and beverage outlets, conference venues, a
fitness center, mini golf, horse riding, discotheque, swimming pools,
children's club with a host of activities and more.
The resorts are conveniently located just 80-minutes' drive from the
city of Colombo.
Confifi Group Hotels' 4th resort Confifi Beach Hotel will be
completed, revamped and reopened in 2006.
Austrian Airlines crew at Club Hotel Dolphin
Capt. Dolinek Thomas of Austrian Airlines and his crew on arrival at
the hotel with Mr. Samantha Gunarathna, General Manager-Club Hotel
Dolphin, Mr. Prasanna De Alwis - Asst. Manager and Ms. Thishani
Jayatunge, Manager-Marketing of Serendib Leisure Hotels.
CLUB HOTEL Dolphin marked yet another milestone with the arrival of
the first Austrian Airlines Crew. The hotel secured this 2 year contract
with Austrian Airlines for crew accommodation after competing with 5
star category hotels in Colombo and Negombo area.
Thishani Jayatunge, Manager - Marketing for Serendib Leisure Hotels
said that the key factors that contributed to Austrian Airlines
selecting Club Hotel Dolphin as the preferred hotel for the airline crew
layover was mainly due to the location of the hotel, being situated in
close proximity to the airport, its facilities and service and also the
excellent command of the German Language of the Management and staff.
She also thanked Doris Turkowitsch, Crew Accommodation Manager of
Austrian Airlines for the support extended and for giving Club Hotel
Dolphin this great opportunity which no doubt will benefit the hotels'
According to Samantha Gunarathne, General Manager of the hotel, the
Dolphin team is well geared to provide the efficient service required
for such an operation. The hotel had completely refurbished the rooms
and have provided Austrian Airlines with exclusive accommodation in a
quite environment and all other prerequisites suitable for crew layover.
The hotel guarantees Austrian Airlines a smooth operation and have
also outsourced the airport transfer to the Groups travel partner
Hemtours Pvt Ltd who is experienced in handling crew transport.
Alpine receives award
NUWARA ELIYA Alpine Hotel has been awarded "Bird's Friendly Resort"
by the Field Omithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOG), for deserving services
to uplift the scenic beauty of Nuwara Eliya hills as a bird's beloved
Alpine Hotel was largely known as the nest in the hills. This was
rightly acclaimed as the Hotel was awarded with the prestigious 'Bird
Friendly Resort' accolade.
Alpine Hotel Nuwara Eliya renovated from its ancient building
"Planters Home" since 1914, today offers 20 rooms.
The hotel owned by a renowned eco-tourist guide D. G. Mahinda Kumara
says that the central hills are home to many of birds as many of the
sanctuaries could be found there.
"We have found that Nuwara Eliya has been a bird's paradise for both
migrants and endemic apart from other rare specimens of Sri Lankan
birds. "There is a very high market for foreign and local, nature
lovers," he said.
Apline Eco Adventure Travels also organizes, wildlife safari,
trekking, bird watching, water falls tours, site seeing, mountain
biking, elephant watching, camping and white water rafting excursions.