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Kingsbury Hotel opens

Hayleys invests over US$18 mn:



President Mahinda Rajapaksa unveiling the plaque to open The Kingsbury Hotel Colombo, while Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Deputy Economic Development Minister, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Deputy Chairman of Hayleys Dhammika Perera, Colombo Mayor, Mohamed Muzamil. Senior officials of the hotel management look on.
Picture by Sudath Silva

The former Intercontinental Hotel, opened its doors as The Kingsbury, having undergone a major refurbishment, backed by the Haleys Group of Companies, the country's most diversified conglomerate. President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday, opened the The Kingsbury, the most modern luxurious hotel in the heart of the Colombo city, delivering a high level of hospitality and services that would delight the discerning traveller.

Hayleys have invested over US$18 million in the refurbishing of the The Kingsbury, led by its Chief Executive Officer Otto Stohl, a seasoned hotel industry professional, with over 25 years of experience in leading hotel chains, such as the Ritz Carlton and the Rennaissance. Hayleys, the parent group of the The Kingbury, had invested extensively in training its staff in the preparation of delivering the highest quality standards in terms of services.

The Hotel has also invested in bringing in international expertise, by recruiting experienced professionals for key positions.. Situated at

the end of the Galle Face green, the hotel is a true testimony of the bygone era of grace and charm in all its aspects, including architecture, interior decor and personalized services.

With the first phase of the refurbishment being completed, the guests could experience the regal splendor of their ball rooms, The Balmoral, The Victorian and The Winchester. Three restaurants namely, the Yue Chuan (Chinese), Fisherman's Wharf (Sea food) and the The Ocean (world cuisine) would cater to the wide section of travellers.

The hotel features over 225 elegantly furnished rooms with an array of facilities to ensure the comfort of the guests.. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the hotel's spaces are ideal for meetings and other social functions.

Hayleys Group of Companies, has a strong presence in the leisure industry, representing several world renowned airlines as General Sales Agent and a destination marketing company.

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Deputy Economic Development Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivaard Cabraal, Deputy Chairman of Hayleys Group of Comapanies Dhammika Perera and Chief Executive Officer of the Hotel Otto M Stohl were also present at the opening.

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