Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Crown Sri Lanka to employ 2,500 locals -Packer
“Crown Sri Lanka”, the 5-star luxury integrated resort in Colombo, will be a “must-see” landmark tourist resort located on the Beira Lake in the heart of the Colombo resort district.
Official Web Site - www.crownsrilanka.com
Crown Sri Lanka is intended to be contemporary and iconic in design and will provide a luxury resort experience that the Crown brand is renowned for throughout Asia.
The proposed Crown Sri Lanka Resort will be a 5-star facility with 450 rooms and suites, signature dining experiences and entertainment offerings, conferencing and event spaces, gaming areas, retail outlets and a specially designed water feature attraction on the Beira Lake.
On the immense international tourism opportunity provided by the project, James Packer, Chairman of Crown Resorts said, “A proposed Crown resort would help redefine luxury tourism in Sri Lanka and play a significant role in helping to drive increased international in-bound tourism, especially from the emerging middle classes in India and China.”
Packer recognised the growth of tourism in Sri Lanka and his personal fondness for the country, stating; “Sri Lanka is a beautiful and unique country, it has overcome a great deal of adversity and is growing strongly, I am confident it has a very bright future.
I am extremely excited about working together with the Sri Lankan people, because the country has huge tourism appeal and the potential to develop a mass traveller market. I truly believe as a destination that it is “Sri Lanka's time to shine in Asia.”
“An integrated resort on the waterfront in Colombo can also assist Sri Lanka to compete with other global cities for major international conferences and events. Integrated resorts are now regarded by governments and tourism authorities as critical pieces of tourism infrastructure,” Packer said.
The total project cost to the joint venture would be approximately US$ 400 million.
Packer, on the potential employment impact of the project, said; “It is expected that the proposed resort would employ around 2,500 Sri Lankans and Crown's record on training and education is first-class.
We have committed ourselves to providing careers and employment pathways for Sri Lanka's youth from around the country should this project proceed.”
Australian Cricket Captain, Michael Clarke has agreed to work closely with Crown on the education and training aspects of the proposed project.
James Packer noted that cricket legend and Sri Lankan tourist Ambassador Tony Greig had encouraged and helped pave the way for Crown to come to Sri Lanka, and that Tony’s wife Vivian was also highly supportive of the project.
Crown launched its website
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