Marriott International to introduce The Courtyard By Marriott brand to Sri Lanka
Marriott International, Inc. today signed an agreement with Colombo City Centre Partners (Private) Limited, part of the Abans Group, one of Sri Lanka’s largest conglomerates with diversified interests in retail, real-estate development, environmental management and logistics to debut the Courtyard by Marriott brand in Sri Lanka. The hotel is expected to feature 164 rooms and is anticipated to open in late 2021.
“We are delighted to strengthen our Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of hotels in Sri Lanka with today’s signing,” said Rajeev Menon, President, Asia Pacific (excluding China), Marriott International. “This signing underscores our long-term commitment to Sri Lanka as a strategically important market, offering the potential to grow our brands and provide customers with more choices.”
Set in the heart of Colombo city adjacent to the Beira Lake, the Courtyard by Marriott Colombo will provide convenient business connectivity and excellent views of the city skyline. Slated to feature 164 modern-styled guest rooms and suites, the hotel will offer an inviting hospitality experience through its intuitive service and uplifting spaces, allowing business and leisure guests to shift gears smoothly from work to relaxation. Design plans call for thoughtfully designed rooms, featuring a functional work area, smart amenities, and high-speed internet access, empowering guests to stay both connected and productive while on the road, no matter the purpose of their trip.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with Abans Group, who share our vision to offer smart, intuitive service and high-quality accommodation in Sri Lanka,” commented Mr. Kiran Andicot, Regional Vice President – Development, South Asia, Marriott International.
The hotel is set to feature two dining venues – including an all-day dining restaurant offering a combination of Western dishes, Asian favorites and a host of local delicacies as well as an adjoining Lobby Lounge decked with a full-service bar and a quick-bites menu. Additional plans call for a well-equipped 24-hour fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool and three meeting rooms to be fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and wireless internet.
“We are happy to have forged this strategic business alliance with Marriott International and are keen to see our relationship grow from strength to strength. We eagerly look forward to the opening of the first Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Sri Lanka. We are excited to have Marriott International with us at Colombo City Centre,” stated Mrs. Aban Pestonjee, Chairperson of Abans Group.
Mr. Behman Pestonjee, Managing Director of Abans Group, shared his thoughts. “We are delighted to partner with Marriott International – the world’s largest hospitality group. This is a testimony to our confidence in the market and our commitment to contribute to the growth of the city. We gladly welcome the entry of Marriott into our prestigious mixed-use development, Colombo City Centre.”
“Abans PLC and Marriott International have jointly recognized the growth potential in the nation. We are confident that tourism will bounce back to its old glory in the country. Colombo is one of the most sought-after cities in South Asia, as it is highly cosmopolitan and is a melting pot of several cultures. Marriott and ourselves are perfectly poised for a long innings together,” affirmed Mr. Praveen Methil, CEO of Colombo City Centre.