Shangri-La opens 300-room beachfront property in Hambantota

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President Maithripala Sirisena unveils a plaque to declare open Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort &

The 300-room beachfront Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa opened on Wednesday on a 145-acre former coconut plantation on the Southern coastline of Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena, officiated at the launch, joined by guests from Colombo and the local community to mark the arrival of a new standard of luxury in the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. “We are excited to unveil the first of the two Shangri-La hotels in Sri Lanka and to add a third Indian Ocean resort to the Group’s portfolio,” said Shangri-La President and CEO Greg Dogan.

“This stunning resort is the perfect backdrop for guests to experience the incredible beauty, culture and warmth of Sri Lanka. We have created a destination within a destination where guests can discover unique experiences and find personal moments of ‘Shangri-La’.” Among many other attractions, Shangri- La Hambantota boasts an eighteen hole gold course, becoming the first Sri Lankan resort to have its own gold course. Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 98 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 40,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services, and are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China,

Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. Oman Air is to introduce its awardwinning Airbus A330-200 aircraft to the hugely popular Muscat to Doha service. From June 1, the A330s will operate every Sunday (WY670), Monday (WY670) and Tuesday (WY664) as part of the airline’s schedule of four daily flights to Qatar’s capital city. Oman Air’s upgrade of the selected flights from narrow-body aircraft to the spacious and luxurious A330s has been undertaken in response to increasing demand for flights between Muscat and Doha. The larger jets offer 20 Business Class seats and 196 Economy Class seats, enabling many more customers to fly between the two cities and access Oman Air’s rapidly expanding global network. When Oman Air first launched its Muscat-Doha service in 1996, it offered three flights per week. Frequencies subsequently increased to seven flights per week and then 21 flights per week by the first quarter of 2015.

The airline now offers 28 flights per week and in 2015, Oman Air carried 134,832 passengers on the route: an increase of 41 percent on the previous year. To date, Oman Air’s A330 fleet has been deployed primarily on longhaul routes. However, the aircraft’s flexibility, capacity and comfort also make it ideal for high-demand, short-haul operations. It provides an outstanding environment in which customers can enjoy Oman Air’s authentic hospitality and welcoming onboard service. The deployment of A330s on Oman Air’s Muscat-Doha service forms part of the airline’s current ambitious fleet and network expansion plan. In addition to increasing the size of its fleet to 70 aircraft by 2020, Oman Air is unveiling a range of exciting new destinations, increased frequencies and expanded capacity on established routes and improved connections at its home base of Muscat International Airport.