Mövenpick hotel GM confident of tourism market

With Sri Lanka’s post war tourism boom set to reach higher ground over the next few years, more and more hotels are coming up in the city and in other parts of the country.

Softlogic Holdings PLC will be opening its first city hotel in Colombo in January.

Mövenpick, a global brand with several hotels around the world, will manage the Softlogic owned hotel by taking it under the Mövenpick umbrella.

The General Manager of Mövenpick Hotel Colombo, Markus Marti expressed confidence in the future of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry and the new hotel.

Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Markus Marti said that Mövenpick, Colombo will be the 81st property of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in the world by January. Another overseas Mövenpick managed Resort is set to open in January and will compete for the 81st position with Mövenpick Hotel Colombo.

Mövenpick is looking to operate over 100 hotels around the world and with the opening of the Colombo property, Sri Lanka will also see itself being promoted in all these hotels.

The hotel, being a city hotel, will look to draw in, not just the tourist traveling for leisure but also the business traveler.

The tourism market in Sri Lanka is dominated with Chinese tourists but Markus Marti said that Mövenpick will look at India and Europe and other growing markets to attract guests and not just China.

Markus Marti also said that Mövenpick will not look at attracting only the international markets to patronize its hotel but will have special offers for locals as well. “The local market is always the important market everywhere,” he said.

Mövenpick will have a wide array of services to offer its guests as it embodies Sri Lankan hospitality delivered with Swiss passion.

The hotel will boast of 200 well-appointed rooms, 19 suites and restaurants that offer a range of dining experiences, meeting rooms which can host business meetings and social gatherings, a spa run by Spa Ceylon and fully equipped gym which share magnificent ocean views, and an infinity rooftop swimming pool which will offer guests the perfect spot to unwind after an exhausting day at work.

The hotel will also have rooms which are friendly towards the differently able and the hotel as a whole will also be differently able friendly.

“This will be a world class hotel and will put Colombo further on the global map,” Markus Marti said.

Last month Mövenpick Hotel Colombo opened its doors to over 1,000 candidates to conduct its first ever mass recruitment in the city. Markus Marti said the recruitment was a great success and the local employees who have been selected and excited about the opening of what will be the first five-star hotel to open in Colombo after 25 long years.

As for the future of Mövenpick in Sri Lanka, Markus Marti said the global brand is always looking for opportunities and more properties around the world and so it will be interested in managing more hotels in Sri Lanka.


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