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Japan’s Belluna says will invest US$ 500mn in Lankan real estate, hospitality sectors

Belluna Co., a Tokyo Stock Exchange – First Section listed company, and a significant player in the global real estate industry said, it would invest up to US$ 500 million in Sri Lanka’s real estate and hospitality sectors.

Belluna recently launched the ultra-luxurious resort, Le Grand in Galle together with local investment bank, Asia Capital PLC.

With the construction of luxury condominium ‘447 Luna Tower’ on schedule for completion by 2020, Belluna and Asia Capital are now focused on a mixed development project in Colombo 01.
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Oxford Business Group gets insights to Sri Lanka’s property sector from CDASL Chief Moraes

Less than 10% of investors in Sri Lanka’s luxury residential property developments are foreigners because purchase of residential property is not as yet linked to residency privileges, the internationally-acclaimed global leader in Business Intelligence Oxford Business Group (OBG) reported recently.

Quoting the Condominium Developers Association of Sri Lanka (CDASL) Chairman Pradeep Moraes in an interview, OBG said 60 to 65% of buyers of luxury residential property are Sri Lankans already living in the country, and around 25 to 30% are expatriate Sri Lankans.
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Investors cautioned on Sri Lanka light rail property price impact

ECONOMYNEXY – A light rail transit (LRT) system planned for Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo could inflate property prices and rents along the route but investors should be careful in accepting price rise projections, a property consultancy said.

Already, the suburb of Malabe, where one terminus of the LRT into Colombo’s main business district will be located, enjoys projected, year on year land price increases of 16%, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) said in a report, citing online data.

The price per perch in Malabe was already approaching a million rupees, they said.
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Koggala: New hotspot for country style housing

Koggala in the deep South seems to be the new hotspot for ‘country style horizontal living’ complexes, property analysts say. Koggala is a laid-back resort town set between a lush tropical lagoon and one of the finest beaches in all Sri Lanka, where modern amenities and leisure facilities meet a rich cultural and historical tradition, they say.

The trend to start country style housing in this area was initiated by Catalina, the first-ever luxury independent living. It is now being replicated by at least two large investors, analysts say. “Since Catalina has been a large project in this area, another is being sought approval from the Board of Investment,” a business analyst told the Business Times. Koggala, boasting one of the longest beaches in the country is within 15 minutes’ drive from Catalina. “Several beautiful beaches lie within easy reach, with luxurious resorts, classy boutique hotels, spas and beach front restaurants. The area is home to a sizeable expatriate community, attracted by the area’s unique charm, atmosphere, history and its wide choice of restaurant and entertainment options. The Southern Expressway offers easy access to Colombo and the international airport,” the analyst said.
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First five months’ tourist arrivals cross 1 m mark

  • Tourist arrivals up 6.2% in May
  • India, China, the UK continue as top sourcing markets 
  • Asia and Pacific largest source of tourist traffic to SL with 65% of total received

By Charumini de Silva

Tourist arrivals during the first five months exceeded one million, reflecting a 14.7% growth, while May saw a 6.2% growth to 129,466 from the comparable period of last year.

According to data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), tourist arrivals in May amounted to 129,466, up 6.2% from 121,891 in the corresponding month of 2017.  The cumulative arrivals of tourists in the five months rose 14.7% to 1,017,819 compared to 887,093 in the same period last year, continuing the growth momentum kick-started this year.

India continued to be the largest source market in May with 42,073 arrivals, up by 23.1%.

China came in second with 17,103, but the figure is down 7.5% compared to a year earlier. Arrivals from the UK were the third largest at 9,337, up 9.6%. Other major markets included Germany (up 8.7% to 6,906), Australia (up 28.1% to 4,873), Japan (up 48.5% to 4,229 and the US (up 24% to 4,123). France was down 0.4% to 3,721.

Asia-Pacific was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 65% of the total received in May 2018. Europe accounted for 27%, America 6%, the Middle East 2 % and Africa 0.5%.

Earnings from tourism in March were estimated at $ 433 million, with cumulative earnings amounting to $ 1,313 million during the first quarter of 2018, according to data released by the Central Bank last week.
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EDB adds wellness tourism to export basket from this year

The Export Development Board (EDB) announced that ‘wellness tourism’ would be added to the export basket from this year onwards, setting an initial $ 2 million target for the sector.

“Sri Lanka has not included tourism in calculating the total export revenue. However, from this year onwards, we will take wellness tourism into consideration,” EDB Chairperson Indira Malwatte told journalists in Colombo on Monday.

According to her, the services sector is calculated only with the performance of ICT/BPM, construction, financial services and logistics (transport) till last year. From this year onwards the EDB will enhance its export basket and add wellness tourism.

She also pointed out that wellness tourism has been recognised under the National Export Strategy (NES), which will be submitted to the Cabinet next week.

“The future of tourism should be concentrated on wellness tourism. A normal tourist coming to Sri Lanka only spend about $170 per night, but if you promote the wellness tourism sector with the resorts and other services we have, the sector could easily draw $400 to $450 per night from a tourist.
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SDB to call EOI for Dedduwa next week

The Southern Development Board (SDB) will be calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) next week to develop the proposed Dedduwa tourism zone.

A highly placed official told the Daily News, SDB is working on the process at present and the EIA and financial feasibility study will also be completed within the next few months.

Located to the east of Bentota, Dedduwa is an area rich in water bodies, marshy lands and paddy fields and a dream of biodiversity enthusiasts.

The government plans to work along with the private sector – bringing in responsible investors and investments to Dedduwa which is being touted as the island’s biggest tourism project. “The plan is to transform a large swathe of the wetlands of Dedduwa into one of Asia’s top three up-market tourism zones,” the official said.

The project to be launched by the Southern Development Board and the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) will be in line with Mayakoba in Mexico- a well-known global tourism zone with a series of interconnected resort islands, making ample use of the location’s natural ecology.
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English Tax- Barmy Army stand firm for all England fans against RIP OFF Sri Lanka ticket prices

Sri Lanka vs. England 2018 Series Ticketing Policy and Prices

Many of you have booked or are considering booking a tour to the wonderful island of Sri Lanka this winter when England head over for a five ODI, one T20i and three Test tour.

For several weeks we have been exchanging emails with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in an effort to obtain as much tour information as possible to pass on to our members and social media followers. We are now in a position to report back our findings.

Based on our vast experience of touring overseas and our well established close liaisons with other Cricket Boards around the world, we offered to work closely with SLC to ensure that supporters’ wants and needs were met and an enjoyable series for all would result.
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