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SINGAPORE, January 19, 2017 -  Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, marked its entry into Sri Lanka at a recent groundbreaking ceremony of Park Inn by Radisson Colombo.

The event was inaugurated by Hon. Minister John Amaratunga, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Tourism Development & Christian Religious Affairs, Anil Amarasuriya and S.R. Gnanam, chairman and managing director, respectively, at Sofia Hospitality (Pvt) Ltd, and Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Strategically located on Galle Road, at the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) and 26 kilometers from the Bandaranaike International Airport, the 199-key hotel will feature a swimming pool, fully-equipped fitness center, food and beverage outlets and meetings and events facilities to meet the rising needs of the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) sector. Park Inn by Radisson Colombo promises an ambience of contemporary Sri Lankan art that epitomizes the Park Inn by Radisson brand’s cornerstone of “Adding Color to Lives”. The hotel is expected to open in Q2, 2019.

S.R. Gnanam, managing director of Sofia Hospitality, said, “We are happy to partner Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as we share similar values and beliefs with the company. Our brand motto of “Adding Color to Lives” will redefine expectations of discerning travelers as our property is designed and committed to make all guests stays’ warm, friendly and comfortable,” he said.

Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group added, “This is a significant milestone as Park Inn by Radisson Colombo marks our first hotel in Sri Lanka and the debut of our Park Inn by Radisson brand in the country. Sri Lanka, “Wonder of Asia”, is globally renowned as a tropical paradise. The nation’s pristine, natural beauty coupled with numerous breath-taking experiences and activities, is perfectly aligned with Park Inn by Radisson’s positioning as bright, bold, fresh and energetic.”

This is the first of two hotels owned by Sofia Hospitality (Pvt) Ltd and managed by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.  Radisson Kandy, an upscale resort overlooking the scenic Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, is set to make its way into the Sri Lanka hospitality landscape soon.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel companies and includes 1,400 locations in operation and under development with more than 220,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 115 countries and territories. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes a powerful set of global brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. Guests can benefit from Club CarlsonSM, a program that redefines hotel rewards with a collection of exceptional benefits, services, and privileges at more than 1,000 hotels worldwide. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ 90,000 people systemwide and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Singapore, and Brussels.

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About Sofia Hospitality

With its recent venture into hospitality, St. Anthony’s Group of Companies incorporated Sofia Hospitality (Pvt) Ltd in 2014 as a fully-owned subsidiary. St. Anthony’s Group of Companies, a leading business name in Sri Lanka, is the founding name behind blue-chip commercial stalwarts in a range of industries including hardware, electronics, textile, building material and cement. Sofia Hospitality (Pvt) Ltd. is the parent company of the hospitality arm of the Group which has earmarked a number of hotels for completion under separate project companies including the current Park Inn by Radisson Colombo by Sofia Colombo (Pvt) Ltd.

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