Shangri-La, Colombo set to transform Colombo’s skyline


-By Steve A. Morrell

They called it ‘Sneak Peak’. Well before its opening scheduled for November 17,. Vice President and General Manager,Timothy Wright talking to the press recently said the Shangri-La Colombo, would be the 101st hotel in the Shangri- La chain of hotels worldwide. Its origins were in Singapore.

The press tour that evening was to areas of the hotel representing a complete atmosphere of readiness which was an apt indicator of its décor, rooms, suites, cuisine and more noticeable were the employees, in complete commitment to their guests.

Wright said the hotel had 541 rooms, including suites, spread in graceful entities rising 32 levels. Its main feature was its ambiance and luxurious extension of camaraderie, that facilitated easy guest relations simultaneously ensuring guest interaction. More a concentration of bonhomie and good fellowship.

The physical aspect of the hotel gave out spectacular finesse that portrayed luxurious interiors with the décor tastefully in place welding into a tradition reminiscent of the chain.

Questioned by the press who said that hotels usually complained that staff recruitment was a daunting task because there were only a few takers for hotel jobs, the General Manager said that responses to his call for applicants indicated there were no less than 2,000 who applied for various jobs. They were able to recruit their staff, mostly who were from villages.

After staff selections were finalized, they were sent abroad for training. He confirmed there were applicants employed in other disciplines as well who were found suitable. ‘ We did not have any problems recruiting people. But the number of women applicants was less, he said.

He said the hotel would be ready for opening on Nov. 17.

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