World-renowned French all-in holiday specialists Club Med will open its first beach resort in Sri Lanka when it takes over the Riverina in Beruwela next year.

The Sunday Times reports that “while tourism is booming in post-war Sri Lanka and big brands are eying the country, Club Med is one of the biggest global brands to get into the resort business here”.

The Riverina is owned by the LOLC Group, a leading diversified conglomerate in Sri Lanka, and Club Mediterranée specialises in operating club resorts at exotic destinations around the world.

Ishara Nanayakkara

Ishara Nanayakkara

The Sunday Times reports Ishara Nanayakkara, LOLC deputy chairman as saying: “It is my pleasure to welcome Mr. Henri Giscard D’Estaing, the President and CEO of Club Méditerranée, to flag off our flagship venture in Sri Lanka.

“LOLC’s Riverina Resort in Beruwela will now become Sri Lanka’s first Club Med property. We are overjoyed that a top global brand such as Club Méditerranée, will be collaborating with us, as the brand will enhance the identity of Sri Lanka Tourism by attracting affluent tourists to our shores, while generating valuable employment opportunities within the local community, thereby boosting the local and the national economy”.

Giscard D’estaing said: “I am very pleased to be signing the agreement with LOLC Group which will pave the way for establishing the first Club Med in Sri Lanka. Continually in search of new exceptional locations, Club Med is proud to contribute to the wellbeing of Sri Lankan Tourism and to its local economy, attracting a variety of local talent”.

Read the full report here.

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