Kyriad Hotels of France eyeing to manage 2,000 rooms in 15 hotels across Sri Lanka

The brand enjoys dominant position in Europe, India and China


by Sanath Nanayakkare

Kyriad, a highly reputable brand of France-based Louvre Hotels Group is eyeing to manage 2,000 rooms in 15 hotels across Sri Lanka in five years, with plans to attract over one million additional tourists to the country through its global network.

Louvre Hotels Group (LHG) is intent on expanding the Kyriad brand across the vibrant Indian subcontinent and has assigned the master franchisee of Kyriad to India’s Orange Tiger Hospitality management team.

Orange Elephant Hospitality has already signed an MoU with Sanken to manage its luxurious boutique resort in Bolgoda.

Further the company has signed MoUs with Leisure, Sports and Recreation Pvt. Ltd. to manage its two prestigious resorts in Passikudah, namely; Marina Passikudah and Passi Villas.

Meanwhile talks to manage Upcot Gardenfields is also in progress.

Orange Elephant Hospitality said it is planning to manage hotels and luxury resorts in Colombo, Negombo, Bolgoda, Jaffna, Passikudah, Kandy, Nuwara- Eliya, Haputale, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Dambulla, Galle and Anuradhapura.  

"About 90 percent of tourists visiting Sri Lanka are from Asia Pacific and Europe. In those markets, we are in the dominant position. In Europe, we are number two and in India and China, we are number one," LHG International Development Director Brice De Guitard said.

According to Guitard, Kyriad brand would enable Sri Lanka to attract more European and Chinese tourists due to its extensive network of customers.  

Orange Tiger Hospitality Managing Director Gaurav Pallial said," Sri Lanka could expect one million additional tourists from India with its large base of loyal customers Kyriad brand is carrying with it.The flight fare from Mumbai to Delhi and Mumbai to Colombo is almost the same and the flying time is also almost the same. With Sri Lanka waiving visa fees to tourists including Indians, Colombo has become a much cheaper destination for many regional tourists".

Orange Tiger Hospitality currently manages 2, 000 rooms in India, maintaining an average occupancy of 70 percent.

LHG is a subsidiary of Shanghai-based state-owned conglomerate Jin Jiang International Hotels, which has now become the second largest hotel chain in the world only behind Marriott International.

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