Hemas Holdings offers its hotel in Negombo as quarantine centre

21 March 2020 06:18 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Hemas Holdings Plc has offered its Club Hotel Dolphin in Negombo as a quarantine centre to the Government if the need arises, as part of wider public-private sector efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking to Daily Mirror, Mr. Abbas Esufally, Chairman of HEMAS Leisure stated that, “we feel that as a Sri Lankan company the private sector must stand up and rise to the occasion. This is a national crisis and we must come together to combat it. We spoke to Mrs. Kimarli Fernando, Chairperson of Sri Lanka Tourism and Mr. Sanath Ukwatte, President of THASL and decided that we must offer our services and assistance to the Government. Our hotel, Club Hotel Dolphin in Waikkal is at the heart of the outbreak in Puttalam and we felt that the government could make use of our property at this crucial hour," he said. 

"We conveyed our intention to both the Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva and President’s Chief Advisor, Mr. Lalith Weeratunge and they have responded positively and stated that they will take it up the moment the need for it arises. We communicated that we will continue to man the Engineering and Kitchen departments and the Army will help to run and manage the rest of the operations. We will ask our staff to volunteer to continue working at the property and assist the army. Furthermore, our HEMAS factory companies, HEMAS Pharmaceutical and Morrison’s are busy manufacturing critically required pharmaceuticals, soaps, hand sanitizers and other urgently required essential items.” he added.

Club Hotel Dolphin is a 4-star property with 154 rooms situated in Waikkal. It is owned by Serendib Hotels Plc, which is part of Hemas Holdings Plc.


  Comments - 13

  • Xavier Saturday, 21 March 2020 07:18 PM

    So generous of you. may god bless you !

    sam silva Saturday, 21 March 2020 07:39 PM

    The parliament could be use as the center too All 225 could be used to help the patients.

    nadarajah Saturday, 21 March 2020 07:49 PM

    great -at least those who targeted this group during the anti muslim riots will realise who the real patriots are during time of crisis

    Dee Saturday, 21 March 2020 07:50 PM

    Noble deed indeed! Humanity appreciates. Wonder where the other richest people are? Probably trying to sell off their hotels.

    Saman W Saturday, 21 March 2020 07:55 PM

    Fishy! First Citras (Dilith) now Hemas. Why? Maybe this is the next deal with the government to handover the hotel at 'tourist' rates so that they can make more money from Corona, while no tourists are coming to Sri Lanka. Otherwise well-furnished tourist hotel giving to possibly highly contagious dieses contracted people is not a joke...

    dean Saturday, 21 March 2020 08:06 PM

    example for all sri lankan money cannot buy everything.may god have mercy.salute

    Srikantha Saturday, 21 March 2020 08:31 PM

    Salute you Mr,Abbas. Real srilankan son came forward to help the country.

    Dev William Saturday, 21 March 2020 08:47 PM

    Very good decision. Other hotel owners too should come forward to offer their hotels.

    Ram Sunday, 22 March 2020 04:37 AM

    Friend in need is a friend indeed. Very generous offer. What have our reputed politicians offer? Say few months wages/pension?

    Okkama Rajawaru - Thun sinhalaye ma doodaruwu ! ! Sunday, 22 March 2020 06:30 AM

    Further to Mr Nadaraja's comment which reads " great -at least those who targeted this group during the anti Muslim riots will realise who the real patriots are during time of crisis" There were may other targets ! but to the loss of the country. Example - provision of free meals at cancer hospital by a Muslim Establishment. How about the accusation made on the Muslim who started first by donating for a "machine" to the cancer hospital , saying that he is filtering out the donations, whereas all donations were sent to a govt bank account. So on and so on. We (including our patriotic BBS) now (at least) should learn to act gentlemanly ! and realise Sinhalese Buddhists are not the only Sri Lankans.

    Chooty Atlas Sunday, 22 March 2020 07:00 AM

    Hope some Principals and School teachers will hang their heads in shame for pulling up students who were using ball point pens manufactured by a Muslim Establishment

    MAD HATTER Sunday, 22 March 2020 07:06 AM

    Mr or Mrs or Ms SAMAN W (see comment above) seems to have Corona inside is head. Shame on you.

    Nizam Sunday, 22 March 2020 08:19 AM

    Good deed and a good lesson Brother. The good done to others shall always be blessed FOREVER. After all some day we have to leave everything and go down under. Not only our wealth and property but also out positions and titles too.

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