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Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka Appoints Moshi Perera as General Manager

HAMBANTOTA, LK. November 2, 2017 Ė Shangri-Laís Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka announces Moshi Perera as the resortís new general manager. Perera will be responsible for managing the 300-room property and will oversee all operations and teams within the resort. Perera will continue to establish Shangri-Laís Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa as one of the leading luxury hotels in Sri Lanka since its grand opening in June 2016.

From London to the UAE, Perera has over twenty years of experience in the global hospitality industry at some of the worldís leading hospitality brands. Perera joins the Shangri-La family following his position as cluster general manager for Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel and Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Kenya. In this position, Perera developed the Fairmont brand in East Africa and lead operational activities. Prior to this role, Perera was general manager at Hyatt International properties in Kazakhstan, Zurich and Egypt.

ďI am delighted to work with the team here at Shangri-Laís Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa,Ē said Perera. ďItís certainly an exciting time to be in Sri Lanka with the dramatic rise in tourism that the country has seen over the past few years. Iím proud to be a part of this key change. Iím looking forward to showcasing a new level of service to guests and to helping make their experience in Hambantota even more memorable.Ē

Set beside the Indian Ocean, Shangri-Laís Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa is located on Sri Lankaís ancient Spice Route on the islandís Southern coastline. With 145 acres of tropical gardens, guests can unwind among the resortís spectacular surroundings and make the most of the impressive facilities. The resort hosts the countryís only 18-hole golf course, a CHI Ayurveda Spa, three swimming pools, an array of al fresco dining options, a unique Artisan Village celebrating local arts and crafts, and the countryís first 18-hole golf course. The course was designed by internationally acclaimed golf architect Rodney Wright and offers world-class facilities, a golf membership program and regional and international golf tournaments.

For more information and reservation, please call +94 47 7 888 888, email slht@shangrila.com or visit www.shangri-la.com/hambantota/shangrila.

About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 98 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 40,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.

Judy Reeves
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