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Hotel industry raises funds for tsunami victims

More than US$12,000 was raised at the recent Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, held in Dubai…

More than US$12,000 was raised at the recent Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, held in Dubai, with funds ear-marked for the construction of an orphanage for victims of the tsunami in Sri Lanka.

According to conference organiser, Jonathan Worsley, leaders in the hospitality sector were over-whelmingly generous both in donating prizes and participating in the raffle and silent auction.

While a weekend on The World was perhaps the most unique prize, every hotel chain was keen to offer something for the cause and we are extremely grateful for this response to what was a terrible tragedy, both for the residents in the countries concerned and their tourism industries, he said.

Our aim is to create a legacy project as a donation from the hospitality industry in general, to demonstrate our concern, solidarity and ambition to work to revive the economies in those countries.

The orphanage, located at Weligama at the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka, has been designed by Buchanan Associates Architects and will include gardens, a clinic, educational and play areas as well as staff accommodation.

Land has been acquired and plans for the orphanage drawn up: with funds raised at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, fast-track construction can be started, said Worsley.

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