Thursday, 23 August 2012


Sri Lanka has introduced new land policy to attract foreign investment for tourism, a minister said on Wednesday.

Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, deputy minister for Economic Development, said the Cabinet has given nod to lease out state lands for hotel projects for foreign investors under 99 years lease agreement.

“The lands will be leased out on the prices valued by Government Chief Valuer,” Abeygwardena said.

Sri Lanka’s robust post-war tourism sector continued to grow, posting a 7.8 percent rise in July from a year earlier, according to government data.

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(Source: Ada Derana)

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Sri Lanka’s Shaw Wallace seeks 99-year lease on prime Colombo land

Sri Lanka’s Shaw Wallace and Hedges PLC plans to secure a 99-year lease on its Colombo property from the Urban Development Authority, a report said. An extraordinary general meeting of shareholders has been fixed for September 03, to approve the sale of 264.65 perches of prime Colpetty land for 1.85 billion rupees in order to continue the stalled development of "Mayfair City" – two 30-storey towers comprising 307 luxury residential apartments.

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(Source: LBO)

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Indo-China battle looms over prime property in Colombo

India has lodged a strong protest with Sri Lanka over the allocation of a prime Colombo property to a Chinese company though it was earmarked for India.The protests were delivered both in New Delhi and Colombo, an External Affairs Ministry source said yesterday. He was speaking on grounds of anonymity since EAM officials are not allowed to talk to the media.
The 287-perch property, once occupied by Shaw Wallace and Hedges, with frontage both to the Galle Road and the Duplication Road, has been given to the Chinese aircraft manufacturing firm CATIC or China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation. It is for what has been described as a “flagship project”. It is not immediately clear how much the Chinese company paid for the deal.
(Source: Sunday Times)

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Latest Sri Lanka House Prices - Recession bites Commercial properties?

The property price index for Q2 2012 is out with prices showing mixed results once again.

Key summary of the statistics are:

  • House prices and land prices are up while apartment and commercial building sale prices are down
  • Overall land prices continue to rise for the 2nd consecutive quarter while land in Colombo and North steam ahead
  • House prices in Colombo and North fall while there is an overall increase in the house prices
  • Commercial property sales and rentals take a battering as both have spiraled down
For the Full list of the latest LankaPropertyWeb Property Index visit