Lotus Tower to open doors to public today

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The Colombo Lotus Tower Management Company Pvt Ltd, which is in charge of the tower’s operations, stated that the photo of a supposed entry ticket circulating on social media is a forgery and that new tickets will be issued today (15) when the tower officially opens to the public from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. On weekends, the tower would be open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The fake ticket included descriptions in English, Chinese, and Sinhala, and that it was free (complimentary) for MPs. The Chinese Embassy and the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority (SLTDA) both pointed out that the ticket was a hoax.

Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Lotus Tower Management company, Retd. Major General Prasad Samarisnghe, told Ceylon Today that with the opening of the tower would also see the official launch of the Lotus Tower website. He said he is not bothered about the fake ticket because he is fully committed to promoting the Lotus Tower as an attraction for local and international tourists.

He said, the company expects to generate Rs 520 million by the end of 2024, when all installations such as sports, gaming, restaurants and stores would be operational, and that 70 per cent of the business has already been booked by local and foreign investors.

The Lotus Tower, he claimed, would host events from 24 September to 31 December, including carnivals, musical shows, and an international mega extravaganza scheduled for 30 September.

“We also need to learn what the shortcomings are once the tower is open to the public and will be able to recognise them in the next two weeks before they are rectified,” Major General Samarasinghe noted.

According to him, only 1,500 visitors would be allowed to visit the top of the tower today and that this capacity would increase to 2,000 during the weekends.

“As of now, we cannot manage the crowd and cannot accommodate more than that. Management will permit 150 persons in batches of 15 persons in 10 batches to have a view of the city of Colombo today. We will give 20 to 30 minutes viewing time for each ticket. This area is above the rotating part of the tower”.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan