Welcome Hotels Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, a newly incorporated ITC unit in Sri Lanka has already paid 73.5 million US dollars for a 99 lease of a 5 acre block state land near Colombo's main beachfront.
The firm is expected to invest 140 million US dollars over 60 months in a mixed development, a state gazette notification said.
The firm has been given a 10 year tax holiday starting from the first year of profits or three years after operations, and 6 percent of half the rate of tax for hotels (whichever is lower) for the next 15 years.
Up to 20 expatriate staff will be exempted from Pay As You Earn tax for five years .
Interest on foreign loans taken for capital expenses, technical fees to consultants management fees up to 3 percent of revenues, royalty and marketing fees up to 1.5 percent of revenue will be exempt from withholding tax.
Incentive management fees up to 10 percent of gross profit will also be exempted withholding tax. Charges for bookings made by ITC's central reservation system or 5-6 dollars per reservation will be also be exempt.
Imported and locally purchased project related goods and services, whether by the project company or contractors will be exempt from value added tax, port and airport development levy and customs duty.
India's ITC tobacco, consumer goods and leisure group operates through a luxury ITC Hotel brand, 5-star Welcome Hotel brand, Fortune mid-market range and Welcome Heritage brands.
It also has a franchise to the Starwood hotels brand.