(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –Since its opening to the public last week, the Lotus Tower, the tallest tower in South Asia, has managed to earn more than Rs. 7 million in the first three days, the CEO of the Colombo Lotus Tower (Private) Company, Major General (Retd.) Prasad Samarasinghe said.
Mr. Samarasinghe said from its opening for public on the 15th of until Saturday, more than 7 million rupees have been earned from the visitors to the Tower. On Saturday (17) alone, more than 3 million rupees had been received and more than 7,200 people had come to see the attraction.
He also mentioned that over 6800 tickets have been sold by 8:00 pm last night (18).
With the arrival of a large number of people, there was a heavy traffic jam around the Lotus Tower area.
Due to the huge increase in the number of visitors last night, the tower administration had to temporarily stop issuing tickets on several occasions.
Tickets are priced at Rs. 500 and Rs. 2,000 while the tickets for foreigners is priced at UD$ 20. For a 2000 rupees ticket visitors can enter the premises without queuing and can go up the tower a few times. For a 500 rupee ticket a visitor can go up the tower only once.
Currently only Rs.500-tickets are issued and the Lotus Tower is open for public viewing from 2.00 pm to 11.00 pm on weekdays and from 12.00 noon to 12.00 midnight on weekends. For children under 10 years old, tickets are Rs. 200.
In addition, Mr. Prasad Samarasinghe also said that it is planned to introduce a QR code for the issuance of 2000 rupees tickets online and the work is currently underway.
Accordingly, the possibility of ordering tickets online will be available and it will be possible to implement it by the end of this month, Mr. Samarasinghe said.
Built on an area of 30,600 square meters, the lotus tower is 350 meters tall. Anyone who comes with a ticket gets the opportunity to stay on the 7th floor for 30 minutes and from there one can see many places including Sigiriya, Sri Pada, and Knuckles Range.
Colombo Lotus Tower Pvt Ltd expects to open the second phase of Nelum Kuluna within the next two months and the third phase by March next year.