President declares open Air Force Banquet & Convention Hall
His Excellency the president Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the 'Eagles' Lakeside', Banquet & Convention Hall of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) in Attidiya, Ratmalana on an invitation extended by the Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama last evening (12th November).
The General Secretary of the Commonwealth Mr. Kamalesh Sharma and Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa were among the distinguished guests present at the glittering event.
Coinciding with the opening a reception and dinner for the members of the Commonwealth Business Forum was hosted by His Excellency the President.
'Eagles' Lakeside' banquet and conventional hall is the second such facility constructed by the Sri Lanka Air Force. It can accommodate 1000 persons at once and offers all modern facilities required for the hosting of banquets, receptions, conferences, conventions and other such functions.
The multi facilitated banquet hall is situated facing a waterfront with a breathtaking view of the Bolgoda Lake. The facilities include two bridal dressing rooms and three large changing room, lobby, kitchen with star class facilities, a food serving area, reception area, spacious washrooms and a HR Department. The complex also has a large landscaped garden. The staff has been given a comprehensive training in hospitality.
This Banquet Hall offers special concessions to all tri-service personnel for matrimonial ceremonies. The facility will also be available for booking by the general public.
The construction of the banquet hall was carried out by the Air Field Construction Wing while the electrical work was done by the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Wing of the SLAF.
Hon. Prime Minister DM Jayaratna, External Affairs Prof GL Peris, Minister of Irrigation and Water Supply Hon Nimal Siripala De Silva, Minister of Investment Promotion Hon Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena and foreign dignitaries were also present at the function.