Sri Lanka would have been the world's top tourist destination, if not for the decades lost to the country's civil war.
That's the firm conviction of Roman Scott, founder and chairman of the Calamander Group, which is why he decided to put his money into the country's hospitality sector right after Sri Lanka's internal strife ended.
"I was one of the first people on the plane, there was a picture of me arriving in May 2009 before the dust was settled, because I already had a number of investments that I could just turn the buttons on," he recalls.
Scott's first investment in Sri Lanka was in the food and beverage sector, while he took time to scour the country for a suitable hotel property. He looked at more than 30 potential investment spots before finally settling on a resort in Unawatuna, a coastal town in Galle district that's famed for its beautiful beaches.