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Old July 6th, 2009, 10:18 PM   #81
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Hotel Properties plans to expand in Sabah
By Sharen Kaur
Published: 2009/07/07



Businessman Tan Sri Syed Yusof Tun Syed Nasir says the company sees opportunities to buy hotels and resorts in Sabah at a discount

Singapore-based Hotel Properties Ltd (HPL) plans to expand its hotel portfolio in Sabah, with a view to snap up distressed hotels there.

Businessman Tan Sri Syed Yusof Tun Syed Nasir said the company sees opportunities to buy hotels and resorts in Sabah at a discount from their existing owners who have been hit by the current economic slowdown.

HPL, which is controlled by founder and property tycoon Ong Beng Seng, manages Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Concorde Shah Alam, Concorde Inn Sepang, Casa Del Mar Langkawi and The Lakehouse in Cameron Highlands.

"There are always expansion plans within the HPL group. We will buy, if the price is right. By doing so, we will be creating new employment.

"In hospitality, it is sad to see hotels close or a big (number of) staff being laid off," Syed Yusof, who is a shareholder of HPL, told Business Times in an interview.

The company is looking to buy small properties such as boutique hotels as they offer gross operating profit (GOP) of over 40 per cent.

For instance, the GOP for Casa Del Mar and Concorde Kuala Lumpur were 45 per cent and 38 per cent, respectively, higher than the 35 per cent for the remaining properties.

"I don't think we should miss the boat. (Sabah's) eco-tourism is booming. If we buy a property in Sabah and keep it unique, it should sell like hot cakes," Syed Yusof said.

HPL is also mulling to set up a Hard Rock Cafe in Kota Kinabalu and buy a resort in Sipadan Island.

"These plans are still preliminary. If we can manage the resort in Sipadan Island professionally, there will be good money," Syed Yusof said.

While the plans look good on paper, Syed Yusof is aware that hospitality is not an easy business to run and is vulnerable to terrorism, diseases and a recession.

"Malaysia will always be indirectly affected when the world is in crisis. Hospitality is a vulnerable business, with slow returns and huge capital. A lot of hard work is involved to keep the business afloat. It's not all that rosy as one may think it to be," he added.

Syed Yusof said the most important things in this business are dedication and cash flow to make it work.

"To succeed, one must also have good partners, management and staff. For instance, our partner, Ong, is internationally recognised and thus, we have no qualms about buying properties in good or bad market conditions," he said.

On why he has been staying in the business for over two decades, Syed Yusof said it was because of his passion for the industry.

Concorde Kuala Lumpur, formerly Merlin Hotel, on Jalan Sultan Ismail is Syed Yusof's first hotel venture in 1990, after halting from property development activities temporarily.

"Our partners (referring to Ong and Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor) are dedicated in tourism. Our group is ready to assist the Tourism Ministry in new developments for the sector," he said.
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HDC Certifies Kitchens Of 170 Hotels As Halal


PETALING JAYA, July 7 (Bernama) -- Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) has certified the kitchens of 170 hotels as halal as of June this year, its chief executive officer Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin said Tuesday.

He said that five-star hotels accounted for 15 certificates, four-star hotels 23 certificates, three-star hotels 101 certificates, two-star hotels 14 certificates and others 17 certificates.

"We are hoping for more hotels to obtain the kitchen halal certification from HDC to gain the unwavering confidence of consumers towards their products and services," he said at a media briefing here.

To date, HDC has received 149 new applications for halal certification of the kitchens and 29 had so far been approved, Jamil said.

He said the halal certification application from hotels as well as the food and beverage industry was voluntary like other industries which did not impose a compulsory requirement.

According to Jamil, HDC's halal certification system has been enhanced whereby the processing timeframe has been significantly reduced so as not to hinder the applicants' operations.

He attributed delays in the certification process to incomplete application details, including awaiting document submission for ingredients as well as payment fee and other non-compliance issues such as hygiene.

"The halal logo on halal products is an indication of the halal reliability and integrity associated with quality, hygiene and safety," Jamil said.

"We are committed to preserving the halal integrity at all times and part of this undertaking is the stringent certification process," he said.

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More hotels seek halal certs for their kitchens
By Zurinna Raja AdamPublished: 2009/07/08




LESS than a tenth of hotels in the country have had their kitchens certified halal, but more are seeking to do so to attract Muslim patronage.

As at June 30, only 170 hotels out of more than 2,000 had halal-certified kitchens, Halal Industry Development Corp Sdn Bhd (HDC) said.

HDC has received 149 new applications for halal certification for hotel kitchens and approved 29.

"We can't certify a hotel as halal, but we certify its kitchen as halal if it complies with our guidelines, which include cleanliness, separate storage for halal and non-halal products, and the cooking ingredients must be halal and sourced from halal producers," HDC chief executive officer Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.





However, it is not compulsory for hotel kitchens to be certified halal.

On Monday, HDC held a dialogue with the Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners, Malaysia Association of Hotels and Malaysian Budget Hotels Association and it was agreed that more hotel kitchens must apply for halal certification.

The move would help meet the needs of Muslim tourists who are expected to make their way here in increasing numbers.

When HDC took over the certification process from Jakim in July last year, it inherited a backlog of almost 2,000 cases. Most were incomplete applications, making them difficult to process.

From July 2008 until last month, HDC received 62 applications out of which only nine were approved. Twelve failed to get their premises certified.

The remaining 41 submitted incomplete information.

Under HDC, the certification processing time has been slashed to about 30 days from between three and six months before.

Delays could be due to incomplete paperwork and late payment, among other things. HDC charges RM300 for a certification, which expires after three years.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 07:16 PM   #84
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Legasi Shah's Village Hotel
9 Julai 2009
Lebih 40 tahun berdiri megah di Petaling Jaya.



KATIL antik yang berusia lebih 1,000 tahun ini terus menarik perhatian.



MASIH menepati selera mewah.



HOTEL yang dikendalikan keluarga ini terus bernyawa di
sebalik kemunculan hotel-hotel mewah di sekelilingnya.




SHARIFF SHAH mengakui banyak cabarannya untuk memastikan
Shah’s Village terus beroperasi biarpun selepas 43 tahun.


ALLAHYARHAM Tan Sri P. Ramlee dan Saloma pernah menginap di sini.

HOTEL yang dikendalikan keluarga ini terus bernyawa di sebalik kemunculan hotel-hotel mewah di sekelilingnya.

HOTEL ini mungkin nampak biasa saja jika dilihat dari luar, namun sebaik sahaja melangkah masuk ke dalamnya, nostalgia lama pasti menjengah memori.

Terletak di Lorong Sultan, Petaling Jaya, himpitan pembangunan dan kemunculan hotel-hotel moden tidak menjejaskan langsung Shah's Village.

Shah's Village dibina pada tahun 1966. Ia merupakan hotel pertama di Petaling Jaya. Melihat pencapaiannya pada hari ini ternyata percaturan pemiliknya, Datuk H. M. Shah tidak silap.

"Faktor kos dan Lebuh Raya Persekutuan menjadi asas kepada pembinaan hotel keluarga ini," ujar anak sulung pasangan H. M. Shah dan Datin Serina Shah, Shariff Shah, 34.

Beliau yang juga pengarah jualan dan pemasaran hotel itu mengakui, untuk mengekalkan operasi sebuah hotel selama 43 tahun banyak cabarannya.

"Semuanya dapat dilihat menerusi dekorasi, landskap serta bangunan ini sendiri. Setiap ruang di sini ada kisahnya," cerita beliau.

Di ruang lobi, tiga unsur dekorasi iaitu Baba Nyonya, Melayu dan kontemporari mudah menggamit perhatian.

Pandangan mata pasti terpaku pada katil antik Baba Nyonya yang telah menjangkau usia 1,000 tahun yang diletakkan di sudut tangga.

"Katil ini diperoleh menerusi kawan baik ayah di Melaka pada awal 1990-an," jelas Shariff sambil menunjukkan beberapa ukiran di balik tiang katil tersebut.

Di ruang menunggu pula, sebuah sofa lembut membangkitkan suasana relaks dengan sulaman potret hitam putih berbingkai cantik.

Patung berbentuk kuda yang diletakkan di tengah-tengah ruang turut berjaya mencetuskan persekitaran mewah.

Di tingkat seterusnya, terdapat 91 bilik yang sedia menanti pengunjung. Ini termasuk lima suite yang dinamakan sempena ahli keluarga Shariff.

Menjenguk sekeliling hotel ini, landskap berunsur kekampungan seperti sengaja dipilih kerana pemiliknya ingin menerapkan nilai tradisi dan budaya Malaysia.

"Kami juga mahu pelanggan berasa seperti berada di rumah sendiri," ungkap Shariff.

Tiga ruang menjamu selera dapat dipilih sama ada di bahagian yang berhadapan dengan kolam renang, di dalam kafe atau ruang yang menghadap jalan utama.

"Bagi mereka yang menggemari elemen klasik seperti kayu dan rotan dalam suasana taman, bahagian yang berhadapan kolam renang yang menempatkan sebuah gazebo amat sesuai," ujar graduan Universiti Towson, Amerika Syarikat ini.

Lebih menarik, kebanyakan landskap hotel ini dizahirkan tanpa menggunakan khidmat pereka landskap mahupun perunding hiasan dalaman.

"Lebih puas rasanya dapat menyalurkan kreativiti sendiri. Malah hanya kami yang memahami 'perkahwinan' budaya hiasan di dalam hotel ini," kata Shariff ketawa.

Legenda Bistro pula menyerlahkan keunikan Shah's Village kerana di situ terdapat mural Allahyarham Tan Sri P. Ramlee dan biduanita Saloma. Kedua-dua tokoh seni itu pernah menginap di Shah's Village.

"Peninju legenda, Mohammad Ali juga pernah singgah di sini. Begitu juga ramai kerabat diraja termasuk Sultan Selangor terdahulu dan Sultan Kelantan sekarang.

"Mereka datang bukan semata-mata kerana bersahabat dengan ayah tetapi juga disebabkan suasana tenang di sini," ucap Shariff yang mengaku bukan mudah untuk meneruskan kelangsungan bisnes keluarga itu.
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New YTL Hotels chief eyes growth
Friday July 10 2009
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SINGAPORE, July 10 — YTL Hotels incoming president James McBride has set his sights on global expansion to enlarge the company's footprint and further bolster its operations in the next two to three years.

Starting Aug 10, McBride will head YTL Hotels, the hospitality arm of one of Malaysia's largest conglomerates, YTL Corporation. He will be based in Singapore for his new position.

YTL Hotels owns and manages a collection of hotels, resorts and spas, with the Kuala Lumpur JW Marriott Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Hotel under its wing.

Speaking to BT in an interview, McBride said that the company will be evaluating strategic locations globally, starting closer to home, possibly in Australia and Southeast Asia. He will also look into opportunities in the US, where he is most familiar with. “As long as the location is strategic and has potential, we will evaluate it regardless of its size or scale,” he added.

Looking forward to leveraging on his industry experience and global connectivity to lead YTL Hotels into realising its ambitions, McBride thinks that the company is in a very exciting period of time, when enormous value can be explored through strategic acquisitions. “Hotel and real estate prices have been excessive in the past years; there is now a correction and it will continue in this trend for the next two to three years,” he told BT.

McBride has working experience in many hotels around the world, the most recent of which is the Carlyle Hotel in New York, where he was managing director.

He was also general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur 10 years ago, when he was with YTL Hotels. “We are delighted that James has returned to YTL Hotels, bringing with him both a global industry perspective and hands-on hotel management knowledge,” said Mark Yeoh, executive director of YTL Hotels.

A native of South Africa, McBride received his diploma in Hotel Management before furthering his education at Cornell University. — Business Times Singapore
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Owner plans hotel near Kota Kinabalu
Published: 2009/07/14

ANTHONY Wong, owner and managing director of the Frangipani Resort and Spa Langkawi, plans to open a four-star hotel in Sabah in the near future and a third venue in Phuket, Thailand, in the long term.

He is now scouting for suitable land near Kota Kinabalu to open an environmentally-friendly hotel there.

As he plans to execute most of the plans by himself as well as source his own material, Wong expects that the planned 150-room hotel may cost up to RM40 million.

"We are looking for a piece of land, not more than one-and-a-half hours from the Kota Kinabalu airport to build our hotel," Wong told Business Times.

"I have already looked at 40 sites... but we are not happy (with the sites we saw). We do not want to make a mistake when we purchase it," he added.

He is looking for land measuring 4.5ha to 6ha, a third of which will be for an organic garden.

"We want to grow part of the food on site and treat waste water on our own so that it does not go out into the sea and pollute it," he said.

Since the hotel will be built from scratch, it will also incorporate many energy-efficient features.

"We want to be able to use the heat from the air conditioners to be able to run other things. Basically, we want to be energy efficient as energy usually makes up 20 per cent to 25 per cent of operating costs," Wong said.
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The Frangipani Langkawi shows it pays to go green
By Vasantha GanesanPublished: 2009/07/14



MONEY is not everything, but it does talk.

The Frangipani Resort & Spa in Langkawi touted as the most environmentally-friendly hotel in Malaysia and the owner is committed to investments that create greener environment at the expense of quick returns.

Over RM25 million has been spent over the past four years to enable the resort to save money over a longer period.

"It may delay our return on investment or give a marginal profit but we don't mind," managing director Anthony Wong told Business Times in an interview.

"My passion and philosophy is to educate and show people that they can both run a business and help mother earth," he said.

In total, this 118-room four-star hotel saves some 10 to 15 per cent in operating costs, which translates into RM480,000 to RM600,000 in savings.

The hotel has managed to cut average water costs per occupied room to RM1.73 in 2008 from RM4.10 in 2006.

And by using energy-saving bulbs, the hotel has started to save RM1,202.40 per month.

It also grows a lot of its own food including corn, kangkung, mangoes and also has over 240 chickens and ducks.

Wong plans to add more environmentally-friendly equipment, such as solar power system, other than that just used for heating water and is contemplating even wind energy to make the hotel greener.

According to him, most people think that going "green" is difficult and costly but once he shows that it can save money, then people are immediately interested.

The Frangipani, previously the three-star Langkawi Village Resort, was bought four years ago. The property, which was 18 years old when acquired, has undergone RM10 million worth of renovation.

The Frangipani in 2008 achieved an average room rate (ARR) of RM280 and an occupancy of 60 per cent. This year, the hotel is looking at maintaining its occupancy but garnering an ARR of RM290.

This resort today has over 100 environmentally-friendly elements.

"We are the greenest (resort) in the country. We were selected as the top three greenest hotel in the world by Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards. We now want to be number one," he said.

The award is run in association with partners World Travel Market, The Daily Telegraph, Geographical Magazine and BBC World News Service.

The award is said to be the most prestigious and competitive of its kind in the world.
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Hotel RM122j di Pantai Merang

SETIU 13 Julai - Keunikan alam semula jadi di kawasan pantai di daerah ini mendorong sebuah syarikat swasta membina sebuah hotel bernilai RM122 juta di Pantai Merang di sini.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pelancongan, Kebudayaan, Kesenian dan Warisan negeri, Datuk Za'abar Mohd. Adib berkata, hotel yang menyediakan 190 bilik itu akan dikendalikan oleh Desa Perantau Sdn. Bhd.

Menurut beliau, hotel berkenaan akan dibina di atas tanah seluas dua hektar yang disewa daripada Yayasan Diraja Sultan Mizan.

Katanya, pembinaan hotel itu berhampiran dengan Terengganu International Equestrian Park (TIEP) Lembah Bidong di sini, dijangka siap dalam tempoh 30 bulan lagi.

''Pembinaan hotel ini dijangka dapat mempertingkatkan sosial ekonomi masyarakat setempat.

''Hotel ini juga akan memberi peluang pekerjaan kepada 200 penduduk tempatan dalam pelbagai bidang perhotelan sekali gus dapat menjana industri pelancongan di negeri ini," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas merasmikan Majlis Pecah Tanah Hotel Eksklusif di Pantai Merang di sini baru-baru ini.

Terdahulu, Za'abar menyaksikan majlis menandatangani memorandum persefahaman (MoU) antara Yayasan Diraja Sultan Mizan yang wakili oleh Ahli Lembaga Pemegang Amanahnya, Datuk Mohd. Fadzli Yusof dengan Desa Perantau Sdn. Bhd. diwakili oleh Pengarah Urusannya, Zainab Yusof.

Za'abar berkata, kerajaan negeri akan memperbanyakkan lagi produk-produk pelancongan terutama sukan lasak seperti kuda lasak dan Piala Monsun.

''Terengganu mempunyai pelbagai produk pelancongan yang mampu menarik pelancong terutamanya pelancong asing ke negeri ini setiap tahun.

''Ini dapat meningkatkan pendapatan sampingan masyarakat setempat selain mempromosi negeri ini di luar negara,'' ujarnya.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan negeri menjangka peningkatan kedatangan pelancong tahun ini kepada empat juta orang berbanding 3.53 juta pada tahun lepas.

''Kedatangan pelancong asing ke negeri ini meningkat dari semasa ke semasa kerana mereka tertarik dengan kegiatan pelancongan yang dianjurkan oleh kerajaan," katanya.
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Thistle PD janji 'keajaiban' percutian
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Ng Yen Yen, ketika hadir merasmikan hotel Thistle Port Dickson, semalam.

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PORT DICKSON 14 Julai - Hotel bertaraf lima bintang, Thistle Port Dickson berkeupayaan menjadi ikon baru produk pelancongan di Negeri Sembilan, khususnya di bandar peranginan ini.

Menteri Pelancongan, Datuk Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen berkata, keyakinan pelabur dari kumpulan hotel Thistle United Kingdom untuk membuka hotel 251 bilik itu dan mampu memuatkan 2,000 orang, adalah satu kejayaan besar dalam industri ini.

''Saya yakin dengan kemunculan Thistle Port Dickson, ia akan memberi satu pilihan kepada pelancong dalam dan luar negara untuk menikmati percutian lebih selesa, berkualiti dan bermutu tinggi," katanya ketika berucap merasmikan hotel berkenaan di sini hari ini.

Hadir sama Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Bertindak Pelancongan, Perpaduan, Kebudayaan, Kesenian, Warisan dan Adat Perpatih negeri, Datuk Mohamad Razi Kail; Pengurus Besar Thistle Port Dickson, Dean Rossilli dan Pengarah Urusan GuocoLand (M) Berhad, Paul Poh.

Kata Yen Yen, dengan kedudukan strategik iaitu berhampiran Kuala Lumpur dan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA), hotel itu mampu menambah lokasi penginapan di bandar peranginan ini.

Thistle Port Dickson telah memulakan operasinya pada awal bulan lalu selepas melakukan kerja-kerja menaik taraf sejak Januari dengan kos sebanyak RM20 juta.

Hotel itu menyediakan pelbagai kemudahan rekreasi dan latihan lasak serta pengembaraan taman eko, malah lebih menarik kawasan pantainya landai dan bersih serta nyata memikat kehadiran pelancong untuk datang ke lokasi ini.

Sementara itu, Paul berkata, hotel tersebut mempunyai keluasan 36.4 hektar yang menghadap laut dan menyediakan kemudahan dewan jamuan, dua gelanggang tenis, tiga restoran, dua bar dan tiga kolam renang terbuka termasuk sebuah kolam yang dibina berhampiran pantai.

Dengan pelancaran hotel itu, ia menambah koleksi hotel Thistle UK yang kini berjumlah 34 keseluruhannya dan selepas ini, sebuah lagi hotel Thistle akan dibuka di Johor Bahru.

Hotel tersebut menawarkan pakej bilik bersaiz 'deluxe', 'premium', 'suite', 'indigo' dan 'presidential' dengan harga antara RM428 dan RM3,888 semalam.

Thistle merupakan sebahagian daripada Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited, dimiliki oleh Guocoland (Malaysia) Berhad, anak syarikat Kumpulan Hong Leong.

Ketika ini, Hotel Thistle mempunyai 34 hotel di seluruh UK dan terletak di kebanyakan bandar besar termasuk 11 di tengah kota London, menjadikan ia kumpulan hotel terbesar di kota kosmopolitan itu daripada segi bilangan bilik.

Kata Dean, tidak ada hotel lain seperti Thistle yang berada dalam satu kawasan - hutan semula jadi, pantai kemudahan rekreasi dan pusat peranginan yang penuh dengan keajaiban dan kemudahan.
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Starwood in talks for more hotel investments in Malaysia
By Vasantha Ganesan
Published: 2009/07/20



STARWOOD Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc, which operates hotel brands like Sheraton, Westin and Le Meridien, is in talks with several parties for new hotel openings in Malaysia.

The group, which is bullish about the future of the local hospitality industry, is in various stages of negotiations to expand its footprint in the country.

Its on-going talks could result in the group having representations outside the prime locations of Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi.

"We are in serious discussion with six parties for not only Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur, but also secondary states," director of acquisition and development for Starwood Asia Pacific, Rajit Sukumaran, told Business Times in an interview.

The group hopes to expand its brands to include Penang, Malacca and the Iskandar Development Region in Johor.

"We are constantly expanding and our development mantra is the 'right partner, right place and right positioning'," he said.

The brand best suited for the location will be used, even if the brand is already in the locality nearby.

Starwood has nine hotel brands including Four Points by Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, St Regis, W Hotels and a loft.

When asked why Starwood is keen on Malaysia when hotels rates here are said to be one of the lowest in the world, Rajit said: "We see hotels as a long-term investment. Year-on-year there is growth in tourist arrivals. We are bullish about Malaysia especially the hospitality industry."

Today, Starwood operates eight hotels in Malaysia with a total room inventory of 2,800. These hotels include Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa and Four Points by Sheraton Kuching.

The Starwood family in Malaysia is set to grow with two new confirmed openings - the 300-room Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan, Sabah in 2011 and a 200-room luxury category The St Regis Kuala Lumpur in 2014.

Starwood, Rajit said, is confident that Malaysia has a market for a luxury brand like St Regis.

When the hotel opens, it will join at least two other luxury brands which are scheduled to open at an earlier date - Four Seasons Place in Kuala Lumpur and The Raffles Kuala Lumpur.

"There are quite a few luxury brands coming into the market ... with the right opportunity and location given, our (St Regis') rates will be comparable with our competitors," he said.

Worldwide, the Starwood group operates 950 hotels in 100 countries with a total room inventory of 287,000.
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Dorsett Johor sasar 70% penginapan
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JOHOR BAHRU 19 Julai - Hotel Dorsett Johor mengunjurkan kadar penginapannya meningkat kepada 70 peratus tahun depan berbanding 60 peratus sekarang.

Prestasi sedia ada dianggap amat menggalakkan biarpun hotel berkenaan baru setahun beroperasi.

Pengurus Residennya, Tengku Ahmad Faizal Tengku Mohamed berkata, perkembangan pasaran yang semakin memberangsang selain komitmen tinggi kakitangannya dijangka akan membantunya mencapai sasaran.

Beliau berkata, syarikat korporat merupakan pelanggan terbesar bagi hotel itu yang bakal menyambut ulang tahun pembukaan pertamanya pada 26 Julai ini.

"Prestasi kami sangat menggalakkan kerana dalam industri ini, kebiasaannya hotel baru begitu sukar untuk mencatatkan kadar penginapan walaupun sebanyak 40 peratus pada tahun pertama operasinya.

"Namun Dorsett Johor telah berjaya mencatatkan kadar penginapan 60 peratus dan kejayaan ini merupakan permulaan yang cemerlang hasil kerjasama satu pasukan di kalangan kakitangan," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Dorsett Johor diuruskan oleh Dorsett Hotel and Resorts International dan kini memiliki empat lagi hotel di Malaysia iaitu Dorsett Regency Kuala Lumpur, Grand Dorsett Labuan, Maytower Hotel and Service Apartment Kuala Lumpur dan Sheraton Subang (akan ditukarkan nama kepada Grand Dorsett Subang bermula 1 Oktober ini).

Tengku Ahmad Faizal berkata, syarikat korporat menguasai 85 peratus pelanggannya manakala baki lima peratus, masing-masing terdiri terdiri daripada agensi kerajaan, rakyat tempatan dan perkhidmatan tour.

Katanya, nama Dorsett Johor kini semakin 'panas' apabila hotel bertaraf tiga bintang itu menawarkan perkhidmatan lima bintang dalam usaha mencapai status hotel kelas perniagaan terbaik di bandar raya ini.

Beliau berkata, pihaknya menawarkan sebanyak 252 buah bilik bermula dengan harga serendah RM168 menerusi saiz superior, deluxe, standard dan suite.

Katanya, apa yang mengejutkan ialah sebanyak 40 daripada 56 bilik suite yang berharga RM320 semalam kini mempunyai pelanggan tetap untuk tempoh setahun hingga dua tahun.

Tambahnya, pelanggan ulangan pula mencatatkan kadar purata 25 hingga 30 peratus sebulan.

"Apa yang membezakan kami dengan hotel lain ialah layan perkhidmatan yang adil dengan menerapkan konsep kakitangan perlu beramah mesra dengan pelanggan.

"Kami mahu pelanggan merasakan seperti berada di rumah sendiri dan apabila daftar keluar, mereka akan mengingati layanan yang diberikan untuk datang semula ke Dorsett Johor," katanya.

Katanya, setiap bilik dilengkapi dengan televisyen LCD 32 inci selain perkhidmatan lain seperti pusat perniagaan, kolam renang dan gimnasium dan Internet percuma.
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Resort set to raise the bar with its high standards of hospitality
By C.S. NATHAN


YOU are now in Thistle country, says the sign as you approach what is the first Asian hotel outside Britain for the Thistle group.

That alone is enough to pique the interest of curious travellers looking for a more luxurious brand of rest and relaxation just an hour’s drive south of Kuala Lumpur.

Located within a sprawling 36ha seafront site, Thistle Port Dickson was recently unveiled after a RM20mil facelift.

Formerly known as Guoman, the property, managed by Hong Leong Group subsidiary Thistle Hotels, is set to raise the bar among resort hotels in Port Dickson with its high standards of hospitality.


Perfect chill spot: For drinks and snacks with a view, head to Cumulus with its infinity pool deck, ocean in the horizon and entertainment provided by a resident deejay and live bands.

Poised to make a difference in the local hotel industry, the hotel offered something unique for all its guests, GuocoLand Malaysia managing director Paul Poh said.

“We are making a significant investment in the industry and will not waste this opportunity on a cookie-cutter approach to hotel management.

“Our resort provides the best of Asian hospitality coupled with the experience Thistle UK brings,” he said after the resort’s official launch by Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen recently.

Describing the hotel as premium high-end, Poh said Thistle PD would also benefit from the many other tourism attractions in one of the oldest beach resorts in the country.

“The Thistle Group will also invest heavily in driving incoming tourists to the area through various promotional activities and partnerships with the European travel trade.

“We are also in talks with two airlines to bring more inbound tourists to Thistle PD. Since we are located so close to KL and the KLIA, we must grab the opportunity to attract more tourists, particularly those from the Middle East and Europe,” he said.

Poh revealed the company would rehabilitate certain rocky sections of Thistle PD’s beachfront. This, he said, would be carried out after Hari Raya.

“We will need to bring in sand for the purpose. The area is quite rocky and we wish to create more sandbacks where sailing, canoeing, snorkelling and wind-surfing activities could be carried out,” he said, stressing that this would be completed within four months.

Taking a look around the property, one cannot help but agree with Poh when he suggests that the resort hotel is not quite like others in the area.

“We are thrilled to offer one venue with so many options. Our beach location and lush green backdrop are an ideal spot for a wide range of activities, from water sports to other recreational activities such as SWAT camp training or the eco-park trail,” Poh said, adding that Thistle PD had been given a “soft” five-star rating by the authorities.

Thistle PD general manager Dean Rossilli said the resort was also an excellent MICE venue, with boardrooms and conference space available year-round.

“We are situated along one of the best stretches of beach and almost all our rooms offer a breathtaking view of the Straits of Malacca. It’s the perfect spot for business or leisure.


Inviting: The lobby, with its high ceilings and unimposing decor, plus the sea breeze that greets one, welcomes visitors to a respite from the hustle and bustle.

“Port Dickson’s geographical positioning, facilities and accessibility make it a perfect destination for just about anything you have in mind,” he said.

Rossilli brings with him a wealth of experience, having served in and managed hotels in his native Australia, England, Scotland and the United States.

The 251-room resort hotel has extensive facilities, including a spacious ballroom, nine function rooms, three restaurants, three outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre and health spa, and a breathtaking view of the straits, making it an ideal retreat for jaded travellers in need of some pampering.

You know you are in for a treat the minute you walk into the hotel’s lobby, with its high ceilings, unimposing decor and the sea breeze that greets you – a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle.

Take a breather and step into the aptly named lobby lounge Steps, which lets visitors bask in the luxury of panoramic view of the ocean.

Positioned for the high-end market, the resort also sets itself apart by offering classy dining options.

Patrons have a variety of options at the hotel, which include Fresh, a contemporary-style restaurant offering a daily international buffet spread; Chinoise, an outlet showcasing Oriental cuisine, and Glass, which boasts a sophisticated dining experience and an impressive wine list.

For drinks and snacks with a view, head to Cumulus, the perfect chill spot with its infinity pool deck, ocean in the horizon and entertainment provided by a resident deejay and live bands.

Cumulus also offers three VIP rooms for private parties.

Visitors can choose from its deluxe and premium rooms and suites with rates between RM368++ and RM3,888++ per night.

The seaside “ocean lawn” is also a great venue for outdoor events like weddings as it can host up to 2,000 people.

Thistle PD marks the hotel chain’s debut into the Asian region. The hotel group, which has a portfolio of 34 hotels in Britain has since opened Thistle Johor Baru (formerly known as Hyatt JB).

For enquiries or reservations at Thistle PD, call 06-648 2828.
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Another hotel by Etika Cekap in Gurney Drive
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GEORGE TOWN: Etika Cekap Sdn Bhd, the owner of G Hotel at Gurney Drive, is investing RM100mil in another five-star hotel to be developed at Gurney Drive.

Etika Cekap and G Hotel director Phuah Choon Meng said the new hotel, tentatively called Baby G Hotel, would have 200 rooms.

“Located next to the G Hotel, the 22-storey building will have an iconic, environmentally friendly, and sustainable design theme,” he told a press conference on the achievements of G Hotel and Gurney Plaza shopping mall yesterday.

Also present was Penang tourism development and culture head Danny Law, and G Hotel general manager Marco Battistotti.


Phuah (left) with the Best Shopping Mall trophy and Battistotti (right) with the Best Hotel trophy, part of the CHT in Penang awards, with Danny Law

Phuah said research conducted by the company showed that there was room for another hotel in Gurney Drive.

“Since G Hotel started operations in 2007, it has managed to maintain over 75% occupancy rate per year, without snatching customers from the other hotels in the area.

“In 2008, G Hotel achieved an occupancy rate of 82%, and so far to June, it has already attained an occupancy rate of 79%.

“This shows that a well-designed hotel with the appropriate facilities can carve out a niche market for itself in Gurney Drive,” he said.

Last year, the other hotels situated in Gurney Drive, namely Evergreen Laurel Hotel and Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences, enjoyed over 80% occupancy rate.

Baby G hotel?????? hehe.....
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I Sun Hourly Based Hotel, Masai, Johor Bahru
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Hotel terjunan antarabangsa



A AZIZ membuat terjunan dari bumbung Hotel Felda Residence, Jalan Hiliran, Kuala Terengganu.



KUALA TERENGGANU: Hotel Felda Residence di sini, menempa sejarah tersendiri apabila terpilih sebagai antara lokasi penganjuran sukan bertaraf antarabangsa iaitu KL Tower International Jump 2009 yang akan bermula pada 3 hingga 25 Oktober depan.

Presiden Persekutuan Payung Terjun Malaysia, A Aziz Ahmad, berkata hotel setinggi 105.8 meter itu dipilih sebagai lokasi terjunan di Terengganu untuk acara sukan kali kelapan anjuran Menara Kuala Lumpur, selepas membuat pertimbangan dan penilaian terperinci.

"Pada mulanya kami ingin melakukan terjunan di Wisma Darul Iman, tetapi terpaksa membatalkan hasrat kerana terdapat banyak syarat dan prosedur yang perlu dilalui memandangkan ia adalah bangunan kerajaan.

"Jadi, kami berpendapat Felda Residence adalah paling sesuai berdasarkan beberapa aspek dan antara kriterianya ia bangunan kedua tertinggi di negeri ini," katanya selepas melakukan terjunan percubaan di hotel itu bersama rakannya, Mohd Idros Mohd Yusop.

Aziz berkata, selain memperkenalkan sukan berkenaan kepada rakyat negeri ini, pemilihan lokasi terjunan di Terengganu mampu menjadi landasan bagi mempromosikan produk pelancongan negeri ini kepada dunia luar secara lebih meluas.
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