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Old August 11th, 2009, 07:11 AM   #101
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Hotel terjunan antarabangsa



A AZIZ membuat terjunan dari bumbung Hotel
Felda Residence, Jalan Hiliran, Kuala Terengganu.
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Old August 11th, 2009, 07:12 AM   #102
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Regency International mahu berkembang ke luar negara
11 Ogos 2009
Oleh AMMAR JAZLAN MAD LELA



MUHYIDDIN menandatangani plak pada majlis perasmian The Regency
sambil diperhatikan Mat Shah (kanan) di Kuala Lumpur semalam.


KUALA LUMPUR - Berbekalkan pengalaman lebih 23 tahun dalam bidang perhotelan di negara ini, Regency International Hotel Incorporated Sdn. Bhd. (Regency International) tidak teragak-agak untuk mengembangkan perniagaannya di peringkat antarabangsa pula.

Pengerusi Eksekutifnya, Datuk Mat Shah Safuan berkata, pihaknya kini sedang mengintai peluang untuk meluaskan rangkaian hotelnya ke beberapa buah negara seperti Thailand, United Kingdom, Amerika Syarikat dan Turki.

"Banyak aspek sedang diteliti khususnya berkaitan dengan situasi ekonomi dan pasaran semasa, selepas itu barulah kami akan fikirkan pelaksanaannya," katanya selepas majlis pelancaran Hotel The Regency dan majlis perasmian Mesyuarat Agung Persatuan Perdagangan dan Pengusaha Melayu Malaysia (Perdasama) ke-11 di sini, semalam.

Turut hadir ialah Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Tambah Mat Shah, pada masa sekarang, pihaknya sedang mengusahakan sembilan rangkaian hotel di seluruh negara termasuk satu di Bali, Indonesia, selain satu di sini, tiga di Sarawak, Kedah (dua) dan Negeri Sembilan (dua).
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Old August 14th, 2009, 06:44 AM   #103
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Halal certs for 15 hotels
2009/08/14


KUANTAN: Fifteen hotels in Pahang received halal certification for their Ramadan buffet under a pioneer project initiated by the State Religious Department (Jaip).

Six of the hotels are located here, four in Genting Highlands, three in Rompin and one each in Temerloh and Cameron Highlands.

State Tourism committee chairman Datuk Shafik Fauzan Sharif said it was important for the hotels to get halal certificates from Jaip to boost confidence among the public especially the Muslims.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 06:46 AM   #104
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Tanjung Bungah hotel to be rebranded
By Vasantha GanesanPublished: 2009/08/24



SERVICED office and residence specialist The Nomad Group Bhd has taken over the management of the Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel in Penang as part of a branding exercise.

The hotel will be renamed The Nomad Penang after a facelift to raise its rating to four stars from three.

The property is set to undergo a RM2 million refurbishment exercise, which will see it being transformed to cater for a market mix of business travellers and the information technology-savvy, The Nomad Group chief executive officer Hew Thin Chay said.

"We have a five plus five-year contract to manage the hotel. We plan to reposition it towards a new market segment," Hew told Business Times. The hotel is owned by Plenitude Bhd.

"We are in Penang to establish a network and have a branding presence," Hew said.

The 200-room hotel enjoys 80 per cent occupancy and garners an average room rate (ARR) of RM100 a night.

Currently, most of its business comes from the low-yielding sector, such as through travel agencies.

Hew is confident that repositioning the hotel will work in its favour, especially since it is located close to the island's city centre.

He described the hotel as "a city hotel with a beachfront", noting its position along Jalan Tanjung Bungah, which is between George Town and Batu Ferringhi.

The hotel has already seen an improvement since The Nomad Group took over its management in March this year. Occupancy has touched 90 per cent and the ARR is RM110.

The Nomad Group expects to make a net profit of RM300,000 in the first year of operating the hotel.

Hew expressed his optimism that occupancy will be as good and its ARR can reach RM120 after the upgrade is completed early next year.

The Nomad Group is also managing the The Nomad SuCasa serviced suites in Kuala Lumpur and is in the process of acquiring the Novotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 06:49 AM   #105
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Grand Dorsett Labuan is FEC's jewel in Malaysia
By Vasantha GanesanPublished: 2009/08/24





THE Sheraton Labuan is possibly the best Malaysian acquisition made by Hong Kong's Far East Consortium International Ltd's (FEC) chief executive officer Tan Sri David Chiu.

The hotel, bought by FEC in 2007, has since been renamed Grand Dorsett Labuan Hotel and tops the list as the best return on investment among the group's five hotel assets in Malaysia.

The RM32 million investment on the hotel is expected to be recouped by 2011, just four years since its purchase.

It is a commendable feat, given that the 13-year-old hotel has never undergone a renovation exercise since its opening in 1996.

Far East bought the five-star hotel built at a cost of RM80 million from the Faber Group in 2007.

Over the past two years, the hotel has been recording improved performances with gross operating profit (GOP) reaching a high of 40 per cent from about 30-odd per cent previously.

GOP is gross revenue (from rooms, food and beverage, laundry or business centre) minus cost of operations (wages, electricity and amenities).

"GOP is up by 10 per cent," its general manager Hubert Wilfred told Business Times during a recent visit there.

Occupancy at the 178-room hotel in 2008 was 81 per cent and it garnered RM265 in average room rate (ARR).

This year, the hotel expects to fill just as many rooms as last year, but sees a marginal decline in ARR.

In the first half of the year, the hotel's corporate business declined to 63 per cent from 66 per cent last year.

Therefore, it is looking at improving its leisure business as well as push further for government business, particularly in the oil and gas sector.

Wilfred, however, feels that more should be done to help woo leisure tourism to the island. This duty-free island is not just about financial services, but has its holiday attractions as well including beautiful beaches and diving locations.

In 2008, the island received 733,053 visitors, 8.4 per cent up from 2007. Of this, only 84,299 or 11.5 were foreigners. Tourists from Brunei made up a fifth of the foreigners followed by Indonesian and Vietnam at a tenth.

While tourist arrivals have grown at an average of 7 per cent from 2003 to 2005, based on initial indication the numbers are expected to decline this year.
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Hotel occupancy hit by downturn, A(H1N1)
By YEOW POOI LING


However, players say second half showing signs of improvement

PETALING JAYA: The global economic recession and threat of Influenza A(H1N1) have affected the country’s hotel occupancy, according to the Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners (MAHO).

It found most hotels reported about 20% decline in business in the first half of the year compared with the same period last year despite higher tourist arrivals during the duration, as reported by Tourism Malaysia on its website.

The higher tourist arrivals could partly be attributed to the temporary shut down of the Bangkok airport due to protests in April, which diverted the traffic to Malaysia, making the country a stopover point before travellers proceeded to their final destination.

Meanwhile, arrivals from certain countries have shown a significant decline (see chart).


“Britain and many countries discouraged their residents from going for holiday overseas and promoted more domestic travel due to the global economic crisis. With A(H1N1), many more people, especially the Japanese who are very health concious, will refrain from travelling overseas,” MAHO told StarBiz.

Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur area director of sales and marketing Albert Stienissen said the hotel saw about 10% drop in occupancy for Middle Eastern tourists in July and August from the year before but more arrivals from Gulf Cooperation Council markets like Bahrain, Iran, Oman, Qatar and Jordan.

There were also fewer travellers from Japan, Taiwan and China in the first half year but the numbers had recovered since July, he told StarBiz.

Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur general manager Lyndon Discombe said the hotel experienced a drop in occupancy from the Japan and Taiwan markets while the China segment showed growth.

It had been able to secure more business from alternative markets like India, Singapore and Hong Kong. In contrast to the tourist arrivals trend, Saudi Arabia showed a healthy increase in room occupancy last month versus July 2008, he said.

“Earlier in the recession, we experienced a significant drop in corporate and meeting operations. Corporations have reduced, and in some instances, cancelled travel and meetings, while some changed from external venues to conducting meetings and training in-house,” Discombe added.

Hilton Kuala Lumpur general manager William Costley said the A(H1N1) outbreak led the Japanese government to caution citizens to avoid outbound travel as much as possible and that had significantly affected all countries with regards to the Japanese market.

Outbound tourism, nonetheless, has affected all countries, and not only those in Asia. For example, Britain has also seen a large increase in domestic travel. The hotel’s strategy is to target other key Asian destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.

“Our hotel has never really depended on the Middle East market in the summer months. We only receive overflow bookings when the hotels in the Golden Triangle are all fully booked,” he said.

The impact of the global recession “appears drastic” as 2007 and 2008 were record years for the hotel industry, Costley said. “If we compare our performance against 2006, the business is still performing very well and Malaysia has been less affected compared with some neighbouring countries,” he added.

Hotel Nikko Kuala Lumpur director of communications Katie Hoo said while people tended to adopt “a wait and see” attitude, it did not mean they had cancelled all travelling plans. “If there’s a need to travel due to work, people will still travel,” she said.

On the upside, the trend seems to be changing in the second half year with the occupancy level for July and August showing improvement.

Hoo said the hotel recorded improvement both in terms of room occupancy and number of meetings in July while August looked set to be a busy month.

“Having said that, we expect September to slow down a fair bit due to the Ramadan period,” she added. Hilton KL, meanwhile, has July and August as the best months of the year.

“We achieved almost 85% occupancy for July and expect occupancy to average 90% until the start of Ramadan, when business generally declines,” said Costley, adding that bookings for September to December looked similar to last year’s, when business started to decline from September.

Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur saw July and August’s average occupancy rate rise 3% year-on-year, with notable improvement among the domestic and regional sectors.

Growth was likely to continue for the rest of the year thanks to airlines’ low-fare promotions and the hotel’s tactical offers over several channels, said Stienissen.

Discombe of Prince Hotel said while July and August were still not at the same levels as the corresponding period last year, it had started to see more individual and group leisure travel, as well as improvement in corporate guests and meetings.
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Felda to open two more hotels in two years


KUALA TERENGGANU: Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) is set to open two more hotels in the next two years.

Felda chairman Tan Sri Dr Yusof Nor said the first hotel, with a resort concept, was being built on an 8ha site in Tanjung Leman, Johor.

Once completed by end of 2010, he said the RM31mil hotel would offer 200 rooms.

Apart from Johor, Felda had also received approval to build a hotel in Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan, he said after launching the Ramadan buffet at the Felda Residence Hotel here recently.

Dr Yusof said the Port Dickson hotel was being designed by a consultant.

The two new hotels would expand Felda’s diversified businessdealings, he added.

Dr Yusof said Felda presently owned two resorts in Pekan, Pahang and one in Perak apart from the Felda Residence Hotel here.

He said priority would be given to children of Felda settlers when filling management positions at the upcoming hotels.
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Euro Rich Hotel & Platinum Bistro - Skudai, Johor
Source: http://shaun-tey.blogspot.com/2009/0...dai-johor.html

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Taman Nusa Bestari's Latest Landmark:
Euro Rich Hotel & Platinum Bistro

Rates for this hotel starts from RM89 nett per night only for a Deluxe Queen / Executive Twin Room.

For all those of you who are making a trip down to JB or Singapore and need a comfortable place to stay in... do try it out! It's only 20mins from the Singapore Custom and 15mins to JB Town.

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Jalan Bestari 12/2,
Taman Nusa Bestari,
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Tel: +6016-772 3355

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The Front Desk

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The Family Suite
All rooms come with en-suite bathrooms and Plasma TVs.

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The Blue Illuminated Stage
(blue signifying it's bar hours...yellow is for lunch and dinner hours)

Keep in mind this is a boutique hotel, so the design and furnishing concept is pretty much different from what you get at 3-5 star hotels.
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Regency Hotel operator plans overseas expansion
Published: 2009/09/01



THE operator of Regency Hotel, Regency International Hotel Incorporated Sdn Bhd is planning to expand its hotel network into London, New York, Bangkok, Jakarta and Istanbul, said executive chairman Datuk Matshah Safuan.

"We are still looking at it. It depends on the property market. We will go for it when the time is right," he said recently.

Established 23 years ago, Regency currently owns nine hotels, of which one is in Bali, three in Sarawak, two each in Kedah and Negri Sembilan and a newly launched hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

Located strategically in front of the Chow Kit wet market, more than RM100 million has been invested for the new hotel, Matshah said.

The 330-room hotel opened its doors for business in April 2008, giving a new aura to the area.

Since its opening, the hotel has been receiving business visitors as well as tourists mostly from the East Coast, with most of them getting to shop around the many shopping centres and malls in the area.

Together with its expansion plans overseas, Matshah said Regency was also looking to expand its presence locally in strategic areas in Johor Baru, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Baru and Kota Kinabalu.

However, he did not disclose any specific investment amount for the hotel group's expansion plan.

The hotel also expects to launch its new hotel in Jitra, Kedah by the end of this year while another hotel in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang is still under construction. - Bernama
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Signforce takes on 4 new hotel management jobs
By Vasantha GanesanPublished: 2009/09/03




SIGNFORCE Sdn Bhd, an established name in the hospitality circle, has confirmed it will manage four new hotels by 2012.

Two of the jobs will be in Doha, Qatar, and the other two in Pahang and Sabah.

It is also scheduled to open a 140-room resort hotel next year and a 360-room city hotel in 2011.

On the home front, Signforce has signed up to manage a 400-room property in Kota Kinabalu, scheduled to open in 2011, and a RM280 million five-star luxury hotel, suite and residential resort complex in Cherating, Pahang, in 2012.


With three of the hotels being greenfield projects, Signforce said it would prefer additional management jobs in the medium term to be for existing hotels.

"We know we can only handle so many greenfield projects, otherwise it would be unfair to the owners if we are unable to deliver the product," its chief operating officer I.Z. Melvin told Business Times in an interview.

On the brand of the new hotels, Melvin said that it could be one of the four distinct categories for hotels and resorts that it has developed: Rhu (luxury resort), Essence (five-star city business hotel), Moments (four-star suburban hotel) and Suitestay (serviced apartments).

The group's sole hotel management contract is the highly successful Tanjung Rhu Resort in Langkawi.

According to Melvin, proposals have come its way from Jakarta in Indonesia and even as far as South America.

Whichever job it takes on, Signforce wants to be able to repeat the success it has with Tanjung Rhu.

Tanjung Rhu turned profitable within the first year after Signforce took over its management. Its gross operating profit (GOP) now hovers around 50 per cent.

GOP is gross revenue (from rooms, food and beverage, laundry or business centre) minus cost of operations (wages, electricity and amenities).

"When we go in, we want to be able to make an immediate difference," Melvin said.

"It is not about the number of hotels we run, but the product itself and making sure that the owners have the return on investment (ROI). We want to be able to say that ROI will be within six to eight months (after Signforce enters the picture)."

He added that Signforce would love to have representation in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

In the past, it has managed Rebak Marina in Langkawi, Tasik Kenyir in Terengganu and Suitestay, Kuala Lumpur.

Signforce was set up by four brothers in 1998. It also operates Working Minds, which provides training for hotels and restaurants; Travel Profiler, sale of travel experience through hospitality agents; and ETC, an entertainment talent company.

Last year, Signforce saw business drop by a fifth compared to 2007 as its division providing entertainment/ talent to hotels suffered.

However, it is more upbeat this year as business improves in tandem with the recovering economy.
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McBride Returns To YTL Hotels
Opportunistic Malay powerhouse brings in new leader to grow portfolio beyond Southeast Asia.
By Jeff Weinstein, Editor In Chief -- Hotels, 9/1/2009
Source: http://www.hotelsmag.com/article/CA6686626.html



James McBride

Ten years ago when James McBride was leaving The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur and the YTL family, he and YTL Hotels Executive Director Dato’ Mark Yeoh had the obligatory conversation about doing something together again. Often nothing comes of those conversations, but when the call came last November to start discussions about the future of YTL Hotels, McBride says he knew the time had come. “We put a deal together and it is fascinating for me to be back,” says McBride, who left The Carlyle in New York City as regional vice president of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts to become the Singapore-based president of YTL Hotels in August. “To my colleagues in the business, I feel very fortunate to know where I am going and what I am doing. It is very exciting.”

With Kuala Lumpur-based parent YTL Corp. Berhad’s deep pockets and infrastructure and its recognition that now is the time to enhance the existing hotel portfolio’s value, acquire properties and expand its footprint outside Asia Pacific, no doubt McBride is excited about his prospects.

“Over the next 18 months, the downslide will continue and even though banks have taken assets, they are holding them and can’t release them due to valuations,” McBride says. “Over time, that will change and we will [look] at these. This is a three- to five-year window to take advantage and the reason for them to have me now.”

Global Aspirations

McBride says he would like to have a presence in major capitals of the world and for starters is interested in London, as YTL Corp. Berhad recently acquired a utility business there. He also wants to leverage his experience in the United States to fill in key markets like New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. “In the U.S. and London, we would be looking for deluxe hotels that are cash strapped or in play, or properties that could be elevated into that market due to their location,” McBride says, adding that a joint venture that gives YTL a piece of a company or an acquisition of a brand that has lost its luster is not out of the question.



Villas in the treetops at YTL Hotels’ Pangkor Laut Resort.

YTL brings a lot to the table in terms of resources as it started out as a construction company and has the expertise to renovate on its own, a great competitive advantage that helps keep costs under control. In fact, YTL has several hotel projects under development, including the old Westwood condominium building in Singapore, which is in the design phase of being converted into a hotel and residence. McBride says this project and others will be managed internally. “It won’t be put out to bid as a management contract,” he adds.

But McBride does not envision creating a brand. “I want to evaluate brands and see what makes the most sense for us to invest in and partner with,” he says. “Starting from scratch with a brand at this point is very challenging.”

Among other YTL projects under development at the moment include a parcel near the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur; a 16-room resort in St. Tropez coming to market next summer; a spa village concept with growth potential currently being piloted and refined in Bali; and two islands under development in Sabah near Borneo with great beaches and diving lures.

Looking long term, McBride refers to YTL Corp.’s Managing Director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh’s vision of creating enclaves like St. Tropez around the Asia Pacific region to serve the super-rich with space for their yachts and jets. “They don’t exist in the region and there are areas in China, and Thailand that could work… One will happen in 20 years.”

Right now, McBride says he will hire a development person and work with the Kuala Lumpur-based operations team, including the newly hired Edwin Yeow, former vice president of marketing at Banyan Tree, to better market the existing portfolio (McBride says results are off 10% in 2009) and introduce the American market to the YTL portfolio. “I will be based in Singapore because 70% of what I will do is focused on growth and development,” McBride says. “I will meet with the hotel executive committee weekly, but I want to stay lean using the infrastructure in place and add just a few people to facilitate what I need.”

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YTL Hotels Portfolio
Pangkor Laut Resort (island off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia)
Cameron Highland Resort, Pahang, Malaysia
Tanjong Jara Resort (east coast of Peninsular Malaysia)
The Majestic Hotel, Malacca, Malaysia
Spa Village Resort, Tembok, Bali, Indonesia
Vistana Hotels (business hotels in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan)
The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur
JW Marriott, Kuala Lumpur
The Chedi Hotel, Phuket, Thailand
The Eastern Orient-Express (luxury rail service)
WOW I JUST KNOW THAT The Eastern Orient-Express (luxury rail service) also managed by YTL
http://www.orient-express.com/web/eo...al_express.jsp
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Hotel Thistle sedia tingkat khas untuk wanita


Pemandangan sebuah bilik di aras Ladies Floor yang disediakan di Thistle Johor Bahru bermula Julai ini.

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KUALA LUMPUR - Thistle Johor Bahru akan melancarkan Ladies Floor yang dikhaskan untuk golongan wanita apabila hotel terkemuka itu memulakan operasinya pada bulan Julai ini.

Pengarah Bilik Thistle Johor Bahru, Joy Faber berkata, kemudahan ini adalah yang pertama diwujudkan di dalam industri hotel di Malaysia.

Menurutnya, Ladies Floor diwujudkan di hotel berkenaan ekoran keprihatinan syarikat terhadap golongan berkenaan kerana bilangan eksekutif wanita yang menginap seorang diri di hotel-hotel kini semakin meningkat.

"Oleh itu, kami telah mewujudkan satu keistimewaan di hotel ini bagi kumpulan tersebut.

"Kami juga menyediakan perkhidmatan khusus kepada mereka termasuk ditemani seekor ikan emas setiap bilik sekiranya menetap seorang diri di sini,'' katanya dalam kenyataan di sini semalam.

Kelengkapan lain yang disediakan ialah produk mandian, topeng mata untuk mata yang lesu dan empat jenis minuman teh yang menenangkan.

Ladies Floor terletak di tingkat 12, Thistle Johor Bahru yang mana aras berkenaan akan memiliki 13 bilik dengan katil besar, dua bilik dengan dua katil berkembar dan 10 bilik Hollywood Twins menghadap laut.
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Tradewinds, InterContinental terminate Mutiara contract
By Vasantha GanesanPublished: 2009/09/07



PLANS to renovate and rebrand The Mutiara Beach Resort in Penang, which belongs to Tradewinds Corp Bhd (TCB)(4804), has been put off indefinitely.

The 20-year-old property, which has been closed for some 41 months now since 2006, was to be renovated and rebranded as an InterContinental Resort Penang.

TCB and InterContinental have now mutually terminated the management contract, its chief executive officer Shahrul Farez Hassan told Business Times.

"Both parties decided to terminate the contract early this year," he said.
However, he dismissed talks that it may sell the hotel located on a 4.05ha land in Jalan Teluk Bahang, Tanjung Bungah. He pointed out that the group plans to develop the hotel at a later stage.

"We are now relooking ... there are weaknesses in the market and we want to see when these weaknesses will abate," Shahrul added.

"Our strategy is to continue maintaining our hotel assets, especially in key areas," he said.

TCB, which owns eight other hotels in the country, is controlled by businessman Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.

A year ago, TCB chairman Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas said that it had scrapped its initial plans to halve the room inventory and build luxury residences at the hotel.

It had instead decided to have only hotel rooms, as otherwise the return on investment will not commensurate with the cost of building the property.

TCB had planned to reduce the inventory of the 438-room property to 220 rooms and include 80 units of luxury residences. The cost at the time was estimated at around RM100 million.

The residences were to be sold at around RM500 per sq ft and leased back. The hotel was supposed to reopen at the end of 2008.

The reopening date was then changed to mid-2009.

TCB's hotel portfolio includes Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Istana, Hilton Petaling Jaya and Mutiara Johor Baru.
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11 new hotels by 2011
By RACHAEL KAM


New rooms not expected to cause oversupply in the Klang Valley

PETALING JAYA: The Klang Valley will see 11 new hotels by 2011 although some newly planned projects will be delayed due to the uncertain economic climate, property consultants said.

These hotels are mostly three- to five-star rated, comprising a mix of foreign and local brands.


Malathi Thevendran ... ‘New entries into the market should weigh the pros and cons first.’
Based on recent research, the hotel sector would have an additional 4,000 rooms upon the completion of these hotels, they said, without giving an estimated value of the projects involved.

CH Williams Talhar & Wong Sdn Bhd (WTW) managing director Goh Tian Sui said the new supply of hotel rooms in the next three to five years would not lead to an oversupply in the market as demand was still intact.

“More people will start travelling again when the global economy recovers. And later more foreign brand hotels will come in to expand their operations here,” he told StarBiz recently.

Goh said that coupled with more budget travel packages offered by airlines like AirAsia, more tourists would be visiting the country, thus boosting the domestic hotel business.

“Moreover, the average hotel room rate in Malaysia is the cheapest in the region,” he noted.

Although the hotel industry is currently doing not so well due to the Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak and global financial crisis, Goh sees a positive outlook for the hospitality industry.


Goh Tian Sui ... ‘The average hotel room rate in Malaysia is the cheapest in the region.’
There are currently 103 hotels (both foreign and local brands) with three- to five-star ratings in the Klang Valley, providing a total of 33,484 rooms.

According to WTW’s latest research, there will be an additional 297 rooms by year-end, 1,845 rooms in 2010, 992 rooms in 2011 and 553 rooms in 2012.

“Average occupancy rate in (upcoming) years will be around the current level of 60% to 70%, which is the historical average level,” Goh said.

Average room rates at present for hotels in Malaysia range between RM250 and RM600, according to Goh.

Zerin Properties chief executive officer Previndran Singhe said the company expected eight new 5-star hotels to be launched after 2011 in the Klang Valley, worth RM2bil to RM2.2bil.

Previn sees the Klang Valley needing more branded budget hotels in five years’ time.


Leo Kuscher ... ‘Hotel business is cyclical, so there will be demand.’
“Budget hotel is set to be the next growth market in Asia,” he said, adding that many investors were taking positions in the Malaysian hotel sector as they realised that the country’s tourism industry was underrated.

International real estate consultant Jones Lang Wootton executive director Malathi Thevendran said the Klang Valley, the main economic centre of Malaysia, had consistently recorded the highest number of hotel guests in the country, increasing to 20.5 million in 2008 from 16.7 million guests in 2004.

“Although the opening of more four- and five-star hotels may heighten competition in the local hotel scene, they (especially the new brands) will enhance the global awareness of Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley in totality as an international destination for leisure, culture and meeting,” she said.

But she noted that developers of four- and five-star hotels were cautiously monitoring the market to avoid any oversupply in the long term.

“Hence any new entries into the market should weigh the pros and cons prior to making inroads into the local market,” she added.

Malathi concurs with Previndran that budget accommodation is always good investment as budget-conscious business travellers downgrade to cheaper accommodation during these challenging times.

“Overall, the mid- to long-term outlook of the Klang Valley hospitality industry remains positive as it has received strong government support to grow further,” she said.

The 5-star Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, soft-launched in April, expects to achieve 55% occupancy rate by year-end.

Its general manager Leo Kuscher told StarBiz that there appeared to be an oversupply of hotel rooms in the Klang Valley and the current market was very competitive, affecting hotel room yields.

“However, the hotel business is cyclical, so there will be demand,” he said.

Operated by Boustead Hotels & Resorts Sdn Bhd, The Royale hotel chain also has three 4-star hotels, namely The Royale Bintang Kuala Lumpur, The Royale Bintang Damansara and The Royale Bintang Resort & Spa Seremban.

The hotel operator plans to launch The Royale Bintang Penang and The Royale Bintang Suria-Damansara, with 300 rooms each, in the second quarter and end of 2010 respectively.

Meanwhile, TA Enterprise Bhd managing director and chief executive officer Datin Alicia Tiah said it was too soon to comment on its two hotel projects in Kuala Lumpur. TA said in an email reply that it had not started any hotel project in Malaysia.

“Construction of the new hotels will start next year and be ready only in four to five years,” the company told StarBiz.
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Where your comfort is their business
By Jassmine Shadiqe
2009/09/08
WHETHER you are traveling for business or leisure, check into Naza Talyya Hotel Johor Baru to enjoy food and accommodation that embody the spirit of warm hospitality.


Naza Talyya Hotel Johor Baru offers fantastic views of the city skyline and the Straits of Tebrau.


The hotel’s superior rooms are touted to be of five-star quality.

Naza Talyya Hotel in Jalan Tenteram, Tanjung Puteri, is located in the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia.

Located well within the city's commercial and entertainment area, just about two kilometres away from the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex, the business class hotel offers top-notch facilities, amenities and service at reasonable prices.

Each of its 134 rooms is comfortably furnished with standard modern hotel amenities, plus a generous supply of essential toiletries and coffee and tea making facilities.


The rooms are spacious and well laid out for a relaxing ambience.

Its superior room comes with either a king-sized bed or two single beds.

The room can easily accommodate three adults and if you are travelling with children, there is more than enough space for an extra bed.

Guest will enjoy sweeping views of the city skyline or Straits of Tebrau all the way to Singapore.

Dining options include local and Western cuisine at the hotel's Kafe Ria Coffee House.

The cafe has an a la carte as well as buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Stays come with complimentary breakfasts served at Kafe Ria Coffee House.

Room service is available all day long for those too tired or lazy to get dressed for meals.

The hotel is, above all, a business hotel, hence its complete convention facilities.

The Astana Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 persons, and there are also three seminar rooms.

The fully-equipped business centre provides a comprehensive range of facilities and services including Wi-Fi to meet the needs of business executives.

The hotel is also located near shopping complexes and entertainment spots.

Guests can indulge in golf, visit Johor Zoo and Danga Bay, or just take a one-kilometre stroll to the Johor Baru International Ferry Terminal.

Until Sept 17, Naza Talyya Hotel is offering promotional rates for its rooms.

Its superior room is priced at RM130++ inclusive of one free breakfast buffet worth RM40, and its standard room is priced at RM98++.
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Kontena 41 Berangan

Oleh HAMZAH ABDUL HAMID
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Daripada menjadi premis tidak bernyawa di tengah-tengah lubuk kota raya, tiga orang rakan kongsi telah mengubahnya menjadi sebuah pusat penginapan pengembara yang bergaya.




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SEGALA yang diinginkan dalam hidup bermula dengan angan-angan dan cita-cita. Sama seperti persinggahan krew Ruang kali ini, angan-angan itu dikhabarkan telah bermula sejak beberapa tahun lalu apabila sebuah premis tidak sanggup dibiar kosong tanpa diusahakan sesuatu terhadapnya.

Dua lot rumah kedai milik persendirian di Jalan Berangan itu tidak menunggu masa yang lama untuk diberi nafas baru oleh Zulkifli Mat Jusoh dan Masila M. Ariff.



DARI kiri ke kanan: Lukisan untuk dijual; praktikaliti dalam bilik; dan gaya ringkas di ruang daftar masuk.

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Terletak di laluan rentas yang tidak pernah sunyi untuk ke Jalan Bukit Bintang, dua sahabat ini menyasarkan sebuah bisnes hospitaliti untuk golongan pengembara kota.

"Nama 41 Berangan diambil terus daripada nombor dan nama jalan mengikut alamat premis ini.

"Kami rasakan sesuai kerana ia menggambarkan hasrat kami dalam perniagaan, selain sebutannya yang catchy," ujar Zulkifli.



SUASANA dalam bilik Deluxe yang memuatkan empat orang.SUASANA dalam bilik Deluxe yang memuatkan empat orang.

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Menggelarkan status gaya penginapan di situ dengan istilah poshtel, Zulkifli dan Masila serta seorang lagi rakan kongsi berani melaburkan kos sejumlah lebih RM200,000 bagi kegunaan pembelian perkakasan dan dekorasi.

"Kami tidak banyak melakukan proses ubah elok selain merobohkan semula dinding pembahagi yang didirikan oleh penyewa sebelum ini.

"Selain mendapatkan kembali ruang asas mengikut pelan lantai asal, kami dapati bahawa ciri siling tinggi dalam bangunan ini juga satu bonus. Ia menggalakkan peredaran udara dan pencahayaan semula jadi pada waktu siang," terang Masila.

Sejurus melepasi kaunter daftar masuk, langkah sengaja disegerakan ke ruang makan yang bertentang dengan sebuah kawasan terbuka. Ada suatu tarikan dikesan di ruang tersebut.

Selain binaan konkrit, terdapat dua buah kontena besar diletakkan secara mengepung di sisi tembok bangunan. Ia membentuk sebuah halaman privasi yang dihijaukan rimbun subur palma dan melur.

"Kontena ini didapatkan dari Pelabuhan Klang dan setiap satu dibelanjakan sekitar RM10,000, termasuk ubah suai kemasan dalamannya.

"Kami telah menjalankan proses kemasan dalaman hingga setiap satu dapat dijadikan unit bilik. Ia siap dengan kelengkapan asas istirehat beserta pendingin hawa," kata Zulkifli.

Putih nampak bersih

Melihatkan suasana di bahagian dalam kontena bernombor B08 dan B09 itu, seakan-akan tidak percaya ia sebuah bilik tidur yang nyaman. Berlantai simen dan berpanel dinding rata, seseorang penginap akan mudah mencari keserasian di atas cadar kapas putih itu bagi melepaskan penat.

"Kemasan tambahan seperti ambal, kabinet sisi dan lampu tidur ditambahkan bagi memberi gambaran ia sebuah bilik biasa," ujar Zulkifli yang memberitahu kedua-dua unit bilik itu sangat popular ditempah.

Melewati laluan lantai, sama ada yang berjubin ataupun simen polos yang digilap kilat, kelihatan terpancar imej minimalis pada susun atur dan jenis perabot yang dipilih. Bagi melengkapkan konsep itu, warna putih sangat mendominasi keseluruhan suasana di 41 Berangan.



MUNGKIN ada yang tidak terfikir ruang kontena boleh jadi selesa sebegini.

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"Falsafah putih itu mudah. Kami mahukan imej yang bersih, kemas dan ringkas. Selain menimbulkan rasa selesa, ia juga memberikan ilusi keluasan.

"Lagipun dengan latar putih, kami boleh bereksperimen dengan warna di mana-mana bahagian pada bila-bila masa," kata Zulkifli.



41 Berangan dari pandangan hadapan.

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Tidak hairanlah juga apabila latar putih itu menyerlahkan aura warna daripada karya lukisan abstrak dan impresionis yang terdapat di sudut tertentu dinding. Bukan sekadar hiasan mata, setiap karya tersebut turut sedia dijual kepada mereka yang sudah terpaut hati padanya.

Praktikaliti dan kitar semula

Pengurusan ruang terhad turut diberi perhatian. Kalau masalah keluasan dua buah bilik Standard dapat diatasi melalui penyediaan kamar mandi kongsi, pihak pengurusan 41 Berangan juga memikirkan untuk tidak menempatkan almari di dalam kesemua biliknya.

"Mengapa perlu ada almari pakaian sedangkan pada kebanyakan waktu ia tidak digunakan penginap?



KIRI: HALAMAN terbuka untuk penginap bersantai bersama teman-teman.
KANAN: BALKONI ini eksklusif untuk salah sebuah bilik Deluxe untuk empat orang penginap.

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"Maka, bagi tujuan menggantung pakaian, kami menyediakan sesuatu yang lebih praktikal iaitu jaring besi guna semula dan beberapa pencangkuk dawai dan penyangkut baju," terang Masila berdasarkan strategi keberkesanan kos.

Idea kreatif dua sahabat yang pernah berkecimpung dalam dunia pengiklanan ini juga dipraktikkan dalam pemilihan rangka sokongan katil.

"Lari daripada kebiasaan, mereka memilih binaan kadbod berketahanan tinggi yang dibeli dari sebuah kilang pembuatan di Balakong, Selangor. Rangka kadbod ini cukup kuat untuk menampung berat badan orang yang tidur di atas tilam yang ditampungnya.



KIRI: SUSUN atur ringkas di ruang akses Internet.
TEHGAH DAN KANAN: KESEDARAN tentang penggunaan bahan kitar semula dipraktikkan.

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"Konsep material guna semula juga berkualiti dan kami sedia memanfaatkannya," ujar Zulkifli yang sempat menunjukkan meja bufet sarapan yang juga dikitar semula dan dicat dengan warna putih.

Mereka menambah, keseluruhan tempat ini boleh ditempah bagi tujuan meraikan majlis tertentu seperti sambutan ulang tahun kelahiran, resepsi perkahwinan atau sekadar perkumpulan sosial bersama keluarga dan saudara-mara serta teman-teman.
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