KUALA TERENGGANU: This town will have its first five-star hotel by year end.
The 64-room boutique resort in Cendering, which will target high-end tourists, is being developed by Wawasan Peremba Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Peremba Group, which owns the Saujana Golf Resort.
It is learnt Malay architecture will be incorporated into its design, with each room going at RM1,000 per night.
State Industrial Development and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Mohamed Awang Tera said the opening of the hotel would be in time for Visit Terengganu Year 2008.
He said high-end tourists could be expected to spend more during their stay in the state.
"They will be spending on things like songket, which we want to promote. This will bring immense economic benefits to many sectors."
More hotels are being built in the state to address the shortage of rooms while existing hotels are given a facelift.
By the end of the year, some 3,000 rooms are expected to be ready.
Mohamed Awang said the shortage of rooms was severely felt during last year’s Monsoon Cup where a lot of people complained that they could not get any room.
Ping Anchorage managing director Alex Lee said there had been a steady stream of high-end tourists, mainly from Europe, visiting Terengganu last year.
"They are attracted to our beaches, culture and heritage but since we did not have the facilities, they make Bali and Phuket their destinations. And most of them are repeat visitors."
Source : NST
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