Saturday, April 07, 2007

Hotels enjoying brisk business over F1

Most hotels in Sepang and Putrajaya are reporting brisk business this week, with occupancy rate of between 80 and 100 per cent, as they serve as "temporary home" to most Formula One team members and fans who are here for the Petronas F1 Grand Prix.

The New Straits Times understands that some of the prominent drivers in the race, which will take place this weekend, are staying in hotels close to the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).

These hotels are the Pan Pacific KLIA, Putrajaya Marriott, The Palace of the Golden Horses, Palm Gardens Hotel Putrajaya and Equatorial Hotel in Bangi.

Pan Pacific KLIA, for example, reported a full house since Monday.

Its general manager, Hans Winees, said most of its guests made their reservations a year in advance.
"Ninety-nine per cent of our guests are foreigners and most of them like to stay here because of the close proximity to the racetrack and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport."

Pan Pacific KLIA is easily the nearest hotel to the SIC, being just a 15-minute drive away.

Many of the drivers are staying at the hotel because they have to be at the circuit as early as 6am, he said.

A Putrajaya Marriott spokesman said drivers and technical support staff from four F1 teams are staying at the hotel but he did not want to name them.

On a normal week, the hotel enjoys only 50 per cent occupancy. It is currently running at 80 per cent occupancy.

Members of two F1 teams, Spyker F1 and Super Aguri F1, are staying at the Palace of the Golden Horses at Seri Kembangan.

Members of the BMW Sauber team, considered a "home" team with Petronas as its premium sponsor, is putting up at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

The grid girls are staying at the Palm Gardens Hotel, which has offered affordable packages to F1 enthusiasts.

The technical staff of the Renault team are staying at the Equatorial Hotel in Bangi, which is currently enjoying an occupancy rate of 80 per cent.

Source : NST
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