Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Novotel expects 60% to 70% occupancy rate this year

Novotel Hydro Majestic Kuala Lumpur expects an occupancy rate of 60% to 70% this year, thanks to the spillover effects from the promotion activities for Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2007, according to general manager Michael J. Perdikaris.

The new hotel, which is part of the Novotel chain, would be positioned as a business class hotel, he said.

Perdikaris said the industry was competitive as there were many new hotels in Kuala Lumpur, especially due to the expected influx of visitors for VMY.

“It's a challenge to compete with so many hotels within the golden triangle,” he told StarBiz. He added that the company planned to open two more hotels - one each in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching by 2009.

Novotel's competitive edge, he said, would be its worldwide brand name, superior products, services and strategic location.

Perdikaris has 17 years' experience in the hospitality industry and has worked in various leading hotels in London and Asia. Prior to his appointment at Novotel, he was the general manager of Sofitel Palm Resort, Johor Baru.

The hotel was opened by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz yesterday. The 28-storey four-star hotel featuring 291 rooms is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle, amidst a business and entertainment district.

The opening coincided with the World of Accor Expo, which was held for the first time in Kuala Lumpur.

Source : STAR
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