Monday, October 05, 2009

KL hotels expect 2010 upswing

KUALA Lumpur hotels are optimistic that business will improve in 2010 on the back of new business secured and improvements in the global economy

Many hotels expect a strong pick up in occupancies this fourth quarter from corporate and leisure markets business after occupancies tumbled during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan from August 22 to September 19.

Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur expects to close October with an 81 per cent occupancy, which is higher than September's 76 per cent. The hotel is looking to tap key commercial cities in the fast growing markets of China and India and the emerging Russia and CIS markets next year, said its general manager, John Eaton.

The Grand Dorsett Subang Kuala Lumpur hopes to close October with a 78 per cent occupancy, a marked improvement from September's 55 per cent. Formerly the Sheraton Subang, the hotel is anticipating higher demand for MICE in 2010. "We plan to increase staff by five per cent in the banquet and operations area," said its general manager Jasmine Abdullah Heng.

Source : TTG
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