Friday, April 08, 2011

W Hotel makes its mark in KL

A 150-room hotel will be built in the heart of Kuala Lumpur offering guests a unique dining experience, entertainment and signature spas.
Property developer Dijaya Corporation Berhad has partnered hotel and leisure company Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc to develop W Hotel. The brand has 41 hotels worldwide.
The signing ceremony was held at the Tropicana Golf and Country Club recently.
It’s official: (From left) Rohana, Dijaya Corporation Berhad deputy managing director Dickson Tan, Dijaya Corporation group chief executive officer Tan Sri Danny Tan, Ng, Abbott, Starwood Asia Pacific development director Rajit Sukumaran and Dijaya Corporation Berhad managing director Datuk Tong Kien Onn at the signing ceremony to develop W KL.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, who attended the event, said the collaboration of the two major brands in the leisure industry to bring in the W brand to Malaysia would boost tourism.
“Although ranking fifth in terms of contribution towards the economy, the tourism industry in Malaysia is growing. Hotel occupancy last year was 66.9% which is a 4.2% increase compared with 2009.
“Looking at this increasing rate, we will still be short of 40,000 rooms in 2020. We welcome every addition and are convinced that W KL will inject a design-led lifestyle in our city,” she said.
Dijaya independent non-executive chairman Datuk Rohana Mahmood said the move underlined the company’s commitment to continued growth.
“Dijaya is looking at the needs of tomorrow’s jet-setters while also addressing a wider range of environmental challenges facing the industry,” said Rohana, adding that Dijaya will also work towards a Green Building Index rating with W KL.
Starwood Asia Pacific regional vice-president (South East Asia) Chuck Abbott said they were delighted with the signing of the W brand in Kuala Lumpur as the city was cosmopolitan a business hub.
“Malaysia has developed a reputation for its standard of hospitality and customer service and we are proud to contribute to the continuing growth of Malaysia as a key business and leisure destination,” he said.
The hotel will feature 1,200 sq m of meeting space, one ballroom and five meeting and function rooms. All guest rooms will be fitted with the signature W Bed. Among the facilities are a fitness centre, food and beverage outlets, a full service spa and a nail bar.
W KL will be located in the Golden Triangle in Jalan Ampang.

Source : STAR
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

W Hotel to open in Jalan Ampang, KL in 2016

Dijaya Corporation Bhd is partnering world leading hotel and leisure company Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc to develop a W Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, scheduled to be opened in 2016.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is the operator of W hotel.

Dijaya's independent non-executive chairman Datuk Rohana Tan Sri Mahmood said the collaboration was in line with the company's focus to grow with a dynamic presence.

"In continuing our legacy for innovation, Dijaya is looking at the needs of tomorrow's jet-setters while also addressing a wider range of environmental challenges facing this industry," she said in a statement today.

To be situated along Jalan Ampang and across the Petronas Twin Tower, the 150-room hotel would also feature a spacious ballroom as well as five meeting and function rooms.

With 1,025 properties in 100 countries, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's chain of hotels include the Sheraton, Le Meridien and Westin brands.

Source : Bernama
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Friday, April 01, 2011

More quality hotels needed to draw tourists

Malaysia needs the right mix of quality hotels to attract high-yield tourists, said Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

She said more investments were needed to upgrade hotels in Malaysia to four or five-star rating and, subsequently, increase their supply.

“In moving towards our ambition of growing tourist receipts by three times and tourist arrivals by 1.5 times, we will need more investments to ensure high quality of service,” said Dr Ng, whose speech was read by her deputy Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit at the launch of InterContinental Kuala Lumpur here yesterday.

She said that as at February, there were 1,610 hotels in the country, ranging from three to five-star hotels and budget establishments, offering 161,117 rooms.

“In Kuala Lumpur, there are 236 hotels offering about 30,000 rooms with the average occupancy rate of 66.9% last year. The number of rooms would need to be increased by 50% by 2020 for the Government to achieve its target of 36 million tourist arrivals.”

Source :TheStar
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