The business end
As one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing metropolitan regions from both an economic and population perspective, its role as the allencompassing national hub and seat of the Parliament of Malaysia inevitably brings the world’s elite to its doorstep.
Spanning key industries of manufacturing, construction, finance, retail and hospitality - to name a few - the majority of prominent players have set up shop there; epitomised by a thriving entertainment hub - the ‘Golden Triangle' – and compounded by a hotel scene right up there with the best in the world.
Overseeing this most important of business strands ensuring the world’s business travellers are sleeping easy each night, is Shaharuddin Saaid, Executive Director of the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAHO).
He says: “The Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners (MAHO) was established in 1998 with members comprising companies which owned three, four and five-star hotels in the country. The objective and vision was to be the official representative for hotel owners with the Government addressing and taking care of relevant hotel owners' issues, taking care of the welfare of the hotel sector and hotel owners, as well as for networking and closer rapport.
“MAHO has progressed and achieved very much in terms of membership and contribution to the industry. Of date, membership now stands at 94 members owning a total of 211 hotels.
“Malaysia’s hospitality and tourism industry has progressed very much and made remarkable achievements over the years. Many and more highly rated hotels were built adding more and more rooms to the inventory. There are now two premier brand St. Regis hotels operating; one in Kuala Lumpur and another in Langkawi. In addition to the one in Langkawi which has been operating for a number of years, Four Seasons Place is under development in Kuala Lumpur; expected to be ready in 2017. Other luxury/premier brands will be operating soon including Banyan Tree Pavilion and Kempinski.
“Based on Ministry of Tourism and Culture data - from August, 2016 - there are now 103 five-star hotels with an aggregate room count of 35,096; 150 four-star hotels with 35,826 rooms; and 285 three-star hotels with 46,408 rooms. The total number of hotels is 1,121 with an aggregate room count of 156,020; as compared to 98,440 rooms in 1998.”
Saiid concludes: “We have a good and positive feeling on the progress and development over the past three-five years since MAHO has been actively involved; and now have the opportunity to contribute to the industry in its objectives, development, plans and direction moving ahead.”
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