The busi­ness end

Kuala Lumpur Business Travel Guide - - KUALA LUMPUR -

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.”

Mo­ments in Malaysia: City Tour Around Kuala Lumpur You'll find your stay at the Be­jaya Hotel a thor­oughly re­lax­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

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