Möven­pick KLIA, a one-stop shop

Möven­pick Ho­tel and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre KLIA is an ideal prop­erty for busi­ness guests, with prox­im­ity to the air­port and ex­pan­sive meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties top­ping the charts

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Sit­u­ated at a short dis­tance from both KLIA and KLIA2 air­ports in Kuala Lumpur is Möven­pick Ho­tel and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre KLIA, a 333-room prop­erty that of­fers mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties and a state-of-the-art con­ven­tion cen­tre. The ho­tel is a per­fect stop for leisure guests and MiCE trav­ellers to the Malaysian cap­i­tal. Speak­ing about the unique­ness of the prop­erty, Hairul Ma­haris, Gen­eral Manger, Möven­pick Ho­tel and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre KLIA, says, “The over­all ar­chi­tec­ture has an Is­lamic in­flu­ence. The prop­erty is the first in­ter­na­tional brand in Malaysia to ad­here to Is­lamic law. The unique shape of the build­ing at­tracts on­look­ers as well as guests. The co­coon­shaped spa pods lo­cated at the cen­tre of the ho­tel, on the ground floor, pro­vide re­lax­ing foot and shoul­der mas­sages. The ho­tel also has its own herb gar­den.” Rooms at Möven­pick Ho­tel and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre KLIA are cat­e­gorised un­der Royal Suite, Su­pe­rior Room, Deluxe Room, Ex­ec­u­tive Room, Suite, and Pres­i­den­tial Suite.

Post its soft open­ing in July 2018, Ma­haris says, the prop­erty has picked up on book­ings. It has also re­ceived im­mense sup­port from the gov­ern­ment, the cor­po­rate sec­tor, and the tran­sient busi­ness sec­tor.

MUL­TI­FAR­I­OUS VENUES

The open ex­hi­bi­tion space at Möven­pick Ho­tel

The unique shape of the build­ing at­tracts on­look­ers as well as guests

& Con­ven­tion Cen­tre KLIA cov­ers up to 1287 sqm of floor space and ac­com­mo­dates 17 meet­ing rooms that can host up to 1800 peo­ple. Ma­haris says, “The Con­ven­tion Cen­tre stretches across 2386 sqm on the ground floor, of­fer­ing clients the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing mo­bile stages, light­ing rigs, and the lat­est au­dio­vi­sual tech­nolo­gies. It can be sub-di­vided into two 1193 sqm Men­tari halls or four halls rang­ing from 393 to 1193 sqm.” The Men­tari ball­room ac­com­mo­dates up to 2800 at­ten­dees in the­atrestyle seat­ing and up to a max­i­mum of 1500 in a sit­down din­ner for­mat when di­vided into four breakup rooms. There are six meet­ing rooms on the first floor rang­ing from 24.3 sqm to 87.8 sqm (Bin­tang Room 1 to 6) and 10 Bayu sem­i­nar rooms on the first floor sized be­tween 35 sqm and 45 sqm (Bayu 1 to 10). The ho­tel also houses the 777 sqm As­taka Cir­cu­lar Hall, an ideal venue for an ex­hi­bi­tion or a prewed­ding event. A com­mit­ted event plan­ner will also help guests ev­ery step of the way.

TAI­LOR-MADE SER­VICES

Prox­im­ity to the air­port and a huge ball­room that is ideal for wed­dings of scale bring in a lot of in­ter­na­tional guests. The ho­tel is ful­lye­quipped to cater to each of their spe­cific food needs. “The ho­tel has six out­lets and our menus range from lo­cal to in­ter­na­tional foods. Be­sides that, we also pro­vide vege­tar­ian food in our menus. To cater to spe­cific di­etary re­quire­ments of guests, our chefs pro­vide tai­lor-made menus,” says Ma­haris. Food and bev­er­age out­lets at the ho­tel in­clude Beranda, ideal for grab-andgo sand­wiches and power lunches; Redup, the lobby lounge where guests can savour fra­grant teas and cof­fees along with snacks of

The con­ven­tion cen­tre stretches across 2386 sqm on the ground floor of the ho­tel

Asian and Mid­dle Eastern ori­gin; Bara, a bar­beque haven known for its funto-eat ke­babs in­spired by South­east Asia, Korea, Ja­pan, and the Mid­dle East; Sira, where guests can taste the au­then­tic Teh Tarik and re­fuel with a quick snack; and Te­masya, the all-day diner with live cooking and a fu­sion of in­ter­na­tional flavours for break­fast, lunch, and din­ner.

Guests at the ho­tel, whether at­tend­ing a wed­ding or sim­ply stay­ing at the prop­erty for busi­ness, can also utilise the tour desk ser­vice the ho­tel pro­vides. Though op­er­ated by an ex­ter­nal com­pany, this ser­vice is ideal for those want­ing to make the most of an idle day with sight­see­ing tours and itin­er­ar­ies that give them a glimpse of the Malaysian cap­i­tal, or those who are in the mood to take ad­van­tage of cus­tomised ex­pe­ri­ences that the desk can ar­range.

GREEN OP­ER­A­TIONS

The white ex­panse of the struc­ture gives guests com­ing in from all over the world a sense of tran­quil­lity and fresh­ness. Sus­tain­abil­ity also tops the ho­tel's list of pri­or­i­ties and it en­sures its op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing F&B, are as eco-friendly as they can be. “Use of emails as a com­mu­ni­ca­tion tool, down­grad­ing the size and weight of ma­te­ri­als, plant­ing a herbal gar­den, and use of en­ergy-sav­ing prod­ucts are some of the ba­sic prac­tices we fol­low,” says Ma­haris. “Our global sus­tain­abil­ity pro­gramme, SHINE, aims to pos­i­tively im­pact the en­vi­ron­ment, our peo­ple, and the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties where we op­er­ate. It is one of our core cor­po­rate val­ues and we di­vide our sus­tain­abil­ity prac­tices into three key pil­lars – En­vi­ron­ment, Em­ployer and So­cial Sus­tain­abil­ity, with ed­u­ca­tion be­ing the com­mon thread. We be­lieve that even the small­est act can make the big­gest dif­fer­ence,” he adds.

FAC­ING CHAL­LENGES

The price war from com­peti­tors and the over­sup­ply of rooms in­ven­tory from bud­get ho­tels sur­round­ing the area are a chal­lenge for the ho­tel. How­ever, be­ing a huge con­ven­tion fa­cil­ity, the ho­tel utilises its mer­its to the T. Malaysia has sev­eral events run­ning round-the-year and Möven­pick Ho­tel and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre KLIA plans to lever­age the MiCE/ busi­ness crowd vis­it­ing Kuala Lumpur. “Our ho­tel is only about seven kilo­me­tres from Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit; we are tar­get­ing the race­track venue as a po­ten­tial mar­ket to at­tract those vis­it­ing Kuala Lumpur for var­i­ous mo­tor sports.” The ho­tel also aims to at­tract trav­ellers from In­dia. “We are plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate in tradeshows, which in­volve trav­ellers from In­dia, and are also work­ing closely with our in­ter­na­tional sales of­fice in In­dia for wider cover­age,” con­cludes Ma­haris.

We are plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate in tradeshows that in­volve In­dian trav­ellers

Hairul Ma­haris

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