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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sandakan harbour project to have boutique hotel

Integrated: An artist's impression of Sandakan Harbour Square

Sandakan Harbour Square, Sabah's first integrated urban renewal development project, will soon have a RM40 million boutique hotel.

Named the @ease boutique hotel, it will have 138 deluxe rooms and suites, a modern business centre, and state-of-the-art meeting facilities, among others.

Parkcity Everly Hotel general manager John Augustin said @ease will be the first hotel for the project which has a 1.5km esplanade located near the city's central business district.

With strong tourist arrivals in Sabah, the state's capital Kota Kinabalu currently faces a shortage of 6,000 rooms.

The hotel is managed by Value Hospitality Group that also manages the Prescott and Everly hotels.

It will officially be opened on December 23 by Sabah's Tourism Minister.

With timber as its sunset industry, Sandakan, which is also popular destination for ecotourism, is keen to revive its Little Hong Kong of the East label.

The RM450 million project, which is on a 4.8ha site, is undertaken jointly by Sara-Timur Sdn Bhd and ICSD Ventures Sdn Bhd. It is due for completion in 2010.

ICSD is a partnership between Kuala Lumpur-based Ireka Corp Bhd and Sabah-based construction and development company Syarikat Charng Sheng Sdn Bhd.

Sarawak's Sara-Timur, an engineering and construction works services provider, is the main contractor for the first and second phase of Sandakan Harbour Square.

The project comprises a three-storey central market, fish market and jetty, 129 units of three- and four- storey shop-offices, a waterfront esplanade, multi-storey car park facility, shopping complex and an international standard hotel.

By New Straits Times (by Rupa Damodaran)

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