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Monday, June 15, 2009

Hotel Sentral plans to go regional in 3 to 4 years

The Ta family has been involved in operating hotels and resorts in Malaysia for over 15 years and is planning to branch out to Southeast Asia in three to four years.

Hotel Sentral (KL) Sdn Bhd managing director and founder May Ta said the family wants to continue its legacy to provide value-for-money destinations for all groups of people internationally and not restricted to Malaysians.

"We feel operating budget hotels and three-star properties is the best business to be in whether in Malaysia or overseas. There are many budget travellers looking for the best deals," she told Business Times.

The hotel is headed by Ta, a 25-year-old with a degree in international business from Perth, Australia.

Ta is not new to the hotel business. She has been involved in the hotel business since 12, following her family's footstep, especially her father, Tan Sri Ta Kin Yan, on his business rounds.

"I have always liked the hospitality industry. I like to interact with people. It is very challenging that way. My grandfather used to run Hotel Lido in Brickfields but sold his stake several years ago. I learnt a lot from him," she said.

The Ta family owns among others, the three-star Olympic Hotel and New Winner Hotel in Brickfields, Puduraya Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Pulau Redang Resort in Terengganu, and Wenchang Golf Club in Hainan Island, China.

Ta said the properties are 60-70 per cent occupied currently despite the slowdown in the economy.

"We have always been involved in running budget hotels and three-star properties. We plan to move up a notch and venture into four-star hotels and resorts soon. We are targeting Malaysia, China and Thailand, but much will depend on opportunities," Ta said.

By Business Times

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