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Thursday, March 31, 2011

50pc more hotel rooms needed

BY 2020, Malaysia needs 50 per cent more hotel rooms to cater for the anticipated tourist arrivals of 36 million.

As at February this year, there were a total of 1,610 hotels in the three to five star category and budget hotels in Malaysia. Together the hotels provide 161,117 rooms.

The increase, Deputy Minister of Tourism Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit said, would be required throughout the country.

Malacca records the highest number of tourists, he added.

Mamit, who read the speech on behalf of Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen at the official launch of InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, said that in Kuala Lumpur alone there are 236 hotels, offering 30,000 rooms.

The average occupancy of hotels in Kuala Lumpur in 2010 was 66.9 per cent, which was 4.2 per cent higher than in 2009.

However, the average occupancy of hotels in Malaysia declined by 1.6 per cent, registering 59.3 per cent. This was despite an increase in arrivals in 2010 of 24.6 million compared with 23.6 million in 2009.

Mamit said the decline could have been a result of people opting for Malaysian Homestay.

"There was a dramatic increase in the number of homestays," he said.

This year's tourist arrivals target is set at 25 million and the government is looking at bringing in high-yield tourists.

He added that any decline in arrivals from Japan will be cushioned by higher arrivals from China and India, particularly affluent tourists.

Meanwhile, some of the confirmed new room inventory to enter the Klang Valley market over the next five years are St Regis Kuala Lumpur, Grand Hyatt, Pullman Bangsar, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral, Hilton Garden Inn, Movenpick, Park Regis Kuala Lumpur and Four Season Place.

By Business Times

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