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Monday, November 21, 2011

Jazz-ing up the Penang hotel scene

GEORGE TOWN Penang is set to see the entry of yet another five-star resort to meet continued tourist demand.

The RM100 million sea-fronting Jazz Hotel Penang will open its doors by 2015, its operators said.

Full-service hotel management company Ri-Yaz Hotels and Resorts Sdn Bhd will manage the 226-room hotel, located at Tanjung Sri Pinang in Tanjung Tokong.

"Our expansion into Penang is timely, given the growth of the northern region's tourism industry and our projected increase in demand for hotel rooms in Penang," Ri-Yaz's managing director Datuk Shaheen Shah said in Penang yesterday, after the company signed an agreement with Sure Commerce Sdn Bhd.

Under the agreement, Sure Commerce will develop the Jazz Hotel Penang, comprising two towers which will be made up of the 30-storey hotel, along with service suites in the adjoining 45-storey tower.

Witnessing the signing of the agreement at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel were Yang diPertua Negeri Tun Hamdan Abdul Abbas and Emkay Group chairman Tan Sri Mustapha Kamal Abu Bakar.

"We purchased a 0.91 ha piece of land close to Tesco from Koperasi Gabungan Negeri Pulau Pinang," Sure Commerce's managing director Todd SB Teoh said in an interview.

He said the Ri-Yaz group was chosen based on its proven record in managing boutique hotels in key tourism markets.

Meanwhile, Shaheen said the group will draw from its experience in managing leisure properties in Malaysia like the Cyberview Resort and Spa in Cyberjaya, Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa in Terengganu and Belum Rainforest Resort in Perak.

Internationally, Ri-Yaz also manages the Pure Villas in Canggu Bali, Indonesia.

"Over the next three years, we are looking to expand our footprint by investing and managing properties in Tuaran, Sabah, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur," Shaheen said.

"The Jazz Hotel Penang," he noted, "will be positioned as a trendy chic hotel, where the latest technology will be showcased, and where jazz music and art pieces will enhance the hotel's contemporary design."

Also included in the design for the new hotel, are a sea-fronting roof-top pool, along with a glassed-ballroom.

By Business Times

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