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More Hotel Rooms For Iskandar Region, Says Ghani

posted 2 Oct 2011, 05:35 by Straits View
By 2014, the number of hotel rooms in this city is expected to hit 3,000, which is enough to cater for the demand of the Iskandar Malaysia region.

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said that as the pace of investment in Iskandar quickens, the demand for hotel rooms and service apartment is also expected to increase.

"Johor is poised for rapid growth as development in the Iskandar region gathers pace. Certainly we need more rooms to cater for the travellers, tourists and those who choose to live and work in the region.

"Within the next two years, there should be an estimated 3,000 rooms available as the various hotel and service apartment projects are being built," said Ghani after the ground-breaking for the Palazzo Hotel project in Danga Bay.

The 37-storey four-star hotel, expected to cost RM105 million, is owned and operated by the Waz Lian Group, which also runs the Central Hotel chain country-wide.

Ghani said the hotel industry in the state, particularly in this city, was entering an interesting phase.

"Plans for a 600-room hotel in the Premium Outlet in Kulaijaya, expected to be open in November, has been submitted. At Danga Bay, a developer is planning to build a 300-room hotel, complete with a service apartment.

"In Desaru, three more international-class hotels are being planned. The Shangri La Group will operate a 292-room hotel at Puteri Harbour in Nusajaya and the 300-room Renaissance Hotel in Permas Jaya will open its doors by middle of next year.

"With the opening of the Legoland in Nusajaya soon, with four million visitors expected annually, we certainly need more rooms in this city," he added.

-- BERNAMA

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