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Ivo Raeto Nekvapil
Vice President, Malaysian Association of Hotels
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And along with KLCC, two four-star hotels in the vicinity will come online soon, according to MAH vice-president, Mr Ivo Nekvapil.
The first to open is the refurbished 335-room Impiana on KLCC Park (the former Holiday Inn on the Park), with 165 rooms opening in November, and another 170 rooms in a second tower opening later.
The 576-room Traders Hotel, linked to KLCC
, is scheduled to open in April next year. Mr Nekvapil
said Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt and at least two serviced residences would also open in the vicinity between 2007 and 2009.
...Mr Ivo NekvapilVice-presidentMalaysian Association of HotelsTel: (60-3) 2164-8600
Malaysian Association of Hotels ...
Malaysian Association of Hotels vice-president Ivo R. Nekvapil is especially insistent that local hotels do not resort to such measures to maintain occupancy rates of rooms in hotels.
"I think it's worth sacrificing occupancy rates to a certain extent to maintain average room rates, because once the economy gets better, its going to be difficult to bring (average room rates) up again," he
A five-star hotel room rate in capital cities such as Singapore and Bangkok is easily three times more than the room rate of a five-star hotel in Malaysia.
says hotels instead should try to offer "extras" as a means to make room packages more attractive, something hotels in Malaysia are already moving towards.
For example, a few hotels are offering free Internet service for rooms.
Tourism revenue this year may hit record $13b - AUG 28, 2004
Malaysian Association of Hotels vice-president Ivo Nekvapil said hotels in Klang Valley enjoyed 80 per cent occupancy last month.
'I think we are looking at a record month this August, thanks largely to the influx of West Asian tourists,' he
said. -- New Straits Times
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Malaysian Association of Hotels senior vice-president Ivo R. Nekvapil said the crisis in Thailand had never been worst.
"This time around, there was much bloodshed, shooting and many lives were lost.
Foreigners from all over the world currently staying in Thailand feel very uneasy," he said.
Nekvapil said Malaysia should capitalise on the opportunity to entice more foreign tourists to come over by providing value-for-money "packages" and various incentives.
"We encourage hoteliers to offer more attractive accomodation packages to various resorts like in Langkawi, Pulau Redang and Tioman.
In the city, there are great shopping and other educational activities," he said.
Nekvapil said this was an opportune time for Malaysia to promote many of its great qualities such political stability, good infrastructure, great food and diverse culture.