Although world economic is under pressure by the recession storm, there are still many companies interested in opening new hotel in Melaka. The census about tourist arrival in Melaka make them confident in developing new hotels here. You may heard about Seychelles, a paradise island that its main source of nation revenue is tourism – goes bankrupt. Yes, Seychelles now is a bankrupt country. With its heavy reliant on tourist arrival, drops of it make all the tour operator suffers. Read about ‘Paradise goes bankrupt‘ article.
Thanks to 12 Tourism Sub-Sector that Melaka are focusing at, tourist can enjoy diversified experience of holiday here. To focus on just one core products for example Heritage only will make it hard for tour operators making an interesting package to lure visitors. Its true that Seychelles maybe have among the most beautiful resort and coastal area in the world, but because it’s focus on island paradise playground for celebrities, royalty and the ultra-wealthy people, the cost of holiday there will be ultra high. Now the richest cutting their holiday budget and companies stop giving their directors expensive holiday retreat, it will be disastrous for such expensive resort.
Few hotel will be completed this year and next year in Melaka ranging from budget to 5 star hotel. At Ayer Keroh currently 120mil 100% hotel made by log Wood from Rusia is being built. Target completion date will be this October. Read about it here. Another is a 500mil Empayar Muzaffar Hotel at MITC that take the Concept of Melaka Sultanate Era also will be completed this year.
As Melaka strive to make the river as ‘Venice of the East’, 6 new hotel development also ongoing along Melaka River Bank. Read the article below from the star:
Tuesday April 7, 2009
Six hotels being built on Malacca riverbank
By MARTIN CARVALHO
MALACCA: The state’s vision of turning Malacca River into the Venice of the East is on track with more than RM100mil being invested in the construction of six hotels on the riverbank.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the project was the acquisition and refurbishment of the former 10-storey Plaza Inn in Jalan Munshi Abdullah next to Hang Tuah Bridge.
“We acquired the abandoned hotel for RM14mil and will spend RM15mil to renovate and refurbish it.
“It will be renamed Riverview Hotel and is expected to be operational in September,” he told reporters after visiting the hotel on Thursday.
He said that Adelphi Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd, the company responsible for reviving a defunct resort on Pulau Besar, would manage the four star, 169-room hotel.
Plaza Inn was constructed in the early 1980s and ceased operations in 1992 after which it was left abandoned.
It is being revived through a joint effort by the Malacca Historic City Council, Chief Minister Incorporated and State Economic Development Corporation.
Mohd Ali said that work was underway on four more hotels along the river, namely Casa Del Rio and UDA Hotel near Kampung Morten, and two others near Hang Jebat Bridge.
He said the project to rehabilitate Malacca River as the Venice of the East and as a tourist attraction was on track.
Meanwhile, Mohd Ali said that Arab investors involved in developing the RM200mil Arab Village in Pulau Melaka were looking at developing Kampung Jawa in the heart of the old city.
He said the project would involve 3.6ha and affect 40 petty traders and craftsman in the area.
However, he gave an assurance that the traders would be relocated to temporary sites on the riverbank and given the choice to move into the bazaar when it was completed.