Meliá Hotels International extends its presence in Malaysia with the Meliá Iskandar Malaysia and INNSIDE Iskandar Johor
The hotels form part of an urban development, which includes a large shopping center with office buildings and a convention center The company now has 28 hotels in Asia Pacific already open and scheduled to open
Jakarta, 13 September 2015 – Meliá Hotels International announced the signing of two new hotels to be added to its Malaysian portfolio, a country in which the company began operations with the opening of the Meliá Kuala Lumpur in 1990. The 8.73 acres area of Iskandar Malaysia in the south of the southern state of Johor, Malaysia and close to Singapore, is one of the major drivers of economic development in Malaysia.
Its privileged location, less than an hour from Johor (Malaysia) and Changi (Singapore) airports and near the high-speed train station and technology park in Nusajaya, adds a special interest to this visionary project.
According to Jerome Tan, Chief Executive Officer Rentak Tebrau Sdn Bhd, “This project will include the first five-star hotel in Nusajaya and also the largest convention center in the state of Johor, and that makes us feel extremely positive about the project. We are confident that Iskandar Malaysia will be an excellent long-term investment opportunity for investors in the region.” PJM Group, a real estate development holding company based in Indonesia, is one of the shareholders of this project as Joint Operation. Iskandar City Square in Johor Malaysia will mark the first establishment of PJM Group overseas.
The new five-star Meliá Iskandar Malaysia (450 rooms) and four-star INNSIDE Iskandar Johor (350 rooms) will occupy two adjacent buildings, and will also provide facilities such as restaurants, lounge, spa, fitness center and swimming pool, complemented by the major shopping center, the 150,000 square meter convention center and office buildings that will meet the demands of the intense economic and technological growth in the region, and cater to the needs of guests from both local and neighbouring countries, such as Indonesia and Singapore.
The Meliá brand is the most international of the brands operated by Meliá Hotels International, representing the passion for service that characterizes the company that will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2016. Meliá hotels fuse design and innovation while integrating local cultures into the universal language of hospitality. Innside by Meliá hotels offer unique architectural personality and experience which aims to satisfy the most discerning business travelers. The brand is seeing exponential growth and is now present in 12 countries.
For Vice Chairman and CEO of Meliá, Gabriel Escarrer, “Southeast Asia has enormous potential for the international hotel industry, especially for a company such as Meliá Hotels International, with its 30-year history on the continent, solid family business values and innovative and well-known brands. The signature of the two new hotels in Malaysia, further strengthens our commitment to a region in which we have quadrupled our portfolio in the past few years.”
About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International is one of the largest hotel companies worldwide as well as the absolute leader within the Spanish market, with more than 370 hotels (current portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries and 4 continents under the brands: Gran Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus Resorts, ME by Meliá, Innside by Meliá, Tryp by Wyndham and Sol Hotels. The strategic focus on international growth has allowed Meliá Hotels International to be the first Spanish hotel company with presence in key markets such as China, the Arabian Gulf or the US, as well as maintaining its leadership in traditional markets such as Europe, Latin America or the Caribbean. Its high degree of globalization, a diversified business model, the consistent growth plan supported by strategic alliances with major investors and its commitment to responsible tourism are the major strengths of Meliá Hotels International, being the Spanish Hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking) and one of the most attractive to work worldwide. Recently, Meliá Hotels International was awarded The Most Promising Hotel Group in 2014.