2 new hotels to boost Malacca tourism
By Jason Gerald John
The developer of both the hotels, Hatten Group CEO Datuk Eric Tan, said a 1,100-unit apartment block and a commercial centre would also be built.
"The tallest building in Malacca will be built under this project.
"With 43 storeys, the building will change the landscape of Melaka Raya and the Malacca coastline.
"The project will be developed next to the Harbour Club in Melaka Raya and will involve an investment of RM300 million," he said.
Tan said the Hilton Hotel, a five-star establishment, would have 250 rooms while the All Seasons Hotel, a two-star hotel, would have 350 rooms.
"The two hotels and the service apartments will provide Malacca with an additional 1,700 rooms," Tan said, in a briefing session with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam at the Hatten Square.
Tan said the groundbreaking ceremony for the hotels would be performed in December.
He said the project would be completed in five years and would provide job opportunities to about 3,000 people.
Meanwhile, Tan also announced that the 700-room Hatten Hotel would open its doors in September next year.
The chief minister said the state's tourism sector was picking up.
Ali said some eight million tourists were expected to visit the historical city this year, up from 7.5 million last year.
"We need more hotel rooms in the state. With the opening of Hilton and All Seasons we will be able to ensure that visitors have a better choice of accommodation," he said.
Ali said work to widen Jalan Merdeka, opposite Dataran Pahlawan, from the two lanes to five lanes, would be complete in two months.
"Once completed, the 2km stretch from Menara Taming Sari up to Hatten Square would be known as Pahlawan City," he said.