SEVEN years from now, a new landmark — Tradewinds Centre — will take over the site currently home to Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur and Kompleks Antarabangsa, located on Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
The older of the two, Crowne Plaza, was built in the late 1960s and owned by Pernas International Holdings Bhd, which entered into a mutual agreement with Hilton International Company to manage the property.
The first Kuala Lumpur Hilton was maintained until March 31 in 2001 when the hotel was rebranded to Mutiara Kuala Lumpur and managed by Pernas Hotel Management Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pernas.
Sometime around 2004, Trade-winds Corp Bhd — formerly Pernas International Holdings Bhd, announced the appointment of Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) to manage the hotel.
The change in management came with a change in brand too and the hotel then became known as Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur.
The five-star hotel boasts 559 guest rooms and 28 meeting rooms, and its key attraction includes its proximity to KLCC and the Bukit Bintang shopping district.
It was reported that Tradewinds Centre is a RM6bil mixed development project consisting of Grade A+ offices, retail offices and serviced apartments within four towers and a retail podium.
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