HOLIDAY Inn Resort Penang has implemented measures to attract travellers from the Middle East on optimism of overseas tourist arrivals early next month.
Holiday Inn Resort general manager Ribhu Chatterjee said the holiday season for Middle-Eastern visitors began on June 25 and the resort was expecting bookings in the first week of July.
Although we are realistic that the arrivals would not be as high as in the previous corresponding period, we nevertheless expect some revival for the tourism industry in Penang. We expect to see a revival at the end of the year, he told StarBiz.
Ribhu said the hotel had engaged a chef specialising in Middle-Eastern cooking, hired interpreters, and ensured that Arabic versions of service oriented directories were available.
For domestic tourism, we are promoting Your Wish Is Our Command package, which gives free meals to 2 children below 12 years old when dining with the family. And if they are sharing the room and the existing beds with their parents, there will be no extra charges, he said.