Two hotels score firsts in full Internet connectivity


BY JACK WONG IN KUCHING

CROWNE Plaza Riverside Kuching and Holiday Inn Kuching have scored a first among hotels in Malaysia with the provision of full wireless broadband Internet access in their premises. 

With the launch of Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) yesterday, the two international-class hotels now provide Internet connectivity virtually from the basement to the rooftop. 

Mohd Khalid Buang (standing) and Datuk Talib Zulpilip at the launch of the wireless broadband Internet access. - STARPIC BY RAPEE KAWI

Currently, Internet connectivity offered by major hotels in Malaysia is only limited to certain areas such as guestrooms, restaurants or lounges. 

The 241-room Crowne Plaza and 288-room Holiday Inn yesterday signed a three-year contract agreement with Kuala-Lumpur based Internet service provider Danawa Resources Sdn Bhd. 

The signatories were the two hotels’ general manager Mohd Khalid Buang and Danawa managing director Kuintan Sepawi. 

Sarawak State Economic Development Corp (SEDC) chairman Datuk Talib Zulpilip launched the new service. 

SEDC owns Crowne Plaza through its wholly-owned unit Sejadu Sdn Bhd. It is also a major shareholder of Holiday Inn Kuching. 

Khalid said the launch of the access coverage represented a bold step by the two hotels to meet the needs of discerning guests to stay connected all times. 

Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn were among the first hotels in the region to offer fast wireless Internet connections when it introduced TMnet’s streamyx “hotspots” last July. 

According to Khalid, a similar Wi-Fi system would be available at sister hotels Holiday Inn Resort Damai Beach and Holiday Inn Resort Damai Lagoon, Kuching, in the next few months. 

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