Growing demands for rooms in Putrajaya, says hotel group

Putrajaya is one of the most popular destinations for domestic tourists and business travellers. — The Star

Putrajaya is home to a variety of attractions, such as gardens, iconic bridges and beautiful mosques and other buildings. Recently, the Malaysian Federal State welcomed a new hotel – Moxy Putrajaya – which is a Marriott Bonvoy property.

According to Ramesh Jackson, Marriott International’s area vice president for Indonesia and Malaysia, the hospitality group observed a growing demand for rooms in Putrajaya, in both the business and leisure travel sectors.

“Two key factors contributing to the growth are its status as the administrative capital and the proximity of our hotels to popular sites like the IOI City Mall, one of the largest shopping complexes in the Klang Valley,” he shared.

Ramesh added that the group witnessed a significant change in travel trends. And one notable shift is the burgeoning demand for experiential travel, as young travellers – adventurers and business professionals – seek immersive experiences that lead to a deeper sense of connection and cultural enrichment.

“Based on a survey conducted by Marriott International in 2023, young, affluent travellers in the Asia Pacific gravitate towards culture-rich and under-the-radar destinations,” he said.

“They prioritise travel over material goods and would allocate more budgets for holidays, with at least three trips a year, than the previous generation.”

Another reason, he said, is the rise of remote working and flexible working arrangements. These encourage business professionals to extend their business trips to incorporate leisure activities, which is known as “bleisure” travel.

As a result, hotels have been gearing up for the shifting mindset of today’s travellers by offering state-of-the-art business facilities and recreational amenities, such as wellness centres, dining options and leisure activities.

As part of its efforts to redefine traditional hotel experiences, Moxy Putrajaya blends creativity, energy and social hospitality in its services, providing guests unique and meaningful experiences.

“There is a Moxy Sky Bar which offers breathtaking views of Putrajaya and innovative workout zones at its fitness centre,” Ramesh said.

Since travellers today are more appreciative of the use of tech in hotel bookings, Marriott offers digital solutions to enhance guest experience. Hotel check-ins along with other hotel enquiries can be made via its Marriott Bonvoy mobile application.

The group is also currently experimenting with AI search tool, said Ramesh. Although it is not available in Malaysia yet, this user-friendly tool can be used to help travellers find their ideal vacation home based on their preferences.

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