Dialogue gives lodging providers deeper understanding of guidelines

All ears: The participants listening to Chow during the dialogue session held at the PCCC building in Light Street, Penang. Also present are (seated front, from left) Choot and Patahiyah.

OPERATORS of budget hotels and lodging houses obtained a better understanding of the local government guidelines for the industry during a dialogue session in Penang.

A budget hotel operator, who wanted to be known only as Kent, 40, said it was costly to comply with the guidelines of the Fire and Rescue Department.

“From the dialogue, we learnt about the various types of materials to be used on the stairs.

“The guidelines also require us to have at least two staircases in our hotel,” he added.

“It will be costly to comply with the requirement as the renovation can easily hit RM50,000,” he said after the dialogue on Thursday.

Kent is operating a budget hotel in Muntri Street.

The dialogue was held at the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) building in Light Street, George Town.

The event was organised by the PCCC’s Property Develop-ment, Construction and Manage-ment Committee.

The three-hour session was attended by state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow and Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail together with the representatives from the planning, building and licensing departments.

The Fire and Rescue Department was represented by officer Abdul Muni Abdul Aziz.

PCCC president Datuk Seri Choot Ewe Seng said hotel operators played an important role in promoting Penang’s tourism.

“Ever since George Town was listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, there has been an influx of tourists to Penang.

“The dialogue session also provides a platform for these operators to discuss the difficulties that they faced,” Choot said.

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