NUSAJAYA: Eight new three and five-star hotels, with a combined total of 2,560 rooms, will be opened in Iskandar Malaysia within the next four to five years.
Johor Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said two new hotels located in the Johor Baru Central Business District would be opened next year.
“The remaining six hotels are expected to open their doors for business in stages from 2017 until 2019,’’ he said at a press conference.
Tee said this after opening the 56-room D’ Elegance boutique hotel at Taman Nusantara in Gelang Patah near here on Thursday.
He said with the six more new hotels, the number of hotel rooms in the state would increase.
There are currently 93 three and five-star rated hotels.
Tee said the investment by the hoteliers or hospitality companies in the six new hotels in Johor reflected their confidence in the tourism sector in the state.
“The Johor Tourism Master Plan (2014-2023) is focusing on the positioning and developing of the state as a main tourist destination in the country,’’ added Tee.
He said Johor has a wide range of tourism products, such as beautiful islands, pristine beaches, old rainforest as well as shopping attractions, theme parks and world-class golf courses.
“Johor is also rich in art and culture, with ethnic groups of different backgrounds,’’ said Tee, adding that foreigners were always amazed by the local cultures and lifestyle.
He said the Johor Tourism Department had taken part in the Expo Milano 2015, in Italy, by organising the Johor Week at the Malaysian Pavilion recently.
Tee said the week-long Johor Week was good publicity for the state as many international visitors who attended the event were now aware of Johor and all that it has to offer visitors.
On the haze affecting the country, he said the state’s tourism industry has not been badly affected by it although there might be a slight drop in the number of tourist arrivals.