JOHOR BARU: Johor will need more hotels soon to meet demand from the rising number of foreign as well as domestic tourists.
State Domestic Trade, Tourism and Consumerism executive chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said tourism as well as other industries here have seen growth due to the development taking place within Iskandar Malaysia.
He pointed out that there are currently 105 hotels with 13, 381 rooms throughout Johor but it is still not enough to cater to foreign and local visitors who are here on holiday or for business opportunities.
“Even though the number of one to five star hotels in Johor has jumped from 91 in 2014 to 105 in 2015 or an increase of 15.4% , it is still not sufficient.
“For hotel rooms, there were about 11,290 units in 2014 which increased to 13,381 units last year or an 18.5% jump,” he said after attending the topping up ceremony of Amari Hotel here.
Tee added that about 61 of the state’s hotels or 58% are located in Johor Baru.
“Johor actually needs more hotels as we have recorded a yearly growth of foreign and domestic visitors.
“According to data from Tourism Malaysia, hotels around here recorded a 62.6% occupancy rate between January and September last year,” he said.
Tee added that the state recorded 3.9 million visitors in 2012, 5.77 million visitors in 2013 and 6.4 million in 2014.
Last year, the state is projected to have received about 6.7 million domestic and foreign tourists.