New laurels for Johor’s top budget, business hotels

(From fifth left) Chia, Sharil Nizam and ACP Mohd Noor Firdauz with Supt Lim (right) and association representatives announcing the Johor Amaze Me! The Best Budget and Business Hotel Award.

BUDGET and business hotels in Johor stand a chance to be named the best in the industry in the first “Johor Amaze Me! The Best Budget and Business Hotel Award”.

Event organising chairman Jarod Chia Lik Ming said this marked the first award of its kind under Malaysia Budget and Business Hotel Association (MyBHA) Johor chapter, setting a significant milestone in the local hospitality industry.

“The award was designed to highlight exemplary budget hotels in the state that excel in service and innovation while offering exceptional value.

“It not only aims to recognise and showcase top-performing hotels that set industry benchmarks, it also seeks to enhance the visibility of Johor’s budget accommodation,” he said.

Chia, who is also Johor chapter MyBHA chairman, said the efforts were intended to attract local and international tourists, improve hotel offerings and boost tourists’ confidence while encouraging them to extend their stay.

Present at the event to announce the award were Tourism Johor director Sharil Nizam Abdul Rahim as well as Johor Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department deputy chief Asst Comm Mohd Noor Firdauz Abdullah and Supt Lim Chun How. The two police officers will be part of the judging panel, focusing on the safety aspect.

The award also strategically aligns hotel services with the state’s tourism goals, effectively catering to the anticipated tourist influx for Visit Johor Year 2026, he highlighted.

He said that from June 15 until July 14, a panel of judges comprising leaders and experts from various fields within the tourism and hospitality industry would be making their rounds to qualifying hotels and assessing them in five categories – authentic themes; modern and stylish rooms; F&B and entertainment; zero-dust and cleanliness; and eco-friendly and nature-inspired.

“The award ceremony is scheduled for December,” he said.

Chia said there was also a contest open to the public to win the MyBHA Johor Amazing Card, with a prize of a two-night stay at any of the association’s hotels.

“Participants are required to predict the award winners, with winners entered into a draw to win the card worth up to RM10,000,” he added.

For more details, call 016-715 2211 (Chia) or visit

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