KUCHING: The coming of more than 5,000 outstation PBB conference delegates to the city next month will not pose any accommodation problem for other travellers and visitors, it has been assured.
The conference’s accommodation sub-committee chairman Datuk Naroden Majais said Kuching had more than 5,000 hotel rooms and apartments – big and small hotels like Penview Hotel, Harbour View Hotel, Dorset Hotel, Merdeka Palace Hotel and Suites, 360 Urban Resort and Hotel, and Gateway Kuching Hotel and Serviced Apartment.
He said though the conference’s 5,056 delegates, who were from all over the state, would occupy about 1,700 hotel rooms and apartments in the city, these would account for just about 30% to 40% of all available hotel rooms and apartments.
“Travellers and visitors will not face any accommodation problems as the hotels will be running their businesses as usual.
“The PBB conference delegates should not be interfering with their usual business,” he said after chairing his sub-committee meeting at the party’s headquarters near Jalan Bako here yesterday.
Naroden, who is also an Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department, said the first batch of the delegates from the Pemuda and Wanita wings, numbering about 800, would be checking-in on Oct 17 while the main wing, about 4,200 of them, on Oct 18.
This, however, did not include invited guests, especially representatives from component parties who would be coming for the opening ceremony that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was expected to officiate at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching on Oct 21, Naroden said.
“Our last conference in 2010 also had about the same number of delegates and there were no major logistics and accommodation issues.
“So I think we should not face any major problems because all the hotels we are liaising with are well-prepared,” Naroden added.