Covid-19: Hotels providing cleaning services, food deliveries to generate revenue during pandemic

MELAKA: Luxury hotels in Kuala Lumpur and here are dispatching their housekeeping teams to provide outdoor cleaning services in order to generate revenue during the Covid-19 pandemic.

One hotel in Melaka is offering cleaning packages for single-storey houses up to bungalows and offices.

The cleaning packages included grass-cutting, floor polishing, window and swimming pool cleaning, as well as providing landscaping ideas.

Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) chief executive officer Yap Lip Seng said hotels in Kuala Lumpur are providing similar outdoor cleaning services.

"I will not be surprised if hotels in other parts of the country would also introduce similar packages," he said when interviewed on Thursday (Nov 19).

Melaka Tourism Business Club vice-chairman Dennis Samford said hotels here are also providing outdoor buffet services and house-to-house food deliveries.

"The cleaning service is the latest to be offered by a Melaka hotel in order to survive the

impact from low occupancies and reduced income," he said.

Samford said the conditional movement control order (MCO) had badly impacted hoteliers in the state.

"Some hotels here are without a single guest for weeks and they need to look for alternatives to source for revenue," he said.

Meanwhile, National Union of Hotel, Bar and Restaurant Workers Peninsular Malaysia’s secretary-general Rosli Affandi said the union understands the struggle of hotels desperately trying to generate revenue and we will back this initiative," he said.

Rosli added that some 2,500 hotel employees who are part of the union had lost their jobs since the middle of this year.

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