MELAKA: Hard hit by the second movement control order, hotels here are coming up with new attractions - honeymoon packages - to entice holidaymakers and generate some revenue in order to sustain its operations.
Malaysian Association of Hotels Melaka chapter secretary Jason Bak said the honeymoon packages were aimed at wooing newly-weds and for those celebrating wedding anniversaries in Melaka.
He said the premium package included butler and personalised services, in-room flower decorations, as well as poolside candle light meals.
"Some hotels are also offering violinists to jazz up the romantic atmosphere for couples," he said in an interview on Friday (Jan 15).
Bak said the honeymoon packages were also one avenue to help keep afloat hotel operations impacted by MCO 2.0.
"The packages also include clutter-free rooms with minimal contact services and abiding to strict hygiene protocols.
"Our target is primarily locals and couples stuck in the historic city during this period.
"Most hotels here have agreed to an all-encompassing package for couples to pamper themselves for a two to three-night stay depending on their budget," he said.
Bak said many young couples would not mind paying an additional amount for such intriguing experience.
He said hotels were also ready to work closely with the state government to introduce a second honeymoon package during the MCO 2.0.
"We can also craft a package for families who want to spend time together without being stuck at home," he said.
Bak said the tough business environment for hotels here had also forced many to reinvent their selling points.
"Without outstation and foreign guests, we need to come up with innovative approaches to wade through this tough time.
"The pandemic has given hoteliers the opportunity to look into different aspects to boost their business and help them to maintain a certain standard," he said.
Separately, Melaka Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said the state government was also impacted by the MCO.
"We are trying our best to lessen the burden of the people. But we are left with not many options due to a spike of cases all over the country," he said.
Rahmad urged the people to abide by the standard operating procedures so that the MCO would not extended beyond Jan 26.
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