Press Release: 10 June 2019
(for immediate release)
Malaysian Association of Hotels
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Yap Lip Seng
Chief Executive Officer
Mohamad Hazzriq Shah Bakri
Marketing & Communications
HOTEL ASSOCIATION ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP
Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Appoints New President & Board For 2019 – 2022
Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur (23 May 2019) – Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), established in 1974 recently held its Annual General Meeting at the Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur and successfully elected a new Board of Directors joining the thirteen Chapter Chairpersons of the states. The new Board will lead the Association and the Hotel Industry for the next three years.
Kamaruddin bin Baharin, General Manager of Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, was subsequently elected as the President of MAH given firm support from the Board. He brings with him industry experience of over 32 years and is also currently the Vice Chairman of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Malaysia Chapter.
“The confidence given to me is a mandate for me to serve not just the Association but also the industry as a whole, and I will ensure MAH continues to be the voice of the industry, to strive toward tourism growth and industry harmony” Kamaruddin said.
Kamaruddin is joined by three Vice Presidents, namely Dato Paduka N Subramaniam of PCB Resort, Lim Choong Sean of Legoland Hotel and Michael Quay Guan Leong, Hotel Manager of Casa del Rio, Melaka. Christina Toh, representative of Dorsett Hartamas Kuala Lumpur, was re-elected as the Honorary Secretary General while Shirley Lai of Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur is now the Honorary Treasurer General of MAH.
The state Chapter Chairpersons are:-
Kedah & Perlis - Eugene Dass, StarCity Hotel Alor Setar
Penang - Khoo Boo Lim, Jazz Hotel
Perak - Maggie Ong, Syeun Hotel
Selangor - Datin Jasmine Heng Abdullah, Dorsett Grand Subang
Kuala Lumpur - B.E. Lim, The Gardens
Negeri Sembilan - Hazzi Hassan, Sutera Hotel
Melaka - Abu Hassan Ismail, Hotel Kobemas
Johor - Ivan Teo, Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort
Pahang - Dato Chew Teck Fang, Shahzan Inn Kuantan
Terengganu - Suaibah Harun, Primula Beach Hotel
Kelantan - Hajjah Maimun Mohd Hussain, Sudara Beach Resort
Sarawak - Haji Mohamad Ibrahim Nordin, Dormani Hotel Kuching
Sabah & Labuan - Gordon Seet, Ibis Styles Kota Kinabalu Inanam Hotel
The new Board pledges their commitment in protecting & driving the hotel industry towards Visit Malaysia Year 2020, while addressing concerns the industry raised, including setting regulations for home-sharing with the ultimate goal of harmonizing industry and its stakeholders.
The Association also released its own statistics of hotel occupancy for the first quarter of 2019, at 64.2% compared to 2018 at 65.7% recording a drop of 1.5% despite Tourism Malaysia’s recent announcement of increased tourist arrivals. MAH’s international data benchmarking partner, STR, on a different sampling level, also reported drop in occupancy for Malaysia in the first quarter of 2019, at 62.1% recording drop of 6.2% against 2018.
Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) is the umbrella body for hotels in Malaysia formed in 1974 and initially established by a group of concerned and dedicated hoteliers to bring about a more dynamic hospitality industry aimed at building a workforce of highly skilled, innovative and disciplined individuals. Its long-term goal was to enhance the efficiency of the hospitality industry, thus, bringing about a more dynamic Malaysian hospitality industry. MAH, as the official national network for the hotel industry, represents more than 900 hotels throughout Malaysia supplying a total of 155,287 rooms which is about 65% of the total number of hotel rooms available as guest accommodation in this country. With 13 chapters across the nation, MAH acts as a voice of the industry, working as one body to promote, protect, represent and advance the interests of its members.
MAHTEC Sdn Bhd commenced its fiscal year in 1998 to profile MAH as a human resource development provider and to upgrade the skills and knowledge of staff-in-service in the industry. MAHTEC is the training arm of the Association specializing in developing quality human resources in the hospitality industry. Highly specialized in the areas of Hospitality Skills Training and Managerial Development Training, all programs are facilitated by experienced and qualified Trainers through workshops and practical session.