Exodus woes for Klang Valley hotels

PETALING JAYA - As the crowds flock out of Klang Valley for the holidays, hotels here are experiencing slow business.

One World Hotel general manager Ho Hoy Sum said the Chinese New Year was usually the quietest period in the hotel business.

"Since Chinese New Year this year falls on Thursday and Friday, most people are taking the opportunity to go for a long vacation or balik kampung," he said.

Ho added that the occupancy rate at the hotel was expected to drop by 5 per cent to 10 per cent during this long weekend.

In Kuala Lumpur, Impiana Hotel KLCC has about 50 per cent occupancy of its 519 rooms, a drop of 20 per cent from last year's Chinese New Year.

The hotel's front office manager Mike Chan said most people would leave the city during the long weekend.

"Normally we expect crowds during Chinese New Year, but looking at the current trend, we do not see an increase of guests checking in," said Chan.

He added that the hotel would experience a heavy arrival of guests on the first day of Chinese New Year, with most guests coming from Singapore.

Meanwhile, Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur is looking at occupancy rate as low as 40 per cent, compared with last year's 70 per cent occupancy of its 207 rooms.

Its room division manager Alex Chew said this was because of the poorer purchasing power.

"We actually have more promotions this year compared to last year, but somehow business is still a bit slow," he said.