Hotels expecting more short-term reservations

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Hotels around affected areas are expecting short-term reservations and walk-in guests as water rationing begins for about 2.2 million residents in Putrajaya, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

"February and March is usually a quiet time for us because it is post-Chinese New Year and there are no school holidays, but for the past week, all our rooms have been taken up.

"Most of these bookings and walk-ins were for a short period, which is for three days and below," said a representative from a boutique hotel in Kota Damansara.

Further checks with some three-star and budget hotels around the affected areas revealed reservations for this time of the year was "normal", but walk-ins were expected to rise.

About 431,617 households in Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang, Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor and Hulu Selangor will be facing water cuts until the end of the month.

Another hotel in SS2 said since the announcement on the water rationing exercise, it had received more enquiries on room availability despite having most of its rooms pre-booked for a corporate function.

"These enquiries were generally for overnight stays although there were some who called asking for a few days' stay in the next week or so.

"We have yet to link the enquiries to the water rationing, but we are expecting to handle more enquiries for rooms in the next few weeks," said the hotel's representative.