Tourists start flocking back to the Camerons

CAMERON HIGHLANDS - The scene of heavy traffic in towns might be frustrating to road users, but it is a happy sight for hotel operators here.

Many are pleased to see a pick-up in momentum for hotel bookings here, especially during the lunar new year holidays, since the mud flood incident in Bertam last November led to poor tourists arrivals.

At Kea Farm, Copthorne Hotel rooms division manager Raymond Chow said all 340 rooms and apartments were fully snapped up for the first four days of Chinese New Year.

"Since school reopens a week later, we are anticipating more people to come in during the last few days of the holiday.

"It is common for last-minute bookings to be made, especially during peak seasons," he said, adding that the hotel has been seeing full occupancy every year during the Chinese New Year holidays.

With local and foreign tourists pouring into the highlands in recent weeks, Chow believes that most hotel operators would be enjoying good occupancy.

In Brinchang, KS Boutique Hotel manager S. Vani said she was relieved that business has recovered as the hotel has been receiving good response from tourists recently.

"In fact, from today (yesterday) onwards, all 19 rooms are booked until the middle of the Chinese New Year holidays.

"I have seen many cars from other states coming in and Brinchang come alive once again," she said

"I am really glad that things seem to be returning to normal," she said.