Malacca builds its tallest hotel
By Noor Hazwan Hariz Mohd
Ali (left) and Hotel Kerjaya Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Tee Eng Ho at the ground-breaking ceremony. — Picture by Mohd Jamah Nasri
The historical city was declared as developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the plan was mooted a decade ago and aimed at developing the state's infrastructure, administration, environment and social structure.
"We had targeted Malacca to be at par with other developed countries in 10 years according to OECD's 32 indicators.
"Now Malacca is an example to other states in this country.
"One of the most important sectors that made Malacca successful is our development of infrastructure.
"Today, we are going to build the tallest building in this state on a 3.64ha plot of land, said Ali at the groung-breaking ceremony for the Kerjaya Hotel development initiated as part of the state's tourism drive.
The 42-storey hotel at Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai will be the tallest one in the state.
"The project consists of four blocks, which includes the four-star hotel and three service apartments. Two of the service apartments are 27-storey high while the other is 32 storeys.
"The hotel will have 306 rooms while the apartment blocks will have 700 units.
"Hopefully, the project, which is scheduled to be completed by 2014, will be able to accommodate the increasing number of tourists visiting Malacca in future.
"The state's tourism industry has been developing rapidly since 1999.
As of last year, we attracted 8.9 million tourists to Malacca, compared with 7.84 million tourists in 2008," he said.
Ali said the project will increase the state's existing accommodation facilities to 11,402 rooms.