Best Western puts faith in Malaysia with expansion

BEST Western International (BWI) will launch a series of new hotels in Malaysia this year, including its first in the capital.

The chain already operates three hotels in Malaysia – Best Western Kinabalu Daya, Best Western Sandakan Hotel & Residence and Best Western Marina Island Resort Pangkor.

In 2012, BWI will add two more hotels: the Best Western Premier Dua Sentral in Kuala Lumpur and Best Western Wana Riverside Hotel in Malacca. A further six properties will join the portfolio between 2013 and 2015. BWI will operate 15 properties in Malaysia by the first quarter of 2015 across nine destinations, including Ipoh, Klang, Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya.

Its newest, the Best Western Premier Dua Sentral, is a 364-room property located within the capital’s new business and transport hub. Opening in the second quarter, the hotel will have several restaurants, a spa and swimming pool, and eight function rooms.

“With excellent air connections, especially via low-cost carriers, a strong economy and a diverse range of visitor attractions – from idyllic beaches to high-tech cities – the future of Malaysian tourism looks incredibly bright,” said Glenn de Souza, Best Western International’s vice president, international operations – Asia & the Middle East.

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