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12 Popular Hotels in Malaysia That Were Forced to Closed Down Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The first half of 2020 was indeed a roller coaster ride for us Malaysian. Nonetheless, the businesses in Malaysia had suffered quite a big loss which even caused them to cease their operation.

Adding to this, Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on his speech had also mentioned that the whole world was hit with the worst economic crisis ever since 1930, and Malaysia too had a severe impact on its economy, majorly on our tourism industry.

This year, the Malaysian tourism industry was all set to bloom twice as bigger compared to the previous years. In conjunction with that, the tourism ministry came up with a “Visit Malaysia 2020” campaign and advertised it nationwide.

Semua aktiviti 'Visit Malaysia 2020' Diteruskan Ketika Ini - Ketua ...
Visit Malaysia 2020 Campaign Logo
Source: https://www.tourism.gov.my/campaigns/view/visit-malaysia-year

Unfortunately, we were hit with the COVID-19 pandemic even before the campaign could kickstart. Reports showed that the pandemic and Movement Control Order had affected about 3.5 million people working in the tourism industry.

As for the hotel sector, they are barely surviving from the impact of this pandemic. CEO of the Malaysian Hotel Association, Yap Lip Seng in his press release stated that “Malaysia is at the risk of losing about 60% of its tourism business by 2020”.

Tourism industry needs more help, says Malaysian Association of ...
CEO of the Malaysian Hotel Association, Yap Lip Seng
Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/04/06/tourism-industry-needs-more-help-says-malaysian-association-of-hotels

While few hotels issued a salary deduction memo or allocated unpaid leave to their staff for a period of 1-2 months. About 15% of hotels are seen to either downsizing or closing down their operation in order to avoid more losses in this pandemic.

Below is the list of the hotels that were forced to close down due to the pandemic:

Penang

1) Penang – Jazz Hotel

Jazz Hotel Penang in Malaysia - Room Deals, Photos & Reviews
Source: https://www.agoda.com/jazz-hotel-penang/hotel/penang-my.html?cid=1844104

2. Hotel Penaga

Hotel Penaga in Penang - Room Deals, Photos & Reviews
Source: https://www.agoda.com/hotel-penaga/hotel/penang-my.html?cid=1844104

3. Jerejak Island Resort

Jerejak Island Resort is now open! - Crisp of Life
Source: https://www.crispoflife.com/2019/04/jerejak-island-resort-is-now-open.html

4) Mercure Penang Beach

Two Renown Hotels In Penang Announces Temporary Closure Due To ...
Source: https://penangfoodie.com/hotels-in-penang-temporarily-closing/

5) The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences

Resort The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences, Georgetown - trivago ...
Source: https://www.trivago.com.my/georgetown-75257/hotel/the-gurney-resort-hotel—residences-321201

Perak

1) Kinta Riverfront Hotel & Suites

Another Ipoh hotel bites the dust amidst pandemic | The Star
Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/04/25/another-ipoh-hotel-bites-the-dust-amidst-pandemic

2) 4-star Tower Regency Hotel

Ipoh's Tower Regency Hotel to shut down for good, a victim of ...
Source: https://www.edgeprop.my/content/1667978/ipohs-tower-regency-hotel-shut-down-good-victim-covid-19

3) Travelodge Ipoh

Travelodge Ipoh is one of three hotels Plenitude Bhd will close this month. File Photo
Source: https://www.nst.com.my/property/2020/04/587974/hotel-business-feeling-brunt-virus-impact

4) Syuen Hotel Ipoh

signed in a neo-classical theme, Syeun Hotel here had issued a notice to its staff that the hotel would shut its doors. -Pic source Syeun Hotel FB
Source: https://www.nst.com.my/business/2020/04/588842/syeun-hotel-fourth-ipoh-shut-down

Melaka

1) Ramada Plaza Melaka Hotel

Melaka's Ramada hotel announces closure
Source: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/04/588550/melakas-ramada-hotel-announces-closure

2) Emperor Hotel Malacca

THE EMPEROR HOTEL MALACCA: UPDATED 2020 Reviews, Price Comparison ...
Source: https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Hotel_Review-g306997-d482163-Reviews-The_Emperor_Hotel_Malacca-Melaka_Central_Melaka_District_Melaka_State.html

Kuala Lumpur

1) G City Club Hotel

G City Club Hotel shuts down after 10 years of business
Source: https://www.thesundaily.my/local/g-city-club-hotel-shuts-down-after-10-years-of-business-FM2349766

The above is only the list of popular hotels in Malaysia that were forced to closed down.

Imagine the impact that this pandemic had on small-medium lodges and hotels or even other sector businesses. There could be hundreds of businesses that were forced to closed down but did not make it to the headlines.

Let’s all hope that the special stimulus package for small- and medium-scale enterprises worth RM10 billion that the Prime Minister announced would be able to minimize the losses that the businesses had gone through.

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