Tune Hotels has expanded its portfolio of hotels
in Malaysia with the signing of a Tune Hotel in Kedah’s state
capital of Alor Setar.
Bangunan HBR in Jalan Langgar will be
refurbished to house the 88-room Tune Hotel Alor Setar that is
scheduled for opening by the end of November 2014.
A signing ceremony was held on Monday between
HBR Group and Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad (Bank Rakyat)
for a RM12 million financing facility for the project.
The HBR Group is a second generation
family business founded by the late Dato’ Haji Hanafi Ramli in
1977 and now moving aggressively towards hospitality and property
development business as part of the group’s transformation
programme initiated by Khairil Akmal back in 2012.
“Tune Hotel Alor Setar is a unique project for the state,
HBR Group and ourselves. The art deco design of the building isn’t
often found in Malaysia and we intend to preserve much of it, much
in the same way many of the hotels in Miami, Florida have been realised. Naturally we will be adding all the modern conveniences
and flair that you will have seen with the recent openings in
Malaysia of the Tune Hotels in klia2, Taiping and imminently, Cyberjaya,”
said Group CEO of Tune Hotels,
Mark Lankester. “For our chain, we have been looking
to connect Northern-most Peninsular Malaysia to Southern Thailand,
where we have the Tune Hotel in Hat Yai and Phuket. This
opportunity does precisely that and having hotels in both cities
perfectly compliments the needs of our guests.”
Tune Hotel Alor Setar will be the group’s second
property in Kedah, after Tune Hotel Kulim in the southern part of
the state. Other Tune Hotels located in the northern region include in George Town, Penang and Taiping, Perak.
Most of the rooms at Tune Hotel Alor Setar will feature an
individual private garden set in a balcony overseeing the city,
the first of its kind in Alor Setar.
The new Tune
Hotel will be in close proximity to all the major Kedah state
government offices, the new Alor Setar railway station and Pekan
Rabu, the city’s popular regional product community market.
Historic and iconic buildings and monuments like Masjid Zahir,
Balai Seni, the Royal Museum and the 165-metre Alor Setar Tower
are within a short distance from the hotel.
located in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia bordering
Thailand, is best known as the country’s rice bowl due to its vast
and developed paddy plantations. Tourism has become an
increasingly significant contributor to the state’s economy, which
together with Penang, Perlis and northern Perak form the Northern
Corridor Economic Region.
Tune Hotel Asoke on
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