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Best Western to Operate 15 Hotels in Malaysia by Q1 2015

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Best Western is to substantially increase its portfolio of hotels in Malaysia.

Best Western already operates three hotels in Malaysia Best Western Kinabalu Daya, Best Western Sandakan Hotel & Residence and Best Western Marina Island Resort Pangkor but starting this year the company will embark on a major nationwide growth strategy.

In 2012 the company will add two more hotels to its Malaysian collection, with the landmark Best Western Premier Dua Sentral in Kuala Lumpur Sentral and Best Western Wana Riverside Hotel, Melaka. A further six properties will then join between 2013 and 2015, taking the groups total portfolio in Malaysia to 11 hotels, but developments in the pipeline could realize 15 properties by 2015.

Malaysia welcomed 24.7 million visitors in 2011 and is targeting a remarkable 36 million annual arrivals by 2020. 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 Internationals Vice President International Operations Asia & the Middle East. We hope to be able to help cater for a new wave of business and leisure tourists attracted to this blossoming destination.

The first new addition to Best Westerns Malaysian collection will be the Best Western Premier Dua Sentral a 364-room property in the heart of Kuala Lumpurs new business and transport hub, KL Sentral. Opening its doors in Q2 2012, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral will offer contemporary rooms ranging from 34 to 183m, each including free Wi-Fi, LCD interactive TVs, DVD players and iPod docking stations.

Guests will be treated to an array of culinary experiences, including the Kembali Kitchen which will serve traditional Malaysian and international dishes, Hugos on 6, a fusion restaurant combining Mediterranean and Oriental flavours, and Grill 582, which will offer the steaks and seafood.

Business travellers and groups will be catered to with eight function rooms able to host from 12 to 140 delegates, while those wanting a more relaxing experience can unwind in the infinity-edged swimming pool and Best Westerns signature Bhuvana Spa Luxe.

Then from next year, Best Westerns Malaysian expansion will gather pace. New properties will rise in key business and leisure hubs such as Melaka, Ipoh, Klang, Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya, and a second Best Western hotel will also be developed in Kuala Lumpur. In total, Best Western International will operate 15 properties in Malaysia by Q1 2015, offering more than 1,700 rooms across nine unique destinations.

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