Best Western hotel and convention centre to rise in Kota Kinabalu

Glenn de Souza (fourth from right), Best Western’s vice president of international operations for Asia & Middle East, pens the deal with Sabanilam Enterprise
Glenn de Souza (fourth from right), Best Western’s vice president of international operations for Asia & Middle East, pens the deal with Sabanilam Enterprise

Best Western has signed a management contract for a major new upscale hotel and convention centre in Malaysia.

This week, the hotel group formed a partnership with Sabanilam Enterprise Sdn Bhd for the management of a brand new Best Western Plus-branded hotel at the ITCC Penampang complex – a 10.5-hectare mixed-use development that is currently under construction in Kota Kinabalu.

“ITCC Penampang will be a significant addition to Kota Kinabalu’s landscape and economy, and I am delighted that Best Western International has the opportunity to be part of this exciting project,” commented Glenn de Souza, Best Western’s vice president of international operations for Asia & Middle East.

“Malaysia is one of Best Western International’s key growth markets. We see strong potential across the country, and with the onset of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, Kota Kinabalu is expected to become an increasingly significant regional center for trade and tourism,” he added.

The new Best Western Plus hotel will include 330 rooms, plus restaurants, a swimming pool, fitness centre, business centre and meeting rooms. And the management contract will also see Best Western take control of a major new convention centre connected to the hotel. This facility will include a large ballroom capable of housing 170 tables.

The hotel and convention centre will be directly connected to the ITCC’s shopping mall, office tower and residences.

Best Western Plus at ITCC Penampang is expected to open in 2016.

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