SEA Games gives Malaysia tourism a big push

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH A check at the Eastin Hotel here showed scanners installed at its entrances and exits, and manned by the police.Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners vice-president Mohamad Halim Merican said such security measures were part of the Games’ security requirements.“The sporting event is good for business, especially for those hosting the athletes and delegates,” he added.Halim, who is also Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur general mana­ger, said the hotel was at nearly 80% capacity.“Besides the athletes and delegates, their friends and families will also come to support them,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Korean star Kim takes notice of PH volleybelles’ improvement MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension A canopy walkway linking KL Sports City to the train station makes it accessible to sports fans.PETALING JAYA—As Malaysia rolls out the red carpet to welcome the foreign guests as it hosts the 29th SEA Games, hotels across the Klang Valley are reporting high occupancy, and some are putting in place strict security checks.Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) chief executive officer Yap Lip Seng said with the 12 hotels designa­ted for the Games’ participants being almost fully booked, there was a spillover as visitors had to reserve other hotels instead.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “Big sporting events like this are a boon to everyone.“And this is much appreciated as this year has been a tough one for the industry,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe added that MAH’s 150-member hotels across the Klang Valley would be most busy from Aug 18 to 20.At some hotels, special measures have been implemented to ensure safety throughout the 12-day event, which starts on Aug 19. Malaysia Inbound Tourism Asso­cia­tion (Mita) secretary-general Adam Kamal Ahmad Kamil said tourists could face some challenges getting rooms since there was no Games Village.Despite that, he expected many from Asean countries making the bulk of the visitors.Mita, he added, had been selling special packages for the SEA Games since early this year.“Apart from the Games, there are plenty of side activities like shopping, fun at Genting Highlands and Melaka or visiting theme parks.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img

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