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MALAYSIA'S NEW CHINA & INDIA VISA EXEMPTION INITIATIVE - HOTEL INDUSTRY OPTIMISTIC

Kuala Lumpur, 1 December 2023 - The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) expresses its sincere appreciation to the Malaysian government for the strategic decision to implement a 30-day visa-free travel program for citizens of China and India effective today.

Hotel Industry Response Towards The Recently Tabled 2024 Federal Government Budget

Kuala Lumpur – MAH National President, Datin Christina Toh, expresses her concern about the potential implications of the 2024 budget on the ongoing recovery efforts within the hotel industry.

CULINAIRE MALAYSIA 2023 - The Finest Culinary Spectacle Concludes

Culinaire Malaysia 2023, the region's most prestigious biennial culinary event, concluded on 22nd September 2023. The 16th edition of this culinary extravaganza took place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Hall 8 from 19th to 22nd September 2023.

MAH Inaugural Hospitality Leadership Conference Concludes

The highly anticipated opening event of the year, MAH Hospitality Leadership Conference (HLC) concluded with great success on May 25th 2023. The conference, organized by the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), brought together over 250 attendees most of which are high-level hoteliers and senior leaders from the hospitality and its related industry.

MAH Press Release - Retabled Budget 2023

MAH deeply appreciates the government, allocating a sum of RM 250 million to promote the tourism sector. However, seeing as MOTAC is targeting over 16 million tourist arrivals with RM49.2 billion in revenue for the year 2023, we feel the allocated amount is insufficient as it constitutes to less than 0.6% of the expected receipts.

Joint Press Statement - Newly Implemented Electricity Surcharge Shocks Businesses

Recently, hotels and related industries all over the country were shocked when they received their January energy bills as they, on average, faced a 20% to 30% increase in their monthly energy bill compared to the year prior with similar usage.

Joint Press Statement - Hotel Associations Submitted Joint Statement on Expedite Plan for Employment of Foreign Workers

The Minister of Human Resources in a Press Statement on the 17th of January 2023 released the ministry’s plans to expedite the application and approval process of the hiring of foreign workers for critical sectors. In response to the Minister, the three main hotel associations, have jointly released a Press Statement requesting to be one of the recipients.

Budget 2023 – Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)

For the year 2023, the government targets to attract 15 million tourists with tourism receipts of RM47.6 billion. On this note, MAH strongly believes that the allocation of RM200 million in the budget to aid the recovery of the tourism industry is insufficient as it is less than 0.5% of the targeted tourism receipts of RM47.6 billion for 2023.

21st Charity Jam Session 2022 is back!

Kelana Jaya, 20th September 2022 – Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) together with Malaysian Food & Beverage Executives Association, Rotary Club of Metro Kuala Lumpur and APEX Malaysia Petaling Jaya will be organising the 21st Charity Jam Session 2022 at D’Mando Restaurant & Bar.

MAH And DOC2US Make Covid-19 Testing Easy For Inbound Travellers

Kuala Lumpur (18 April, 2022) - The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) in collaboration with Malaysia’s leading digital health service provider, DOC2US, will provide travellers and guests at member hotels of MAH with a one-stop solution for Covid-19 testing requirements through DOC2US’ virtual RTK Intelligent System (RTKis). Launched in July 2021, the AI-

Four Key Tourism And Travel Players Join Hands Towards Industry Preparedness And Reopening Of Tourism And Business Event

LANGKAWI, 10 OCTOBER 2021 – Four major players in Malaysia’s tourism, business events and the airline industry, namely the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS), Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) and airlines under the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) con

MAH National Board Meeting

Wisma MAH, Ampang (8 April 2021) – Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) held its National Board Meeting on 5th April 2020 at the New World Petaling Jaya Hotel with various discussions held among the Board Members and Chapter Chairpersons from all over the country. The Board reiterated again to urge the government to consider a higher Wage Subsidy of 50%...

Kes-Kes Rentas Negeri Tidak Berpunca Dari Aktiviti Pelancongan

Wisma MAH, Ampang (22 Mac 2021) - Menurut laporan terkini harian Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia, sejak 7 Disember 2020 sehingga 21 Mac, sejumlah 5,038 kes telah dikaitkan dengan kluster-kluster rentas negeri atau lebih kurang 1.5% kes keseluruhan, antaranya seperti yang dimaklumkan oleh Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan semalam bahawa kerajaan telah mengesan 3,170...

Domestic Tourism: Key To Industry’s Survival

Wisma MAH, Ampang (26 Feb 2021) - Tourism, hotels and related economic activities were mentioned in recent media briefings by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, its contents aside, could well indicate that the Government is indeed looking into the industry after much pleas and cries from industry stakeholders, particularly the Malaysian Associat

Cry Of Despair From The Hotel Industry “Hotel Industry In Serious Need Of Immediate Rescue”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (5 Feb 2021) – Ever since the second Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented in early January, and with it number of Covid-19 cases reported increasing daily, more hotels were reportedly closing, or planning to close. This is the harsh reality of the industry where to date, unofficially more than 100 hotels had ceased operations since

Little Hope For Recovery With MCO 2.0 “MCO 2.0 Serving a Deadly Blow to the Tourism Industry”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (19 Jan 2021) – With the implementation of another Movement Control Order (MCO) effective 13 January 2021 and along with it countrywide restrictions on interstate travels, the tourism industry again crippled, despite being allowed to operate, hotels is expected to lose all revenue streams due to the restrictions.

MAH, Tourism Malaysia, And Shopee Invite Malaysians To Cuti-Cuti Malaysia Like Never Before

PUTRAJAYA, 30 DECEMBER 2020 – Tourism Malaysia together with Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) and Shopee Malaysia have embarked on a new strategic partnership to revive tourism supply chain economy and unveil for the first time, the Stimulus Recovery Plan campaign “Jom Cuti-Cuti Malaysia! Experience Malaysia Like Never Before”.

All Hopes On Budget 2021 “Industry In Need Of Rescue Before It Is Too Late”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (6 Nov 2020) – While the much anticipated Budget 2021 is set to steer the country into economic recovery with high hopes on tourism, potentially the second most important industry for the country, the tabled budget fell short of tourism industry’s expectations. The industry however, acknowledges initiatives and allocations announced for pub

Congratulations Dato' Subramaniam & Thank You Mohamad Halim Merican

We are pleased to announce the following new appointments of the MAH Management Committee by the MAH Board in the recent MAH Board Meeting held on 21 Sept 2020 at the Swiss Garden Hotel, Bukit Bintang.

Hotel Occupancy Rate During RMCO “Recovering But Still Critical”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (16 July 2020) – The occupancy rate of hotels took centre stage yesterday after various media misquoted the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s parliamentary reply, that “hotel occupancy is between 75% to 100%”, citing MOTAC’s data received from the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) and others.

CLEAN & SAFE MALAYSIA “Unparalleled Level of Hygiene & Safety for Hotels”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (7 July 2020) – The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) today launched the first ever industry wide hygiene and safety label in the country amidst the Covid-19 pandemic that had not only heavily impacted the tourism industry but also impaired confidence level of travellers. The hygiene and safety label known as the “Clean & Safe Malaysia”

A Thousand Hotel Room Bookings In An Hour? “Not Quite, Hotels Did Not Experience Surge in Bookings as Claimed”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (8 June 2020) – The Chief Executive Officer of Langkawi Tourism Association (LTA), Zainudin Kadir yesterday claimed that the hotels in Langkawi received a thousand room bookings just between a short period of 4.00pm to 4.45pm immediately after the announcement by the Prime Minister, allowing domestic tourism from 10 June 2020 onwards under

Clarification On Hotels As Quarantine Centres

Wisma MAH, Ampang (7 April 2020) - At approximately 6.05pm today, online news portal “Free Malaysia Today” published an inaccurate article titled “Hotel group not aware of RM150 “subsidy” for quarantine stay”, reporting that the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) is not aware that the government would only subsidise the stay of those under Covid-19 quaran

Looking Forward To Prihatin Tambahan For Tourism

Wisma MAH, Ampang (6 April 2020) – An additional RM10 billion to help Small Medium Enterprises (SME) saw the Government allocating increased assistance based on size of businesses in the form of higher wage subsidy. The announced structure looks positive and would alleviate the burden of cashflow on SMEs especially on payroll but the blanket subsidy does not

Caring Economic Stimulus Package “Less Than Expected, More Is Needed”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (27 March 2020) – At RM250 billion, the “Prihatin” or Caring Economic Stimulus Package does indeed sound impressive, but industries directly impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19 may need a little bit more. The extensive list of initiatives announced was very much focused on the people right at the end of the chain, with a series of cash han

Hotels Appoint On-Call Medical Partner

Kuala Lumpur (20 February 2020) – The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Global Doctors Malaysia (GDM), a private healthcare provider to provide a series of medical and healthcare support to MAH member hotels across the country. The MoU will take immediate effect with GDM extending health, preparedness

Hotel Industry Kick-Starts Visit Malaysia 2020

The Prestige Hotel, Penang (6 December 2019) – Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) today signed three Memorandum of Understandings with industry partners to kick off Visit Malaysia Year 2020, spearheading industry efforts to drive tourism.

HRDF Launches Framework To Enhance The Quality Of Training For The Hotel Industry

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 December 2019 — Deputy Minister of Human Resources, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Haji Mahfuz bin Haji Omar launched the first Industrial Skill Framework (IndSF) for the hotel industry at Royale Chulan Hotel today.

MAH Press Release AGM Board 2019 - 2022

Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), established in 1974 recently held its Annual General Meeting at the Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur and successfully elected a new Board of Directors joining the thirteen Chapter Chairpersons of the states. The new Board will lead the Association and the Hotel Industry for the next three years.

Healing Through Music

A total of RM126,887.58 was raised from the recent Malaysian Association Hotels 19th Charity Jam Session 2018.