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No Total Lockdown, What’s Next?

Wisma MAH, Ampang (22 May 2021) - Since 18 March 2020, the tourism and hotel industry lost over 80% of its business despite the short window of domestic tourism between the months of June 2020 till September 2020. The hotel industry alone recorded a loss of over RM6.53 billion for the year of 2020, and estimated loss of RM300 million for every two weeks...

MCO 3.0 And Tourism

Wisma MAH, Ampang (8 May 2021) – The tourism and hotel industry is again left helpless as various states fall into another round of Movement Control Order (MCO) and this time around it came right in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan when hotels are busy preparing for the coming Hari Raya holidays and serving the once a year festival buffet for breaking

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...

Safe Travel Bubble To Langkawi “Reopening Domestic Tourism In Stages”

Adya Hotel, Kuah, Langkawi (5 Mar 2021) – The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Kedah & Perlis Chapter held its Annual General Meeting today at the Adya Hotel in Langkawi, adhering to SOPs for meetings where hoteliers discussed survival strategies as well as creating travel bubbles to Langkawi in efforts to restart domestic tourism safely.

The Almost Impossible Balancing Act “Lives Vs Livelihood”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (2 Mar 2021) – Recent statement by the Ministry of Health caused much unrest in the industry, particularly tourism, solely dependent on domestic tourism at the moment, with little to hope for as long as interstate travel is still restricted. The announcement by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today affirmed the Government’s d

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”.

Reopening Domestic Travel “Domestic Green Zone Travel Hotel Deals”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (24 Nov 2020) – With the recent announcement by the National Security Council, Malaysians can travel again between green zones and take advantage of special deals offered by hotels across the country particularly in green zones. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) released by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture yesterday provides a simp

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

Much Awaited Recovery Period “Time for Economy to Heal Itself”

Wisma MAH, Ampang (7 June 2020) – Just two days after the announcement of the “Penjana” Economic Plan, the industry is given more hope as we enter “Recovery Movement Control Order” commencing 10 June 2020 till 31 August 2020. The Recovery MCO will see interstate travel being eased, as well as meetings and workshops provided that strict standard operating pro

Short Term Economic Plan But What About Tourism “Long Awaited Stimulus But Is It Enough?”.

Wisma MAH, Ampang (5 June 2020) – Two and a half months after the Movement Control Order started, the tourism industry is finally seeing hope with the just announced Short Term Economic Plan. The hotel industry saw business dropped to almost zero while having to bear overheads and payroll costs over the same period.

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

Stop The Spread, That Is The Priority

Wisma MAH, Ampang (18 March 2020) – This morning the Prevention And Control Of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020 was released by the Government and the list of essential services has been updated to include hotel and accommodation. However this does not allow hotels to operate as usual, the movement control order still applies and conditions are as discus

Tourism Comes To A Standstill

Putrajaya (17 March 2020) – The movement control order issued by the Government on 16 March 2020 is seen as a much needed move to control the spread of Covid-19 but it comes with a hefty price tag. The order only allows essential services to operate as usual for the period of 18 to 31 March 2020 and that does not include hotels. The hotel industry was not ad

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

Stimulating Tourism

Ministry of Finance Malaysia, Putrajaya (10 February 2020) – A three hour meeting was held today chaired by both the Minister of Finance, YB Tuan Lim Guan Eng and the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YB Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi with key tourism industry stakeholders, all affected by the current economic situation caused by the spread of the 2019- nC

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.

Public Assurance Priority For Hotels - Novel Coronavirus

In an industry meeting held yesterday and today, Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) and other tourism stakeholders made a commitment to support precautionary measures and standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the government to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

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.