JOHOR BAHRU, Dec 7: Mah Sing Group Berhad (Mah Sing) will have a 322-room, 4-star hotel under the Ramada brand in The Meridin@Medini integrated project in Johor. The hotel tower called Ramada Meridin Johor Bahru is located next to Legoland.
Mr Ng Chai Yong, Chief Executive Officer of Mah Sing Group signed a franchise agreement with Mr David Wray, Vice President Acquisitions and Business Development, Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim to procure the Ramada Brand System for its second tower of Meridin Suites in Iskandar Malaysia. The partnership will license Meridin Hospitality Sdn. Bhd to facilitate the branding of Meridin Suites, located in the new urban township of Medini, Iskandar as Ramada Meridin Johor Bahru. The signing was witnessed by Mr. Yonto Wongso, Chairman of Topotels.
This marks the second franchise agreement between Mah Sing and Wyndham Hotel Asia Pacific, and the 26 storey Ramada Meridin Johor Bahru will be managed by leading hotel management company Topotels. It will stand alongside Ramada Encore Meridin Johor Bahru, which received an overwhelming response from investors, with 70 per cent of units selling off the plan at its recent signing ceremony event.
Compared to Ramada Encore Meridin Johor Bahru; Ramada Meridin will offer a more upmarket accommodation option with deluxe hotel rooms and state-of-the-art facilities such as yoga deck, meditation deck, reflexology area, swimming pool, wading pool, lap pool, aqua gym, café, BBQ area, central oasis garden, mini amphitheatre, tennis court, playground, pavilion and an outdoor gym.
Held in conjunction with the signing ceremony was the grand opening of hotel-serviced suites’ show unit. The show unit is furnished to offer guests the actual experience. Units are furnished with a contemporary décor with hotel-themed interior. Furnishings are ergonomically designed, and the room features a premium luxury bed for optimal comfort. As a finishing touch, the unit is also equipped with a large bay window offering a panoramic view of Medini and Legoland.
Strategically located next to Legoland
Both the Ramada branded hotel-serviced suites are scheduled to open in 2018. It is situated approximately 45 minutes from Singapore and less than a kilometer from Legoland Malaysia, a popular international family theme park. It will be Wyndham Hotel Group’s fifth hotel in Malaysia.
The new hotel will be located within Mah Sing’s The Meridin@Medini integrated development in Medini, a township development that will become a central business district in the newly created southern economic zone of Iskandar in Johor Bahru. Iskandar is expected to encompass an area approximately three times the size of Singapore and provide tourism, education, business and healthcare services, contributing to the rapid growth of Johor Bahru.
“Mah Sing Group’s decision to brand a second hotel tower Ramada is testament to the growth being experienced by Wyndham Hotel Group across South East Asia, and is yet another vote of confidence in the support and services the company offers,” said David Wray, Vice President Acquisitions and Business Development, Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim.
Mr Ng Chai Yong, Chief Executive Officer of Mah Sing said, “Earlier in September, we signed our first franchise agreement with Wyndham Hotel Group and launched Ramada Encore Meridin Johor Bahru. We are very heartened by the overwhelming response we received. Hence, Mah Sing is very pleased to sign a second agreement with Wyndham Hotel Group for the Ramada brand name for our second hotel tower, Ramada Meridin Johor Bahru.
“Property investments are still viewed as a good hedge against inflation. We believe that buyers are attracted to the guaranteed rental returns offered; reputable hotel operator and brand name; and the strategic location next to Legoland. The hotel towers are part of Mah Sing’s The Meridin@Medini, located within the special economic zone of Medini itself enjoys privileges such as tax exemption and no limitation for foreign buyers,” Mr Ng added.
“Further to this, market catalysts such as the proposed Rapid transit connecting Johor and Singapore which is due to commence in 2019; and the High Speed Rail scheduled for completion in 2022 will further improve connectivity will draw crowd to Johor Bahru,” he concluded.
The Ramada Brand
The Ramada® brand, which has a global portfolio of over 830 properties in approximately 60 countries, is experiencing tremendous growth throughout the Asia Pacific region. Wyndham Hotel Group recently announced plans to add two Ramada properties in Broome, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, this year; eight in China, set to open by the end of 2017; and 17 in South Korea, scheduled to open by 2018.
In Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotel Group currently has more than 60 hotels open and operating under its Ramada®, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Days Inn®, TRYP by Wyndham® and Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® brands. More than 60 properties are currently under development in the region.
All Wyndham Hotel Group properties in Malaysia participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the simple-to-use, revolutionary new loyalty program from Wyndham Hotel Group that offers members a generous points earning structure along with a flat, free-night redemption rate – the first of its kind for a major hotel rewards program.
Mah Sing Group in Johor
The Meridin@Medini is an integrated development located along Persisiran Pantai JB-Nusajaya which is the protocol road to Kota Iskandar employing a Live, Work, Relax and Rejuvenate concept. Further to hotel-serviced suites, the development offers serviced residences, and Small Office Versatile Offices (SoVo, the Meridin Walk Lifestyle Retail).To date, Mah Sing has a total of 7 projects in Johor. Mah Sing’s track record in Johor has been built over 14 years with the Group’s first township project of Sri Pulai Perdana in year 2000, followed by Austin Perdana, Sri Pulai Perdana 2, Sierra Perdana and iParc@Port of Tanjung Pelepas.
Further to this, Mah Sing recently opened the doors to its new Meridin East City Sales Gallery, where the Group showcased The Willows, which comprise double-storey link homes measuring 18’ x 65’ sq ft. The Willows is the first component to be previewed in the first precinct fondly named CasaEden in Meridin East located in the eastern growth corridor of Iskandar. Meridin East is Mah Sing’s fifth township in Johor and its largest township to-date. Meridin East City Sales Gallery is located at Taman Sierra Perdana, Johor Bahru.