JOHOR BAHRU, September 19: Mah Sing Group Berhad (Mah Sing Group) inked a franchise agreement with Wyndham Hotel Asia Pacific last Saturday, to procure the Ramada Brand System for its Meridin Hotel Suites in Iskandar Malaysia.
The partnership will license Meridin Hospitality Sdn. Bhd to facilitate the branding of Meridin Hotel Suites, located in the new urban township of Medini, Iskandar as Ramada Encore®.
Mah Sing’s Inaugural Hotel – Ramada Encore Meridin
Ramada Encore Meridin, Johor Bahru will consist of a 322-apartment complex, featuring studio rooms, one and two-bedroom apartments as well as an extensive retail precinct. It is anticipated that the hotel will be fully operational by 2018.
The hotel will feature a restaurant, state-of-the art gymnasium, fitness course and yoga deck, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, business centre with Wi-Fi and 24-hour security. Ramada Encore Meridin is located in Medini, a township development that is to be the central business district in the newly of Iskandar in Johor Bahru.
It is a five minutes’ drive and within walking distance of Legoland Malaysia, a popular international family theme park that features more than 70 attractions. Meanwhile, access to the Tuas-Singapore Second Link is a mere 10 minutes away and the Senai International Airport, 25 minutes away, while the toll-free Coastal Highway shortens the distance to Nusajaya to 10 minutes. The development is also within close proximity to various international schools and universities in EduCity@Iskandar, such as the Marlborough College, Newcastle Medical School, Trust School and the University of Southampton.
Mah Sing Group is pleased to share that to-date, Ramada Encore Meridin registered interest of 318 units of the 322 units available which translates to approximately 99% of registered interest. As part of the signing ceremony today, investors who registered their interest were given the privilege to select their preferred unit.
Ng Chai Yong, CEO of Mah Sing Group said, “We are very pleased with the opportunity to work together with an internationally established hotel company such as Wyndham Hotel Group. We believe that this partnership is a step in the right direction for Meridin Hotel Suites, which will showcase the Ramada brand.”
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Leong Hoy Kum, Managing Director of Mah Sing Group commented that the partnership would contribute significantly towards elevating the level of quality for Meridin Hotel Suites.
“Coupled with the hotel’s strategic location, we are optimistic that the Ramada brand will provide a touch of esteem to the development,” added Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Leong Hoy Kum.
The Ramada Brand
Once open the hotel will join two Ramada properties currently open and operating in Malaysia, Ramada Plaza Dua Sentral Kuala Lumpur and Ramada Plaza Melaka.
“Wyndham Hotel Group is continuously looking for new and exciting franchise opportunities across the Asia Pacific region and we believe this impressive property will be a brilliant addition to our portfolio,” said Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director of Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim.
“We look forward to working with Mah Sing Group to continue growing the Ramada brand in Malaysia and the South East Asia region,” Mr Robinson added.
Topotels as Hotel Operator for Ramanda Encore Meridin
Earlier, Mah Sing had also signed the letter of intent with Topotels to appoint Topotels Sdn Bhd as the hotel operator to operate and manage Ramanda Encore Meridin, subject to the terms and conditions to be discussed and mutually agreed upon.
Topotels has a stable of reputable hotels under its management including Ramada Encore in Seminyak, Bali, The Straits Hotel & Suites in Malacca, Vio Hotel in Bandung, Axana Hotel in Padang and others.
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.
Other than the Meridin Hotel 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.
In addition , 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 Eas located in the eastern growth corridor of Iskandar. Meridin East is Mah Sing’s fifth township in Johor and its largest township to-date.