Sunday, September 27, 2015

The first Hotel Jen announced for Borneo in integrated shopping and lifestyle development


Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd, and Pacific Sanctuary Holdings Sdn Bhd announced the development of the first Hotel Jen in Borneo;

Opening in 2018, Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will be strategically positioned in PacifiCity, an integrated shopping, entertainment and lifestyle hub located along the coastal highway in scenic Kota Kinabalu, the gateway city to Sabah and wider Borneo.

The announcement was made at a signing ceremony held at Shangri-la's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu. 

Mr. KP Kuok, Executive Director of Pacific Sanctuary Holdings Sdn Bhd, said: “The Shangri-La Group was one of the pioneer investors in Sabah’s tourism industry and has attained a reputation as a highly regarded brand by Sabahans and visitors to Sabah alike. Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu will be an extension of this, providing another strong brand to meet the new demand from business visitors and international tourists.”

“Tourism has provided Sabahans from all walks of life opportunities to find fulfilling employment and to develop professional careers. When counting indirect jobs, the industry is one of the biggest employers here. This is a significant reason why we decided to invest in hotels and resorts in Sabah. They bring long-lasting employment and benefits to the community,” Kuok added.

Mr. Greg Dogan, president and CEO of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, said: “The announcement of Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu is extremely important for our organisation. We’ve built a strong presence in Kota Kinabalu and throughout Malaysia, and are delighted the newest brand in our portfolio reinforces our commitment to Sabah, Borneo and beyond.”

Fresh, friendly and fuss-free. That’s the genre of Hotel Jen, the new brand launched a year ago to cater to a new ‘Jeneration’ of independently minded business and leisure travellers. Launching quickly with the first ten Hotel Jen properties opening in major cities in Asia Pacific in under one year, today’s announcement marks a significant milestone in the growth of the brand that has been recognised by the travel trade as the brand that has revolutionised the hotel industry.

“The Hotel Jen experience delivers what matters most to guests. They appreciate important things done well; demand quality, comfort and value, together with honest, authentic service; and want privacy and efficiency without unnecessary fuss or intrusion. In this highly desirable location for business and leisure travellers, Hotel Jen is well positioned to offer guests to Kota Kinabalu more flexibility, as busy non-traditional work hours tend to blend the boundaries between business and leisure,” Dogan added.

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