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TOURISM

Diversity and a truly Asian experience

Tourists and business travellers are coming in greater numbers to discover Malaysia

MAHMOUD SKAF General Manager of JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA IS TRULY an Asian paradise. The shining, modern skyscrapers and lux- ury hotels of Kuala Lumpur and the wood- en stilt houses, tropical white sand beach- es and mangrove forests combine to offer a fascinating and exotic landscape of ex- treme contrasts. “We are blessed with al- most everything Asia has to offer except snow. Nature has given us year-round sun- shine, the world’s oldest rainforest, Un- esco-recognised geo-parks, caves, marine parks and much more,” says Minister of Tourism Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen. “We have diversity. People want to go to diverse countries for the sights, sounds and expe- rience. We have a mix of the three major cultures of Asia, which is why we say ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’.” In 1998, 5.5 mil- lion tourists came here; in 2009, Malaysia welcomed 23.6 million visitors.

As the country grows as both a tourist and business destination, the five-star JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur is becoming an increasingly popular choice for informal luxury lodgings. Strategically located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, guests

JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur provides five-star

have easy access to the city’s central busi- ness, shopping and entertainment district.

Higher standards and special customer service requirements distinguish JW Mar- riott from the normal Marriott chain. The JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, in particular, offers guests a fabulous experience thanks to its exceptionally helpful and friendly staff, its fantastic business and leisure amenities and its comfortable beds. Guests can also enjoy diverse cuisine in the numerous restau- rants, bars and lounges, with styles rang- ing from Asian and Middle Eastern to in- ternational fusion and tapas. Moreover, the value is unbeatable: business travellers and

accommodation in the heart of the capital

tourists alike will find unparalleled ac- commodation at a truly affordable price. Mahmoud Skaf, general manager of JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, has extensive ex- perience with Marriott hotel around the world, including 21 years in the US and sev- eral years in Peru and Shanghai. “I like to make sure the five-star standard is present. My job is to convince the Marriott brand and the owning company to keep spending money so the hotel can remain qualified as a five-star hotel,” he explains. “Every guest is a VIP. That is really something that we believe in and we try to welcome everyone

into this ‘home away from home’.”

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