Malaysian resort calls for more Australian visitors

first_imgCOO Ravi Kathiravelu sees recovery in 2010 Malaysia’s Sutera Harbour Resort is hoping to attract more Australian visitors as it readies itself for a recovery in 2010.Located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Sutera Harbour Resort is a modern 5-star resort stretching 384 acres and features 956 guest rooms and suites as well as its own private island and a championship 27 hole six kilometre golf course.Visiting Australia this week, Sutera Harbour’s chief operating officer Ravi Kathiravelu told e-Travel Blackboard that business was affected during 2009 but expects it will bounce back in the first quarter of 2010.Kathiravelu said that while the resort hadn’t found a need to lower rates this year, its occupancy had taken a hit.However, he said bookings were now getting stronger, but noting that there were still short booking periods as customers were much more price sensitive now and tended to shop around.Kathiravelu added that 50 percent of the resort’s visitors were from the local Malaysian corporate market while visitors from Korea and Australia were also strong.The resort is set to undergo a 30 million ringgit refurbishment from the middle of 2010. The first phase will see the soft refurbishment of rooms while the resort’s restaurants will be re-themed at a later stage.Kathiravelu was in Australia to promote the resort and the Sabah region with industry partner Tourism Malaysia, both parties aiming to attract a new wave of Australians to the region.For more information on Sutera Harbour Resort visit www.suteraharbour.com Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img