MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL CONTINUES TO EXTEND ITS IMPACT IN MALAYSIA WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LE MÉRIDIEN BRAND IN PENANG
Le Méridien Penang Airport is set to mark the brand’s fifth establishment in the country by the end of 2026
GEORGES CITY, Malaysia, January 6, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Marriott International, Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement with Rackson Hospitality Sdn. Bhd to bring the Paris-birth of the Le Méridien brand in Penang, the “Pearl of the Orient”. As part of the Penang Gateway development, the 200-room Le Méridien Penang Airport will be strategically located near the Penang The international airport and will be part of a mixed-use development that will also include an independent residential tower, medical center, commercial space and retail space. Construction of the hotel is expected to begin by mid-2022 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2026.
Le Méridien Penang Airport
“We are delighted to be working with Rackson Hospitality Sdn. Bhd to bring the Le Méridien brand to Penang,” noted Rivero delgado, Marriott International Zone Vice President for Singapore, Malaysia, and the Maldives. “This signature underlines Marriott International’s commitment to further increase its presence through Malaysia. We are convinced that Le Méridien Penang Airport will improve the hospitality offer on the island and inspire travelers to explore the world in style, to savor the sweetness of life and to live experiences that offer something more than ‘it seems. “
Known for its famous sandy beaches, its art, its architecture and affectionately considered as the gastronomic capital of Malaysia, Penang is a melting pot of cultures and holds UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Located on the main Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah Road, Le Méridien Penang Airport will feature an air bridge connecting customers directly to the adjacent shopping center. The new hotel will also provide guests with convenient access to the industrial areas of Bayan Lepas and Georgetown, which are just a 15- and 25-minute drive away.
“We are proud to be associated with such a prestigious brand. It means a lot to us and is a big step forward for an up-and-coming developer like us. The facade of the hotel building will stand out with its interesting design elements. It will be nearly impossible for business and leisure travelers, both local and international, to miss this landmark when landing at the airport. Once the Penang Gateway is completed, I believe it has the potential to become an iconic landmark accessible in the heart of Bayan. Lepas which will raise the economic and architectural standards of the city,“said Mr. Kelvin Lor, CEO of the Rackson Group.
Designed by SA Architects Malaysia, the timeless and chic Mid-Century design of Le Méridien Penang Airport is inspired by the brand’s roots in the days of glamorous travel, something that permeates the entire Le Méridien experience. The property is expected to feature Le Méridien Hub’s signature brand, a modern reinterpretation of the hotel’s traditional lobby for guests to come together, socialize, and simply savor the moment. The hotel is expected to offer 186 carefully designed guest rooms and 14 suites, including a 2,000-square-foot Presidential Suite. An eclectic mix of dining options can also be expected, including an all-day restaurant featuring a mix of modern European and Asian buffets, a specialty restaurant, a cafe with fresh pastries, and the brand’s Latitude Bar. Plans also include a club lounge, fitness facilities, a swimming pool with a sundeck and 7,000 square feet of comfortable meeting and event space.
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About Le Méridien hotels and resorts
Born in the 1960s Paris in the era of glamorous travel, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts continues to celebrate cultures from around the world through the typically European spirit of savoring the sweetness of life. With over 100 hotels and resorts in over 30 countries and territories, ranging from Maurice at Monaco and from Santa Monica to Sichuan, Le Méridien’s attractive mid-century spaces, paired with chic exclusive programs, give a playful twist to art, coffee, sparkling cocktails, summer, family and inspire creative travelers to explore the world in style. Stay connected to Le Méridien on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Le Méridien is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, Marriott International’s global travel program. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences at Marriott Bonvoy Moments, and unparalleled benefits, including free nights and recognition of Elite status. To register for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.
About the Rackson Group
Incorporated in 2018, Rackson Group is an emerging innovative developer that specializes in mixed developments integrated with a well-planned infrastructure. She prides herself on a strong leadership made up of four high-level business managers who have carved out names for themselves in the industry through their vast experience and expertise in various disciplines.
The Group marks its major foray into the Malaysia the real estate industry with the Penang Gateway @ Penang Airport which should be the future pulse of Penang. Spanning 7.17 acres, the meticulously designed development at Bayan Lepas with an Estimated Gross Development Value (VGD) of RM1.5bil will be completed in phases
It will include the five-star Le Méridien hotel, a designated office tower, serviced suites, serviced and wellness apartments and a wellness center with state-of-the-art technology and care. The urban development is also perfectly connected to the future impending light rail (LRT) station of Penang International Airport, Mitsui Outlet Park and Penang International airport via a connecting bridge.
The next main address of Penang is also a short drive from the Silicon Valley of the East (Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone) and Penang Second Bridge, ticking the boxes for a prime strategic location.
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