TUNE HOTELS SET TO OPEN IN IPOH, PERAK IN MARCH 2012
A welcome boost for Visit Perak Year, says Mayor
The City of Ipoh in Perak will have another impressive landmark when the pioneering value hotel brand Tune Hotels opens its latest property here slated for March 2012.
Tune Hotels today inked an agreement with developer Liew Yin Yin Group for the establishment of Tune Hotel Ipoh that will be part of The Host commercial development on a site belonging to the Ipoh City Council. Located within the vicinity of the city centre, Tune Hotel Ipoh is currently 60% completed and is on track for the March 2012 opening.
In a ceremony at the Ipoh City Council here, Tune Hotels’ Group CEO Mark Lankester signed the agreement on behalf of the hotel chain while Liew Yin Yin Group was represented by its Director Ir. Dr. Don Liew Mun Hon. It was witnessed by Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hassan.
In lauding the development, Dato’ Roshidi says: “This is such a momentous occasion for Perak as we welcome Tune Hotels to open its first hotel in the State. It will benefit the tourism industry not only in Ipoh but in Perak as a whole. The opening of Tune Hotel Ipoh in March 2012 cannot be more timely as we celebrate the Visit Perak Year next year. I sincerely hope the establishment of Tune Hotel will not only escalate the growth of tourism in the State but also help promote other relevant industries and businesses such as food and restaurants, travel and tours, handicraft, transportation and many others.”
Dato’ Roshidi adds: “The opening of Tune Hotel Ipoh is very much anticipated and it will give tourists and visitors to Ipoh a world class accommodation option at affordable rates. It will be a catalyst for further development and increase the profile and reputation of the City. ”
Tune Hotel Ipoh will have 121 rooms including 84 doubles, 36 twins and one wheelchair-friendly room. As an added convenience especially for families with underaged children, there will be interconnecting rooms, a new feature introduced by Tune Hotels at the Ipoh property. The hotel will also house commercial retail outlets including an AirAsia Travel & Service Centre that will cater to the residents of Ipoh and the surrounding areas.
Including Ipoh, Tune Hotels would have opened eight new hotels from December 2011 up to the first quarter of 2012. These include Hat Yai, Thailand (December 2012), Liverpool Street, London (January 2012), Angeles City, the Philippines (February 2012), Pattaya, Thailand (February 2012), Cebu Island, the Philippines (February 2012), Ermita, Manila, the Philippines (March 2012), Pasar Baru, Jakarta (March 2012) and Ipoh (March 2012).
Tune Hotels currently operates 10 hotels in Malaysia, two in Bali, Indonesia and one in London, England. Tune Hotel Ipoh will be the chain’s 11th hotel in Malaysia with the others being Kuala Lumpur, Penang, KLIA-LCCT Airport, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Johor Bahru, Kota Damansara, Bintulu, Kota Bharu and Kulim. In Bali, Tune Hotels are located at Kuta and Legian while in London it is at Westminster.
Tune Hotels Group CEO Mark Lankester said: “We are very proud and honoured to be in Ipoh and we look forward to actively participating in the local travel and tourism scene. We have always said that within Malaysia we want to provide the most complete coverage for travellers and businesses and the establishment of Tune Hotel Ipoh is a further step in that direction. We look forward to serving the needs of tourists and business travelers to Ipoh and Perak as whole. Tune Hotels is pleased to be working with the Ipoh City Council and Liew Yin Yin Group on this project.”
Dr. Don Liew of Liew Yin Yin Group said: “As a renowned developer in Perak, we are extremely delighted to deliver this project for Tune Hotels. To see a Tune Hotel in Ipoh is much awaited by the residents as well as visitors.”
Tune Hotels has successfully pioneered a branded value hotel brand with the concept of pay-as-you-use that has become hugely popular amongst travelers from across the world. Under the concept, guests only pay for room rates with the option of adding on other amenities like towels & toiletries, air-conditioning, in-room wifi and satellite tv service at selected hotels.
By adding more rooms to its network, Tune Hotels has significantly improved its operational efficiency and thus decided to cease administration fee that it previously charged for each booking, since January this year. Guests enjoy even more savings of 20% when pre-book Comfort Package that includes towels, toiletries and air conditioning credits online. Selected hotels are offering the Plus Package that bundles television and in-room wifi, representing 30% savings for online booking.
Lankester also noted that about 30 new Tune Hotels will be opening in the next 15 months. “I would like to encourage guests to stay connected with Tune Hotels via our Facebook page to keep tab of the latest openings and promotions. More Tune Hotels are scheduled for opening in the UK, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Australia, that will give our guests even more options for travel destinations and it’s going to be really exciting.”
Its popularity and high service quality have earned Tune Hotels numerous accolades. It was recently named among Top 20 Most Innovative Brands in Indonesia by MIX magazine, the country’s leading marketing communication publication. Standing at number nine, Tune Hotels was the only hotel brand on the list. Tune Hotel Westminster in London was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the world’s largest travel website TripAdvisor, as a “result of consistently great feedback” from the hotel guests while the guide portal About.com ranked Tune Hotel Westminster as No 1 among Top 10 Cheap London Hotels.
For real-time updates and promotion alerts, guests can stay connected with Tune Hotels via Facebook at www.facebook.com/tunehotels and on Twitter via www.twitter.com/tunehotels.
For booking and further information, visit www.tunehotels.com.
About Tune Hotels
Tune Hotels is part of the lifestyle business conglomerate Tune Group that was founded by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun. Tune Group seeks to innovate and revolutionise the way services are made available and has employed efficient web-based technologies to reach and engage its customers, presenting a unique lifestyle offering ranging from value hotel stays, personal finance solutions and affordable prepaid mobile services. Tune Group of Companies are Tune Air, Tune Hotels, Tune Money, Tune Talk, Tune Box, Tune Studios, Tune Live, Team Lotus, ASEAN Basketball League, Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR) and Kuala Lumpur Education City (owner of Epsom College in Malaysia).
Since Tune Hotels was first launched in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2007, almost 3 million guests have stayed in its properties spread across Malaysia, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. It now has 13 hotels located in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, KLIA-LCCT Airport, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Damansara, Bintulu, Kota Bharu and Kulim in Malaysia; Kuta and Legian in Bali, Indonesia; and Westminster, London in the UK.
All Tune Hotels hotels feature space-efficient, streamlined rooms focusing on high-quality basics: 5-star bed, powerful hot showers and energy-saving fans. The strategically located hotels provide housekeeping services, electronic keycard access into rooms, CCTV surveillance, and prohibits access into the main lobby without a keycard past midnight. Through Tune Hotels’ ‘Less Waste, More Earth’ pay-as-you-use system of add-ons wi-fi, TV, laundered towels and other energy-consuming facilities and amenities, Tune Hotels aims to help guests conserve both their funds as well as the earth’s resources.
Tune Hotels is a part of Tune Group, the principal partner of the Premier League’s Professional Games Match Officials (PGMO) & the Team Lotus Formula 1 Team.