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COVID-19: Strategy By Hotel Operators To Keep Business Going



MELAKA, Oct 16  l—The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the country about a week ago has caused hotel operators, who are dependent on tourism activities, to formulate new strategies to meet challenges.

A survey by Bernama in Bandar Hilir here, which is a popular tourist destination in Peninsular Malaysia, found that many hotels are offering various special packages for accommodation, venue for the meeting, and food to attract domestic tourists to stay at their premises.

For example, Hotel Lacrista Melaka in Jalan Hang Tuah here is offering a ‘Breakout Package’ which is a long-term accommodation for a double room at a special price and also includes free laundry service for its guests, as well as credit facilities for those eating and drinking at the hotel’s coffee house.

Its managing director, Datuk Rosthman Ibrahim said to enjoy the facilities, guests should stay at the hotel for at least seven nights.

This is to ensure the hotel can continue to remain in business despite the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19, he added.

Lacrista Melaka Hotel began operation on Jan 1 this year. It was formerly the Avillion Legacy Hotel.

Rosthman said following the change in management, facilities, and rooms at the hotel have been improved to provide a more comfortable stay for guests.

Following the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO), the hotel was closed from March 18 until June 10 when it resumed operations.

For this month (October), he expected Hotel Lacrista Melaka to suffer a loss of more than 60 percent from the targeted sales projection but was confident the situation would recover after the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Putrajaya ended.

Meanwhile, Hatten Hotel Melaka general manager Datuk Chuck Kassim said introducing packages that provide longer stay, specifically to comply with standard operating procedures on physical distancing, are among strategies implemented to boost the hotel’s occupancy rate.

“We do not know when this pandemic will end and this is one of the immediate strategies we are implementing to attract domestic tourists as the Singapore tourism market is severely affected currently due to the closure of the border,” he said.

Last Saturday, Bernama reported that the hospitality sector in the country is facing another tough period following the new wave of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The report quoted the Malaysian Hotels Association (MAH) chief executive officer Yap Lip Seng as saying that there would be a drop of about 15 percent in the accommodation rate of hotels for the next two to three weeks,  involving a loss of between RM60 million to RM100 million.

He also said that from a survey conducted, it was found that the country’s hospitality sector would suffer losses of about RM6.3 billion this year.

Sources:  BERNAMA



Canada Bans Flights From India And Pakistan For 30 Days



OTTAWA, April 23 – Canada announced a 30-day ban on all flights from India and Pakistan effective Thursday as COVID-19 cases continue surging in the two countries, reported Xinhua news agency.

“Given the higher number of cases of COVID-19 detected in air passengers arriving in Canada from India and Pakistan, Transport Canada is issuing a notice to airmen, or NOTAM, to halt direct passenger air traffic from those countries,” said Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra at a joint press conference with other Canadian ministers on Thursday.

The minister said the ban is implemented as more passengers arrive in Canada with positive test results from those two South Asian countries.

If travellers departing from those two countries take an indirect route home, they will be required to show a negative PCR test at their last point of departure. Once they arrive in Canada, they will  follow the standard protocols, unless exempt, including taking another test and booking a stay at a designated government hotel while they await their results.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the ban will allow Canada’s public health experts to collect more data about the epidemiology in those regions.

“I want to say that our hearts are with the citizens of India, Pakistan, indeed the whole region during these incredibly difficult times. In the meantime, we’ll continue to apply stringent testing and quarantine measures for all passengers arriving in Canada,” she said.

In a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier on Thursday, Both Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Quebec Premier Francois Legault called on the Trudeau government to cut the number of international flights arriving in Canada and impose greater restrictions at the Canada-U.S. land border.

Also on Thursday, the House of Commons passed a motion to have the government immediately suspend non-essential passenger flights from countries with high rates of COVID-19 variants infections.


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Man Cheats On 35 Women By Becoming Their Lover, Just To Get Birthday Gift



A Japanese man has been arrested after cheating on 35 women at the same time, to get a gift for his birthday. The 39-year-old would try to approach women and pretend to want to make them his girlfriend, just to get a gift in conjunction with his birthday.

The suspect from Kansai, Japan will give each of his ‘lovers’ a different ‘birthday’ date.

According to a report, the total number of women who became victims was 35 but it was reported that the actual number of victims exceeded that number.

He told one of his 47-year-old victims that his birthday was Feb. 22.

Meanwhile, another 40-year-old victim claimed he told her that his birthday was in July and a 35-year-old woman said that she thought the man’s birthday was in April.

His actual birthday falls on November 13th.

He not only cheated the women in terms of cash, as well as some expensive clothes for one of his birthdays, but he also managed to sell some of the toiletries he sold, all for a profit.

It is believed that he is targeting single women, starting a relationship by indicating that he wants to get married at some point later.

The man’s actions were then uncovered after all the women who were his victims ‘cooperated’ and then reported his cunning tactics to the police last February.

The suspect allegedly deceived all his victims where it was reported that the result of his fraud reached 100,000 yen including gifts, clothes, and cash.

Source: LADBible, SoraNews24

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Weak Earthquake Detected In Ranau, Sabah



KOTA KINABALU, April 23 — A weak earthquake, the third one detected this month, measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale, occurred in Ranau district at 12.02 am on Friday.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia), in a statement, said that the epicentre of the quake occurred 8 kilometres northeast of Ranau, at a depth of 10 km, may have caused tremors to be felt around the district.

The first weak earthquake in Ranau this month occurred at 11.10 pm on April 18, measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale and followed by the second one, measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale at 1.05 am the next day (April 19).

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) when contacted said they had not received any emergency report on the incident.

Sources: BERNAMA

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