On 27 March 2019, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang celebrated its first anniversary with much fanfare, having received over 120,000 travellers and holiday makers in the past year since its opening.
The evening saw over 300 guests, including the Chief Minister of Penang Yang Amat Berhormat (YAB) Chow Kon Yeow, and the State Exco for Penang Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage Yang Berhormat (YB) Yeoh Soon Hin, alongside other state tourism and government officials.
“Penang’s rich heritage and strong cultural presence has resulted in George Town being inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. As an exceptional example of a multicultural trading town in South East Asia forged from mercantile and civilisational exchanges of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences, Penang is a modern and vibrant city that offers unique and colourful experiences centred around food, architecture, lifestyle, art and culture, and this is part of what makes Penang appealing to international and domestic visitors,” said YAB Chow during his speech.
“The Penang State Government continues to encourage new development of hotels on the island and welcome companies such as Cornerstone Partners Group who believe in the potential and promise of Penang, and who have invested over MYR100 million, over and above the cost of property acquisition,” he added.
The Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Partners Group Jason Chong is pleased in having to play a part in the development of Penang’s tourism and hospitality industry.
“The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is the showpiece of the Cornerstone Partners Group strategy focused on revitalising pre-owned buildings, matching unique hospitality products to distinctive locations, and developing synergistic cooperation with shareholders to capitalise on both their financial investment and their complementary attributes through our network,” claimed Chong.
“With the continuing success of the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, we hope to show that this is a viable model for the hospitality industry, and we will be able to attract further investment and other iconic brands,” he continued.
Hilton Malaysia Regional General Manager Jamie Mead expressed delight in working together with Cornerstone Partners Group in bringing the first DoubleTree Resort by Hilton in Asia to Penang. “The resort has been welcomed wholeheartedly by the community here, and we believe that our unique CARE, (which stands for) ‘Creating A Rewarding Experience’ standard of hospitality has added to the rich diversity of experiences available to visitors in Penang,” he beamed.
Being the first DoubleTree Resort by Hilton in Malaysia, the 316-room family-focused and full service DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is ideal for millennial families travelling with small and teenage children due to its connecting room option and direct access to Malaysia’s first teddy bear-themed museum called TeddyVille Museum. It also offers meetings and events facilities with a ballroom to accommodate up to 600 guests and three function spaces covering an area of more than 8,000 square feet in total.