LANGKAWI: Adya Hotel, which is wholly owned by the Kedah state government, plans to open a second hotel in Cenang, Langkawi, said its chairman Nor Saidi Nanyan.
The Adya Hotel Cenang comes after the opening of Adya Hotel Langkawi, the first shariah-compliant hotel on the island resort. The company is also in the process of taking over a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, he said, without elaborating.
“We will maintain the Islamic concept (in the management of the new hotels),” he told reporters after a breaking of fast yesterday organised by Adya Hotel Langkawi.
The hotel has been awarded the IQS-4 Crescent standard by Universal Crescent Standard Centre (UCSC), an Islamic Quality Standard (IQS) certification body, he said.
The hotel, which began operations in January last year, posted earnings of about RM14 million last year, beating the target of RM10 million, he noted, adding that the target for this year was RM17 million.
There were some problems at first with the food and beverages as the suppliers did not have halal certifications from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim), although they later managed to, he said.
Nor Saidi said the response to the Adya Hotel Langkawi from non-Muslims, who made up about half of its clientele, had been encouraging.
“Our Islamic concept is not just about being halal, but also covers cleanliness and prompt service,” he said.