Hotel Seri Simanggang opens to tourism fanfare in Sri Aman
SRI AMAN: The new Hotel Seri Simanggang here can serve as a generator for the tourism industry in Sri Aman.
Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said with the completion of the hotel in November last year, it is an added option to the number of existing hotels here.
According to him, visitors from out of town often face accommodation problems whenever there are grand events held in the division.
“However, with the launch of this new hotel, the government believes it can now accommodate visitors in town,” he said in his speech at the opening ceremony of Hotel Seri at Simanggang which was officiated by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pehin Seri Abdul Taib Mahmud here yesterday.
Also present were Taib’s wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Assistant Minister of Rural Development Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, Sri Aman Resident Jonathan Lugoh and Hotel Seri Simanggang general manager Tay Choo Huat.
Abang Johari noted that the development plan of Bandar Sri Aman was part of Taib’s concept to continue developing the division through the 84-acre site.
He pointed out that the 10-storey Simanggang Hotel comprised 18 rooms including the Presidential and Junior Suites, a banquet hall for 1,000 people as well as four seminar rooms.
“The overall cost of construction of the hotel as well as an upcoming commercial centre is RM43.7 million,” he said.
He said the hotel, which was completed four months ahead of schedule, was part of phase one which includes 40 units of three-storey houses and 114 units of government quarters to accommodate government officers and staff based in this division.
“Other components which will be built in phases are 45 units of two to four-storey shophouses, one block of six-storey commercial offices, one block of eight-storey office tower, one block of one-storey market and a bus terminal for phase two.
“For phase three, there will be 28 units of three-storey shophouses whereas in phase four, a six-storey commercial office block, an eight-storey office tower and 22 units of two to four-storey shophouses will be constructed,” he revealed, adding that the overall construction cost for phases one to four involved an estimated RM200 million.