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Changes on Jakarta hotel rings

posted Jul 19, 2011, 12:24 AM by Dong Travel   [ updated Jul 19, 2011, 12:27 AM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
Redtop Hotel & Convention Center, Jakarta is undergoing a major renovation of its rooms and facilities to compete against the slew of newer properties in Central and North Jakarta.

The renovation will be the hotel’s first since opening sixteen years ago.

Erwin Boham, Redtop Hotel & Convention Center general manager, said hotel openings over the last few years had increased Jakarta’s room inventory by some 90 per cent.

"We need to rejuvenate our hotel to stay in competition,” he said. “On the other hand, our hotel is always running in the high 80s (percentage) in terms of occupancy, and our meeting rooms are in high demand, making it hard for us to close, even partially."

Hence, Boham made the decision to renovate the property in stages, maximising low periods on weekends and long weekends. He is aiming to finish the refurbishment within three years.

Boham said the hotel would be targeting MICE and corporate clients, as well as the weddings market. The hotel’s MICE facilities, which can cater for up to 2,000 people, were added a few years back.

"We are fortunate to be located close to government offices, which have been one of our major clients over the years," he said.

Source: TTGA