MELAKA: The historic Shah Beach Resort in Melakas is back in action thanks to the overwhelming influx of tourists.
The Tanjung Kling resort is one of the oldest players in the hotel industry in the state, having been around since 1971.
However, its operation was temporarily halted due to a series of movement control orders at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic from 2020 and it had to lay off some workers due to business losses.
Shah Beach Resort manager Dennis Samford was among the few employees who remained during the temporary closure.
“The resort has gradually started operations and is expected to return to full capacity very soon. We have been receiving positive responses since the start of this year,” Samford said.
“A number of loyal guests have encouraged us to reopen,” he said in an interview Thursday, June 9.
Samford added that he is now on a recruitment drive to meet guest requests.
“We also expect foreigners to stay at the resort during the holiday season. Many foreigners who have stayed at the resort want to come back to relive the pleasant memories of living in the kampung-style chalets,” he said.
Samford said he had received calls from strangers asking if the resort was open, adding that one of the callers was from the UK who honeymooned at the resort in 1990 and wanted to return for a nostalgic trip .
Meanwhile, Mohd Affudin Shah, a 44-year-old entrepreneur from Pulau Gadong, was delighted the resort was restarting operations.
“The resort has fond memories for many locals when our parents took us to experience a hotel stay when back then there were only a few such facilities,” he said. declared.