National property developer, PT Intiland Development Tbk, through its subsidiary, PT Intiwhiz International, held a topping off ceremony to mark the establishment of the company’s newest hotel, Whiz Hotel Semarang, on Wednesday 27 July 2011. The topping off ceremony was led by Moedjianto Soesilo Tjahjono, president and CEO of Intiwhiz and it was attended by a number of invitees and representatives from the management of PT Bank Bukopin.
Moedjianto said that the construction process of Whiz Hotel Semarang went pretty smooth and was on schedule. The company is optimistic that the construction will finish on time and that the hotel can begin its operations by November 2011.
“Whiz Hotel Semarang will open in November 2011. We are convinced that the hotel will be successful, and it will be one of the favorite hotels in Semarang,” Moedjianto said.
Whiz Hotel Semarang is located in a strategic location on Jalan Piere Tendean, Semarang. It stands on a 950-square meter area, and it will house ten (10) floors plus one basement floor for car park.
The hotel, with investment value of Rp 50 billion, offers 147 rooms. Besides breakfast room, the hotel also provides a meeting room with the capacity of 80 people. And at the public area and in the lobby, the hotel management provides free WiFi for staying guests.
According to Moedjianto, Whiz Hotel Semarang has a number of added values: Its location, facilities and services. The hotel is relatively easy to reach as it takes only around 10 minutes to get to the hotel from Ahmad Yani airport. And to get to Whiz Hotel Semarang from Simpang Lima area, which is the heart of Semarang, one only needs around five minutes.
“The hotel is located in the area which is now the new magnet for Semarang. The area where the hotel is situated is surrounded with many office buildings, other hotels, government offices and banks around the hotel. And the biggest mall in Semarang is also located within a walking distance from the hotel. We are convinced that there is a big market potential for hospitality industry in Semarang as the city is one of the commercial and business hubs in Central Java,” he added.
The management of Intiwhiz sees the rapid economic growth in Semarang open up a potential market niche for hospitality industry. And as the capital of Central Java province, Semarang is one of the favorites of investors.
The potential is evidenced by the growing number of passengers at Ahmad Yani airport. Data from PT Angkasa Pura I of Ahmad Yani airport in Semarang reveals that on weekdays the number of passengers at Ahmad Yani airport reaches 3,000 per day.
The number jumps to between 3,500 and 4,000 on pubic holidays or during a holiday season. At present there are 30 flights at Ahmad Yani airport with airlines serving cities, like Jakarta, Surabaya and Banjarmasin.
“The growing number of passengers is one of the important indicators which shows how big the potential for a hospitality industry has in an area. We are optimistic that hospitality industry in Semarang will grow rapidly, along with the growth of economy and business,” said Moedjianto.