Five-star Ramada Plaza Melaka Hotel has become the latest victim of the economic crisis caused by the measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic
New Straits Times reported that the 294-room hotel, that has been in operation since 1981, announced it will cease operations on 30 June this year.
Located in the centre of Melaka, Ramada Plaza is independently owned by MTB Sdn Bhd and run by Wyndham Hotel Group Asia Pacific Co Ltd.
The owners have notified the National Union of Hotel, Bar, and Restaurant Workers of Peninsular Malaysia of its intended closure in a letter dated 28 April
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic since January 2020 and the MCO since 18 March, the hospitality industry has been extremely impacted and we are no exception," said the company directors Yang Pang Chee and Yeo Pang Kheng in the letter.
"As a result of the crisis, the continued operation of the hotel is no longer viable," they said, according to The Edge Markets.
"It is with sincere regret that we wish to inform that the owners have now decided to close the business of the hotel indefinitely."
The company said it will be serving two months' termination notice to the employees affected
With 30 June as their last working day, the employees will be receiving termination benefits as per their contracts of employment.
There was no information on how many workers will lose their jobs.
Netizens have been saddened by the news, with many previous hotel guests looking back on their good stays
"Many cherished memories and wedding banquets. One of Melaka's very few five-star spots of luxury since the 80s. Sad times indeed," said a Facebook user.
Another user said, "Oh no. What a waste! This is really an amazing five-star hotel. Best breakfast buffet ever!"
Meanwhile, this sad Twitter user wrote, "Been going to that hotel for every family occasion for the past seven years and suddenly no more Ramada."
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