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PUTRAJAYA: Pahang-based Zenith Aim Sdn Bhd, which has invested RM195 million in a business hotel here, sees good prospects in view of Visit Malaysia 2020. “This 5-star hotel, which is certified as energy efficient, is strategically located for business meetings and seminars. “It is surrounded by government offices such as the Federal Territories Ministry and the Finance Ministry,” said Zenith Aim Sdn Bhd executive chairman Datuk Seri Tew Kim Thin.

The scenic lakeside landscape in Putrajaya and the suitably-sized ballroom is also ideal for bridal photoshoots and wedding banquets, Tew told NST Business after the Pahang Crown Prince Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah officiated at the opening this 253-room Zenith Putrajaya here today.

Pahang Crown Prince Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah (fourth from left) officiates at the opening of the Zenith Putrajaya. Also present are Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail (second from left), Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad (third from left) and Zenith Aim executive chairman Datuk Seri Tew Kim Thin (second from right). NSTP photo by LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR

Zenith is not a newcomer to the hospitality industry. For almost a decade, it has been investing close to RM400 million in the commercial cluster of Zenith Kuantan, Sultan Ahmad Shah International Convention Center and the Kuantan City Mall in Pahang. Tew said Zenith's third hotel will open in Cameron Highlands next year. “We're investing more than RM200 million in a 5-star hillside resort and service apartment.” “We're looking forward to receiving more guests at our hotels as we welcome the government's initiative to promote Visit Malaysia 2020,” Tew said in an interview here today. Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board or Tourism Malaysia is stepping up its promotions this year in preparation of Visit Malaysia 2020, a landmark campaign that is targeted to attract some 30 million international tourists and RM100 billion in tourism receipts.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had announced as at February 28, 2019, Customs Department had repaid RM4 billion to 54,603 Goods and Services Tax (GST) registrants. Lim also said as at March 4, 2019, the outstanding GST refund stood at RM22.14 billion — of which RM9.36 billion has been processed — across more than 298,457 statements by 168,839 registrants. When asked to comment, Tew, who is also Pasdec Holdings Bhd substantial shareholder and group managing director, replied, “Zenith Aim has received 100 per cent of its GST refunds from Customs.” NST