The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) has appointed a new president and board of directors.

Kamaruddin Baharin, who is Pacific Asia Travel Association Malaysia Chapter vice chairman, was elected as the association’s president. He brings with him over 32 years of industry experience.

“It is our aim to ensure the association continues to be the voice of the hotel industry, to strive towards continued growth and harmony in the tourism industry in preparation for Visit Malaysia Year 2020,” he said.

Kamaruddin is joined by three vice presidents: Datuk N Subramaniam, Lim Choong Sean and Michael Quay Guan Leong.

Christina Toh was re-elected as the honorary secretary general while Shirley Lai is now the honorary treasurer general of MAH.

The state chapter chairpersons are: Eugene Dass (Kedah and Perlis), Khoo Boo Lim (Penang), Maggie Ong (Perak), Datin Jasmine Heng Abdullah (Selangor), BE Lim (Kuala Lumpur), Hazzi Hassan (Negri Sembilan), Abu Hassan Ismail (Melaka), Ivan Teo (Johor), Datuk Chew Teck Fang (Pahang), Suaibah Harun (Terengganu), Maimun Mohd Hussain (Kelantan), Mohamad Ibrahim Nordin (Sarawak) and Gordon Seet (Sabah and Labuan).

The new board pledges its commitment towards protecting and driving the hotel industry towards Visit Malaysia Year 2020, while addressing concerns the industry faces, including setting regulations for home-sharing.

The association also released its statistics on hotel occupancy for the first quarter of 2019, at 64.2% compared to 65.7% in 2018, recording a drop of 1.5% despite increased tourist arrivals.