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Labuan to have another 5-star hotel, says Dorsett GM

Published on: Friday, December 13, 2013

Labuan: Labuan will soon have another five-star hotel, as the Dorsett Grand Labuan is acquiring land to expand on the island.

General Manager Alfred Paulsen said the land had been identified and negotiations will soon take place with its owner.

"We feel it is high time for us to expand in view of demand, especially with the booming of oil and gas sector on the island," he told a press conference here after hosting a Safety Week.

Paulsen said the new hotel, once its materialises, is expected to be completed within three years.

"We will reveal details on the number of rooms and the hotel concept in the near future," he added.

Dorsett is also striving towards becoming an activist organisation committed to the pursuit of positive social and environmental changes and displays corporate social responsibility values and support.

Paulsen said corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, which do not receive media attention previously, have taken a back seat and should be bolstered for the good of the local communities.

"CSR in this region is an emerging trend and it should be one of the pillars of the brand to help the community.

"We've programmes for kindergarten and pupils who need financial assistance not only in Labuan, but also outside this duty-free island," he said.

Paulsen said the hotel managed to raise RM60,000 for the Christmas Charity Fund.

He said the proceeds will be channelled to the Paitan Kindergarten in Beluran, Sabah.

"Over the years, Dorsett Grand Labuan has built a legacy of community building and upliftment, from small to large scales, but equally meaningful are contributions to orphanages and educational projects.

"We strive to be the light to our communities and help to make a positive impact wherever our hotels are operating," he said.

Paulsen said the management has identified 11 houses for repair works as part of the hotel's CSR charity programme.

He said the hotel was actively encouraging a culture of philanthropy and community involvement among its employees.

"Our CSR initiatives are conducted as a team effort," he added.