Report: Berjaya Corp to build luxury hotel, apartment in Greenland

KUALA LUMPUR (April 2): Following its disposal of the five-star Four Seasons Kyoto hotel in Japan recently, Berjaya Corp Bhd (BCorp) has now set its sights on Greenland for a luxury hotel and apartment project in the country’s capital of Nuuk, according to a Norwegian news report.

High North News quoted a Greenlandic national newspaper, Sermitsiaq, as saying that BCorp founder and executive chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun had initially planned to have the hotel built at the Kolonihavnen harbour but was rejected by local authorities.

“Local authorities have now suggested two new locations for a potential hotel, none of which have been disclosed to the public,” it said.

High North News is an independent English newspaper in Norway, while Sermitsiaq is a bilingual paper published in Danish and Kalaallisut.

According to the report, Tan’s advisor Alex Tan Ghee Keong told Sermitsiaq that the apartment complex will comprise 90 homes, gym facilities and retail spaces.

The project is located in Qinngorput, an area not far from Nuuk town centre, according to High North News.

The report also quoted Ghee Keong as saying: “We are convinced that there will be a greater need for housing in Nuuk once the new airport is finished.” No further details were disclosed in the report.

When contacted, BCorp said it was unable to comment on the matter at this point in time.

On March 10, BCorp said it had completed the sale of its trust beneficial interest on the hotel component of the Four Seasons Hotel & Hotel Residences Kyoto, Japan for 49 billion yen (RM1.87 billion) cash.

BCorp said the disposal will enable the group to monetise its investments in the hotel, with an estimated gain exceeding RM600 million.

The group’s project in Greenland comes amid hotel and resort operators worldwide suspending their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In an exchange filing yesterday, palm oil and property player Keck Seng (Malaysia) Bhd (KSM) said its hotel operations located in the US and Canada have temporarily closed, following the enforcement of citywide lockdowns.

“In line with the directive, the operations of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alana – Waikiki Beach (Hawaii), SpringHill Suites New York Midtown Manhattan (New York) and Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport and Conference Centre (Toronto) are temporarily suspended until further notice,” it said.

Back home, KSM said its Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort in Johor was also affected, but it will continue to service guests who were staying at the resort prior to the Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed by the government.

In a separate Bursa Malaysia filing, Landmarks Bhd also announced the temporary closure of its resorts and leisure operations in Malaysia and Indonesia effective immediately.

Landmarks is the owner and operator of Treasure Bay Bintan Island in Indonesia.

It was reported that Greenland announced its first case of the novel coronavirus on March 16, as the autonomous Danish Arctic territory brought in restrictions to protect residents from the pandemic.

The infected patient lives in the capital Nuuk, and has been placed in home isolation, the report said.

The Arctic island has taken several measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country including closing its borders to tourists.

The local government has also advised against all non-essential flights to and from Greenland, as well as domestic flights.

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