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Hotel Equatorial Penang Is Shutting Down After 3 Decades Of Operations

As most of us already aware, the effects of the pandemic on businesses are strenuous. To battle this pandemic, a travel ban is implemented. And this implementation then affects the aviation and hotel industries. In Penang itself, we have witnessed the closure of several hotels such as The Gurney Resort Hotel, Holiday Inn Resort at Batu Ferringhi, and several more. Well, joining in the list is the closure of Hotel Equatorial Penang.

Hotel Equatorial Penang Will Be Closing Before 31st March 2021

While there is yet to be any official announcement, an internal circular has confirmed this news. In the circular, the General Manager, Alan Ong has attributed the hotel’s closure to adverse business conditions due to Covid-19. Additionally, the final day of operations for the hotel will be before 31st March 2021.

Hotel Equatorial Penang Closing Down
Photo: penang.equatorial.com (Website)
Hotel Equatorial Penang Closing Down
Photo: @hendersonng (Instagram)

Hotel Equatorial Penang is one of the long-standing hotels right here in Penang. It has been around for almost 30 years, providing a comfortable stay for business travellers due to its strategic location.   With its 413 guest rooms, this hotel used to be ideal for conference meetings, conventions, and banquets.

Hotel Equatorial Penang Closing Down
Photo: @hendersonng (Instagram)
Hotel Equatorial Penang Closing Down
Photo: @hendersonng (Instagram)

“Until we officially cease operations, all of you shall remain as employees of the hotel and we remain committed to upkeep the strong heritage and name of Hotel Equatorial Penang,” said Ong in the circular.

This Is Goodbye

Also, despite suffering huge losses, the hotel will still pay severance benefits to all hotel employees, with details to be announced later. Have you been to Hotel Equatorial Penang? Share with us your fondest memory as we bid farewell to yet another iconic establishment in Penang.

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This was first reported by MalayMail.

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