By V.  Sivaji 

The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) achieved a milestone when they celebrated their 50th anniversary recently. 

State representatives from all over the country gathered at the M Resort & Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Leading the celebrations was their president, Ms Christina Toh along with her committee and exco members.

Guest-of-honour for the night was Tourism Malaysia director Datuk Dr Yasmin Mahmood along with the Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Manoharan Periasamy.

In all, some 800 guests, including general managers of hotels nationwide, industry partners, and key stakeholders from the hospitality sector made their presence.

Toh delivering her speech

And what better way to celebrate the occasion than to recognise the people who had excelled in the hospitality industry. 

Among the recipients for the MAH Lifetime Achievement Awards were Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Shah Haron, Datuk Mohd Ilyas Zainol Abidin, Dato’ N. Subramaniam and Sam Cheah Swee Hee in recognition of their contribution.

The evening was infused with nostalgia as attendees were treated to a special anniversary
video detailing MAH’s 50-year journey from its inception to the present day, featuring
notable past presidents of MAH.

The dinner also saw the award presentation and recognition of their colleagues through the MAH Management Grand Prix (MGP), a collaborative effort between MAH, Taylor’s University and Russel Partnership Technology. 

For 2024, a total of 16 teams from various hotels competed in a simulated environment, managing entire hotel operations for one in-game year. After a rigorous competition, the top 4 winners of the MAH Management Grand.

Among the winners were Team Go Getters, from Hilton Kuala Lumpur (champions), The Sentral Team from Hotel Sentral KL, Grand Hyatt KL from Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur and The Kippers from KIP Hotel.

Outstanding employees were also recognised in the MAH Hotel Employee Awards. They were rewarded for their dedication, commitment and passion. 

The night ended on a high note with camaraderie and much merry making.