Jetsetters and trendsetters in their own right, these next generation developers travel the world in search of inspiration for their projects.

The young next generation developers are a well-travelled lot. Having gone far and being exposed to various overseas lifestyle developments, they are infusing global trends, concepts and ideas into their developments to benefits the local real estate scene. In this exclusive interview, YES paper delves behind the scenes to gauge their future directions. Close on the heels of Visit Malaysia 2020 peeking upon the horizon, and buoyed by optimism despite an overall sluggish market sentiment, here’s how they are seizing the silver lining to turn the property market around.

DATIN LEA CHAN – Executive Director /Chief Operating Officer of Meridian Berhad and Executive Director for M101 Group

Life begins at 40 they say. But, for the irrepressible Datin Lea Chan – life at 40 for her is already in full swing. Sharp as a tack, and always game for a challenge, she instantly agreed to join the cover photoshoot despite being in her advanced stages of pregnancy.

Helming M101 Dang Wangi with its maiden hotel RED by Sirocco under the group’s hospitality arm; M101 Bukit Bintang and M101 Skywheel which will introduce the world’s first Monopoly-themed hotel and first in Asia Planet Hollywood Suites, she says the Meridian Berhad group has had a good run -finally launching its flagship project – Malaysia Tourism City (MTC) in Kuala Linggi, Melaka in May 2019.

“Our private entity arm (M101 Group) has signed a licensing agreement with Hasbro Inc. for the World’s First Hasbro Water Themed Park at MTC besides launching the LuaSempit Weekend Market in September inside MTC.

“Being developed in Melaka, a main contributor to the tourism industry, is Kuala Linggi International Port to revive Melaka back to its glory days.” “We’ve acquired partners such as AirAsia, MATTA, DTR Group, Dropee, Store & Send, Traveloka, G Future, iPay88, StoreHub and Big Ledger, etc for this to attract visitors,” says Lea who is also CEO of Sirocco Hospitality overseeing also Red by Sirocco, Monopoly Mansion Kuala Lumpur by Sirocco, Planet Hollywood Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

“We’re launching two- and four-bedroom Balinese themed bungalow villas called Estate and are seeking vendors for Luasempit Weekend Market with 3,000 stalls spanning a 100-acre land deemed as Asia’s Largest Weekend Market that is set to open next year, targeting 2 mil tourists.

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