Mövenpick signs first hotel in Maldives

April 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives.

The planned 105-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll in the northern part of the Maldives. It is scheduled to open during the second quarter of 2018.

The contemporary tropical resort will have 33 beach villas and 72 over water villas. Read more

STR releases latest hotel data

April 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

LONDON, 28 April 2017: Hotels in Asia-Pacific saw average occupancy improve 3.3% to 68.3% during the first quarter of the year, according to data from STR.

STR said the hotel industry in the Asia Pacific region reported mostly positive results across three key performance metrics during the first quarter of 2017.

The data measures average occupancy; average daily rate and revenue per available room. Read more

Dusit to fly flag at JJ market

April 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with Dhanasansombut Development Company to operate the first ever hotel in the heart of Bangkok’s world-famous Chatuchak Market.

Forming part of Dhanasansombut Development’s new mixed-use project, Mixt Chatuchak (www.mixtchatuchak.com), the new hotel will have approximately 250 rooms at a site located close to both both the MRT (Mo Chit Station) and BTS (Chatuchak Station) mass transit rail systems.

The two public transport systems provide easy access to all of Bangkok’s main attractions. Read more

Swiss-Belhotel expands in Bahrain

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Middle east, News

BAHRAIN, 26 April 2017: Strengthening its foothold in Bahrain, Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) will triple its inventory of rooms in the Kingdom this year with the opening of two new hotels.

Grand Swiss-Belresort Seef, a 189-key five-star resort, will open in the last quarter of this year, with a new residential property due to open in Juffair in December 2017 after it has been re-branded Swiss-Belresidences. These two new properties will be joining the existing Swiss-Belhotel Seef.

Swiss-Belhotel International chairman and president, Gavin M Faull, said: “The new developments are in line with our multi-brand growth strategy and reinforce our commitment to Bahrain where we continue to see a strong demand.” Read more

Family friendly Mövenpick

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

DUBAI, 25 April 2017: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has launched a new global programme designed to take the stress out of family holidays.

The new family programme available at all Mövenpick properties, worldwide, focuses on providing baby essentials on request. Read more

Best Western dives into Manado

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Indonesia, News

BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its first property in Manado, the scuba diving and snorkelling destination on the northern tip of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The new Best Western The Lagoon Hotel opened its doors 1 April. The hotel overlooks the Bay of Manado and island of Manado Tua.

It is also close to Manado’s main commercial and entertainment areas and a 45-minute drive from the city’s Sam Ratulangi International Airport. Read more

Dusit expands footprint

April 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 21 April 2017: Dusit International is set to expand its footprint with the opening of a property in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

The opening of DusitPrincesess Dhaka will mark the company’s first property in Bangladesh, under a long-term arrangement with a subsidiary of Lakeshore Hotels Limited.

Located in the north of the city, a five-minute car drive from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the upper-midscale business hotel will open under Dusit’s newly developed franchising model. Read more

Dusit activates WeChat Pay

April 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK1, 19 April 2017: Dusit Hotels & Resorts has signed a partnership agreement with Ksher (WeChat Pay Thailand) and Asset Bright Public Company Limited to accept WeChat Pay at Dusit Hotels and Resorts.

WeChat Pay is part of China’s largest mobile instant messaging app, WeChat, which to date has over 800 million active users.

It allows users to pay bills, order goods, transfer money to other users, and pay in selected stores directly via smartphone using credit from their personal WeChat Pay accounts. Read more

Best Western signs JJ market project

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 April 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts has signed a brand new hotel on the doorstep of Bangkok’s iconic Chatuchak weekend market.

The property, Best Western Chatuchak will be located within walking distance of Chatuchak Market considered the largest open-air market in Thailand and possibly the world, with a staggering 8,000 stalls.

Often called simply by its nickname ‘JJ’, the market  is a must-see attraction for visitors to Thailand that opens every Saturday and Sunday on vast area of land in the northern suburb of the capital. Read more

THA in the dark

April 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 11 April 2017: Thai Hotels Association says an in-depth study is needed to monitor online travel agency (OTA) developments and the potential impact of Airbnb on local hotels.

THA says the country needs concrete rules and regulations for these two segments, often called disruptive technology, due to their impact on traditional business models.

THA president, Supawan Tanomkieatipum, told TTR Weekly that OTAs are a selling channel that is making gains from selling rooms in hotels that are unregistered and illegal. Read more

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