MACAU, 19 January 2017: Two members of an Indian family were found dead and two others unconscious in a luxury Macau hotel room Wednesday in what police said was a suspected suicide case.
The father and eldest son, aged about 52 and 24 were found dead, while the mother and the younger son, aged around 45 and 20, were injured.
“Today at 1408, the [police] department received notification that in a certain casino hotel in the Taipa area, three men and one woman were unconscious in a room,” Macau police said in statement late Wednesday. Read more
KENG TUNG, MYANMAR, 17 January 2017: Amazing Kengtong Resort, a landmark property built on the site of a demolished Shan royal palace in the early 1990s will undergo a major remake starting this May.
Amazing Holidays Hotels & Resorts took over the property in 2015 securing a 70-year lease from its owners, the country’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Now the group’s chairman, Aung Myo Min Din, says he will close the hotel for four months this year to launch a three-phased remake of the property, a project that will extend for three years. Read more
SINGAPORE, 13 January 2017: The Warehouse Hotel is now open with 37 rooms in six categories.
The project is the inaugural hotel project of Singaporean hospitality firm The Lo & Behold Group.
Singapore agency, Asylum, designed the hotel to replicate a godown building that were a common sight in Singapore during the height of Singapore’s spice trade. Read more
JEJU, SOUTH KOREA, 12 January 2017: Wyndham Hotel Group has opened its newest Ramada hotel on the South Korean island of Jeju.
The 273-room Ramada Encore Jeju Seongsan — owned and operated by Sean PMC Seongsan — joins the company’s portfolio of more than 100 hotels across Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim.
Currently, 20 hotels are open and operating across South Korea including seven hotels in Jeju Island. Further boosting its presence, the hospitality giant has 10 hotels in the pipeline, which are expected to open across the country within the next two years. Read more
HONG KONG, 12 January 2017: The 344-room Songbei Shangri-La opened last week in the fabled city of ice, Harbin.
It marks Shangri-La’s second debut in this northeast city 18 years after the group opened the Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin in 1999.
The new property anchors Shangri-La in the heart of Songbei’s business district and in a historic city. Read more
TAIPEI, 6 January 2017: Marriott announced Thursday the opening of design-led Aloft Taipei Beitou Hotel, the second Aloft property in Taipei.
The 292-room hotel is just a short walk from the century-old Beitou hot springs on the outskirts of the capital.
Downtown Taipei is accessible via the Metro with the nearest station just a five-minute walk away. Read more
PATTAYA, 27 December 2016: Centara Hotels and Resorts opened its Centara Azure Hotel Pattaya in time for Christmas celebrations.
The hotel is the seventh Centara property in the popular coastal entertainment city.
Located just a short walk from the beachfront, Centara Azure Hotel Pattaya is a convenient base to explore the city. Read more
PHUKET, 20 December 2017: Around 50 hoteliers have joined the recently formed Phuket Hotels Association, which is due to be officially launched at the up-coming Thailand Tourism Forum in January.
Reporting on the association’s progress, C9 Hotelworks CEO, Bill Barnett, in his latest newsletter said the association had “quickly caught the attention of key players in the hotel industry on the island, reaching its target of 50 member hotels.”
Heading the association, as its founding president, is Trisara’s general manager, Anthony Lark, a veteran hotelier who has opened various upscale resorts on the island. Read more
SINGAPORE, 20 December 2016: Wyndham Hotel Group has reached a milestone in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim this year, by opening 17 new hotels and adding 2,336 rooms to its inventory.
The latest additions are Ramada Hotel Niigata in Japan and Wyndham Legend Halong Bay in Vietnam. They followed the November opening of the 222-room Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort, Bali.
The additions give the group slightly more than 100 hotels in the region. Read more
SINGAPORE, 20 December 2016: If you need to identify the 10 most popular destinations based on travel interest for New Year and holidays through to February, TripAdvisor has the list and Bali tops it.
The review and booking site monitored the booking and search trends of Southeast Asian travellers for the travel period 1 December to 28 February 2017.
It measured the average one-week costs for hotels, airfare, meals and attractions. The seasonal report also gives travellers hints on savings at these destinations by identifying the best weeks to visit. Read more