Dusit strengthens VP line up

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, People, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 21 February 2017: Dusit International named Prachoom Tantiprasertsuk as vice president sales, and Michael Leong as vice president marketing.

Their appointments were effective 15 February.

Tantiprasertsuk has worked for Dusit International since 2015 as general manager of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Resort. Read more

St Regis debuts in Changsha

February 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

CHANGSHA, CHINA, 17 February 2017: St Regis Hotels & Resorts opened  St Regis Changsha, Thursday, its eighth hotel in Greater China.

The St Regis brand also confirmed it will debut St Regis Shanghai Jing’an later this year, as well as four additional hotels in Greater China’s gateway cities and leisure destinations over the next five years.

“The St Regis Changsha represents yet another compelling milestone for the brand as we grow our portfolio of luxury hotels in the Greater China region,” said Marriott International Greater China chief executive officer, Stephen Ho. Read more

More rooms in pipeline

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Trade Talk

LONDON, 15 February 2017: STR’s January 2017 Pipeline Report shows 598,952 rooms in 2,670 hotel projects are under contract in the Asia Pacific region.

The total represents a 2.2% increase in rooms under contract compared with January 2016.

Under contract data includes projects under construction and in various stages of planning, but does not include projects in that have yet to be confirmed. Read more

Soft January for Singapore hotels

February 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore

LONDON, 14 February 2017: Singapore hotels continue to suffer low occupancy levels caused by a strong supply growth in accommodation options, according to STR’s preliminary January  data.

Room supply grew by 3.9% in January, this year, continuing a trend that was evident in the last quarter of 2016.

In contrast demand for rooms increased by a marginal 0.6%. Read more

Concorde refreshes rooms

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

SINGAPORE, 6 February 2017: Concorde Hotel Singapore has completed a refurbishment of some of its rooms, the group announced at the weekend.

The makeover included bathrooms, soft furnishings and the addition of upgraded or new amenities on one floor of rooms with a second floor to undergo refurbishment later.

The hotel’s statement said the concept adopts an ‘urban oasis” using neutral colours, natural woods and offering an “home away from home experience”. Read more

Best Western arrives in Inle

February 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Myanmar, News

BANGKOK, 2 February 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts famous brand has arrived in one of Southeast Asia’s most enchanting tourist destinations: Inle Lake, in Myanmar’s Shan State.

The new Best Western Thousand Island Hotel stands on the riverfront of Nyaung Shwe, the city north of the lake that acts as the main trade and transportation gateway to Inle.

From this prime location, guests can access Nyaung Shwe, which is home to markets, restaurants and tea houses, or take a boat for a trip on the lake. Read more

Book row causes hotel switch

February 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

TOKYO, 2 February 2017: Japanese organisers of this month’s Asian Winter Games are seeking alternative accommodation for Chinese and South Korean athletes after a blazing row over a hotelier’s inflammatory war book, officials said Wednesday.

The Tokyo-based APA hotel group, as well as Prince Hotels, will welcome some 2,300 athletes and supporters from more than 30 countries to Sapporo for the 19 to 26 February Games.

But APA, one of Japan’s largest hotel chains, has triggered an angry backlash from China for a book it places in guest rooms which claims the infamous 1937 Nanjing massacre committed by Japanese troops was a “fabrication.” Read more

SureStay makes headway in Asia

January 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Hospitality, News

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, 30 January 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts is advancing its ‘white label’ franchise model, SureStay Hotel Group, globally with its first Asian property in Bangkok, Thailand.

The brand has approved 30 hotels in North America and one in Bangkok, Thailand and is projecting to open 100 hotels by the end of 2017.

The white label business model is expected to take off in a big way in Asia where many hotel owners of midscale properties still prefer to run their own properties carrying their own identification and branding. Read more

Trump hotels trundle on

January 27, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Hospitality, News

WASHINGTON DC, 27 January 2017: Amid calls for US President Donald Trump to divest from his real estate empire, his namesake luxury hotel chain said, Wednesday, it plans to expand primarily in the US market while he is president.

“We see significant growth opportunity in the United States for both our hotel brands,” a Trump Hotels spokesperson told AFP in an email, referring also to the newly announced Scion brand of more moderately priced hotels.

That statement came after comments from the chain’s chief executive at a hotel conference, Tuesday, saying he plans to move into many major US cities. Read more

TRYP takes root in Yangon

January 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Myanmar, News

YANGON, 26 January 2017: Wyndham’s TRYP brand has arrived in Southeast Asia with the opening of a new- hotel in Yangon, Myanmar.

The 60-room TRYP Yangon is Wyndham’s inaugural hotel in Myanmar.

TRYP by Wyndham targets urban travellers with hotels located in the heart of cities offering them a lifestyle experience. Read more

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