Blaze ends Kandawgyi Palace era

October 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 20 October 2017: A fire broke out at Yangon’s iconic Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, 0300 Wednesday, turning the predominantly wooden structure into a smouldering ruin.

One of the first five-star hotels to open in Yangon on the banks of a picturesque lake, the fire gutted the entire hotel by the time it was extinguished at around 0700.

One person died and there were reports of some injuries to staff, fire fighters and guests who were staying at hotel. Read more

ASEAN plus 3 meeting in Bangkok

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Lens Lines, Thailand

ASEAN + 3 line-up. (from Left) Suriyani Ali, Deputy Director Economic Planning Unit, Prime Ministers’ Department of Malaysia; Mary Ash Day Oquendo Malimit, Chief Economic Development Specialist of National Economic and Development Authourity (NEDA); H.E. Ms. Phasporn Sangasubana, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Mission of Thailand to ASEAN; Dr. Suriya Chindawongse; H.E. Dr. Pichit Akarathit; Rhodora Concepcion, Regional Cooperation Specialist of Asian Development Bank (ADB); Men Jing, Project Manager of China Development Bank; Lim Chze Cheen, Director of the ASEAN Connectivity Division and Borg Stein Tham, Deputy Director of Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

BANGKOK, 17 October 2017: The opening ceremony for the ASEAN+3 Symposium on Promoting Regional Connectivity’s was hosted at the Dusit Thani, Bangkok.

The event was opened by Thailand’s  Deputy Minister of Transport, Dr Pichit Akarathit,  who was the guest of honour.

Organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Director-General of ASEAN Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Suriya Chindawongse, welcomed participants. Read more

Bawah shortlisted for HICAP award

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 6 October 2017: A USD30 million luxury resort, Bawah Island, has been shortlisted for the Reggie Shiu Development of the Year Award by Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP).

Considered one of Asia-Pacific’s most established and recognised conferences for the hotel investment and development community, the award recognises a single development of the year that represents “accomplishments in hospitality.”

Developed as an ecologically sound destination, Bawah Island, is part of Indonesia’s Anambas archipelago, a cluster of five islands surrounded by 3 lagoons and 13 white beaches. Read more

Cross border hot deals

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 3 October 2017: Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism is collaborating with several ferry and tourism operators in Batam and Bintan islands to boost travel through promotions.

Foreign visitors, who want to explore Batam via Singapore and Malaysia, can now buy travel packages at concessional prices,  Monday to Thursday.

The ‘hot deals’ offer a ferry return ticket from Singapore to Batam at SGD20 including terminal fees, down from the usual SGD48. Read more

Mandarin Oriental renovates London hotel

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Hospitality, Lens Lines

HONG KONG, 26 September 2017 : Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s European flagship, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, will embark on the first phase of a restoration that is due to be completed by the third quarter of 2018.

The hotel remains open throughout the renovation.

The first phase of the renovation includes the introduction of 95 new rooms and suites in the Knightsbridge wing. Read more

Hotels champion beach clean up

September 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

PHUKET, 7 September 2017: The Phuket Hotels Association is encouraging locals and tourists to value the beauty of Phuket’s beaches and surrounding Andaman seas through a “Hearts with Hands, Keep Phuket Clean beach clean up event Saturday 16 September.

This is the second clean-up initiative to be launched this month; the other focusing on Samet Island, in the Gulf of Thailand sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The Phuket Hotels Association’s Environmental & Sustainability Working Group launched the island wide initiative in support of the International Coastal Clean Up Campaign, which will see millions of volunteers across the globe unite to fight ocean pollution. Read more

Park Hotel wins art award

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 30 August 2017: Park Hotel Tokyo won the “Excellence in the Field of Domestic and Inbound Travel Award” at the Japan Tourism Awards for its “Artist in Hotel” project.

The Japan Tourism Awards recognise those who contribute to the development and expansion of the tourism industry.

They give recognition to exceptionally sustainable initiatives by organisations and companies based in Japan as well as international groups represented in Japan. Read more

Chinese investments under scrutiny

July 19, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 19 July 2017: China plans to squeeze high-flying billionaire Wang Jianlin’s conglomerate Wanda by cutting off new loans and regulatory approvals for deals, reports said Monday, punishing it for breaching Chinese restrictions on overseas investments.

The regulatory retaliation marks a major setback for a formerly fast-expanding company that was among the most aggressive players in a flood of acquisitions around the world by Chinese companies but is now scrambling to slash debt.

Chinese regulators last year began rolling out tough restrictions to stanch the flow of money overseas, warning of “irrational” investments. Read more

Connelly joins Marco Polo Cebu

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, People

HONG KONG, 18 July 2017: Wharf Hotels has appointed Brian Connelly as general manager of its resort hotel, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Connelly brings with him 38 years experience with prominent hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the United States.

He was most recently general manager for Angsana Laguna Phuket & Angsana Villa Resort in Thailand. Earlier in his career, Connelly held senior management roles, worldwide, with Hilton Asia Pacific and Middle East, Oakwood Asia Pacific, Fairmont Hotels Middle East and Intercontinental Hotels in Thailand and China respectively. Read more

Hilton opens in Shangri-La

July 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGRI-LA, YUNNAN, CHINA, 5 July 2017: Hilton Garden Inn Shangri-La, the first Hilton and the third internationally-branded hotel in Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, opened its doors for guests earlier this week.

Previously referred to as Zhongdian, or Jiang Tang, Shangri-La is a county-level city in Yunnan province that was renamed after the famous James Hilton novel “Shangri-La,” 17 December 2001, in a bid to promote tourism.

The largest city in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Shangri-La stands at an elevation of 3,000 metres. It requires a four-hour bus ride from Lijiang. Read more

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