LENS LINES: Cyclists race at Chatrium

March 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

CHANTHABURI, 21 March 2017: Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi hosted the  Thailand Cycling Championship 2017, 10 to 12 March, in the resort’s spacious 1,580 acre parkland.

The three-day event drew competitors and spectators from around the country to vie for the Thailand Cycling Championship 2017 crown.

Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi general manager, Piya Lawakul welcomed the cycle teams and VIPs. Read more

Gold at the end of Halal rainbow

March 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 March 2017: From hotels with segregated swimming pools to jelly made from seaweed instead of pig bones, Buddhist Thailand is chasing halal gold as it welcomes Muslim visitors and touts its wares to the Islamic world.

Inside the cavernous dining hall of the five-star Al Meroz hotel in a Muslim suburb of Bangkok, an elderly man with a wispy beard recites verses of the Koran as a nervous-looking groom awaits the arrival of his bride.

The young man bursts into a smile as his soon-to-be wife appears, clad in a brilliant white dress with matching headscarf. Read more

Bangkok’s green lung at risk

March 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 6 March 2017: Leaping out from Bangkok’s vast concrete sprawl is a kidney-shaped green space, home to hundreds of plant and bird species, and where cars are outnumbered by cycles.

But residents and campaigners fear the distinctive ecosystem and character of the city’s so-called “Green Lung” is under threat as developers lure locals with lucrative land deals.

Bang Krachao is an artificial island formed by a canal and a bend in the meandering Chao Praya river. Read more

Dusit Thani new lease, new life

March 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 2 March 2017: Dusit Thani PCL announced, Wednesday, an agreement with the Crown Property Bureau to continue leasing land occupied by its flagship Dusit Thani Hotel at the intersection of Silom Road and Rama IV Road.

A new lease agreement gives the group a 30-year lease on the prime land site downtown Bangkok with the right to extend for another 30 years.

The 517-room Dusit Thani Hotel opened in February 1970 on land leased from the Crown Property for an initial 30 years. At the time it was the tallest hotel in the Thai capital. Read more

Aviary Bintaro names GM

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, People, Trade Talk

JAKARTA, 28 February 2017: PT Sumampau Hotels and Resorts has hired hospitality professional, Didit Anthony, as the opening general manager of Aviary Bintaro, a newly built hotel and serviced apartment due to open this April.

Anthony has work experience with airlines, travel agencies and theme parks.

A specialists in sales and marketing with BW International (BW Hotels, formerly Aston), Prasanthi Hotels & Resorts, AccorHotels, and Pan Pacific Hotels Group. Read more

Centara names Hua Hin GM

December 19, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Trade Talk

HUA HIN, 19 December 2016: Centara Hotels and Resorts has announced the transfer of David Martens, former General Manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Krabi, to the post of general manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin,

The transfer was effective 9 December.

Centara’s Hua Hin property is also a member of the Luxury Hotels of the World. Read more

Maclean leads Anam team

December 1, 2016 by  
Filed under News, People, Trade Talk, Vietnam

NHA TRANG, VIETNAM, 1 December 2016: A colonial-styled beachfront resort, The Anam, has hired veteran hotelier Duncan MacLean to head its management team.

His career spans 40 years in the hotel industry with more than 20 pioneering projects in Asia.

MacLean takes the reins at The Anam in the role of general manager ahead of the hotel’s grand opening celebrations. Read more

Baby-makers bed for free in Italy

November 21, 2016 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Hospitality, News

ROME, 21 November 2016: Hotels in the Italian city of Assisi are doing their bit to boost the country’s flagging birth rate by offering a free holiday to couples who conceive there.

Ten hotels are offering refunds or a free future stay to guests who fall pregnant under the Fertility Room campaign.

Guests will simply have to produce a birth certificate to prove the baby was born around nine months after their stay in the medieval city. Read more

ITB Asia: Murray launch at trade show

October 21, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: Murray’s marketing team were touting the luxury of their new hotel that opens in Hong Kong this month.

Launching the property to the trade at this week’s ITB Asia in Singapore, the team was led by the hotel’s managing director David Palmer.

Murray under the management of Niccolo Hotels has 336 rooms and is located on Cotton Tree Drive in the heart of Hong Kong. Read more

STR: Asia Pacific hotels expand 4%

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Asia, News, TRENDING

LONDON, 17 October 2016: STR’s September 2016 Pipeline Report shows 582,271 rooms in 2,555 projects are under contract in the Asia Pacific region.

The total represents a 4.6% increase in rooms under contract compared with September 2015.

Under contract data includes projects in the in construction, final planning and planning stages, but does not include projects in the unconfirmed stage. Read more

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