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

MOH Group expands to Melbourne

June 28, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

HONG KONG, 28 June 2017: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract for a new  hotel and branded residences to be developed in Melbourne, Australia.

The project is expected to open in 2023, and is the group’s first announced property in Australia.

The hotel and residences will be located on Collins Street, in a mixed-use 185-metre tower, which will play a part in the ongoing regeneration of the city’s central business district. Read more

MICE not Mickey drawn to Disneyland

May 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Hong Kong, MICE, News

HONG KONG, 22 May 2017: With the recent officially launch of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s third hotel, Disney Explorers Lodge, last Tuesday, the resort believes new and existing facilities will help to attract more bookings from meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition sector (MICE).

Talking to a media group interview last week, the resort’s business solutions and events director, Karen Kwan, said “in terms of positioning, we have a conference centre in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel so the new hotel will supplement the existing accommodation to draw MICE visitors.”

“For MICE groups and corporate clients, our resort can support them to oragnise events such as team building as well as cocktail receptions…the four themes of the new hotel gardens –  Asia, Oceania, South America and Africa plus three restaurants including a private room will add value and offer more variety and choices for clients.” Read more

HCMC gives green light to safari park

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 29 March 2017: Long in the pipeline, the Saigon Safari project looks like it will see the light of day.

Ho Chi Minh City authorities now say they will press ahead with the long-awaited Saigon Safari project that will  be sited in Cu Chi District.

Saigon Times media reported Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee made a decision, late last week. It ends speculation on the project that first surfaced for city authorities to consider in 2015. Read more

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

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