Hotelier on the move

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, People

BANGKOK, 18 August 2017: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Michel Checoury as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

He joins the Mövenpick leadership team from Aman Resorts where he was CFO since 2014, responsible for the finances at 31 properties in 19 countries.

He will be responsible for aligning strategic planning, the ongoing implementation of Mövenpick’s successful business model and supporting all finance-related decisions and functions.  Read more

China sales go tabletop

BANGKOK, 18 August 2017: Thai Hotels Association is inviting members to join a Hotels Meet Local Agents Chinese Speaking Marketplace, 1330 to 1930, 22 September.

The sales event will be held at Chaturathit and Parichart rooms, Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel Bangkok.

THA is cooperating with the Association of Thai Travel Agents to organise the programme, which will provide opportunities for hotel and tour operators to negotiate business and exchange knowledge at tabletop sessions. Read more

Sofitel back in KL

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 August 2017: The doors of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, opened for business recently, the brand’s first hotel in Malaysia.

Located in the heart of affluent Damansara Heights, the 312-room Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is part of an 8.5-acre integrated development by GuocoLand, comprising two luxury condominium blocks, two corporate office towers, the hotel and a lifestyle mall.

Designed by Wilson Associates, the hotel’s interior blends local heritage with a sophisticated feature wall depicting the country’s Wau Bulan otherwise known as the moon kite with French art vivre through an Eiffel Tower artwork. Read more

BW cuts holiday costs

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 16 August 2017:  Staying at Best Western’s collection of hotels and resorts in Asia will be more rewarding due to the on-going Double Points promotion.

Through to 30 September, Best Western Rewards  members will earn twice as many reward points when they book a stay at any participating Best Western hotel in Asia.

The promotion covers some of Asia’s most desirable destinations. Read more

Best Western gains best rate insights

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

LONDON, 15 August 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts has selected OTA Insight to provide revenue maximisation tools for the global hotel group’s business.

OTA Insight’s innovative rate intelligence platform will help drive Best Western’s revenue strategy by supplying real-time dashboard and benchmarking tools to increase profitability.

The solution will enable Best Western to monitor locally targeted online travel agency promotions and help ensure the best rate is always available on Best Western’s direct hotel website. Read more

Chiang Rai’s China flights take off

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Travel Logs

CHIANG RAI 15 August 2017: Thai Lion Air took off from Chiang Rai’s airport, 10 August, to establish its first international flight from this far-north town to Changsha in China.

The  Chiang Rai-Changsha flight means Chiang Rai has  four international routes serving destinations in China. The others three are Kunming, Hong Kong and Haikou with more in the pipeline.

Thai Lion Air has served the Bangkok Chiang Rai route four times daily since 2015 and now has the distinction of being the first Thai airline to fly beyond this far-north town to an international destination. Read more

AccorHotels in Seoul hotel plex

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

SEOUL, 15 August 2017: Korea’s first ‘lifestyle hotel-plex’ Seoul Dragon City will open, 1 October, featuring four AccorHotels brands and attractive travel deals to mark the opening.

The complex will have 1,700 rooms across various properties, 11 restaurants and bars, 17 meeting rooms and two multi-function grand ballrooms.

Described as a world first, the project will have four floors of entertainment in a Sky Bridge suspended between two of the towers. Read more

Phuket’s safety needs review

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, News

PHUKET, 15 August 2017: Phuket hoteliers have enough on their mind worrying about the massive increase in new hotels rooms just over the horizon, but there is more to fret about if you have a hotel on Patong Bay.

Hoteliers fear Chinese tour operators might take their tour groups to other beaches on the island to avoid the risky bus transfers to Patong Bay.

Three serious tour bus accidents occurred over the last six weeks on a hilly road that climbs a forested ridge and then drops down in a series of hairpin bends to the popular resort. Read more

ITE attracts tourism stakeholders

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News

HO CHI MINH CITY, 11 August 2017: Global tourism stakeholders will convene at Vietnam’s largest international travel expo, 7 to 9 September, for the 13th ITE HCMC trade show.

Organisers anticipate “thousands of tourism businesses” hotels and tour operators will convene at the International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC) 2017 to be hosted at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC).

Now approaching  its 13th edition, ITE HCMC 2017 will provide a marketing opportunity and a business networking backdrop for participants to build brand equity and expand their business reach. Read more

Malaysia taxes travel by the night

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 August 2017: It’s official Malaysia’s new tourism tax will be effective 1 September at a flat rate of MYR10 (USD2.33) a night.

Malaysians and permanent residents are exempt. Foreign tourists will be charged a flat rate of RM10 per room regardless of the accommodation category.

However the Ministry of Tourism clarified that homestays and ‘kampung’ stays registered with the Ministry will not collect the tax, according to The Star Online. Read more

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