LONDON, 24 February 2017: Hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported a moderate occupancy decline, but a strong rate growth in January 2017, according to the latest data from STR.
Based on US dollar constant currency, year-over-year comparisons, for the Asia Pacific region, the average daily rate increased 4.6% to USD108.10.
Occupancy across the region declined 0.8% to 64.8% Read more
BALI, 21 February 2017: In the wake of a very challenging 2015, Bali’s average hotel occupancy increased 4% in 2016 bringing a shot of fresh air and hope, but at what cost?
The solid occupancy increases across all categories (excluding luxury) were driven by increasing foreign direct arrivals, a slowing in new hotel openings and a further slashing of rates.
Bali’s domestic market in 2016 was up 12% y-o-y to around 7.1 million and foreign arrivals also up 6% y-o-y to 4 million bringing the total to over 11 million for the first time. Read more
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
TOKYO, 16 February 2017: The operator of a Japanese hotel chain already in hot water for denying a Japanese World War II atrocity has come under fire for reported anti-Semitic remarks.
Toshio Motoya is CEO of APA Group, which calls itself Japan’s largest hotel chain, and has drawn China criticism for writing a book denying the 1937 Nanjing massacre happened and placing the book in hundreds of APA hotel rooms.
The group also runs 40 hotels in North America and its February edition of an in-house magazine for guests staying at its Canada properties contained the anti-Semitic remarks. Read more
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 February 2017: The Chapman’s Challenge 2017 – a biathlon run sponsored by Pangkor Laut Resort, returns for its second year, with its race day on 13 May.
The sporting event marks the 72th anniversary of Colonel Spencer Chapman’s escape from the island that was under the control of the Japanese military during World War II.
The Chapman’s Challenge, crafted to commemorate the British commando’s adventure on the island, is an annual race comprising of a 6.2 km run around the private island’s roadways and through a rainforest and concludes with a 1 km swim in Emerald Bay before concluding at the resort’s Chapman’s Bar. Read more
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
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
SINGAPORE, 8 February 2017: Global Hotel Alliance has selected Sabre Hospitality Solutions as an alternative distribution provider for its members.
Under the agreement, GHA’s 35 hotel brands, representing over 550 properties, now have the option to choose the Sabre SynXis Central Reservations as their distribution solution, while still enjoying the benefits of GHA’s multi-brand loyalty programme.
Global Hotel Alliance CEO, Christopher Hartley said: “Eight of our member brands already use the Sabre SynXis CR, and so it was a natural step to add Sabre as one of our preferred technology partners.” Read more
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
PHUKET, 6 February 2017: Russian arrivals are back to pre-crisis levels while zero-dollar tourism curbed Q4 growth rate according to the newly released C9 Hotelworks Phuket Hotel Market Update released Monday.
With airport arrivals surpassing 7.5 million passengers, Phuket experienced a sharp year-on-year rise of 18% in 2016, compared to 13% the previous year.
This was largely attributed to the resurgence of the Russian source market, which increased by 51% last year. The rebound was prompted by the strengthening of the ruble against the Thai baht and political volatility in the Middle East that shifted Russian tourists to the island during high season. Read more