Centara leases government complex hotel

January 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 5 January 2018: Centara Hotels & Resorts announced, Thursday, the signing of a long-term lease agreement to operate Centra by Centara Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana.

It was previously run by Centara on a six-year management agreement, signed in 2011, which has now been replaced by a comprehensive lease deal.

Centara’s chairman of the board, Suthikiati Chirativa, signed the agreement for the 204-room hotel and conference property, located in the Thai government community in the northern suburbs of the Thai capital. Read more

Travelodge targets hotels in Indonesia

January 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Indonesia, News

SINGAPORE 5 January 2018:  Travelodge Hotels Asia will open its first Travelodge hotel in Indonesia, located in the centre of Batam’s commercial area.

The 249-room was previously branded Novotel Batam until 1 January when Travelodge took over.

Travelodge Batam is a five-minute taxi drive from shopping malls such as Nagoya Hills Mall and Harbour Bay Mall, as well as the Harbour Bay International Ferry Terminal. Read more

CBS rolls out 16th Thailand Guide

January 5, 2018 by  
Filed under TAKEABREAK, Thailand, Your Stories

BANGKOK, 5 January 2018: CBS Travel Asia released the 16th edition of its annual Thailand Hotel Guide featuring Thailand’s top destinations and preferred partner hotels.

In addition to 5,000 printed copies distributed to travel partners, worldwide, the 2018 Thailand Hotel Guide is available online at the travel firm’s website in an easy to  read digital format.

CBS Travel Asia’s president and CEO, Chaladol Ussamarn , noted the travel company’s success over 16 years was due to the support of travel partners and dedicated staff now led by a ‘next generation’ management team. Read more

Dusit Thani delays closure

January 4, 2018 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 4 January 2018: Dusit Thani Bangkok, will now remain open until 5 January 2019 instead of 16 April 2018 as earlier announced by Dusit International.

The hotel was due to be demolished in July to make way for a new mega mixed-use building that would take three to four years to complete.

The hotel’s press statement says the delay would allow “Dusit and its partners more time to add even greater value to the new version of the hotel.” Read more

2018 tax break for travelling Thais

January 4, 2018 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 4 January 2018: Thailand’s domestic travellers gain a tax benefit when they travel within in the country this year to designated provinces.

The tax break is an incentive to promote travel to what the government calls secondary provinces.

The Thai Cabinet announced the approval of personal income tax break, 26 December, that can save travellers up to THB15,000 on their annual tax returns in 2018. Read more

Katathani buys Chiang Rai hotel

January 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

CHIANG RAI, 3 January 2018: Phuket’s Katathani Collection has  acquired the Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai, for around THB1,000 million from the CEO of VES Group according to reliable sources at the property.

The new owner, Sombat Atiset, will spend another THB 300-400 million on renovations that will take four months to complete.

Owned by Vikrom Aisiri, who heads VES Group that invested in Phuket Air, the 271-room Dusit Island Resort operated under a franchise with the Dusit Thani Group since it opened 28 December 1990. Read more

Radisson opens hotel in Mumbai

December 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Indonesia, News

MUMBAI, 28 December 2017:  Radisson Mumbai Goregaon opened its doors in India’s financial capital, Tuesday.

Situated in Goregaon, Mumbai’s commercial and retail suburb, the hotel is surrounded by shopping districts, entertainment centres, and is close to the international airport and Bombay Exhibition Centre.

Radisson Mumbai Goregaon features 98 rooms spread across three categories; superior, business and suite. Read more

Mövenpick signs Manila property

December 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Philippines

BANGKOK, 22 December 2017: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed a management contract for a new property in Manila, due to open in 2021.

Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Quezon City will feature 350 rooms and 250 residences. All 600 units will offer the latest hospitality technology and amenities to cater to both tourists, or long-stay visitors.

Located in Metro Manila the property will feature meeting facilities, two restaurants serving Chinese and international cuisine, plus a rooftop restaurant and bar. Read more

Lancaster Bangkok opens for business

December 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 December 2017: Landmark – Lancaster Hotel Group quietly opened Lancaster Bangkok, last month, a property that stands on the site of the group’s former Siam Hotel.

A brand new five-star hotel, it was in the construction pipeline for at least six years before it embarked on a low-key soft opening 10 November.

A check of Agoda.com shows it has eight reviews and a rating of 7.8. One reviewer said it was “ a bit far,” while the rest contradicted that observation saying it was close to the MRT Petchaburi station. It stands almost opposite the Avani Atrium, formerly flagged Amari. Read more

Hyatt debut Andaz in Singapore

December 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 21 December 2017: Hyatt Hotels Corporation has opened Andaz Singapore, the first Andaz to open in Southeast Asia.

Andaz Singapore is the 17th property under the Hyatt Andaz brand.

Located at the crossroad, where Marina Bay, Kampong Glam, Little India and Bras Basah Bugis districts meet, the hotel is a 20 minute drive from Changi Airport and only five minutes to Singapore’s CBD. Read more

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