HCMC kills hotel night tax

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 16 October 2017: A proposal to tax tourists for every overnight stay to raise funds to promote the city, worldwide, failed to gain traction with authorities.

Tourists will be happy with the decision to scotch a plan to tax them, as one of the main drawcards for Ho Chi Minh City is its competitive prices when compared with Bangkok and other capitals in the region.

The city’s tourism department that floated the idea was singled out for stiff criticism with officials noting it was a very “sensitive’ topic.” Read more

Property developers in bed with hotel brands

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 October 2017: Southeast Asia’s real estate love affair between property developers and hotel brands is morphing into a feeding frenzy, according to C9 Hotelworks’ new SE Asia focused Hotel Residences Market Trends.

With nearly 100 mainstream hotel residence projects and over 21,000 units completed, the next three years will see sector boldly expanding into new territory.

The reports states that between 2018 and 2020 new completed units will represent a massive 83% increase over existing supply. Read more

Hong Kong hotels enjoy revenue growth

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

LONDON, 12 October 2017: Despite a supply growth of 3.1% in rooms, Hong Kong hotels enjoyed their first  RevPAR increase for the month of September since 2013.

RevPAR, or revenue per available room, grew 4.5% to HKD1,84.03  for Hong Kong’s hotels.

STR issued what it calls  preliminary data for September, Wednesday,  that showed hotels in Hong Kong have seen rate-driven performance growth. Read more

Bali still on high alert

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

DENPASAR, 12 October 2017: The situation remains unchanged in Bali, Wednesday, with the threat of a volcanic eruption on Mount Agung still at the highest alert level.

But three weeks after the emergency evacuation of residents began within a 9 km radius of the volcanic mountain, the threat continues to unsettle and disrupt the lives of residents. There are also worries that tourism the island’s economic lifeline with take a tumble.

There have been considerable cancellations of advance bookings and travellers have lost their deposits on bookings or fallen foul of cancellation charges. Read more

Meal ticket makes the hotel deal

October 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 11 October 2017 – Dusit International launched ‘Eat & Stay @ Dusit’ gift vouchers, Tuesday, that offers “exclusive” discounts on accommodation and dining at participating Dusit Hotels & Resorts in Thailand.

That’s good news for visitors and residents, who want to gain maximum value when they take a break at Thailand’s top destinations.

The downside might be the Monday to Thursday on two of the room vouchers which could limits the scope for family travellers, but for a couple seeking a  runaway to romance it has merit. Read more

ONYX teams up with Yoo

October 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 11 October 2017:  ONYX Hospitality Group has sealed an agreement with UK-based YOO Hotels & Resorts to manage and develop the YOO Collection and Yoo2 hotel brands across Asia.

ONYX Hospitality Group role will be to introduce the two brands in key city and resort destinations in Asia.

The first YOO Asia hotels to be developed will be in Phuket and Bali, both scheduled to open in 2019. Read more

Accor jumps on Orient Express train

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

SINGAPORE, 10 October 2017: AccorHotels plans to develop a brand of new properties under the Orient Express banner after buying a stake in the iconic luxury train operator.

The hotel company has signed a partnership with French train operator SNCF which includes taking a 50% stake in Orient Express. SNCF previously owned all of Orient Express.

Accor said that the deal would allow it to “strengthen its leadership in the luxury segment” with the Orient Express collection of hotels aiming to become “the very epitome of the art of travel”. Read more

Accor bids for Mantra

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 10 October 2017: France’s AccorHotels has made a AUD1.17 billion (USD910 million) bid for one of Australia’s biggest hotel operators, the Mantra Group, the local company said Monday in a move that sent its share price soaring.

Mantra, which operates more than 20,000 rooms in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, said it had received an offer of AUD3.96 cash per share, valuing the firm at Aus$1.17 billion.

“Mantra has granted Accor access to due diligence to determine if a transaction can be agreed and recommended unanimously by the Mantra board,” the Australian-listed company said in a statement. Read more

Tips on how to save on luxury travel

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 6 October 2017: TripAdvisor’s latest ‘Luxury for Less Guide’ reveals when travellers can save up to 51% on luxury hotels and travel destinations that many travellers believe are beyond their  reach.

Based on reviews and price checks the guide offers tips on when the best prices are available.

This the stuff travel agencies should be telling us, but the tips are coming from TripAdvisor based on reviews, price comparisons and feedback from its social media community.* Read more

Rosewood rates a scent of riches

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

PHUKET, 5 October 2017: Rosewood Phuket, the group’s first property in Southeast Asia  will open its doors  2 November,

To mark the occasion the group is selling an introductory “Charms of the Andaman” rate priced at, wait for it, USD5,350 for a four-night stay.

That’s the starting price for two persons staying in an Ocean View Pool Pavilion including tax and service charge. Read more

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