Royal Cliff wins stamp of approval

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

PATTAYA, 17 October 2017: Royal Cliff Hotels Group won a top award from TripAdvisor based on reviews that reconfirms its five-star status at the popular tourist destination.

The resort group celebrates receiving the 2017 TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for all of its award winning five-star hotels.

The include Royal Cliff Grand Hotel, Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, Royal Cliff Beach Terrace and the upscale Royal Wing Suites and Spa. Read more

Bawah shortlisted for HICAP award

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 6 October 2017: A USD30 million luxury resort, Bawah Island, has been shortlisted for the Reggie Shiu Development of the Year Award by Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP).

Considered one of Asia-Pacific’s most established and recognised conferences for the hotel investment and development community, the award recognises a single development of the year that represents “accomplishments in hospitality.”

Developed as an ecologically sound destination, Bawah Island, is part of Indonesia’s Anambas archipelago, a cluster of five islands surrounded by 3 lagoons and 13 white beaches. Read more

Strand Yangon completes remake

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Myanmar, News

YANGON, 8 September 2017: Yangon’s historic Strand Yangon is now in the final stages of a major renovation that has taken 18 months and will be completed by this November.

The 18-month project should ensure the iconic hotel, located  close the city’s riverfront, can regain its place as one of Southeast Asia’s leading hotels and establish itself as Myanmar’s first luxury urban resort.

In November, the 31-room hotel will open a new outdoor swimming pool, dining terrace, therapy rooms, gym and private garden. Read more

Kata Group opens Beyond Patong

September 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

PHUKET, 7 September 2017: Kata Group has opened a new-build property, ‘Beyond Patong’, the fourth property in the group’s Beyond brand.

The new hotel follows the Beyond tradition by featuring a highly distinctive design, with a “Deep Blue Sea” theme that takes its inspiration wave shapes and marine life.

Kata Group was one of the first locally owned hotel companies on the island, a founder of Phuket tourism that traces its business roots to small family-run resorts on Kata and Karon bays in the 1970s. Read more

Carlson flies flag in Vietnam

September 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 7 September 2017:  Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group confirmed it has sealed a management deal for a resort property under construction on Phu Quoc island, Vietnam.

Phu Quoc Tourist Investment & Development JS Company is building the property that will be branded a Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc.

Scheduled to open by the end of the year, the new build hotel, will have 522 rooms. It will be the group’s second resort in Vietnam following Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh Bay, slated to open in 2018. Read more

Superyachts return to Phuket

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

Phuket, 29 August 2017: Asia’s mega yachts return to Sala Phuket Resort for the 17th annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous Cup, 19 to 21 January 2018.

The Rendezvous Cup, scheduled one week later than in previous years, will be hosted for the second year in a row at the Sala Phuket Resort on Mai Khao Bay offering a weekend of competitive sailing and parties.

On the sidelines there will also be a Corinthian Class for those who prefer non-competitive fun sailing. Read more

AVANI Fares resort to open 2019

August 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 24 August 2017: AVANI Hotels & Resorts announced, this week, the development of its first resort in the Maldives.

AVANI Fares Maldives Resort will be located on Fares Island in the Baa Atoll and is scheduled to open in Q4 2019.

Construction is underway on an untouched, private 12.4 hectare island, a 45-minute transfer by sea plane from Male and 30 minutes by speedboat from the recently opened domestic airport on Baa Atoll. Read more

Midscale Mercure on Maldives

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

SINGAPORE, 23 August 2017: Mercure Maldives Kooddoo welcomed its first guests, 20 August, at its Gaafu Alifu Atoll island location.

Situated adjacent to Kooddoo domestic airport, the hotel is the first beachfront property that is directly accessible via a 55-minute flight from Male without the need for a speedboat transfer.

AccorHotels upper Southeast and northeast Asia chief operating officer, Patrick Basset said: “We are delighted to offer one of the best value, full-service hotels in the south of Maldives at a time when airlift and inbound markets are diversifying for properties outside of the luxury segment.”  Read more

China frees Casino sales team

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

SYDNEY, 15 August 2017: Australia’s Crown Resorts said Monday that China had released all of the casino group’s employees who were detained as part of a gambling crackdown last year.

Mogul James Packer’s gaming company said the last of the 19 current and former Crown employees had been set free after being held for 10 months.

“Crown is pleased that all of our employees have now been released and reunited with their families and loved ones,” executive chairman John Alexander said. Read more

Centara names Trat manager

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, People, Thailand

TRAT, 7 August 2017: Centara Hotels & Resorts, announced, Friday, the appointment of Thatthep (Kevin) Thamrongwarasart as resort manager of the group’s beach resort in Trat, the far south east province on the Gulf of Thailand.

He has worked for more than 15 years in hotel management. Prior to join Centara he held a senior management position at Sofitel So Bangkok.

Thatthep graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general management from Bangkok University and has a diploma in travel and tourism from Cavendish College London. Read more

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