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Sri Lankan tourism loses momentum through political turbulence

A bitter political feud which led to the sacking of Sri Lanka’s prime minister has turned the clock back for the country’s travel trade just as it was preparing for a better winter season.

The crisis has led to calls from Western governments for parliamentary democracy to be restored while several travel warnings have been issued focusing mainly on European visitors.

Amid multiple political developments – including a Supreme Court decision on Tuesday to suspend a presidential order to dissolve parliament – travel industry […]

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Another Best Western hotel to sail into Halong Bay, Vietnam

Best Western Hotels and Resorts has signed a second property in Halong Bay, which is expected to open in 3Q2020 a short distance from Halong Bay’s cruise port.

Developed by Tri Duc Hotel Joint Stock Company, the Best Western Plus Ha Long Bay Hotel will feature 327 rooms and suites, a fitness centre, infinity-edge outdoor pool, a kids’ club and several retail outlets.

Guests will be able to choose from an all-day restaurant serving exquisite Vietnamese and international cuisine, a café and […]

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Shenzhen signing cements Rosewood’s presence in China’s first-tier cities

Rosewood Shenzhen is set to open in China’s fastest-growing economic metropolis come 2022, heralding the strategic consolidation of the brand’s footprint in China’s tier one cities.

The hotel will join Rosewood’s China properties in Beijing and Sanya, and upcoming properties in Hong Kong and Guangzhou this winter, as well as Chengdu in 2022 and Shanghai in 2024.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by China Resources Land (CR Land), the flagship subsidiary of China Resources Group, to manage the Shenzhen property […]

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Six beach resort destinations in South-east Asia making waves in the region’s tourism development scene

Phuket: Not purely beaches
Phuket has largely built its stature as a beach holiday island, but it is increasingly transforming into an urbanised holiday destination, shaped by the forces of growing airlift, surging visitor numbers and changing source markets.

“A definite shift in geographic markets over the past 10 years”, with China, Russia and Australia making up bigger market shares than before, has led to “rising demand for non-beach centric activities”, according to a recent report by C9 Hotelworks.

Michael Ayling, general manager […]

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Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong opened this month in Thailand

Phuket’s lively and vibrant Patong Beach will have a new hotel at the end of this week.

The 180-room Hotel indigo Phuket Patong will open on November 18 with a pulse on local culture.

The design-driven hotel was inspired by Patong’s dynamic nightlife, tropical rainforests and its history as a fishing village, with a consistent theme throughout its interior.

Rooms and suites come with “plush beddings and spa-inspired bathrooms” and six room categories that offer indulgence at every level, including the Retreat View […]

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Six Senses Maxwell is scheduled to open on December 1st in Singapore

Following the opening of Six Senses Duxton, sister property Six Senses Maxwell is scheduled to open on December 1st.

Six Senses Maxwell is the second of two heritage buildings that together form Six Senses Singapore.

Split across two buildings and five minutes walking distance away, both are an easy wander apart and add a touch of luxe to the vibrant Chinatown community.

While Six Senses Duxton portrays Anouska Hempel’s iconic east-meets-west eclecticism, the 138-room Six Senses Maxwell, designed by internationally-acclaimed French architect and designer Jacques […]

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