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Asian bookings for Hong Kong tumble in wake of protests

The recent wave of demonstrations in Hong Kong has deterred travel to the city, but the effect is short-term, according to a report from ForwardKeys.

In the four-week period from June 16 to July 13, flight bookings to Hong Kong from Asian markets fell by 5.4% on the equivalent period last year. In the first fortnight (June 16-29), bookings fell 9.0% and in the second (June 30 – July 30), 2.2%. This sharp set-back in bookings reversed a positive trend in […]

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Marriott brings Ritz-Carlton to Fukuoka in 2023

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Japanese property developer Sekisui House to build a new Ritz-Carlton hotel in Fukuoka, the brand’s seventh in the country.

Slated to open in spring 2023, The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka will be part of a new 24-storey tower that will include high-end retail and office space. The tower is set to rise within Tenjin Big Bang, a redevelopment project led by Fukuoka City to create an urban lifestyle destination within the city’s core commercial and business […]

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Thai government clamps down on unlicensed hotels

The Thai government is cracking down against hotel owners for operating without licenses, with the aim of improving standards in the hospitality sector amid a huge influx of non-licensed accommodation that has flooded the market.

On June 12, Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) issued Order No. 6/2562 to temporarily suspend the enforcement of town planning and local building control regulations on certain buildings, built before August 19, 2016, that have been used for hotel business operations.

Operators who […]

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Centara targets 20 new hotel openings across Vietnam by 2024

Bangkok, Thailand – Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, has revealed plans for a significant expansion of its portfolio in Vietnam, with the goal of opening at least 20 new hotels across this vibrant and dynamic Asian nation in the next five years.

Part of the Central Group, the renowned Thai conglomerate, Centara is an award-winning international hotel group with a global collection of hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia (including Thailand, Laos and Vietnam), the Middle East, Sri Lanka and the […]

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Influx of luxury hotels yet to spur international demand to Jakarta

In its transformation into an Asian megacity, Jakarta has been slow to increase its mix of international visitors, an imbalance that international-brand luxury hotels alone cannot correct, C9 Hotelworks argues.

In 2018, the city’s hotels hosted over 13 million guests, yet 86% were from the domestic segment.

According to the newly released the Jakarta Hotel Market Review by C9 Hotelworks, over 2.7 million overseas passengers arrived at the gateway Soekarno-Hatta International Airport last year. Over a 10-year period the compound annual growth […]

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Oyo checks into Vietnam with US$50 million investment

Oyo Hotels & Homes has officially launched in Vietnam, with the India-headquartered hotel chain committed to investing US$50 in the country’s booming tourism sector.

According to KrAsia, Oyo claims to have over 90 hotel partners across six major cities in Vietnam – Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Phu Quoc, Vung Tau and Nha Trang. The company’s aim is to become the largest hotel chain in Vietnam by the end of 2020 with presence in 10 cities and 20,000 rooms.

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