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A hot Bali spared effects of Lombok quakes

The string of devastating earthquakes that recently struck recently have not taken the shone off the neighbouring tourist hotspot of Bali, said buyers at the PATA Travel Mart 2018 last week although some players have seen a shift in demand to other beach destinations.

In the wake of the August 5 earthquake, travel intelligence analyst ForwardKeys – in a study released on August 28 – estimated a 42.9 per cent plunge in bookings for Bali.

India, which recently entered the top five source markets for Indonesia, […]

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Akaryn to expand akyra brand beyond Thailand

Thailand-based Akaryn Hotel Group has revealed an ambitious strategy to launch its first akyra hotels beyond homeground, tripling the brand portfolio in South-east Asia from four to twelve by 2022.

Akyra currently boasts four properties in Thailand, namely akyra Manor Chiang Mai in Nimmenhaemin, akyra Beach Club Phuket on Natai beach, akyra Thonglor Bangkok, and akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok, the latest addition which opened in May this year.

Agreements for new akyra properties are currently at different stages of readiness in the […]

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Boracay to reopen next month, but rehabilitation not in place

As a sustainable tourism programme is set to be enforced countrywide, the Philippine travel trade has stressed the need to learn from the haphazard rehabilitation of Boracay, which is expected to reopen in stages starting from next month.

Philippine tourism undersecretary for administration and special concerns, Art Boncato Jr, said the framework for the country’s sustainable tourism will be finalised this year to ensure “that we are promoting the kind of tourism that takes care of the current and future economic, environmental and […]

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China’s outbound tourism market shows no signs of slowing

Online travel agent Ctrip and China Tourism Academy (CTA) have released a joint report on China’s outbound market for 1H2018.

In 1H2018, Chinese travellers made 71.3 million outbound trips, a 15% year-on-year increase.

A Chinese guide taking photos for Chinese tourists in Phi Phi Island in Thailand; Thailand is currently the largest outbound destination for Chinese tourists

The top 20 outbound travel departure cities are Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Wuhan, Xi ‘an, Hangzhou, Kunming, Tianjin, Changsha, Zhengzhou, Nanchang, […]

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Dusit moves into luxury vacation rentals with Elite Havens acquisition

Thailand-based Dusit Thani Public Company (DTC) has expanded into the high-end vacation rental market through the full acquisition of Elite Havens.

DTC made the acquisition through its wholly owned Hong Kong-incorporated subsidiary, Dusit Overseas Company, which has bought all shares in LVM Holdings (LVMH), a Singapore-incorporated company and the ultimate holding company of Elite Havens, for approximately US$15 million.

From left: Dusit International’s La-ead Kovavisaruch and Suphajee Suthumpun; and Elite Haven’s Jon Stonham and Riyaz Moorani

Established in 1998, LVMH directly and […]

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Ramada by Wyndham Ho Tram Strip to open in 2019 in Vietnam

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has signed its first hotel to fly the Ramada Worldwide by Wyndham brand flag in Ho Tram – one of the Vietnam’s most exciting up-and-coming destinations.

Owned and developed by Ho Tram Project Company, Ramada by Wyndham Ho Tram Strip will be an upper-midscale seafront hotel located within the Ho Tram Strip – Vietnam’s first integrated beach resort destination which covers 164 hectares and a 2.2-kilometre beachfront site.

The hotel, which is currently under construction and expected to […]

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