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China’s hotel construction pipeline hits all-time high

According to analysts at industry consulting partner Lodging Econometrics (LE), China’s hotel construction pipeline remains strong with record-breaking figures. In a recent report, it has stated that the country’s hotel construction pipeline stands at 2,761 projects/580,635 rooms — up 12% by projects and 6% by rooms year-over-year (YOY).

By the end of last year, both projects and rooms in the construction pipeline surpassed the previous cyclical high of 2,658 projects set in the fourth quarter of 2014. Also in 2018, China opened 619 new […]

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More Philippine tourism spots up for rehabilitation

As more Philippine tourist destinations are being looked into for rehabilitation, the Philippine Department of Tourism is urging local operators to comply with laws related to sustainable development, while assuring destinations will not face complete shut-down, unlike the case of Boracay’s clean-up last year.

“Rehabilitation is not exactly closure,” tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat emphasised while disclosing that Panglao in Bohol and El Nido in Palawan are currently being rehabilitated.

Siargao will follow “soon” and Coron in Palawan is being looked into as well, […]

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Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing opens in China

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced its latest property in China’s capital with the opening of Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing. The hotel is located on one of the city’s premium lifestyle retail centres, WF CENTRAL, and features 73 rooms and suites which are among the largest in the city.

The rooms are designed with a contemporary residential style combined with subtle traditional Chinese elements. Highlights include an array of luxury amenities, expansive spa-like bathrooms, as well as views of the Forbidden City.

General manager […]

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Asia’s top bleisure cities revealed

Tokyo has been the named the top Asian city for offering the ultimate combination of business and leisure, or “bleisure”, appeal for travellers, according to a new report.

Singapore ranks second, out of 26 cities, with Sydney and Hong Kong coming in a joint third, and Melbourne rounding out the top five.

In the next tier are Shanghai and Beijing, which have been catching up, boosted by China’s rapid infrastructure development. The cities were ranked highly for their business aspects despite being […]

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Hyatt confirms dual openings in Vietnam

Hyatt has announced the opening of two new hotels in Vietnam in 2022 – the Park Hyatt Phu Quoc and the country’s first Hyatt Place hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Hyatt Place Saigon Phu Nhuan, which marks the debut of Hyatt’s select service brand in the country, will feature 200 guestrooms, a cafe, grab-and-go food market, bar, lobby lounge, outdoor pool, fitness centre as well as two meeting rooms totalling more than 255m2.

The hotel will be located within two kilometres […]

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Philippines mulls cruise tourism development plan amid Boracay concerns

The Philippines may have to revisit its cruise tourism development plan amid the ongoing overtourism challenge in Boracay, as the destination looks at reducing the number of cruise ship calls due to their environmental impact and low tourist expenditure.

Boracay is looking at reducing the number of cruise ships calling on the island, as tourism stakeholders have noted the low income from cruise passengers. They added that the passengers crowded out the beaches, and did not spend their tourism dollar at establishments such […]

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