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Stiffer competition for regional rivals as Vietnam sees more repeat visitors

Vietnam is steadily rising as a repeat destination for international visitors, with positive developments in the country’s tourism sector and its improving international image placing it as a serious rival to regional tourism heavyweights.

A growing supply of international hotels; more diverse cultural, gourmet and luxury products; promotion of tertiary destinations; construction of new infrastructure; and the government’s proactive stance in prioritising inbound tourism are all contributing factors.

ICS Travel Group’s director of marketing, Scott Busch, pointed out the growing number of […]

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Capella Hotel Group opening first Thai property in Bangkok in Q2 2019

The eastern bank of Bangkok’s famous Chao Phraya River is experiencing a cultural and lifestyle revival, a contemporary stage all set for its rich history to be rediscovered – including the entry of international luxury hotelier Capella Hotel Group in Q2 2019.

The world’s second most-visited city – according to Euromonitor International’s “Top 100 City Destinations 2018” report – has in recent years seen the emergence of its first official Creative District, which helped thrust this riverside zone and the major […]

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Go local not global, Bali hotels and restaurants are told

Bali supermarkets, hotels and restaurants must now promote and prioritise local produce, sourced from farms and fisheries on the island.

Expect it to become more difficult to find the wagyu beef from Australia, the lamb cutlets from New Zealand and the cherries from the US.

The policy stipulates that 60% of the agricultural products bought, sold and marketed by retailers and hoteliers must come from local producers.

In addition, 30% of fish and handicraft products must be obtained from Bali enterprises.

Bali hoteliers are […]

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Hard Rock unveils concept for Hokkaido in Japan

The concept for the Hard Rock Japan proposed to open in Tomakomai city, Hokkaido, has been unveiled.

Key elements of the design include monorail access from Chitose International Airport, Hard Rock’s signature guitar-shaped hotel, a Four Seasons Resort, a Hard Rock Live venue, multipurpose Broadway-style theatres, a state-of-the-art wellness centre and about two hectares of retail and dining space.

The design also features an Ainu village experience, designed to help raise awareness for the local indigenous Ainu people.

Jim Allen, chairman and CEO […]

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Hilton makes another attempt at Yangon debut

The Hilton brand will make its first appearance in Yangon after earlier plans to launch the Hilton Yangonin Kyauktada Township with LP Holding failed to materialise.

The US hotel group yesterday signed a management agreement with Crown Advanced Construction to open Hilton Times City Yangon in 2022.

The 308-key hotel is located a 20-minute drive from the airport and 15-minute drive from downtown Yangon. Forming part of a mixed-use development, the hotel will comprise suites and a serviced apartment and sit alongside an […]

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Dusit signs for first Asai property in Myanmar

Dusit International has signed an agreement with Rich Mandalay Group to operate Asai Yankin, one of the first properties to be signed under its new affordable lifestyle brand.

Located in Yankin Township in the northern central part of Yangon, approximately 25 minutes by car from Yangon International Airport, Asai Yankin is designed to give millennial-minded travellers the opportunity to experience the city like a local.

Asai Yankin will comprise 111 compact rooms whose contemporary design will emphasise key features such as superior […]

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