Industry News

Hooters to soon open its 1st Indonesia Location

Internationally renowned ‘breastaurant’ (that’s the industry term, not ours) Hooters, is opening its first location in Indonesia. While some speculated that the Asian expansion of 30 new locations would include Indonesia, it was thought most likely to be in the popular tourist destination, Bali.

Maybe in the future, but for now the first Hooters in the world’s most populous Muslim nation will open in the Kemang neighborhood in the capital city of Jakarta.

An instagram user snapped this shot of the building in progress:


As we reported last year, the […]

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Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort awarded “The Best Resort Hotel Asia-Pacific”

SINGAPORE – InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort has added another award to its long list of achievements. The resort has been recognised as the “Best Resort Hotel in Asia-Pacific” by Business Traveller Asia Pacific at the award ceremony on the 23rd September 2016.

Regarded as one of the travel industry’s most anticipated events, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards recognises the achievements of airlines, airports, hotels and resorts that have gone an extra mile to create unique travel experiences. It identifies the very […]

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Asia Pacific hotel performance for August 2016

LONDON — Hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported mixed results in the three key performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollar constant currency, according to August 2016 data from STR.

Compared with August 2015, the Asia Pacific region reported a 1.2% increase in occupancy to 73.3%. However, average daily rate (ADR) dropped 2.0% to US$98.38, and revenue per available room (RevPAR) dipped 0.8% to US$72.11.


Performance of featured countries for August 2016 (local currency, year-over-year comparisons):

Japan reported mostly negative results with […]

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Caravelle Saigon announces new General Manager

Saigon’s landmark property, Caravelle, has named Michael Robinson as its new General Manager, in time for the second phase of the hotel’s enhancement project starting early next year.

New Zealand native and former Director of Rooms at the property, Michael Robinson is no stranger to the world of 5-star hotels, boasting nearly a decade of experience in destinations as diverse as California and Qatar. Robinson joined the Caravelle team in January 2016 after his most recent post with Park Hyatt Dubai […]

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The Indonesia Immigration Office and Kitas process revealed!

It is an intriguing question! Extending my visa or Kitas, can I do it myself? The answer is an undisputed and unchallenged yes. In this article we inform about the process, we note the role of an agent so at the end you can answer, yes I do it myself’ or I conveniently use a reassuring formalities agent’.

As most used by expats – the place to be for this article is the Immigration Office Class I at South Jakarta on […]

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Interview: Luca Pezzera: a serial restaurateur in Southeast Asia

Luca Pezzera, executive chef of the Union Group’s Caffè Milano and the recently opened Bistecca, shares his story of Italian roots and becoming an elite chef in Indonesia.

Since the age of 14, Luca Pezzera knew he would one day become a professional chef. He travelled, saw the world, and meet new people which further convinced him to take up a career in the culinary industry. Fast forward to 2016. The 47-year-old did what he set out to do, and currently […]

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