Industry News

Indonesia orders expatriates to learn Bahasa Indonesia

JAKARTA: Indonesia is making it easier for foreigners to work here – but they will have to study as well.

A decree by President Joko Widodo that is set to take effect this month will simplify Indonesia’s procedures for issuing work permits to foreigners, which are often hampered by delays, arbitrary denials and revocations, not to mention compulsory bribes to civil servants just to stamp the paperwork.

Buried inside the order is a section requiring all expatriate workers to undergo formal Indonesian […]

Read more

Swiss-Belhotel International unveils ambitious global expansion strategy

Swiss-Belhotel International, the global hospitality management chain, has revealed details of its global expansion strategy, which includes the launch of at least 60 new hotels and resorts worldwide over the next few years bringing total properties to  in excess  of 150.

“Reaching our 30th anniversary was a major milestone for Swiss-Belhotel International and I am incredibly proud of our achievements,” Mr Faull commented.

“The next five years will see a rapid expansion of our hotel portfolio in several key markets, including Indonesia, Australasia, […]

Read more

IHG celebrates 1,000th hotel opening in EMEAA with the opening of Intercontinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort in Vietnam


Following this month’s Hotel Designs spotlight feature on Hotel Groups – and after announcing the launch of a new upscale brand voco, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of its 1,000th hotel in the Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) region.

InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort will open Vietnam as the hotel brand’s 1,000 hotel, which adds to an […]

Read more

Swiss-Belhotel Pangkalpinang has opened on Indonesia’s Bangka Island

HONG KONG, 21 June 2018: Swiss-Belhotel International opened a new upscale hotel, last week, on Indonesia’s Bangka Island.

Swiss-Belhotel Pangkalpinang is located in the provincial capital of the Bangka Belitung Islands, which lie just off the east coast of Sumatra.

This new-build hotel features 145 rooms and suites with complimentary Wi-Fi, international plug sockets, laptop-sized safes, mini-bars, kettles and cable TV.

To celebrate the opening the hotel is offering an introductory rate of IDR 599,000 per night for two people sharing a deluxe […]

Read more

Six Senses Bhutan prepares for October 2018 opening

Bhutan – June 19, 2018 – Six Senses Bhutan is a collection of five boutique lodges set in the western and central valleys of Bhutan, each with its own character, environment and experiences.

Beginning with the capital, Six Senses Thimphu places strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds thereby lending the name of Palace in the Sky to the largest in the collection. The second is Six Senses Punakha, located in the relatively low-lying […]

Read more

Foreign hotel giants are converging on Vietnam

According to the latest figures from Savills Vietnam, the number of international hotel operators has increased from 30 in 2010 to about 80 by the end of 2017.

The first half of 2018, in particular, saw many famous brands come to Vietnam. Among those are Mandarin Oriental in Ho Chi Minh City and Best Western Premier in the central province of Quang Binh.

Radisson Hotel Group, another leading hotel operator, recently opened an office in Ho Chi Minh City to manage its […]

Read more