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Marriott signs second Autograph in Japan

Marriott International will add a second Japan property, the mesm Tokyo, to its boutique Autograph Collection brand.

Slated to open in 2020, the hotel will occupy the 16th to 26th floors of the Waters Takeshiba main building, a multi-purpose complex that is part of the Takeshiba Waterfront Development Project.

A rendering of the mesm Tokyo

The mesm Tokyo will feature 265 rooms and suites, where some will offer views of the city skyline or the Hama Rikyu Gardens, a traditional Japanese park created […]

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Minor Hotels to bring Avani and Oaks brands into Yangon

Thailand-based Minor Hotels will debut its Avani and Oaks brands in Yangon, with the development of two hotels as part of a management agreement with Kajima Yankin, a wholly-capitalised subsidiary of Kajima Overseas Asia.

Construction work has begun onsite and vertical construction is scheduled to commence in 2021. The 250-room Avani Yangon Hotel and 221-key Oaks Yangon are both set to open in 2024 and will be part of a mixed-use development, complete with office and retail space located in central […]

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Hore! Indonesia, building bridges in Indonesia’s hospitality workforce

Having spent more than 15 years working in the hospitality industry, Wing Prakoso, co-founder at Hore! Indonesia, only knows the staffing issues in the sector too well.

He said: “It is difficult to get competent daily workers, especially when hotels have events or are fully booked. The problem is not because no one can be employed, but because millennial workers lack motivation and commitment to work, and also have attitude problems.”

Prakoso: staffing issues in hospitality sector led to forming […]

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Hoshino Resorts to open its first luxury hot spring sanctuary in Taiwan

On June 30, 2019, Hoshino Resorts will open the group’s first HOSHINOYA luxury resort in Guguan, a region rich in natural hot springs, located near Taichung, Taiwan. Travelers will not only be able to escape to their own private sanctuary within the grounds of this sprawling, 50-room resort but they will also have access to the area’s sought-after hot springs to relax and rejuvenate, and explore a vast array of nature trails including the majestic Xueshan Mountain range (Snow Mountain) […]

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Can Sri Lanka’s tourism sector make a comeback?

Sri Lanka was one of the world’s hottest holiday destinations until the Easter Sunday bomb attacks dealt a devastating blow to country’s fast-growing tourism sector and travellers began shunning the Indian Ocean island in droves. Can Sri Lanka’s tourism sector make a comeback from this setback? Feizal Samath assesses the situation

Barely a few months after Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka the top travel destination in 2019, the country was rocked by a series of deadly bomb attacks on April 21, […]

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Minor Hotels to hit the tracks in central Vietnam

Minor Hotels has bought a train carriage from the Vietnamese state-owned railway, with which it hopes to reimagine transportation between two Anantara resorts in a marriage of old-timey romance and modern-day comfort.

Mark Thomson, spokesperson for Minor Hotels, recalled that he had tried to travel from Quy Nhon to Hoi An by train, thinking “it will be the most romantic experience”, but this did not quite hit the mark.

Transporting guests from Anantara Quy Nhon Villas (pictured) to Anantara Hoi […]

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