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Quantity over quality may bite tourism to Bali

BALI, Indonesia – After a very challenging 2015 for Bali, occupancy was up by more than 4% in 2016 bringing a shot of fresh air and hope, but at what cost? Hotels’ enjoyment of solid occupancy across all categories (excluding luxury) was driven by increasing foreign direct arrivals, a slowing in new hotel openings and a further slashing of rates.

Bali‘s domestic market in 2016 was up 12% y-o-y to around 7.1 million and foreign arrivals also up 6% y-o-y to […]

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China is quickly outpacing Australia as Bali’s top source market

Bali’s tourism industry is undergoing a mass market shift, but such fluxes have come at the cost of tourist spending power sought by hoteliers, according to a joint report by hospitality consultancies Horwath HTL and C9 Hotelworks.

With Chinese tourist arrivals rising 43 percent year-on-year to 1 million in 2016, China is now behind Australia as the Indonesian island’s biggest source market. The economic benefits of increased tourism from China have made for diminishing returns, however.

The typical Chinese tourist spends less than […]

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Bali surpassed its target for foreign tourist arrivals in 2016

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Bali Island is optimistic of achieving its target to receive 5.5 million foreign tourists this year, as it had managed to surpass its foreign tourist arrival target at 4.2 million in 2016.

It is not surprising that the number of foreign tourist arrivals has continued to increase, as Bali has been awarded the title of “the best island destination” for the 12th consecutive year by the DestinAsian Readers Choice Award (RCA) 2017.

In 2016, some 4.92 million foreign […]

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Emperor Cruises to launch 2nd boat in Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam, in March

HALONG BAY, Vietnam – Emperor Cruises Halong has begun to receive its first bookings with free upgrades for the inaugural cruises beginning on the 16th March 2017.

During the opening period, Emperor Cruises Halong will hold an art exhibition by Pham Luc, the acclaimed painter who is often referred to the Picasso of Vietnam. The exhibition will be displayed on board until 30 April 2017, and guests can discover Vietnamese culture through his 75 unique paintings on Vietnam’s first ever art cruise.

“Built […]

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The St. Regis Changsha Hotel Opens in China

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts last week announces the opening of The St. Regis Changsha, the luxury hotel brand’s eighth hotel in Greater China. Featuring a timeless blend of innovation and tradition, the hotel is set to elevate Changsha’s luxury hospitality landscape with its uncompromising experience, signature St. Regis Butler Service, exceptional culinary venues and remarkable design. The St. Regis brand also expects to debut The St. Regis Shanghai Jing’an later this year, as well as four additional hotels in Greater […]

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A day at Waterboom with 40 Kids!

On Sunday February 19th we went to Waterboom Bukit Jati in Gianyar with 40 children from Children’s Shelter named Sakinah in Sesetan, Denpasar. This event is part of our CSR program that has been held annually by our company since 2010.

We rented a 60-seater bus, after picking up our team in our office; we picked up the 40 children and 8 caretakers. It was about a 1-hour drive to Waterboom, so along the ride we tried to mingle with each […]

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