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Marriott targets Australia, New Zealand and Pacific to reach 50 hotels by 2020

Marriott International today announced that its on track to hit a target of 50 hotels for its Australia, New Zealand and Pacific portfolio by the end of 2020. This announcement follows Marriott’s recently completed acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

With 24 hotels currently in operation and a pipeline of signed and approved deals totaling an additional 18 properties, Marriott is on track to grow to 50 hotels over the next four years across the region, which includes Australia, New Zealand, […]

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Alila Villas Soori rebrands into Soori Bali

Jakarta. Six years after its debut, Alila Villas Soori — the seaside resort in Bali’s Tabanan district owned and designed by renowned Singaporean architect Soo K. Chan — has left the Alila group and has changed its name to Soori Bali, a Soori Bali representative announced on Wednesday (02/10).

Chan said the launch of Soori Bali marks the first of a series of major developments to be rolled out under his new luxury lifestyle brand Soori, which is an amalgamation of his name Soo […]

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BHMAsia secures 6th hotel deal in Vietnam

BANGKOK, Thailand – Since entering the Vietnamese market last year, BHMAsia has been gradually expanding its presence. The company has now signed its 6 th hotel management contract, with properties in Danang, Hoi An, Halong Bay and Viet Tri. According to company CEO, Anthony McDonald “the properties are a mix of hotels, resorts, branded villas and residences, with a combined count of over 850 keys.”

He said “that the company has been successful, where larger international groups have struggled, due to […]

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4 Vietnamese hotels win Condé Nast awards

Four hotels in Viet Nam have won this year’s coveted Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, with the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi and the Park Hyatt Saigon making it to the top three in the “Top Hotels in Southern Asia.”

La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa – MGallery by Sofitel is No 15 on the same list – its third appearance – besting the likes of big-name hotels like the Fullerton Bay and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and coming within […]

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Novotel Phu Quoc Resort gets 5* certification

The Novotel Phu Quoc Resort has announced that the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) had recognized the facilities and services of the resort on Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province as meeting five-star standards.

Novotel Phu Quoc was the first internationally managed property on the island to receive this accolade. VNAT sets rigorous standards for its star ratings, with five stars denoting the highest possible standards of physical facilities, service quality, and ability to meet diverse demands.

Lee Pearce, […]

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Graduated Indonesians struggle to find jobs

Although Indonesia is blessed with a demographic bonus, meaning that productive-aged people outnumber children and the elderly, many young graduates are having difficulties finding jobs because of a major skills gap.

Youth unemployment for those aged 15 to 24 is a serious problem in Indonesia, according to a study on skilled labor within five Southeast Asian countries released on Tuesday by JP Morgan and Singapore Management University (SMU).

Indonesia faces the most severe youth unemployment problem with close to 20 percent of […]

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