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Bintan Island, the next Bali?

Welcome to the popular Indonesian resort island you’ve probably never heard of.

It’s got beaches said to rival the Maldives, tropical rainforest and high-end resorts, yet Bintan Island remains relatively unknown among Australian tourists.



Just a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore, it is an emerging destination, particularly among Asian visitors.

While the bulk of the island’s visitors are Singaporean, there’s also been big growth in Chinese (up by 40 per cent) and Indian tourists (up 10 per cent) in recent years.



And although Aussies, […]

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Hilton Saigon Ho Chi Minh City to open in Q4 2019

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Hilton Worldwide announced on July 7 the signing of a management agreement with Saigon Cuu Long Corporation to manage Hilton Saigon. The new build hotel located in downtown Ho Chi Minh City will open in the fourth quarter of 2019. Hilton Worldwide currently operates Hilton Hanoi Opera and Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi in Vietnam and has three hotels in the pipeline including Hilton Da Nang.

“Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to grow our presence in […]

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel & Residences Bali to open mid 2018

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced an agreement to brand and manage a portfolio of luxury Residences at Mandarin Oriental adjacent to Mandarin Oriental, Bali.

The hotel and residences will form part of the Bukit Pandawa integrated resort development located on Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula. An initial 30 branded residences are scheduled to be completed at the same time as the hotel opens in mid-2018.

As with all Residences at Mandarin Oriental, owners of these private homes will be offered an exclusive extension to the luxury […]

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Secret Retreats adds 5 new properties across Asia

At Secret Retreats, it is our mission to discover magical new places and the hidden gems that exist across Asia, untouched and unnoticed by most of the world.

As such, we are delighted to announce the addition of five exquisite new properties to the collection and continue our journey into the heart and soul of places such as India, Cambodia, Thailand and Bali.

Showcasing a unique range of luxury offerings that includes hotels, inns, camps, cruises, villas and restaurants, the Secret Retreats […]

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FLC Group to build 20 golf courses in Vietnam

Thailand – Publicly-listed Vietnam company, FLC Group, has announced plans to build 20 new golf courses in Vietnam in the next five years.

The Hanoi-based company – a major developer of apartments, shopping centres, industrial parks and resorts – already has USD1 billion of golf resort development under way or completed at four locations on Vietnam’s 3260-kilometre coastline.

Its first integrated resort, at Sam Son, 170km south-east of Hanoi, opened earlier this year. The second, with a Jack Nicklaus course that opened […]

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Sharp rise in tourist numbers to Indonesia

Recent expansion of a free-visa policy and aggressive promotion have proved a boon for Indonesia’s tourist industry, with foreign visitor arrivals in May once more exceeding 900,000, a monthly figure traditionally not reached until the latter months of the year.

The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced on Friday that total foreign visitors had reached 915,200 in May, topping 900,000 for a third consecutive month.

Of the total number, Australian visitors accounted for 101,857, while those from China amounted to 110,035. The figures […]

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