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Changes in Indonesia immigration rules: new paradigm or business as usual?

Should the government’s changes to the immigration process – particularly the use of formality agents for visas and stay permit applications – be a cause for panic?

With its 17,500 islands, culturally diverse population, warm and friendly people, rich tradition of music and art, sumptuous culinary offerings and generally laid-back ambiance, Indonesia is without a doubt an excellent lifestyle destination for expats from around the world.

The world’s largest archipelago has thriving industries in tourism, energy, hospitality and entertainment, among others. The […]

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5 Charity activities in 5 weeks!

Last 5 weeks Bali has been very active on the charity front, a big thanks to all those organizations who are making a difference. And of course, we were present!

Below pictures of 5 of the events attended by our Global Expat Team:


Starwood “Run to Give 2016” – October 16, 2016

Annual charity fundraising effort ‘Run to Give′ with 10 Starwood Hotels & […]

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Staywell partners with HMS to expand in Vietnam and Thailand

Australian-owned Hotel Management Company StayWell Hospitality Group (SWHG) is keeping its eye firmly on the prize of further international expansion with a new partnership with Asian based Hospitality Management Solutions Co. Ltd (HMS).

The newly formed Master Licensing Agreement between the two parties will enable SWHG to significantly grow its Park Regis and Leisure Inn brands within the Vietnam and Thailand markets.

This partnership agreement follows the formation of a United Kingdom based-partnership between SWHG and renowned hospitality company Fiveways Hospitality, which […]

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Asia Pacific hotel performance for October 2016

LONDON – Hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported nearly flat results in the three key performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollar constant currency, according to October 2016 data from STR.

Compared with October 2015, the Asia Pacific region reported a 0.5% increase in occupancy to 71.3%. However, average daily rate (ADR) dipped 0.4% to US$103.77, and revenue per available room (RevPAR) was mostly flat (+0.1% to US$74.02).

Performance of featured countries for October 2016 (local currency, year-over-year comparisons):

India reported its […]

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Aston Primera Pasteur Bandung rebrands into Holiday Inn Bandung Pasteur

The 278-room hotel, which previously operated as the Aston Primera Pasteur Bandung, joins the IHG family of hotels in Indonesia following the signing of a management agreement with PT Wisma Resortama Propertinda earlier this year, according to IHG.

Situated a short 10-minute drive from Husein Sastranegara International Airport and 15 minutes from the central railway station, Holiday Inn Bandung Pasteur is ideal for travellers seeking convenient access to the city. Guests arriving from Jakarta will also appreciate the hotel’s close proximity […]

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New-Concept POP! Hotel opens in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta. Tauzia Hotel Management opened a third POP! Hotel in Yogyakarta on Thursday (24/11), with a new, eco-friendly concept known as POP! Blue.

The distinction is not only in the logo – with a blue “O” in the middle – but also in the hotel’s warm, welcoming lobby. The concept was first introduced at POP! Hotel Pasar Baru.

“Similar to our hotel in Pasar Baru, POP! Hotel Timoho Yogyakarta also offers an atmospheric lobby with a PitStop concept, combining cafe lounge vibes and a […]

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