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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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Absolute Hotel Services announces U Paasha Canggu Bali

CEO of Absolute Hotel Services Group Jonathan Wigley is delighted to announce a new branded property the U Paasha Canggu Bali. The resort is targeted to open in late 2018.

U Paasha Canggu Bali will be located at Jalan Raya Canggu, Pantai Berawa, Desa Tibuneneng, Kecamata Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Bandung, Bali, Indonesia with approximately 100-120 rooms consisting of suites and penthouses. Facilities will include a restaurant, pool, gym and a library plus some retail space.

The property will be the sister property […]

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Bali ranked the 10th Best Island in the World by Conde Nast

More than 300,000 sophisticated world travelers have cast their votes in the 29th Conde Nast Travel Readers’ Choice Award Survey, picking their favorite destinations, airlines, cruise lines, cities, islands, hotels, and resorts.

Although failing to rank as high as demonstrated in past surveys, the Island of Bali and the luxurious resorts featured prominently in the 2016 results in the follow categories:

Best Island in the World

Bali ranked #10 among the best islands of the world, but did include a cautionary note to […]

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Asia Pacific hotel performance for September 2016

LONDON — Hotels in the Asia Pacific region recorded mixed Q3 2016 results when reported in U.S. dollar constant currency, according to data from STR.

Compared with Q3 2015, the Asia Pacific region reported a 1.9% increase in occupancy to 71.3%. However, average daily rate was down 1.9% to US$97.34, and revenue per available room (RevPAR) was nearly flat (-0.1% to US$69.44).

Performance of featured countries for Q3 2016 (local currency, year-over-year comparisons):

Indonesia saw a 5.0% increase in occupancy to 64.5%, but […]

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