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Capsule hotels: small spaces with big potential

Sleeping in a box which is 2 meters long and a little over 1 meter high and wide is becoming the low cost, Japanese-style choice of thousands of international travelers.

Launched in Osaka in 1979 to enable local businessmen enjoy an evening out, capsule hotels are now mainly aimed at international travelers. Growing numbers of these hotels have opened in recent years across Asia and into Europe and the Americas to cater for the rise in single travelers looking for low-priced […]

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Mövenpick on track to triple Asian portfolio

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is undertaking a major expansion in Asia, with plans to more than triple its regional portfolio from nine to 30 properties by 2020.

Speaking to Travel Daily at ITB Asia on Wednesday, Holger Jakobs, Mövenpick’s vice president of sales & marketing for Asia, revealed that Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia would account for a large part of this growth, with multiple new hotels either signed or under negotiation in these countries.

“There is a lot of focus on our […]

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Anantara Kalutara Resort opens in Sri Lanka

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas announced the opening of its second resort in Sri Lanka. The doors have opened at the 141-key Anantara Kalutara Resort, a peacefully secluded hideaway located along the island’s southwest coast.

Only ten minutes from the town of Kalutara and an hour south of the capital Colombo, Anantara Kalutara has a unique setting between the Indian Ocean and Kalu River and boasts coastal, river and lagoon frontage, providing a tranquil retreat in between the array of enriching […]

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Absolute Hotel Services announces U Mui Ne Vietnam, to open late 2017

CEO of Absolute Hotel Services Group, Jonathan Wigley is delighted to announce a new branded property the U Mui Ne Vietnam. The resort is targeted to open in late 2017.

U Mui Ne is located on the beautiful beach front Bin Thuan province will consist of 108 rooms and villas including deluxe, premier deluxe, executive rooms and beach front pool villas. The facilities will include one specialty restaurant, a swimming pool with beach bar, 1,250 sqm meeting space, a gym, spa facilities […]

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Asia Pacific hotel pipeline for September 2016

LONDON — STR’s September 2016 Pipeline Report shows 582,271 rooms in 2,555 projects Under Contract in the Asia Pacific region. The total represents a 4.6% increase in rooms Under Contract compared with September 2015. Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage.

The region reported 238,829 rooms in 1,018 projects In Construction for the month, which is a 5.5% decrease in year-over-year comparisons.

Among Chain Scale segments, […]

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Gili Islands find their own identity as tourism stretches beyond Bali

Once upon a time Bali’s compelling imagery of an exotic tropical island escape with stunning sand swept beaches captured the world’s imagination. Today, the reality of an urbanizing resort destination that is coping with growing pains is seeing an increasing number of beach-centric travelers push beyond Bali to the nearby Gili Islands.

Last year the trio of islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air played host to nearly 450,000 hotel guests. The trajectory in room demand has been manifested by […]

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