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Asia’s most exciting 2017 hotel openings

(CNN)–It already has some of the best destinations on the planet and in 2017 Asia will be able to claim even more of the best hotels as prestigious new venues open up.

While historic hotels continue to be a thing, new trends are also an influence, says Sii Eawsakul, founder of ‪ and one of Asia’s leading women of online travel.
“The region’s heritage properties — Raffles Singapore, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, and the Eastern & Oriental hotels of Asia — hark […]

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Meliá Hotels International marks entry into Bangkok with signing of Meliá Bangkok

Meliá Hotels International, Spain’s leading hotel group, today announced the signing of Meliá Bangkok, marking the group’s first property in Bangkok and second overall in the country. Meliá Bangkok forms part of Meliá’s strategic focus on international growth – one that has made Meliá the first Spanish hotel group to open hotels in markets, such as China, the U.S. and the U.A.E.

The new agreement with Asset World (TCCAW), a member of TCC Group, one of the largest business conglomerates in Thailand, […]

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Foreigners to be put in charge of some of Indonesia’s state-owned enterprises

While many Indonesians are paranoid about foreign workers coming to Indonesia and stealing work, President Joko Widodo has said he wants to put foreign workers in charge of some of the country’s state-owned businesses.

Speaking at the State Palace yesterday, Jokowi said that the leaders of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) should have a strong drive and promote healthy competition so that SOEs can continue to advance and develop to their fullest.

“I even want there to be three or four bule professionals leading […]

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JW Marriott Phu Quoc set to open January 25

The JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa at Khem Beach on Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province will be launched on January 25, just three days prior to the Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet.

The resort designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley offers a selection of 243 lavish rooms, suites, apartments and villas. Measuring a minimum of 54 square meters, the resort’s guestrooms provide generous space for indulgence.

There are three restaurants and a bar, including Tempus Fugit (meaning “Time Flies” […]

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Trump’s Indonesia resort projects to go ahead despite conflict of interest criticism

Jakarta. US President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly going ahead with business ventures in Indonesia, despite pledging an end to foreign business deals which could spark a conflict of interest.

The Trump Organization, which manages Trump’s business ventures and investments, has contracts to develop two large resort projects in Indonesia — one in Lido, West Java, and another in tourism spot Bali — according to a New York Times report published Saturday (31/12).

“Construction is well underway and will proceed as planned,” Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda […]

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The world’s best places to retire in 2017, the leading authority on global retirement and relocation opportunities, has just released its Annual Global Retirement Index for 2017.

This year’s Index ranks the top 24 retirement destinations in the world in 10 categories, including: buying and renting property; benefits and discounts; visas and residence; cost of living; fitting in; entertainment and amenities; healthcare; healthy lifestyle; infrastructure; and climate.

For the past 26 years, has used an extensive network of editors, correspondents, contributors, and contacts based around the world to amass […]

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