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Vietnam is well placed to lead in affordable hospitality

Vietnam is well placed to lead in affordable hospitality They spent 10 years fighting the Americans, 100 years in a fracas with the French, and 1,000 years defending themselves from the various invasions, incursions and cultural assimilations at the hands of giant neighbour China. Despite this, the Vietnamese are an industrious, cheerful, peace-loving and hard-working people, fiercely proud of their national identity yet quick to forgive and embrace their old enemies, with a legendary work ethic described by the French […]

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Asia Pacific hotel pipeline for July 2016

LONDON – STR’s July 2016 Pipeline Report shows 585,492 rooms in 2,547 projects Under Contract in the Asia Pacific region. The total represents a 5.1% increase in rooms Under Contract compared with July 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 255,525 rooms in 1,042 projects In Construction for the month, a 0.6% decrease in year-over-year comparisons.

Among the region’s key markets, Shanghai, China, reported […]

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Four Points Jakarta Thamrin Hotel opens in the capital of Indonesia

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), along with PT Thamrin Ekspress Indonesia today jointly announced the opening of Four Points Jakarta, Thamrin. The opening marks the first Four Points property in Jakarta, and the sixth in Indonesia. The hotel is part of an approximate 159,000 square foot mixed used development that consists of offices located on the upper floors of the building and the hotel.

“Built for the smart, independent business traveler, Four Points continues to offer our guests […]

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Asia cruise industry continues to grow at record pace

Washington, USA – Asia has been confirmed as the world’s fastest growing source of cruise passengers, with a new Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) report showing the region experienced an unprecedented 24 per cent increase in passenger numbers last year.

According to CLIA’s Asia Cruise Trends study, the cruise industry in Asia is growing at a record pace, with 2.08 million people from the region taking an ocean cruise in 2015.

The report shows that China accounted for almost half the region’s cruise passengers, with […]

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Why it’s never been a better time to travel than 2016

The news media, in all its forms tends to inform us of life’s disasters and its a well know maxim in journalism that “if it bleeds it leads”. As a tourism risk and crisis management specialist I am well aware of the many threats to the viability of tourism in a wide variety of destinations.

This year Turkey, France, Belgium, Philippines and most recently Thailand have experienced very real threats to their tourism industries from terrorists or political malcontents. The Olympic […]

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Ian Cameron named GM at Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta

Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta announced the recent appointment of its new General Manager, Mr. Ian Mcdonald Cameron, a British nationality with over 30 years international experience in the hospitality industry.

Ian Cameron is a seasoned international hotelier whose passion for the industry has resulted in an impressive career spanning International chain hotel in United Kingdom, Scotland, Thailand, South Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong & also Bali.

He holds a degree from Edinburgh Napier University. Ian Cameron also is a book & literature reader and […]

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