Jakarta has that sinking feeling as it prepares to evacuate

Indonesia has announced plans to build a new capital city, as its current capital Jakarta faces pollution problems, traffic gridlock and is sinking fast.

The country’s planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said that President Joko Widodo had chosen to relocate the capital out of its main island, Java. The island sits on the western edge of Indonesia, and is the most populous island with over 140 million people.

The new location has not yet been revealed, but the planning minister said his government […]

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Ritz-Carlton to open in One Bangkok mega development

After Koh Samui and Krabi, Bangkok will be the third destination in Thailand to boost a Ritz-Carlton hotel, the first in the capital.

Opening in 2023, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Bangkok will feature 259 guestrooms, including 32 suites and one Ritz-Carlton Suite, occupying levels 1 to 25 of a 50-storey building.

The 259-key Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Bangkok to open within One Bangkok come 2023

Facilities will include four restaurants and bars, and function facilities, among which will be one of the largest ballrooms […]

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Marriott officially checks into home-sharing business

Marriott International is entering into the vacation rentals space with the launch of Homes & Villas by Marriott International, a home rental initiative offering 2,000 premium and luxury homes located in over 100 destinations throughout the US, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

“The launch of Homes & Villas by Marriott International reflects our ongoing commitment to innovation as consumer travel needs evolve,” said Stephanie Linnartz, global chief commercial officer, Marriott International. “What started out as a pilot a year ago […]

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No peace for survivors of Bali bombing

Survivors of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people are furious at plans to redevelop the Sari Club site into a restaurant and nightclub complex. as “a knife to the heart”.

Phil Britten, 38, lost seven friends in the terror attacks 17 years ago. Since then, he and fellow survivors have dedicated themselves to building a peace park on the site of the destroyed Sari Club.

“The idea was to find a place of peace, irrespective of religion and race — […]

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One more for Rosewood in China, Rosewood Ningbo will open in 2024

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will add another hotel to its China collection when Rosewood Ningbo opens in 2024.

Rosewood’s growing pipeline in China’s megacities includes Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen, further expanding the brand’s established presence in Beijing, Sanya and the recently opened Rosewood Hong Kong.

“Ningbo is a vibrant city attracting a growing wave of young entrepreneurs and technology companies and is at the heart of innovation in China,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive of Rosewood Hotel Group.

Rosewood Ningbo will be […]

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi to open in July

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is set to debut on July 1st.

The all-villa resort spans across three private islands, providing secluded enclaves and a tranquil escape for discerning travellers complete with a plethora of activities for guests of all generations.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will offer a sophisticated and serene retreat just 30-minutes from Malé International Airport via the resort’s private yacht.

An escape or families and couples in search of space and exclusivity, the resort boasts 122 luxuriously appointed villas, each equipped […]

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