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Master plan to reshape Singapore’s Sentosa, Brani islands revealed

Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) has unveiled a comprehensive master plan aimed at redeveloping the Sentosa and Pulau Brani islands into “a game-changing leisure and tourism destination” in Singapore, as part of the upcoming Greater Southern Waterfront precinct announced earlier this year.

The Sentosa-Brani Master Plan will be implemented in phases over the coming two to three decades, which will see the introduction of world-class attractions and new spaces and concepts, including rejuvenated beaches and expanded nature and heritage trails.

The redeveloped islands will feature […]

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Indonesia’s capital move could lead to US$99 million revenue loss for Jakarta’s hotels

Since Indonesian president Joko Widodo announced the plan to move the country’s capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, hospitality consulting firm Horwath HTL projects that the revenue that Jakarta hotels will lose to their counterparts in Kalimantan stands at around 1.4 trillion rupiah (US$99 million) annually.

Horwath HTL Jakarta’s business development manager Christy Megawati said: “While the global media scrambled to locate Balikpapan and sensationalise the plight of the Bornean orangutan, we got to thinking about the effect it will have on the […]

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Marriott International to triple portfolio in Philippines over next 5 years

MANILA – Marriott International has announced aggressive expansion plans in the Philippines, which will see the group adding 14 hotels by 2024 while also debuting five new brands including The Ritz-Carlton, Element and Westin.

With four hotels in three local destinations currently, this announcement will also mark Marriott’s debut in five new cities: Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, Mactan and Palawan.

By end 2024, Philippines will welcome over 3,700 new rooms for travellers under the MI brand.

“The amazing growth we’re seeing in the Philippines […]

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Bali says ‘Adultery Act’ cannot be enforced

DENPASAR – Bali’s travel industry has been quick to respond to reports that Indonesia will ban holiday sex between unmarried couples.

The proposal to class sex outside marriage as a criminal offence in Indonesia not only unleashed a strong reaction on social media, it also prompted Australia’s Smart Traveller website to draw attention to the proposed law in its official travel advice.

Bali is now rushing to outline the facts of the issue, namely the proposal of what is commonly mentioned as […]

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Cross Hotels signs new hotel in Halong Bay

Cross Hotels and Resorts has expanded its presence in Vietnam with the signing of a hotel management agreement for the X2 Vibe Halong Bay, in collaboration with Halong Bay Hotel Joint Stock Company, a subsidiary of Vietnamtourism – Hanoi JSC.

Set to open in late 2023, the 470-key, 39-storey property will be located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, less than 60km from Van Don International Airport and a few hours from Noi Bai International […]

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Universal Beijing Resort plans for 2021 launch

The Universal Beijing Resort (UBR), which is Universal Studios’ Beijing theme park, will be opening in 2021, the company said on its official WeChat account.

Upon completion, it will be the largest Universal theme park in the world.

A 2021 opening has been given to the Universal Beijing Resort

The park project was announced in 2014, and will be the fifth Universal theme park worldwide, and the third in Asia.

Additionally, UBR will also debut two hotels, namely, The Universal Studios Grand Hotel and […]

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