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IHG to double its footprint in Thailand

BANGKOK – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has partnered Thai real estate group Asset World Corporate (AWC) to develop more than 1,200 rooms across the country.

The partnership is part of IHG’s plans to double its portfolio in Thailand over the next three- to five years, said Serena Lim, vice president, development, IHG South East Asia and Korea.

The Group currently operates 29 existing hotels across six brands in Thailand, and is expecting to add a further 30 hotels.

The agreement will cover the […]

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Hyatt Regency makes a comeback in Kuala Lumpur

HONG KONG – Hyatt has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement to develop a new 450-room Hyatt Regency branded hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

Set to be completed in 2024, the new hotel will mark the return of the Hyatt Regency brand to Kuala Lumpur.

For leisure and business travellers visiting the Malaysian capital, Hyatt Regency Kuala Lumpur aims to provide guests with a seamless, intuitive service alongside refreshing food and beverage concepts and flexible spaces suited for […]

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Bali boom squeezes Ngurah Rai Airport capacity

DENPASAR – Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport is set for a further expansion as the growing popularity of the island tests the airport’s capacity.

Over the past five years, growth in total passenger numbers averaged 9% annually, leading to a 2019 record number of 24 million passengers. This was the figure quoted as the airport’s capacity when it was upgraded and extended in 2014.

In order to accommodate future growth, Indonesia is reviewing development plans that would allow the airport to serve 37.6 […]

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Australian tourism battles its own blaze

Australian tour operators are fighting the perception that the country is unsafe for visitors and that much of its naturally beautiful environment has been destroyed.

Misrepresentation of the bushfire crisis by international media has hurt Australian tourism
Many popular tourist destinations unaffected, visitors encouraged to stick to travel plans upon doing due diligence
Economic impact drastic in destinations across the country

Unaffected destinations such as the Blue Mountains (Three Sisters rock formation pictured) have registered a 60 per cent decrease in visitors

Australian tour operators […]

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Indonesia’s tourism investment stalls in tangle of red tape

JAKARTA – Efforts by Indonesia’s president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to relieve pressure on Bali’s tourism infrastructure by creating a series of ‘new Balis’ is being thwarted by too-strict regulations and super-slow bureaucracy, investors claim.

Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadalia said investors are attracted to the tourism sector but become “entangled in strange regulations”.

Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur temple in Central Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara and Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara are among 10 destinations being […]

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Struggling Sri Lanka tourism players urge extension of debt moratorium, visa-free travel

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is pressing the government to extend both the free tourist visa facility, and a moratorium on loan repayments to April 2021 until the sector sufficiently recovers from the devastating Easter terror attacks that took place 10 months ago.

In a bid to revive the tourism sector post-attacks, Sri Lanka launched a series of recovery efforts, including the tightening of security measures.

Sri Lanka’s tourism sector’s recovery post-terrorist attacks has been slow

Although Sri Lanka’s tourism are showing signs of gradual recovery, the pickup […]

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