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Interview: John Flood, Archipelago International’s President and CEO

John Flood had only been in Indonesia for two years when he met Charles Brookfield. After a Europe-spanning career in the hotel industry, John had come to Indonesia to help manage a few villa properties in Bali, and decided to stick around for a while.

Eventually, Charles and John met, at first discussing John’s MBA but, in time, the conversation grew less and less theoretical. “We used to chat in Starbucks every afternoon on my break,” John recalls.

“We’d sit there for […]

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China’s foreigner ban leaves global businesses in limbo

BEIJING: China’s coronavirus travel ban is wreaking havoc among foreign companies and international schools, with many fearing for their future as executives, teachers and students
left stranded in their home countries.

A ban on most foreigners entering the country was implemented in March as the outbreak gathered pace overseas — leaving families separated and firms struggling without key employees.

Even those with valid residence or work permits, or who run businesses, have been shut out, and there was further doubt about when the restrictions […]

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Swiss-Belhotel International signs MOU for stunning Mui Ne, Vietnam property

Swiss-Belhotel International, one of the world’s fastest-growing hotel management groups, is continuing to expand its comprehensive footprint in South East Asia with new development in the exotic beach destination of Mui Ne, Vietnam.

Swiss-Belhotel International remains confident in the exciting tourism market of Vietnam which they have been involved in since 1994. Mr. Edward J. L. Faull, Swiss-Belhotel Senior Vice President Operations and Development – Vietnam and Thailand, said Vietnam’s economic elasticity has always been strong and its ability to bounce […]

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Bali to lead efforts to stimulate international tourism in Indonesia

“Bali is the capital of tourism in Indonesia,” said Nia Niscaya, deputy minister for Marketing, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia.

BALI – Bali will lead destination marketing efforts once Indonesia is ready to welcome back international tourists, according to Nia Niscaya, deputy minister for Marketing, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia.

Said Ms Niscaya, “We cannot wait till every destination is ready, so we will have to first prioritise Bali, which is the capital of […]

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Voco plants newest flag in South Melbourne

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed its seventh voco in Australasia, partnering BEKL to open a new property in South Melbourne come 2023.

Rendering of voco South Melbourne which is slated for a 2023 opening

Situated at the northern end of St Kilda Road, the new-build voco South Melbourne will feature 171 guestrooms, restaurant and bar spaces, four meeting rooms, and a gym.

The hotel will be the brand’s second property in Melbourne, after voco Melbourne Central, which is currently under construction and […]

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The Expat life is struggling to survive Covid-19

Stuck in an apartment with a toddler and a newborn wasn’t Australian Nikki Martin’s dream of the exotic expat life. Like many in Singapore in late January, she was watching anxiously as daily coronavirus case numbers climbed. After seven years working in the city-state, and in the United Arab Emirates before that, there was a small window to leave, and she took it. “I packed a few suitcases, and that was it,” says the 37-year-old marketing executive. “Within 36 hours […]

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