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Bali warns ill-mannered tourists: Behave or go home

Not for the first, and almost certainly not for the last, Balinese people have been angered by the tawdry antics of tourists – in this case a pair of disrespectful Czech Instagram ‘influencers’.

A man was shown lifting up the skirt of his girlfriend and splashing holy water on her bottom in a temple in Bali’s Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud.

In the ensuing public backlash, Wayan Koster, the island’s governor, said the local government would step up its role in […]

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Swiss-Belhotel aims to expand its Vietnamese portfolio to at least 10 hotels

Swiss-Belhotel International has outlined its plans for a major expansion of its hotel collection in Vietnam, where the group currently operates one hotel, Swiss-Belresort Tuyen Lam, in the country’s Central Highlands.

Now the company is aiming to expand its Vietnamese portfolio to at least 10 hotels and resorts by 2021, including landmark openings in important business and leisure destinations across the country.

Swiss-Belhotel International has already signed two new hotels in Vietnam. Firstly, Swiss-Belhotel Suites & Residences Ha Long Bay is scheduled […]

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More hotel supply continues to be pumped into Asia Pacific

Hotel construction boom in Asia Pacific has no signs of abating, as 27% more hotel rooms are expected to open doors soon compared to the same period last year, according to data by STR.

The London-headquartered hotel research company found that there are 2,109 hotel projects currently being built across the Asia-Pacific region as of July, accounting for 470,650 rooms.

Five countries reported more than 20,000 rooms under construction.

Unsurprisingly, China is expected to generate more than half of the supply boom with […]

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Pan Pacific to open Parkroyal serviced residence in Hanoi

Singapore-headquartered Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG) is bringing its first serviced suite product into Vietnam, with the opening of Parkroyal Serviced Suites Hanoi in 2020.

This marks the debut of the group’s Parkroyal brand in Hanoi, where it already operates the Pan Pacific Hanoi. With this latest addition, the number of PPHG’s properties in Vietnam will total three, including the Parkroyal Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City.

Located at the scenic West Lake, the 126-unit Parkroyal Serviced Suites Hanoi is less than […]

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Autograph Collection’s first Cambodia hotel to debut in 2022

Cambodia will welcome its first property under the Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s portfolio of more than 170 independent hotels around the world, when The KHŌM Hotel opens in Phnom Penh come early 2022.

Centrally located in Phnom Penh on Oknha Suor Srun Street off Preah Suramarit Boulevard, the 130-key property will bring in a selection of culinary options, including a themed specialty restaurant, a casual café and an all-day dining restaurant featuring a semi-open kitchen and flexible buffet set-up. There […]

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M. Group will launch its latest project in Bali – boutique hotel The Clubhouse at Ulu in September

M. Group will launch its latest project in Bali – boutique hotel The Clubhouse at Ulu in September – alongside sister-property Ulu Cliffhouse beach club.

Clifftop at Uluwatu, The Clubhouse at Ulu is a collection of seven individually-appointed suites, each named after the seven legendary surf breaks that surround the property, including Padang Padang, Impossibles and Racetracks.

Each of The Clubhouse at Ulu’s suites offers four poster beds, 1950s California style furnishings, cocktail bars with private bartenders and freestanding baths.

Guests will also […]

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