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Asian bookings for Hong Kong tumble in wake of protests

The recent wave of demonstrations in Hong Kong has deterred travel to the city, but the effect is short-term, according to a report from ForwardKeys.

In the four-week period from June 16 to July 13, flight bookings to Hong Kong from Asian markets fell by 5.4% on the equivalent period last year. In the first fortnight (June 16-29), bookings fell 9.0% and in the second (June 30 – July 30), 2.2%. This sharp set-back in bookings reversed a positive trend in […]

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Wynn Resorts unveils plans for new US$2b complex in Macau

Wynn Resorts has unveiled plans for a US$2 billion expansion of its properties in Macau including new hotel towers, an art museum, and more, Bloomberg reported.

To rise adjacent to the Wynn Palace on the Cotai peninsula, the Crystal Pavilion complex will include two hotel towers, interactive sculptures, gardens and a performance space in a glass and steel structure designed by architect Robert Stern.

Construction on the new complex will begin in 2021, with an opening scheduled for 2024.

Wynn is also planning […]

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Bali & Cambodia ready to crack down on dodgy operators

The Bali administration has vowed to clamp down on illegal Russian tour guides operating on the island, claiming they are “damaging Bali’s tourism image”.

“How could they give details and correct explanations about Balinese culture? They may only tell false stories about Bali to their guests,” Bali Tourism Agency acting head Putu Astawa told The Jakarta Post.

The crackdown follows a report from the Indonesian Tour Guide Association (HPI) Bali, which alleges many Russian nationals worked illegally as tour guides in Bali.

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Ascott continues expansion spree with another 26 properties

Through these new signings, Ascott will enter six new cities across Asia-Pacific, Central Asia and Africa. It will foray into Atyrau in Kazakhstan, Nairobi in Kenya, Yokohama in Japan, Seongnam in South Korea, as well as Cam Ranh and Hoi An in Vietnam.

Ascott has also expanded its presence in 14 cities – Melbourne and Sydney in Australia; Chengdu, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Xi’an in China; Bogor and Jambi in Indonesia; Cyberjaya in Kuala Lumpur; Cebu in the Philippines; […]

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C9 warns of stress in Phuket hotel market with pipeline set to spike

Phuket’s accommodation market is predicted to face stress in the short- to medium-term with soaring hotel supply expected to be challenged by declining tourism demand, according to new analysis by C9 Hotelworks.

The Thai resort destination has a development pipeline of 15,348 keys set to enter the market over the next five years, which represents an 18% push in total supply, C9’s Phuket Hotel Market Update Mid-Year Edition revealed.

During the first four months of 2019, considered a high season, year-on-year international […]

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Artotel adds first phinisi yacht to management portfolio

Indonesia’s Artotel Group is making its first foray into phinisi yacht operation, having been appointed by boat owner Siji Sysstima to bring on board its hospitality expertise.

Malaillo, the first phinis to be operated by Artotel Group, is expected to sail Labuan Bajo and Raja Ampat in March 2020. The boat’s name is based on an ancient word used by the Bugis to refer to a never-ending hum.

Siji Sysstima’s Basha Himawan (left) with Artotel GRoup’s Eduard Rufolf […]

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