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Hilton continues rapid expansion in Asia-Pacific

Hilton reached the mid-year point of 2019 having signed 120 new hotels in Asia Pacific, taking its total estate to 845 hotels open and under development across the region. The latest wave of growth has come from across Hilton’s portfolio of eight trading brands in Asia Pacific, and in major markets including China, India, Japan, Australia and South East Asia.

Alan Watts, area president, Asia Pacific at Hilton, said, “Looking at the volume of new hotels signed, we’ve had our best ever start to the year from a development standpoint. The […]

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Major power outage hit hotels, F&B businesses in Jakarta and surrounds

A massive power outage that struck Greater Jakarta and West Java last Sunday affected businesses in the hotel and F&B industries across the two provinces. The blackout, which lasted between five to 12 hours, was said to be the worst of its kind since 1997. In fact, some parts of the affected areas were still suffering from power supply disruption on Monday.

Hoteliers were hit hard by the hours-long blackout which plunged the city into darkness and left it in disarray, […]

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Swiss-Belhotel eyes Australasia expansion with five NZ hotels in pipeline

Swiss-Belhotel International is expanding its operations in New Zealand with the signing of two hotel developments in Queenstown.

Come late 2020, the company will simultaneously launch the two Kiwi-based operations: Swiss-Belhotel & Residences Queenstown, and the younger, more value-conscious brand Zest Queenstown by Swiss-Belhotel.

A rendering of the Swiss-Belhotel & Residences Queenstown

Swiss-Belhotel International already operates 10 Zest properties in Indonesia and this will be the first Zest to open in New Zealand.

The new properties will increase the company’s Australasian offering […]

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Meliá opens first Innside hotel in Vietnam

Spanish hotel company Meliá Hotels International has opened the Innside by Meliá Saigon Central in Ho Chi Minh City, the first hotel operated under the Innside brand in Vietnam.

The new hotel is the third brand to launch in Vietnam following Meliá Hotels & Resorts and Sol by Meliá, further consolidating the company’s plan to grow across the Asia Pacific region. The Innside by Meliá Saigon Central is the seventh property operating in the country, with an additional five hotels in […]

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Vivian Vitalis Chef De Cuisine Alila Seminyak

Dear Mr. Dietrich, I would like to express my gratitude and a big thank you to you and your team for giving me this great opportunity from the first interview until the end as I’ve been accepted in a five star resort in Seminyak. I have very much […]

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Bali will send low-cost airlines north to new airport

Budget flyers and premium passengers will arrive at airports at different ends of the island once Bali’s new northern airport opens in a few years’ time.

Construction is due to begin next year on Bali’s second international airport that will be built in the village of Kubutambahan, on the opposite end of the island to tourist favourites like Kuta, Nusa Dua and Seminyak.

“All the low-cost carriers in the north and the normal in the south,” Indonesian transport minister, Budi Karya Sumadi, […]

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