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December 9, 2014

Bridge Over Troubled Water: 4th Annual Tourism Forum (TTF) to be Held at Intercontinental Bangkok in January 2015

Thailand's biggest annual hospitality event will be held in the Grand Ballroom on level 4 at the InterContinental Bangkok on Monday January 26 and will again see a gathering of the best minds in the business to share their views on a theme called "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

 

November 24, 2014

Rising Demand Keeps Bali Tourism Ahead of the Curve

Bali's hotels are seeing increased demand despite broader concerns about what seems to be an endless stream of new rooms coming online. In a new report released by leading hospitality firms Horwath HTL and C9 Hotelworks figures show the overseas arrivals though August of this year surged 14% year-on-year.

 

August 24, 2014

Strong Room Rates Propels Hotel Growth

Sri Lanka’s hotel sector is seeing a return to its dynamic growth story on the heels of strong rate growth. Through mid 2014 upscale and luxury hotels are experiencing surging average room rates (ADR) in excess of 9% year-on-year.

 

April 22, 2014

After The Shutdown, The Comeback: Leading Tourism Forum Unites Hospitality Heavyweights In Quest To Get Bangkok Back On Its Feet

'Brand Thailand' is on the ropes, reeling and trying to shake off the near-knockout blow dealt by the Bangkok Shutdown, with hotel occupancies down more than a third for Q1, 2014, a key tourism forum heard today.

 

April 3, 2014

Thailand at the Crossroads: Leading Forum Reboots to Find Way Forward After Bangkok Shutdown Threatens Tourism Meltdown

Leading travel and tourism platform, Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF) 2014, has been reconvened for April 21 as a result of strong demand from the local and regional trade eager to tap into a discussion that will provide indicators for the future of Asian's most dynamic tourism market.

 

March 11, 2014

Thailand's Phuket and Samui Resort Markets Mitigate Risk to Tourism Arrivals Through Dramatic Rise in Direct Airlift

Thailand's resort destinations of Phuket and Samui have taken a page from the iconic television show Survivor's playbook during the country's prolonged political crisis. Sharp increases in direct airlift to the two islands has seen tourism prosper in what could best be termed as Outwit, Outplay and Outlast.

 

December 12, 2013

Yangon's Hotel Pipeline Set to Triple Supply by 2015 as Industry Gathers Pace and Investment Increases

As Myanmar's gateway Yangon moves rapidly towards the one million annual visitor milestone, investment into the country's hospitality sector has fallen well short of forecasted growth.

 

December 12, 2013

China Travel Explosion Threatens Thailand's Tourism Equilibrium: How Will Thailand Cope With Mass Tourism?

The nation's pre-eminent gathering of tourism and travel industry experts, Thailand Tourism Forum 2014 (TTF), will examine how 'Lost in Thailand' took on a whole new meaning for Brand Thailand in 2013, with Chinese tourists remaining the spotlight as a key driver for Thailand's tourist arrivals while the country grapples with the dawn of mass tourism.

 

November 21, 2013

Manila's Gaming Push Aiming to Induce Tourism Demand To The Country

Manila's tourism market is taking a decided turn away from a vanilla offering to boost visitor numbers. This South East Asian casino dreamscape is setting up a battle between established gaming giants and independent operators in a high stakes contest of win or lose.

 

July 31, 2013

Phuket’s Tourism Market Sizzles As Nearly Half A Million Mainland Chinese Visitors Touch Down

Asia's surging China syndrome is reshaping the Phuket tourism market with one in four international visitors now coming from the Mainland. According to new data released by consulting firm C9 Hotelworks in the first half of 2013 the resort island attracted nearly half a million Chinese travelers.

 

April 3, 2013

Phuket's Tourism Economy Boosted US$1.2 Billion by Eastern European Visitors - Reveals Industry Report

Thailand's current tourism bull run is being underscored by a watershed of Eastern European travelers - a soaring source of business that delivered 1.6 million visitors in 2012, led by Russia with an 82% share.

 

March 12, 2013

Koh Samui Hotel Occupancy Rates Soar to Historic Highs, Reveals Industry Report

The tide has turned positively for tourism in Koh Samui as the Thailand resort destination racked up an all-time high island-wide occupancy of 68% for the full year 2012.

 

February 19, 2013

Paradigm Shift in Phuket Tourism Sees New Visitors Shun the Seaside as 5 Million Airport Arrivals Expected in 2013

A dynamic shift in Phuket's tourism market is seeing demand move away from the beach. In 2012, Russian and Chinese visitors accounted for 38% of international airport arrivals to the island according to a new report issued by consulting firm C9 Hotelworks.

 

February 5, 2013

Legal Casinos, One-Stop Visa and 'Demand Generators' Key to Thailand's Long-Term Success

The nation's pre-eminent gathering of tourism and travel industry experts has concluded that while Thailand looks headed for its best year for tourist numbers and revenues ever, action to legalise gaming, improve infrastructure and attract 'quality' travellers was urgently needed ahead of moves to introduce the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

 

January 17, 2013

Brand Bali Levitates Amidst Asean Uplift: Hotel Supply to Rise by Over 12,000 New Rooms

Bali's tourism market is defying gravity despite a looming pipeline of over 12,000 new hotel rooms. According to a newly released report by Horwath HTL and C9 Hotelworks the market-wide occupancy edged close to 70% with an overall average room rate of USD137 for the first half of 2012.

 

December 19, 2012

January Date Set For Thailand Tourism Forum

Is Thailand still amazing, or has it lost step with the competition? A scorecard on the state of the nation's hospitality industry will be presented at the upcoming 2nd Annual Thailand Tourism Forum on January 31st. Featured is a leadership summit with hotel executives Chanin Donavanik of Dusit International, Onyx Hospitality's Peter Henley, Minor Hotel Group's Dillip Rajakarier, and Clarence Tan of the InterContinental Hotels Group.

 

December 12, 2012

Booming Philippine Economy Fuels Resurgence of the Luxury Hospitality Market in Manila - Reveals C9 Hotelworks Report

The second fastest growing economy in Asia and a stable political environment are combining to fuel a surging Manila hospitality market, particularly in the high end luxury sector, with escalating room rates and strong occupancies setting the stage for dramatic future growth for the sector.

 

August 22, 2012

Phuket Hotels Hit 75% Occupancy in First Half of 2012

An 11% surge in airport arrivals in the first six months of 2012 for a total of 2.32 million passengers is driving Phuket's hospitality market as the destination chalks up a healthy 75% hotel occupancy island wide according to the Phuket Mid-Year Hotel Update report released today by leading hospitality consulting firm C9 Hotelworks.

 

June 13, 2012

Pattaya's Hotel Market Reaches New Heights as the Destination Expects to accommodate a Record Eight Million Hotel Guests In 2012 - Reveals Industry Report

Thailand's popular Eastern Seaboard resort destination Pattaya is on track to accommodate over 8 million hotel guests in 2012 - a record for Pattaya and the highest ever for any Thai resort destination.

 

March 20, 2012

Affluent Travelers Drive Koh Samui Resort Occupancies and Rates Up Reveals Industry Report

While Thailand's frenzied hotel development pipeline continues to be driven on steroids, Koh Samui has been quietly going about it's business with high-end property openings that are driving occupancies and rates higher and establishing the destination resort island as a bright spot on the horizon.

 

February 28, 2012

Phuket International Airport to Reach Breaking Point with 9 Million Passengers Forecast in 2012 - Reveals Inducrty Report

Capacity at Phuket International Airport is expected to reach critical levels this year with the thriving tourist destination expected to handle a staggering nine million passengers in 2012, according to a report released by leading hospitality consultancy C9 Hotelworks today.

 

February 1, 2012

Brand Phuket's X-Factor News Site Hits Global Audience

Despite the crises that have beset Thailand over the past five years Phuket continues to post remarkable growth. It remains entrenched in travelers' minds as not only Asia's most popular tourism island, but one of the most desirable leisure destinations for investors and entrepreneurs worldwide.

 

August 23, 2011

Battle of the Brands as Koh Samui Goes Global

An influx of international hotel chains to the third largest island in Thailand – Koh Samui – is setting the stage for fierce brand competition.

 

August 9, 2011

Phuket Arrivals Forecast to Top Four Million in 2011

With tourism numbers surging, Phuket Airport is expecting a record four million passenger arrivals this year.

 

July 20, 2011

Eat Pray Sell Drives Bali Hotel Villa-Fication

Much like the Julia Roberts Hollywood movie Eat Pray Love that spurred new destination brand recognition, Bali is enjoying a golden era in its tourism and property sectors.

 

July 7, 2011

Sri Lankan Gold Coast Next Asian Boom Market

Sri Lanka’s resort real estate sector is set to be Asia’s next success story according to market research conducted by leading international property consulting firm C9 Hotelworks.

 

February 10, 2011

Mega Projects Define Luang Prabang Dilemma

LUANG PRABANG, LAOS. One of Southeast Asias most charming cultural heritage destinations Luang Prabang is fast approaching a tipping point.

 

February 10, 2011

Koh Samui Airlift Hits Hotel Performance

Koh Samui's four-year hotel building boom is threatening to undermine the long-term success of the destination as supply outstrips an arrivals demand hamstrung by severely limited airlift, according to Samui Hotel Market Update 2010, released today by leading consulting firm C9 Hotelworks.

 

January 25, 2011

Best Year Ever for Phuket Tourism Arrivals

Phuket passenger traffic smashed all previous records with 3.5 million arrivals during 2010 - or 22% growth over the previous year with new markets such as Russia and China emerging as the major drivers of growth.

 

August 18, 2010

Soaring Airline Arrivals As Phuket Leads Thailand's Tourism Recovery

Passenger traffic through Phuket International Airport surged 28% in the first half of this year compared to 2009, marking a dramatic recovery for the destination as it leads Thailand's tourism revival and a return to the boom year of 2007.

 

July 28, 2010

Samui Hotels Up USD25.5 Million In First Half of 2010

A sharp upswing in visitor arrivals to the resort island of Koh Samui translated into a USD25.5 million increase in hotel room revenue in the first six months of this year compared to H1 2009, according to research by leading consulting firm C9 Hotelworks' Samui 2010 Hotel Market Update.

 

January 25, 2010

Phuket Hotels Lose US$300 Million in Rate Plunge

Industry-wide discounting by Phuket hotels cost the industry on the island US$300 million in room revenue in 2009, according to the Phuket Hotel Market Update report compiled by leading Thailand consultancy C9 Hotelworks.

 

October 8, 2009

Report Shows Phuket Shared Property Ownership Is Multi-Million Dollar Sector

Shared ownership sales for Phuket represented USD61.2 million for 2008, validating the sector's stability despite the economic downturn, according to a recently released comprehensive research study into the industry.

 

August 4, 2009

Phuket Report Shows 48% Of All Hotel Projects Delayed

Up to 48% of all new hotel developments in Phuket are experiencing major construction delays triggered by the global economic downturn and concerns over Thailand's political stability, an authoritative report has found.

 

March 3, 2009

Samui's Luxury Property Market Faces Challenging Times

Global and domestic crises are worsening and moving through the first quarter of 2009 the market outlook forecasts an extremely challenging property market in Samui and other key resort areas in Thailand, according to C9 Hotelworks latest Samui Luxury Villa Market Report.

 

December 12, 2008

New Hotels Set to Open in Phuket Over Next Three Years

Development of new Phuket hotel properties remains strong, despite ongoing political issues in the country and international financial downturn. Thirty new hotels are at various stages of development with over 4,918 rooms due to hit the supply side over the next three years through 2011, according to market research conducted by leading Thailand hospitality consulting firm, C9 Hotelworks.

 

November 25, 2008 C9 Hotelworks Advises Developers of New Langham And Outrigger Branded Hotels in Phuket, Thailand.

 

March 11, 2008 Coveted Phuket 2008 Gekko Awards Announced at Glittering Ceremony

 

July 25, 2007 Phuket Hospitality Consultancy Delivers Gold in Prestigious PATA Marketing Awards

 

October, 2003 Bill Barnett Launches C9 Hotelworks in Phuket

 

TV Appearances

 

August 7, 2009
"Morning Talk" TV Programme

 

December 23, 2008 CNBC
Travel Woes

Assessing the business of travel amid the global economic downturn, with Bill Barnett, MD at C9 Hotelworks, speaking to CNBC's Martin Soong & Bill Barnett.

Press Coverage

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December, 2014 The Peak Magazine
Eyes On Islands

Whether for lifestyle or investment needs, ownership of pocket-size pieces of land in the ocean remains de rigueur among the world’s rich and famous – and its savviest investors.

 

September 11, 2014 TTG Asia
Dependence On Mass Tourism A Weakness For Phuket, Koh Samui

Resort destinations Phuket and Koh Samui have been significantly impacted by this year's political instability, and the market is becoming increasingly vulnerable to its dependence on mass tourism, new research from C9 Hotelworks reveals.

 

August 25, 2014 Bali Daily
Strong Room Rates Propels Hotel Growth

Sri Lanka’s hotel sector is seeing a return to its dynamic growth story on the heels of a strong rate growth. Through mid 2014, upscale and luxury hotels are experiencing surging average room rates (ADR) in excess of 9% year-on-year.

 

July 8, 2014 Bali Daily
Investors Setting Sights on Lombok for Villas

Investors are targeting Lombok to build luxury accommodation, with some five-star resort projects starting to take place on Bali’s neighboring island.

 

May 27, 2014 The Wall Street Journal
Turmoil Costing Thailand Conference Business

Months of raucous street demonstrations - culminating in Thursday's military coup - are walloping an important sector of Thailand's travel industry: the meetings and conferences business.

 

March 17, 2014 Bangkok Post
Tourism in the ‘New’ Myanmar

Pictures of pagodas, Buddhist temples, palaces, parks, historical and cultural sites, friendly faces and innocent smiles of local people are flourishing on social media sites all over the world. They hold the promise of a new paradise for photographers and those with an adventurous spirit looking to discover the hidden charms of an undiscovered land.

 

January 11, 2014 Jakarta Post
Budget Hotel Growth Predicted to Slow Down

After remarkable growth over the past several years, the development of budget hotels in Bali is predicted to slow down this year, property analysts said Friday.

 

December 25, 2013 Bangkok Post
Myanmar's Hotel Sector Enjoys Boom

The hospitality business in Myanmar is on track for further growth, although investors should conduct project feasibility studies and avoid speculative investment, says tourism and property consultancy.

 

December 13, 2013 The Nation
Speculation-Driven Land Prices Stunting Myanmar Hospitality Sector

Though Yangon is moving rapidly towards the milestone of a million visitors a year, investment in Myanmar's hospitality sector has fallen well short of forecast growth, mainly because of speculation-driven land prices.

 

November, 2013 Phuket Tatler
The Name Game

Phuket’s real estate sector has weathered numerous disasters by staying ahead of the game; the latest shift is to condos and apartments with hotel branding. Bill Barnett reports.

 

September, 2013 Hotelier Indonesia
Hot Interview: Bill Barnett

With experience spanning over three decades, Bill Barnett, managing director, acquired hi expertise working in the hospitality industry within both key and emerging markets. Always taking a hands on approach, he has developed an invaluable 'grass roots' knowledge of the property and hospitality industry that is passed on to his clients.

 

Aug 30, 2013 The New York Times
In Myanmar, Sailing in the Wake of Kipling and Orwell

When Daniel and Susy Florens booked a five-star honeymoon with stops in some of Asia’s premier luxury destinations, Myanmar seemed like just another stop on the itinerary.

 

Aug 19, 2013 TTR Weekly
Samui Hotels Grab Businessa

Increasing visitor arrivals pushed Samui’s mid-year hotel occupancy to 75%, C9 Hotelworks reports in its latest business analysis of the island’s tourism.

 

Aug 12, 2013 Property Report
Growth and change for Koh Samui

According to latest figures from internationally recognised hospitality consulting firm C9 Hotelworks, Koh Samui’s occupancy for the first half of 2013 saw year on year growth of 7 percent.

 

July 31, 2013 TTG Asia
Chinese Sarm to Phuket Raises Concerns

Chinese visitors to Phuket reached record levels in 1H2013 when almost half a million mainlanders came to the island, a growing trend that is changing the face of tourism "from west to east".

 

June 23, 2013 Post Magazine - South China Morning Post
City Scope: Amazed and Confused

As it spares little expense in telling the entire planet, Hong Kong is Asia's World City. So how come Bangkok gets all the tourists?

 

April 16, 2013 Bangkok Post
Russians Spread Their Wings to South

Khao Lak, Krabi and Koh Samui are expected to become popular destinations for Russian travellers thanks to beautiful beaches and convenient transport.

 

March, 2013 Phuket Gazette - Phuket Property Review
Will Eastern European Buyers Drive Phuket’s Property Boom?

In the south of the United States religious evangelists often talk in tongues that are nearly incomprehensible. Part of the fervor often comes with the handling of snakes. It’s pretty arcane and more than a little scary.

 

February 25, 2013 Bangkok Post
Phuket Positions Itself as 'Retail Therapy' Destination

A big increase in Chinese and Russian tourists has transformed the popular resort island of Phuket into a shopping destination.

 

February 8, 2013 Bangkok Post
Rolling the Dice

As the region's tourism rivalry raises the stakes, industry leaders say casinos could help Thailand keep its edge.

 

January 29, 2013 Jakarta Globe
Domestic Buyers Eye Bali Property

From an investment standpoint, Asia has domesticated itself in the midst of the global financial crisis. This is especially true for Bali, which has seen an influx of domestic buyers in the property market.

 

January 28, 2013 The Jakarta Post
Indonesians Backing Bali Condotel Market

A study by hospitality consulting firms Horwath HTL and C9 Hotelworks states that domestic buyers, mostly from Jakarta and Surabaya, dominate 80 percent of the condominium hotel (condotel) or residential hotels market in Bali.

 

January 28, 2013 The Jakarta post
Poor Infrastructure Impeding Samui's Tourism Growth

Koh Samui is expected to draw more hotel and residential investment despite last month's power glitch, but long-term prospects could be dented by poor infrastructure and planning, according to a market expert.

 

January 16, 2013 The Nation
Brand Bali Levitates Amid Asean Uplift

Bali's tourism market is defying gravity with a looming pipeline of more than 12,000 new hotel rooms, driven mainly by Australian tourists, domestic demand and more ahead of the Asean Economic Community.

 

January 4, 2013 Bangkok Post
Asean Poised for Beach Boom

The Asean Economic Community, scheduled to kick off three years from now, is creating new business potential for beach destinations such as Palawan in the Philippines, Lombok in Indonesia and Desaru in Malaysia, as well as Thailand's Krabi and Phangnga provinces.

 

December 24, 2012 INQUIRER.net
PH Boom Fuels Resurgence in Luxury Hotel Market

Having the second fastest growing economy in Asia and a stable political environment, the Philippines experienced a surge in investments, particularly in the high end luxury sector of its hospitality market, according to a report by C9 Hotelworks.

 

December 12, 2012 BusinessWorld Online Edition
Development of Tourist Attractions Pushed

Other Attractions should be developed as entertainment and gaming hubs will not be enough to entice tourists, an official of a consultancy firm yesterday said.

 

November, 2012 Phuket Gazette, Phuket Property Review
Foreign Investors are Back

A multi-billion baht property investment by Hong Kong’s New World Group is leading a pack of world class real estate and tourism projects under development on the island.

 

October, 2012 Perspective Magazine
Changing Face of the Asian Tourism Marketplace

In a master storyline that has shifted from trading places to trading faces, Asia’s booming travel market has undergone a massive shift since the global financial crisis. This game changing about face can best be demonstrated in the region’s leisure destinations..

 

October 16, 2012 The Nation
Experts See Bright Outlook for Samui Hospitality Sector

Experts are upbeat about the prospects for the hospitality industry on Koh Samui this year and in the future, in line with the national tourism outlook and despite the European financial crisis continuing to pose a risk to the sector.

 

August 22, 2012 Bangkok Post
Phuket Tourism Outlook Bright, Infrastructure Lags

C9 Hotelworks, a consulting firm specialising in hotels, tourism and property development in Asia Pacific, still sees bright prospects for tourism in Phuket despite the fire that ravaged Tiger Pub and killed four people last week.

 

August 22, 2012 The Nation
Phuket Hotel Industry Expects Good Year Overall

The hospitality industry in Phuket is upbeat about prospects for the remainder of the year, although the resort island continues to encounter barriers such as its airports urgent need for an upgrade and the ongoing financial crisis in Europe, which will dent the number of international arrivals.

 

July 1, 2012 Pattaya Today
8 Million Tourists Coming to Pattaya.

Thailand's favourite destination is expected to welcome eight million hotel guests during 2012, a record for Pattaya and the highest ever for any Thai resort. The sharp upturn is partly due to a surge in the Thai domestic market of the upwardly growing middle class attracted by recent improvements in transport and infrastructure.

 

June 14, 2012 The Nation
Boom Seen in Pattaya Tourism, 8M Expected

Pattaya, the popular Eastern Seaboard beach resort is on a track to welcome more than 8 million hotel guests this year - a record for the city as well as any upcountry tourist destination - thanks to the growth of middle class consumers in Asia and the development of good infrastructure that allows better access to the city.

 

June 13, 2012 Bangkok post
Pattaya on Course to See Record Numbers

Pattaya is on track to accomodate a record 8 million hotel guests this year, the highest ever for a Thai resort destination, as improvements in the domestic market and infrastructures boost demand, says a hotel industry report.

 

June, 2012 Phuket Gazette
Phuket Property Review

 

June 2, 2012 Phuket Gazette
Sports Tourism 'Scores Big'

An expert panel fosters dialogue about marketing "Brand Phuket" to sports tourists.

 

May, 2012 Property Report South East Asia
A Close Burma Shave

Myanmar’s new found freedom is already luring overseas property investors in droves, but will the market match all the buzz?

 

April, 2012 Property Report South East Asia
Celebrity Skin

Samuel Beckett, Donald Trump and the Candy Brothers would no doubt make for an eclectic celebrity red-carpet parade at any property award ceremony.

 

March, 2012 Global Hotel Network
GHN MARKET REPORT - Koh Samui

While Koh Samui remains one of Thailand’s top resort destinations, an influx of new luxury properties is driving a market repositioning in the tourism sector. Product induced demand has spurred a move to more affluent travelers which is paying off as rates and occupancy have shot up.

 

March, 2012 Property Report South East Asia
Bulletproof Real Estate

Managing investment risk may be quite a challenge, but it does not mean you have to head for the hills or don a bulletproof vest.

 

February, 2012 Property Report South East Asia
Listen to What the Man Said…

When the phone rings and opportunities call, it may be wise to remember the fundamentals and learn the lessons of the past..

 

January, 2012 Property Report South East Asia
Talking to Brando's Ghost

Facing the demons of failure in today's property market.

 

December 10, 2011 Phuket Gazette
Marketing Pros Call For Clarity In 'Brand Phuket'

The Greater Phuket chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) last Wednesday held constructive discussions about the evolution, direction and future of "Brand Phuket".

 

December, 2011 Property Report South East Asia
Honey, I Shrunk the Condo

Hollywood meets 'Propertywood' in a blaze of Technicolor glitter. The two may sound far from identical Siamese twins, but when attempting to go deep -- like those James Cameron submarines - into the amazing world of real estate contradictions and obstacles abound...

 

November, 2011 Prestige Magazine
Phuket Pleasures

Thailand's number one resort island pulls in additional pleasures for its growing number of visitors.

 

November, 2011 Property Report South East Asia
The Shape of Things to Come

The shifting sands of the global social and economic landscape continue to have a profound effect on Asia.

 

October, 2011 Property Report South East Asia
Hell and Brandation

Coming from the arcane science of market feasibility and analysis is one of those buzz–saw metrics we love to throw in reports is 'induced demand'. Essentially this is an answer to every question that puzzles man and womankind.

 

September, 2011 Property Report South East Asia
Bali's Branded 'Villa-fication'

A new mantra for property on the Island of the Gods has become "Eat, Pray, Sell". On the heels of an economic explosion in South East Asia's second largest economy, discretionary spending is on the rise.

 

August 10, 2011 Bangkok Post
Phuket's Tourism Boom Stretches Airport

With tourism numbers soaring, passenger traffic through Phuket Airport is expected to reach nearly 8 million this year, surpassing its designed capacity by 22%.

 

August, 2011 Property Report South East Asia
Peace Brings Property Hunters to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is staking its claim as an investment destination and building on a strong tradition of foreign property ownership to offer international buyers a range of appealing options.

 

July, 2011 Business Report Thailand
Phuket Climbs as Samui Flatlines

Phuket and Samui have long enjoyed most favoured status amongst international visitors to Thailand, but in an age of shifting markets, the Andaman Pearl is currently outperforming the Jewel in the Gulf.

 

June, 2011 Property Report Asia
Owning It - The Minority Report

Bill Barnett, founder and managing director of hospitality and property consulting firm C9 Hotelworks, negotiates the ownership maze in South East Asia.

 

May, 2011 Phuket Gazette
Phuket Property Review

 

Quarter 2, 2011 Phuket Magazine
Is Phuket's Golden Goose Laying Too Many Eggs?

Phuket's luxury property market is hardly a black and white affair. Nuances and subtleties are emerging which perhaps could fall into the bookshelves as 'chic noir'.

 

March 11, 2011 Phuket Property Report
Turning the Corner

The tourists are back in droves this high season in Phuket, but more arrivals may not bode well for the future health of the island's golden tourism goose.

 

March 2, 2011 South China Morning Post
Mainlanders Fuel Phuket Growth

Phuket's tourist portfolio has tracked significant changes in recent years, attracting Russian and mainland travellers to the Thai resort in ever growing numbers, and shifting away from its traditional pool of Europeans.

 

February 7, 2011 The Nation
Airport Capacity Hits Samui Hotel Business

The hotel business in Samui is facing tough times due to inadequate airport capacity and over development, according to C9 Hotelworks, a consulting firm.

 

November, 2010 Phuket Tatler
Phuket's Happy Trending

Despite Thailand's political troubles and a bumpy global economy Phuket enjoys strong tourism growth as it adapts to the changing tastes and demography of it's visitors.

 

October 17, 2010 Bangkok Post
Moving Away From the City

Bangkok investors eye chances in Phuket as 'ultra villas' sell well, By Nina Suebsukcharoen.

 

September 3, 2010 TTG Asia
Thailand: Briefing - Green Shoots Emerge

Koh Samui revs up for recovery through eco-friendly movement.

 

August 29, 2010 Bangkok Post
Samui Taking Flight Again

After taking a hard hit during the global slump, the island resort is showing strong signs of a recovery.

 

June, 2010 The Nation Property Guide Q2 2010
Samui Strikes Bonanza of Rooms

New luxury hotels comete for clients with deep pockets.

 

June 10, 2010 Tropical Living Magazine
Koh Samui Hotel. Supply Surges

The resort island of Koh Samui is experiencing growing pains as hotel supply hits 16,069 rooms, according to the Samui Hotel Market Update, an extensive research project into the market undertaken by leading Thailand consulting firm C9 Hotelworks.

 

May 10, 2010 Tropical Living Magazine
Cautious Recovery

As the world's economy is gradually rebounding from the recession, there are signs that the Phuket property sector has begun to show signs of recovery. As the dust from the credit crunch caused implosion begins to settle, the mood is one of cautious optimism.

 

May 2, 2010 Bangkok Post
Samui Stays Afloat

Tourist figures may be falling but the outlook looks optimistic.

 

March, 2010 Tropical Living Magazine
Phuket Hotels Lose USD300 Million in Rate Plunge

Industry wide discounting by Phuket hotels cost the industry on the island USD300 million in room revenue in 2009, according to the Phuket Hotel Market Update report compiled by leading Thailand consultancy C9 hotelworks.

 

February, 2010 Lux Magazine Winter Edition 2009/2010
Residential Suite

With a growing trend for private properties with access to first-rate hotel facilities and services, 2010 will see a boom in hotel-managed residences.

 

February, 2010 Lux Magazine Winter Edition 2009/2010
Eastern Promise

Forget the global financial meltdown. With über-exclusive super properties springing up in exotic locations across Asia, there's plenty of choice for those looking for a slice of the high life.

 

February, 2010 Property Report Thailand
Phuket is 'Desperate for New Launches'

The luxury property market in Phuket saw transactions worth THB1.1 billion during the five months ending November 2009.

 

February 7, 2010 Bangkok Post
Bali High, Phuket Not So Much

Bali was the magic word when it came to Asian resort destinations in the late 1990s, before it was overtaken by Phuket.

 

February, 2010 Tropical Living
Phuket Luxury Property Sales Top THB1.1 Billion

Phuket's luxury property market saw transactions worth THB 1.1 billion for the period of July through to November 2009, according to market research by leading Thai consulting firm C9 Hotelworks.

 

October 30, 2009 Bangkok Post
Shared Ownership Gaining Momentum in Phuket

Shared ownership is speeding ahead in Phuket as developers repackage and reduce the prices of their products to cater to cost-conscious buyers even though the economy is improving, according to Bill Barnett, managing director of C9 Hotelworks.

 

November, 2009 Thailand Property Report
Phuket Fractional Ownership Sector Growing Fast

Shared ownership sales for Phuket represented US$61.2m for 2008, validating the sector's stability despite the economic downturn, according to a recently released comprehensive industry research study.

 

October, 2009 Property Report Thailand
Phuket Luxury Villa Transactions

Despite continued restrained demand in the broader property market, Phuket luxury villa transactions hit Bt3.5bn in the first half of 2009.

 

October 9, 2009 The Nation
Tourism Transforming Property Ownership

Shared and fractional holdings gather force as island province recovers.

 

October, 2009 Property Report Thailand Magazine
Trading Places

Already popular in more developed markets, the trend towards fractional ownership is growing in Phuket, and in the current economic downturn, it offers opportunities to enjoy luxury products that might otherwise be out of reach. Bill Barnett traces the emergence of the fractional phenomena.

 

October, 2009 Tropical Living Magazine
Market Watch - Looking for Columbus

If it were not for Christopher Columbus and his dogmatic vision that the world was not flat, perhaps we'd all be crowded into a claustrophobic continent called Europe. While personally I do like my morning espresso and a croissant from time to time, breakfast discussions lately have been dominated recently by talks of a flat property market in Thailand's premier destination Phuket.

 

September 13, 2009 Bangkok Post
Luxury is in Short Supply

The high-end property market in Phuket has only about 90 luxury villas to offer wealthy buyers.

 

September, 2009 Director Magazine
Investment Heart Failure

Looking at the current level of overseas institutional investment in the hospitality sector in Thailand is a bit like the search for bigfoot; be it myth or fact, it brings out sceptical opinions from most industry analysts. One thing is for sure, while the patient has been admitted to the hospital with a faint heartbeat detected, no one is quite sure as to the prospect of the recovery.

 

August, 2009 Bangkok post, Property
Change in Tourism Pattern

The current reduction in European travellers to Phuket is offset somewhat by a jump in domestic and regional tourists.

 

July, 2009 Tiger Tales, Tiger Airway's Inflight Magazine
The Hunted Castle

Economic turbulence needn't derail dreams of a second home in Phuket, though prospective, buyers would do well to heed a few words of expert advice.

 

June, 2009 Business Traveller
Going South

Thailand's island resorts have been magnets for property investment in the past decade. Phuket, Krabi and nearby regions are still bustling with new luxury projects and schemes.

 

June, 2009 Tropical Living in Thailand
MARKET WATCH: Life at the Top

 

May 10, 2009 Bangkok Post
The Long Road to Recovery

 

May, 2009 TTG Asia.com
Thai Go-Ahead

 

April, 2009 TTG Aisa.com
65 New Hotels by 2010

 

April 10, 2009 www.windowonlifestyle.com
Resort Trends. Who's Setting Benchmark for 'Chicness'?

 

March 10, 2009 Singapore Business Times
Investment in Thai Construction May Halve

 

March 1, 2009 Bangkok Post
No Discounts on Koh Samui

 

February 11, 2009 TTGTravelHub.Net
Phuket Seeing Inventory Increase

 

February, 2009 The Business Times
Empty Rooms, Falling Rates May Dog Hotels

 

May, 2007 www.Phuket.com
Property Focus - Phuket Vacation - Ownership

 

April, 2007 www.Phuket.com
Property Focus - Phuket Luxury - Properties

 

March, 2007 www.Phuket.com
Property Focus - Patong Condominiums

 

February, 2007 www.Phuket.com
Property Focus - Properties in Phang Nga

 

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