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Upstart Kokotel Hotels Take Aim At Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Apr 2019 | 6:33 pm

Thailand’s emerging hotel brand Kokotel is quickly expanding their footprint across the country.

LuxuryHunt Releases 2nd Edition

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Apr 2019 | 2:51 pm

Leading travel resource LuxuryHunt.com has just released their second edition of the 100 Best Luxury Experiences 2019/2020.

Phuket Hotel Watch, 3 Months Down, 9 More To Go

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Apr 2019 | 10:55 pm

At the beginning of the year Phuket’s tourism and hotel sector was cautiously optimistic after a strong first half of 2018 and humbling second half.

Fox News Fake News, Phuket Gets A Bullet (OPINION)

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Apr 2019 | 10:50 am

As Phuket moves slowly into low season, a story published in the international media by Fox News about how tourists could face the death penalty over taking photos at the island’s airport is a highly flaw piece of sensationalist fake news.

Massive 11 Hotel Development Project Coming To Kata Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Apr 2019 | 9:07 pm

Thai developer K.W. Plaza group has unveiled plans for a large-scale mixed-use project called The Beach Plaza on 15 rai, that will have 11 three and four star hotels with a total of 1.490 rooms.

Robinson Crusoe+Bill Bensley tango at Hard Rockin’ Café Del Mar

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Apr 2019 | 6:00 am

It’s every hotel owner’s wet dream. Imagine in the age of the smartphone and the aspirational movement of getting out of the box, being able to contain guests and their money within the confines of a single resort.

New Phuket to Cambodia Flight Link

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Apr 2019 | 10:10 am

According to news in The Thaiger, Thai AirAsia will start direct air service between Phuket and Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

C9 Hotelworks Koh Pha-Ngan and Koh Tao Hotel Market Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Apr 2019 | 8:38 am

Thailand’s idyllic Koh Pha-Ngan island is renowned globally for its marque Full Moon parties.

Fourth Movenpick Resort For Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Apr 2019 | 8:14 am

A fourth Movenpick-branded resort is headed for Phuket.

Catch Beach Club Opens Kids Concept

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Mar 2019 | 12:22 pm

Phuket’s Catch Beach Club has launched its very own themed children’s concept.

How Serviced Apartments Found Their Mojo

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Mar 2019 | 2:20 pm

“Irrespective of your thoughts on Christianity or evolution, there is one thing that most cultural camps can agree on: Caves were amongst the earliest accommodation offerings. Prehistoric caves, in fact, have a lot in common with serviced apartments.

Thai Hotels Chase Beach Club Mojo

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Mar 2019 | 6:00 am

Checking into hotel news one story that caught my eye is Thai hospitality group Centara expanding their Coast Beach Club Concept.

Second Central Phuket Retail Complex

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Mar 2019 | 4:39 pm

Thailand’s Central Group has opened a second major retail development on the resort island of Phuket.

Top 5 Phuket Hotel Trends For 2019 And Beyond

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Mar 2019 | 6:00 am

Moving through high season in 2019, hoteliers are starting to look for strategies for the year in order to not be reliant only on volatile mass markets.

Standard Hotels For Phuket, Bangkok, Hua Hin and Pattaya

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Mar 2019 | 9:38 am

Standard Hotels CEO Amar Lalvani has made public plans for branded properties in four key Thai destinations – Phuket, Bangkok, Hua Hin and Pattaya.

Chasing Dragons. Phuket Hotels Under Pressure to Perform

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Mar 2019 | 7:29 am

Despite registering a record high 9 million passenger arrivals at the island’s gateway international airport in 2018, performance data is indicating that a slowdown in its double-digit growth rates over the past few years is on the horizon for Thailand’s resort destination of Phuket.

Global Serviced Apartment Brands Target Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Mar 2019 | 9:38 am

One of Asia’s fastest growing hospitality segments is the serviced apartment sector, and the brands are targeting the regions leisure markets.

Collective Spaces, The New Normal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Mar 2019 | 9:46 am

The hotel space today is fighting for its life. In the day and age of social media and the smartphone, guests today have an astonishing set of choice for what lies outside in the non-hotel world.

Hilton Conversion For Banthai Patong Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Mar 2019 | 12:52 pm

The 290-room Banthai Resort in Patong Phuket is being converted to a Hilton branded property.

Watch Out For The Shama Hub

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Feb 2019 | 10:13 am

Last Friday I attended the first edition of the Serviced Apartment Summit Asia event and the roll-out of the new Shama Hub Concept by Thailand’s Onyx Hospitality.

Iconic Design Group YOO Take On Asia

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Feb 2019 | 8:17 am

Renowned design London-borne design house YOO are pushing up their profile and capacity in Asia.

Strong Baht Concerns For Thai Hotel Sector

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Feb 2019 | 6:00 am

Thailand’s baht performance against Asian currencies in 2018, was unmatched, with the exception of the Japanese yen.

Minor Plants Another Flag In Koh Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Feb 2019 | 6:00 am

Thailand’s Minor Hotel Group have expanded their presence on the resort island of Koh Samui with the opening of an Avani branded property.

Award-Winning Phuket Chef Opens Bangkok Eatery

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Feb 2019 | 6:00 am

Scottish Chef Jamie Wakeford of noted Phuket restaurant Bampot Kitchen has rolled out a new restaurant in Bangkok.

Shangri-La Jumps Into Thonglor Feeding Frenzy

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Feb 2019 | 6:00 am

Bangkok’s trendy Thonglor district is experiencing skyrocketing land prices being driven by high-levels of demand for new hotel and condo projects.

Allan Zeman And Richard Li Team Up for Phang Nga Development

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Feb 2019 | 7:32 pm

Two of Hong Kong’s leading entrepreneurs Allan Zeman and Richard Li are developing a mixed-use project in Thai Muang, Phang Nga named Aquella.

IHG Acquires Six Senses Lifestyle Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Feb 2019 | 11:44 am

Global hospitality group InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has acquired Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas from Pegasus Capital.

World Class Phuket Tourism Attraction Opens

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Feb 2019 | 1:58 pm

The new Tribhum themed attraction has opened its doors at Phuket’s Central Floresta luxury mall.

Lombok To Become Another AirAsia Hub

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

Bali’s tourism neighbor Lombok is set to be designed as a new hub for low-cost airline AirAsia.

Turkish Airlines Going Daily With Phuket Service

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Jan 2019 | 10:07 am

Global airline carrier Turkish Airlines is adding additional flights to Phuket starting September 2nd.

The Death of the Hotel Business Plan

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Jan 2019 | 11:04 am

Death, or more appropriately perhaps, dying, is not my idea of a good time. It must be life’s ultimate buzz killer.

BHMA Ink Deal For Patong Hotel Conversion

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Jan 2019 | 9:24 am

Hospitality chain BHMA has entered into a management agreement to operate the BYD Lofts in Patong.

Centara Grand Samui To Shut And Renovate

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Jan 2019 | 8:53 pm

One of Koh Samui’s largest upscale hotels, the Centara Grand Beach Resort will close on June 1stof this year.

Serviced Apartment Conference Comes To Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Jan 2019 | 1:41 pm

A new event named Serviced Apartment Summit Asia is set for February 21stand 22nd.

Burasari Hotel Group Expands Overseas

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jan 2019 | 3:28 pm

The Phuket-born Burasari Hotel Group has opened a new 37-key upscale boutique hotel in Laos.

UAE Targets Investment With Property Ownership/Visa Reform

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Jan 2019 | 10:05 am

UAE Targets Investment With Property Ownership/Visa Reform

PABUK UPDATE Storm Passes, High-Season Resumes

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Jan 2019 | 8:37 am

Despite widespread concern over a massive impact from tropical storm Pabuk, Southern Thailand tourism is back to business.

Wellness Seminar Set For Outrigger Laguna

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Jan 2019 | 7:47 pm

A one-day seminar on wellness, nutrition and fitness is set for the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort on January 12th.

Tropical Storm Pabuk Impacting Southern Thailand 

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Jan 2019 | 9:28 am

Thailand’s response to the impending tropical storm Pabuk is widespread.

Battle Of The Bays – Vietnam’s Halong Vs. Thailand’s Phang Nga

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Jan 2019 | 10:21 am

If there is any doubt who is Thailand’s single biggest competitor for the Mainland Chinese leisure market, clearly its nearby Vietnam.

5 Hotel Conferences In Asia You Must Attend in 2019

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Dec 2018 | 11:48 am

As we are about to move in 2019, it’s time to get the calendar out and start plotting which hospitality conferences to go to next year. If you go to five, these are the ones to go to:

Laguna Phuket Becomes the City by the Bay

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Dec 2018 | 2:17 pm

If you were going to play a soundtrack to this story, perhaps it could be started off best with the 80’s hit “We Built This City”.

Thailand Grows Visitors By 7.5%

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Dec 2018 | 10:43 am

Despite the issues of a Chinese slowdown over the boat incident in Phuket this July, Thailand’s visitor numbers for the first eleven months of the year have risen by 7.5% year-on-year.

C9 Hotelworks New Phuket MICE Market Report

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Dec 2018 | 6:00 am

Phuket’s surging MICE market valued at THB10.9 billion, as meetings, incentives and exhibitions attracted over 800,000 visitors to resort island last year.

From Condoms to Condos, Southeast Asia’s Sex Tourism Journey

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Dec 2018 | 11:36 am

This is a story that has all the epic elements of military power, big oil, sleaze, real estate, greed and ultimately transformation.

Koh Samui Escapes The Box

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Dec 2018 | 4:22 pm

Two new developments in Koh Samui have caught my eye, and best epitomize how the Thai resort island’s strong boutique brand offering excels at niche products.

PULP FICTION Phuket Tourism By The Numbers

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Dec 2018 | 10:41 am

This week the island has seen netizens captivated over a photo in the blogosphere proclaiming that “Phuket high-season was dead as a dodo.”

Phuket’s Largest Yachting Showcase Next Month

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Dec 2018 | 6:00 am

The Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous 2019 is set for January 10 through the 13th.

Phuket’s Light Rail Project Edges Ahead

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Dec 2018 | 9:59 am

Phuket province’s ambitious 58.5 kilometer light rail project is expected to go forward for approval from the government’s public-private committee early in 2019.

Luxury Group LVMH Acquiring Belmond

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Dec 2018 | 6:00 am

Luxury brand LVMH has reached an agreement to buy the Belmond hospitality group.

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