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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.

Phuket’s Hotel And Property Players Look North

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Dec 2018 | 10:37 pm

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late the area up over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

Royal Phuket Marina Names New General Manager

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Dec 2018 | 7:34 pm

American Michael Aumock has been appointed General Manager of Phuket’s Royal Phuket Marina.

Thailand Tourism Forum  2019 Set For January 21

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Dec 2018 | 9:25 am

The Big Bang, Thailand’s largest hospitality event TTF is set to return for a 8th time on Monday January 21st, 2019.

New Oceanfront Resort Opening In Khao Lak

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Dec 2018 | 4:27 am

The newly developed Devasom Khao Lak is opening its doors this month.

New International Airport To Spur SE Asian Island

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Nov 2018 | 6:00 am

A new international airport has opened this week in one of Southeast Asia’s rising tourism islands, Bohol in the Philippines.

Minor On The Acquisition Trail Again?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Nov 2018 | 11:46 am

Financial news Bloomberg is reporting that Thailand’s Minor Hotel Group is potentially looking at an investment into the Indian hospitality luxury brand Leela.

Koh Samui Balancing On Tourism Razor’s Edge

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Nov 2018 | 6:00 am

The time has come to open the discussion about the troubling drop in one of Thailand’s leading resort destinations, Koh Samui.

How Will Chindia Change Phuket’s Tourism Future?

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

Twas the week before high season, when all through the island, hotel talk turned to Chinese and why the house was not full.

How To Smarten Up Hotel Tech

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Nov 2018 | 1:39 pm

I came across an interesting read today, titled Smart Hotel Technology Guide 2018.

Airbnb Plus For Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Nov 2018 | 12:39 pm

Airbnb’s premium Plus accommodation booking model will be available for Phuket products this December.

C9 Hotelworks Releases New Labuan Bajo Tourism Review

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Nov 2018 | 6:00 am

Under the silent gaze of giant prehistoric lizards that are aptly are named Komodo dragons, the pulsating sounds of a buzzing tourism scene can be heard across sea.

IHG’s Indigo Hotel Brand Lands In Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Nov 2018 | 7:56 am

InterContinental Hotels Group lifestyle Indigo brand is now in Phuket.

Phuket China Travel Conference This Thursday

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Nov 2018 | 6:00 am

A strategic hospitality event titled the 360° China Travel Market Conference will take place this Thursday November 22nd in Phuket.

Gulf And Indian Ocean Hotels Heat Up

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Nov 2018 | 6:00 am

The dates have been announced for the upcoming Gulf and Indian Ocean Investors’ Summit.

Hyatt Signs Second Niseko Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Nov 2018 | 7:19 am

Leading global hospitality group Hyatt are going big on Japan’s growing alpine hotel market.

Michelin Awards First Phuket Star Rated Restaurant

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Nov 2018 | 8:47 am

Phuket has finally made the esteemed global Michelin guide, with Pru at Trisara earning a star.

Standard Hotels Headed To Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Nov 2018 | 7:51 am

Uber cool hotel chain Standard International has made news with the announcement of a new property coming to the resort island of Phuket.

HICAP Update 2019 Registration Opens

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Nov 2018 | 6:00 am

The 2019 edition of Southeast Asia’s leading regional hospitality investment event, HICAP Update is now open for registration.

Melia Sign Second Phuket Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Nov 2018 | 11:15 am

Spanish hospitality group Melia Hotels International has inked a deal for a second property on the resort island of Phuket.

The Rise Of The Pod

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Nov 2018 | 6:00 am

One recurring theme I keep finding in my travel is a swift and innovative shift upwards in pod or capsule hotels.

Famed Thai Wellness Resort Upgrades And Expands

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Nov 2018 | 1:21 pm

Thailand’s Chiva-Som Wellness Resort has debuted with a new upgraded product and expanded facilities.

Krabi International Airlift Soars

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Oct 2018 | 6:00 am

Krabi’s airlift storyline is pushing up tourism, back of surging flight growth.

Patong Hotel Up For Sale

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

The 164-room Patong Heritage Hotel is on sale.

New Hyatt GM In Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Oct 2018 | 4:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Phuket in Kamala has a new General Manager.

Phuket Ultra Villa Uptick In Market 

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Oct 2018 | 9:59 am

The much vaunted ultra villa market is alive and well on the resort island of Phuket.

Phuket Villa Resort Targets Luxury Weddings

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Oct 2018 | 8:58 am

Phuket’s The Shore at Katathani is undergoing an expansion and upgrading to capture the growing wedding and romantic getaway market.

Hyatt Taking Over Two Roads Hospitality

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Oct 2018 | 6:48 am

Consolidation on the hotel map is continuing unabated, with the latest news being global operator Hyatt Corporation announcing a deal to acquire Two Roads Hospitality for a reported USD480 million.

Direct Phuket India Flights Start October

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Sep 2018 | 4:22 pm

Indian low-cost airline carrier GoAir will commence direct flights between India and Phuket in October.

Pattaya Hotel Market Report By C9 Hotelworks

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Sep 2018 | 4:31 pm

Thailand’s second largest tourism market, Pattaya has pushed through the glass ceiling from the volatility hangover of the 2014 era, with its hotel sector now showing strong signs of rising stability.

Central Headed To Cherngtalay

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 Sep 2018 | 10:37 am

Thailand’s Central is set to launch a lifestyle mall in Cherngtalay, near to the Laguna Phuket integrated resort.

Ascott Buys Into Indonesian Group Tauzia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Sep 2018 | 6:44 am

Consolidation in the hospitality sector is continuing back of news that Singapore’s Ascott is transacting a 70% shareholding in Indonesia’s Tauzia Hotel Group through its holding company Green Oak for USD26 million.

Dusit Buying Over Vacation Rental Group Elite Havens

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 10 Sep 2018 | 4:14 pm

Thai-based hospitality group Dusit International through a subsidiary, has announced a deal to buy the Elite Havens luxury villa rental group.

Patong Hotel Brands As X2 Vibe

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Sep 2018 | 6:00 am

The 131-room Nap Patong is now managed by BHMA.

Two Greater Phuket Ultra Villas Selling For USD53.6 Million

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 Sep 2018 | 6:00 am

Two of Greater Phuket’s mega oceanfront properties are on the transaction market for an eye-watering combined value of USD57 million

TG Shifts Phuket Hong Kong Flights To Thai Smile

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Sep 2018 | 3:50 pm

Thai Airways International will cease direct flights between Phuket and Hong Kong from October 28th.

PHIST 2018 – Are You Ready To Join The Fight?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Sep 2018 | 6:00 am

In just over two weeks the first Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism (PHIST) Forum will take place at the JW Marriott on 24thSeptember.

New Samui Report Released By C9 Hotelworks

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Sep 2018 | 4:58 pm

While most of Thailand’s resort markets struggle with an onslaught of mass tourism, Koh Samui has remained a ‘calm in the middle of a gathering storm’ inthe numbers driven industry.

Phuket To Get A Mandarin Oriental

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Sep 2018 | 12:33 pm

One of Asia and the world's leading luxury hotel brands, Mandarin Oriental has inked a deal for a Phuket property.

Phuket Winners From Thailand Property Awards 2018

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Sep 2018 | 8:29 am

With the results in for the recently concluded Thailand Property Awards, island awardees are as follows -

New Central Mall’s Tourism Attractions

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Sep 2018 | 6:00 am

Phuket tourism is no longer just about the beach and one of the clearest signs of this is the rapid emergence of a new themed attractions on the resort island.

Six Senses Continue Urban Surge

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Aug 2018 | 6:00 am

First New York, and Singapore, and now the well-known Six Senses brand is now set to move to Bangkok.

Thai Hotel Group Pushing Expansion Abroad

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Aug 2018 | 9:23 am

Emerging Thai-founded Hospitality Management and Development (HMD) Asia will debut their first managed property at the beginning of November.

Patong Hotel Sold To Singapore Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Aug 2018 | 10:24 am

The 213-room Surf Hotel Patong has transacted to a Singapore-based owner operator.

The Road To Wellville

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Aug 2018 | 9:09 am

One of the leading aspects of the modern hotel sector is wellness.

Thai Hotel Group Opening Samui Luxury Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Jul 2018 | 6:00 am

The Thai hospitality group Cape and Kantary will debut a new ultra-luxury resort in Samui in August.

Peter Lucas Heading Up BHMA Management Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Jul 2018 | 10:49 am

Peter Lucas has been appointed Chief Executive Office of Thailand-based BHMA hospitality group.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Thonglor Bangkok Market Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Jul 2018 | 3:40 pm

More branded serviced apartment operators to enter expat-oriented Thonglor market in Bangkok as demand shifts to short-stay due to surging leisure market and lagging number of Japanese expatriates according to C9 Hotelworks new Thonglor Bangkok Serviced Apartment Market Review.

Phuket Hotels Association Launches Major Sustainability Event

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Jul 2018 | 4:01 pm

The Phuket Hotels Association has announced a new annual international forum called PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism), which will be held on the island for the first time in September to support the region’s hospitality industry in its fight for a sustainable future.

Global Green Hotel Report Latest Edition Launched

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Jul 2018 | 12:11 pm

The Green Lodging Trends Report 2018 (the third annual report) has been launched and will remain open through August 10th. To participate which is free, hotels need to sign up using this link: https://greenview.sg/green-lodging-trends/

USD40 Million Waterpark/Entertaiment Complex For Laguna Area

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Jul 2018 | 2:14 pm

The upcoming Blue Tree Phuket waterpark and family entertainment complex is making news with an opening expected in early 2019.

Pavilions Names New Managing Director For Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Jul 2018 | 1:34 pm

Scot Toon has been appointed Managing Director Asia for Pavilions Hotels and Resorts.

Will Blame Game Result In A Chinese Phuket Tourism Boycott?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Jul 2018 | 9:31 pm

As the death toll climbs past a reported 40 from the recent sinking of a tourist boat in Phang Nga Bay, social media in Mainland China is creating a hailstorm of negative criticism about Phuket.

New Niseko Report Released By C9 Hotelworks

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Jul 2018 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks has released their new Niseko Property Market Update 2018, which highlights how current projects for sales are set to top USD1 billion in transaction value.

BIG BANG Mount Agung Closes Bali Airport Again

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Jun 2018 | 11:59 am

A volcanic eruption of Bali’s Mount Agung has seen the island’s Ngurah Rai Airport close due to ash.

Centara’s Cosi Coming To Krabi

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Jun 2018 | 10:06 am

Thai hospitality group Centara’s lifestyle hotel brand Cosi is set to debut in Krabi.

Rosewood In, Kempinski Out Of Yangon

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Jun 2018 | 7:59 am

In a shift of operators prior to opening later this year, Rosewood has announced their latest deal for a luxury property in Yangon Myanmar.

Khao Lak Hotel Pipeline Adds Marriott And Pullman

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Jun 2018 | 7:54 am

Phuket’s Northern neighbor Khao Lak’s surging hotel development footprint is adding new properties under the Marriott and ACCOR’s Pullman brands.

ACCIDENTAL TOURIST How Capella Landed A TrumpKim Whale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Jun 2018 | 4:33 pm

This week’s historic Singapore summit had an amazing effect on hotel brand values in Singapore.

Greater Phuket Marine Triangle In the Works

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Jun 2018 | 3:46 pm

Thailand’s Marine Department is set to finalize bids next week in the first phase of a program to set-up new maritime links between Phuket, Phang Ng and Krabi.

Thailand’s Bill Heinecke Takes On Europe

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jun 2018 | 7:52 am

Recently there have been many perplexed hospitality players who questioned the move of Bill Heinecke’s Minor Hotel Group’s acquisition of 25.2% share in European hospitality group NH.

Thai Airways Stopping Koh Samui Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Jun 2018 | 7:56 am

News in The Nation has Thai Airways International set to cease flights between Bangkok and the resort island of Koh Samui.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Khao Lak Tourism Review

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Jun 2018 | 12:25 pm

Phuket’s Northern neighbor Phang Nga and its key tourism area of Khao Lak is seeing increasing broader demand.

New C9 Hotelworks Phuket Report Shows Arrivals Up 19%

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 May 2018 | 11:05 am

Thailand’s great push forward on mega-transportation projects is seeing strong dividends being paid in its tourism industry.

New Greater Phuket Airport to Create Tourism Golden Triangle

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 May 2018 | 7:54 pm

An announcement by the Airports of Thailand (AoT) about approval of a plan for a new second Greater Phuket airport has created quite a stir in the tourism sector in one of Southeast Asia’s leading resort markets.

Thai Court Rules Against Illegal Hotel Bookings

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 May 2018 | 10:40 am

Making front page news in today’s Bangkok Post is coverage that a Thai court has ruled Airbnb-type hotel bookings are illegal.

Phuket’s Airport Arrival Growth Soars

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 May 2018 | 10:01 am

Looking at the numbers, the new upgrade and expansion of Phuket International Airport has been a roaring success.

French Group ACCOR To Acquire Movenpick

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Apr 2018 | 1:48 pm

The global hotel consolidation trend remains in fast gear with the latest news that ACCORHotels has entered into a deal to buy Movenpick Hotels and Resorts for a reported USD567 million.

Final 24  PHAB Hours – Last Chance To Bid

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Apr 2018 | 3:00 pm

The Phuket Hotels Association PHAB2 online charity auction is set to close tomorrow, Saturday at 1800 hours Thai time.

Phuket Entrepreneur Opens Chiang Mai Wellness Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Apr 2018 | 8:39 am

One of Phuket’s best-known creative entrepreneurs, Miguel Kirjon has moved to Chiang Mai and opened a boutique wellness resort named the Amayen Sanctuary.

New Branded Hotel For Phuket’s Mai Khao Beach

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Apr 2018 | 11:27 am

Global hospitality group Melia Hotels International has signed a new 101 villa luxury property in Mai Khao.

Southeast Asia’s Biggest Gathering of Hotel Owners Soon

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Apr 2018 | 4:10 pm

May will see South East Asia Hotel Investor’s Summit (SEAHIS) come to the Westin Bangkok.

C9 Hotelworks Releases New Rayong Thailand Report

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Apr 2018 | 4:23 pm

Thailand’s Rayong tourism and hotel sectors are being supercharged by China’s ‘Belt and Road’ economic phenomenon, as the development of U-Tapao into third Greater Bangkok gateway airport pushes airlift to 26 international destinations

Leading Thai Yacht Brokerage Takes On International Brand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Apr 2018 | 3:12 pm

One of the island’s great entrepreneurial storylines, Lee Marine who were founded in 1997 is taking on a global brand.

Phuket’s West Sands Undergoes Makeover and Rebranding

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Apr 2018 | 9:29 am

One of Phuket’s largest integrated hospitality resorts, the Grand West Sands Resort and Villas is underway on a massive makeover drive.

ALL THAT BUZZ Six Senses Goes Urban In Singapore

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Apr 2018 | 9:03 am

Lots of chatter going on about the two new Six Senses properties in Singapore’s Chinatown.

GLOW Enters Krabi Hotel Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Apr 2018 | 6:00 am

Thailand’s InVision Hospitaliy has debuted their GLOW brand in Krabi with a 130-room boutique hotel.

Phuket’s Greatest Hotel Auction Now Open

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Apr 2018 | 6:00 am

The second annual Phuket Hotels Association online charity auction is now open through April 28th.

Boracay Shutdown Tops Global Headlines

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Apr 2018 | 9:29 am

The biggest worldwide tourism story going is that of the trending closure of the iconic resort island of Boracay in the Philippines.

AirAsia To Fly Phuket Penang Route

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Apr 2018 | 4:26 pm

Airlift into Phuket is set to rise on news that AirAsia will start flying from the island to Penang, direct.

Dusit Launches New Easy A Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Apr 2018 | 6:00 am

The quest by hotel chains to create new brands that start with the letter A is continuing unabated.

Nikki Beach Headed To Chiang Mai

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Apr 2018 | 6:00 am

In a somewhat surprise announcement, Nikki Beach Worldwide has signed on as operator of Chiang Mai’s Dhara Dhevi hotel.

IHG Sign Phang Nga Bay Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Mar 2018 | 1:15 pm

InterContinental Hotels Group has inked a deal for a new 170-key resort on the island of Koh Yao Yai, near to Phuket.

Emerging Market Spotlight On Zanzibar

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Mar 2018 | 8:30 am

There is something in the name Zanzibar that conjures up exotic imagery of faraway places.

Laguna Phuket Launches Dhawa Branded Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Mar 2018 | 12:36 pm

Leading island developer Laguna has launched Dhawa Branded Residences at the main entrance of the integrated resort.

Phuket’s Most Phabulous Event Returns

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Mar 2018 | 9:44 pm

The Phuket Hotels Association has set a date for their absolutely phabulous annual fundraising event.

New Wellness Retreat Brand REVIVO Launched

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Mar 2018 | 8:00 am

New Wellness Retreat Brand REVIVO Launched

IHG Acquiring Majority Stake In Regent Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Mar 2018 | 5:14 pm

InterContinental Hotels Group has announced it is set to acquire a 51% stake in the Regent Hotels group.

Phuket’s New Environmental Rules Hit Island Development

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Mar 2018 | 5:52 pm

A new set of guidelines that quietly come into law late last year are set to alter the state of real estate and hotel development in Phuket.

Batchelor Takes Helm At JLL Hotels Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Mar 2018 | 4:57 pm

Mike Batchelor has been promoted to the top spot as Chief Executive Officer of JLL Hotels and Hospitality in Asia.

Thailand’s Erawan Group Investing Strategically Into Philippines

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Mar 2018 | 6:00 am

Thai-listed Erawan Public Company Limited are continuing their strategic investment push into the Philippines hospitality sector.

Two New Hilton Branded Hotels for Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Mar 2018 | 11:16 am

One of the leading hospitality groups in the world, Hilton Hotels and Resorts has two properties in the Phuket development pipeline.

Singapore's HPL Investment Surge Into Sri Lanka

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Mar 2018 | 7:44 am

Despite the seemingly politically charged declaration of a State of Emergency this week in Sri Lanka, Singapore's HPL Group look to be leading a foreign investment charge.

Government Pushing Thailand Riviera Development

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Mar 2018 | 7:46 pm

The government is set to push forward with the ambitious “Thailand Riviera” large-scale tourism initiative.

Phuket Myanmar Flights This Year

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Mar 2018 | 7:31 pm

Bangkok Airways has made public a plan to commence direct flights between Phuket and Yangon Myanmar in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Singha Estate To Purchase Outrigger Phuket Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Mar 2018 | 2:24 pm

Thai-listed group Singha Estate has entered into an agreement to purchase the 255-room Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort through affiliated entities.

Singapore Group Developing New Phuket Integrated Marina

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Feb 2018 | 10:53 am

Singapore’ SUTL Group have unveiled plans for a new 171-berth marina in Makham Bay Phuket.

Phuket Penang Flights To Go Daily

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Feb 2018 | 2:40 pm

Flights between Phuket and Penang will expand to daily service by March 25th.

Bangkok Hotel Investors Event Set For May

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Feb 2018 | 10:12 am

The 2nd annual South East Asia Hotel Investors Summit (SEAHIS) 2018 will take place in Bangkok on May 14th and 15th.

Bali Update - Tourism Under The Volcano

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Feb 2018 | 2:38 pm

The year 2017 was the best of times and the worst of times for Indonesia’s tourism icon Bali.

Bang Bang Baht Making Waves For Hoteliers

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Feb 2018 | 6:00 am

It’s only February and more than a few hotel General Managers in Thailand have sunk into a deep depression over subpar performance compared to their budgets.

Thai Developer Property Prefect Launches Ski Condo

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Feb 2018 | 6:00 am

Thailand’s flourishing love affair with Hokkaido Japan has been reinforced with the new entry of the Yu Kiroro luxury alpine condominium by Property Prefect.

Anantara Continues Operating Despite Demolition Order

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Feb 2018 | 5:18 pm

Making news in Thailand is the Anantara Si Kao Resort in Trang which has been judged by the Supreme Court to encroach on public land.

Mega-City Bangkok Focus Of New Report

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Leading developers and luxury hotel branded real estate offerings are casting a new light on the emerging world-class megacity Bangkok.

Club Med Signs New Hotel In Krabi

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Jan 2018 | 6:27 pm

Leading international all-inclusive hospitality group Club Med has inked a deal in the Thai resort destination of Krabi.

Kuala Lumpur’s Urban Push Attracting Luxury Hotel Brands

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Jan 2018 | 5:34 pm

An expanding urban city skyline is the subject of the new Kuala Lumpur Hotel & Hotel Residences Market Update by C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL.

Posh Hostels Edging Into Southeast Asia’s Mainstream Hotel Sector

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Jan 2018 | 11:15 am

C9 Hotelwork's new market report questions if cookie cutter hotels groups will again fall asleep at the wheel as they did with OTA’s and Airbnb?

Marriott's W and Edition Brands Inked For Niseko

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jan 2018 | 11:13 am

Asia's leading alpine resort Niseko is seeing a wave of international hotels flock to the slopes.

Zecha’s Azerai Rebranding To Avani

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jan 2018 | 10:11 am

Adrian Zecha’s foray into affordable luxury has hit a roadblock with the initial offering Azerai Luang Prabang set to be converted to an Avani in March.

Phuket’s Katathani Group Buys Chiang Rai Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Jan 2018 | 11:33 am

One of the island’s largest hotel owners, Katathani has transacted the 271-key Dusit Island Resort in Chiang Rai.

Airport Breakthrough Highlighted In C9’s Latest Phuket Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jan 2018 | 11:54 am

A strong low season and China growth has pushed Phuket International Airport past a record high 8 million threshold.

Dewa Phuket Re-Launched Under Cachet Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Dec 2017 | 12:11 pm

Nai Yang’s Dewa resort has undergone a massive upgrading and is now operated by the Cachet Hospitality Group.

Niseko Real Estate Propelled By Hotel Brands Entering Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Nov 2017 | 10:42 am

Japan’s famed ski destination Niseko is well on its way to becoming a world-class year-round holiday destination back of sustained growth in summer visitors over the past six years.

The Volcano Heard Around The World

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Nov 2017 | 11:50 am

News over the eruption of Mount Agung on the resort island of Bali has been making global news headlines today.

All-Inclusive Resort Model Grabbing Headlines

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Nov 2017 | 2:23 pm

The new launch of the all-inclusive Robinson Club resort in Khao Lak is creating a wave of renewed interest in the ‘all in' accommodation model.

Thailand Tourism Forum 2018 Open For Registration

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Nov 2017 | 11:29 am

On January 22nd, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel Bangkok, the Thailand Tourism Forum returns for its 7th annual edition.

Sansiri Investing USD80 Million Into Hotel And Lifestyle Sectors

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Nov 2017 | 1:55 pm

Thai-listed property firm Sansiri has undertaken an ambitious overseas investment driven into the hospitality sectors and lifestyle brands.

Direct Phuket Ho Chi Minh Flights Coming

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Nov 2017 | 8:29 am

As Phuket is set to usher in it’s tourism high season, the latest flight news is direct service between the island and Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.

Thailand’s Real Estate Developers Flock To Hotel Brands

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

Property developers across Thailand are experiencing a magnetic attraction for hotel branded residences in order to spur price premium points and buyer demand.

Wellness Focused Brand Signs Two New Thai Properties

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Oct 2017 | 9:06 am

Bangkok-based Well Hotels and Resorts has inked two new properties on Thailand's East Coast.

New Lifestyle Brand Wink Launched In Vietnam

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

Indochina Capital and Vanguard Hotels have teamed up for a new lifestyle hotel brand in Vietnam tagged Wink.

Aman Gets Into Urban Frame Of Mind

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Oct 2017 | 2:41 pm

Famed ultra-luxury brand Aman are heading to New York City.

Why Japan’s Budget Bucket Brand Hotels Need A Shake-Up?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

Japan has been one the globes bright shining stars over the past five years, with foreign tourism rising from just over 6 million per year in 2011 to over 24 million last year.

Phuket’s Burasari Group Expands Into Hotel Management

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Oct 2017 | 4:52 pm

One fast emerging Phuket borne hotel chain that is stretching out into expansion is the Burasari Group

Singapore Group Takes Over Luxury Operator Capella

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Oct 2017 | 2:40 pm

In a landmark deal, Singapore’s Kwee family has taken over ownership of the Capella Hotel Group.

Two Roads Team Up On New Jaya Hotel Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Oct 2017 | 2:39 pm

The late great designer Ibrahim Jaya is seeing his legacy boosted by a new offering Jaya Hotels & Residences.

Engel And Voelkers Phuket Office Shutting Down

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Oct 2017 | 2:35 pm

The Phuket branch of international real estate brokerage house Engel and Voelkers in Cherngtalay is set to close at the end of October.

Hospitality Consolidation Surges As Blink Bags Jaya

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Oct 2017 | 1:22 pm

The current spate of consolidation and takeovers in the hotel space is ramping up, but this time it’s in the design space.

C9 Hotelworks Releases New Branded Residences Report

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Oct 2017 | 2:11 pm

Asia’s property developers are jumping into bed with hotel groups as branded residences flourish.

Onyx And YOO Team Up For Phuket And Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Oct 2017 | 2:31 pm

Thailand’s Onyx Hospitality Group has signed partnership agreement to operate YOO branded properties in Asia.

Eat Or Be Eaten – ACCOR Makes Mantra Takeover Bid

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Oct 2017 | 8:57 am

Consolidation in the hospitality world is continuing unabated with the latest news being ACCOR’s AUD$1.2 billion play on Australia’s Mantra Group.

Ritz-Carlton Lands In Koh Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

One of the leading global iconic hotel brands Ritz-Carlton has debuted in Thailand’s Koh Samui.

Ayana Bets Big On Labuan Bajo

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Oct 2017 | 11:06 am

Famed Indonesian hotel brand Ayana has announced an upcoming new luxury hotel in Labuan Bajo.

Phuket’s Most Expensive Resort To Debut Next Month

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Oct 2017 | 4:19 pm

The luxurious 71-key Rosewood Phuket resort is confirmed to open on November 2nd.

Indonesia Flirting With Foreign Property Ownership Again

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Oct 2017 | 1:31 pm

In an on ‘again, off again’ love affair, the Indonesian government is again evaluating foreign ownership for HGB apartments.

Crazy Sexy Cool Phu Quoc?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Oct 2017 | 10:45 am

What the hell is a Phu Quoc?

What’s Up With Phuket Eats

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Oct 2017 | 4:48 pm

One of the island’s best restaurants, Suay that is a mainstay in Phuket Town has opened a new branch in Cherngtalay.

Boutique Luxury Chain Pavilions Hits The Slopes

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Sep 2017 | 6:00 am

Pavilions Hotels and Resorts have announced a new mixed-use project in Asia’s leading alpine resort Niseko Japan.

Bangtao 555-Unit Hotel Residence Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Sep 2017 | 5:45 pm

A new 555-unit hotel managed residence project named Phuket Waterworld is now offering apartments for sale.

MontAzure Earns 5 Awards at Thailand Event

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Sep 2017 | 3:49 pm

Kamala Phuket’s emerging destination resort MontAzure won 5 awards at the recently concluded Thailand Property Awards 2017.

Upscale Senior Living Kamala Community Launched

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Sep 2017 | 6:00 am

Details of a Senior Living project in Kamala’s MontAzure integrated development have been unveiled.

Skye Niseko Announces Hotel Operator

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Sep 2017 | 8:51 am

One of Niseko’s most anticipated luxury residential-led hospitality projects Skye has announced a hotel operator.

Inland Hotel Surge Hits Cherngtalay Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Sep 2017 | 9:21 am

Phuket tourism is no longer just about the beach and the urban push is game on.

Asia’s Premier Hotel Investment Event In October

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Sep 2017 | 2:15 pm

Asia’s leading hotel investment conference HICAP is set for Hong Kong from October 18th to 20th at the InterContinental Hotel.

Novotel Karon Beach Up For Sale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Sep 2017 | 7:33 am

The Novotel Karon Beach Phuket has come onto the transaction market.

Peranakan-Themed Ramada Hotel For Phuket Town

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Aug 2017 | 8:21 am

A new 270 key Ramada branded property is rising in Phuket Town.

Banyan Tree Residences For Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 26 Aug 2017 | 6:00 am

Luxury hotel brand Banyan Tree and Thai property developer Nirvana Dali Plc have unveiled a branded upscale residence project on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.

TripAdvisor Names Krabi Top Rising Holiday Destination

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Aug 2017 | 2:29 pm

Krabi Town has ranked first in growth in year-on-year search results for Thai holiday destinations on TripAdvisor.

Finally, Phuket To India Direct Flights On Horizon

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Aug 2017 | 12:06 pm

Nearby India remains one of the strongest growth markets for Phuket tourism, and the sheer size and scale clearly provide a sustainable opportunity.

Can Zanzibar be the next Mauritius?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Aug 2017 | 11:57 am

C9 Hotelworks continues to work in developing marketplaces around Asia, the Pacific and Indian Ocean. Our latest report pushes into Africa and is on Zanzibar Tanzania and it’s surging resort and real estate sector.

Phuket’s Sporting Event and Wedding Market Soars

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Aug 2017 | 6:12 pm

Sporting events are a key catalyst for Phuket’s MICE demand, with the industry valued at THB 5.74 billion.

Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Expanding

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Aug 2017 | 6:00 am

The Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket is undertaking a third phase expansion program.

Daily Direct Middle East To Krabi Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Aug 2017 | 1:03 pm

Qatar Airways is upping flights from Doha to Krabi to a daily basis starting December 1st.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Khao Lak Hotel Market Update

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Aug 2017 | 4:47 pm

Phang Nga visitors tip 4.4 million. But where is the airport?

Property Lawyer Matthew McEvily Passes Away

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Aug 2017 | 3:27 pm

Well-known longtime Phuket real estate lawyer Matthew McEvily passed away in the United States on June 20th

Unlicensed Hotels Featured In C9 Hotelworks Mid-Year Report

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Jul 2017 | 6:00 am

According to a new report by hospitality consulting group C9 Hotelworks titled Phuket Hotel Market Update Mid-Year Edition 2017, less than a quarter of hotels in Phuket (429 out of 1,724) are currently licensed.

Another International School For Phuket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Jul 2017 | 8:29 am

A new international school named BCIS is coming to Chalong Phuket this year.

THB3.5 Billion Retirement Community For Phuket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Jul 2017 | 5:31 am

A new senior living development has been announced in Phuket, within the MontAzure integrated resort project in Kamala.

Thai Hotel Chain Being Sold To Australia’s Flight Centre

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jul 2017 | 6:38 am

Thailand-based Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia (BHM) has entered into a deal for the sale of the chain to Flight Centre Travel Group.

Iconic Designer Bill Bensley Takes On Hotel Chains

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Jul 2017 | 6:08 pm

Creative guru Bill Bensley is joining forces with the Shinta Mani group for a series of new hotels according to Travel Daily Asia.

Coldwell Banker Lands In Phuket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Jun 2017 | 5:39 pm

Well-known US property brokerage Coldwell Banker now has brand representation in Phuket.

Thai Low-Cost Airline Enters Maldives Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Jun 2017 | 3:16 pm

Leading LCThai AirAsia has announced flights between Bangkok (Don Mueang) and the Maldives commencing August 11th.

Making River Boat Cruising Cool Again

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Jun 2017 | 11:48 am

There was a time when upscale adventure travelers plied the great rivers of the world.

C9’s Bill Barnett At Bangkok Investment Event

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Jun 2017 | 10:59 pm

Next weeks South East Asia Hotel Investors’ Summit is shaping up to be a big event.

The Road To Mandalay Leads To Bagan

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Jun 2017 | 6:00 am

Myanmar’s Bagan with its ancient temples and pagodas remains one of Asia’s most treasured destinations.

Thailand’s Wellness Market Surging

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 May 2017 | 12:15 pm

A new report by our friends at Horwath HTL Health and Wellness has put numbers on Thailand’s fast paced wellness market.

Bali Gets India Direct. What About Phuket?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 May 2017 | 11:48 am

AirAsia X Indonesia has started flights between Bali and Mumbai, India.

Dusit Hotel Group Invest Into Online Rental Platform

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 May 2017 | 8:56 am

Thai hospitality group Dusit International has bought into the online villa and condo site favstay.com.

Chinese-Backed 3,000 Unit Bali Condo Stirs Protest

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 May 2017 | 6:00 am

A planned 3,000 unit condo hotel in Bali is creating waves with local residents on the Island of the Gods.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Krabi Hotel Market Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 May 2017 | 6:00 am

The newly released Krabi Hotel Market Update May 2017 report by C9 Hotelworks highlights one of Southeast Asia’s prime movers in terms of destination tourism growth.

Phuket And Bali Need To Watch Danang

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 May 2017 | 1:31 pm

It’s 2017 and the days of keeping Vietnam in the rear view mirror seem to be coming to an end. Sure boom bust boom has been a recurring theme for the up and down gyrations of one of Southeast Asia’s fitful sleepers.

Phuket Hotels Join To Promote Hospitality Education

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 May 2017 | 1:11 pm

PHAB gala event raises over 4 million Thai baht to fund human capital on Phuket through tourism training and scholarships. 


AirAsia To Kick Start Sihanoukville Service

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 May 2017 | 3:04 pm

Cambodia’s rapidly developing seaside resort destination Sihanoukville is getting new direct flights on AirAsia.

Indonesia’s Uptick In Russian And Chinese Travelers

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 May 2017 | 3:47 am

Thailand is not the only Southeast Asian country experiencing a flood of travelers from Russia and China.

Thai Hostel Group Lub d Goes Global

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 May 2017 | 8:39 am

Thailand’s Lub d posh hostel group is branching out into the international market.

Life, Death and Hotel Ownership

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 May 2017 | 7:49 pm

What’s to blame for keeping hotel owners up at night? Millennials, disruptors and OTAs aren’t solely at fault.

Minor Teams Up With Kajima For Phuket Ultra Villas

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 May 2017 | 11:21 am

Listed Thai-firm Minor International has finalized three new major projects in Phuket.

Dewa Phuket Pairs With International Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 May 2017 | 9:11 am

The Dewa Phuket in Nai Yang has signed a deal for management agreement the Cachet Hospitality Group.

Thai OTA Launches Nuclear Bomb On OTA’s

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 May 2017 | 6:00 am

No, it’s not North Korea and Kim Jong-un at the trigger but upstart Thai-based OTA Traveliko who has launched an online platform with 10% commission.

Rebel Beach Club Le Pirate Eyes Thailand and Myanmar Expansion

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 May 2017 | 12:36 pm

Indonesia’s rebel beach club brand Le Pirate has announced plans to expand its footprint within the country and throughout Asia.

Langdon Upped To Head Movenpick Global Development

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 May 2017 | 7:57 am

A familiar face in Thailand, Andrew Langdon has been promoted to lead worldwide development for Movenpick Hotels and Resorts.

Phuket Gazette Hard Copy Newspaper Says Goodbye

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 May 2017 | 9:43 am

Making news on the island is the Phuket Gazette who will stop publishing their hard copy newspaper at the end of May.

Brand Karma Aquired by SilverNeedle

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 May 2017 | 2:05 pm

The journey of SilverNeedle Hospitality has taken a new turn with the acquisition of Morris Sim’s Brand Karma outfit.

Check Out Asia's Greatest Hotel Online Auction Now

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 May 2017 | 2:17 pm

Over the past eighteen months one of our key projects has been the establishment and promotion of the non-profit Phuket Hotels Association.

Schroeder Moves To Kempinski

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 May 2017 | 8:41 pm

Former Banyan Tree and Pan Pacific executive Bernhold Schroeder is headed to Kempinski.

Phuket Set To Get PHABulous In Two Weeks

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 May 2017 | 11:11 am

The upcoming Phuket Hotels Association PHAB event has been announced for Saturday May 13th.

Top Myanmar Beach Destinations To Watch

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am

Four of Myanmar’s beach destinations are emerging as leading contenders in Asia’s search for the next exotic tropical getaway spot.

Luxury Hunt Releases Their 100 Best Book

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am

Phuket born LuxuryHunt.com have published their first collection on travel titled 100 Best.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Market Update On Bangkok Luxury Condos

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Apr 2017 | 2:51 pm

Bangkok’s appetite for top end luxury condominiums is accelerating as the geographic mix of products is spreading across the Thai capital.

Trump, Disney And The Floating Bali Airport

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am

This has been a truly strange tourism news cycle in Bali. Perhaps Reince Priebus has a job in Jakarta, if things go pear shaped in Washington DC.

Bangkok’s Street Food Ban Bad For Tourism

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am

Bangkok’s street food ban is making international headlines and it’s far from a positive stimulator for tourism.

Kata’s Boathouse Under Upgrade

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Apr 2017 | 8:04 pm

One of Phuket’s leading upscale boutique hotels, The Boathouse is undergoing a large-scale upgrading.

From Luxury To Poshtels, Montara Moving Ahead

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Apr 2017 | 2:08 pm

Thai-based hospitality group Montara have made public their plans to develop a hostel brand named Heritage Stays.

Bali Hotel Residences Spark Singapore Interest

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Apr 2017 | 8:44 pm

Feedback from this weekend’s Singapore property launch of the Mandarin Oriental Residences Bali has been extremely positive.

Thailand’s Singha Estate Launches Mega Maldives Project

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Apr 2017 | 1:17 pm

Thai real estate group Singha Estate are making global waves over their new mega mixed-use offering in the Maldives.

Thailand Tables 50 Year Property Lease Term

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Apr 2017 | 6:00 am

Making news in Thailand are comments by the Finance Ministry that the government is seriously reviewing an extension of real estate leases to 50 years.

Second Sala For Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Apr 2017 | 3:10 pm

One of Thailand’s strong boutique brands Sala will open their second Samui resort in November of this year.

Onyx Hospitality To Open Ozo Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Apr 2017 | 11:28 am

Thailand’s Onyx Hospitality is developing an Ozo branded midscale hotel in Phuket.

Direct Thai Airways Phuket Bejing Flights Started

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Mar 2017 | 7:38 am

Thai Airways International has commenced direct flights between the resort island of Phuket and Beijing China.

Tourism Redirect Spurs Phuket’s Russian Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Mar 2017 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks has released an insightful analysis titled Phuket Russian Tourism Market.

Cruise Boom Spurs Phuket Tourism  

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Mar 2017 | 2:11 pm

The island’s cruise sector has a terrific week with two of Royal Caribbean International’s mega ships come calling.

Phuket Elephant Conservation Sanctuary Hits Home

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Mar 2017 | 9:12 am

During a recent Phuket Hotels Association meeting one of the leading presentations was from the founders of the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.

Thailand’s LGBT Marketing Pushing Quality Tourism

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Mar 2017 | 6:00 am

This past week I moderated an LBGT tourism event organized by Hotelintel at the Siam Hotel in Bangkok.

Capella Coming To Thailand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Mar 2017 | 10:25 am

Luxury hotel group Capella will see their first Thai property located in Bangkok, debut in mid-2018.

Condo Hotel Consumer Action Hits News

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Mar 2017 | 10:06 am

A high profile consumer action that has been reportedly filed against the developers of a Pattaya condo hotel project has become a leading new item.

Chiang Mai’s Epic Cinematic Tourism Explosion

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Mar 2017 | 6:00 am

According to C9 Hotelworks latest market research Chiang Mai Hotel Market 2017, tourism growth has been fueled by rising low-cost carriers, with 5,346 flights from Greater China last year.

Banyan Tree Migrating Operations To ACCOR

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Mar 2017 | 4:59 pm

I have been reading an interview with Banyan Tree Founder KP Ho by TTG Asia’s Raini Hamdi with interest.

Iconic Dusit Thani Bangkok To Be Redeveloped

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Mar 2017 | 4:43 pm

One of Asia’s best known hotels, the famed Dusit Thani in Bangkok is on the redevelopment track.

Pan Pacific Names New CEO

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Mar 2017 | 3:40 pm

Lothar Nessman has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Pan Pacific Hotels.

Grand Centara Samui Up For Sublease

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Mar 2017 | 6:00 am

One of Koh Samui’s most prominent hotels, the Grand Centara Beach Resort Samui is on the lease transaction market.

Listed Thai Firm Acquires European Hotel Chain

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Feb 2017 | 6:00 am

Bangkok-based U City Public Company Limited has acquired eight hotels and a management company in Europe.

New Bali Hotel and Hotel Residences Report Released

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Feb 2017 | 7:29 am

A new C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL report on Bali contains stark warning signs about the shift to mass market tourism.

Emerging Travel Underground Showcase In London

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Feb 2017 | 8:35 am

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will be moderating a panel on hybrid hotels at the upcoming Boutique Lifestyle Summit in London.

AirAsia Linking Phuket And Pattaya

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Feb 2017 | 4:07 pm

Thailand’s two biggest resort markets Phuket and Pattaya will have daily direct flights starting on March 30th

Dynamic Due Star In Latest C9 Hotelworks Samui Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Feb 2017 | 9:36 am

The dynamic twosome of Bangkok’s Airways International expansion and emergence of Surat Thani as a secondary aviation gateway has dramatically altered the tourism footprint in Thailand’s second most popular resort island Samui.

Go Climb A Rock In Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Feb 2017 | 1:26 pm

Have I lost my mind you might ask or what is the big deal about a rock?

Lombok To Get China Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Feb 2017 | 9:44 am

One of Southeast Asia’s up and coming resort destinations’ Lombok is buzzing on news that Garuda Airlines is planning to introduce flights between the island and Mainland China.

Henley Stepping Down From Onyx Hospitality

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Feb 2017 | 11:05 am

Chief Executive Officer Peter Henley has announced plans to retire and is stepping down in June of this year.

Turkish Airlines Launching Phuket Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Feb 2017 | 6:00 am

Turkish Airlines has announced a new route between Phuket and Istanbul effective July 17th of this year.

Russian Rebound Tops C9 Hotelworks New Phuket Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Feb 2017 | 6:00 am

Russian arrivals are back to pre-crisis level while zero-baht tourism curbed Q4 growth rate headline the newly released C9 Hotelworks Phuket Hotel Market Update for February 2017.

Zecha Returns With Affordable Luxury Offering Azerai

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Feb 2017 | 1:09 pm

Luxury hotelier and ex-Aman frontman Adrian Zecha has returned to the hotel space with a new affordable luxury offering tagged as Azerai Luang Prabang.

Up-And-Coming Indonesian Island Of Belitung

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Feb 2017 | 12:41 pm

I’m often asked for top picks of up and coming destinations an one that is firmly on my radar is Belitung Indonesia.

Tigerair Australia Withdraws From Bali

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Feb 2017 | 12:23 pm

Bali’s tourism sector is rocking on news that Tigerair has elected to withdraw from the market.

What’s in store for Phuket Hotels Q1 2017?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Feb 2017 | 12:19 am

No matter where I have gone the past few weeks, around the island, up to Bangkok, down to Singapore, or elsewhere a common question keeps raising it’s head about how is the Phuket trading climate for hotels the first quarter of the year.

IHG Names New Development Head For Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Feb 2017 | 11:53 pm

InterContinental Hotels Group has Rajit Sukumaran as Chief Development Officer for Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).

Hotelier Rudi Koppen Passes Away

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Feb 2017 | 11:37 pm

Well-known hotel executive Rudi Koppen has died at the age of 80.

Bali International Airport Arrivals Up 22.5% In 2016

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Jan 2017 | 12:27 pm

Bali’s tourism growth is continuing at breakneck speed as international passenger arrivals scored a record high 4.9 million for the year.

Vietnam’s New Move To Liberalize Gaming

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Jan 2017 | 11:22 am

Vietnam’s surging tourism sector is expected to see a strong uplift back of a government pivot that will allow the domestic market to gamble in casinos.

Beach Clubs, Tented Camps and Poshtels At HICAP Update 2017

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Jan 2017 | 6:03 pm

As part of HICAP Update 2017 event C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will lead a panel on non-traditional accommodation titled "Ditch the Box, Dig the Experience".

Asia’s Leading Alternative Ownership Conference

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Jan 2017 | 1:06 pm

This year’s AOCAP Conference has been set for Singapore on the March 15th and 16th.

Thailand Tourism Forum 2017 Presentation Downloads

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Jan 2017 | 2:38 pm

For readers who missed this week’s Thailand Tourism Forum 2017 in Bangkok we are distributing a download link to the key presentations.

Pullman Khao Lak Changes Ownership and Operator

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Jan 2017 | 10:31 am

The 5 star Pullman Resort in Khao Lak has seen a new investor come into the property with Robinson Club, who are a subsidiary of TUI taking an ownership stake.

Schroeder Steps Down As Pan Pacific CEO

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Jan 2017 | 4:39 pm

Bernold Schroeder has resigned as CEO of Pan Pacific Hotels Group.

Australian Airlift To Bali Hit

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Jan 2017 | 9:34 am

One of Bali’s key tourism markets has experienced a significant disruption with low-cost carrier Tigerair temporarily suspending services from Australia.

After The Rain – Samui Gets Back To Business

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Jan 2017 | 3:21 pm

The resort island of Samui and much of Southern Thailand has received a torrential amount of rain over the past week and photos of flooding have done viral on a global basis.

Leading Hotel Design Author Penner Dies

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Jan 2017 | 9:37 am

For hotel development and technical service professionals the name Richard Penner is well-known.

Famed Bali Beach Club At Trisara

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jan 2017 | 4:14 pm

One of Bali’s best known beach clubs Potato Head is coming to Trisara Phuket.

Bali Legend Linda Garland Passes Away

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Jan 2017 | 1:03 pm

Legendary designer Linda Garland who was best known for promoting Bali-style has passed away in Australia.

Chris Bailey To Head Royal Phuket Marina

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Jan 2017 | 6:00 am

Hotelier Chris Bailey has been named CEO of Royal Phuket Marina

Marriott and IHG Brand Phuket Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Jan 2017 | 8:17 am

 New Year 2017 is here and global hotel chains Marriott and InterContinental have branded existing Phuket Hotels.

Phuket Boat Show Returns This Coming Thursday

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Jan 2017 | 10:08 am

The long-running PIMEX (Phuket International Boat Show) returns this week at Royal Phuket Marina.

Phuket Tourism Trading  – Not All Hotels Are Created Equal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Dec 2016 | 2:43 am

As we roll though peak tourism season and prepare to shift into 2017, I have surveyed a number of Phuket hotels about performance.

C9 Hotelworks Sri Lanka Coastal Property Update

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Dec 2016 | 11:36 am

Over the past few years C9 Hotelworks has completed a number of consulting projects in Sri Lanka ranging from luxury villas, mixed-use hotel, office and retail complexes, resorts and mid-scale hotels.

Angsana Phuket Launches Hotel Branded Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Dec 2016 | 6:00 am

Laguna Phuket is developing 30 hotel branded condo units named the Angsana Beachfront Residences.

Phuket Airport Arrivals Set To Top 7.4 Million

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Dec 2016 | 12:59 pm

rrivals at Phuket International Airport are set to eclipse a historic high 7.4 million passengers for the year 2016 according to forecasted figures by C9 Hotelworks.

A C9 Hotelworks Christmas Wish

Category: Video. Posted: 24 Dec 2016 | 2:36 pm

As 2016 rushes to a close, I’d like to wish our C9 readers a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or whatever greeting you may find appropriate.

Banyan Tree Takes On Cuba with 4 Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Dec 2016 | 11:30 am

Singapore’s Banyan Tree Group is moving quickly into one of the world’s most looked-at emerging market’s Cuba.

Private Equity Group Acquires Niseko Hotel

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Dec 2016 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong private equity group LimeTree Capital Partners has acquired the Shiki hotel in Japan's prime ski area of Niseko.

New International Airport For Greater Phuket In The Works

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Dec 2016 | 6:00 am

A new transportation infrastructure mega-project North of Phuket tentatively named the “Phang Nga - Andaman International Airport” is currently under by the government.

Aksara To Open Third Phuket Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Dec 2016 | 9:39 am

Phuket-based Aksara Collection has announced plans for a third island hotel.

Hotel Analytics Course By STR In January

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Dec 2016 | 6:00 am

Leading global hospitality data provide STR is teaming up for with the Phuket Hotels Association for a two-day workshop on Thursday and Friday January 26th and 27th

Rosewood Phuket Targets New Wellness Concept

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Dec 2016 | 11:12 am

Spa, spa, spa, everywhere you look in Phuket there seems to be a spa.

Resort Demand Not Just About The Beach

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Dec 2016 | 10:27 am

ver the past decade Southeast Asia resort destinations have seen a strong shift away from their ‘old school’ legacy markets.

Asia’s Game Changer, Japan Approves Casinos

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Dec 2016 | 9:43 am

A massive shift in Asian gaming is expected on the heels of Japan’s parliament giving the green light to casinos this week.

Krabi Hotel Brands With Best Western

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Dec 2016 | 11:23 am

Krabi’s Hula Hula Resort and Spa has entered into an agreement with global brand Best Western.

Wests Sands Phuket and Centara Separate

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Dec 2016 | 11:08 am

Centara Hotels and Resorts and the owenrs of the West Sands Phuket have parted company.

Nick Downing Appointed GM Of The Siam Bangkok

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Dec 2016 | 9:40 am

Veteran hotelier Nick Downing is the new General Manager of the uber chic Bangkok property The Siam.

Phuket Hotels Association Grows Membership To 50 Properties

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Dec 2016 | 9:25 am

The recently formed Phuket Hotels Association has quickly caught the attention of key players in the hotel industry on the island, reaching its target of 50 member hotels this year ahead of its official launch at the upcoming Thailand Tourism Forum in January.

Phuket's Boathouse Hotel Sold

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Dec 2016 | 3:54 pm

One of the island’s first boutique hotels has been sold, the Boathouse in Kata.

Boutique Luxury Pavilions Hotels Expanding To Niseko

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Dec 2016 | 10:30 am

Asian hospitality and real estate group Pavilions Hotels and Resorts are expanding to the upscale Japanese ski destination of Niseko.

Katamanda Developer Passes Away

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Dec 2016 | 6:00 am

Well-known property developer David Groom passed away on December 10th.

ACCOR Takes Ownership Stake In Banyan Tree Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Dec 2016 | 12:22 pm

French hospitality chain ACCOR has acquired a 5% holding in Singapore’s Banyan Tree Holdings for a reported USD17 million.

Famed Entertainment Venue Café Del Mar For Phuket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Dec 2016 | 6:00 am

Global icon Café Del Mar is set to debut in Phuket next year, with an opening date to be announced soon. Construction of the project is well underway.

Unlicensed Phuket Hotels Face Two Month Ultimatum

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Dec 2016 | 6:36 am

Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejamornthan has issued an ultimatum to illegal hotels to either register before January 31st , 2017, or face legal action.

Leading Philippine Hospitality Event For February Dates have be

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Nov 2016 | 6:00 am

Dates have been sent for the second annual Hotel Investment Conference Philippines (HICP)

Bali – The View From The Ground

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Nov 2016 | 6:00 am

I was recently in Bali and had an up close view of the hotel and property scene on the island.

Dusit Signs Surin Beach Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Nov 2016 | 6:00 am

Thai-hospitality group Dusit International has inked a deal for a new hotel in Surin Beach.

ITB Berlin Starting Medical Tourism Pavilion

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Nov 2016 | 4:08 pm

A rising tide of niche tourism segments is forcing legacy events like ITB start to evolve.

New General Manager For Hyatt Regency Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Nov 2016 | 11:15 am

Stephen Radcliffe has been appointed as the new General Manager of the Hyatt Regency in Kamala.

Direct Flights From Frankfurt To Phuket Launched

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 6:06 am

Yesterday the inaugural Thai Airways International direct flight from Frankfurt Germany to Phuket commence.

Russian Numbers To Push Up From Airlift

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Nov 2016 | 1:06 pm

Making news today is the Thai government who are reportedly set to agree to a reciprocal arrangement with Russia to push up flights between the two countries.

Premier Inn Asia Portfolio For Sale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Nov 2016 | 4:57 pm

The Asian portfolio of Premier Inn has come onto the transaction market

Duangrit Bunnag To Open Boutique Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Nov 2016 | 11:48 am

Noted Thai designer Duangrit Bunnag is moving into the hospitality space with his new Hotel Bocage set to open on November 19th in Hua Hin.

Thanksgiving Lunch At Angsana Laguna Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Nov 2016 | 3:31 pm

The annual AMCHAM and Angsana Laguna Phuket Thanksgiving lunch is set this year for Thursday November 24th.

KSL Capital Partners To Acquire Outrigger Hotels & Resorts

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Nov 2016 | 5:13 pm

Hawaiian-based hospitality group Outrigger Hotels and Resorts through an affiliate have entered into a transaction agreement with US-based KSL Capital Partners.

Phuket Airlift On The Upswing

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Nov 2016 | 10:03 am

A new direct service between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur has been announced by Malindo Air.

C9 Hotelworks Releases New Southeast Asia Hostel Report

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Nov 2016 | 7:00 am

Southeast Asia’s booming tourism trade has experienced a new twist with a rising segment of second generation upmarket hostels now attracting a wider demographic.

Phuket Domestic Terminal Under Renovation  

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Nov 2016 | 11:56 am

If you are taking a domestic flight to and from Phuket, the current partial closing of the old terminal is causing widespread confusion.

Catch Beach Club Returns For High Season

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Nov 2016 | 4:54 pm

Phuket’s party crowd is rejoicing over news that a new Catch Beach Club will be open in time for high season.

Registration Open for Thailand Tourism Forum 2017

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Oct 2016 | 6:00 am

The date has been set for the upcoming Thailand Tourism Forum 2017 in Bangkok, on Monday January 23rd .

British International School Deal Off

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 26 Oct 2016 | 5:05 pm

The potential lease of the Phuket’s British International School to institutional group Nord Anglia Education has failed to materialize.

New York Outs Airbnb

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Oct 2016 | 10:10 am

New York State has signed into law a landmark bill making it illegal for owners to rent out residences for less than 30 days.

One-Minute HICAP 2016 Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Oct 2016 | 3:07 pm

Asia’s premier hospitality event in Hong Kong has just concluded and I wanted to bring you an update from HICAP 2016 (Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific)

Major Phuket Sports Event Reinstated

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Oct 2016 | 3:01 pm

After a cancellation notice went out for the Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2016, the iconic sporting event will now push through.

Over 850,000 Mainland Chinese To Bali This Year

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Oct 2016 | 8:41 am

Looking at Bali's airport arrivals for the first 7 months of the year (January through July), foreign passenger arrivals has spiked up by 19.8% comparing year-on-year-figures.

Iconic Fashion Designer Starts Up Hospitality Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Oct 2016 | 7:36 pm

One of fashion’s most famous names Karl Lagerfeld is launching his own ‘namesake” hotel brand.

C9 Releases New Report on Thai Hotel Management Companies

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Oct 2016 | 6:59 am

A new report by C9 Hotelworks outlines the state of play in Thailand's hotel management sector and provides a guide of who is who.

Koh Phi Phi Resort Completing Massive Upgrade

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Oct 2016 | 6:29 am

The 201 key Phi Phi Island Resort is set to complete a THB160 million upgrade in October.

TreVille Phuket Private Hotel Set To Woo

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Oct 2016 | 6:00 am

One upcoming top end project that we are looking forward to opening soon is the ultra luxury TreVilla Phuket private hotel in Nai Thon.

Singapore’s Marina Guru Eyeing Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Oct 2016 | 9:13 pm

Top marina gun Arthur Tay is reportedly looking at potential expansion to Phuket

Movenpick Sign 220 Key Mai Khao Phuket Resort  

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Oct 2016 | 10:33 am

Swiss hotel chain Movenpick has signed their third property in Phuket with Thai group Nusasiri.

Portfolio Of Four Thai Hotels Up For Sale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Oct 2016 | 5:04 pm

A portfolio of four renovated and re-positioned hotel properties in Southern Thailand has come into the transaction market.

Unlicensed Condo Hotel Ordered To Close

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Oct 2016 | 11:06 am

Making national news in Thailand both the Bangkok Post and Nation newspapers have reported that the Eastin Tan Hotel in Chiang Mai has been ordered to close by the government.

Gili Islands find their own identity as tourism stretches beyond Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Oct 2016 | 6:00 am

Last year the trio of islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air played host to nearly 450,000 hotel guests.

Amari Signs Three New Hotels In Laos

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Oct 2016 | 3:19 pm

Thai hospitality group Onyx has inked a deal for three properties in Laos under their Amari brand.

Samui’s International  Passenger Arrivals Grow By 18%

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Oct 2016 | 2:15 pm

Thailand’s resort island of Samui is benefiting from mounting airlift which is positively impacting hotel occupancy levels.

Phuket Luxury Villa Market. What’s Wrong, What’s Right?

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Sep 2016 | 1:36 pm

For the most part, the booming tourist high season at the start of 2016 was a challenge for the island’s luxury real estate sector as it there was no domino effect.

Sansiri Teaming Up With Philippe Starck

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Sep 2016 | 1:26 pm

Thailand’s Sansiri is teaming up with celebrity designer Philippe Starck’s YOO for a new stylish condominium in Bangkok’s Thonglor area.

Legacy Bangkok Hotel Set To Close

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Sep 2016 | 5:30 pm

One of Bangkok’s legacy properties, the Nai Lert Park Hotel has announced plans to close, under a change in ownership.

Phuket City Hotel Undergoes Extreme Makeover

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Sep 2016 | 5:01 pm

The makeover and rebranding of the former Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel in Phuket City has been completed.

Red Planet Raise USD70 Million From Goldman Sachs

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Sep 2016 | 2:04 pm

Thailand-based budget hotel group Red Planet has raised USD70 million in funding from Goldman Sachs to expansion of the chain

Thailand’s Industrial Zone Si Racha Heats Up

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Sep 2016 | 3:40 pm

Talking to many hoteliers outside of Thailand and when speaking about Si Racha, they start immediately thinking about the red hot chili sauce Sriracha.

Asia’s SC Capital Raising USD1 Billion Investment Kitty

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Sep 2016 | 9:07 am

Hello Kitty. Singapore’s SC Capital Partners have made public plans to raise USD1 billion based in surging demand by fund investors.

Commune, Destination and Alila Brand Up

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Sep 2016 | 6:00 am

After the recent merger of Commune Hotels and Resorts and Destination Hotels, a new corporate overlay has been created named Two Roads.

Koh Lanta Mainland Connection Approved

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Sep 2016 | 2:24 pm

There was a time when getting to nearby Koh Lanta from Krabi required boarding and getting off two ferries.

Twinpalms Residences MontAzure Bags Award

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Sep 2016 | 12:50 am

The Twinpalms Residences MontAzure was recognized as the winner of the best condo award at the Thailand Property Awards 2016.

Brice Borin Moving On To Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Sep 2016 | 6:00 am

Popular General Manager Brice Borin of the Amatara Resort and Wellness Resort in Panwa Phuket is on the move to Bali.

Iniala Gears Up Restaurant Group

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Sep 2016 | 5:25 am

The hospitality team at Iniala just over the bridge in Phang Nga has unveiled plans to create a new food and beverage focused initiative which will expand to both branded and independent outlets.

AirAsia Starting Direct Phuket Siem Reap Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Sep 2016 | 1:52 pm

Thai AirAsia is launching flights between Phuket and Siem Reap in Cambodia.

Ascending Airlift Pushing Krabi Onto Broader Asian Tourism Stage

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Sep 2016 | 3:06 pm

Once upon a time the Southern Thai resort area of Krabi flip-flopped between a regimented high-season catering to winter snowbird visitors from Scandinavia and Europe to a low-season where many hotels even scrapped breakfast buffets.

Prime Minister Opens New Phuket International Airport Terminal

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Sep 2016 | 9:26 am

Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday officially opened the new terminal at Phuket International Airport.

Zero Dollar Chinese Tour Groups Under The Gun

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Sep 2016 | 5:47 pm

While Mainland China is spurring a sustained drive in Thailand tourism, one key element that is undermining the industry is “zero dollar” tourism.

Hotel Design Icon Bill Bensley Going To Print

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Sep 2016 | 3:33 pm

Thai-based designer Bill Bensley has established his reputation as a global innovator over the past few decades.

Phuket Link To Emerging Luxury Myanmar Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Sep 2016 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks has released a new tourism market update focused on Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago.

Move Over Airbnb, Elite Havens Targets Thailand’s Villa Rentals

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 10 Sep 2016 | 6:00 am

Move Over Airbnb, Elite Havens Targets Thailand’s Villa Rentals

Alila Set To Party With New Dayclub Concept

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Sep 2016 | 9:04 am

One of Bali’s leading properties Alila Uluwatu has joined up with global brand Hakkasan for a new dayclub.

Dardenne Joins Jumeriah In Top Post

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Sep 2016 | 7:50 am

One of the familiar hospitality faces in Asian hotels Marc Dardenne has been appointed Group Chief Operating Officer of Dubai’s Jumeirah Group.

Bali Matching Phuket In Tourism Gains

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Sep 2016 | 9:33 am

Overseas tourism numbers to Bali have registered strong demand in the first half of 2016.

Asia’s Leading Hotel Event Set For October

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Sep 2016 | 10:32 am

The annual HICAP Hong Investment conference will be held this year from October 19th to 21st at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

Investment in the Hospitality & Leisure Sector – Vietnam Revisit

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Aug 2016 | 1:40 pm

C9 Hotelworks, Horwath HTL and Mayer Brown JSM are holding a free seminar focusing on investment in the hospitality & leisure sector in Vietnam.

Four Seasons To Manage Nam Hai

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Aug 2016 | 8:07 am

One of Vietnam’s first luxury resorts, the Nam Hai in Danang will become a Four Seasons in December.

Legendary hotel landscape designer passes away

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Aug 2016 | 7:57 am

One of Asia’s leading landscape designers Bali-based Made Wijaya has passed away.

Leading Hotel Legal Advisor Moves To Withers Hong Kong

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Aug 2016 | 12:15 pm

One of Asia’s well-known hospitality legal advisors David Mallinson is moving to Withersworldwide in Hong Kong.

Saga Of Ultra Luxury Chiang Mai Hotel Evolves

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Aug 2016 | 2:38 pm

Once upon a time the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chaing Mai languished in financial failure.

Samui Hotel Up For Sale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Aug 2016 | 7:56 am

The Samui Buri Beach Resort has been put into the transaction market.

Thai Vietjet To Boost Phuket Airlift

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Aug 2016 | 7:44 am

New low-cost carrier Thai Vietjet Air is set to start flights between Phuket and Chiang Rai in mid-September.

Wyndham Set To Open Second Phuket Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Aug 2016 | 1:32 pm

Leading global hotel chain Wyndham has signed a deal to manage a 214 key property in Phuket.

Sri Panwa’s REIT Path Conversion Making Waves

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Aug 2016 | 7:08 am

The planned conversion of the Sri Panwa Property Fund into a REIT (real estate investment fund) is expected to change the way many Thai hotel owners approach the marketplace.

Thailand Takes A Page From The Donald Trump Playbook

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Aug 2016 | 3:46 pm

It’s early morning in Japan, and outside my window typhoon inspired rain is gaining momentum.

Adrian Zecha Back With Luxury Floating Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Aug 2016 | 9:16 am

Former Amanresorts top gun Adrian Zecha is back to his old tricks in the hospitality trade with a new venture branded as the Maha Yacht Club.

Outrigger Shifts Landgraf To Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Aug 2016 | 12:27 am

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has moved Marc Landgraf to the post of General Manager at their Samui property.

Manathai Surin Phuket Names New Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Aug 2016 | 9:57 am

Thai national Pradtana Tubprayoon has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Manathai Surin Phuket.

Tourism And Terrorism Become Strange Bedfellows

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Aug 2016 | 12:13 am

As bombs were going off in my hometown of Phuket, I was soundly sleeping off a bad case of jet lag on the other side of the world in Los Angeles.

Indigo Pearl Changes Name

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Aug 2016 | 1:00 pm

The luxury boutique resort Indigo Pearl Phuket has been renamed as The Slate.

Thai Hospitality Chain To Add 9 Properties

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Aug 2016 | 9:31 am

One of the country’s fastest growing hospitality chains Kasemkij Group has a pipeline of 9 new properties set to come on stream over the next four years.

Budget Hotels Headed For Petrol Stations

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Jul 2016 | 6:22 am

A rising budget hotel chain named Fortune D is looking at establishing a nationwide network of properties located at petrol stations across Thailand.

Phuket’s Condo Hotel Conundrum Explained

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Jul 2016 | 12:21 pm

Over the past few weeks since reports have been hitting the media in Phuket about a crackdown on illegal condominium hotels, brokers, investors and a number of others have been speculating about the future of the sector.

New Free Online Sustainable Index For Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Jul 2016 | 6:00 am

Greenview out of Singapore headed by Eric Ricaurte and Grace Kang are taking their sustainable hospitality vision for hotels global.

Chic Poshtel Lub d Arrives In Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Jul 2016 | 11:27 am

One of the most exciting accommodation spaces these days is the emerging poshtel products that are cutting into the cookie cutter hotel mold and gathering followers.

Premier Inn Bidding Goodbye to Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Jul 2016 | 9:44 am

Leading UK economy hotel group Whitbread with their Premier Inn brand has made headlined recently over an announcement they are withdrawing from India and Southeast Asia.

Bill Barnett Returns To Writing About Real Estate

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Jul 2016 | 8:21 am

C9 Hotelworks Founder and Managing Director Bill Barnett has returned to writing about real estate news, trends and opinion in the new FazWaz Property Insider.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Mid-Year Phuket Report

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Jul 2016 | 2:10 pm

Airlift is the main engine of Phuket tourism growth which is highlighted by 31 inbound flight routes now operating from Greater China.

 Third Krabi Resort For Centara

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Jul 2016 | 2:07 pm

Thailand’s Centara Hotels and Resorts are set to open their third Krabi property by the end of year.

C9 Hotelwork’s New Niseko Property Review 2016

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Jul 2016 | 8:35 am

Niseko Japan is one of Asia’s hottest emerging property markets and C9 Hotelworks has covered the latest trends in their newly released real estate review.

Phuket International Airlift By Region

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Jul 2016 | 12:33 pm

Analysis of 2015 international flights originating from Phuket International Airport.

Royal Phuket Marina Up For Sale

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Jul 2016 | 9:48 am

One of Asia’s leading yachting facilities Royal Phuket Marina has been put into the transaction market.

Furama Ventures To Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jul 2016 | 5:17 pm

Singapore hospitality group Furama Hotels International has flagged the Farmers Boutique resort in Samui.

New GM At Hilton Arcadia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jul 2016 | 4:36 pm

Markus Kaliss has been named General Manager of the Hilton Arcadia Phuket in Karon.

Singapore Hotel Brand Headed To Chalong

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Jul 2016 | 6:00 am

A listed Singapore residential and hospitality group Roxy Pacific are developing a hybrid hotel villa boutique resort in Chalong.

Phuket Government Hits Illegal Condo Hotels

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Jul 2016 | 12:19 pm

Back of a rising tide of complaints across the country from the Thai hotel sector and more recently the Revenue Department, the Phuket Land Office has reportedly issued warning letters to a number of condominiums across the island.

New X2 Boutique Hotel For Khao Lak

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Jul 2016 | 6:35 am

Booming Khao Lak is set to see the opening of a new branded property with the debut of the X2 Khao Lak Anda Mani Resort.

Twinpalms new beach club opening today

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Jul 2016 | 5:15 am

Iconic Phuket hotel Twinpalms will open their newest outlet HQ Beach Lounge today

Special Family Fun Event At Xana

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Jun 2016 | 6:29 am

A special Family Fun Fourth of July event will be held at Xana Beach Club at the Angsana Phuket this coming Saturday July 2nd.

Brexit Could Trigger Island Property Slide

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 Jun 2016 | 2:12 pm

Today’s shock Brexit exit has experienced an sudden and rapid reaction from global financial markets, as the pound has taken a literal pounding.

Thai Airways To Russia With Love

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Jun 2016 | 3:07 pm

Thai Airways International has made the news with the announcement of a resumption of flights between Moscow and Bangkok.

Bailey Steps Down As Centara COO

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Jun 2016 | 10:40 am

Thai-based Centara Hotels & Resorts' Chris Bailey is leaving his post as Chief Operating Officer.

Quo Global and Horwath HTL Undertake Global Alliance

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Jun 2016 | 6:00 am

One of the world’s largest hospitality and tourism consulting firms Horwath HTL has entered into a worldwide alliance with Bangkok-based brand agency Quo Global.

Popular  Island Hotelier Passes Away

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Jun 2016 | 3:06 pm

Last week Swiss hotelier Pascal Frei died in Phuket at the age of 35.

Mai Khao Convention Center Making News Again

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Jun 2016 | 8:08 am

The Thai government’s proposed Phuket Convention Center in Mai Khao is back in play according to news today in the Bangkok Post.

Samui Braces For Chinacation

Category: Video. Posted: 11 Jun 2016 | 1:07 pm

While Phuket has seen a landslide in direct China airlift over the past five years the nearby island of Samui has quietly been on the sidelines given tight controls on flights.

Post-High-Season Autopsy On Phuket’s Luxury Property Market

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 08 Jun 2016 | 6:00 am

Welcome to the post-high season autopsy on Phuket’s pish posh uber luxury property market.

Phuket International School  Eyed For Takeover

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Jun 2016 | 9:49 am

British International School Phuket is reportedly in talks with a global educational provider who is bidding to takeover operations.

New Hotel Project Management Book Released

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jun 2016 | 1:25 pm

Well-known hotel design and pre-opening expert Gert Noodzij has written a guidebook for opening hospitality properties.

Thai AirAsia To Connect Iran

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Jun 2016 | 1:15 pm

With the new lifting of economic and diplomatic sanctions on Iran, the destination is seeing a renewed sense of interest in the tourism sector.

Boutique Beach Club Resort Opening In Natai

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Jun 2016 | 4:01 pm

Thai hotel group AKARYN will open their second resort in Natai in the third quarter of this year.

Sheraton Branded Residences Launched In Phuket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Jun 2016 | 8:46 am

A new offering of hotel branded residences with Starwood’s Sheraton brand has come into the Phuket real estate market.

Emerging Asian Resort Areas Tap Into Phuket Airlift Model

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 May 2016 | 1:02 pm

One of the best adages about successful tourism growth is the basic requirement for sustainable airlift or in a nutshell best summed up as “you can’t stay there, if you can’t get there.

Bill Barnett Going Glamping Down Under

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 May 2016 | 4:22 pm

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will moderate a session at the HotelsWorld Australia conference titled “Poshtels, Glamping and more” on July 27th.

Dusit D2 Patong Rebranding To Swissotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 May 2016 | 8:33 am

Phuket hotels are continuing to see a brand influence with the latest news being the Dusit D2 Patong will be converted to a Swissotel in June.

New C9 Hotelworks Khao Lak Report Released

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 May 2016 | 7:50 am

One million arrivals are expected for Khao Lak this year, a huge transformation for the destination, following the dark days following the Asian Tsunami in 2004 according to a new report by C9 Hotelworks.

China’s Golf Courses Under Fire

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 May 2016 | 7:37 am

While China’s rising elite have taken to golf in increasing numbers over the last two decades, the industry is under the microscope as the government is taking measures to stamp out corruption.

Bali Room Rates Hit The Skids

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 May 2016 | 9:08 pm

Over the past few days I have been in Bali and despite the sunshine many hoteliers are shedding tears over declining room rates.

Property Legend John Birt Passes Away

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 May 2016 | 3:12 pm

One of Southeast Asia’s leading property personalities John Birt has passed away.

Aman Takes On Wellness Focus

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 May 2016 | 8:09 am

Uber luxury chain Aman is taking on a new wellness focus across a select group of their hotels.

ACCOR Signs ibis Styles Hotel Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 May 2016 | 11:21 am

French hotel group ACCOR is continuing their rapid expansion in Southern Thailand with the signing of a new ibis Styles in Samui.

The Great Balcony Debate

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 13 May 2016 | 11:01 am

Through the ages, architects have struggled to define, refine and reinvent the balcony.

Thailand Yacht Show Dates Announced For Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 May 2016 | 3:43 pm

The 2nd luxury focused Thailand Yacht Show has been confirmed for December 15th to 18th at Phuket’s Ao Por Grand Marina.

GM Appointed At Eastin Yama

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 May 2016 | 5:08 pm

Peeraphol Jittinboonruan has been named as the General Manager of the Eastin Yama hotel in Phuket.

Vietnam Records Highest Quarterly ADR

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 May 2016 | 9:08 am

According to data released by STR Global, Vietnam hit an all-time high revPAR in the first quarter of 2016.

C9 Hotelworks At Vietnam Investment Event in Singapore

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 May 2016 | 12:42 pm

C9 Hotelworks, Horwath HTL and Mayer Brown JSM are delighted to invite you to a private “by invitation only” seminar focusing on investment in the hospitality & leisure sector in Vietnam.

Crackdown on Illegal Hotels Hits Pranburi

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 May 2016 | 1:25 pm

Local government officials have hit a series of residential villa and condo properties which have been operating without hotel licenses in the Thai coastal area of Pranburi.

New COO For Thailand’s Dusit Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 May 2016 | 6:00 am

Thai hospitality group Dusit International has named Lim Boon Kwee as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Airbnb Targets Local Tourism Segment

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 May 2016 | 6:00 am

We live in the age of travelers who are increasingly looking for authentic experiences with local flavor.

Micro Hotel Launched At Suvarnabhumi

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 May 2016 | 6:00 am

Airline passengers looking for a quick sleep have a new option at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Movenpick Dive Deep Into Thailand Hotel Residences

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Apr 2016 | 6:00 am

According to the Bangkok Post Thai-listed group Nusasiri Plc has engaged Movenpick Hotel & Residences to manage three of their residential-led condominiums.

Outrigger Appoints Richardson To Corporate Role

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Apr 2016 | 2:31 pm

Paul Richardson has been appointed EVP and Chief Operating Officer in charge of global operations for the Outrigger Enterprises Group.

Carlson Hospitality Sell Out to Chinese Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Apr 2016 | 2:27 pm

The China syndrome is continuing to make hotel headlines on news that the Carlson Hospitality Group has entered into a sales agreement with the Chinese conglomerate HNA.

Surin Beach Clubs and Structures Demolished

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Apr 2016 | 12:35 pm

In the span of half a day the commercial structures located along Surin Beach include Catch, Bimi and many others have been completely demolished by the government.

Australian Market To Thailand Drops

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Apr 2016 | 8:32 am

The Australian summer market to Thailand (December/January/February) period registered a 4% decline compared to the same period the previous year.

Blink Appoints Michael Sagild As CEO

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Apr 2016 | 8:28 am

Thailand-based design group Blink has appointed hotelier Michael Sagild as CEO.

Outrigger Re-Launches Second Brand And Alliance

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Apr 2016 | 6:00 am

US-based resort group Outrigger whose regional operating headquarters is located in Phuket have formally re-launched their second brand OHANA.

ACCOR Moves Into Luxury Home Rentals

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Apr 2016 | 12:14 pm

The global hotel industry is rapidly changing and AirBnB is a strong disruptor to the business.

Andrew Turner Heading Up Rosewood Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Apr 2016 | 4:15 pm

A familiar hotel face has returned to Phuket as Andrew Turner has been named Managing Director of the ultra luxury Rosewood Phuket.

Indonesia’s Leading Hotel Event Coming Up

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Apr 2016 | 6:00 am

The Hotel Investment Conference Indonesia 2016 (HICI) is coming up on April 28th and 29th at the Raffles Hotel Jakarta.

Phuket Bids Farewell To Iconic Beach Club

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Apr 2016 | 12:02 pm

Twinpalm’s Catch Beach Club is set to hold a closing party “One Last Time” on Saturday April 16th together with sister outlet Bimi.

The Property Name Game

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 15 Apr 2016 | 6:00 am

It's hard to trace the origin of the practice of naming people, places and things. Arguably you could start with Adam and Eve, and perhaps that first gated-estate village called the Garden of Eden.

West Sands Up For Sale

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 11 Apr 2016 | 6:00 am

One of Phuket’s largest integrated resorts, the West Sands Mai Khao has been put into the transaction market for sale.

Luxury Resort Headed To Kata

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Apr 2016 | 6:00 am

Bangkok-based hospitality group 137 Pillars have unveiled plans for a new luxury resort on the Kata headland in Phuket.

ACCOR’s Novotel For Surin Beach Conversion

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Apr 2016 | 6:00 am

French hospitality group ACCOR has flagged the former DoubleTree by Hilton which will now be branded the Novotel Phuket Surin Beach.

Hyatt Opens Second Phuket Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Mar 2016 | 6:59 am

A 161-key Hyatt Place Hotel has entered the island’s accommodation market in Patong.

That Sinking Feeling

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 28 Mar 2016 | 3:50 pm

Bill Barnett goes off the deep end on Asian developers' abandonment of prized swimming pools.

Phuket Academy Affiliates To International Institution

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Mar 2016 | 6:00 am

Phuket International Academy which is part of the Thanyapura complex will join the United World College (UWC) program as of August this year.

Less Is More For Koh Samui

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 16 Mar 2016 | 6:00 am

On the island of Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, owners and operators are for the most part grinning about a sustained increase in room rates.

Chinese Hotel Group Enters Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Mar 2016 | 8:48 am

Chinese hospitality group Plateno has inked their first hotel deal in Phuket for a 110-room property in Patong.

Building A Medical Tourism Hub

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 08 Mar 2016 | 6:00 am

Phuket has the potential to become a leading regional hub for medical tourism, an industry that is well positioned for exponential growth primarily led by the demand for aesthetic treatments.

Branded Hotels Account For 90% Of Phuket Pipeline

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Mar 2016 | 9:12 am

Phuket’s legacy of independent properties is becoming a thing of the past as the island’s future brandscape is now dominated by branded offerings.

LCC Samui Muzzle Pushes Room Rates Up

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Feb 2016 | 7:58 am

Thailand’s resort island of Samui continues to see its tourism sector steadily grow despite standing quietly alone in a maddening storm of low-cost airlift growth across the country.

Sheraton Swapped Out For InterCon In Pattaya  

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Feb 2016 | 11:46 am

Sheraton’s Pattaya presence is coming to an end as their existing resort will see a management change to InterContinental in April.

Kuala Lumpur Halts Hotel Project Pipeline

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Feb 2016 | 9:12 am

Making international news out of Malaysia, is the city of Kuala Lumpur who has put a freeze on new hotel licenses for an unspecified period.

ACCOR Signs Three Phuket Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Feb 2016 | 6:00 am

Phuket’s strong chain affiliation surge has seen an uptick as ACCOR has inked a deal to manage three hotels on the island.

Phuket Medical Tourism Report from C9 Hotelworks  

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Feb 2016 | 6:00 am

A new research report released by C9 Hotelworks has shown that the two most significant international sources of business for the island’s growing medical tourism sector are Australia and Mainland China.

Twinning Yachting And Property

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 22 Feb 2016 | 9:28 am

Connecting the dots between tourism, real estate and yachting has always been an interesting task, but when you shift up to the luxury property sector the attraction clearly exists.

Banyan Tree Restructures Corporate Team

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Feb 2016 | 6:00 am

Singapore-listed hospitality group Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts is undergoing a massive restructuring of their corporate set-up according to The Straits Times.

Thailand’s Erawan Investing Into Philippine Budget Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Feb 2016 | 6:00 am

Listed Thai hospitality group Erawan Group PCL will invest into budget hotels in the Philippines over the next five years.

Regus Serviced Offices In Phuket Tie-Up

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Feb 2016 | 6:00 am

Global serviced office provider Regus has branded a new offering with Royal Phuket Marina for an island facility.

ACCOR Taking Bite of Holiday Rental Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Feb 2016 | 1:33 pm

If you think international hotel groups are not closely watching the non-traditional accommodation market such as condo and villa products, think again.

UPDATE Angsana Vacation Club

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Feb 2016 | 1:15 pm

We’d like to update news on Laguna Hotels and Resorts new Angsana Vacation Club timeshare unit as some readers have posed questions on the status of the Laguna Holiday Club.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Full Year Phuket 2015 Tourism Report  

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Feb 2016 | 6:00 am

Phuket airport arrivals achieved an all-time high of 6.4 million passengers last year in the run up to the opening of the island’s new international terminal slated to debut in June.

Beachfront InterContinental For Kamala

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Feb 2016 | 5:10 pm

Rising Thai-based Proud Real Estate Group has unveiled plans for a new luxury resort managed by the InterContinental Hotels Group in Kamala Phuket.

New Online Tool For Hotel Energy And Carbon Footprints

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Feb 2016 | 9:37 am

The Hotel Footprinting Tool is a free online tool which enables users to search the range of carbon and energy footprints for hotels worldwide, and create reports of the carbon footprints hotel stays and meetings.

Tented Accommodation Market Rises Across Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Feb 2016 | 10:32 am

Modern travelers’ preferences are shifting to a deeper interest in eco-tourism and culture, thus creating a new market for tented accommodation. Enter the new world of glamping.

It’s Time Developers in Asia Stopped Spitting Out Carbon-Copy Pools

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 09 Feb 2016 | 7:32 pm

Bill Barnett goes off the deep end on Asian developers’ abandonment of prized swimming pools

Singapore’s Unbranded Boutique Giant Goes Sideways

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Feb 2016 | 3:27 pm

Singapore’s Business Times has reported that the owners of the newly-opened mega design hotel South Beach are looking at a hotel management company option for the hotel along with the Studio M.

Leading Poshtel Brand Coming To Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Feb 2016 | 11:40 am

Emerging Thai-based poshrel brand Lub d is set to roll out their first Phuket property at the beginning of July.

AMCHAM Phuket Event This Coming Friday

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Feb 2016 | 6:00 am

Coming up on Friday is the latest AMCHAM Phuket event which will be held at the new Keemala Resort in Kamala.

Condo Hotel For Laguna Area

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Jan 2016 | 6:00 am

Thai boutique hotel group X2 has inked a deal for a condominium hotel at the entrance area of Laguna Phuket.

Thailand Hotels Reach 20 Year High

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Jan 2016 | 6:37 am

Thailand's hospitality industry reached new highs in 2015, enjoying its best year in over two decades, according to research revealed exclusively by leading research institute STR Global at Thailand Tourism Forum 2016, held at the InterContinental Bangkok.

Inside Look At The Hotel Licencing Crisis

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 20 Jan 2016 | 6:00 am

Crisis? What Crisis? At long last the ticking time bomb of unlicenced accommodation establishments in Phuket has finally made headlines.

PropertyGuru And Property Report Link Up  

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Jan 2016 | 6:00 am

Two of Asia’s leading property media players PropertyGuru and Thailand’s Property Awards have consolidated into a new company.

Panwa Resort Drops Radisson For ACCOR  

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Jan 2016 | 11:42 am

The Radisson Blu in Panwa Phuket is set to be reflagged under ACCOR’s Pullman brand.

Best Western Signed 425-Key Phuket Condo Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jan 2016 | 5:09 pm

Best Western has entered into a franchise agreement for 425-unit condomium hotel in Kamala Phuket.

New Kamala Boutique Hotel Opening

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jan 2016 | 6:00 am

The 38-key Wabi Sabi hotel in Phuket will open this coming Friday.

Centara Hotels And Resorts Changes Name

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Jan 2016 | 10:58 am

Leading Thai-based hotel group Centara has changed their name.

ACCOR Flags Samui Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Jan 2016 | 10:15 am

French hotel group ACCOR has branded the Kandaburi Resort in Samui as a Novotel.

AMCHAM Event on Trends In Sustainable Hospitality

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jan 2016 | 9:16 pm

On Friday February 5th the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Greater Phuket Chapter has organized a tourism event at the Keemala Resort led by Grace Kang of Greenview Hospitality from Singapore.

Life Spent In A Babylon Sandbox

Category: News Column - Other. Posted: 04 Jan 2016 | 10:31 am

I used to think lipstick was just for girls, but that was more than thirty years ago, before Asia and the sandbox.

Hotel And Residential Spotlight On Bintan

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Dec 2015 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL have released the Bintan Hotel and Branded Residences 2015 report. More projects are coming in the Bintan residential pipeline which have been influenced by the surging tourism market.

IHG’s Indigo Brand Coming To Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Dec 2015 | 3:05 pm

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management contract for a new 180-key hotel in Patong under the Hotel Indigo brand.

Will 2016 Be Lombok's Year?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Dec 2015 | 8:59 am

Over the past few year’s Indonesia’s Lombok has caught a decided buzz for hotel and residential development.

Chaoui Returns To Thailand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Dec 2015 | 6:00 am

Hotelier Kamal Chaoui who headed up the Banyan Tree Phuket a number of years ago has returned to Thailand.

Former Mandarin Chiang Mai Hotel Traded For THB2.5 Billion

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Dec 2015 | 10:22 am

The Dara Dhevi Resort Chiang Mai has been acquired by a Thai listed firm for THB2.5 billion.

Second New Build Sheraton for Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Dec 2015 | 11:55 am

Starwood has inked a deal for a second Sheraton property on the island.

Domestic Market Goes International

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 24 Dec 2015 | 10:53 am

Part of Phuket’s expanding economy is its strong attraction as a regional hub for expatriates to live and work, and a key attraction for them is the high quality of educational offerings.

Two New Phuket Boutique Hotels For High Season  

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Dec 2015 | 6:00 am

A set of two new island boutique hotels have opened in time for the island’s high season.

Kuala Lumpur Hotel and Branded Residences Report

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Dec 2015 | 2:48 pm

C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL have released a new report on the vibrant Kuala Lumpur Malaysia hotel and branded residence sectors.

C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL Release New Bali Report

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Dec 2015 | 11:05 am

Sales pace has contracted in 2015 as the Indonesia’s economy has slow down according to a new report by C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL covering Bali’s tourism, hotel and property sectors.

Dream Beach Club Phuket Debuts

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Dec 2015 | 9:14 am

The rebranded former Nikki Beach has reopened as the Dream Beach Club.

Trisara Ups Tech Offering

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Dec 2015 | 6:00 am

Today’s luxury is all about getting into the new mindset of what travelers find important, be it fashion, cuisine, experiences or technology.

Slave To The Bean Unleashed

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Dec 2015 | 6:00 am

Bill Barnett has released his fourth written collection of columns, rants and random dispatches titled “Slave to the Bean”.

Villa Rental Demand Bigger Units, Shorter Stays

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Dec 2015 | 9:18 am

C9 Hotelworks has released a report titled Phuket Luxury Villa Rental Market 2015.

Tis The Season To Play It Forward

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Dec 2015 | 2:01 pm

The high holiday season has again erupted throughout Phuket and festiveness is on view everywhere you look.

Banyan Tree Heads Down Under  

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Dec 2015 | 6:00 am

Banyan Tree has launched a new branded residence project in Brisbane Australia.  

U-Tapao Raising Airlift In Battle For Masses

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Dec 2015 | 2:28 pm

Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard is increasingly become a key competitor for Phuket’s mass tourism market.

Unlikely Dive Tour Alliance East Vs. West

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Dec 2015 | 2:19 pm

I’ve just finished reading a story in the Bangkok Post about the emerging dive alliance between Ranong (north of Phuket) and Chumphon.

Thai Airways Given European Reprieve  

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Dec 2015 | 9:33 am

Thailand’s legacy airline carrier was saved by the bell as EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) will not impose flight sanctions.

ACCOR Takes On Fairmont Raffles

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Dec 2015 | 1:01 pm

French hospitality chain ACCOR has entered into an agreement to acquire the Fairmont Raffles (FRHI) for a reported US$2.9 billion.

Posh Hostels Pushing Into Hotel Segment

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Dec 2015 | 11:11 am

C9 Hotelworks has released a regional overview of the emerging hybrid hotel sector titled Southeast Asia Hostel Market Trends 2015.

Rosewood Teams Up With Bill Bensley

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Dec 2015 | 6:00 am

A new project in Luang Prabang Laos has caught my eye given that noted Thai-based design guru Bill Bensley is involved.

Phuket International Schools Report Released

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Dec 2015 | 6:00 am

According to C9 Hotelworks newly released Phuket International Schools Market 2015, 38% of students are Thai across thirteen island institutions. Other top nationalities are British, Australian, American, South Korean and Russian.

Mega Duty Free Opens In Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Dec 2015 | 12:02 pm

Thailand’s King Power has opened a new supersized duty free complex in Phuket City.

End Or The Beginning For Beach Party Bingo  

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Dec 2015 | 6:00 am

If news reports are correct, it appears that Surin’s much vaunted beach clubs will disappear before the end of the year.

Downgrade For Thai Aviation Sector

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Dec 2015 | 9:38 am

News that the FAA (Federal Adiation Administration) has downgraded Thailand’s aviation sector could impact the country’s tourism market.

Upscale Boutique Phuket Resort Keemala Opened  

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Dec 2015 | 2:18 pm

One of the year’s most anticipated hotel openings on the island is the Keemala Phuket which debuts today.

A Family Christmas at Angsana with AMCHAM

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Dec 2015 | 9:07 am

On Wednesday December 9th the Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort with AMCHAM Thailand will host an informal family evening from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Phuket Tourism Must Innovate Or Die

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 01 Dec 2015 | 9:04 am

As Phuket takes the sharp left turn into yet another high season, one constant source of chatter is the meteoric rise of the cult of the doomsayers.

Out In The Cold With Bad Santa

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Dec 2015 | 6:00 am

Christmas is once again upon us and so too is Santa, but for some there are sinister and evil connotations associated with the chubby charlatan.

Tourism Under The Volcano

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Nov 2015 | 6:00 am

Last week found me once again in Bali where tourism has continued to see disruption over the volcanic events at nearby Mount Rinjani.

Luxury Brand Ritz-Carlton Coming To Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Nov 2015 | 5:56 pm

Leading luxury Brand Ritz-Carlton has inked a deal for a new property in Samui.

‘So this is where it’s all going to end…’

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 19 Nov 2015 | 6:00 am

Could God be living in a luxury condo? Are humans offering themselves to a new kind of omnipresent power? Bill Barnett may, or may not, have the answers…

Marriott International Buys Starwood Chain

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Nov 2015 | 1:16 am

In unexpected news Marriott International has entered into an agreement to purchase the global Starwood chain.

China Inc. Targets Thai Real Estate Sector

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Nov 2015 | 6:00 am

If you build it, they will come. Sooner or later China’s massive property sector had to start overflowing into Thailand.

Modena Brand Rollout In Bangkok

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Nov 2015 | 6:00 am

Singapore lodging group Frasers Hospitality are launching a new brand in Thailand, Modena.

Thai Group On Overseas Hotel Buying Spree

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Nov 2015 | 10:19 am

Thai property group Singa Estate has been making headline news in hotel circles with their acquisition of a hospitality chain in the UK.

Wonderfruit Returns With 4-Day Event

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Nov 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand’s leading alternative event Wonderfruit is set to return on December 17th to 20th.

Wyndham Signs Two More Phuket Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Nov 2015 | 9:57 am

Global hotel group Wyndham has added two more deals to their growing Phuket portfolio.

Black And Blue Event

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Nov 2015 | 4:26 pm

Coming up on Saturday November 21st is fight night at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Ballroom.

Bali Airport Shutdown

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Nov 2015 | 6:24 am

I’m in Jakarta now and making news is the closure of the Bali airport.

Cherngtalay’s Boat Avenue Expanding

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Nov 2015 | 7:44 am

In what is becoming a hotbed of activity at the entrance of Laguna Phuket, the Boat Avenue retail and commercial complex is enlarging.

New GM For Indigo Pearl

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Nov 2015 | 6:00 am

A new General Manager for the upscale boutique resort Indigo Pearl has been named.

Celebrate Thanksgiving At Special AMCHAM Event

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Nov 2015 | 6:00 am

The Greater Phuket Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce and Angsana Laguna Phuket will hold a special Thanksgiving networking lunch on Thursday November 26th.

X2 Launching Innovative Floating Cabins

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Nov 2015 | 6:00 am

Thai-based hotel brand X2 will operate six floating cabins on the River Kwai.

Samui’s Imperial Boat House ConvertsTo Melia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Nov 2015 | 6:00 am

Spanish hotel group Media is returning to Thailand after a long absence with the announcement of a conversion of the Imperial Boat House Samui.

Run On For A Long Time

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Nov 2015 | 6:00 am

Bill Barnett muses on whether God lives in a luxury condo and if humans are giving themselves up to a different kind of omnipresent power.

Twinpalms Brand Coming To Kamala Beach

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 31 Oct 2015 | 12:06 pm

Iconic beach club and upscale boutique brand Twinpalms has inked a deal with developer of an oceanfront hotel branded residence project in Kamala Phuket.

Seventh Hotel Opens At Laguna Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am

Asia’s leading destination resort Laguna Phuket now has seven hotel offerings with the opening of the 221 unit Cassia.

November Hotel Event At Royal Phuket Marina

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am

Phuket’s Royal Phuket Marina will host the upcoming Food and Hotelex 2015 in November.

Starwood Is Talk Of The Town

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Oct 2015 | 10:57 am

My latest trip has been to a hotel event in Manila where talk amongst hospitality industry types is centering on news that leading global hotel group Starwood are in transaction mode.

Anantara Layan Appoint New General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am

Phuket’s Anantara Layan Resort has named a new General Manager Sascha Hemmann.

Fourth Brand Launched By Banyan Tree

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am

Singapore hospitality group Banyan Tree has announced their fourth brand Dhawa.

REMINDER AMCHAM Tourism Event This Friday

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Oct 2015 | 8:31 pm

Just a reminder that this Friday October 30th will be the Greater Phuket Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) tourism event.

Branding Unlocks Potential Of Hotel Property

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 27 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand, and more specifically Phuket, is leading a strong Southeast Asia trend in hotel residences to the tune of US$3.5 billion in properties currently up for sale.

C9 Hotelworks Release Hotel Residences Report

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Oct 2015 | 8:14 am

Hotel residences across Southeast Asia for sale are valued at USD16 billion according to a new research report by hospitality consulting group C9 Hotelworks.

Amanpuri General Manager Departs

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am

Longtime GM of the Amanpuri Fred Varnier has left the hotel group.

IKEA Comes To Phuket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Oct 2015 | 2:40 pm

Good news shoppers the famous Swedish retail shop IKEA will open in Phuket on Friday November 27th.

Top Asian Hospitality Leader Tony Ryan Joins JLL

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Oct 2015 | 11:24 am

Leading Asia Pacific legal advisor Tony Ryan has joined JLL Hotels

Regent Phuket Reflagged As Independent

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am

Phuket’s luxury Regent Cape Panwa has been renamed as the Amatara Resort & Wellness.

ThePhuketInsider Says Goodbye

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am

Today is the day that I've decided ThePhuketInsider news blog shall end.

Date Set For Thailand Tourism Forum 2016

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Oct 2015 | 8:32 am

The Thailand Tourism Forum 2016 "The New Normal" has been finalized for January 25th 2016 at the InterContinental hotel Bangkok.

Anantara Mai Khao Appoints New GM

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Oct 2015 | 8:20 am

The Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas has a new General Manager with the appointment of Giles Selves.

Citizen M To Mark Asian Debut

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am

The much-admired Citizen M brand is set to debut in China with a properties in Shanghai.

Hotel Wars Raging On Phuket

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 01 Oct 2015 | 4:01 pm

There is a war going on in Phuket. It's not being fought on the street, or across the beaches, but in glittering hotel properties across the island.

Bali Group Aligns With Phuket's Awesome Villas

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Oct 2015 | 3:16 pm

Bali-basted Elite Havens have set their eyes on expanding the Phuket holiday rental market with a strategic investment interest into island firm Awesome Villas.

Travelodge Joint Venture For Thailand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Oct 2015 | 11:42 am

Legacy hotel brand Travelodge has entered into a joint venture with Thailand's Absolute Hotel Services.

Thailand Pushes New Tourist Visas

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am

In a bid to spur tourism the Thai government will introduce new six-month multiple-entry tourist visas.

Up Close And Personal With The Liquid Kitty

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Oct 2015 | 6:00 am

The volatile yuan is causing havoc in the region’s property market, and spoiling Bill Barnett’s dinner.

Phuket Airport May Expand Commercial Areas

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

The government is looking to unlock land values in plots adjacent to Thailand's main airports including Phuket.

Bali Not Yet Affected By Rupiah Drop

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

Indonesia has seen a sharp depreciation of the Indonesian rupiah, highlighted last week when it hit IDR14,700 to the US dollar.

New Beach Club At Nai Yang

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

Phuket's West coast has an exciting new outlet with the opening of the SKYE Beach Club.

BUZZ TERMS Pogonophobia

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

Here is one for Scrabble, enter the word Pogonophobia.

Phuket Says Goodbye To Perth

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

As of the beginning of February next year Virgin Australia will cease flying direct between Perth and Phuke

Phuket Real Estate Slammed By BBC

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

Over the past few days I have been inundated by emails about a BBC news segment and subsequent magazine piece on "The Phuket Property Nightmare' by the BBC.

Chinese Tourism Goes Red

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

While global Communism seems to be falling by the wayside, a new tourist segment is catching on called "red tourism."

Phuket event on tapping into China luxury trade

Category: Video. Posted: 26 Sep 2015 | 1:41 pm

Thai Government Tags Phuket Smart City

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 26 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

According to The Nation newspaper the Thai government wants to make Phuket and Chiang Mai 'smart cities.'

US Economy Hotel Chain Strikes Asia-Wide Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

US-based economy hotel brand Red Roof Inns has entered into an agreement with Bangkok's Paragon Hotels to expand the brand across Asia.

Is End In Sight For Visa Runs?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

Most anyone driving from Phuket over the bridge into Phang Nga has seen speeding vans with a Visa Run logo heading North or South.

Don Mueang Tops Worldwide LLC Airports

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

In the first half of this year Thailand's Don Mueang Airport ranked the busiest in the world registering 13.4 million passengers.

David Johnson talks at AMCHAM Phuket event

Category: Video. Posted: 23 Sep 2015 | 4:41 pm

Frank Grassman Returns To Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

Well-known hotelier Frank Grassman has returned to Phuket as the General Manager of The Nai Harn which will open early next year.

Emirates To Fly Phuket Route Twice Daily

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Sep 2015 | 8:11 am

There is good news on the horizon for high season as leading airline Emirates has announced plans for direct twice daily services between Dubai and Phuket.

Apple Watches From Red Planet Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

Growing budget hotel chain Red Planet has launched a new Apple Watch promotion.

When In Bangkok Namsaah

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

One a quick trip to Bangkok a few weeks ago I visited the Namsaah Bottling Trust eatery.

Andara Signature Tops Thailand Property Awards

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 Sep 2015 | 10:15 am

Allan Zeman's Andara Signature snagged top honors at the Thailand Property Award 2015 held at Plaza Athenee in Bangkok this week.

Castlewood Shift Brand From Nikki To Dream

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Sep 2015 | 2:46 pm

The upcoming Nikki Beach Hotel has been rebranded under the Dream brand.

Denniston To Design Four Seasons Bangkok

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

Making news in Property Report magazine is the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok.

New General Manager At Renaissance Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Sep 2015 | 9:28 am

Sander Looijen has been named as General Manager of the Renaissance Phuket Resort in Mai Khao.

Buzz Term BRAGGIE

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Sep 2015 | 9:07 am

Yes we are back on buzz word watch here at thephuketinsider.

Death Of The Property Hipster

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 10 Sep 2015 | 11:36 pm

Too many ideals and not enough cash, our bearded brothers will not be missed in the real estate market.

Too Hot In Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

I'm just back from Bali last week and on the hot list are two offerings.

13th Annual PIMEX In January

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 Sep 2015 | 8:05 pm

The 13th installment of the Phuket International Boat Show has been announced for January 7th to 10th 2016.

Property Perfect Sign Starwood Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Property Perfect has sealed a deal for the management of a second Starwood property at their Kiroro Resort in Hokkaido Japan.

Samui Remains Yin To Phuket's Yang

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Sep 2015 | 6:54 am

Airlift remains a defining demand driver for tourism and the other Thai resort island of Samui has prospered despite concerns over its limitation over flight capacity.

February Opening For New PIA Terminal

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

The new terminal at Phuket International Airport will be commissioned in February next year.

Phuket Tourism "By The Numbers" At AMCHAM Event

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

How are Phuket's hotels really performing in the current challenging market conditions?

The Beach Is Not Enough To Drive Phuket Tourism

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Sep 2015 | 1:25 pm

The sustained downturn of hotel rates in Phuket should be a cause of concern for island hoteliers and developers alike.

Kempinski Ink Phuket Hotel Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Sep 2015 | 8:28 am

The luxury Kempinsi group has signed a deal for a new property in Koh Siray Phuket.

New Thailand Yacht Show for Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Sep 2015 | 2:12 pm

A brand new yacht show is tipped to roll out early next year at Ao Po Grand Marina.

China and Phuket's tourism market unraveled

Category: Video. Posted: 05 Sep 2015 | 4:24 pm

Two Hotels To Watch In Singapore

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am

Last week in Singapore I had sneak previews of two new hotels opening later this year.

Russians Opting For Staycation

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm

Back in the bad old days of the global financial crisis the travel term staycation came into vogue.

Resort Six Years In The Making

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

roperty developer Chris Gordon has a great reason to rejoice given the connection of a permanent power cable between Phuket island and Koh Maphrao.

C9 Hotelworks Release Phuket Economic Report

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm

Tourism directly accounts for 35.6% of Phuket's economy according to a new report released by hospitality consulting firm C9 Hotelworks.

Iniala Comes To Cherngtalay

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

Great news for those living in the Laguna area.

Ultra Villa Estate Avadina Hills Hits Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm

Phuket's latest multi-million dollar luxury villa estate Avadina Hills has come into the real estate market.

Clean Beach Boot Camp

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm

We love the concept of the "Clean the Beach Boot Camp" which pairs exercise and sustainability.

Qatar A380 Bangkok Service Ramps Up

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

Rising Middle East carrier Qatar Airways is adding additional A380 flights between Doha and Bangkok.

China High-End Tourism Showcased at AMCHAM Event

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am

On Friday September 18th the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) has organized a tourism event at the JW Marriott

Baan Rim Pa Open Second Beachfront Restaurant

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

Patong's legendary Thai eatery have opened a second Baan Rim Pa in Kalim.

Thai Group Acquire Three UK Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am

Bangkok-based Compass Hospitality has acquired three hotels in the UK under The Big Sleep brand.

Connolly Appointed Angsana General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

American Brian Connolly has been named the new General Manager of Angsana Laguna Phuket.

Trump Hotels Land In Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Aug 2015 | 2:22 pm

Forget the American presidential race, Donald Trump remains the penultimate entrepreneur.

Dusk Til Dawn in Bangkok

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm

Last night I was three blocks away from where the tragic bomb blast exploded at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.

Former Ku De Ta Brands In Hong Kong

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

LVMH's Ce La Vie has debuted in Hong Kong.

Jumeirah Sign Mixed Use Hotel Residences

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

Luxury group Jumeirah has inked a deal for a new mixed use project in Kuala Lumpur.

Phuket property portal FazWaz meets developers

Category: Video. Posted: 14 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm

My All New Authentic Fugacious Self

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm

Greetings from Tweetland. I have some tragic new, my Instagram account has been hacked

Holiday Inn Express For Krabi

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a management contract for a new-build 222 room Holiday Inn Express in Krabi.

The Horse You Have To Ride

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 13 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am

Developers should ensure buyers actually have a life before selling them a lifestyle.

Chris Bailey New Centara Chief Operating Officer

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

Long-time Centara Hotela and Resorts Sales and Marketing executive Chris Bailey has been named COO for the Thai hospitality chain.

Starwood Inks Deal With Property Perfect

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

Thai real estate group Property Perfect has signed a hotel management deal with Starwood for their ski resort in Hokkaido Japan.

Royal Phuket Yacht Club To Reopen January

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm

One of Phuket's first luxury hotels the Royal Phuket Yacht Club will re-enter the market in January under a new name The Nai Harn

Breakfastarian Movement Blossoms

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

One buzz term that has gained pace recently is breakfastarian.

Thailand To Offer Multiple-Entry Visas

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

In a move meant to spur tourism and the business sector, the Thai government has rolled out six-month multiple entry visas.

Pattaya Takes On Phuket's Volume Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

One lead indicator for any leisure destination remains airlift and Pattaya has received a substantial boost of good news on the current redevelopment and expansion of U-Tapao Airport.

Krabi Coal Plant Rift Deepens

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

Mounting opposition by local residents and the tourism industry has pitted the proposed massive Krabi coal-fired plant against the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

Sansiri Focus On Bangkok Condo Projects

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 Aug 2015 | 12:57 pm

Leading Thai development firm Sansiri has announced a series of twenty five condominium projects in a venture with the BTS Group.

New Chapter For Vietnam Property

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 05 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

A few weeks ago I found myself, once again, on the central coast of Vietnam in Danang.

Phuket To Hat Yai Flights To Resume

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Aug 2015 | 8:05 pm

Flights between two Southern Thai hubs, Phuket and Hai Yai is set to return in October.

Starwood Links Up With Lego

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

A global alliance has been announced between Starwood's Le Meriden brand and Lego.

Direct China Phuket Flights Increasing

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am

The latest in a series of direct flights between Phuket and Mainland China is a new service by Lucky Air.

Philippine Hospitality Conference Launched

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am

Sphere Conferences has organized the Hospitality Investment Conference on January 27th at 28th in Makati, Manila Philippines.

Private Jet Terminal For Phuket Airport

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand's CP Group has made public plans for a private jet terminal at Phuket International Airport.

New Bank Of Thailand Governor Named

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 26 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

Former IMF economist Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhob has been appointed to head the Bank of Thailand.

Aussie Dollar Heads Down Under

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

As the Australian dollar continues to devalue against a number of Asian currencies, two clear effects for tourism are becoming clear.

Real Estate Crowdfunding Site Goes Public

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's property investment crowdfunding pioneers CoAssets has gone public on Australia's NSX exchange.

Tired Of High Cost Of Living? Try a Houseboat

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

I've just read an article by Agence France-Presse about spiking demand in London's red-hot property market for houseboats.

Red Planet And Tune Hotels Split Off

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am

The budget hotel venture between Red Planet and Tune Hotels has come to an end with twenty-four properties across the region being re-branded.

Richest Thai's

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

Forbes recently came out with their richest of the rich list for Thailand 2015.

BUZZ ME INSIDER Phablet

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

I'm all over urban buzz terms and one that is currently on the radar is Phablet.

Phuket Hotel Group To Undertake IPO

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm

The island-based hospitality group Kata Group Resorts has made public plans to undertake an initial public offering (IPO) on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 2017.

Phuket tourism trends with C9 Hotelworks

Category: Video. Posted: 20 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am

Finding Cheapest Travel Times

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

I came across an intriguing App in Bangkok Post's Guru magazine recently named Hopper.

Phuket's World Class BrandSwick

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

One of the island's leading internet personalities and international stars is UFC fighter Mike Swick.

Chinese Lost And Found In Thailand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand has seen the writing on the tourism wall and has announced plans to create Chinese language signs on roadways.

From Software To Real Estate Developer

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

Making news recently in the Thailand's property world has been software developer CyperPlanet Interactives shift into the real estate sector under the Habitat Five entity.

Brand New Airport For Southern Laos

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

Indochina's growing tourism footprint is seeing tertiary destinations target airlift.

Singapore Group Acquires European Luxury Chain

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

An affiliate of Singapore's Frasers Hospitality Group has acquired the European luxury chain Malmaison Hotel du Vin.

Branded Sheraton Residences By Starwood

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

Asia's current freezing frenzy over hotel branded residence is continuing with an upward tilt.

Bangkok's Hottest Attraction SNOW

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

The recently opened Snow Town in Bangkok has locals and tourists buzzing.

InterContinential Hotel Sold For USD938 Million

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am

Hong Kong's InterContinential Hotel has traded at an astounding price of USD938 million.

Myanmar's Ngapali Beach Gets Uplift Push

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

Nearby Myanmar's emerging beach destination Ngapali is set to get an injection of new flights.

Bali Airport Closed Down

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm

One of Asia's leading resort destinations Bali has seen its gateway airport closed today due to the spread of volcanic ash from nearby East Java's Mount Raung.

Retail Investors Undermining China Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 10 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

Like it or not sentiment remains a key driver of investment dynamics.

Korea Champions Real Estate Investment Visa

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

One unlikely Asian nation is seeing sharp rise in real estate led residences visas �" South Korea.

Two New For Outrigger Laguna Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has named Leah Matters as Resort Manager.

Kata Group Fueling Expansion

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm

Phuket's Kata Kata Group Resorts has appointed Wiswin Pitikulsathit as Vice President.

China Stocks Plunge In Pandemic

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am

All eyes today in the financial markets are looking at China, which is seeing a massive devaluation of stocks.

Barnett Speaking At Sydney HotelsWorld 2015

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks will again be presenting on stage at the HotelsWorld Australia New Zealand 2015 conference.

Awesome new villa just off Bali @Aqua Nusa

Category: Video. Posted: 07 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm

Tourism's Disruptive Behavior

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 07 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am

As the island rains have drenched the collective spiritual well-being of Phuket's hotels and property people, a little step into the reality zone could be needed.

Manathai Opens Koh Samui Property

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

The growing Manathai chain has opened a 148-key property in Samui.

New 398 Unit Kamala Condo In Pipeline

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

A new Kamala project named CityGate with 398 units is coming into the Phuket real estate market.

Twosome For Onyx On Mainland

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

Growing Thai hospitality group Onyx has inked two new properties in China.

Irish Saloon Debuts At DusitD2 Patong

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

The luck of the Irish has a new meeting spot with the opening of The Drunken Leprechaun Irish Pub.

Nobu Launches Manila Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

And you thought Nobu was only about Japanese food?

Phuket Kids Go Up In The Air

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

A new kids attraction at the main Big C in Phuket City is gaining momentum.

Third Gateway Airport For Greater Bangkok

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

The decision by the government to develop U-Tapao as a third gateway for Greater Bangkok should be a strong boost for the Eastern Seaboard.

Samui Pushes Up Bangkok Airways Profit

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

The increased airlift into Samui's airport as a result of the flight ceiling being increased to 50 a day or 100 (aircraft movements) has pushed up Bankgok Airways profit line.

Raffles Fairmont Chain On Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm

In what has been common industry chatter, a report in the Wall Street Journal has confirmed that FRHI Hotels and Resorts (Raffles, Fairmont and Swissotel) is on the market.

Century Properties Launches Novotel Mixed-Use Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am

One of the Philippines fastest growing real estate developers Century Properties has inked a deal with AccorHotels for a 310-unit all suite Novotel in Makati.

Ibis Styles For Singapore

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

The first ACCOR Ibis Styles branded property in Singapore is opening later this year.

Shangri-La Sells Over 100 Condos First Month

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

I've just returned from Colombo Sri Lanka where the property trade is buzzing over news that the Shangri-La mixed use project The Residences at One Galle Face has seen overwhelming demand.

Trump Brands Bali Property

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Jun 2015 | 3:23 pm

Press reports have Bali's Nirwana Golf Club and Resort and the Lido Golf Club in Greater Jakarta set to be branded to Trump International.

Cloudy Bay Dinner at Joe's Downstairs

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Jun 2015 | 1:53 pm

There are few things in new world wine as iconic as New Zealand's Cloudy Bay.

Vietnam Liberalizes Foreign Company Ownership

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am

A game-changing initiative is being put into place in Vietnam allow foreign entities to own 100% of the shares in companies.

The Great Greek Grexit

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am

Four G's and Europe is on the thin edge of an economic crisis, pendingwhat the Greeks will do about their upcoming debt repayment.

Wyndham To Franchise New Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Brand heavy Wyndham has laid out plans to develop its new Tryp entity in the Philippines on a franchise basis.

Phuket Gazette Reformats and Expands

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Jun 2015 | 8:55 am

This week's Phuket Gazette hard copy newspaper is introducing a new compact design which is similar to the Wall Street Journal and Daily Mail.

Mercedes Benz Taps Culinary Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

A Mercedes Benz branded café has opened in Bangkok.

Alila Pipeline Bolstered With Three New Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Boutique upscale brand Alila will open three new hotels later this year.

Phuket Pivots Into Regional Education

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 25 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am

Thanyapura is one of the many international schools that are helping boost the island's residency.

Cebu Getting Regional Convention Center

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

As Phuket waits for its own convention center, other regional resort destinations are moving ahead to attract the MICE segment.

Minor's Avani Flagship Targeting MICE Segment

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Minor Hotel Group has made public it's strategy for their Avani Bangkok Riverside Hotel which is planned to open in the forth quarter of this year.

New Sales And Marketing Head At Angsana

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Jun 2015 | 11:07 am

The Angsana Laguna Phuket has appointed David Pragasam as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Trisara To Undertake Major Renovation

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

After eleven years of operation luxury resort Trisara will undertake a staged upgrading program commencing in low season next year.

Cassia Phuket General Manager Named

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Jun 2015 | 7:09 pm

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts has appointed Illas Vamvakas as General Manger of the soon to open Cassia at Laguna Phuket.

Thai Airways Fortunes Remain Downcast

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand's aviation sector remains under pressure both on the overseas and domestic front.

REAL ESTATE BUZZ TERM Starchitect

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

rime property players love key drivers of prime pricing and one thing that over the past decade has blossomed into an industry is 'starchitecture'.

URBAN BUZZ Yuccie

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am

CNN has declared the untimely death of the hipster and ushered in the new buzz term Yuccie.

Pruska Outs New Kathu Upscale Housing Estate

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Bangkok-based Pruska remain confident in the Phuket real estate sector.

Is A Casino On Phuket's Horizon?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Making news over the past few weeks has been a growing groundswell in Thailand's public and private sector over the possibility of allowing gaming into the country.

Bangkok Is 2nd Leading Global Destination

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Bangkok is the 2nd most popular visitor city according to MasterCard's 2015 Global Destination Cities Index attracting over 18 visitors.

First Thai MERS Case Makes Headlines

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Jun 2015 | 2:21 pm

Flying back to Phuket today, the headline on the cover of Singapore's Straits Times screams out that Thailand has its first MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) patient.

Ride A Segway At Laguna Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

The island's leading destination resort Laguna Phuket now has Segway rentals.

Banyan Tree Aiming At Casino Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am

The Banyan Tree affiliated Laguna Lang Co destination resort in Hue Vietnam has made public plans to add a casino to the project.

Calling Mr. Jones

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Famed Australian gourmet grocery store Jones The Grocer has opened in Bangkok.

Royal Phuket Marina Launch 5 Billon Baht Expansion

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm

The Royal Phuket Marina is embarking on a landmark 5 billion baht expansion over the next five years.

Alila And Commune Merge Brand Offerings

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Alila's convergence with the North American group Commune Hotels and Resorts is set to be blended.

Moevenpick Opens First Bangkok Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Swiss hotel chain Moevenpick recently opened a branded 297 room hotel in Bangkok to mark's the groups entry into Thailand's capital city.

BoHo Chic Cocktail Noodle Bar Opens

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am

The Red Lantern has opened in Phuket City (nee Town).

Six Senses Left Turn To Latin America

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Six Senses has finalized a joint venture for their products in the Central American nation of Nicaragua.

Indonesia Chases Thailand's Mass Tourism Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Making ASEAN news last week is the Indonesian government's approval of visa-free travel for forty-five countries.

ACCOR Promotes Hotel Development Head

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm

sia-based Gaurav Bhushan has been promoted to Chief Development Officer for AccorHotels.

BHM Getting Outside Box To Fund Expansion

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand's BHM Asia (Beskpoke Hospitality Management) is looking to the private sector for investment to expand their offering.

Who Steals Most from Hotel Rooms?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

It's never a good thing to generalize but a new survey by the website Hotels.com has ranked by nationality guests who pilfer the most from hotel rooms.

Breaking Down Stats

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 12 Jun 2015 | 1:52 pm

Island condominiums continue to be the horse you have to ride, which is evident when you see mid-rise buildings coming up as far as the eyes can see.

Getting Inside Phuket Tourism Numbers

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am

Hotel performance in the first five months of 2015 in Phuket is increasingly making news over the shifting segmentation.

Kretschmann Returns To GHM

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Well-known hotelier Andre Kretschmann has rejoined GHM as General Manager of The Legian Bali.

Inside Malaysian Airlines Restructure

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

One of the Asian region's legacy carriers Malaysia Airlines has announced a critical massive restructuring.

Bill Barnett At Mekong Tourism Investment Summit

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will moderate a panel on the growing sector of niche hotels at the upcoming Mekong Tourism investment Summit 2015.

Thanyapura Expanding Hotel And Sports Facilities

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am

Phuket's mixed-use international education/sports/training hub has announced plans to add an additional 114 hotel keys to the facility.

Thai Government To Revise Minimum Wage System

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand's THB300 minimum wage will likely revert next year to the former system of provincial centric wages.

ACCOR Dynamically Shifts Brand Strategy

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Last week's announcement by French hotel chain ACCOR that they are consolidating into the umbrella ACCORHotels has the hospitality trading buzzing.

Micro Homes Storage Solutions

Category: Green. Posted: 08 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

As the drive for micro homes or mini dwellings continues often using recycled restructure a new venture in Vancouver Canada is providing an after-market storage solution.

Big Trees Go Green

Category: Green. Posted: 07 Jun 2015 | 3:40 pm

One Phuket sustainable initiative that often is overlooked in the island's Big Tree Club.

Godzilla Checks Into Japanese Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Superheroes and villains are seeing a soaring revival on Hollywood sound stages.

Goodbye Coup For Ku De Ta

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am

Singapore's high profile Ku De Ta outlet at Marina Bay Sands has been renamed Ce La Vie.

Murphy Named Chairman Of PATA

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Industry veteran Kevin Murphy has been elected Chairman of the PATA Executive Board.

Melia Taps Myanmar Marketplace

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Spanish hospitality group Melia Hotels International has signed a deal to managed a 429-room property in Yangon Myanmar.

Ghost In The Machine

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 04 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am

From Overlook Hotel to the heart of London, dark forces get to work once homes are unoccupied.

Pattaya Hotel Transacts

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

The Moevnepick White Sand Beach Hotel has been acquired by Thailand's Siam Motors Group.

Phuket's Freedom Beach To Be Parkland

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

One of the island's most controversial prime oceanfront land parcels Freedom Beach may be destined to be a public park.

Outrigger Purchases Samui Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Jun 2015 | 2:07 pm

Outrigger Resort and Hotels has transacted the 52 key AKARYN Resort in Choengmon Samui.

REAL ESTATE BUZZ Micro Housing

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Micro-units is a term now blossoming in urban and resort real estate in the West.

Singapore KL Rail Link Gathering Steam

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

A fast rail connection between Singapore and Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur is edging closer to reality.

Beach Locations And Views Spur Condo Price Leaders

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am

Phuket's condominium market is seeing two distinct price drivers.

Big Splash Relaunch For Nihiwatu

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 May 2015 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's most secluded and private resorts Nihiwatu in Sumba Indonesia has been relaunched after an upgrade and expansion.

Singapore's Ku De Ta Under Fire

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 May 2015 | 9:45 am

A five year legal battle over the intellectual property rights of the Ku De Ta brand in Singapore has come to a head.

Cebu To Target Oceanfront Gaming

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 May 2015 | 6:00 am

As the Philippines continues to reinvent their casino focus, the island destination of Cebu is looking to take on a massive oceanfront gaming project.

WaZ Zup at Phuket's newest property resource

Category: Video. Posted: 29 May 2015 | 2:22 pm

Thai Retail Giants Venture Abroad

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Be it the promise of the AEC initiative or a prolonged Asian real estate surge but Thailand's leading retail firms are increasingly viewing overseas opportunities.

London "Ghost Luxury Apartments" Growing

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 May 2015 | 6:00 am

I've just read an article in Singapore's Business Times about mounting concern over the growing market of London Ghost property.

Dusit In Middle East Tie-Up

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Thai hotel group Dusit International has come to an agreement to conclude a Middle East hospitality joint venture

Royal Group Continue Hotel Acquisition Spree

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Singapore's Royal Group is continuing to cut a wide-swath across the Asia Pacific hotel sector with their latest acquisition being the 540-room DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

Novotel For Yangon

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 May 2015 | 6:00 am

French hotel group ACCOR has opened their third property in Myanmar.

Thailand's Open Skies Under Pressure

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 May 2015 | 6:00 am

There is little doubt that airlift has been the single most prolific stimulator to Thailand's tourism growth trajectory since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).

More Andaz For South East Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Hyatt's lifestyle hotel brand Andaz is moving into South East Asia.

Prime Real Estate Gains Two Awards

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Phuket's Prime Real Estate recently won top honors at a leading regional competition.

Property Sells THB700 Million In Two Day Roadshow

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 May 2015 | 10:58 am

Bangkok's Four Seasons Private Residences recorded THB700 million (USD21 milllion) in a two day sales event in Hong Kong.

Minor's Upcoming Perth Duet

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Minor Group are continuing a fast and furious expansion drive with the announcement of the entry of their Avani brand Australia.

Aleenta Founder Getting Into Food

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 May 2015 | 6:00 am

The fof the Aleenta and Akaryn hotel brands Anchalika Kijkanakorn is moving into the culinary circle.

Pattaya Set For AirAsia Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 May 2015 | 10:18 am

Direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Pattaya (U-Tapao) are set to start in June on AirAsia.

Onyx Grabs Two in Malaysia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Onxy Hospitality will expand their South East Asia presence with two new hotels in nearby Malaysia.

Indonesia Sets Plan Allowing Foreign Apartment Ownership

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 May 2015 | 6:00 am

South East Asia's biggest economy Indonesia is setting plans to allow foreigners to own upscale apartment units.

Keemala Targeting Chinese Wellness

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Kamala's upcoming Keemala upscale boutique hotel will take a Chinese wellness theme as part of its core offering.

Khao Yai Property Hit By Investigations

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 May 2015 | 6:00 am

ne of Thailand's up and coming resort real estate markets Khao Yai has been hit hard by a series of government investigations over encroachment onto public land.

I Want Candy, We All Want Candy

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 18 May 2015 | 11:35 am

The term 'timeshare' might not be trendy but at least it's a truth.

Recall - Sportsmanship, Winning

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 18 May 2015 | 7:49 am

I'm not quite sure what compelled me to join the flock of media-crazed sports fans and buckle up for the fight of the century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Are selfies really the best way to market a hotel?

Dusit Signs Two Shanghai Deals

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Red hot Thai hotel chain Dusit International are surging forward in an international expansion mode.

New World Cashes Up From Hong Kong Sale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong's New World Development has raised USD2.4 billion from the sales of equity stakes in three SAR Hotels.

Thai Baht Decline Worries Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 May 2015 | 8:11 am

This week the Thai baht sank to its lowest level in six years, as it flirted with the 33.80 marker to the US dollar.

New Phang Nga Golf Course Draws Attention

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 May 2015 | 6:00 am

The Katathong Golf Resort with a championship 18-hole course is drawing considerable attention from nearby Khao Lak.

Two For ACCOR In Maldives

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 May 2015 | 6:00 am

French hospitality group ACCOR has signed two properties in the Maldives.

Malaysia's Hotel Service Charge Issue Heats Up

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand's neighbor Malaysia is seeing a hot debate in the private and public sector over the possible abolition of service charge.

And Now Another Brand From Starwood

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 May 2015 | 6:00 am

For those hoteliers caught up in the lifestyle space we have yet another new hotel brand to keep track of.

Minor Expanding Overseas Residential Twist

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Minor Hotel Group are increasingly pairing mixed-use hotel and residential opportunities into a footprint for expansion.

BUZZ TERM Disruptive Tourism

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Here is an excellent travel term gleaned from a recent TTG Asia piece on China's economic volatility creating potential for disruptive tourism.

Pattaya's Real Estate Market Falters

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 10 May 2015 | 6:00 am

There is growing concern over the broad-based Pattaya property sector which has seen market conditions flatten.

Maldives and Sri Lanka Conference Spotlight

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Dates are final and the countdown is on for the upcoming Hospitality Investment Conference Indian Ocean.

Budget Chain Announce Phuket Project

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 May 2015 | 11:12 am

Global hotel chain Premier Inn has made public plans for a new 350-roonm budget hotel in Patong.

Registration Open For Mekong Tourism Forum 2105

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 May 2015 | 6:00 am

The 2015 Mekong Tourism Forum has been scheduled for June 16th to 19th in Danang Vietnam.

New Sales And Marketing Group Sign Samui Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 May 2015 | 2:07 pm

A new hotel sales and marketing group Unicorn Hospitality has signed a deal with two Samui properties.

SC Capital Takes Out Maldives Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 May 2015 | 2:05 pm

SC Capital Partners has acquired a 124-villa upscale resort in the Maldives.

Famed Hotel Designer Jaya Dead

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 May 2015 | 9:34 am

Indonesia's most famous hotel designer Jaya Ibrahim has died at the age of 67.

Film Star Developing Eco Branded Luxury Villas

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is making international news on his partnership in a Belize luxury eco resort and luxury villas for sale.

Bali's Real Estate Market Loses Dollar Touch

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 May 2015 | 6:00 am

A newly introduced regulation in nearby Indonesia is requiring real estate developers and hotels to price and collect goods and services income in local currency.

Phuket Traffic Investment Gets Ready To Fly

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 May 2015 | 6:00 am

At long last Phuket will be getting two new flyover projects that will benefit the island's primary north south transport link.

Anantara Vacation Club Names New Chief Executive

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 May 2015 | 1:41 pm

Thailand's Anantara Vacation Club (AVC) has named Martin Tolan as the new Chief Operaing Officer.

Malaysia Airlines Downturn To impact Tourism

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Since the recovery of the Global Financial Crisis Asia's airlift has continued to soar both from a long haul and short haul perspective.

First Asian Integrated Resort To Top EarthCheck

Category: Green. Posted: 04 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Laguna Phuket has become the first Asian destination or integrated resort to attain EarthCheck's Silver certification.

Soneva Wins WTTC Environment Award

Category: Green. Posted: 03 May 2015 | 8:23 am

Soneva Resorts and Residences has bagged been declared the winner of the WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council) Environment category in their global awards.

Si Racha Attracting Serviced Apartment Operators

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 May 2015 | 6:00 am

The Eastern Seaboard development zone in Thailand is increasingly attracting new serviced apartment projects.

Lost And Found In Eden

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 02 May 2015 | 9:17 am

Luring corporate guests with rewards enticements is as tempting to hotels as the snake offering Eve the apple in the Garden of Eden.

Hotel Branded Residences Embrace America

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 May 2015 | 6:00 am

In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis recovery in the US, the hotel branded residence sector is pushing up a notch.

Phuket Set To Sax Up

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 May 2015 | 8:54 am

One of Bangkok's longstanding entertainment venues Saxophone will make their Phuket debut with a grand opening tomorrow Saturday May 2nd.

Philippine Casino Operator For Korea

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 May 2015 | 6:00 am

A broad overseas push is underway for Philippine casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corporation.

Listed Thai Group Developing Layan Property

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Thai-list real estate firm Nusasiri are developing a large condominium project in Layan Phuket near to the Nikki Beach Club.

Absolute Managing Saigon Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Bangkok-based Absolute Hotel Services have been appointed to manage a 286-room Saigon Vietnam.

Bali Poses For Disruptive Tourism Episode

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm

This year's buzz term is unabashedly emerging as 'disruptive'.

Dusit Philippine Expansion Drive

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Thai hotel group Dusit International has inked deals for three new hotels in the Philippines.

Phuket Tagged Third Best Island

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Phuket has ranked third in TripAdvisors list of top islands in Asia.

Thai Airways Downturn To Hit Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am

Thai Airways severe financial downturn is set to put pressure on Phuket's tourism sector.

Best Western Goes Vib

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Best Western International is widely focused on a new brand offering Vib.

New Phuket Condo Resource

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

The crew at LivePhuket have launched an impressive new condominium real estate resource FazWaz.com

Bill Barnett on Hospitality, Hotels and Residences

Category: Video. Posted: 26 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm

Phuket's Secondary Property Sector Drifts Into Autopilot Mode

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 26 Apr 2015 | 5:56 pm

Though Phuket is fine in autopilot now as the secondary sector becomes a beast of burden, the real question that realtors and property speculators are asking is, 'What is next?'

Apps That Can Predict Future

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

I've been reading about a series of new apps that are taking a forward looking view of the future.

Thailand Property Awards 2105 Nominations Open

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am

Thailand's most respected property event of the year is rolling out it tenth award season.

Brand Cambodia Campaign Taps Outside Support

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

A lot of ink is being spent over the current campaign to rebrand Cambodia.

Outrigger Sell Australian Portfolio

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Hawaii-based Outrigger Group has reportedly entered into an agreement with the Mantra group for the divestment of four properties in Australia.

Malaysia's Langkawi To Be Aviation Hub

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

One of Phuket's nearby tropical island destination competitors Langkawi is expected to see a surge in airlift.

The Age of the Daycation

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Economic refugees from the dark days past of the Global Financial Crisis no doubt recall the tagline 'staycation' during the downturn.

HeadStart Complex Opening August

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

One of Phuket's growing number of international school's will see a new campus opened this coming August.

New World Heads To Bangkok

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong's New World Hotels & Resorts are expanding their brand portfolio to Bangkok.

Phuket First Stop For Wyndham Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Wyndham Vacation Club Worldwide has signed a deal to manage the Sea Pearl Villas in Patong Phuket.

Sheraton Enters Samui Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Starwood's Sheraton brand is now on show in one of Thailand's leading resort island destinations Samui.

Bali Phuket B's To Be Or Not To Be

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm

Deny an Aussie a beer on a hot tropical day, and you are just asking for trouble.

Get Back In Your Box

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 18 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am

I was recently sitting in a residential design meeting together with an army of master planners, landscape artisans, a project management team and all manner of odds and sods.

Phu Quoc Getting Two Branded Resorts

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Vietnam's up and coming resort island of Phu Quoc has seen two new hotel deals with international operators inked recently.

New World's Indonesia Entry Inked

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong's New World brand which is part of the Rosewood Hotel Group has signed their first Indonesian hotel.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Vacation Ownership Report

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

In preparation for this year's AOCAP event in Singapore C9 Hotelworks undertook a research project updating the trends in the timeshare sector in the region.

Resort Manager Named At Keemala

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

David de Brito has been named Resort Manager at the soon to open Keemala Resort in Kamala.

Indonesia's Meeting Ban Hits Hotel Sector

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

The overhang from the Indonesian government's curtailment of functions held in hotels has hit the domestic hotel industry hard.

Beantown - The Coffee Drinkers Guide To Etiquette

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Is this really the end? All I can see is pitch black, as my eyes can't adjust to even a tiny ray of light in my own personal nanosphere.

Hua Hin Offers Lessons For Phuket's Developing Property Market

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 13 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm

For Thais, there is little doubt that Hua Hin remains a keen object of desire, be it for a holiday, or a property purchase.

Samui Rooftop Dining Opens At Prana

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Koh Samui's first foray into the rooftop dining experience has been opened at the Zama Kitchen and Bar.

Rudd Hulscher Joins Outrigger Executive Team

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Well known Phuket hotelier Rudd Hulscher has been appointed General Manager - Operations for Outrigger Asia Pacific.

Senzanome Wowing Island Diners

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

A new Italian eatery at Boat Lagoon, Senzanome is creating a stir with the Phuket eating crowd.

Patong's Sea Pearl Shifting Management

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am

Absolute World will no longer manage the Sea Pearl Beach Resort in Patong as of May 1st, the group announced today.

Aleenta Opening New Pool Villas

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Up over the Sarasin Bridge, Aleenta Phuket which is actually in Phang Nga will open 34 new garden pool villas in June.

Lark Back On Top At Trisara

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Anthony Lark is back at the helm of Phuket luxury icon Trisara.

Indonesia Hotel Investment Conference Next Month

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

A new hotel event the Hospitality Investment Conference Indonesia (HICI) 2015 has released its program of sessions and speakers.

Luxury Beachfront Residences Coming To Kamala

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

A new beachfront development, The Residences at MontAzure in Kamala has the island property trade buzzing.

Are Thailand Hotels Too Cheap?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

There continues to be a debate amongst hotel owners and operators that Thailand hotels have fallen into a bottomless pit of underachievement in terms of hotel rates.

A Green Hotel World

Category: Green. Posted: 06 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

One emerging hotel booking site GreenHotelWorld.com has now engaged more 5,200 green certified properties globally.

Nihiwatu Shows Sustainable Can Fit Luxury Market

Category: Green. Posted: 05 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm

The recent relaunch and expansion plans at the famed Indonesian's sustainable resort Nihiwatu shows that luxury can fit into this niche segment.

Thailand Tourism Forum 2015

Category: Video. Posted: 05 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am

Labuan Bajo May Get Marine Facility

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

One of the fast growing frontier destinations in Asia is Labuan Bajo in Flores which is the gateway to the famed Komodo National Park

Phuket Security Training Facility

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

One of the island's leading security providers SGS has established a local training facility.

Centatra For Vietnam Island Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

The island destination of Phu Quoc will see a new Cantara resort open this year.

Six Senses Sign Mixed-Use Bali Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Six Senses hospitality and spa group has signed a deal to managed a mixed-use property in Uluwatu Bali.

JW Marriott Khao Lak Ownership Change

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am

A leading Thai hospitality group KS Hotels through an affiliate has acquired controlling ownership of the 300-room JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa.

Bali To Get Dubai Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am

Asia's other leading resort destination Bali will be getting Dubai flights as of mid 2015.

Tailspin for Thailand's Airline Sector

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm

Thailand's airline sector is reeling after restrictions on new scheduled and charter flights to Japan and Korea.

BB Beach Club Turning Phuket Heads

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

The recently opened BB Beach Club on Phuket's east coast is creating quite a stir amongst the glitterati.

Life After Nut Rage

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 30 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am

We live in a complicated day and age. With our lives revolving around "selfies", our very existence is punctuated by snapshots expressing extreme delight.

Cachet Open Bangkok Office

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

pscale boutique hotel group Cachet has opened a South East Asian office in Bangkok.

Japan's New Robot Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

As most hoteliers know the two biggest operating expenses in properties are staffing and energy costs.

Patina Expanding To Maldives

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Posh Singapore-based luxury brand Patina has signed on for a new Maldives resort.

C9 Hotelworks Report on Hua Hin Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am

Thailand's legacy seaside leisure destination Hua Hin is continuing to be defined by the domestic sector.

New Branded Residences Option

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

For developers and travelers the Preferred Hotels and Resorts group has rolled out a non-traditional accommodation model.

Former Four Seasons Bangkok New Name

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

The legendary Four Seasons Bangkok is now formally the Anantara Siam Bangkok hotels.

Preferred Goes To Single Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Leading global hotel marketing brand Preferred Hotels and Resorts have restructured their approach to a single entity focus.

Iconic Setai Hotel Sold

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

One of the truly global chic hospitality assets,the Setai in Miami Beach has a new owner.

Sheraton Krabi To Rebrand As Dusit

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Mar 2015 | 9:29 pm

The 240-room Sheraton Krabi will be reflagged to the Dusit chain as of July 1st this year.

Drift Gallery Opens In Phuket City

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Be it Phuket Town or Phuket City the urban area continues to be a magnet for island art.

Louis T Brand Samui Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

The Mantra resort in Samui has undergone a transformation into the Louis T. Collection.

Rosewood Appoints New Development Director

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Hospitality group Rosewood has appointed Katerina Giannouka as Vice President for Development Asia Pacific and China.

Bring On The Poshtel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

I love brandspeak and one of those silly new iconic lodging terms now trending is poshtel.

Beach Projects Johan Hansen Passes Away

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 Mar 2015 | 9:57 pm

It's been reported that Johan Hansen, the founder of Beach Projects and BB Phuket passed away yesterday in Bangkok.

Sri Lanka Minimizing Second Gateway Airport

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Call it a reaction to the change of government or else an economic issue but the government in Sri Lanka is set to take on damage control at its second international gateway airport at Hambantota.

Two Of My New Yangon Favorites

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

A recent trip to Yangon uncovered two new favorite things for me to do.

New Centara Krabi Offering Introductory Rates

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

The recently opened Centrara Pelican Bay Resort Krabi is offering special opening rates.

Blink To Design Regent's Return To Jakarta

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Legacy hotel group Regent are poised to return to Jakarta Indonesia with a new hotel.

Hollywood Comes To Macau

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

A sister property of the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will open next year in Macau.

PATA Gold Awards Now Open

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

One of the region's top tourism awards, the PATA Gold is now open for entry.

Kata Rocks Offer Luxury Day Pass

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Posh boutique resort Kata Rocks is offering luxury day passes for non-resident guests.

Thai AirAsia Target Tertiary Growth

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

A recent piece in the Bangkok Post gained my attention talking about Thai AirAsia's growth plans.

Don Mueang Terminal 2 Opening August

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

The latest opening information is that Bangkok's second airport Don Mueang will open Terminal 2 this August.

Thailand's Onyx Do 10 Hotel Indian Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Leading Thai hospitality group Onyx has signed a deal for ten hotels in India.

AOCAP Coming Up Next Week

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

The annual AOCAP conference which has joined the HICAP stable of events will be help March 18th and 19th at the Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore.

AOCAP Coming Up Next Week

Category: News Column - The Nation. Posted: 09 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

The annual AOCAP conference which has joined the HICAP stable of events will be help March 18th and 19th at the Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore.

Phuket Hotel Market Update - February 2015

Category: Video. Posted: 08 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm

Zeavola Earns Sustainable Award

Category: Green. Posted: 08 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Koh Phi Phi's Zeavola resort has won a five-star award in the sustainable hotel in Thailand category.

Australian Honorary Consul Named

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Phuket has a new Australian Honorary Consul Michelle Hawryluk

Krabi Power-Plant Setback

Category: Green. Posted: 07 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am

A wide-spread public outcry over a proposed coal-fired power plant in nearby Krabi has seen the project's environmental permit denied.

#Boycott Bali Hits Media Mainstream

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am

Global social networking lines and media is buzzing over the new campaign #Boycott Bali.

Van Der Hoeven Returns To Outrigger

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Hotelier Pieter Van der Hoeven has returned to the Outrigger group as General Manager of the chain's Mauritius property.

Andara's Allan Zeman on Phuket real estate

Category: Video. Posted: 06 Mar 2015 | 4:21 pm

Asian Resort Trading Downturn

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm

For many Phuket hotels, this year's peak season effectively ended after the Christmas/New Year period.

Melanie Smith To Head Anantara Club Operations

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Shared ownership group Anantara Vacation Club has promoted Melanie Smith to Vice President Club Operations.

Breath Of Fresh Air Needed For Asia's Boutique Hotels

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 05 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

The East is often transfixed on Western products, in the case of luxury concepts, not so much, but certainly in the boutique spaces.

Phuket Radio Station Returns to Air

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

The island's oldest English Language radio station FM 91.5 is set to return from an extended hiatus.

New Cruise Ship Ports For Southern Thailand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

A media report in the Bangkok Post that two new cruise liner facilities will be developed in Southern Thailand.

Layan Beach To Get Mid-Rise Development

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

As Phuket continues its surge into the mass tourism and property market, new projects are starting to push skyward.

Excellent hotel room viral promo

Category: Video. Posted: 02 Mar 2015 | 3:45 pm

C9 Hotelworks Publish New Samui Hotel Report

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am

Samui's tourism sector remains composed in face of mercurial trading climate

Minor Push Euro-Latin Expansion

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

One of Thailand's leading hospitality Groups Minor has taken on a decided Latin twist with a deal for six properties in Brazil and Portugal.

New British Property Capital Gains Tax

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

Britain will roll out a new capital gains tax on real estate on April 6th.

American's Going Mad Over Branded Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

For those who think hotel branded residences are only in the Asian subconscious, think again.

Singapore Restaurants Hop On Paid Water

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

On a recent trip to Singapore last week I read a local media piece on the rising trend of restaurants charging for water.

Thai Hospital Firm Ventures To Myanmar

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand's surge in medical tourism has been a defined success for local groups are now longing at expanding into nearby markets.

How Important Are LCC's In Thailand?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

As Asia continues to see the low-cost airline sector change the region's aviation game, the question for Thailand is how important is the segment?

What Every Hipster Needs To Know About Property

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 24 Feb 2015 | 1:54 pm

The only sign of the merging of tribes is most often witnessed at the 7-Eleven, where all men and women become equals. Equality by convenience.

Services For Stephen Paine

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm

A number of readers have asked about services for property developer Stephen Paine who passed away last Saturday.

Malaysia Offers Returning Talent Resource

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

In an effort to return expatriate Malaysian professionals to their own home country, a returning expert resource has been developed.

Suarga Set To Hit Sustainable Spotlight

Category: Green. Posted: 23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

I'm in Bali now and one of the truly innovative new hotel projects to watch is Suarga.

Robinson Crusoe Tented Camp Wowing Travelers

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

Phuket's Indochine Safari Company is creating a buzz with their Koh Kam Nui tented camp.

Social Media Uproar Over Krabi Treegate

Category: Green. Posted: 22 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am

Thailand's social media recently vented rage over the cutting down of a massive Monkey Jack tree to be used for an art project.

Thai VietJet Phuket Flights Coming In March

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

The new low-cost venture Thai VietJet will commence flights between Bangkok and Phuket on March 29th.

Developer Stephen Paine Passes Away

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm

Phuket real estate developer Stephen Paine was found dead at his home this morning.

Singapore Tourism Declines

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

Star performer Singapore has registered it's first drop in international arrivals since 2009.

Dusit Links To Japanese Hotel Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Dusit International has entered into a strategic marketing alliance with Japanese hospitality group Prince Hotels.

Thai Airways Jitters Should Concern Industry

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

Thai Airways International's current financial dilemma has far reaching consequences for the Phuket market.

Lighthouse Market At Phuket Boat Lagoon

Category: Video. Posted: 18 Feb 2015 | 8:27 pm

Local Hotel Group May Brand Properties

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

Phuket's Kata Group has made public its interest to brand their hospitality assets with an international operator.

Theme Park To Rise in Kamala

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm

A 62 rai land plot in Kamala is set to be turned into a theme park by the owning company of Phuket FantaSea.

Dusit D2 To Myanmar

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

Dusit Hotels and Resorts has inked a deal for a 300 room property in Yangon under the D2 brand.

Anklin Joins Centara In Development Role

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am

Chris Anklin has been appointed Director of Development for Thai-based Centara Hotels and Resorts.

Destination To Take Hooters Across Asia

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

Destination Resorts, which owns four hotels in Phuket, has taken on a Southeast Asia franchise deal for Hooters.

C9 Hotelworks Releases New Phuket Hotel Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am

Hospitality consulting group C9 Hotelworks has released their 2014 Phuket Hotel Market Update.

Bali Hotel Numbers Take A Dive

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm

The late year Q4 movement, which saw international standard hotels registering a year-on-year market-wide decline, has moved into 2015.

All Is Want Is More Plugs

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am

I'm sitting in my hotel room in Bali staring at my various tech devices.

Boathouse Art Event

Category: Video. Posted: 12 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am

Life On The Road

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 02 Feb 2015 | 1:58 pm

One thing about life that is great, is that there is no handbook for you when you enter this brave new world. Eventually you learn the rules, but as a youngster, the universe is your oyster.

C9's Bill Barnett Releases New Book

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am

Bill Barnett is back a third time with 'Collective Swag' a phantasmagorical collection of rabid essays

David Keen Urges Thai Destinations To Brand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am

The CEO of leading hospitality branding agency QUO has called for Thailand's private sector to create distinct regional brands.

Thailand Tourism Surges Back in Q4

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm

Thailand's tourism industry has turned the corner after a very difficult 2014

First Bhutanense Restaurant In New York City

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

Frankly speaking most readers would be hard pressed to provide any insight into the cuisine of Bhutan.

Will Meyrick Opens Ubud Eatery

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's leading chefs, Will Meyrick has opened the Hujan restaurant in Ubud.

Ten Year China Visas For Americans

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

Good news for American passport holders is that ten year China business and tourist visas are now available.

No Boat, No Brio At Royal Phuket Marina

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

An impressive new art exhibition is underway at Royal Phuket Marina named No Boat, No Brio.

Bampot Kitchen Comes To Laguna Area

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

One new dining outlet high on our radar is the soon to open Bampot Kitchen & Bar.

A Summer Spent On The Cambodian Riviera

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 15 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am

Bill Barnett looks on, as the real estate industry becomes an orgy of evanescent buzzwords.

Endless Summer Resort Making Waves

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

A new planned theme resort in Hawaii is making waves in a pioneering surf concept.

Targeted Phuket Real Estate Study Released

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

Property firm Siam Real Estate has released a new Phuket property market report.

Dusit Opening Second Hotel School

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

Thai hotel chain Dusit International are planning on opening a second hospitality education institution in the country.

Hey You, Get Off My Cloud

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 12 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am

I remain stunningly optimistic and the real target of any overhanging angst from too many drinks on New Year's Eve still remains the small but verbose island group known as "The Haters".

First Vogue Restaurant Debuts In Bangkok

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

Celebrity dining continues to be all the rage as witnessed by the opening of the very first Vogue fashion restaurant in Bangkok.

Hot Phuket Eats - Hana Japanese Restaurant

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

ne that has recently caught out eye is the Hana Japanese restaurant in Surin.

Private Luxury Hotel For Koh Yao Noi

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

One of this year's exciting hospitality offerings here in Phuket will be the opening of the Ani Villas private hotel in Koh Yao Noi.

New Phuket Light Rail Plan Explained

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am

Every resort island in Asia has a growth trajectory and in the case of Phuket and Bali the increasing urbanization is simply a fact.

Indonesian Hotel Conference Launched

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

A new hospitality event will debut in Jakarta this coming April with the inaugural Hospitality Investment Conference Indonesia (HICI) coming on stream.

Twinpalms New Seafood Restaurant Opens Friday

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jan 2015 | 1:48 pm

Stylish Twinpalms will open their new Palm Seafood outlet to the public on Friday January 9th.

Thailand's Tourism To Focus On Big Five

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

Plans are being laid out by Thailand's tourism officials to focus on five key destinations this year.

Hilton Rolling Out Third Phuket Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am

A new Hilton hotel in Kalim Phuket has been signed by the international hotel chain.

Will Singaporean's Overseas Property Appetite Continue?

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

One of this year's key Asian real estate story lines has been the surge of overseas transactions by Singaporean property buyers.

More Phuket Airlift from Germany

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

Business Air Thailand recently introduced weekly service between Cologne and Bonn in Germany to Phuket.

New Four Seasons Bangkok Project Unveiled

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jan 2015 | 9:14 pm

Leading luxury hotel chain Four Seasons has entered into an agreement with the Thai based Country Group for a new hotel and residential development in Bangkok

Phuket's New Necker Island-Like Hideaway

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm

The finishing touches are being put in an exclusive single private island hideaway in Phuket which is being likened to Richard Branson's famed Necker Island.

Indian Ocean Hotel Conference Launched

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

A new Indian Ocean Hospitality Conference has been launched for this coming May to cover Maldives, Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Mauritius.

Cherngtalay Seafood Restaurant Gearing To Open

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

Previously based on Bangtao beach the well known Tom-Yam Goong is having a second reincarnation this time near to the entrance of Laguna Phuket.

Boat Avenue Phase 2 Coming

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm

One of the most successful retail projects on the north side of the island is the Boat Avenue project in Cherngtalay.

AOCAP Sets Sights On Singapore In 2015

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

Next year's AOCAP event will join the HICAP alliance r and is scheduled for March 18th and 19th at the Pan Pacific Singapore.

The Bumpy Road To Mandalay

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 02 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am

It's impossible to travel to Myanmar and not wax lyrically about days long past.

HOFEX To Be Held In May

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

Asia's best loved annual food and beverage event is coming in May 2015.

Bali's Ku De Ta Wins Second Round Of Trade Name Dispute

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 31 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm

The owners of Bali's famed beach club Ku De Ta have won an appeal in the second round of a legal dispute over the trade name in Singapore.

Saturday Squeeze At Iniala

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm

Coming up Saturday January 3rd is going to be one of the New Year's weekends top parties at Iniala in Natai.

India Opens Up Visa On Arrival Scheme

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

The Modi government in India remains pent on reforms and one bright spot is a new scheme for visa on arrivals for foreign travelers.

The Basement Tapes from Bikinis and Martinis

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm

Sometimes at night when the rain is pelting down like a chorus of mad monkeys on bongos, and the wind howls in the coconut trees just like rabid rain dogs,

Trendy Twinpalms Phuket 10th anniversary

Category: Video. Posted: 30 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am

Maldives Resort For Sale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

As Thai hotel owners continue to cry over low room rates, one resort market in Asia continues to garner envy the world over - Maldives.

New Laguna Area Condo Hotel Launching

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm

A new hospitality led residential condominium project has been launched next to the entrance of Laguna Phuket, called Oceanstone.

C9's Barnett Leading HICAP Update Philippines Session

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Bill Barnett, Managing Director of C9 Hotelworks will lead a session on the Philippines at the upcoming HICAP 2015 event.

Airline Passengers Get Ass Kicked

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Most travelers have been annoyed by the rapidly reclining persona in front of your who jams their seat into your face after take-off.

New Upscale Hostel Chain Junction Launched

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm

A new flashpacker chain Junction Hostels has been launched in the Philippines.

Yacht Haven Expanding Superyacht Facilities

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am

The Yacht Haven Marina Phuket is continuing their expansion program with sixteen new superyacht facilities coming on stream in early 2015.

Branson opening First Virgin Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

One new launch on hoteliers watch list is the first Virgin hotel set to open in Chicago in January.

Respecting History - Ten Years After

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Today is one that all of Greater Phuket needs to remember and respect the tragedy of ten years past and the Asian tsunami.

Banyan Tree Phuket Launches Luxury Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm

Noted developer Laguna Phuket is bringing nineteen new 5-bedroom luxury villas to the property market.

Jingle Bills Jingle Bills

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

To our readers, I'd like to wish you all a Merry Merry from the best place I know - Phuket.

Bangkok's Four Seasons Reflagging To Anantara

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am

One of Bangkok's leading luxury hotels will see a brand change on March 1st of next year as the Four Seasons will become an Anantara.

PIMEX Coming Beginning of January

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Another of the island's signature annual events PIMEX (Phuket International Boat Show) will run from January 8th to the 11th 2015.

Jingle All The Way

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 23 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am

Looking ahead to the big, bad '15, Bill Barnett's looking glass is gladly obscured.

Beach Republic Samui Taps Second Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Koh Samui's Beach Republic group has launched a second real estate offering with the new Azur project.

Sai Taan Developer Takes On Second Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the developers of the successful luxury Sai Taan pool villas estate at the entrance of Laguna, is promoting a new project in the Cherngtalay Area.

World Heritage Anniversary For Bay

Category: Green. Posted: 22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Vietnam's Ha Long Bay has celebrated it's UNESCO status as a World Natural Heritage site for the past twenty years.

Eco Carbon Neutral Tour Pioneered

Category: Green. Posted: 21 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm

One of the leading negatives about travel is the expanding carbon footprint that modern journeys consume.

Phuket Bows To Smartphones

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 21 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm

These days tilted heads and quiet means only one thing: the invasion of the smartphone.

QUO's David Keen and Bill Barnett on the New Phuket

Category: Video. Posted: 21 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett and Quo's David Keen talk at a recent event about the New Phuket

Beijing To Develop 3rd Airport

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Two is definitely not enough for the insatiable China market.

Pattaya Braces For Tourism Free Fall

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm

Of all of Thailand's increasingly mono tourism markets, Pattaya is the most pronounced.

Cuba To Capture Tourist's Attention

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am

Today's announcement of renewed ties between Cuba and the United States look to propel the former into the tourism spotlight.

IHG Acquiring Kimpton Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am

Global hospitaliy chain InterContinental has announced it will aquire boutique pioneer Kimpton Hotels which is based in the US.

James Stuart Releases Hotel Brand Bites

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am

Noted hospitality branding expert James Stuart has released a new book called Hotel Brand Bites which is a interesting read for those in the industry.

Reinventing Phuket A Necessary But Daunting Task

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm

Phuket is an island in transition.

Paint It Red

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Anyone with a sense of brand has to simply love the name of AirAsia's new headquarters.

In-House Magazine For AirBnB

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Monster non-traditional accommodation booking site AirBnB recently unveiled a new magazine named Pineapple.

Malaysia's Iskandar Goes To Movies

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Malaysia's mega infrastructure projects are starting to stack up.

Samui Tourism Receives Massive Boost

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am

The recent upgrading of daily flight capacity from 36 to 50 flights a day is set to stimulate Koh Samui's tourism market.

Changi Budget Hotel Rising

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Being a frequent traveler through Changi Airport in Singapore, the sight of a new 243-room budget hotel under construction is a new addition.

New Inheritance Tax May Hit Foreigners

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 10 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

While Thailand looks to usher in a new property tax regime next year, subject to cabinet approval, foreign residents are anxiously watching the upcoming inheritance tax regime.

AirAsia Introducing Regional Passes

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

In aviation news from Associated Press low-cost airline carrier AirAsia is rolling our regional passes in mid-January of next year.

Starwood Capital Sell Louvre Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Barry Sternlicht's Starwood Capital has sold Louvre Hotels to China's Jin Jang International.

Centara's Cosi Brand To Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Centara Hotels and Resorts new select service brand Cosi is set to come to the resort island of Koh Samui.

Andara Names New Property Sales Head

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am

One of Phuket's leading luxury developments - Andara Villas and Andara Signature has named Lyndon Phillips as Director of Sales.

Celebrity Chef David Meyers To Singapore

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

The Lion City's push toward world class timing is continuing with the addition of celebrity chef David Meyers.

Charn Issara Developing Natai Hotel Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm

Leading Thai developer Charn Issara is set to roll out a new luxury branded residence project named Baba Beach Club just over the bridge in Natai Phang Nga.

Thailand's Land Office Most Corrupt

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

The media has been playing out the result of a recent survey by Chulalongkorn University which ranked the Land Office as the most corrupt public office in the country.

New CEO For Millennium Copthorne

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Singapore-based hospitality group Millennium & Copthorne has appointed Aloysius Wong as Chief Executive Officer.

Best Western Condo Hotel For Rawai

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am

Hotel branded property investment offerings are continuing to rise up in Phuket.

Benchmark Yangon Project Uses Phuket Firm

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the leading hotel deals announced this year in Myanmar is the new luxury Kempinski.

The New Phuket

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 03 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am

Tourism and property set to benefit on the 'New Phuket'

AMCHAM event on Marine Tourism

Category: Video. Posted: 03 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am

Thai Hotel Management Group Launched

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am

Phuket is the home of a new Thai hospitality management group Triple C Hotels and Resorts.

New General Manager For MaiKhao Dream

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am

The MaiKhao Dream Villa Resort and Spa has named Elias Pertoft as General Manager.

Trisara Offering Luxury Detox Programs

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

In the year 2014, hotel chatter has increasingly turned to lifestyle offerings.

Laguna Phuket Golf Club Relaunch

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

The massive upgrading work on the Laguna Phuket Golf Club is nearly complete and a relaunch is planned for early January.

Manathai Opens Bangkok Sales Reservation Office

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand's growing boutique chain Manathai has opened a centralized sales and reservations office.

Residential Project Goes Hollywood

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

A new luxury real estate project in Batam is mixing property and Hollywood.

Something Fruity Going On

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Chonburi is hosting a fruity event this coming December 19th and 20th.

Universal Studios To Go China Direct

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Worldwide entertainment brand Universal Studios are planning a new theme park in Beijing China.

One For The Road

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Up next February is a classic road trip, a 924 kilometer ride between Bangkok and Phuket.

A Discussion On Luxury Design and Growing Niches

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am

Specialisation and segmentation are key future trends for Asia's luxury hospitality design industry, according to the regular roundtable series hosted and organised by BLINK Design Group. 


Vietnam To Allow Foreign Property Ownership

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am

The struggling Vietnamese real estate sector is expected gain momentum on news that lawmakers have approved reforms for foreign property ownership.

Greater Phuket AMCHAM Event

Category: Video. Posted: 28 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am

The Search For Thainess

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Apparently Thailand is no long Amazing. Tell Grace.

Bad News For Phuket Private Aircraft

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

In an about face, Phuket's much talked about niche in catering to high net worth individuals with private aircraft looks to be in jeopardy.

I Hate Thailand Gains Momentum

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Love it. Hate it. A growing number of residents in Thailand are weighing in on TAT's viral campaign.

Centara Bringing On Another Krabi Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Thai hospitality group Centara has entered into an agreement to manage a new hotel in Ao Nang Krabi.

Christmas Market Coming To Laguna Area

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

A special one day Christmas Market will be held in Cherngtalay on Saturday December 6th.

Outrigger To Feature Beach Tennis Event

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

The Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort Phuket will host an upcoming beach tennis event in December.

SKAL Charity Event November 21st

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm

Saturday Night Fever is back with the upcoming Phuket SKAL charity event on November 28th.

New Bali Hotel And Residences Report Out

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm

The new Bali Hotel and Branded Residence Update 2014 has been released today by Horwath HTL and C9 Hotelworks.

HICAP Update Set For March 2015

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Dates have been set for next year's HICAP Update in Singapore for March 17th and 18th.

New Rooftop SkyBar Comes To Patong

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

A new all day and nighttime rooftop venue above Jungceylon is causing a stir.

Max Huber to Head BHM Operations

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Thai hotel group Bespoke Hospitality Management (BHM) has appointed Max Huber as Director of Operations

Thai Firm Buys Dean & DeLuca

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am

I'm in Bangkok and the business news is buzzing over the storyline of a Thai firm buying an iconic American brand.

Thanksgiving At Friendship Beach

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Next week marks Thanksgiving for Americans here in Phuket.

Large Mixed-Use Airport Developing Rising

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am

A large-scale mixed-use development named The Terminal is coming up near to Phuket International Airport.

James Simmons Departing Rosewood

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am

James Simmons, the Senior Vice President Development Asia Pacific for Rosewood is leaving the group.

Two Top Phuket Sports Events Coming

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Two of the island's signature sporting events will be held the next few weeks in Phuket.

Hollywood Film Mary Poppins Banned in Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Nov 2014 | 3:47 pm

The Disney classic movie Merry Poppins has been banned by officials in the resort destination of Phuket.

Centara Name Blaiklock As COO

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Leading Thai hospitality group Centara Hotels and Resorts has appointed Markland Blaiklock as Chief Operating Officer.

IHG Sign Two Koh Samui Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

InterContinental Hotels Group has inked two new branded properties for Koh Samui.

C9's Barnett At Bangkok Hotel Conference

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett we will moderating two industry panels at this week's Hospitality Investment World Thailand 2014 event.

Gordon Ramsay Heads Up Hong Kong Eatery

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Celebrity chef and reality television star Gordon Ramsay has landed in Hong Kong.

The Cove's Ric O'Barry Talks About Phuket dolphins

Category: Video. Posted: 15 Nov 2014 | 4:21 pm

Foreign Investment Into Thailand Under Gun

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Concern is being widely voiced by Thailand's Foreign Chambers of Commerce and the private sector over proposed changes to the country's overseas investment framework.

Pattaya Hosting Luxury Yacht Show

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

The Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is set to be held November 27th to 30th.

Bangkok Airways Spurs Phuket Airlift

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand's boutique airline Bangkok Airways has launched daily flights between the resort island and Chiang Mai.

Phuket's British Chamber Hosting AEC Session

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Phuket's British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) has organized a special symposium on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) initiative.

Claude Baltes Appointed GM at Sunsuri

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm

Veteran Phuket hotelier Claude Baltes has been named General Manger of the Surnsuri Resort.

Economy Chain Premier Inn Singapore Bound

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Asia's budget and economy hospitality sector is heating up, and a sign of shift in demand is the upcoming Premier Inn in Singapore.

Devil In The Detail

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 10 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am

The fast track straight to hell is again laden with timeshares and promises that are meant to be broken.

Holiday Inn Launching Property Fund

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Plans have been made public that the Holiday Inn Phi Phi Island is launching a property fund.

Thailand's Onyx Firms Up Maldives Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Thai hospitality group Onyx Hospitality will open a 120 villa Maldives resort in the first quarter of 2016.

Phuket and Penang Become Sister Cities

Category: Video. Posted: 09 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm

Dusit Does Vietnam Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Dusit International is expanding to Vietnam with the signing of their first property in Cam Ranh.

New COO Appointed At PATA

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Bangkok-based regional travel organization PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) has named Mario Hardy as Chief Operating Officer.

Bali Targets Phuket's China Russia Markets

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm

Indonesia is buzzing over news that the government has announced plans to waive visas for Russia, China, Australia, South Korea and Japan next year.

Pattaya To Phuket Golf Cart Charity Trip

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Two golfers, Graham Haslam and Mark Cameron will embark on a 1,200 kilometer journey from Pattaya to Phuket for charity next March.

Thai VietJet Coming To Phuket December

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am

The Bangkok Post has carried a news that joint venture airline Thai VietJet will commence operations to Phuket on December 15th.

Sansiri's Baan Mai Khao Taps Holiday Rentals

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

ne of Phuket's top new developments, Sansiri's Baan Mai Khao has opened their model show unit.

Nikki Beach Opens At Sofitel Bali

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am

Global beach club giant Nikki Beach has opened in Bali.

Minor Mount African Offensive

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Leading Thailand hospitality group Minor are continuing their push into Africa with a new set of major investment initiatives.

AMCHAM PHUKET EVENT Marine Tourism

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am

On Friday November 21st the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand has organized a special tourism event which will be held at the Outrigger Laguna Beach Phuket's new Similan Ballroom.

Manathai Hotel Brand Spreads Across Thailand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am

A revitalized boutique hotel chain Manathai is moving quickly in establishing a footprint in Thailand.

Accor Taps Into Starck's Mama Shelter

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

French hotel chain Accor has acquired a 30% interest in Philippe Starck's boutique brand Mama Shelter.

Please Be Kind, Rewind

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 03 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm

'Boutique' real estate is no better than property at the bottom ofthe ladder. Bill Barnett has had enough of bogus developers dragging buyers into the mediocre middle ground.

Saturday Chill Sessions Launched at Aleenta

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Posh oceanfront boutique resort Aleenta, just over the bridge in Natai has launched special chill-out Saturday Sessions.

Myanmar's eVisa Finally Launched

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Good news for travelers to Myanmar is that electronic visa processing is now available online.

Bintan Takes On Wellness

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am

Singapore's neighboring destination resort island of Bintan in Indonesia is getting a strong uplift these days.

Singapore's Park Group Expands To Greater Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm

One of Singapore's leading hospitality groups Park Hotels has announced the signing of a management contract in Khao Lak Phang Nga with developer Southsea.

X2 Opening Phuket Private Villa Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Bespoke Hospitality Management Group will open the upscale X2 Phuket Oasis Villa in November of this year.

Mandarin Oriental Ink Bangkok Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm

One of Asia's top brands Mandarin Oriental has signed an agreement to manage a 146 unit luxury residence project in Bangkok.

Guardian Visa's Impact Phuket's Property Sector

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

One often overlooked benefit of Thailand's immigration initiatives is the Guardian Visa.

Sheraton Sign Phuket Hotel Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm

After a short absence Starwood's Sheraton brand will be reappearing in Phuket

C9's Barnett At Hospitality World Thailand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the country's top annual hotel conferences Hospitality Investment World Thailand 2014 is coming November 19th and 20th.

Thailand's X2 Expand To Indonesia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand boutique hotel management group X2 (CrossTo) will expand into Indonesia under a deal with Louvre Hotel Group.

Bali Forecasting 3.8 Million international Arrivals

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

The tug a war between Phuket and Bali for international resort travelers could see the Island of the Gods nudge Thailand's leading resort destination in 2014.

SOI DOG PHUKET Ricky Gervais weighs in

Category: Video. Posted: 26 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am

AHMS Expanding To Chiang Mai

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Thailand's notable boutique hotel chains AHMS which owns and manages the Aleenta in Phang Nga amongst other resorts is expanding to Chiang Mai.

Hotel Real Estate Brand Baccarat Gets Rolling

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Starwood Capital's Baccarat brand has gotten its real estate mojo rolling with its New York offering.

Dusit Sign Queensland Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Dusit International has signed an agreement to manage a golf resort in Australia.

ASEAN's Tallest Building Coming In Bangkok

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

As the region's real estate sector continues to reach for the sky, Thailand's property market is buzzing about the mega Super Tower project in Bangkok.

Hilton Bringing On Lifestyle Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Leading worldwide hotel group Hilton has made public plans for a new lifestyle brand Canopy.

Fourth Glow In Bangkok

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

In hotel news Thailand's Zinc InVision Hospitality has announced plans for the group's fourth midscale Glow in Bangkok.

Thai Chain Zinc InVision Ink New Kata Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Zinc InVision Hospitality has signed a contract to manage a 76 room upscale boutique hotel in Kata Phuket.

Two Top Awards For Point Yamu

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Point Yamu by Como has won top honors in two categories at the annual South East Asia Property Awards held in Singapore.

Upcoming Phuket top chef culinary event

Category: Video. Posted: 19 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am

Quo's David Keen On Hotel Innovation

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am

We have to stop doing ordinary. Predictable hotels are no longer desirable," QUO CEO David Keen told delegates at HICAP today.

Iconic Waldorf Astoria Falls To Foreign Ownership

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the hospitality world's most iconic properties the Walforf Astoria has transacted to an Asian buyer.

Minor Target Chiang Mai's Surging Property Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm

I've just returned from Hong Kong where Minor is exhibiting their latest property offering the Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites.

Property Advisor Eric Snyder Passes Away

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm

One the island's early era property advisors Eric Synder has died from skin cancer according to the Phuket Gazette.

Singapore Property Brokers Looking Abroad

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

A recent news article in The Business Times has highlighted how Singapore's real estate brokerage houses are now having to look further afield given the country's residential market downturn.

Bill Barnett's Property Watch Column Comes To An End

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 17 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am

After seven and a half years, the Property Watch column comes to an end.

Club Med Going Chinese

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

The long-winded Club Med shareholder drama looks to be coming to an end with a China investor assuming a key role.

Outrigger Laguna Opening Ballroom

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

The Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort will debut a new ballroom next month.

New Convention Center For Makati

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

According to TTG Asia, Manila's CBD Makati will see a convention center rise on the site of what will be the former InterContinental Hotel.

Best Western Launch Boutique Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Hotei giant Best Western has launched a new boutique brand tagged as Vib.

Kata Rocks Opening in November

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

At long last one of the island's most anticipated hotel openings, Kata Rocks has been announced for November 28th.

REAL ESTATE WATCH East Versus West

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Ireland real estate is rebounding.

Mantra Signs Two Bali Deals

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Australian hotel group Mantra has inked two Bali hotel management agreements.

InterContinental's Singapore Division

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's top hospitality talking points is the recent announcement of a second InterContinental in Singapore.

Barnett Leads HICAP Panel Next Week

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will lead a special session on hotel renovation and repositioning at the HICAP Asia Pacific Conference in Hong Kong next week.

Chinese Economy Hotel Chain Takes On Thailand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Top China economy hotel brand 7 Days Inn has made public plans to expand in Thailand.

Outrigger Go Absolutely Beach Crazy

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Leading Hawaiian hotel brand Outrigger are targeting a wider expansion across Asia, the Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Bongo Comes To Cherngtalay

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am

It is indeed a jungle out there and a sure sign is the large red monkey hiding in the garden.

How Many Novotels In Phuket?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

If you guessed four, the answer is correct as of October 15th.

Global Wellness Industry Valued At USD3.4 Trillion

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

A new report by SRI International has valued the worldwide wellness and spa industry at USDD3.4 trillion.

Zinc Journeys Gains Green Recogniation

Category: Green. Posted: 06 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

Zinc Invision's eco luxury resort in Sri Lanka has earned a WTTC environmental awards.

Aleenta Leads Carbon Free Cooking Initiative

Category: Green. Posted: 05 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am

Thai hotel Aleenta Hua Hin has initiated a carbon free cooking drive, aimed at improving the property's sustainable footprint.

Phuket's West Coast Luxury Battle Continues

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the leading controversies in the islands real estate sector remains the luxury property under scrutiny on Phuket's prime north west coast.

Uber Arrives in Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm

Global ridesharing service Uber has kicked off operations in Phuket.

Phuket To Mark Tsunami Anniversary

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

This year on December 26th the island will remember the 2004 tragic Asian tsunami, on its 10th anniversary.

Welcoming The End Of Days

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 04 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

I have to stifle a silent scream and inhale my own personal angst over the painful trip ahead. Yes, a journey to Phuket International Airport suddenly takes on biblical proportions.

Hua Hin Mega Lagoon Project Gets Partner

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Thailand's most ambitious resort real estate projects, the MahaSamutr in Hua Hin has teamed up with a technology partner.

Car Park Millionaire

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

So you want to be a millionaire? According to the New York Times a new development in NYC is selling car parking spaces for up to one million dollars.

Thailand's Nok Air First For Wi-Fi

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Thailand's fledgling low-cost airline carriers Nok Air has made global news over its upcoming offering of inflight Wi-Fi.

This Year's Model

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am

As long as the Ferrari is outside you should be content sleeping in a closet every night.

AoT May Take Over Krabi Airport

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Greater Phuket's international gateways, Krabi may see a change in airport operator.

Maldives Looks To Mid-Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Just when you thought Phuket and Bali were the only resort destination's taking on mass tourism along comes the Maldives.

Doeke Bonga Moving To Starwood

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Another longtime Phuket hotelier is on the move, Doeke Bonga is now the General Manager of the new Sheraton Samui.

Artyzen Bringing Citizen M To Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

The Citizen M and Artyzen Asia joint venture is already showing early signs of success in bringing the vaunted brand to the region.

Bali Sees Regional Shift

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

As Phuket continues to revel in the dynamic duo market's of Mainland China and Russia, Asia's other leading resort destination Bali has seen a regional twist.

Too Tents? Back To The Romance Of Nature

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

One has to wonder: Have we lost the sense of what real travel is all about?

Vietnam May Allow Locals To Gamble

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

In the wake of a massive failures in the country's budding gaming industry, Vietnam might change rules to allow locals to gamble.

Outrigger Acquire Maldives Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm

Leading resort operator Outrigger has purchased a resort property named Konotta Island in the Maldives.

Luxury Living Supplement For China Property Show

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

The Phuket Gazette will publish a special 24-page Luxury Living supplement on this coming December featuring real estate.

Fairmont Reflags Regent Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am

Fairmont Hotels are reflagging the Regent Bali in Sanur Bali

Samui's Tourism Market Hits Mid-Year Glitch

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

While many of Thailand's resort destinations think they are immune to what happens in Bangkok, the reality is that they are sadly mistaken.

Delayed Phuket Airport Renovation Amped Up

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

According to the Bangkok Post, news from the Airports of Thailand (AoT) is that the delayed upgrade of the Phuket International Airport

Ronge Returns To Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

A familiar hotel executive, Dominique Ronge has returned to Phuket as General Manager of the Keemala Resort in Kamala.

Direct Mainland Flights For Samui

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

The resort island of Samui has seen their first direct airline service to Mainland China started.

Pop-Up Ikea Coming To Phuket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

According to news in the Bangkok Post, iconic retailer IKEA intends to open a pop-up, pickup store in Phuket in the mid part of 2015.

Firefly Launching Krabi Penang Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Malaysia's Firefly airlines is commencing direct flights between Krabi and Penang Malaysia.

Twinpalms Opening Bangtao Outlet

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am

Leading boutique hotel Twinpalms will be rolling out a new outlet - Catch Seafood before the end of the year.

New General Manager For Paresa

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Kamala's luxury Paresa resort has named Dawid Koegelenberg to the post of General Manager.

Calvin Klein Lands in Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Global fashion brand Calvin Klein has opened a store in Phuket.

A Vote Heard Around The World

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

This week, September 18th looks to be a landmark date which is being closely watched around the world.

C9's Barnett Speaking At Economy Hotels Conference

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks will be leading a panel discussing Thailand's surging accommodation sector at the Economy Hotels World Asia 2014 in Singapore.

Khiri Travel Talks Up Green

Category: Green. Posted: 14 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am

Thailand-based Khiri Travel will highlight the opportunities of green travel at the upcoming PATA Travel Mart in Phnom Penh.

Two Phuket Resorts Gain EarthCheck Status

Category: Green. Posted: 14 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am

Both the Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket resorts have been given EarthCheck bronze status.

Six Senses Yao Noi Teams With Bo.Lan

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Bangkok's most notable Thai restaurants Bo.Lan are teaming up for a special dining event with Six Senses Yao Noi

Travel Advisories Mar Samui's Tourism Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Hotels in Samui are reporting a strong direct impact on trading levels as a result of political events in Thailand.

Point Yamu And Sansiri Score At Property Awards

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm

Two Phuket real estate developments scored big at last night's Thailand Property Awards held in Bangkok.

Phuket Hotel Market Straddles Thin Red Line

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks has released the Phuket Mid-Year Hotel Market Update 2014.

Jumeirah Brings Back Second Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Luxury hotel chain Jumeirah are re-launching a second brand Venu.

Rotary Club Superparty At Bliss

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am

Bliss Beach Club is hosting the Rotary Club's Superparty That Gives To Kids.

Has Bali Tourism Reached The Tipping Point?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm

As Asia's top beach resort destinations Bali and Phuket continue to grow, the question remains has the tipping point been reached?

Video Update on Bali Tourism

Category: Video. Posted: 09 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm

C9's Video Update on Bali Tourism

Category: Video. Posted: 09 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm

A Journey Back To Our Old Town

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 09 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Here in Phuket, "our town" is the heartbeat of a changing landscape. Over the decades, it has witnessed the transformation of the island from plantations and mines, to trading and on into tourism.

The Battle For Aman

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Since 1988, when Adrian Zecha took hotel guests 'out of the box' and into their own private villas at the Amanpuri, the luxury chain Aman has been an object of desire.

Luxury Brand W Coming To Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm

ring on the hotel bling, Starwood's trendy W brand is headed to Phuket.

Special AMCHAM Tourism Event This Friday

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Phuket has evolved into a mainstream, mass-market destination; the island's beaches have undergone extreme makeovers; and more dramatic changes are on the horizon.

Start Your Formula 1 Engines Please

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's most exciting big events is set place for September 19th to 21st.

Thai Airways Keeps Eye On AirAsia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Legacy carrier Thai Airways is looking to use its critical mass to gain market share against surging powerhouse Thai AirAsia.

Thai Lion To Boost Greater Phuket Airlift

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

New budget airline Thai Lion look set to develop a significant amount of airlift into Greater Phuket.

Second Hyatt For Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am

A 161-room Hyatt Place has been announced, which is being developed by the Boutique Group.

Imperial Land Opening Phuket Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Bangkok's Imperial Land Group will be opening a serviced apartment hotel complex in Phuket by the end of the year.

Absolute Names Human Resources Head

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

The Absolute World Groups has appointed Bernard Columba as Head of Human Resources Asia Pacific.

1988 Video of Patong

Category: Video. Posted: 02 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm

Never A Dull Moment In The 'Comfortably Numb' Zone

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 02 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Trips to India are never dull. From the moment you arrive, the mixture of energy and chaos reminds you that you are far from home.

Luxury Group Capella Expands

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the Capella Hotel Group's expansion strategies has been a second branded offering Solis.

Asia's Altered State

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

There's something amiss with regional developers' latest fetish for faux Euro chic.

Platinum Developing Samui Mall and Hotel

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am

Bangkok's Platinum Group is developing a retail mall in Samui named The Wharf.

Warning Signals For Phuket's Unlicensed Accommodation Sector

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

There is often no guarantee that a hotel-managed property investment is going to stay that way in the long term.

Apple's Inch By Inch

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

The say that football is a game of inches, but what about in the world of smartphones.

The Russians Are Coming (Or Are They?)

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Press reports are rife with news that Russian tourism to the Kingdom is in decline.

Thailand's Land Tax Reform In Process

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Over the past decade the issue of forms to the Thai land system has been on the national political agenda.

Bangkok Hospital Buys Phuket Competitor

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm

According to a filing with the Stock Exchange of Thailand, the listed Bangkok Dusit Medical Hospital (BGH) has acquired the entire business of Phuket International Hospital.

Private Jet Terminal For Yangon

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Part of Bill Heinecke's empire, the Myanmar MJets Business Aviation Center is a foray with local firm Wah Wah Group.

P & O Cruises Coming To Krabi

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Leading upscale cruise operator P & O are headed to Krabi.

C9 Releases Luang Prabang Hotel Market Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am

Luang Prabang's potential as a mainstream cultural destination remains largely untapped to date.

Third Centara For Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Thai hotel group Centara Hotels and Resorts has inked a third property in Bali.

Luxury Resort Sri Panwa Expanding

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am

One of the island's premier hotels Sri Panwa will add thirty new units in an expansion program.

Boutique Hotel Group's Focus On Isan

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the fresh bold faces of Thailand hospitality is the Isan Boutique Collection of hotels.

Melia Comes Back To Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Reading Spanish hotel group Melia are again focusing on Asia.

Phuket Town Gallery Brings History Alive

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

The historic shop house area of Phuket town is seeing more restoration projects over the past few years. One new one to watch

Strong Demand Propels Sri Lanka's Hotel Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm

Sri Lanka's hotel sector is seeing a return to its dynamic growth story on the heels of strong rate growth.

"New Phuket" Focus Of Special AMCHAM Tourism Forum

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm

As the island's beaches undergo an extreme makeover, how are tourist's and locals reacting to the "New Phuket"?

TOP EATS Riverspoon Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Another of my favorite island eating spots has to be the Italian eatery Riverspoon.

Riding the rails in Phuket

Category: Video. Posted: 22 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am

Two Floating Hotel's For Yangon

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's rising hotel markets Yangon is set to host not one, but two floating hotels.

Thai Tourists Take To Japan

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 20 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm

Thai's have taken to Japan year-round like bees to honey. With the national carrier championing direct flights between Bangkok and Sapporo, popularity is rising.

Heinecke Backs Japan Tech Offering

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Making waves in the travel industry of late is the hotel booking engine HotelQuickley.

One & Only Target Asia Pacific Expansion

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the most coveted luxury hotel brands is that of One & Only.

HICAP 25th Anniversary This October

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Asia Pacific's leading hotel investment conference will see it's 25th anniversary edition this October in Hong Kong.

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 18 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am

Hotels that provide an emotional uplift from design, art or creative energy can be a source of inspiration for even the most road hardened traveller.

Langham to Launch China Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Come September Hong Kong based Langham Hospitality Group will launch a new China brand.

TAT Offering Travel Insurance

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

As part of the TAT's plan to push Thailand's tourism industry to recovery a new travel insurance program has been put in place.

Highlights from Phuket Raceweek

Category: Video. Posted: 16 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am

New Phuket Tourism Attraction Opens

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Welcome to the new Phuket Escape Hunt Experience which offers something unlike any other island attraction.

Silk Air Taps Into Boracay

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Singapore Airlines regional carrier Silk Air has started flights to Kalibo in the Philippines.

Asia Villa Awards Uncorked

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

The Asia Villa Awards which will be held in Phuket later this year feature single properties and are mainly geared to the Thailand rental market.

Gordon Ramsay Opening Asian Restaurant

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

From Hell's Kitchen and beyond celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has now staked claim to Asia with a new restaurant coming soon.

Luxury Rayavadee Has New General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Krabi's well known luxury resort Rayavadee has appointed a new GM.

EAT BIG Stacked In Samui

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

One of my favorite new eating places in Samui has to be Stacked.

Asia Spa Awards Open For Nominations

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

The annual Asia Spa Awards are open for nominees until August 15th.

Thai Airways Bans Shark Fin Products

Category: Green. Posted: 09 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm

National airline carrier Thai Airways International has banned shark fin products for its air cargo network.

Club Med Phuket Saved By The Bell

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am

One of Phuket's legacy hotels, Club Med in Kata has averted a near disaster.

Burma Boating Expand Fleet

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago which is north of Phuket is increasingly on the international radar.

Thailand 2014 Property Awards Set for September

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

This year's gala Thailand Property Awards ceremony will be held on September 11th at the Conrad Bangkok Hotel.

How To Survive A Plane Crash

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 07 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am

those great movie lines, in this case from the film Almost Famous. - See more at: http://www.phuketgazette.net/opinion/How-survive-plane-crash/32459#sthash.BI3OPt1n.dpuf

Phuket's Club Med Battles For Beach

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Longtime legacy Phuket hotel Club Med remains stuck in a public controversy over a strip of beachfront land connected to the resort.

Aman Flails Inside The Outside Door

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm

The continuing saga of the battle over iconic luxury hotel chain Amanresorts looks set to continue.

Interior Design firm BARStudio Up's Game

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the top emerging hotel interior design groups is Melbourne's BARstudio.

Biting The Brand That Feeds You

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the great reads on hospitality is James Stuart's Brand Bites.

Sri Lanka Conference Featuring C9's Barnett

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

The first Sri Lanka Hospitality Conference been set for August 25th and 26th in Colombo Sri Lanka.

Hotel Branding Agency Focuses on Asian Region

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Global hospitality focused agency Latitude is giving Asia it's due in a new focus on the region.

Documentary "The Cove" Phuket Showing

Category: Green. Posted: 02 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm

Local opposition to the planned Dolphinarium in Chalong is mounting both locally and abroad.

Third Eco Clean Up Coming Up

Category: Green. Posted: 02 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm

he third annual Go Eco Phuket clean up is scheduled for Sunday August 3rd.

Brand Culture by Quo

Category: Video. Posted: 02 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm

Scoot Set To Scoot Over To Don Mueang

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Low-cost airline Scoot will be shifting to Don Mueang Airport at the beginning of September.

Concrete Bloc

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm

Bill Barnett laments the Asian ghost towns of tomorrow.

Border Wars - Singapore Versus Malaysia

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am

Road trips between Singapore and Malaysia are set to become more expensive for cars from the Lion City venturing north over the causeway.

Soneva Kiri Has New Top Gun

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Graham Grant has been named General Manager of the luxury Soneva Kiri resort.

Time-lapse Phuket, stunning destination video

Category: Video. Posted: 30 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am

Thai Boutique Group X2 Gaining Traction

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

One emerging Thai hotel brand to watch is X2.

Imperial Samui Rebranded To Sheraton

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm

The 141 room Imperial Samui Beach Resort will be rebranded as a Sheraton in December of this year.

Laguna Hosting MICE Event On Friday

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm

Destination resort Laguna Phuket will host the 1st Domestic MICE Mart (DMM) series this coming Friday August 1st.

The Flip Flop Report

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Apparently Asian travelers take social media serious when looking at beach holidays.

Thailand's China Visa Free Waiver

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand's NCPO has created a visa free initiative for travelers to the Kingdom from China and Taiwan.

Leading Hotelier Turns Into A Wino

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Is there life after hotels? Just ask former Langham Hotels and Resorts front man Brett Butcher.

Marriott And Ikea Team Up On Moxy Hotels

Category: Video. Posted: 26 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm

To Be, Or Not Too Be, That Is The Question

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Phuket's current clean up is now headed down an altogether too familiar pathway - into the real estate sector.

New DOSM For Dusit Laguna

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has appointed Sanjeev Tandon as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Outrigger Appoints Corporate Finance Director

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am

Resort chain Outrigger has named Barton Jackson as Director of Finance and Analysis, Asia Pacific.

YTL Brings Out Luxury Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am

Malaysian hotel group YTL have launched a new luxury brand Kasara.

Jokowi Wins Indonesian Presidential Elections

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm

Foreign businesses in Indonesia have sighed collectively over news that Joko Widodo has been declared a winner in the hotly contested Presidential elections.

No Vacancy Bali Coming August 29th

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am

The annual No Vacancy conference Asia will take place in Bali this year.

What is all this talk about the new Phuket?

Category: Video. Posted: 21 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm

Malaysia Airlines Offers Passenger Refunds

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm

Malaysia Airlines Offers Passenger Refunds

Club Med Under Takeover Pressure

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Hotel industry news lines are buzzing over the take over offers from Club Med's two leading shareholders.

Phuket's Bypass The Bypass Under Study

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

According to news in the Phuket Gazette, the government is looking at the possibility of creating a second bypass road to ease island traffic woes.

Bali Visas Now More Expensive

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Indonesia's government has increased visa on arrivals fees in an unexpected move.

New Hotel Uniform System of Accounts Released

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

For hotels the world over, the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry is the Bible of the industry.

Marco Polo Rolls Out Luxury Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong's Marco Polo Hotel Group is launching a new luxury brand tagged as Niccolo.

Court Orders Zecha Reinstated To Aman

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm

Hoteliers are buzzing over news in the Wall Street Journal that a London court has ordered former Aman Chief Executive to be reinstated.

Manila To Become World's 2nd Largest Urban Area

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Making the news is a forecast that has Manila set to be the world's second largest urban area in the world by 2025 with an estimated population of 30 million.

Celebrity Chef Bobby Chin Phuket-Style

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's rising culinary stars Bobby Chin will hold two events at Trisara Phuket on August 18th.

Life In The Days Of Future Past

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

How many plugs do you need in that brand new condo or villa? It's an easy answer - one more.

Thailand's Cartoon Network Park Opening Soon

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

n opening date of July 31st has been set for Thailand's newest n opening date of July 31st has been set for Thailand's newest theme park Cartoon Network Amazone.

Hotel Marketing Event At Moevenpick July 18th

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm

This Friday the Moevenpick Resort in Karon Beach Phuket will host the WIT (Web in Travel) roadshow.

Barnett Speaking At Sydney Luxury Event

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will moderate a panel titled Luxury Accommodation Concepts at next week's HotelsWorld Conference in Sydney Australia.

Phuket's Neon Night Run

Category: Video. Posted: 13 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am

Online Green Hotel Resource

Category: Green. Posted: 13 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am

One top resource for hospitality players who want to know more about sustainability is Green Hotelier (www.greenhotelier.org).

One Thousand Hour Light Bulb

Category: Green. Posted: 13 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am

Today's soaring demand for electricity counts lights as a major consumer.

Who Are You Sleeping With Tonight?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am

One of a new breed of trending accommodation booking sites is Hotel Tonight (i.e. www.hoteltonight).

Luxury Resort Trisara Opening Training Facility

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Phuket's premier upscale resort's Trisara is launched a brand new educational facility.

Laguna Opens Newly Upgraded Front Nine

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Laguna Phuket Golf Club has re-opened its upgraded front nine holes.

Condo Hotel Black And Blues

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 10 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm

This week news became public that the Allamanda Laguna Phuket condo hotel operation is planning to cease operations at the end of July.

Raceweek Comes To Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the year's highly anticipated marine events is the Cape Panwa Hotel Raceweek.

Hilton Phuket's New General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Hilton Arcadia Resort Phuket has a new General Manager, David Prince.

Life's A Beach, Even In Phuket

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 08 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm

For those who live overseas or else don't go near the water, the current ongoing transformation of Phuket's beaches is nothing short of magic.

Penang Creating Another Island

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

The nearby Malaysian destination of Penang is planning a new mega island expansion.

Laguna Goes Kid Crazy

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Destination resort Laguna Phuket has brought out their annual Summer Family Festival.

IHG Open First Wellness Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Worldwide chain InterContinental Hotels has debuted their first Even branded property in the US.

Life And Death's A Beach

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 06 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

For those from the West, Asia's resort market can seem like an alien landscape.

Ross Named GM At Swissotel Kamala

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Jeff Ross has been named General Manager at the Swissotel Resort Phuket.

Calling Asia's Rising Hotel Talent

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) is sponsoring a talent search for Asia's top emerging hotel talent.

The Push For Brand Lombok

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am

A much anticipated hospitality forum attracting recognized global investors and developers to ponder the future of Lombok tourism

ACCOR Sign Pattaya Hotel Residence Development

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Global hotel chain ACCOR has signed a deal with the Tulip Group in Pattaya for a 120-room MGallery hotel according to online news source DDproperty.

KS Convert Three Hotels To ACCOR Brands

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am

Thai hotel ownership group KS Hotels and Resorts has converted three properties to management under ACCOR brands.

Patong Hotel Managed Residences Surge

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

The Absolute Twin Sands Resort Phase 3 has been launched into the Phuket real estate market.

Something New In Phuket Property Design

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 02 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

One of my biggest gripes about Phuket's hotels remains the same-sameness of the current spate of offerings.

Jetstar Launching Thailand Japan Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am

Leading low-cost airline carrier Jetstar Asia will start service between Bangkok Thailand and Fukuoka Japan.

Phuket's New Catholic Church

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

According to the Phuket Gazette, the island's latest religious addition, the Cherngtalay Catholic church will open next month.

Buzz On Google Flight Search

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

For travellers Google's Flight Search is becoming a viable option for those looking for great airfare deals.

Surin Beach Extreme Makeover

Category: Video. Posted: 28 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am

Meanwhile Back At The Beach

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am

For those who live overseas or else don't go near the water, the current ongoing transformation of Phuket's beaches is nothing short of amazing.

Bali Hotel Conference For September

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Jun 2014 | 7:54 pm

HVS will hold the THINC Indonesia (Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference on September 4th and 5th in Bali.

Hooters comes to Phuket

Category: Video. Posted: 26 Jun 2014 | 4:57 pm

Jetstar Goes Straight To Gate

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am

Good news for Phuket airline passengers, as Jetstar has introduced 'straight to the gate' service.

C9 Hotelworks Release Lombok Report

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Lombok's hotel and property market has been increasingly on the radar of developers since the opening of the new international airport last year,

House Of Cards

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Property investors, like gamblers, need to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em.

Oil Crisis Could Derail Tourism

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Jun 2014 | 6:33 am

For Asian's the current Iraq crisis seems a world away, but in a global world that links around the world, external events continue to create domino a effect.

Mandarin To Shut Manila Property

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Some 40 years after opening one of Manila's leading luxury hotels, the Mandarin will close its doors before the need of the year.

New World Take Over Nikko Hong Kong

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

New World will rebrand the Hotel Nikko Hong Kong in July.

Catch Beach Club Reopening Party

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Jun 2014 | 2:22 pm

The newly right sized Catch Beach Club will celebrate its new incarnation with a re-opening party tonight June 21st at 9 pm.

Which Island Will Be The Next Phuket?

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 21 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

The conversation often turns to where the next Phuket will be, or in boom-time talk, the next big Asian resort destination?

Tiger Mandala Out Of Business

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Tiger Airways Indonesian venture with Mandala will stop flying effective July 1st.

Outrigger Names New Area Head Australia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Industry veteran John Gerrad has been named Area General Manager Australia by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.

Boutique Brand Alila Into Alliance

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Leading Singapore-based upscale brand Alila has taken on an alliance with US group Geolo Capital.

Jetstar Goes Cold On Lombok

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

So goes the world of low-cost airlines where low demand can end pioneer routes in the blink of an eye.

Aman Appoints New CEO

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Aman's new post Zecha world has a new CEO - Vladislav Doronin.

Hilton Signs 5 Hotel Deal In Myanmar

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

The hotel race in Myanmar continues to heat up, as global chain Hilton has signed a five hotel deal.

SilverNeedle Launch Sage

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Singapore's Silverneedle Hospitality will bring the new brand Sage to market, with their first branded property in Brisbane Australia.

Nationwide Thai Curfew Ends

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am

Thailand's curfew has ended across the entire country including Bangkok.

Where Would Phuket Be Without Them?

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 14 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

What would happen here in Phuket if suddenly all of the tourists disappeared?

Beerfest Asia On Tap

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

For Phuketian's who have a hangover from the recent curfew, a trip to nearby Singapore might be what the bartender ordered.

Hilton Hua Hin Sold For THB3.2 Billion

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jun 2014 | 11:16 am

Thai-listed firm Saha-Union Plc. has purchased the Hilton Hua Hin for THB3.2 billion according to documents filed with the Thai Stock Exchange.

Phuket International Academy Opening Boarding Facility

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am

Coming up shortly will be Phuket International Academy's new boarding facility which will feature single and double room apartments.

Phuket Hotel Development Heads Over Bridge

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jun 2014 | 8:53 am

Mai Khao Dream Hotels and Resorts group are reportedly planning a 400-key property in Ko Pilai/Natai Beach north of the Aleenta.

What's Up At Thai Airways?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

It's well known that national carrier Thai Airways has created a strong legacy of economic losses.

Heinecke Writes An Open Letter To Thailand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am

In yesterday's Bangkok Post, one of Thailand's leading hospitality figures Bill Heinecke wrote an open letter over the current political issues that face the country and the tourism sector.

Free World Cup For Thai Viewers

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Jun 2014 | 9:09 am

Back of the current spate of reforms by Thailand's military junta, the latest move will see free viewing for all of the upcoming World Cup matches on public television.

India's New 29th State

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Fresh from elections, the country has christened Telangana as the newest 29th state.

CULTURE Film Festivals

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

The annual Luang Prabang event over the past few years has drawn strong interest from the international market.

Plant A Tree In Lombok

Category: Green. Posted: 10 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

One of my increasingly frequent destinations is Indonesia's Lombok.

Hilton Launch Curio Brand

Category: Green. Posted: 10 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Global hotel chain Hilton has rolled out a new brand named Curio.

Fashion TV Hotels Land In Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Pop culture icon Fashion TV will see their hospitality brand Love Fashion Hotel open in Bali later this year.

Dare To Discipline Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

For those not on the ground in Phuket, the current action against the island's taxi mafia may come as a surprise.

When In Bangkok - Make It A Burger

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

One on my Bangkok raves, and there are many is Daniel Thaiger's food truck.

Roland Svensson New Sarojin GM

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am

Longtime Thai hospitality face Roland Svensson has been appointed General Manager of the The Sarojin in Khao Lak.

Banyan Tree Launch New Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am

Singapore's Banyan Tree Group will introduce a new brand Cassia, into the market.

Thai Group Minor Expand In Seychelles

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand Minor Hotel Group has signed a conversion deal for an Avani branded property in Seychelles.

Indonesian Group Does Tune Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Indonesia's PT Pusako Tarinka Tbk has acquired the company which owns and operates seven budget Tune hotels across the country.

Phuket Black Taxi Clean-Up Begins

Category: Video. Posted: 06 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am

Exactly Where Is Bratislava?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

While I am a fairly well rounded traveler, just the other day someone was speaking of Bratislava and my mind took at left turn.

How Can Asia Tap South African Travelers?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Yesterday I came across a good travel read from Khiri Travel about how Asia can tap into the outbound South African market.

Curfew Lifted In Resort Areas

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm

The national curfew imposed by the NCPO has been lifted for three of Thailand's largest resort markets effective today.

Graham Doven Passes Away

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Jun 2014 | 8:05 pm

Longtime Phuket expatriate Graham Doven has passed away in Bangkok at Mission Hospital according to Alasdair Forbes of The Phuket News.

Cool design, fitting it all into 20 square meters

Category: Video. Posted: 03 Jun 2014 | 12:15 pm

New Thanyapura CEO And President

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Jun 2014 | 10:53 am

I always enjoy receiving the press releases from Thanyapura, as they absolutely love to elevate the art of title-ism.

Singapore Takes To The Street

Category: Green. Posted: 03 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am

In a new study from the Centre for Livable Cities in Singapore and the Urban Land Institute in the US, walking and bicycling are key indicators for a healthy population.

ANALYSIS Phuket's Emerging Markets Cool Down

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am

For the period of January to April of this year, Russian passenger arrivals rose 6% over the same period in 2013. China registered only a 2% gain.

Great Eating In Yangon

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

On my last trip to the city, I stopped by Sharkey's by accident. This turned out to be one great miscue.

Down, But Not Out, In Danang

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Developers' decade-long dreams for Danang may have been put on ice, but the thaw looks to be coming.

Anantara Club Makes Executive Appointments

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am

Bill Heinecke's Antantara Vacation Club has announced that Melanie Smith will head Club Operations and Howard Lee assumes the role of Chief Financial Officer.

C9 Hotelworks At Australian Luxury Hotel Event

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks will be onstage at the upcoming HotelsWorld Australia event in July.

Designer Group Blink Win Regent Panwa Award

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Blink Design Group Bangkok has won an award for their interior design at Regent Phuket Cape Panwa.

Survivor. 12 Hours Of Living Hell At Bumi

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 May 2014 | 6:00 am

And you thought this was going to be hot news. Sorry, not today.

Shine Claims Marketing Award

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 May 2014 | 4:47 pm

Natasha Eldred's Phuket-based public relations firm Shine PR has earned an award for marketing.

Thanyapura Neon Night Run

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 May 2014 | 6:00 am

The islands' new sporting central Thanyapura will host an upcoming Neon Night Run.

Phuket tourists talk about effects of coup

Category: Video. Posted: 28 May 2014 | 8:29 am

SCAM ALERT Banana Beach Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 May 2014 | 7:02 am

Sadly one of Phuket's little known seaside areas Banana beach is seeing a spike in crime.

Nightly Curfew Cut To 4 Hours

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 May 2014 | 6:57 am

Effective tonight, Wednesday May 28th the national curfew imposed during the recent coup will be reduced to four hours.

Outrigger Names Mangan

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has appointed Michael Mangan as Director of Planning and Support, Asia-Pacific.

Twinpalm's Take On The Piano Man

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 May 2014 | 2:15 pm

Trendsetting Surin beach hotel Twinpalms is launching a new jazz piano bar from June 1st.

Help! Get Me Out Of This Box

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 May 2014 | 10:30 am

I can't help but fall asleep at the wheel when I drive by most new Phuket hotels. Ever wonder why I drink so much caffeine?

Edutainment Attraction For City Of Dreams

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Manila's growing gaming sector is starting to understand the need to cater to a broader market, similar to what has happened in Las Vegas over the past few decades.

Imperial Adamas Hotel To Become Marriott

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 May 2014 | 2:33 pm

Thai owning group TCC will close the Imperial Adamas Hotel Phuket in Naiyang on July 1st for a major renovation and upgrade.

What Is Coup Effect On Thai Tourism?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand's hospitality leaders discuss the effects of military rule on the country's tourism industry.Massive Protests.

Mangroves Benefit From Laguna Support

Category: Green. Posted: 25 May 2014 | 11:21 am

Over 144 staff from Laguna Phuket recently joined a local community effort in Phang Nga aimed at mangrove preservation.

Cape Panwa Regatta Gets Clean

Category: Green. Posted: 25 May 2014 | 11:09 am

The upcoming Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek regatta is setting a new trend this year with a clean environmental policy.

Michal Ayling/Gulu Lalvani on Royal Phuket Marnia

Category: Video. Posted: 25 May 2014 | 8:21 am

New Orient Express Chain Likely

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 May 2014 | 6:00 am

I've been reading a lot about the ongoing journey of the Orient Express hotel brand.

DreamWorks Amusement Park For China

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Leading global animation studio DreamWorks will open a pioneering theme park in China.

Second Krabi Marina Opening January

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 May 2014 | 11:19 am

A second Krabi maritime development, the Port Takola Yacht Marina is planning to open it's first phase of development in January 2015.

Asian Trails Partners For Villa Rentals

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Villa rental entity Thailand Holiday Homes has entered into an agreement with leading agency Asian Trails for bookings to be available on the latter's online presence.

It's A Coup

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 May 2014 | 5:41 pm

Thailand's military has announced an official coup, in the wake of a failure at reconciliation between the country's warring political parties.

Moevenpick Signs Samui Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 May 2014 | 5:10 pm

International hospitality chain Moevenpick has signed a conversion deal in Samui.

Phuket Hotel Trading Remains Sound

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 May 2014 | 8:53 am

Despite the ongoing political crisis which has dominated headlines, Phuket's high season hotel trading remained resilient.

Phuket Runway Maintenance Disrupts Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 May 2014 | 6:00 am

A number of early morning flights between Mainland China and Phuket will be effected during runway maintenance between mid May and mid August.

Bali Villa Rentals Hit In Government Crackdown

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Media reports in Bali have reported a series of raids on villas for rent in key tourism areas in Bali.

Good Morning Martial Law

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 May 2014 | 8:11 am

Thailand's army has imposed martial law on the country this morning.

Maikhao Dream Receives 5 Star Certification

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 May 2014 | 6:00 am

The Maikhao Dream Villa Resort in Phuket and Maikhao Dream Resort in Phang Nga have received 5 star certification.

Dusit Open Patong Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Dusit Hotels & Resorts launched their Dusit D2 brand in Patong Phuket.

Four Seasons Brands Private Jet

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Hotel brands are now moving skyward with the latest news that vaunted hospitality luxury brand Four Seasons has launched a private jet.

New Australian Honorary Counsel

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 May 2014 | 11:11 am

Phuket has a new Honorary Australian Consul, Michelle Hawryluk.

Snow White Comes To The Island

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 May 2014 | 10:26 am

The musical Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is coming to Phuket on June 7th and 8th.

Hong Kong Gives Philippines Green Light

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 May 2014 | 6:00 am

After four long years Hong Kong has lifted the travel ban to the Philippines.

Mad Men Go Ape For Tourism

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Those mad ad brand men and women are at it again.

Penang Ups Transport Infrastructure

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Nearby Penang is creating a substantial transportation infrastructure plan to address long-term expansion.

Hilfiger Entering Hospitality

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Trump does. So goes Armani, Lego, Disney, Harrods and even Ferrari.

Beam Me Up, Scotty

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 15 May 2014 | 5:25 pm

Flying through the Asian skies, Bill Barnett comes to the unsettling conclusion that the property industry is being overrun by the cult of made-up terms.

Stunning new Thanyapura Phuket video

Category: Video. Posted: 15 May 2014 | 12:42 pm

AirAsia Moves to KLIA 2

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 May 2014 | 6:00 am

For Phuket residents who make frequent trips to Kuala Lumpur and use AirAsia, there is good news.

Luxury Home Exchange Group Widens Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Premium exchange provider 3rdHome has tapped into hotel branded residences to expand their offerings.

Three For Anantara China

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Anantara Group has opened their third property in China.

The Darling Buds Of May

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 13 May 2014 | 6:00 am

The author's confusion from much of a life spent in Asia, is only magnified by the loss of seasons. I miss the orderly and immutable spring, summer, autumn and winter sequence.

Ayling Heading Up Royal Phuket Marina

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 May 2014 | 10:21 am

Former Laguna Phuket Managing Director Michael Ayling will take over the helm of Royal Phuket Marina effective today.

Traders Yangon Trades Name To Shang

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Leading Yangon business hotel Traders has completed an upgrade and is now the Sule Shangri-La.

Good News For Singapore Travelers

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Trips to Singapore just seem to be getting more and more expensive, especially those of us coming from value priced Thailand.

Phuket Annual Bike Week 2014

Category: Video. Posted: 10 May 2014 | 12:46 pm

M & C Launch White Label Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Singapore's Millennium & Copthorne hospitality group has rolled out a white label brand tagged Monogram Collection.

Kaplan To Head Minor Development Team

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 May 2014 | 1:42 pm

Thailand's Minor Hotel Group has appointed James Kaplan to head the development team as Senior Vice President.

Bangkok Serviced Apartment On Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 May 2014 | 6:00 am

A high quality upscale 129 unit serviced apartment has been put on the market in Bangkok.

New General Manager for Angsana Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Laguna's Angsana Phuket has a new General Manager, Albert Ocasio.

Oakwood Pumped Up with Singapore Partnership

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Global serviced apartment chain Oakwood is poised to embark on a worldwide expansion drive, with much of the focus in Asia Pacific.

Mall Group Developing Phuket Mega Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 May 2014 | 10:17 pm

Thailand's Mall Group is launching a massive 150 rai mega retail, hotel and amusement development named Blu Pearl valued at THB20 billion.

Toon Named Kata Rocks General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 May 2014 | 10:05 am

Scot Toon has been appointed General Manager of Kata Rocks.

Royal Phuket Yacht Club Closing For Upgrade

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 May 2014 | 6:00 am

The island's first luxury hotel, The Royal Phuket Yacht Club in Nai Harn will close on May 31st for a substantial upgrade.

Gone In The Blink Of An Eye

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 07 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Out with the old and in with the new - many of Asia's traditional ways of life have been swept aside by progress.

Phuket Hoteliers Heading To Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Coming up on June 6th is the second Indonesia Hotel Investment Conference at the Grand Nikko Bali.

Zecha Out As Aman CEO And Chairman

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Legendary luxury hotelier Adrian Zecha has stepped down from his role as Aman Resorts Chairman and CEO according to Hotels Magazine.

How To Manage One Billion Tourists

Category: Green. Posted: 04 May 2014 | 4:28 pm

Last year's international global tourism numbers surged to 1.1 billion.

Crowne Plaza Receive EarthCheck Gold

Category: Green. Posted: 04 May 2014 | 3:58 pm

Singapore's Crowne Plaza hotel at Changi Airport has received an Earthcheck Gold certification.

Similan Island's Gateway To Myanmar Resorts

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 May 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the key emerging areas of interest in South East Asia is the Mergui Archipelago and the Burma Banks.

Australia's Most Expensive Hotel Rooms

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 May 2014 | 6:00 am

This morning I was thinking of Oz and stumbled across a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald on Austalia's most expensive hotel destinations.

Green, Green Grass Of Home

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 03 May 2014 | 6:00 am

The attempt to go green is not unlike a young Mike Tyson, edgy, unpredictable, sweaty, and above all, hard to understand.

Krabi Project Targets Retirees

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 May 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Krabi's real estate offerings, The Lai Tai in Ao Nang is tapping into the overseas retirement market.

Former Phuket expat Don Battles new book

Category: Video. Posted: 01 May 2014 | 9:54 pm

Thailand's Khiri To Indonesia

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 May 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Khiri Travel has opened operations in Indonesia.

Lock, Stock and Two Rusting Barrels

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 May 2014 | 6:00 am

In a world increasingly obsessed with the now, real estate investors in the future may be looking back at the past and lamenting their lack of attention to detail.

Genting Makes Bahamas Move

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Malaysia's Genting Group are expanding their hotel and gaming network across the globe.

Meritus Appoint New Top Executive

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Singapore's Meritus Hotels & Resorts has appointed Tan Choon Kwang as Chief Operating Officer.

Second Ferrari Theme Park Unveiled

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Formula 1 fans have something to shout for despite this year's controversial engine tool down.

Can Phuket Host Asia's Cruise Ship Influx?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

As Asia's middle class or consumer class continues to view travel as an object of desire, the regions cruise industry is ramping up.

Losing Your Business Virginity

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the great ideas we have seen is Richard Branson's Virgin initiative on new business start-ups.

Inspired Angkor book by John McDermott

Category: Video. Posted: 25 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm

Aman's USD50k Asian Private Jet Tour

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Amanresorts is offering a four country, eight hotel extravaganza, touring Asia by private jet.

Former Oberoi Executive Spurs Waka Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Former Oberoi executive Kamal Kaul is leading Indonesia's Waka group in a resurgence.

Luang Prabang To Hanoi By Train (Not)

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Khiri Travel continue to mount an offensive against cookie cutter travel.

Time For A Cool Change

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Bali's neighbor Lombok and the nearby outer islands are seeing a surge of interest.

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett At Indonesian Hotel Event

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks will be speaking at the upcoming Hospitality Investment World Indonesia.

Shangri-La Sri Lanka Projects Moving Ahead

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Being a frequent visitor to Sri Lanka I was pleased to read a report in TTG which quoted Hong Kong's Shangri-La

Songkran holiday Phuket-style

Category: Video. Posted: 19 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm

Thailand Tourism Event Set For Monday

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am

The 3rd Annual Thailand Tourism Forum 2014 will be held this Monday, April 21st at the InterContinental Hotel Bangkok.

Centara Expand To Laos

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Thai hotel group Centara has signed there first property in nearby Laos.

QUO Man David Keen Wants A Revolution

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

On of the highlights of last month's hotel investment conference in Singapore, HICAP was QUO Global's David Keen.

Dinso Condo Project Hits Patong

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Phuket low-cost residential is continuing to boom, with the new Dinso Residence Patong being the latest entry.

Accor's Ibis Styles For Krabi

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

French chain Accor will open an ibis Styles in Krabi this year.

Boom Shakalaka Phuket Town

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Welcome to the new Phuket lounge bar Shaka Zulu.

Erawan Takes On Thailand Budget Sector

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Listed hotel group Erawan has announced plans for a new budget hotel chain named Hop Inn Hotels.

Bimi and Bongo at Surin Beach

Category: Video. Posted: 13 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am

Great New Eats At Boat Avenue

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am

herngtalay's Boat Avenue is seeing a number of new outlets open.

BUZZ TERMS Dead Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

What do hotel owners do when legacy hotel properties are no longer viable commercial propositions?

Walking The Brand Dogma: Hotel-Branded Residences

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

During the lead up to the "Big Sleep" of 2007, hotel-branded resort villas were flying off the shelves across Asia's leading resort destinations.

Best Ribs In Thailand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

A recent trip to the resort island of Koh Lanta brought about a pleasant dining experience.

New CEO For Wyndham

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

The global Wyndham Hotel Group has announced that Geoff Ballotti has been named President and Chief Executive Officer

Bangkok Airport Rail Link Closing

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Bangkok's Express Airport Rail Link will see the Phayathai route closed from April 14th for maintenance.

Island Property Auction Set For May

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

A property auction will be held at Royal Phuket Marina on May 17th and 18th.

Eggspace Goes Green In Boracay

Category: Green. Posted: 09 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Up and coming Hong Kong interior design firm Eggspace have created an intimate green hotel in Boracay.

Phuket Bike Week Coming Up

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

ne of the islands big events, Phuket Bike Week will be held April 11th to 19th.

Phuket MICE Market Insights

Category: Video. Posted: 07 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm

Minor Group's 5-billion Baht Phuket Investment

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 07 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm

Investment confidence on the resort island of Phuket has continued to ramp up in 2014 despite the Bangkok political crisis.

Phuket Entrepreneur Launches Book

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

For longtime Phuket residents Don Battles is a familiar face.

Dusit Sign Another China Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Dusit Thani's China joint venture company Dusit Fudu has signed a new 160 room property in Jiangsu province.

Hotel Eco-Certifications Add Up

Category: Green. Posted: 05 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm

A recent post on Hotels Magazine online site talked about the relationship between hotel eco-certifications and operating efficiency.

New Phuket cocktail lounge - Shaka Zulu

Category: Video. Posted: 05 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am

Mantra's Australian IPO Fails

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Australian hospitality group Mantra has had to withdraw a IPO (initial public offering) from the market over pricing concerns.

Fear Of Flying And Other Tales

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 05 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Within my circle of friends and business contacts, the subject line about fear of flying has been a recurring theme as of late.

New CEO For Langham Hotel Chain

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong's Langham Hospitality Group has named Robert Warman as new Chief Executive Officer.

AOCAP Taken In By HICAP Organizer

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the few Phuket originated initiatives which have grown into a larger regional event AOCAP (Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific) has been acquired by the respected HICAP organization.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 02 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

A brief respite from the tension and heat has been found in the invasion by realty TV franchise family The Kardashians of the sun soaked shores of Phuket.

JW Marriott Phuket Names New General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Mai Khao's upscale JW Marriott has a new General Manager, Oriol Montal.

Prime Beach Front Hotel Sites Come To Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

Two prime west coast beach front development hotel sites have come on the real estate market in Phuket.

Endgame Investments

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am

The end may be nigh for the planet, but there's always an upside if you look hard enough-and it's often in the real estate market.

Bangkok Hotels Feel Economic Stress

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

While Phuket hotel performance remains relatively stress free, given the beneficial timing of high tourist season, the same cannot be said for Bangkok.

Anthony Ross Joins Preferred

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Well known Asian hotel face Anthony Ross has joined Preferred Hotels as Executive Vice President.

Malaysian Hotel Group Changes Hotel Brands

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Malaysia's Destination Resorts and Hotels are changing their hospitality brand to Datai.

Airline Passenger IQ Test

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 29 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Standing in what could have been termed a line which suddenly shifted into a frenzied rugby scrum, I take a moment to ponder the joys of travel on budget airlines (not).

Boat Avenue Phuket Tour

Category: Video. Posted: 28 Mar 2014 | 3:51 pm

Maldives Keeps Getting More Expensive

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Not only are hotel rooms and transport pushing prices higher in the Maldives but new government taxes are raising the cost of being a tourist.

Eleven Thai's On Forbes Billionaires List

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

The 2014 Forbes magazine Billonaires list is out and eleven Thai's have managed to make the grade.

Langkawi Pushes Back Mass Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

I've just finished reading an article in TTG Asia about the nearby island of Langkawi.

Waterless Songkran For Singapore

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Mar 2014 | 10:25 pm

Passing through Singapore today I can't help but notice media reports about the controversial Songkran fest planned for the Lion City.

Second Phase of The Natai On Sale

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

A second phase offering of three ocean view duplex's at The Natai are now on sale.

Thailand Tourism Main Event Set For April 21st

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

The organizers of the Thailand Tourism 2014 have announced that the event will be held Monday April 21st at the InterContinental Hotel Bangkok.

Myanmar Rises To 2 Million International Visitors

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Nearby Myanmar has continued to buzz with the country registering over 2 million overseas visitors in 2013.

WHAT'S THE BUZZ ShintaMani Wild

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

I can't help but get excited when reading about new hotel projects in exotic locations. and one that has captured my imagination is the new Bill Bensley collaboration ShintaMani Wild in Cambodia.

Mermaids In Phuket

Category: Video. Posted: 22 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm

Khiri Travel Launch Tented Cultural Experiences

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Authentic travel experiences are a key trend these days and Khiri Travel has created a new authentic experience in Cambodia.

Pruska Taps Phuket Single Family Home Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

As political tensions continue to create uncertainly in Bangkok, many listed developers are turning their focus to other markets.

When You're Expecting

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 21 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Life is odd. When you are young the future has no limits, time-frame or even, for the most part, a firm direction.

Hat Yai Airlift Changing

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Airlift into the southern Thai city of Hat Yai is undergoing a dramatic shift.

Hooters Coming To Patong

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Now this is a seemingly ironic headline if there ever was one.

Samui Staying Strong

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 19 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Lately, I have often been asked how Thailand's resort markets are holding up in light of the country's political issues in Bangkok.

Samui Boutique Oceanfront Resort On Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

The 126 key Bhundhari Spa Resort and Villas in Samui has come onto the transaction market and is up for sale.

Radisson Sees Red

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Global hotel group Carlson Rezidor are creating a new brand Radisson Red for Millennials.

Laguna Shores Exported To Indonesia

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Laguna Phuket's popular hospitality-led residential offering has found a second home in Bintan Indonesia.

Thailand Losing Out in Gaming Race

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

As many Asian countries are looking to embrace gaming as a key component of visitor growth Thailand remains mute on the subject.

Lost In The Belly Of The Beast

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 16 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

The mantle of Thailand's political crisis has been cast upon my shoulders and suddenly the expectation is that I can somehow explain exactly what ails the beast of the country's political scene.

Cambodian Tourism Leverages Culture

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Looking at last years tourism numbers in Cambodia, what is clearly apparent that the country's appeal is largely leverage on cultural aspects.

Nikki Beach Phuket White Party

Category: Video. Posted: 15 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am

Flash Mob - Harrods Dancing Green Man

Category: Video. Posted: 15 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am

Retirement Market Niche Facility

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

I recently read an article in the the Bangkok Post about a new retirement slanted property development in nearby Pattaya.

C9 Hotelworks Release Samui Hotel Market Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Surat Thani airport emerging as second 'Plan B' island gateway. Triple digit growth of Chinese and Russian travelers.

C9 Hotelworks Release Phuket Hotel Market Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Phuket's international arrivals surge 26% despite political overtones.

Penang Seeing Direct Flight Surge

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Phuket's nearby neighboring resort destinations Penang will get direct flights from Hong Kong on Dragonair by the end of March.

Jones Lang LaSalle Becoming JLL

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 11 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

It's official, property firm Jones Lang LaSalle has becoming the much shorter, much easier JLL.

Bali Hotel Investment Conference Announced

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Bali is set to host the upcoming Second Annual Indonesian Hotel Investment Conference on Friday June 6th.

Centara Names Bowen GM In Patong

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Scott Bowen has been named General Manager of the new Centara managed property in Patong.

Hilton's Thai Renewable Energy Link

Category: Green. Posted: 09 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

As part of worldwide international chain Hilton's carbon offset program, one of the benefactors is located here in Thailand.

Proposed Krabi Power Plant Could Harm Environment

Category: Green. Posted: 08 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am

The media is reporting that environmental advocates are voicing concerns about a proposed coal port and power plant in nearby Krabi.

Malaysia Airlines Plane Goes Missing

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Mar 2014 | 10:19 am

A Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people on board has gone missing.

Paris Decor Show Comes To Asia

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Next week the Maison & Objet design showcase comes to Asia.

A Whole Lotta Lanta

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 07 Mar 2014 | 9:44 am

Koh Lanta has all the makings of a classic resort destination. West coast sunsets, white sand beaches and the international airport within close proximity.

Bit By Bit

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 07 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am

What's clearly evident is that the day and age of Bitcoin real estate is in full swing.

Mandarin Oriental Target Resort Growth

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong-based hotel group Mandarin Oriental has signed a 121 unit property in South Bali on the Bukid.

C9's Barnett Speaking On Greater Bali Opportunities

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks will be speaking at the upcoming Real Estate Asia Outlook event in Singapore next week.

Nikki Beach White Party This Friday

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Phuket's Nikki Beach will hold their inaugural White Party this Friday night March 7th.

One Night And Day In Bkk

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 05 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Last week I walked through the streets of Bangkok with Jesus.

Launch of new Iru Fushi Maldives by Quo Global

Category: Video. Posted: 04 Mar 2014 | 7:39 am

Two Fiji Hotels For Outrigger

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts are continuing on an acquisition drive with the recent deal for two properties in Fiji.

Orient-Express Group Rebranding

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

The luxury boutique hospitality group Orient-Express will rebrand their hotels as Belmond this month.

Phuket Makes TripAdvisor's Top Ten List

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Leading travel website TripAdvisor has released their top 10 islands in Asia.

OFF THE BEACH Phuket Old Town Festival

Category: Video. Posted: 01 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am

Indonesia's Resort Real Estate Market Pushes Beyond Bali

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am

While southern Indonesia's red hot resort property market has shown remarkable capital appreciation in the last five years, people are now asking: Have things gone too far, too fast?

Next Steps Into Restaurant Brand Concepts

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Bangkok-based NEXT Hospitality Group have moved from a core business of restaurant design into offering concepts.

The Art of Travel Warfare

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 01 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

My day has gone from bad to worse and beyond. It's a bit like a Travelocity tale as acted out by Bruce Willis in a Die Hard sequel.

Hard Road For Peace, Politics, Property

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 01 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am

Let's look to Sri Lanka, where in 2009 the 25-yearlong civil war came to a close and the country adopted a broader free market economic drive.

Greater Phuket Hotel Supply Grows

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Feb 2014 | 7:44 am

A new 58 key boutique resort is set to open just over the bridge in Natai, on March 14th.

Phuket City Goes Urban Chic

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

As Phuket's CBD slowly shifts toward Central Festival and Kathu a new real estate offering is targeting an urban trend.

Phuket's MICE Market Showcased at AMCHAM Event

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Feb 2014 | 3:13 pm

On Friday March 14th the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) has organized a tourism event at the Angsana Laguna Phuket focusing on how to sustainably grow MICE business

Hyatt's Andaz Hits Resort Trail

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Global chain Hyatt Hotels will roll out their first Andaz resort in Bali.

Allamanda And Best Western Part Ways

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Feb 2014 | 8:53 am

Nearly five years after the Allamanda Phuket was branded under the Best Western chain, the two groups are parting ways.

Etihad Phuket Abu Dhabi Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Feb 2014 | 8:20 am

Phuket's direct international flights are continuing to surge with news that Etihad Airways will launch direct flights between Phuket and Abu Dhabi later this year.

Siem Reap Continues To Drive Cambodia's Tourism

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

With nearby Cambodia's tourism market eclipsing 4.2 million in 2013, the stage is set for growth this year.

Makeover For Top Villa Site

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's leading villa rental providers Elite Havens has completed a makeover of their website.

Food And Hotels Asia In April

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

One of South East Asia's leading exhibitions for food, beverage and hotel professional is set for Singapore in April.

Cruise-Based Mega Project For Malacca

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Malaysia is continuing to see a surge of massive tourism related projects which is now seeing the development of a new international theme park, cruise ship terminal and luxury hotel in Malacca.

Stunning new Myanmar destination video

Category: Video. Posted: 22 Feb 2014 | 12:22 pm

Green Building Showcase In Phuket

Category: Green. Posted: 22 Feb 2014 | 12:08 pm

A green building showcase will be held at Homeworks Phuket from February 26th to March 27th.

Minor's Heinecke Gives Thai Tourism A Voice

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Feb 2014 | 11:40 am

In yesterday's Bangkok Post, one of Thailand's most prolific tourism advocates William Heinecke of the Minor hotel Group, wrote an open letter to ambassadors in Bangkok

Jetstar Bring On Dreamliner To Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Low-cost airline Jetstar has initiated the use of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on flights between Phuket and Melbourne Australia.

Thai AirAsia X Ready To Rumble

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

The expansion of Thai AirAsia into the longer haul X -brand with their Bangkok hub at Don Mueang airport has been given the green light by the government.

Outrigger Laguna Tap Into Tennis

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

The upgraded Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort is tapping into the tennis market with a new teaching alliance.

New Phuket Property Show Exhibition

Category: Video. Posted: 19 Feb 2014 | 11:23 am

Asia Getting Its Very Own Atlantis

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the world's best-known mega attractions Atlantis, which has two operations in the Bahamas and Dubai, is coming to Asia.

HOTELTOPIA Suite Life Making A Comeback

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Though the global financial meltdown marked the end of conspicuous consumption for many travelers, ultra luxury is on the mend these days.

Malaysia Embraces Theme Park Culture

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

First came Legoland and Hello Kitty in Malaysia's big theme park splash out.

AEON Growing Thailand Children Centers

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Japanese group AEON are spurring a development drive for Kidzoona and Molly Fantasy branded children's entertainment centers across Thailand.

Big China Embraces Skiing

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

As snow skiing is facing challenging conditions in many of the world's developed market, China's surge toward economic prosperity is seeing large-scale interest in the sport.

Phuket and Bali Flights Hit By Volcano Cancellations

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Feb 2014 | 1:04 pm

Three Indonesian airports have been closed in connection with a volcanic eruption in the country.

Hotel Owner Turns Food Magnate

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

One well-known hotel owner in Thailand Prab Thakral is taking on the food service industry.

Brilliant new Air New Zealand safety video

Category: Video. Posted: 13 Feb 2014 | 3:07 pm

Tropical Hotspot Panama Drawing International Kudos

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

It's often too easy to sit in South East Asia and loose sight that global property investors have other booming resort objects of desire.

Year Of Horse Global Election Watch

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

While Thailand's election woes continue to make worldwide news, the Year of the Horse will see five significant electoral processes in action.

India. No One Said It Would Be Easy

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

As nearly every international hotel chain can tell you developing a business model in India is no easy feat.

Luxury Hotel Chain Aman Set To Transact

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Feb 2014 | 10:01 am

Leading global luxury chain Aman is expected to trade this week to a joint venture company composed of Peak Resorts and Adrian Zecha.

Accor's Sofitel Brand Merged Back Into Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Global French hotel chain ACCOR's experiment with growing the Sofitel luxury brand as a stand-alone unit has gone by the wayside.

HOSPITALITY TRENDS Syariah Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

While the concept has yet to be embraced by brand-hungry international hotel chains the rising niche of Syariah-compliant accommodation is on the rise in Asia.

Swiss-Belhotel Wasting Away

Category: Green. Posted: 09 Feb 2014 | 12:19 pm

he Swiss-Belhotel Wedgewood Residences in Kuala Lumpur has introduced an urban green program despite the limitations of being located in a thriving metropolis.

Indonesian Tourism Pioneer Joop Ave Passes Away

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Feb 2014 | 11:47 am

One of Asia's leading tourism pioneers Joop Ave passed away recently in Singapore.

Thailand's Quirkiest Hotel Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Bangkok's Quo Global fronted by David Keen are one of the region's most innovative hospitality branding agencies.

Out Of The Room And Into The Fire

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 09 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

A few days ago I came across an article in the LA Times online quoting a recent TripAdvisor.com survey which compared US traveller's ranking of in-room mini-bars versus free WiFi.

North Phuket Culinary Arts Festival 2014

Category: Video. Posted: 08 Feb 2014 | 1:14 pm

Singapore Fund Developing Chiang Mai Villa Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

In the north of Thailand a Singapore fund Terrasia is partnering with Thai firm Srangdee Development for a villa project in Chiang Mai.

Trying To Spark A Dying Fire

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 08 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

In the tourism business, legacy brands have never been more challenged than they are these days.

Dredging Possible For Two Of Phuket's Marinas

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Good news for two of Phuket's largest marinas is that Royal Phuket Marina and Boat Lagoon may be allowed to dredge channels to increase access to the two facilities.

Luxury Boutique Hotel Debuts In Chaing Mai

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

A new 11-suite luxury boutique property Sireeampan Resort has opened in Ciang Mai.

New DOSM For Banyan Tree & Angsana

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Feb 2014 | 9:19 pm

Gallerne Ludovic has been appoints Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket.

Siam Real Estate Opening North Phuket Branch

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Leading island property agency Siam Real Estate has opened a new branch in Cherngtalay.

Urban Farming Takes Root

Category: Green. Posted: 04 Feb 2014 | 4:34 pm

In an increasingly urbanized lifestyle farming in high-rise skyscrapers is setting to become a reality.

Boat Avenue Launches Weekly Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Cherngtalay's buzzing Boat Avenue is commencing with a weekly Friday market starting on February 7th.

Sitting On The Outside Looking In

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 03 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

For the hospitality industry, the burning question about all-inclusive resorts is becoming a hot global topic once again.

Twin Sands Launches Second Phase

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

The Absolute World Group has embarked on the second phase of the Twin Sands Resort and Spa on the Patong Headland.

Green Globe Award For Moevenpick

Category: Green. Posted: 02 Feb 2014 | 10:50 am

Two Phuket Moevenpick resorts in Karon Beach and Bangtao have been re-certified by the prestigious Green Globe program,

Phuket Upscale Project Offers Low Entry Point

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Naithon Beach upscale villa estate Vista del Mar has launched a strategic low cost move-in promotion for their properties.

The Property Dude Shall Abide

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Feb 2014 | 10:22 am

The quest for the ultimate property deal becomes a cycle that sees the deal makers rise and fall, then rise again in search of the Holy Grail.

TripAdvisor And TAT Bond

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am

Global online travel review giant TripAdvisor has partnered with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in a new initiative.

Bill Black Named Montara President

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Jan 2014 | 4:40 pm

Thailand's ambitious new Montara Hospitality Group has appointed well known hotelier Bill Black as President.

Nobu Hospitality Heads To Philippines

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Nobu Hospitality is set to open a 321-room hotel in Manila before the end of the year.

Highlights of 2014 Phuket International Boat Show

Category: Video. Posted: 30 Jan 2014 | 10:39 am

Rosewood Ink Hawaii China Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Fast rising luxury hotel brand Rosewood has signed a deal for a new resort in Sanya with the Poly Real Estate Group.

Outrigger And Nikki Beach Club Open Today

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Jan 2014 | 1:32 pm

Making the news today is the opening of the 10th global outlet of the Nikki Beach group here in Layan Phuket.

Asian Property Organizer Kicks Off Asian Events

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

The Smart Investment and International Property Expo series has set dates for their South East Asian events in 2014.

The Medium Is The Message

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 29 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

A crash back in time in our memory machine today takes us back to the 1960s and the groundbreaking work of Marshall McLuhan.

Politics Meets Property In The Fourth Dimension

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 28 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the few curses of my day-to-day life is that I am a serial light sleeper.

Tune Target Japan With 20/20 Vision

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Fast rising budget hotel chain Tune has announced plans for 20 hotels to be fully operational in Japan by the year 2020.

Phuket Airport X Factor Coming February

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

A number of reports have Phuket International Airport's new Terminal X set to open in early February.

Jetstar Plays Musical Chairs

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Low-cost airline carrier Jetstar now allows passengers to carry on musical instruments.

Hotelier Fraser Bell Passes Away In Jakarta

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm

A well known hotel face in Asia, Fraser Bell passed away last week in Jakarta.

What's An Eco Hotel?

Category: Green. Posted: 25 Jan 2014 | 11:01 am

So what exactly is an eco hotel?

Phuket's Own Green Bike Shop

Category: Green. Posted: 25 Jan 2014 | 10:51 am

Here is news from the Phuket Gazette about the opening of a green bike shop in Nai Harn.

Centara Names New Phuket Area GM

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Jan 2014 | 9:28 am

Centara Hotels and Resorts has named Australian Darren Shaw as new Area General Manager Phuket.

One Night (And Day) In Bangkok

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Jan 2014 | 12:08 pm

Yesterday I walked through the streets of Bangkok with Jesus.

BUZZ TERMS Phablet

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

We continue to love the urban buzz on new terms and one that caught my attention the other day is Phablet.

Legendary Joel Robuchon Restaurant For Bangkok

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

One of the world's most renowned chefs is now in the preparation stages for a new Bangkok eatery.

World Luxury Hotel Awards Event Phuket

Category: Video. Posted: 22 Jan 2014 | 2:01 pm

Thai Baht Under Attack

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Jan 2014 | 10:46 am

As Thailand's political crisis continues unabated the baht remains one of the key victims of the uncertainty.

The Winter Of My Discontent

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 22 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Billy Shakes and I share more than an oft-abbreviated flexi-name. As the tropical winds turn tepid, the shorter days give rise to my own personal winter of discontent.

Thailand Tourism Forum 2014 Postponed

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Jan 2014 | 9:17 am

We regret to inform participants in the upcoming Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF) 2104 event scheduled for Friday January 24th at the InterContinental Bangkok that the event has been postponed.

So Near and Yet So Far

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 20 Jan 2014 | 8:53 am

Asia's resort property scene is not unlike any other industry, in that it's always on the lookout for the next big thing.

Tactile Communication In The Social Era

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Today we feature an opinion piece by Phuket-based luxury marketing expert Michael Aumock on the dynamic shift of communication in the social era, read on...

UAE Addresses Foreign Property Mortgage Ceiling

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

he UAE (United Arab Emirates) has seen legislation introduced this January into the real estate sec

French Tax Man To Grab 75%

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

The recent French government court case which has upheld a wealth tax of 75% is expected to continue to drive real estate investors abroad.

Three More ACCOR Managed Hotels For Myanmar

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

French hotel chain ACCOR has inked three more deals in Myanmar recently as they are intent on maintaining the largest international presence in the country.

Dates Announced For 2015 Phuket Boat Show

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jan 2014 | 2:15 pm

Dates have been announced for the 2015 Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX).

Nikki Beach Opening Next Week

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jan 2014 | 6:33 am

Phuket's newest oceanfront entertainment offering Nikki Beach will soft open next week.

GHM Rebounding With 4th Bali Property

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Singapore's GHM group has announced that a new 34 unit pool villa resort branded as a Chedi Club will open in the latter part of 2014.

New Phuket Upside Down Tourism Attraction

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Never mind heading off down under, Phuket is soon to have its very own upside down tourism venue.

C9's Bill Barnett At Myanmar Tourism Conference

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will be on stage at the upcoming Myanmar Hospitality and Tourism Conference 2014.

Second Dusit Coming To Patong

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

A second Dusit managed property will open in Phuket with the Thai chains signing of the Destination Patong Resort as a dusitD2.

LUXURY ROUND TABLE Time and Space

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

At the HICAP Hong Kong conference late last year I participated in a luxury round table discussion organized by BLINK Design.

LVMH And Their Maldives Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Luxury icon LVMH have opened their second property Maison Cheval Blanc in the Maldives.

MAS Launches Direct Krabi Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Greater Phuket's neighbor Krabi will see direct international airlift grow with MAS announcing flights from Kuala Lumpur starting February 3rd.

Hilton To Try Lifestyle Again

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

With its recent IPO behind the, Hilton Worldwide have announced plans once again to launch a rival brand to battle Starwood's W moniker.

Thanyapura Taps Ex-Laguna Triathlon Organizer

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Jan 2014 | 9:06 pm

Debbie Dionysius has been appointed as Director of Sports Marketing at Thanyapura.

Shame Game Low-cost Carrier Ryanair

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Have you ever wondered if the term "customer service" applies to low-cost airlines? James Stuart who heads Hong Kong's Brand Company has inked a piece about Ryanair

Boat Show Kicks Off Today

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Today marks the start of the 11th Annual Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) event.

Singapore REIT Buys Maldives Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

For hotel owners the idea of owning a Maldives property remain an object of desire given the sky high average room rates and capture of guest spending.

Laguna Launches New Low-Cost Condos

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Jan 2014 | 1:25 pm

One of the island's leading property developers Laguna Phuket is pushing further into the low-cost housing market with the debut of a new 302 unit project.

Wake Me Up When The War Is Over

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Jan 2014 | 1:14 pm

The older I get the harder it is to sleep. It's hard to say exactly when the sandman took me off his list, but the entire idea of a full nights slumber remains elusive.

March For HICAP Update Singapore

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

This years leading hotel investment conference HICAP Update is set for March 18th to 19th in Singapore.

Walking in the Shadows of Dinosaurs

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 06 Jan 2014 | 8:42 am

With New Year's celebrations mostly behind us now, the question everyone has is what's in store for fourteen?

The End Of Thai Property Funds

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

So goes Thailand's transition from Property Funds to the more globally accepted REIT's.

January Phuket Property Show For Sydney

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

The land of Oz is set to host a Phuket Property Exhibition on January 24th and 25th at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel at Darling Harbour.

Ford To Unveil Solar Car

Category: Green. Posted: 04 Jan 2014 | 11:13 am

A new concept car by Ford will debut at an international tech show in Las Vegas this month.

What do Ritz-Carlton and Apple have in common?

Category: Video. Posted: 04 Jan 2014 | 9:14 am

Yacht Solutions Expands Superyacht Capacity

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Island superyacht pioneer firm Yacht Solutions has tripled their Bangkok shipyard capacity back of mounting demand for luxury vessels.

Phillips Starts Up Tranquility Real Estate

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Island property personality Lyndon Phillips has launched a new island brokerage house Tranquility.

Thouvard Appointed GM Of Dusit Laguna Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Jan 2014 | 3:44 pm

Leading island resort Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has a new General Manger, Denis Thourvard.

Boutique or Bust

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 02 Jan 2014 | 3:28 pm

As my travel life enriched to the world of boutique accommodation of Starck and Schraeger, the new world turned in to that truly awful term "hip".

Upcoming Pattaya Property show at Hilton

Category: Video. Posted: 02 Jan 2014 | 11:38 am

Royal Phuket Marina Launching Three New Outlets

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

One of Phuket's leading destinations Royal Phuket Marina will debut three new outlets on January 5th.

Return To The Year Of Living Dangerously -2014

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Jan 2014 | 11:47 am

Today is the dawn of a near year here in Thailand and while it's hard not to be optimistic this earl

Not Such a Long Way From Home

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 01 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

It's that time of year again - Christmas and I find it hard not to get into a sentimental mood as soon as the calendar rolls around to the twelfth month of the year.

New F & B Director For Laguna Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

Angsana Phuket has appointed Sree Valsan to the resort's new Food & Beverage Director.

A Case of Tech-Induced Nostalgia

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 01 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am

It's festive time in the US, which is where I am, hacking out this column caught in the joys of the holiday season.

AirAsia Drops A White Elephant

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

While low-cost airlines can make a destination through surging airlift, they also have the power to turn off the tap just as fast.

Jakarta Airlift Goes Into Plan B Mode

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's busiest gateway airports Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta

Fear, Loathing and Real Estate in Fourteen Easy Steps

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 30 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

I am starting to get some sense of what things to look for during the next #threesixtyfive. My Fourteen Insomniac Property Fearless Forecasts are as follows.

Airport Duo For Mumbai

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

It seems this month we have been talking about nothing other than airports and airlines.

The End Of The Affair

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Dec 2013 | 1:59 pm

The recent legal issue between online news site Phuketwan.com and branches of the government is something that media needs to take very seriously.

Phuket's own Pura Organic Company

Category: Video. Posted: 28 Dec 2013 | 10:22 am

Centara Takes On Krabi Mixed-Use Project

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Dec 2013 | 10:04 am

Centara Hotels & Resorts are continuing to expand their Thailand resort portfolio with the signing of a deal in Krabi.

Bhutan Pushes Electric Cars

Category: Green. Posted: 27 Dec 2013 | 10:17 am

The emerging country of Bhutan has continued on its pathway of distinct DNA with the shift of government automobiles and taxi's to electric powered vehicles.

The Ugliest American

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Not too many people will reference country and western star Johnny Paycheck who wrote the classic "take this job and shove it."

Bill Barnett's "It Might Get Weird"

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

In Bill Barnett's new book "It Might Get Weird" readers will find a series of collected essays on Asia's real estate landscape from the pages of Property Report Magazine

Phuket's First Luxury Hotel Sold

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Dec 2013 | 11:01 am

The island's first luxury hotel, the Royal Phuket Yacht Club on Nai Harn Beach has been sold to an overseas investor.

Bangkok Airways Changes Samui's Course

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's resort island destination remains firmly under the influence of Bangkok Airways who control the private airport and a considerably amount of the passenger traffic.

A Very Merry Phuket Christmas

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Dec 2013 | 6:59 pm

It's Christmas time in Phuket

Surin Beach Boutique Resort Sold

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Dec 2013 | 10:32 am

The 55 room Manathai Resort in Surin Beach Phuket has transacted.

It's A White Christmas

Category: Video. Posted: 24 Dec 2013 | 9:37 am

Skiing In North Korea

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Life in the perplexing "other world" of North Korea is going downhill fast.

Real Estate Buzz Words - SoHo

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Yes we all know where the real SoHo is, that's in New York.

Krabi Ramps Up Airlift

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai carrier Nok Air will restart direct flights between Krabi and Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) in January.

Bangkok's Emporium Mall Extreme Makeover

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Bangkok's leading luxury retail malls Emporium will undergo a THB4 billion upgrade.

Air Wars Come To Thailand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

A current hot topic that will leap into 2014 is the airfare war between Thai AirAsia and Lion Air's new operation in the Kingdom.

Laguna Launches New Branded Suites

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Dec 2013 | 3:52 pm

Laguna Phuket has brought another hotel managed residence project to the market with the launch of the Angsana Waterfront Suites.

FUTURE HOTELS Floor Lighting

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

A new article in the Bangkok Post captured my inner-hotelier attention recently.

New Millennium General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Patong's Millennium Resort has a new General Manager, Gerard Tan.

Centara Hotel Group To REIT

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading Thai hospitality group Centara Hotels and Resorts have made public plans to purse a REIT in order to fuel expansion.

Opening Party For Boat Avenue

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Boat Avenue Shopping Street in Cherngtalay will hold an opening party on Friday December 20th.

World's Longest Commercial Flight Ends

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

There is a beginning and there is an end to everything.

Richard Skene Exhibition Opens Saturday

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

From real estate to contemporary art, so goes the journey of Richard Skene.

Jetstar Melbourne To Phuket Kicks Off

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Dec 2013 | 8:24 pm

Direct flights on Jetstar have commenced between Melbourne Australia and Phuket.

C9 Hotelworks Release Yangon Hotel Market Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

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.

New Airport For Siem Reap

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Plans have been announced for a new Siem Reap Airport in the Cambodian cultural heritage destination.

First Phuket Hyatt Opening Wednesday

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Dec 2013 | 1:16 pm

This week Wednesday December 18th marks the Phuket debut for international hotel operator Hyatt.

New Thai Airlift Into Luang Prabang

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Dec 2013 | 12:14 pm

Cultural tourism icon Luang Prabang is about to see a significant rise in airlift as Thai Smile starts flying to the destination.

Real Estate Commissions Rising

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Sliding property sales in Hong Kong have driven many developers to increase agent commissions.

Luxury Hotels in the Video Age

Category: Video. Posted: 14 Dec 2013 | 1:32 pm

Ital-Thai's Failed Myanmar Venture

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

The cloud hanging over the head of Thai group Ital-Thai's massive infrastructure development in Dawei Myanmar,

Woody's Takes On Baketastic

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

While we have been sad to see our computer guru Woody Leonhard head into retirement and the chain of Khun Woody's Bakery's become a vanishing breed there is good news on the sweet horizon.

Thai Developer Supalai Ventures To Australia

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Top Thai real estate developer Supalai is looking to take an international expansion plan to Australia next year.

Hong Kong Prime Properties Breaking Limits

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Supply and demand a the very top end of Hong Kong's real estate sector has continued to push prices skyward.

Rosewood For Cambodia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong's luxury chain Rosewood has signed a deal for 148-room property in Phnom Penh Cambodia.

Thanyapura Restructures Executive Team

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Phuket's Thanyapura mega sports, education, hotel and wellness complex has restructured their executive management team.

Bali's Big Bamboozle

Category: Green. Posted: 11 Dec 2013 | 6:00 pm

While John Hardy and his Ubud Green School and Green Village have been at the groundswell of sustainable building materials, the area has sprouted other pioneering initiatives.

Buckingham Leaves TCC For Fairmont

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Dec 2013 | 5:58 pm

Wayne Buckingham has departed Thailand's hospitality giant TCC Land to joint Fairmont.

3rd Annual - Thailand Tourism Forum 2014

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Dec 2013 | 3:45 pm

Lost in Thailand took on a whole new meaning for Brand Thailand in 2013 as Chinese tourists remain in the spotlight as a key driver for Thailand's tourist arrivals.

Teaching Chinese To Ski

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 11 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Part of China's economic success story has developed with the country now on the cusp of what developers hope will be a boom in the sport of snow skiing.

Property Investing - London Paris Or New York?

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 10 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Recently I picked up a Wall Street Journal which looked at property price appreciation over the past four years in 3 of the most touted real estate markets in the world.

Dusit GoesThree Star

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai hospitality group Dusit International will plunge into the midscale sector back of mounting demand from surging mass tourism markets.

Direct Hong Kong Chiang Mai Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Low cost airline carrier (LCC) Thai AirAsia will commence direct flights between Chiang Mai and Hong Kong in January.

Kevin Wallace Heading Indonesian Hospitality Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

A familiar face for Thai hospitality players, Kevin Wallace who was well known as the international head of Centara Hotels and Resorts is back in Asia.

The Great Toast Crisis

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 07 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Some divine body in a backroom decides what designs our condo must come in - be it modern, classical, or just a white box reminiscent of the insane asylum.

Chiang Mai Buzzing Over The Coup

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's northern tourism capital Chiang Mai is playing base camp for the new Hollywood movie The Coup.

Get Off The Beaten Track - Soma Journeys

Category: Video. Posted: 06 Dec 2013 | 12:55 am

Life In The Pod

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Tired of high priced hotel rooms in Singapore?

Six For Six Senses

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Dec 2013 | 6:57 am

The revival of Thai-based chain Six Senses is underway with news in Hotels Magazine Online that the hospitality group has inked deals for six new properties.

Villa Website Launches New Luxury Product

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading villa and house rental website HomeAway.com has launched a new upscale villa website for top end products.

North Phuket Culinary Festival This Month

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Dec 2013 | 5:26 am

December is set to usher in the 4th installment of the North Phuket Culinary Arts Festival in Mai Khao.

Malaysia Gets First Glow

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Zinc InVision brand Glow will make its Malaysian debut this month.

Schroeder To Head Pan Pacific

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Dec 2013 | 4:29 am

Ex-Banyan Tree executive Bernold Schroeder will take up the CEO role at Pan Pacific in Singapore at the beginning of January.

Mantra Samui Resort For Sale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Dec 2013 | 3:36 am

Savills has been retained a exclusive agency for the 88-room Mantra Samui Resort.

International School Expands In Phuket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

The HeadStart International School in Kathu will be expanding with a 15 rai land plot purchased on Chao Fa Road West.

New Centara Hotel Opens

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai hospitality group Centara Hotels and Resorts has opened a new midscale property in Bangkok

AMCHAM Property Event At Angsana

Category: Video. Posted: 01 Dec 2013 | 7:57 am

Luna2 Names New General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

Bali's stylish Luna2 hotel and studios has brought on a new General Manager Scott Murray.

GREAT HOSPITALITY BOOKS Our Hotel In Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am

One of my favorite hotel books remains the true story of Bob and Louise Koke who owned and operated the Kuta Beach Hotel in the 1930's.

Green Airports Start To Catch On

Category: Green. Posted: 30 Nov 2013 | 1:28 pm

While we hope for the best that Phuket's new airport expansion will have some green focus, it's encouraging to view Singapore's Changi as setting a global standard.

Andaman Cruises Blue Party Tonight

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Nov 2013 | 1:03 pm

Twinpalms affiliate Andaman Cruises will hold their annual Blue Party tonight Saturday November 30th.

Islands Provide Residency For Real Estate

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

In a post GFC (global financial crisis) we have seen a stream of cash strapped countries use real estate investment as a vehicle to lure foreign investors.

Thailand Studies Tax Breaks For Tourism Attractions

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand is trying to keep pace with a seemingly insatiable appetite by overseas visitors to the country.

Mega Chinese Resort Taps Into Macau

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

The new Chimelong mega resort on China's Hengqin Island is one of the largest mixed use projects in the world, currently under development

Property Sales Into Crowd Funding

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

One of my recent real estate reads was a South China Morning Post piece about a Hong Kong entrepreneur who is promoting crowd funding.

If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Six

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Nov 2013 | 5:43 am

Six. Triple up and you get the mark of the beast.

Pedal To The Metal

Category: Green. Posted: 26 Nov 2013 | 6:47 pm

Flying always gives me a chance to look outside the box and today a news article in SikAir's in-flight magazine caught my imagination.

Leading Samui design hotel - The Library

Category: Video. Posted: 26 Nov 2013 | 3:01 pm

Oops They Did It Again

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Nov 2013 | 2:07 pm

Welcome to the winter of our growing discontent.

C9's Manila Hotel Update - Will Gaming Spur Accommodation Demand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Nov 2013 | 8:48 am

Manila's tourism market is taking a decided turn away from a vanilla offering to boost visitor numbers.

The Mouse Going To China's House

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Disney fever is planning to grip Mainland China when Disneyland opens in Shanghai in 2015.

Real Estate Boom North By Northeast

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

As Thailand's broad property book remains healthy much of the action has shifted outside of Bangkok and it's environs.

Merry in the Maldives

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 25 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

A week ago I found myself on a small atoll about 45 minutes north of Male, the capital city of the idyllic island nation, the Maldives.

Suvarnabhumi Get's Lost in Translation

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Over the past few weeks Thailand has been in the news about it's poor level of English language proficiency.

Multi-Billion Dollar Okada Casino Forges Ahead

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's largest integrated casino hotel projects, the USD2 billion Tiger Resort of Japanese gaming magnet Kazuo Okada is planning to open in 2015.

Phuket Pavilions Launches 3rd Phase

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Nov 2013 | 2:58 pm

Upscale boutique resort Pavilions are bringing a third stage of hospitality led residences to the market.

One Year Starwood Khao Lak Extension

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Nov 2013 | 7:34 am

The owner and operator of the Le Meridien Khao Lak have completed a deal for a one-year extension of the current management agreement.

A Second Dubai Airport

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

The Middle East's aviation hub Dubai recently opened a second airport.

Ayala To Redevelop El Nido

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Nov 2013 | 9:59 am

I'm in Manila today and making hotel news is Ayala Land's acquisition of the 40% shareholding of Conservatory Co. in leading destination El Nido.

C9 Hotelworks & Horwath HTL Release Bali Report

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Nov 2013 | 8:55 am

The Bali Hotel and Branded Residences Update highlights that Indonesia's domestic market continues to be the driving force behind Bali's tourism fortunes albeit at a slowing pace.

Visual Masturbation

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Nov 2013 | 6:19 am

It's official; the word of the year for 2013 is "selfie".

Changi Airport Makeover Decade

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Never on to rest on reputation, Singapore's Changi Airport has some bold new moves for the next ten years.

Take Me To The Moon

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Nov 2013 | 10:01 pm

I'm in Hong Kong tonight and have been wanting to try the city's newest design hotel - Mira Moon.

Centara Takeover Patong Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Nov 2013 | 8:01 am

Centara Hotels and Resorts have assumed management of the Blue Marine Resort and Spa in Patong.

Sukosol Hotels On The Move

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Emerging Bangkok based Sukosol Hotels are becoming a common name in Thailand's hospitality circles.

Phuket's Newest Luxury Hotel Opened

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Nov 2013 | 12:47 pm

One of the island's most anticipated hotel openings Point Yamu by Como has made it's Phuket debut.

What Is Wrong With America

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

This is of course a complex question and frankly speaking I don't have the hours, days, months or even years

Indonesian Property Bubble Tale

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

One of the key real estate talking points In South East Asia's largest economy Indonesia this year has centered on the possibility of a property bubble.

I Think I'm Turning Chinese

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

With over 80 million outbound Chinese travelers last year, travel industry sources are forecasting that the number could swell to 400 million in 2018.

Villa Market To Open Before Xmas

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

At long last news in from Boat Avenue's developer that Villa Market will open on Friday December 20th.

Maikhao Dream Perspective

Category: Video. Posted: 15 Nov 2013 | 7:08 pm

Maldives Resorts Concerns Over Airlift Issue

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Last year's acquisition and merger of the two Maldivian floatplane operators TMA and MAT by the Blackstone private equity group.

Armani Tagged For Manila Luxury Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Century Properties in the Philippines is continuing their luxury name game with the recent announcement of a tie up with Armani Casa interior design.

What's A Wang-Wang?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

A recent visit to Manila brought about the sighing signs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport announcing a "no wang-wang zone."

Onyx Hospitality Updates Phuket Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading Thai hotel group Onyx Hospitality has completed an 18-month upgrade program at the Amari Coral Beach resort.

Australian Business Forum This Friday

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

AustCham will be holding their inaugural Phuket Australian Business Forum and Sundowners event this Friday November 15th.

Manila's Own City Of Dreams

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

The Philippines push to develop into an international gaming destination has been aided by the recent announcement that a City of Dreams integrated resort

Starwood's Green Hotel Brand

Category: Green. Posted: 11 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Global hospitality chain Starwood has continued to evolve Element by Westin as leading CSR accommodation proponent.

Yangon Hotel Blast Remains Mystery

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

The recent bomb blast at Yangon's Traders Hotel remains shrouded in mystery.

Elite Havens Grows Villa Rental Footprint

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's leading villa rental groups Elite Havens in Bali are on the expansion trail.

Holiday Inn Patong GM Steps Down

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Nov 2013 | 12:50 pm

After 22 years at one of the island's leading hotels, the Holiday Inn Phuket Resort in Patong General Manager Wolfgang Meusburger will be stepping down on this coming December 13th.

Thailand Top Place to Live

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand has topped the 2013 HSBC Expat survey as the best place to live.

Chedi Chiang Mai Embroiled In Management Dispute

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

On the heels of news that the Chedi Chang Mai is being reflagged as an Anantara is that add on the GHM is contesting the management of the property.

Koh Samet Oil Spill Area Reopens

Category: Green. Posted: 07 Nov 2013 | 8:36 pm

The headline making Ao Phrao area at Koh Samet is now back in the tourism business.

Ku De Ta Bangkok Opens

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Popular Asian entertainment group Ku De Ta have opened a Bangkok complex at Sathorn Square.

Bali Debates Tourist Tax

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Bali Debates Tourist Tax

Eavesdropping on Dead Presidents

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 05 Nov 2013 | 2:38 pm

In a world gone mad it's becoming increasingly apparent that politicians remain intent on wrecking havoc on global property markets.

Six Senses Pranburi Flagged To Sheraton

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

The former Six Senses Hideaway Pranburi property was sold to a Thai group earlier this year.

Hotel Revenue Management Under Spotlight

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Thailand's hospitality technology success stories is Revenue Science Corporation.

Phuket at Thailand Property Awards

Category: Video. Posted: 03 Nov 2013 | 12:07 pm

PGA Tackling Asia's Sustainability Issues

Category: Green. Posted: 03 Nov 2013 | 12:01 pm

Consulting group PGA Sustain who operate out of Singapore and Tokyo are tapping into the niche consulting business of focusing on natural ecosystems for the 21st century.

The Director of Elephants

Category: Green. Posted: 03 Nov 2013 | 11:53 am

A recent article in Hotels Magazine about John Roberts who is the Director of Elephants for the Minor Hotel Group caught my attention.

Get Stoned In Brunei

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

The South East Asian nation of Brunei has adopted Sharia law for Muslims in the country.

Onyx Sign Bangladesh Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai-based hotel group Onyx Hospitality has signed a management deal for a new hotel in Bangladesh.

Phuket Expat Richard Cracknell Passes Away

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am

Longtime local expat Richard Cracknell has died in Hawaii.

New General Manager For Indigo Pearl

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Oct 2013 | 5:54 pm

Leading upscale Phuket resort Indigo Pearl have a new General Manager.

ZCAPE Launches Third Condo

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 31 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

The success of the ZCAPE branded condominiums is continuing to roll with third Phuket project coming to market.

AMCHAM Real Estate Event

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

On Friday November 22nd the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand (AMCHAM) will hold a real estate event at the Angsana Laguna Phuket.

The First Rule of Fight Club

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 29 Oct 2013 | 3:07 pm

Insomnia. Raw violence. Anarchy. Sounds like real estate to me.

Bumper to Bumper in Myanmar

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 29 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

The hype following Myanmar these days is almost befitting for a permanent set of paparazzi, all set to capture those star-studded highs, lows and in between moments.

AirAsia Adding Krabi Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Two new flights to Krabi have been added by Thai Air Asia.

Phuket Charity Bowling Event

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

The Lions Club of Phuket Pearl will hold a fundraising event on November 24th.

Dive Dive Dive In Krabi

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Nearby Krabi is set to host the upcoming Red Bull Cliff Diving event.

Affordable Accolade for Koh Phangan

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Koh Phangan has been named the more affordable island in South East Asia.

Sarojin Seeking General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Greater Phuket's best-known upscale boutique resorts The Sarojin is in the market for a new General Manager.

Blazing inferno at Phuket's SuperCheap

Category: Video. Posted: 24 Oct 2013 | 8:42 am

Thailand's Ministry Of Silly Works

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Oct 2013 | 8:05 am

Bangkok is up to it's old antics again with news that the Ministry of Public Health is considering a THB500 entrance fee for foreign visitors coming to the Kingdom.

Central's 20 Billion Baht Phuket Investment

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 Oct 2013 | 7:01 am

Making waves in the business news is a lead piece in the Bangkok Post about Thailand's Central Group who are set to invest THB20 billon into Phuket over the next five to seven years.

Alter Ego TripAdvisor Site

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

An alternative TripAdvisor website which has coined the term "get the lies and go" is becoming the talk of many travel insiders.

Phuket Branded Pearl In Corruption Scandal

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

As of late I've been reading articles from major news sources about the Singapore corruption scandal over Glenn Defense Marine Asia.

Atlantis To Rise in China

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Hotel operator Kerzner International has inked a deal for a 1,300 room Atlantis branded mega resort in the Chinese destatination resort area of Sanya.

Lost in Chiang Mai

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 22 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

My mission, which I have duly accepted, is a flying trip to Chiang Mai to see how Thailand's great northern hope is faring these days.

Red Planet Now Biggest in Philippines

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Bangkok-based Red Planet Hotels who operate Tune hotels in a number of Asian countries are now the largest international owner/operator in the Philippines.

ABBA Coming To Laguna Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

The island's music scene is humming over news that an ABBA tribute performance will be held at Laguna Phuket on November 8th.

Luxury Property The Vilamoura Way

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Keeping track of global luxury real estate offerings is not always an easy proposition here in Phuket.

Taksin Family Moves Into Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Luxury brand Rosewood has inked a deal for a new 146 room hotel in the prime business and shopping district of Ploenchit in Bangkok.

Two More Resorts For Sri Panwa Developer

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Oct 2013 | 2:51 pm

The developer behind the successful luxury resort and villa project Sri Panwa has two more Greater Phuket projects in the pipeline

Hand Picked Paradise

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

A hotel, villa and vacation rental site with a difference is welcomebeyond.com.

Apple Tree Expand Across Indochina

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Regional travel and lifestyle group Double Tree continue to etch their footprint across Indochina.

Central Festival East Gears Up

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Island retail mega complex Central Festival is continuing to evolve their offering with the development of the Homework complex into what is now known as Central Festival East.

Phuket Hotel Group Loves Luang Prabang

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Phuket's leading homegrown hotel groups Burasari has expanded to the cultural destination of Luang Prabang in Laos.

Grand Centara Adding 150 New Rooms

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

The Grand Centara West Sands in Mai Khao is adding 150 new rooms in November

Minor Gears Up Multi-Million Dollar Phuket Villas

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Oct 2013 | 11:08 am

Thailand's Minor International is preparing to launch 16 multi-million dollar hotel branded residences in Phuket.

Will Thailand Make China Visa Free?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Oct 2013 | 7:44 am

The national news is buzzing over reports that the Thai and Chinese government's are in talks about waiving visa's for travelers between the two countries.

HONG KONG The Big Week Ahead

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Oct 2013 | 7:29 am

Hong Kong is this week's destination for vast numbers of Asia's leading hoteliers and real estate developers.

Thailand Hotel Conference This November

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Mark your calendar for November 12th and 13th for the Hospitality Investment World 2013 Thailand event.

New Resort Manager At Kanda Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Upscale boutique villa resort Kanda Samui have named Isara Pangchan as Resort Manager.

Phang Nga Bay Resort Installs Anchor Buoys

Category: Green. Posted: 12 Oct 2013 | 3:38 pm

In an effort to converse corals, leading resort Zeavola recently installed 20 anchor buoys near the Marine National Park.

Green Workshop at JW Marriott Khao Lak

Category: Green. Posted: 12 Oct 2013 | 2:24 pm

An environmental workshop on coral bleaching will be held on Wednesday October 16th at the JW Marriott Khao Lak.

Bliss Wine Snobs Music Video

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Oct 2013 | 1:45 pm

A new YouTube music video shot at Bliss Beach Club has caused a stir at the Wine Spectator 2013 video contest.

Mandarin Dream

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 12 Oct 2013 | 10:55 am

All things Chinese seem to have somehow taken over my life and created a strange nefarious space between now and Zen.

Licensing For Phuket Real Estate Brokers

Category: Video. Posted: 12 Oct 2013 | 10:08 am

Russia's Largest Property Expo Coming

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Just a few weeks away is the upcoming Russian Property Expo DOMEXPO scheduled for October 17th to 20th in Moscow.

Santorini Expanding With Water Park

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

The popular Santorini tourist attraction in Hua Hin is expanding its offering by adding a water park.

Thailand's TCC Sign Holiday Inn Express

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading Thai conglomerate TCC Hotels have signed a deal for a new 184 room Holiday Inn Express in Sathorn District Bangkok.

Manila Vegas Casino Deal Collapses

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

As the Philippines continue to focus their tourism market on gaming, one high profile project has encountered some serious turbulence.

Surf School At Kata Beach Club

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Re Ka Ta Beach Club in Kata has crawled out of the box and onto the board with a new surf school offering.

Unplugged in Yangon

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 07 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

My latest cliff-hanger started when I tried to boot up my MacBook Air while transiting Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport and heading off to a real estate conference in Yangon.

MetroPolo Target Rising Chinese Middle Class

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Mainland China's surging Jin Jiang has set the wheels moving on a new brand MetroPolo.

Hotel Compendium Out The Window

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading branding and communications agency QUO has taken time to rethink the hotel compendium.

Horwath Moves Into Wellness

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading hotel and tourism consulting firm Horwath HTL have moved into the wellness and spa consulting space under a new strategic arrangement with GOCO Hospitality.

From Planes to Trains and Back to Automobiles

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 04 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Over the past few weeks, political debates in Thailand have often been centered on the government's national high-speed railway project.

Outrigger Appoints Mauritius General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading hospitality operator Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has appointed Frederic Chretien as General Manager for the new Mauritius property.

Name That Condo Contest

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

Kingdom Property has launched a new name game for their upcoming luxury condominium project in Pattaya.

Imbardelli Departing Pan Pacific

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

The CEO and President of Singapore's Pan Pacific Hotels Group Patrick Imbardelli has resigned.

Emerging India Derailed By Currency Disaster

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Oct 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's most touted economic success stories looks to be on the rocks as the currency has depreciated by double digits since the middle of last year.

Emerald Group Launch Another Condo

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

A new 178 unit condominium is being developed in Kathu Phuket by Capital Real Estate.

Australia Tunes In

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Budget hotel chain Tune will debut in Australia this coming November.

New Bali Toll Road Open

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Bali's lead up to the APEC 2013 event has seen the opening of the new toll road which effectively links the international airport to Nusa Dua and Benoa.

Laguna's Green Tree Program

Category: Green. Posted: 27 Sep 2013 | 3:58 pm

Destination resort Laguna Phuket is continuing its green community program through local tree planting.

Scandinavian Tour Operator Stresses Green

Category: Green. Posted: 27 Sep 2013 | 3:44 pm

In the lead up to the coming high season Scandinavians are again looking to pack up their parkas and exchange them for flip flips during a Phuket holiday.

McNab to Westin Siray Bay

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Sep 2013 | 3:30 pm

Janet McNab was recently named new General Manager of the Westin Siray Bay Phuket.

New Sales & Marketing Head At Laguna

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Sep 2013 | 8:55 am

Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort has named a new Director of Sales and Marketing Rory Campbell.

All-Inclusive Hyatt

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Global hotel group Hyatt is taking a bold move into the all-inclusive segment with two new brands.

Deva Samui For Sale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Sep 2013 | 1:11 pm

The 79-key beachfront Deva Samui hotel has been put into the transaction market.

Centara To Ethiopia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Fast expanding Centara Hotels & Resorts is set to manage a 300 room hotel in Ethiopia.

Silver Beach by Bugatti

Category: Video. Posted: 25 Sep 2013 | 4:11 pm

One More One & Only

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Ultra luxury chain Kerzner International have inked a deal for Australia's Hayman Island to become a One & Only early next year.

Phuket Agency Goes Global

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Richard Lusted's Siam Real Estate has affiliated in a strategic alliance with international real estate brokerage LJ Hooker.

A Night At The Property Opera

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Last Thursday's Thailand Property Awards 2013 in Bangkok drew close to 600 industry players at the Centara Grand Convention Center.

Bali Expecting 3.18 Million International Visitors

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

According to a news piece on leading source BaliDiscovery.com Bali is expecting3.18 million overseas visitors for the full year 2013.

Jean Marc Garret Passes Away

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Sep 2013 | 4:40 pm

Familiar Thailand hospitality personality Jean Marc Garret passed away in Bangkok a few weeks ago. The cause of death was a heart attack.

GHM Sign Maldives Property

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Luxury boutique chain GHM are continuing to see a upswing in their development pipeline with the most recent signing being a 130 key property in the Maldives.

TONGHT Twinpalms Anniversary Party

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Sep 2013 | 2:56 pm

One of the years most anticipated nights is the Twinpalms Anniversary Party at Surin.

Another China Dusit

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Hotel group Dusit has signed a management agreement for a D2 branded property in Shaoxing China.

Phuket Legal Firm Heads To Bangkok

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Phuket's property and hospitality focused legal firm Hughes Krupica will open a new Bangkok Office in December.

Literary Night At The Blue Elephant

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Phuket City's Blue Elephant is hosting a book event on Friday September 20th with author Jim Newport.

Minor Take Over Cambodia Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Bill Heinecke's relentless expansion drive is continuing as the Minor Group has acquired a major ownership stake in the Sothea Resort in Siem Reap.

Mega IPO For Hilton Chain

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Hospitality circles are buzzing over the announcement that the global hotel chain Hilton has filed for a IPO which is valued at close to USD1.2 billion.

AirAsia's Eighth China Destination

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading low-cost airline carrier Thai AirAsia has announced their eighth destination in China.

Downing Appointed To Per AQUUM

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Familier Thailand hospitaity face Nick Downing has been appointed as Vice President for the Per AQUUM group.

Second Anantara In Vietnam

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Anantara has opened their second resort in Vietnam.

C9's Barnett At Bangkok Property Event

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will be a featured speaker at next week's Thailand Real Estate Investment and Property Law Forum 2013.

Minor Into East Africa

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai hotel group Minor is pushing their hotel brand Anantara across the globe.

Economy Hotels Conference Next Week

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Next week is the Economy Hotels World Asia Conference in Singapore.

Red Hot Jazz at Boathouse Kata

Category: Video. Posted: 11 Sep 2013 | 4:29 pm

Onyx Heads To Mainland China

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Onyx Hospitality has signed up two hotels in Mainland China.

China's Low-cost Asian Spring

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Mainland China's surging aviation success stories is low-cost airline carrier Spring.

The Red Eye

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Sep 2013 | 5:50 pm

Midnight in the garden of Good and Evil. In this instance I'm at Phuket International Airport at the witching hour.

Mandarin Oriental Out Of Chiang Mai

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong's luxury chain Mandarin Oriental no long manage the Dhara Dhevi hotel in Chaing Mai.

Phuket Author Releases Marine Guide

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Longtime island resident Grenville Fordham recently released the 4th edition of the widely regarded Southeast Asia Pilot.

New Hotel Chain Born in Phuket

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 09 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

A new globally focused hotel chain, Bugatti, is using Phuket as a platform for widespread expansion.

Legacy Bali Hyatt Closing For Upgrade

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's famous legacy beach resorts the Bali Hyatt in Sanur is closing for a major upgrade.

Thai Chain To Chiang Mai And Cambodia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Bangkok-based Akaryn Hotel Management Services are undergoing an expansion drive with new properties in Chiang Mai and Cambodia.

White Knuckle Flying Phuket-Style

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Sep 2013 | 11:45 am

Today was not my day to die in a plane crash.

Jetstar Launches Phuket Melbourne Service

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Sep 2013 | 11:38 am

Airline carrier Jetstar has announced new direct flights between Phuket and Melbourne Australia.

Patong Convention Center Coming

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Sep 2013 | 11:33 am

A new Phuket convention and exhibition center is under development at Patong's Fisherman Harbour mixed-use project.

Malaysia Closes Longtime Phuket Office

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's neighbor to the South has closed their Tourism Malaysia office in Phuket.

Three-Day China Visas

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

An increasing number of Chinese cities are introducing three-day (72 hour) visas.

Another Absolute Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Growing Thai hotel chain Absolute Hotel Services have inked a deal to reflag a property in Vietnam.

Last Call - Is There Life on Mars?

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 04 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

I found myself singing the David Bowie classic from Ziggy Stardust just this morning in the shower, with that classic line "Is there life on Mars?"

Nok Air Adds Third Myanmar Route

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai airline carrier Nok Air will commence services between Bangkok and Yangon at the beginning of November.

Samui's Tender Trap

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 02 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Everywhere you turn these days, tourism talk inevitably winds up on the subject of the mass market. It's not unlike barreling down a dead-end street on a supercharged, high-speed bulldozer.

Pattaya Hits New Tourism High

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's beach destination of Pattaya drew 8.3 million tourists in 2012.

THIS FRIDAY Tourism Event At Indigo Pearl

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

This Friday September 6th the AMCHAM Greater Phuket Chapter will hold a special tourism focused event at the Indigo Pearl in Nai Yang.

Villa Market Cherngtalay In November

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Sep 2013 | 3:23 pm

The Villa Market in Cherngtaley will open in early November of this year.

Phuketwan Online News Site Sale

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Sep 2013 | 10:39 am

The popular Phuket online news site Phuketwan has been put into the market for sale.

Top Future Travel Trends

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am

I read a recent report in Forbes by Annie Fitzsimmons after Virtuoso Travel Week in the US that tapped into what is being forecasted as the travel trends of tomorrow.

Sir Tony. Mentor. Or Tormentor?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Aug 2013 | 6:27 am

Dawn breaks in the naked city - Jakarta and I've already been up for hours.

Celebrity Hilton Taps Property Vibe

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 31 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Living proof that we live in the celebrity age is the demonstrated success of the Paris Hilton property connection in Manila.

India Tunes In

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Budget hotels continue to sweep Asia and the AirAsia spin-off Tune is strong contender.

Laguna Launches New Residential Estate

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Aug 2013 | 3:15 pm

Laguna Phuket has launched a new master planned residential development adjacent to the destination resort.

James Mabey Joins Jumeirah

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Aug 2013 | 6:45 am

Familiar Phuket James Mabey has been appointed Senior Vice President Development for luxury operators Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts.

Asian Property Developers Go Abroad

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

The shifting sands of global economics are seeing more Asian real estate developers look further into international expansion.

Myanmar Real Estate Summit Event

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

The real estate and hospitality prospects in nearby emerging Myanmar will be the focus of an upcoming conference on September 30th and October 1st.

New Rawai Pool Villa Launch

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

A new upscale pool villa residential project is coming into the island's property market.

Thailand Property Awards Shortlist

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

The shortlist for the upcoming Thailand Property Awards 2013 has been announced.

Phuket's New Eco Hideaway

Category: Green. Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | 2:40 pm

I've been reading up in Travel Daily Asia about a Phuket resort, which has been redeveloped into an eco boutique property.

Bangkok's Rooftop Gardeners

Category: Green. Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | 2:23 pm

Thinking green today caught my eye in an article on the Coconuts Bangkok website.

Another Mantra In Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | 10:48 am

Australian hotel group Mantra will take over an 80 room property in Bali's prime Kuta resort area.

Cake Boss Phuket Style

Category: Video. Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | 10:35 am

Accor Names New CEO

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | 9:33 am

Leading global hotel chain ACCOR has named Sebastien Bazien Chairman and CEO.

Fassler Appointed At Ramada Khao Lak

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | 9:09 am

Swiss national Stephan Fassler has been named as the new General Manager of the Ramada Khao Lak.

New Myanmar Low-cost Airline

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

The new low-cost carrier Golden Myanmar Airlines will be the emerging country's first start-up.

The Captain Crunch Currency Crush

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

It's a Wednesday morning as I find myself sitting in a hotel room in Jakarta channel surfing between Bloomberg and CNBC.

MOST WANTED Airport Theaters

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

The results of global survey by the flight search engine Skyscanner are in, and the most wanted item by travelers in airports is a theater.

Red Hot Phuket 4x4

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

As we wind down the last four months of 2013 or the final 122 days lets look at the hottest hotel happenings coming up in Phuket.

Bugatti Hotels Phuket Springboard

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Aug 2013 | 8:01 am

A new upstart hotel chain Bugatti with a financial pedigree is using Greater Phuket as a springboard for a larger global expansion.

Indonesia's Boom, Bust or Beyond

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Monday morning in Jakarta and I'm speaking at the 2nd Annual Indonesia Real Estate Conference.

Thai Brand Ozo To Penang

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai hotel group Onyx Hospitality has signed a deal for a 132 room Ozo in Penang.

The Joys Of Travel (Not)

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Aug 2013 | 11:31 am

Sunday Bloody Sunday. It's a travel day, with my ultimate destination being Jakarta.

Last Call - Table for Three, Please

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 25 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Most seating at your local Starbucks can be likened to a middle-income neighborhood - not the worst, nor the best.

Singapore's Two New Wyndham's

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Global chain Wyndham have seen two of their midscale and economy brands Ramada and Days open in Singapore.

New Mezzo Wine Bar Bistro Opens

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Aug 2013 | 10:37 am

On the what's to eat front good news is the opening of Mezzo Wine Bar and Bistro.

Thai's Big Bus To London

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai Airways will add the Airbus A380 to the Bangkok to London Heathrow route in December of this year.

Low-cost Hotel Chain's New Concept

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading international economy hotel group Whitbread have developed a new product concept christened as Hub by Premier Inn.

Dusit Set Up Japan Sales Office

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai chain Dusit Hotels and Resorts has appointed Keita Sekine to the post of Regional Director of Sales - Japan.

Sri Lanka Targets Gaming Tourism

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Emerging South Asia travel destination Sri Lanka is looking at gaming as a fast track to tourism development

Centara Sign New Layan Phuket Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Aug 2013 | 12:04 pm

Thai hotel group Centara Hotels and Resorts has signed a deal for a 150-room midscale new build property in Layan Phuket.

Converting Chinese Tourists To Buyers

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

As Phuket continues to reel in mass numbers of travelers from Mainland Chinese, the island's real estate sector is trying to tap the potential buying pool.

Holiday Inn Adds New Wing

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

The Holiday Inn Resirt Krabi at Ao Nang will open a new wing with 118 new guest rooms this November.

Phuket Tourism Pioneer To Speak At AMCHAM EVENT

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

One of the island's leading hotel figures Wichit Na-Ranong will speak about Phuket's changing tourism landscape on Friday September 6th at the Indigo Pearl Resort.

Phuket's Shark Point Eco Clean-up

Category: Video. Posted: 18 Aug 2013 | 12:10 pm

New Condo For Kata

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

A new 44 unit premium residential project in Kata named Q Concept Condominium is rising up.

The Road From Property To Art

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Aug 2013 | 4:08 pm

One of Thailand's familiar real estate faces in the luxury sector is Richard Skene.

Malaiwana Residences Construction Gears Up

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Aug 2013 | 3:48 pm

For island residents driving past Naithon Beach who see construction next to the Malaiwana Estate, a number of our readers have been asking what project this is?

Mai Khao Dream Appoints New GM

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Aug 2013 | 9:27 am

The upscale Mai Khao Dream Resort Natai has appointed Michael Boele to the post of General Manager.

Angsana Offering Long Term Villa Rentals

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Laguna Phuket's Angsana resort is tapping into the villa rental market with new long stay packages.

Massive Australian Casino Hotel Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Australia's far north Cairn's is buzzing over news that Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung will develop a massive mixed use hotel and gaming complex.

Singapore Hits Timeshare Sector

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Yesterday four global shared ownership firms jointly issued a statement to Singapore's Straits Times regarding a proposed new government amendment to consumer laws.

Condo Owner Dispute Headline News

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Aug 2013 | 8:07 pm

All too often disgruntled property buyers make comparisons to what they say is Thailand's lax property ownership legal framework and those of more mature markets such as Singapore.

Bali's Benoa Bay Controversy

Category: Green. Posted: 15 Aug 2013 | 9:22 am

Bali's redevelopment plans for Benoa Bay are facing opposition from the environmental sector.

Michael Burchett Unchained

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Aug 2013 | 6:47 am

Here is a story about a longtime hotelier who has cast off the chain of job security and created a great niche management offering.

Phi Phi Losing Its Fizz?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Aug 2013 | 6:39 am

Roll back the clock two years or even a year ago and the resort island of Ko Phi Phi experienced skyrocketing room rates and occupancies.

Mega Tourist Attraction For Hua Hin

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai group Proud Real Estate who has developed the InterContinental Hua Hin and Bluport Mall is now set for the Vana Nava Hua Hin.

In Search of Mexican

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Aug 2013 | 6:31 am

Phuket has struggled for quality south of the border (Mexican not Malaysian) food since the Burnt Tortilla fizzled out in Cherngtalay.

Krabi Airport To Go 24 Hours

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

According to news from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) the Krabi International Airport will shift to 24 hour operations in October of this year.

Blame it on the Rain

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 14 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

I was channel surfing the other night when the Hollywood classic "Singin' in the Rain" came up on screen.

PREVIEW Designing Nikki Beach Phuket

Category: Video. Posted: 13 Aug 2013 | 6:53 am

Famed Beach Club For Layan

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Aug 2013 | 6:41 am

Global brand Nikki Beach will open a new beach club in Layan Phuket this coming December.

Thailand's Hansar Group Expands

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

With two established leading properties in Bangkok and Samui, the Thai group Hansar Hotels and Resorts are on the expansion trail.

New Gastro Bar For Cherngtalay

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Aug 2013 | 6:55 am

Chef Daniel Isberg who has a strong following from his eatery at Surin Gate is about to open a new venue in Cherngtalay.

CoCo Group Delivering Value Properties

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

I'm at a loss to explain the real estate "value" category and certainly loath to use the term "affordable."

Condo Regulations Change in Pattaya

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 11 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

In order to address the rampant surge of condominiums on small plots Pattaya has slashed plot ration from 10:1 to 5:1.

Green Tuk Tuks

Category: Green. Posted: 10 Aug 2013 | 9:44 am

Picking up the latest edition of the Phuket Gazette the sight of a green tuk tuk managed to capture my imagination.

Barnett Speaking At Indo Property Event

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 10 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will be speaking at the upcoming 2nd Annual Indonesia Real Estate 2013 conference.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Mid-Year Samui Report

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Aug 2013 | 2:13 pm

Samui hotelwide occupancy hit 75% for the period January through June of this year back of increasing airlift to the island.

Vietnam's MGM-less Ho Tram

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Vietnam's splash out gaming mega projects which was to have been operated by MGM is open.

Breakfast In Bangkok

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Aug 2013 | 3:30 pm

A lot can happen when you leave the island. Or not.

Pattaya Condo Sells To Investor

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Real estate developer Kingdom Property has sold a bulk package of 87 condo units to a Hong Kong investor.

Condo Trend Downtown With Connext

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Phuket City's thriving low-cost property market is continuing to thrive with the recent launch of the development Connext.

Listening to the Man

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 06 Aug 2013 | 3:57 pm

In the gilded age of lnstagram Viagra, just how long is the random memory of real estate investors?

Temporary Terminal At Phuket Airport

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Aug 2013 | 8:28 am

Phuket is in the national news today as the Bangkok Post is reporting that due to overcrowded conditions at the island's international airport

Minor And Per AQUUM Join Forces

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Bill Heinecke's Minor Hotel Group is continuing to expand their footprint at a fast pace.

Luang Prabang Film Fest For December

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

One of the region's trendy offerings is the Laguna Prabang Film Festival in Laos.

The Bamboo Bike

Category: Green. Posted: 04 Aug 2013 | 2:29 pm

Coming from Singapore the other day I was intrigued reading a story on SilkAir about a bamboo bike.

Koh Samet Oil Spill Raises Concerns

Category: Green. Posted: 04 Aug 2013 | 2:17 pm

The Thai resort island of Koh Samet which suffered from a recent oil spill, is now seeing possible effects on the tourism sector which are being heard far and wide.

Tiger Direct Phuket To Philippines

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Aug 2013 | 9:20 am

A new service by Tiger Airways Philippines between Phuket and the Philippines will commence next month.

New Harper Brand Launched

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Indonesia's fast expanding Archipelago International (formerly Aston) has launched a new upper midscale brand Harper.

The Cult of "Hype-Nosis"

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 04 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Whenever I hear the strains of that inspirational ballad "I Believe I Can Fly" I'm overcome with the sudden urge to punch someone in the face.

Bizarre Food TV Show in Phuket

Category: Video. Posted: 03 Aug 2013 | 10:46 am

JLL To Manage Two Phuket Estates

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) have signed two deals for residential estates in Phuket.

Zecha Fails To Buy Aman

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

The much touted deal between the Indian owning company of Aman - DLF and Adrian Zecha has failed to transact.

Things I Hate About Hotels

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 01 Aug 2013 | 9:15 am

I have spent more nights in hotel rooms around the world than I could even start to remember. Barring a diary, there are more than a few things that stick out.

Outrigger Names New Laguna GM

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Aug 2013 | 9:04 am

Tony Pedroni has been named new General Manager of the Outrigger Phuket Laguna Beach Resort.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Mid-Year Phuket Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am

Asia's surging China syndrome is reshaping the Phuket tourism market with one in four international visitors now coming from the Mainland.

Middle East Group Goes Budget

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Dubai's Emaar Properties with Meraas Holding are rolling out a new budget hotel brand named Dubai Inn.

Beyond Legoland, Malaysia Doubles Down

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's neighbor Malaysia is seriously out to attract both domestic and international tourists to the country.

Pullman Goes Bleisure

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

ACCOR's fast expanding Pullman brand is updating their portfolio with a focus new brand symbol and marketing campaign.

Bold New Cachet Group Launched

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Asia's hospitality circles been been buzzing over the launch of the new Cachet Hotel Group.

Asia's Leading Shared Ownership Conference

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Dates have been set for this year's AOCAP Conference 2013 in Hong Kong on October 15th and 16th.

Hong Kong's Peninsula To Myanmar

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong's luxury group Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels have entered into a deal for a new property in Yangon.

BoHo Bali, What's New Pusseycat

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Raindrops keep coming falling faster than coconuts here in Phuket. Want to get off the rock and get a new vibe? Try a quick trip to Bali.

Kamala Bay Terrace Hotel Sold

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Jul 2013 | 4:07 am

The 202-room Kamala Bay Terrace Hotel has been sold to an affiliate of Thailand's KS Group for an undisclosed sum.

Singapore Just Say's Yo

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Trendy budget hotel chain Yotel have announced a deal in 600-room property in Singapore.

Segrave New GM At W Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Samui's trendy W Hotel has a new General Manager, Brian Segrave.

Laguna Launching Second Condohotel Phase

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

After a strong response for the first phase of the Laguna Shores hospitality led residential offering, the developer has announced plans for the release of another 105 units in a second phase.

Organic Cacao Tours Temp Guests

Category: Green. Posted: 21 Jul 2013 | 11:08 am

Going green has never been as delicious as the Conrad Bali's new organic cacao tours.

Centara Awarded ISO Status

Category: Green. Posted: 21 Jul 2013 | 11:01 am

Two Centara properties in Phuket, the Centara Karon Resort and Centara Kata Resort have achieved ISO 14001/2004 certification.

Cool new destinaton video for Sheraton Kuta Bali

Category: Video. Posted: 21 Jul 2013 | 10:39 am

Turkey Offers Real Estate Visa's

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Turkey has prioritized its real estate market with an incentive program offering overseas investors residence permits.

Post Election Property Forecast

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's neighbor Malaysia has seen a high profile election come and go.

Minor's Avani Comes To Thailand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai hospitality group Minor will reflag the Amari Atirum Hotel in Bangkok to its Avani brand this October.

Bangtao Beach Clean Up

Category: Video. Posted: 18 Jul 2013 | 8:17 am

New U Hotel Coming To Kalim

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Jul 2013 | 8:13 am

Bangkok's Absolute Hotel Services have inked a deal for a 50 room boutique hotel in Kalim.

Langkawi Targets 3 Million Tourists

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Phuket's southern destination neighbor in Malaysia, Langkawi has said it wants to grow the tourism market to three million annual visitors.

Pop-Up Hotels Going Wild

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

First came Design Hotels Papaya Playa in Mexico and new the concept of pop-up hotels is getting out of the box.

Head Banging Real Estate

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 16 Jul 2013 | 1:38 pm

Did you ever wonder what manner of real estate broker Ozzy Osborne would be?

Chiang Mai Airlift Rising

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

While Chiang Mai's tourism fortunes have received an injection back of the hugely popular Chinese movie Lost in Thailand the destination is now seeing a surge in new airlift.

Smokin' Joe and the Thrill is Back

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 15 Jul 2013 | 9:02 am

The Phillippines has battled through political and economic turmoil to emerge as a champion in the ring when it comes to the fight for supremacy in Southeast Asia's property markets.

AirAsia Kills Off Japan JV

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

The much-touted Japanese venture between AirAsia and ANA (All Nippon Airways) looks to wind up the bin.

Cape Panwa Raceweek Extend Alliance

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Cape Panwa Hotel has extended its sponsorship for the Phuket Raceweek regatta through 2015.

Same Old Game - New Players, Rules

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 13 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Phuket's real estate window of opportunity is not what it was a decade ago. Life in paradise is not as cheap as it used to be, when it was forty baht to the dollar.

Beyond Bali. What's Next?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

But high on the radar is the not so obvious - Karimun Jawa, an archipelago of twenty seven islands.

The Art Of Sleeping

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

A trio of Australian hotels are causing a stir in the design hotel space.

JW Marriott Is World's Tallest Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Here is one for you trivia minded hoteliers, what is the world's tallest hotel?

Brands To Watch Lub D

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Bangkok's two Lub D properties are finding a strong niche in the emerging flashpacking market.

New Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao

Category: Video. Posted: 09 Jul 2013 | 7:35 pm

Patong Boutique Buzz

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Patong hotels generally stay in the box of same same design, though the ELLA Bar Bistro and Bed trio is one of the island's more unique offerings.

C9's Barnett At HotelsWorld Australia Event

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will be a featured panelist at the upcoming HotelsWorld Australia New Zealand event in Sydney on July 25th.

Bali Traffic Gets A Break

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Jul 2013 | 11:36 am

Arriving a few days ago in Bali it's clear the massive infrastructure investment leading up to the APEC event in October is staring to make an impact.

Hotels Tap Into Starbuck's Meeting Model

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Have you have walked into a Starbuck's and realized aside from a few people silently working on the new great novel, that everyone else is having a meeting?

Centara Rolls Out Loyalty Card

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Earlier this year Centara Hotels and Resorts debuted a travel rewards and recognition program with it's The 1 Card.

First Thai Tourist Into Space

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Jul 2013 | 7:29 am

Thailand's Khiri Voyages is set to hook up Thai tourists into space within the next twelve months.

Burned Out On TripAdvisor?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading internet travel site TripAdvisor is certainly something people either love or hate, but no one can doubt how influential it is.

Marriott's Think Tank Design Lab

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Global hotel chain Marriott recently debuted a new 1,000 square meter underground Innovation Lab underneath their corporate offices in the US.

Snoop Lion (nee Dogg)'s new Phuket video

Category: Video. Posted: 03 Jul 2013 | 1:43 pm

Low Cost Units Push Thai Profits Down

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's listed property developers continue to see strong sales growth but in many cases the flow through to the bottom line is not being achieved.

By The Lake Villas Phuket

Category: Video. Posted: 02 Jul 2013 | 10:32 am

You Say Tomato, I Say Zomato

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Real time restaurant and nightlife reviews are key features of the fast growing Internet site Zomato.

Chinese Hunt Cheap US Real Estate

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am

Cashed up Chinese property purchasers have become a major segment of international buyer in the United State.

Singapore Plans Second Changi Mass Transit Link

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Singapore is planning a second mass transit link to growing Changi Airport.

Boutique Samui Property Up For Sale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Jun 2013 | 11:36 am

The 133 room Buddy Oriental Resort in Lamai Beach Samui has come into the hotel transaction market.

Sri Lanka Opens Second Gateway Airport

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Sri Lanka's tourism industry is heralding the commencement of operations of the MRIA (Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport) just north of Hambantota.

Big Bang of Luxury

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 29 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

The Lexus-LFA costs about 43 million baht. Thailand has two quotas out of 500 in the whole world to import it.

Just How Real is Real?

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 29 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

In the whole wired world of travel, more and more hoteliers are becoming conflicted over online reviews.

Malaysia Steps Up Property Tax On Foreigners

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Malaysia's fastest growing property markets is the southern border area of Johor next to Singapore.

Pigs On The Loose

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

A new book written by Chinese national Yunmei (Echo) Wang called Pigs on the Loose : Chinese Tour Groups is causing quite a media stir.

Marriott's Massive New Travel Video

Category: Video. Posted: 27 Jun 2013 | 9:30 pm

New General Manager For Surin

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Jun 2013 | 8:25 pm

Marie-Helene Moreira has been appointed as the new General Manager of The Surin Phuket (formerly The Chedi) resort.

China Takes On Club Med

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Jun 2013 | 8:49 am

It looks as if a deal will be struck in the takeover bid of hospitality giant Club Med.

Sri Panwa Going Into Property Fund

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Jun 2013 | 8:34 am

The developer of the luxury Phuket resort Sri Panwa, Charn Issara Development will inject the project into a newly set up property fund.

Aman Villas Launch Ten New Properties

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Amanusa in Bali has brought ten new completed private villas into the rental operation.

Football Themed Hotel For Onyx

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Onyx Hospitality have signed a deal to managed a 60 room football themed hotel.

QT Stirring Things Up Down Under

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Australia's growing chain of boutique properties QT Hotels and Resorts is winning over fans for its stylish boutique offerings.

Pattaya's Newest Tourism Entertainment Show

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

A new themed tourism attraction the Colosseum Show will be opening soon in Pattaya.

Sri Lanka's First Centara Property

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Centara Hotels and Resorts have debuted in Sri Lanka with a leisure property

Jan Kirstein Joins Anantara

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Former General Manager of the Sheraton Laguna Grande Jan Kirstein has joined Anantara.

HAZED AND CONFUSED Singapore Exodus

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Jun 2013 | 12:14 pm

Over the past few days as Singapore has been enveloped in a massive haze from nearby Indonesia, local residents are increasingly worried about rising health hazards.

Phuket's Yacht Solutions Ink Big Deal

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Phuket's Yacht Solutions has signed a MoU with Ital Thai Marine for what will be Thailand's first superyacht facility.

Thai Chain Signs Pattaya Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Bangkok-based Absolute Hotel Services which includes the expanding U Hotels and Resorts brand has signed a new hotel on the eastern seaboard.

Pace Launch Hua Hin Luxury Villa Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 Jun 2013 | 4:34 pm

News is in that developer Pace who are behind the MahaNakhon Bangkok are launching a luxury villa project called Mahasamutr in Hua Hin.

Anantara Samui's THB170 Million Makeover

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Minor Groups Anantara Bophut Resort in Samui is in the process of an extreme makeover.

Bangkok's Don Mueang Expansion

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

As Thailand's visitor numbers continue to surge, the government intends to expand Bangkok's Don Mueang from a budget facility into widespread operations.

GHM's Chedi Brand Gets Urban

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

While luxury hotel operator GHM's Chedi brand is most associated with resorts, a new property in China going skywards.

Color-Blind Vision for the Future

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 16 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Infrastructure projects, such as the underpass in front of Phuket's Central Festival shopping mall, lay the foundations for private sector expansion.

Asia Forecasted To Lead Global Investment

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

The World Bank recently released a report that China and India by 2030 will be the two largest investor nations.

X2 Design Residences For Kamala

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Jun 2013 | 10:23 am

Anthony McDonald's X2 Group are taking on new hotel branded residence projects in Kamala, Chiang Mai and Sydney.

EU Ambassadors And Phuket Governor

Category: Video. Posted: 15 Jun 2013 | 9:39 am

Nok Air Looks For Myanmar Niche

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai airline Nok Air is continuing to look for a core market in order to wedge itself into the space dominated by AirAsia, Bangkok Airway and Thai Airway International.

Japan Set To Compete With Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Jun 2013 | 12:56 pm

With the recent news that Japan will be implementing visa-free travel soon for Thais, local tour operators are saying this may impact domestic tourism.

Thai AirAsia Founder Divests Shareholding

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

In business news recently is the founder of Thai AirAsia Tassapon Bijleveld's disposal of shares in the company which reduced his ultimate stake from 33% to 28%.

Proposed route for new Patong Tunnel

Category: Video. Posted: 13 Jun 2013 | 5:18 pm

Luxury's Big Bang

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jun 2013 | 9:42 am

Word in from the leading global chic travel event LE Miami is that Phuket luxury is seeing a strong challenger in Samui.

All Night Long in Jakarta

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 13 Jun 2013 | 9:25 am

Jakarta has emerged as one of the world's shining economies and with a 24-hour business culture driving the country forward, there's a determination to capitalise on the success.

Centre Point Shifts Strategy to Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Thailand's largest serviced apartment owner operators Centre Point Hospitality are changing course and looking to delve deeper into the hotel market.

So What's Up At GHM?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Jun 2013 | 10:31 am

Despite pioneering the concept of boutique luxury hotels Singapore's GHM has seen mixed success over the past few years.

RACE DAY Laguna Phuket International Marathon

Category: Video. Posted: 12 Jun 2013 | 9:18 am

Eastin Coming To Patong In October

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Jun 2013 | 8:31 am

Bangkok-based Absolute Hotel Services will open the 3 star 55 room Eastin Easy in Patong this October.

Indonesia's Lion Air Entering Thailand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

ndonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air has announced the setting up of a Thai subsidiary.

How Eric Levine Lost His WOW

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 11 Jun 2013 | 12:04 pm

From hero to zero is how the current installment of the Eric Levine story reads.

Banyan Tree Property Head Departs

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 11 Jun 2013 | 11:29 am

Lyndon Phillips who was the Director of Sales for Banyan Tree Residences and Laguna Property in Phuket has left the group

Waging The War Of Political Tourism

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Jun 2013 | 9:46 am

The political overtones of the past few weeks over the Phuket International Convention and Exhibition Center in Mai Khao between the Pheu Thai and Democrat parties

Central Opening Outlet Near Heroines Monument

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 11 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

We have received a number of email's asking about the large construction on Thepkassatri Road just north of the Heroines Monument.

Turner Leaves Anantara Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

General Manager Andrew Turner has left the Anantara Phuket in Mai Khao.

Hotelier Gautschi Dies In Myanmar

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Jun 2013 | 4:50 pm

TTG Asia's Raini Hamdi has reported that well-known hotelier Peter Gautschi has passed away in Myanmar.

Tourist Bus Out Of Control In Patong

Category: Video. Posted: 09 Jun 2013 | 1:27 pm

Vietnamese Green Architect Hits Limelight

Category: Green. Posted: 09 Jun 2013 | 1:23 pm

Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia is continuing to attract worldwide attention over unique sustainable design.

They Call It Parklet

Category: Green. Posted: 09 Jun 2013 | 1:10 pm

Now here is a newly coined term on the environmental horizon - Parklet.

Australian Celebrity Chef Mangan Goes Balinese

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

IIn the day and age of celebrity chefs Bali is on the radar with a new link-up between Australian chef Luke Mangan and the Sentosa Seminyak resort.

A Tale of Two Cities Phuket Style

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 09 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Geography has an interesting effect on the way things shift to and fro on the island, in a manner not unlike urban sprawl.

Jonas Ogren Departs STR Global

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jun 2013 | 11:08 am

The face of leading tourism intelligence provider STR Global in Asia Jonas Ogren is leaving the organization this month.

Pavilions Signs On New Executive Chef

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Boutique luxury resort Phuket Pavilon's have appointed Australian Belinda Tuckwell as Executive Chef.

JW Marriott Phuket Sea Gypsy Community Service

Category: Video. Posted: 07 Jun 2013 | 3:13 pm

Anthony Lark Moves Out Of Trisara

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jun 2013 | 1:29 pm

Leading Phuket-based General Manager Anthony Lark is assuming a new corporate role with the newly set up Trisara affiliate Montara management.

Formula 1 Coming To Phuket?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Jun 2013 | 9:38 am

The island is buzzing or should we say shifting gears over news in the Bangkok Post that Phuket is in the running for a Formula 1 race in 2015.

Rosewood Is New Name For New World

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong's New World Hospitality has changed name to the Rosewood Hotel Group.

Villa Owners Buy Out Karma Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Jun 2013 | 10:31 am

A consortium of existing villa owners have obtained the management rights of the Karma Samui which has been renamed Kanda Residences

Samui Developer Wins Asia Pacific Award

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

The Samui boutique private pool development AquaSamui has won an Asia Pacific Property Award.

Outrigger Name New Executive For Asia Pacific

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jun 2013 | 9:34 am

Outrigger has appointed Mark Simmons as Vice President Sales and Marketing for Asia Pacific.

Girodon Moves To InterContinental Danang

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Familiar hospitality face Arnaud Girodon has moved from the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam to the Vietnam.

Banyan Angsana Appoint New DOSM

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket have jointed appointed a new Area Director of Sales and Marketing Heather Cornish.

JLL Target Bali Management

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Jones Lang LaSalle are taking their resort estate management expertise refined in Phuket and targeting Bali for expansion.

Trendsetting Guruwan Hits The Spot

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Be it a hotel, luxury villas or lifestyle online shopping Wan Issara is continuing to innovate .

Beach Blanket Bingo at Bongo

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 02 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

Bimi + Bongo Beach Club is set to take on a decidedly Euro-Ibiza feel, and taking on the hashtag as Phuket's only All Day Party venue.

Phi Phi Resort Launches Coral Freedom Initiative

Category: Green. Posted: 01 Jun 2013 | 2:41 pm

Koh Phi Phi's Zeavola resort has launched a new reef watch conservation program named Coral Freedom.

Centara Partner With EarthCheck

Category: Green. Posted: 01 Jun 2013 | 2:34 pm

Leading hotel chain Centara is working closely with EarthCheck as part of the groups sustainable tourism policy.

Direct Shanghai Flights Spur Facebook Contest

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Jun 2013 | 2:25 pm

Chinese low-cost airline Spring who will bring three weekly flights to Phuket starting in late June have launched a Facebook Contest.

Branded Residences Capture Investors' Interest

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 01 Jun 2013 | 10:57 am

In recent years we've seen high-value internationally-branded properties, down to small and relatively obscure ones, go under the hammer.

New Mixed Use Bypass Project Coming

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Jun 2013 | 8:17 am

After the success of the Boat Avenue project near Laguna Phuket developer Boon Yongsakul is about to launch a new project on the Bypass area.

Decline of the Expat Expert

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am

I'm not sure what the future holds for the real estate expat, but certainly it's more basic elements like language, relationships, connections, or extraordinary skills which are currently in demand.

Rosewood Inks Bali and Jakarta Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Luxury hotel management group Rosewood have signed deal to manage properties in Bali and Jakarta.

Outrigger Buy Mauritius Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 May 2013 | 4:50 pm

The Outrigger Group have purchased the 181 room Moevenpick Mauritius Resort and Spa from Kingdom Hotel Investments.

Outrigger Appoints Chief Marketing Officer

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Resort operator Outrigger have named Sean Dee as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Asia Pacific and Oceania.

Long Lazy Phuket Brunch

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Cape Yamu's Breeze has rolled out a Long Lazy Sundays Brunch over on the east coast.

Smart Property Expo Coming Up Soon

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 May 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Asia's leading real estate showcases the SMART Property Expo is set to take place June 8th and 9th in Hong Kong.

Michelin Chef Thompson At Paresa

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 May 2013 | 10:48 am

Renowned Michelin chef David Thompson is onboard for a special dinner at Paresa Resort on Friday June 14th.

Kamala Residential Goes High-Rise

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 May 2013 | 9:16 am

Phuket's current real estate building boom where smaller and lower cost are the flavor of the day is seeing more and more residential projects go skyward.

Twinpalms Goes Bimi + Bongo

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 May 2013 | 10:31 am

Popular Twinpalm's Surin hotspot Catch will have a new double expansion in July.

Luxury Asia Travel Show In June

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 May 2013 | 6:00 am

One of the region's leading upscale travel shows ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) will be held in Shanghai from June 3rd through 6th.

Laguna Phuket's New Brand?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Hotel companies love to meddle in consumer brands in order to increase their niche markets.

The Night The Lights Went Out

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 May 2013 | 9:27 am

Phuket's blackout last night has been reported to be the single largest power disruption in Thailand ever.

Prime Surin Beach Boutique Hotel On Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 May 2013 | 9:14 am

The 52 room upscale boutique hotel Manathai Phuket has been put up for sale on a freehold basis.

Hotel Branded Residences in Asia by C9 Hotelworks

Category: Video. Posted: 21 May 2013 | 2:50 pm

Hotel Branded Residences in Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 May 2013 | 1:58 pm

Hotel branded residences in Asia are capturing the imagination of real estate investors and end users.

Go Climb A Rock

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Coming down with rock fever? Head north to Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures.

Richard Branson/Airasia - Coffee Tea or Me

Category: Video. Posted: 20 May 2013 | 10:27 am

A New Tallest Rising In Singapore

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Property news has the 64-story Tanjong Pagar Centre set to be Singapore's tallest building at 290 meters.

Jakarta Developing Mass Transit

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Gridlocked capital of Indonesia Jakarta at long last is seeing movement in the city's mass transit metro system.

Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Goes Independent

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 May 2013 | 12:07 pm

The former IHG managed Crowne Plaza Panwa is now operating as an independent hotel.

Direct Philippine Flights Starting August

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 May 2013 | 11:11 am

Philippine low-cost airline carrier Cebu Pacific will start direct service between Manila and Phuket August. 16th.

Koh Samui Regatta Coming Up

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Coming up on May 25th to June 1st is the Koh Samui Regatta.

Singapore's Property Cool Off Raises Tax Income

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Singapore's ongoing cooling off measures for an overheated property market will raise tax revenue by over S$1 million according to a report in The Straits Times.

No Vacancy Conference In June

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 May 2013 | 6:00 am

The date is set for No Vacancy Southeast Asia this coming June 25th.

New CEO And Direction For Raimon Land

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 May 2013 | 1:50 pm

Thai property developer Raimon Land is undergoing significant changes in the first half of this year.

Bali Visitors Keep Coming Back

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 May 2013 | 6:00 am

A recent survey by the Bank of Indonesia showed results that over 92% of respondents want to return to the holiday destination.

Raimon Land Executive Virot Departing

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 May 2013 | 3:38 pm

Thai-listed developer Raimon Land's Chief Executive Hubert Virot is leaving his post as head of the real estate group.

No Hiding Place For Tax Havens

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Not long ago offshore tax havens were buzzing with activity for high net worth individuals around the world.

Waiting for the Big Sleep

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 13 May 2013 | 3:07 pm

Once you hit 50 it's hard to avoid doing the math and realising that so many mundane trips and tasks may take on a last time ritual.

Twinpalms Opening Second Beach Club

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 May 2013 | 11:34 am

Not content to just go with the flow and ride the success of Catch Beach Club, Twinpalms is on the move again.

Greeks Offering Property Buyers Visas

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 May 2013 | 6:00 am

In a bid to stimulate its stressed economy, Greece is offering real estate buyers residence visas.

Malaysia Airlines Now Oneworld

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Regional legacy carrier MAS (Malaysia Airlines) is now part of the global oneworld airline alliance.

Big Waves Seminar On Wednesday

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 May 2013 | 9:59 am

Former Banyan Tree General Manager Francois Huet is back in Phuket this coming week for his Big Waves of Inspiration Seminar at Phuket Royal City Hotel.

How Same-Same Drove Me Insane

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 11 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Today, as you drive across the island, you can't help but find your mind being sedated by row after row, after row, of monotonously stacked units.

40,000 People Apply For World's Best Job

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 May 2013 | 6:00 am

The Wizard of Oz, or in this case, Australia has seen more than 40,000 people apply for the six available Best Job in the World.

Gangnam Yes. But What About Juneyao?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 May 2013 | 6:00 am

For most people in the tourism industry outside of China, mention the name Juneyao and they have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

Confessions of a Bubble Boy

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 10 May 2013 | 6:00 am

During my travels through Asia this year at various real estate and hospitality conferences one topic that often comes up in softly spoken tones is concerns over an impending property bubble.

Kuala Lumpur's Property Name Game

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Over the border in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur now has a strong pipeline of projects with names including Four Seasons, St Regis, Banyan Tree and Ritz-Carlton.

Gaming Luring Japan To Open Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Financial news in the making has the Japanese government look at legislation which would open up the country to casino gaming.

Indochina's Lao Airlines Growing

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's neighbor Lao's is seeing it's aviation industry ramp up.

Parkroyal Headed to Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Singapore based group Pan Pacific have signed a deal for a 550 room, 35 villa Parkroyal branded resort in Bali.

India's Aerocity Hotel Catastrophe

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 May 2013 | 6:00 am

For those who think the expansion of Phuket's airport is poorly planned, one only has to look abroad at India's New Delhi Aerocity

TV Show Features Phuket Solar Villa

Category: Green. Posted: 04 May 2013 | 4:40 pm

A recent Channel News Asia television segment Boomtown Asia checked into the island's environmental, and sustainable tourism sectors.

Resorts Loving Evening Breeze Natural Air System

Category: Green. Posted: 04 May 2013 | 4:30 pm

The innovative Evening Breeze environmental cooling system is gaining global attention in the resort markets and villas.

More Hotel Technology Do's and Don'ts

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 May 2013 | 2:35 pm

As part of the advice of hotel tech guru Terence Ronson from Pertlink here is a list of the Don'ts

Hotel Technology Do's and Don'ts

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 May 2013 | 2:32 pm

In our latest installment from hotel tech guru Terence Ronson from Pertlink in Hong Kong the following is a list of IT Do's

Meet The Kata Rocks Team

Category: Video. Posted: 04 May 2013 | 8:45 am

Hyper Inflation Hits Bali Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 May 2013 | 8:33 am

With Indonesia reeling in political gyrations over the rollback of the government's fuel subsidy, Bali hoteliers are increasingly concerned over mounting hyperinflation

Kidzania From Bangkok To Singapore

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 May 2013 | 6:00 am

After their recent opening in Bangkok, the skyrocketing global success story Kidzania has announced a project in Singapore.

The Season of our Discontent

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 04 May 2013 | 6:00 am

It's been a long and hard high season here in Phuket. The local populace is tenser than a sun-dried cracker; punctuating the dry surroundings has been the absence of rain.

ACCOR's Financials Topple CEO

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 May 2013 | 6:00 am

The Board of Director's of global hospitality giant ACCOR have voted to terminate the employment of Chairman and CEO Dennis Hennequin.

New GM For Allamanda Laguna Appointed

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Best Western's Allamanda Laguna Phuket has named Femke Beekers as General Manager.

James Mabey Bags PATA Award

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 May 2013 | 6:00 am

Familiar Phuket personality James Mabey has been named by PATA as it's "Face of the Future".

Khao Lak Shifting Gears

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Apr 2013 | 9:33 am

Over the past eighteen months a number of notable new resorts have opened up including Casa de la Flora, Sands by Katathani, Sensi Mar, Beyond, Best Western Premier Southsea, and Mai.

Phuket Wakeboard Park

Category: Video. Posted: 30 Apr 2013 | 8:16 am

Upcoming HVS Indonesia Conference

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

The stage is set for the 1st Annual Indonesia Hospitality and Tourism Investment Conference.

Tri Nations Sundowners @ The Pullman

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

AMCHAM's Greater Phuket Chapter together with the local membership of AustCham and BBAP (British Business Association Phuket) will stage a joint social networking event

Defining the Smartphone

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Want to know the difference between a vanilla phone and a smartphone?

Rise Of Design Modernism

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Tucking back in my airline seat and trying not to get too up close and personal is not an easy task as I jet my way to Singapore.

Bare Walls and Other Real Life Catastrophes

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 27 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

My heart bleeds for the island's toiling interior artisans, landscape designers and other specialists who should be rewarded handsomely instead of viewed as second-class citizens.

Laguna's New Marathon Theme Song

Category: Video. Posted: 26 Apr 2013 | 4:37 pm

Hyatt Gets Serious About Branded Residences

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Top hotel chain Hyatt has come to realize that a way to boost their hospitality pipeline is to take on branded residences.

Tauzia Launching Preference Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Marc Steinmeyer's growing Tauzia hospitality group is adding a new brand named Preference.

Can Mandalika Mimic Laguna Phuket And Nusa Dua

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Lombok's longstanding Mandalika market planned destination resort is again making sounds about signs of development.

Bali Wants More Russian Tourists

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Picking up on the news from the Bali Daily ,a headline caught my eye about declining Russian visitors to the Island of the Gods.

Puerto Rico Becoming US Tax Dodge

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

While the US government continues intent on hunting down it's citizen's engaged in taxation avoidance, an emerging loophole is close to home in Puerto Rico.

World's Most Expensive Apartment

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

The global real estate industry is buzzing of an ultra luxury penthouse which may fetch a record price of US$386 million.

Credit Rating Brings Sunshine To 7107 Islands

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Uber credit agency Fitch Ratings recent upgrade of the Philippines has been a huge moral victory for the often-overlooked South East Asian nation.

Slave to the Bean

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 20 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

I've just checked out of the emergency room, covered in bandages not dissimilar to those worn by the damaged star of the movie The English Patient, or perhaps more fittingly, Return of the Mummy.

ACG Sports Complex Looking For Developer

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 Apr 2013 | 4:47 pm

The developer of the ACG Phuket Cricket Ground in Thalang Alan Cooke is looking for a property developer for an adjoining piece of land fronting onto the sporting complex.

Pattaya To Get Another Centara

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

In a hotel market gone wild, Pattaya is gearing up for their sixth Centara managed property (this includes their other tier namesakes as well).

Global Wealth Report 2013 - Asia Rising

Category: Video. Posted: 18 Apr 2013 | 12:35 pm

Lost In Thailand Draws Chinese Travelers

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Locations in films have often resulted in an accidental tourism surge.

Eco Theme Park Coming Up Near Singapore

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Developers are fast at work on the new Funtasy Island eco retreat located near to Singapore in Indonesia's Riau islands.

U Hotels and Resorts To Pattaya

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai chain U and their Absolute Hotel Services entity has sealed a deal for a 180 room property in Pattaya.

19th Annual Phuket Bike Week

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

From April 14th to 21st motorbike riders from Thailand and abroad will be hitting the island.

Ocean's 11 At Underwater Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Dubai just can't contain it's appetite for OTT (over the top) hotel ideas.

Legal Firm Adds Arbitration Expert

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Apr 2013 | 4:59 pm

Newly formed Phuket legal firm Hughes Krupica have expanded their services to include arbitration with leading specialist Victor Smith joining as an advisor.

Lion Air Jet Crashes In Bali

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Apr 2013 | 4:41 pm

According to ABC News a Lion Air Boeing 737 jet has crashed in Denpasar as the plane overshot the runway.

New Tourism Attraction at Central Festival

Category: Video. Posted: 13 Apr 2013 | 12:07 pm

Property Prices 'Under the Gun'

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 13 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

I thought not once, but twice about putting the word gun into the title of this article, but why not? Live vicariously. Guns and real estate, now that's an entirely different story altogether.

Opening Deal At U's New Seminyak Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai hospitality group U Hotels & Resorts are again spreading their wings to Bali for the opening of their second Indonesia property.

Hua Hin Jet Set Aims At Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Hua Him is looking to up it's with Jars Aviation now offering flights from Bangkok's Don Muang.

Phuket Hotel Group Grows Up

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Starting from a single island property the locally-based Mai Resorts group owned by the Limpanon family now numbers five.

Cape Panwa Raceweek Gathers Steam

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Big events continue to propel brand Phuket and the upcoming Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is gearing up.

Fine Dining Samui Festival Til End Of April

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

This year marks the 3rd installment of the Koh Samui Fine Dining Festival.

Equity Firm Hires LaSalle's Asia Dealmaker

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Private equity firm RECAP and their SC Capital Partners unit have hired former LaSalle Investment Management executive Andrew Heithersay.

Sukosol Launches Miami Style Pattaya Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

A new property set to create a buzz is the art deco inspired Wave Hotel in Pattaya.

SAS Exits Thailand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Apr 2013 | 10:37 am

A sign of the new age is Scandinavian Airlines is stopping flights to Thailand after more than six decades.

Melia Brings Innside To Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Spanish hotel chain Melia have opened their first Innside branded property in Asia.

SMART Property & Lifestyle Expo

Category: Video. Posted: 06 Apr 2013 | 2:09 pm

Centara Sign Khao Lak Property

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Apr 2013 | 2:07 pm

hai chain Centara have signed an agreement to manage the Khao Lak Seaview Resort.

Third Mama Shelter Rolls Out

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Philippe Starck's trendy hotel venture Mama Shelter has opened their 3rd property in Istanbul.

Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 06 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

They came, they spent, they left. That pretty much sums up the great Russian tropical cold war of this the high tourism season.

Nai Thon Beach Getting New Condo

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Apr 2013 | 8:12 am

The once quiet beach area of Nai Thon is increasingly becoming a development target.

Aleenta Founder Chairs Small Luxury Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Anchalika Kijkanakorn is now the first female Chairman of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).

Searching For Jack

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

No not Nicholson. My thoughts at the restaurant in Makati turn to the Jolly Green Giant and Jack.

Life In The Billionaires Boys And Girls Club

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Apr 2013 | 8:33 pm

Sitting on my bus (Airbus) that is, heading to Manila from Singapore, I run across an article talking about the Philippines new economic upswing.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Goes Solar

Category: Green. Posted: 04 Apr 2013 | 8:30 pm

Indonesia's Borobudur which is the world 's largest Buddhist temple has teamed with Greenpeace to adopt clean energy.

Grand Opening Today For Outrigger Laguna

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Apr 2013 | 12:58 pm

A grand opening party is being held today for the launch of the all new 255-room Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort.

Hong Kong Drives Cruise Initiative

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

With tourism booming in the region the cruise sector is looking to gear up.

Eastern European's Push US$1.2 Billion Into Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

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

Aussie Developers Tap Indonesian Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Australian real estate developers have shrewdly targeted Indonesian property buyer back of a visa incentive scheme.

Death of a Salesman

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Modern property sales techniques leave plenty to be desired. Is demand so high there's no longer a need for convincing sales pitches or is the web taking over as a remote closer?

Phuket's North Korean Peace Talks Fail

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

Peace talks over a pending military action by North Korea against their South Korean neighbors ended abruptly this weekend on the resort destination island of Phuket

Thai Airways Dead On Arrival

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Apr 2013 | 6:00 am

While punctuality and Thainess are a bit of a yin and yang proposition, traveling to and from should hopefully be somewhat predictable.

Thanyapura's Niche Sports Hotel Proving Popular

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Inland hotel properties in Phuket have had a challenging history.

Samui's Low Carbon Island Initiative

Category: Green. Posted: 30 Mar 2013 | 1:45 pm

Koh Samui's Green Island project is gaining momentum with support from the the APEC Energy Working Group.

Carbon Offset Meetings At Hilton

Category: Green. Posted: 30 Mar 2013 | 1:27 pm

Global hotel chain Hilton has embarked on a green initiative which offers carbon credits for meetings and events.

Sansiri Brings Premium Housing Estate To Phuket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Mar 2013 | 10:36 am

Bangkok's Sansiri Development is heading the trend towards mixing both Thai and overseas property buyers with their new premium housing estate Burasiri Koh Kaew.

Excellent Video By Phuket Luxury Events

Category: Video. Posted: 30 Mar 2013 | 9:50 am

Brits, Filipinos, Russians Top Phuket Work Permits

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Mar 2013 | 9:09 am

Phuket's expatriate work force is curently increasingly in the island limelight.

Zeavola Gain PADI Five Star Status

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

eading resort Zeavola in Koh Phi Phi have obtained an elite PADI rating of Five Star dive resort.

Mega Edutainment KidZania Comes To Bangkok

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Growing global children's brand KidZania will open their first Thailand outlet this week in Bangkok.

List Of World's Top Island's Misses Out Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Mar 2013 | 11:07 am

TripAdvisor's 2013 Traveler's Choice List of the Top 10 Islands in the World has missed out on Phuket.

Phuket's Burasari Brand Goes Abroad

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

After opening the Burasari Heritage in Luang Prabang, Lily Udomkunnatum's hotel stable is continuing to grow.

Sala Expanding To Chiang Mai

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai-hospitality chain Sala are set to open a new hotel in Chiang Mai on April 1st.

Design Hotels And Absolute Team In Koh Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Mar 2013 | 6:27 am

Global brand Design Hotels have aligned with Absolute World at the new resort and private residences club at The Beach Samui.

Agency Buys PhuketProperty.com Website

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 26 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Phillips Group has acquired the internet real estate portal www.PhuketProperty.com.

AquaSamui Affordable Villas Prove Quick Sell

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

The developers of the newly launched AquaSamui villa estate are reporting they have sold 10 of a total of units in less than two months.

Bear Grylls Air New Zealand Safety Video

Category: Video. Posted: 24 Mar 2013 | 1:57 pm

Prime Real Estate Bags Award

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Phuket based Prime Real Estate have won an International Property Award in the Asia Pacific region.

Over 100 Laguna Shores Units Sold

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Phuket developer Laguna is reporting over 50% of it's newly launched resort apartments have been reserved since coming to market in December.

The Art of Elbow Wars

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 23 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Seemingly there are more idiots in the world today that at any other time in the history of mankind.

Bali Tourism Slowing Down

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Asia's other big tourism destination Bali is showing signs of a slow down.

Accor Inks Three Myanmar Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Global hotel chain ACCOR have signed three new hotels in the hot Myanmar marketplace.

Phuket Boat Show Starts Tomorrow

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

The 10th Annual installment of the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) rolls out tomorrow though Sunday.

Navy To Provide Phuket Private Jet Space

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

After the debacle during this last peak season with the Phuket International Airport banning private jets for an extended period the Thai Navy could provide a solution.

Cyprus Financial Crisis Hits Expats

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Mar 2013 | 4:09 pm

Media is ablaze today over the monetary crises in Cyprus.

Indonesia's Growing Consumer Class

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Mar 2013 | 4:01 pm

It's a bright sunny day in Jakarta and if you think traffic is bad on Phuket, just visit this city for a new look at gridlock.

Mai Khao Set To Take On Laguna

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai-listed developer Sansiri is continuing their Phuket surge with the new Baan Mai Khao oceanfront condominium project.

Luxury Yachting Comes To Samui

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Koh Samui's leading luxury resort the Four Seasons now has a 22 meter luxury yacht the Minor Affair.

Vietnam Turns Eyes To Phuket and Bali

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Tourism players in Central Vietnam have formed a marketing alliance to compete with leading Asian resort destinations such as Bali and Phuket.

Koh Samui Puts On a Game Face

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 16 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

We've just completed our 2012 C9 Hotelwork's Koh Samui Hotel Market Update and the upswing in trading is impressive.

Sri Panwa Going Property Fund Route

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Mar 2013 | 1:28 pm

Phuket luxury resort Sri Panwa will be sold into a property fund according to documents filed yesterday with the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET).

Celebrity Design Starck Swaggers To Seminyak

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Sultan of swing Philippe Starck is onboard at a new 12 villa private hotel project called The Stairs in Bali's trendy Seminyak area.

Cutting Edge Phuket Design Hotel Soft-opened

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

One of this year's most anticipated hotels on the island to open in the design led Naka Phuket.

Hot New Samui Dining Spot

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

While I truly love my very own island of choice Phuket, one new dining establishment in Samui makes me wish on was over on the Gulf of Thailand.

Hong Kong's New World Aims for $1 Billion IPO

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Mar 2013 | 10:47 am

A number of key hospitality assets are driving Hong Kong's New World Development's plan to launch an IPO in the second quarter of this year.

AirAsia Acquiring Philippine Carrier

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Mar 2013 | 10:30 am

Making headlines here is AirAsia's announced acquisition of a 49% holding in domestic low-cost carrier Zest Airways.

DESTINATION MARKETING Amazing What?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Is Thailand still amazing? We are republishing an insight piece on the subject by James Stuart of The Brand Company which appeared in the Bangkok Post.

Historic High Occupancy For Koh Samui Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks have released an innovative newYouTube video "Samui Tourism Update 2013" which combines visits to some of the island's leading hotels

No More Swimming To Cambodia

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Cambodia now has airlift to the Middle East with Qatar Airlines new daily flights via Vietnam's Ho Hi Minh City.

Conde Nast Traveler Remains Gold Standard

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

A starting point has to be the 2013 Conde Nast Gold Standard Awards.

C9 Hotelworks Koh Samui Tourism Update

Category: Video. Posted: 09 Mar 2013 | 9:05 am

MGM Pulls Out Of Vietnam Casino Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Mar 2013 | 9:01 am

The latest casualty is the split between MGM Resorts International and Asian Coast Development at the Ho Tram project.

Nearby Trang To Study Runway Extension

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Nearby Trang is looking into tapping into some of Phuket's commercial and tourism success as it has unveiled plans to study an airport runway extension.

East is East and West is West

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 09 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

My fingers are digging deep into the armrests of our Bangkok Airways ATR 72, or more appropriately called "the prop job", as it takes a sharp left turn high above the island of Koh Samui.

LAST CALL Never Trust A Mayan Selling Real Estate

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Mar 2013 | 1:58 pm

Last Call. A collection of pre-apocalyptic columns form the pages of South East Asia Property Report

Hong Kong Pulls Brakes On Hot Property

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong has again implements cooling measures for its red hot real estate market.

Thai Chain U Hotels Opening In Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Mar 2013 | 12:44 pm

Bangkok-based U Hotels and Resorts will open their first property in Phuket next month.

AirAsia Taking On India

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Mar 2013 | 12:33 pm

Leading low-cost airline carrier AirAsia is tying up with India's Tata Group for a venture on the sub-continent.

Looking For Thailand's Best B & B?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Baan Malinee B & B has won the 2013 Travelers Choice Award as best Thailand Bed and Breakfast.

Starck-inspired yoo Move Into Hotel Management

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Mar 2013 | 11:39 am

High-profile hotel and residential firm yoo which touts names such as Philippe Starck, John Hitchcox, Kelly Hoppen and Jade Jagger is shifting into hospitality management.

Carlson Does 20 Hotel Deal In Indonesia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Mar 2013 | 11:16 am

Indonesia's hotel market is continuing to be one of the most frenzied in the region.

AIRLINE UPDATE Thai Smile Turns To Frown

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

The ill-fated journey of the airline launch of Thai Smile looks to take a left-turn with plans being revealed to shelve the low-cost model.

Property Fund For Ibis Patong And Pattaya

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Mar 2013 | 8:45 am

Listed Erawan Group PLC have filed documents with the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) for the set-up of a property fund.

Singapore's SilverNeedle Enter Sri Lanka

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

The Singaporean hospitality entity SilverNeedle are partnering with the Sri Lankan firm ABANS group for a mixed use project in Beira Lake Colobomo.

Laguna Upgrading Resort Golf Course

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Mar 2013 | 9:02 am

Leading destination resort Laguna Phuket has announced plans for an extensive golf course renovation program starting July 1st.

Patong To Host International Sporting Event

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Come November 9th-10th, Patong is set to play host to the Phuket 2013 Triathlon - ITU Long Distance Series.

Karon Beach Hotel Goes Independent

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

The former Dewa Karon Resort has changed names and management.

TECH WATCH Google Glasses All The Rage

Category: Video. Posted: 02 Mar 2013 | 4:10 pm

Escape From Boracay

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 02 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Timing is everything, and my recent sortie to the Philippines for island hopping was ill advised.

Sansiri Continues Phuket Surge

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Moving into 2013, the rise of low-cost condo product coming into the island property market looks to be a hangover from last year.

The End of Conversation

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Mar 2013 | 6:00 am

Drawing comparison's between cave dwellers from the dawn of time and the budding Donald Trumps populating the nearest Starbuck's is easy.

Two Samui General Managers Move On

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Two Samui GM's at internationally branded properties have shifted location.

Direct India Phuket Flights Starting March

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Feb 2013 | 8:48 am

Thai Airways affiliate Thai Smile will commence direct flights from Phuket to New Delhi and Mumbai from March 31st.

Moevenpick Ink Hua Hin Deal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Feb 2013 | 8:08 am

Swiss hotel chain Moevenpick has signed a deal to manage a 190 room property in Hua Hin.

OPENING SOON Outrigger Laguna Names Chefs

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

The upgraded Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort which will debut March 15th has appointed two new chefs.

Amari Launches Hospitality Led Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 26 Feb 2013 | 11:59 am

Thailand property developer Amari Estates have formally launched their new Phuket project featuring hospitality led residences.

READERS LETTER A Life Of Entitlement

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Feb 2013 | 11:10 am

From time to time we publish letters from our readers on a specific Phuket issue, and island resident Michael Earle has taken the time to talk about values and the rising tide of wealth.

Down at the Eleventh Hour

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 26 Feb 2013 | 10:07 am

In Asia, cooling down heated markets seems to require quite some considerable effort and the results may see domestic investors run from the cold.

Greater Phuket Has Three of Top 10 Asian Beaches

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

TripAdvisor has released their 2013 Travellers Choice tally of best Asian Beaches with Greater Phuket pulling in three awards.

Tap Into Asia's Fastest Growing Hotel Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

The 2nd Hospitality Investment World (HIW) Indonesia 2013 will take place on March 18-20 at the Pullman Jakarta Central Park.

Sri Lanka Stops Foreign Land Ownership

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Feb 2013 | 8:57 pm

In an abrupt move last week the government of Sri Lanka has announced a ban on land ownership for foreigners.

Johnny Skepper Passes Away

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Feb 2013 | 8:26 pm

Entrepreneur Johnny Skeeper passed away in the UK last week.

AMCHAM Taxation Seminar For Americans

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Feb 2013 | 9:14 am

If you are an American and baffled by the US tax regime on overseas resident's, AMCHAM will be holding a seminary on March 8th at the Holiday Inn Patong.

Robust Baht Continues Surge

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's currency the baht looks set to appreciate throughout 2013.

And Then Came Layan

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 23 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Thinking of owning property in an island paradise? Swaying coconut trees, tropical drinks in day-glow colors and of course the ultimate deal closer - the beach.

Bliss Beach Club Anniversary Party

Category: Video. Posted: 22 Feb 2013 | 3:00 pm

Double Six Teams With Renowned Foodie

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Bali's hospitality-led residential project Double Six has signed on noted Australian restaurant innovator Robert Marchetti

Buyer Pays US$16 Million For Bangkok Penthouse

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Pace Development who are behind the Ritz-Carlton Residences project in Bangkok have said a penthouse unit was sold a 1,500 square meter penthouse has been sold for over USD16 million

Bump Bump - Escape From Boracay

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Feb 2013 | 4:07 pm

Timing is everything and this week's soiree to the Philippines for island hopping seems ill advised.

Macau Grows Russian Market Over 100%

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Macau's gaming and entertainment offering is attracting an influx of Russian tourists.

C9 Releases Samui 2012 Hotel Market Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Feb 2013 | 10:30 am

Samui's market-wide hotel occupancy grew 9% in 2012, bolstered by growth in airlift to the island.

Dusit Off To Africa

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Dusit International is continuing their international expansion with the announcement of the new dusitD2 Nairobi.

Live From Real Estate Brand Land

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

I'm back on the bus, the Airbus that is headed from Singapore to Manila.

Kissing The Green Monster

Category: Green. Posted: 17 Feb 2013 | 9:42 pm

Valentines might have come and gone, but here is one for keeping it simple and straightforward the green way.

Launch of Hughes Krupica Legal Firm

Category: Video. Posted: 17 Feb 2013 | 10:29 am

Khao Lak Retains Charm

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Feb 2013 | 9:51 am

Sitting at the JW Marriott in Khao Lak on a lovely sunny Sunday, the fresh air is intoxicating.

COOL QUEST Pied a Terre

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Real estate folks always love new terms to describe what often becomes a same same mash-up.

AirAsia's Reef Team

Category: Green. Posted: 16 Feb 2013 | 12:27 pm

Popular low-cost airline carrier AirAsia have initiated an ASEAN Reef Check Team in order to assist in preserving underwater marine life.

Best Western Flags Khao Lak Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Worldwide chain Best Western have signed a 125 room resort in Khao Lak.

A Short History of Bad Hotel Ideas

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 16 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

I come from another planet. One which is absolutely pedantic, startlingly interior and shamelessly derivative. Welcome to the Willy's Wonky World of Hoteldom.

Hughes Forms New Legal Firm

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Feb 2013 | 11:33 am

Desmond Hughes has separated from the Limcharoen Hughes and Glanville after 10 years operating and managing the practices across Asia

Thai Legal Firm Rebrands

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Feb 2013 | 10:28 am

The international law firm formerly operating under the name Limcharoen Hughes & Glanville has nowrebranded to Limcharoen.

PHUKET - Island Paradise Or Terrorism Hotbed?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Not far from the world-famous tourist beaches of Phuket and Krabi, a violent conflict in southern Thailand appears to be entering a dangerous new phase as Islamist insurgents

"A History of Phuket" Book Launch

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Feb 2013 | 8:33 am

The Phuket Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce is proud to promote the local island's heritage and culture through it's upcoming event " A History of Phuket" Book Launch by Colin Mackay.

Hotel Investors Money Up In Flames

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Feb 2013 | 9:09 am

This week's fire which substantially damaged the Nai Yang Peninsular resort development is a sad reminder of the potential downside risk of investing into over-heated property markets.

Secret Retreats Asian Bespoke Travel

Category: Video. Posted: 12 Feb 2013 | 4:45 pm

UP TO THE MINUTE Bali Tourism Update

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Feb 2013 | 9:00 am

Bali's international tourism arrivals slowed down in 2012 with year on year growth versus 2011 coming in at 4.91% according to data on Balidiscovery.com.

Minor Acquires Vietnam Boutique Chain

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Feb 2013 | 9:39 am

Thailand's Minor Hotel Group is continuing it's expansion drive with the acquisition last week of the Life Resorts Group in Vietnam.

FLYTALES Let Them Eat Sandwiches

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

As with world becomes a more cost conscious place legacy airlines are now exception to cost cutting.

Singapore's Mass Transit Masterpiece

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Singapore is again leading the pack in terms of long-term infrastructure with the announcement of two new MRT lines in the planning phase.

Tourism Heads off to the Mall

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 09 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Shopping therapy: Tourists seem as interested in a shopping spree as they are in the beach.

Six Senses Sri Lanka Deal Dies

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

The joint venture deal between Thailand's boutique resort chain Soneva and Aitkin Spence in Sri Lanka is dead in the water.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Phuket 2012 Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks has released the 2012 Phuket Hotel Market Update featuring research into what's driving tourists off the beach and into the island's shopping malls and entertainment attractions.

Alila Takes To The Sea

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading boutique hotel brand Alila has launched a luxury sailing Phinisi vessel the Purnama in Indonesia.

Vietnam's Battle Of The Bean

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

An American coffee titan's maiden voyage to Vietnam looks to be hotly contested.

Khao Yai To Get Dusit

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Feb 2013 | 6:28 am

Dusit has signed a deal to manage a new 79 room hotel in Khao Yai under their D2 brand.

Jacobs To Head Six Senses

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Feb 2013 | 6:18 am

Veteran hotelier Neil Jacobs has been appointed as CEO of the Six Senses Hotels Resort and Spas Group.

Club Product For Laguna Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

When the new look Outrigger (former Laguna Beach Resort) opens this coming March 15th, it will be the only property in the destination resort to offer an exclusive club product.

Government Holds Off Property Cooling Measures

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

While Hong Kong and Singapore have proactively instituted actions to cool down their overheating property markets, Thailand's government looks to stay on the sidelines.

Another Marriott For Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Global hotel chain has inked a deal with Thailand's TCC Hotel Group for seven properties countrywide.

Twinpalms Opening Sushi Outlet

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Feb 2013 | 8:18 am

Innovative twinpalms will be opening a new Japanese outlet at its Bake eatery near Laguna Phuket.

Hotel Fax Machines Living On Borrowed Time

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Remember the telex machine? The bedside control panel? When was the last time you used a hotel room telephone to call outside?

Xenophobia Strikes Out in Phuket

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 02 Feb 2013 | 3:39 pm

Tempers flared at Bangtao Beach last week over alleged Russian-controlled businesses staking a claim in the lucrative tourism market.

Pattaya Developer Taps Property And Tourism Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

Thai-based listed real estate firm Nusasiri is looking at diversifying development risk in their mega property offering called The Grand Kingdom.

Beach Club Initiative Takes Broader View

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

The recently formed Phuket Beach Club Society is looking to capture synergies and also have a dedicated forum to address issues facing island commercial businesses.

Bang Saray Booms Back Of Cartoon

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

The eastern seaboard property market is heating up with the development of the Cartoon Network's first Asian theme park.

Dude, Where's My Car?

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Feb 2013 | 6:00 am

They did pave paradise - but in many cases forgot to put up the parking lot.

Phuket Tops Hotel Investment Survey

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

According to Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels most recent Investor Sentiment Survey, Phuket is the most sought after location in Asia Pacific for hospitality asset acquisition.

Bay Regatta Kicks Off Today

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

The revitalized Bay Regatta in Greater Phuket starts today and runs through February 3rd.

Anti-Russian Protest Shows Ugly Side Of Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Jan 2013 | 6:48 am

Yesterdays staged demonstration in Bangtao beach which railed against Russian businesses and tourists was a dark reminder of how quickly Thailand can roll up its welcome mat.

Jakarta Embraces Luxury Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

While Hong Kong, Singapore and even Bangkok are in the midst of a luxury residential surge, Jakarta is now seeing strong demand in the sector.

Paresa Opening Surin Beach Club

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Jan 2013 | 2:12 pm

Luxury resort Paresa will open an upscale beach club in Surin called Zazada.

Award Winning Hotel Film - Power of Advice

Category: Video. Posted: 28 Jan 2013 | 12:36 pm

Try Before You Buy Property Offering

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Taking a page out of the vacation ownership sales manual, the Patong headland Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa is offering prospective purchasers a three night stay for USD199.

Kitchen Confidential Redux

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Celebrity chef and travel channel personality Anthony Bourdain continues to be draw my interest with his dark humor and passionate pursuits.

Flying the not so Friendly Skies

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 26 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

With the friendly skies now filled to the brim with new start-up airlines and because of pilot shortages, I have to admit my pulse starts to race whenever a plane I'm in hits the taxiway.

Hotel Turns To Amnesty Program

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Legendary New York hotel the Waldorf Astoria made headlines recently when it offered a unique amnesty program to guests to return stolen items.

Centara Packages Up Splash Jungle

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

The Centara Grand West Sands Phuket is targeting family business with packages that include accommodation and entry to the water park Splash Jungle.

Does Phuket Want More Upscale Tourists?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

As hoteliers in Phuket continue to complain about the inflow of burgeoning mass market tourists, practically speaking the island is not developing enough quality niche offerings

China Cambodia Love Affair

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Thailand's next door neighbor Cambodia is trying hard to tap into the mainstream tourism sector.

Housing Market Edges Back 6 Year Later

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

After its well documented sub-prime catastrophic meltdown, the US housing market is seeing a staged sign of recovery.

What Exactly Is an Island?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

It's been said that no man is an island, but I recently came across one of the better descriptions of this often elusive aquatic land mass.

Cambodia Aims For Film Fans

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Jan 2013 | 11:25 am

Asia's Film Festival's are growing, with last year's Luang Prabang event drawing a strong crowd.

HOTEL WATCH Twelve at Hengshan

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Opened late last year the residential styled urban hotel retreat Twelve at Hengshan in Shanghai already has a number of fans.

Second Yangon Gateway Airport Coming

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Yangon's second aviation gateway the Hanthawaddy International Airport looks set to finally start work this year.

So Near, and Yet so Far

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 19 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

As I write this, I can imagine the strange look of astonishment on my editor's face as this column arrives - one which is actually about property.

Bangkok Amusement Park Wants Foreigners

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Bangkok's longest established tourist attractions Siam City Park is looking to cash in on the current trend of mass tourism.

Rowing To The Grand Hyatt

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Jan 2013 | 6:48 pm

I'm in South East Asia's boomtown and am being held hostage.

Hilton's New Parody Video

Category: Video. Posted: 17 Jan 2013 | 9:21 am

Resources We Love - Above Phuket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

It's a bird. It's a plane. No wait it's Phuket from high up above.

Bali Hotel and Residential Market Report Released

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading consulting firms C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL have released a comprehensive report on the state of Bali's hotel and hospitality led residential market.

Central Developing Phuket Convention Center

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Jan 2013 | 9:05 am

At last Phuket will get it's Convention Center, though it's not going to be the government sponsored project in Mai Khao.

Bali Villa Rentals Evolving

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Bali's Villa rental market is showing signs of adapting to a broader demographic.

ECONOMIC FEEDING FRENZY All About Indonesia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

My plane is about to touch down in Jakarta and this looks to be a busy week.

Tourist Emergency Fund Proposed

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jan 2013 | 8:22 pm

Thailand's Tourism Ministry hopes to implement a THB50 million emergency fund to assist injured visitors to the country by the beginning of February.

Phuket Grounds The Jet Set

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Jan 2013 | 7:41 pm

Both the media and private sector is buzzing in the aftermath of Phuket International Airport's (PIA) unexpected 16-day closure to private aircraft during the holiday season.

Sansiri Launching Mai Khao Condo Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Phuket's condominium property sector is continuing to gain momentum with news that Thai listed development firm Sansiri will launch a 206 unit project in Mai Khao this March.

Middle East Hubs Eye Asia

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

South East Asia has long been a key airline hub been east and west. Two airports in particular, Singapore's Changi and Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi continue to capture significant market share.

FIELD TRIP Samui Kicks It Up A Notch

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Jan 2013 | 8:10 am

I was in Samui last week checking out hotel and tourism developments and must say things are going well for the island destination.

Urban Resort Trend Picked By Banyan

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts are rapidly developing their brand in cities around the region.

Central Shopping Mall For Samui

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

The resort destination of Samui will be joining Phuket and Pattaya, with a new Central shopping mall under development.

Samui Condo Project Builds Out

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Jan 2013 | 11:21 am

A Samui condo project developer is putting their money up front before selling.

Interview Damrong "The Demolisher" Pidech

Category: Video. Posted: 13 Jan 2013 | 11:04 am

PRICE WATCH Myanmar Property Hits The Roof

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Investors are closely looking at property prices in Myanmar with a mix of interest and amazement.

New Samui Beach Club Hotel Coming Up

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Jan 2013 | 3:31 pm

Opening shortly will be the brand new KC Beach Club, Hotel and Pool Villas.

Hyatt Branding Manila Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Hotel branded properties are now moving into the market at a greater pace with the most recent launch being the Grand Hyatt Manila Residences at The Fort.

Bold Predictions for 2013

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 12 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

I believe Chinese zodiac signs went out sometime in the 1970s, though clearly citizens of Sedona and Byron Bay didn't get the memo.

NEXT MONTH Myanmar Hospitality Conference

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

On February 26th to 28th the Myanmar Hospitality & Tourism Conference will take place.

Ex-Banyan Tree GM Hits Big Waves

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

After nearly 10 years with the Banyan Tree chain, Francois Huet made a bold move to strike out on his own with a consulting firm Big Waves of Inspiration.

Centara Appoints Ronge To General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Familiar Phuket hospitality face Dominique Ronge was recently appointed as General Manager of the Centara Grand Resort and Spa Pattaya.

Hospitality Technology Courses

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Our friend Tech Guru Terence Ronson of Pertlink has teamed up with MDIS (Management Development Institute of Singapore) for a series of Hospitality IT courses in the Lion City.

Malaysia Setting Up Expat Services Center

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Malaysia continues to target more foreigners who want to live or work in the country.

Phuket For Kids Website

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

A new island website is tapping into the niche kids market.

Indigo Pearl's Music Video

Category: Video. Posted: 05 Jan 2013 | 2:14 pm

Land & Houses Heading North

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

One of the major Thai-listed real estate investors into the Phuket property sector Land & Houses are seeing their development footprint creep north.

2013 Property Ponderings

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 05 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

When I lived and worked in the corporate rule, one of the true signs of executive prowess was the ability to read upside down.

Asean Poised For Beach Boom

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Jan 2013 | 9:35 am

New destinations will challenge old standbys. An article in today's Bangkok Post by Chadamas Chinmaneevong discussed the ways the upcoming AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) may impact Phuket

Yoma Investing In Yangon Mixed Use Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

One of Myanmar's largest real estate developments has seen a purchase an ownership stake in a prime Yangon 10 acre parcel

First Bali Hotel Investment Event

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Bail will host the First Annual Indonesia Hotel Investment Conference on February 1st at the brand new Sheraton Kuta Resort.

Laguna To Offer Tri-Fest In 2013

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Leading destination resort Laguna Phuket has signed a deal for a Challenge half Ironman on December 1st.

The Bamboo Chocolate Factory

Category: Green. Posted: 01 Jan 2013 | 11:24 am

Bali's Big Tree Farms global headquarters is housed in what they term sustainable bamboo.

World's Largest Bamboo Building in Bali

Category: Video. Posted: 01 Jan 2013 | 11:20 am

ATF HeadsTo Laos

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

This year's annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2013 will be held in Vientiane Laos.

Food for Thought

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Jan 2013 | 6:00 am

Over the past 10 years, one recurring storyline continues to be those seeking out cheap deals. That, and those Nigerian lottery emails.

Malaiwana's New Multi Million Dollar Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 31 Dec 2012 | 9:44 am

Luxury estate Malaiwana is bringing their third and final phase to the market with the new luxury Residences.

Luxury Datai Resort Adds New Villas

Category: Hotels. Posted: 31 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

In nearby Langkawi, the Datai Resort has added 14 new beach villas to its inventory.

Outrigger Appoints Selina Chan

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Hotel chain Outrigger has appointed Selina Chan as the new Director of Sales and Marketing for their Asian flagship property in Phuket.

Sydictive Element Mega Party To Patong

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Dec 2012 | 9:49 am

The up, down and sideways saga of the mega New Year's Eve Sydictive Element event is set to wind down in Patong.

Amari Residences Patong Launching First Quarter

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Dec 2012 | 9:33 am

Phuket's property sector is seeing as rise in new products, and one we are closely watching is the new Amari Residences in Patong.

January Debut For Starwood Samui Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Starwood's Luxury Collection will see their Vana Belle resort open in Samui next month.

End of Year Predictions

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 29 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

I am without a doubt a derelict dad. Just call me DD for short.

Starwood Embraces Andy Warhol

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Artist Andy Warhol was one of the first creative types to embrace a collaborative ongoing lab with his Factory creating a global legacy.

Samui Airlift Could Rise Over 40%

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Dec 2012 | 9:47 am

A few months ago we had a talk with Bangkok Airways President Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth and the airlines pending application to increase daily flights to the resort island from 36 up to 50.

New Brand For Banyan Tree?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

With a core offering of Banyan Tree and next Angsana, KP Ho is about to launch a third brand.

Myanmar Air Crash

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Dec 2012 | 8:39 am

International media is reporting a Christmas day air crash on an Air Bagen flight between Mandalay and Heho airport (close to the popular Inle Lake).

Philippine Developer Enlists Starck and Yoo

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 26 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Asia's rising real estate star remains the Philippines and its celebrity driven sector is booming.

Pay It Down For Christmas

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

I'm the luckiest man in the world. Why not. I live in Phuket. I have a lovely wife, two daughters, three dogs and a house conveniently located near to my caf latte local - Bake.

Indonesian Lawmakers Propose Total Liquor Ban

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Dec 2012 | 10:07 am

Media reports are spreading over a proposed new bill in Indonesia for submission to the parliament body next year.

Smart Property Expo Comes To Phuket

Category: Video. Posted: 24 Dec 2012 | 9:11 am

Yet Another Hyatt Coming To Bangkok

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Over the past few years clearly Hyatt is not content to be a one-trick pony in Bangkok.

Vietnam's Property Market Remains In Toilet

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

No doubt a harsh statement but talking to property firms and developers the Vietnam property sector continues to flounder at rock bottom.

Virgin's Branson To Wear Skirt

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Business mogul Richard Branson is set to get all girled up in a skirt after losing a bet to AirAsia's Tony Fernandez.

Jet Asia Launching China And Korea Service

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Thai charter carrier Jet Asia is upgrading to become a scheduled carrier with the introduction of flights to Korea and China from Phuket in January.

ELASTIC PHUKET Air Berlin Incident

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Dec 2012 | 10:17 am

Despite the Thursday night Phuket Airport incident which featured an emergency landing of an Air Belin flight with 249 passengers, the island's gateway is back to normal.

Smart Property Show Next Week

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Dec 2012 | 9:47 am

Phuket's holiday season is set to feature the Smart Property & Lifestyle Expo at Royal Phuket Marina next week.

Phuket Island Diary

Category: Video. Posted: 22 Dec 2012 | 9:30 am

We'll Always Have Paris. Not

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Dec 2012 | 9:17 am

What does the Sydictive Element New Year's Eve bash and the tragic case of the stateless Rohingya have in common? Neither has a home.

Airport Private Jet Ban Hits Luxury Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Dec 2012 | 9:06 am

An unexpected 16 day ban on private jets that came into effect last week at Phuket international Airport is already drawing criticism from the luxury villa sector.

Krabi Marina Targeting Full House

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

As Phuket's marina's are already full to the brim, nearby Krabi is benefiting from the lift-off of widespread yachting activates in Phang Nga Bay.

A Home for the Holidays

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 22 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

'Tis the season, here on the sunny island of Phuket yet again. I'm not quite sure exactly when the vanishing point starts to loom over life's passage.

Forget Condos, Buy Car Park Spaces

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

While Asia's prolonged real estate winning streak spirals upwards, one sure sign of maturity is the drift into specialty products.

Holiday Inn Express and Tune Hit Patong

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Dec 2012 | 12:12 pm

Tomorrow is the opening of the 276 room Holiday Inn Express Patong Beach Central.

Travels in the Fourth World

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 20 Dec 2012 | 11:36 am

Somehow the Mayan's and the rock band REM managed to cross wires as we roar into 2013.

Zecha Buys Back Aman Resorts

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Dec 2012 | 8:07 am

In one of the most captivating hotel deals in recent times, the saga over the sale of the luxury chain of Aman Resorts has ended back where it began.

Red Planet Investment Success Story

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

One of Thailand's leading hospitality stories we are watching is the rise of the Red Plane Tune Hotels partnership.

InterContinental Brand Coming To Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Dec 2012 | 12:25 pm

One of the world's largest hotel chains InterContinental have announced a 240 key property in Rawai Phuket.

Guaranteed Return Default Hits Media

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

An ongoing dispute between a large block of condo owners at the Nexus Residence in Malaysia's Kota Kinabalu is being played out on the press.

B Mall and Villa Market Launch

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Dec 2012 | 10:20 am

Boat Avenue's next phase of development has the new "b mall" featuring 16 retail shops and a much anticipated Villa Market.

Seaplanes For Greater Bali

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

With Bali (and Phuket) overflowing with tourists the development of outlaying islands continues to be a hot topic.

January Date For Thailand Tourism Forum

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Dec 2012 | 12:06 pm

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 2nd Annual Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF2013)

Lux Paresa Offering Ultra Villa

Category: Hotels. Posted: 17 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Paresa resort on Kamala's Millionaires Mile is upping the luxury ante with its managed offering of the Villa Wang Namjai.

Raffles Fairmont Sign In Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Dec 2012 | 11:00 am

Bali's hotel pipeline just keeps growing with the announcement of the signing of a 170 key Fairmont and 80 villa Raffles.

DIE HARD 4 Staying Alive

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

An article in The Atlantic caught my eye just the other day about what time of day that people are most statistically prone to die.

Travelocity Twinpalms Phuket Oz Tour

Category: Video. Posted: 15 Dec 2012 | 2:37 pm

Island Nation Looking For New Home

Category: Green. Posted: 15 Dec 2012 | 2:27 pm

Growing concern over the clearly apparent effects of global warming has the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati on the lookout for new digs.

Pop-Up Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

International trends have seen a surge in urban mobile food trucks and nature based tented camps.

Welcome to my Nightmare

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 15 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

What's driven me to the edge of madness? The place inhabited by bums in torn clothes, religious zealots and all manner of stark raving lunatics is the Phuket International Airport.

Thanyapura Opens Sports Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

The island has a new niche hospitality property with the recent debut of the 77-room Sports Hotel at Thanyapura north of Thalang.

Tapping Into The Source

Category: Green. Posted: 13 Dec 2012 | 8:36 am

A high-profile documentary titled "Tapped" has created a strong dialogue about the increasing use of bottled water in our society.

Maldives Airport Seizure Creating Uncertainty

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Dec 2012 | 8:35 am

If you think things are bad at Phuket's International Airport, take a step back and look at the leading resort destination the Maldives.

South East Asia Property Awards 2012

Category: Video. Posted: 13 Dec 2012 | 8:30 am

Booming Economy Fuels Manila Hospitality Market

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

The second fastest growing economy in Asia and a stable political environment are combining to fuel

Asia Finds a Niche - Housing For Hobbits

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 11 Dec 2012 | 5:38 pm

Jingle Bill, Jingle Bill. Is the very Merry Season here again already? Apparently so given the greenscape in every retail space my eyes come to rest on.

Spain Offering Residency To Spur Property

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 11 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

One of Europe's real estate basket cases remains Spain. Pancakes might be flat but the Spanish sector remains below sea level in broad terms.

Waiting to be Wowed

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Bali has one. So does nearby Samui. Singapore. Hong Kong. Even Bangkok.

Marijuana Tourism Goes Up Like Smoke

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Sitting in the US there is much chatter about the potential for a new niche - marijuana travel.

Weary Wayward Night Owls

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 08 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Fatigued travellers stumble through Dubai Airport's international terminal as it bustles with passengers looking to catch their connecting flights at 3am.

Laguna Launches New Residences Phase

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading Phuket developer Laguna Phuket has put 10 new properties into the market.

Starwood Opens 5th Bali Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Dec 2012 | 11:30 am

The opening today of the 203 room Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort marks the fifth property on the Island of the Gods for Starwood.

Samui Back From The Black

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Dec 2012 | 8:24 am

Media reports have confirmed that power has been restored to the resort island of Samui after massive blackout disrupted electricity for three days.

World's Largest Mall Set For Dubai

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

In the ongoing story on the search for the biggest and best in a rising Middle East, Dubai has made public plans for the world's biggest shopping mall.

Bangkok Gets Ready to WoW

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Dec 2012 | 1:58 am

Bangkok's much anticipated W Hotel is set to open today.

Centara Launches Budget Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Dec 2012 | 12:20 am

Thailand's Centara hospitality group has rolled out a new low-cost brand called COSI.

W Bangkok ELLE Fashion Week

Category: Video. Posted: 06 Dec 2012 | 8:25 am

Indonesia Real Estate Rents Skyrocket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Positive investor sentiment and a bullish Indonesia economy are spurring residential rental rates in Jakarta by as much as 15% over 2011.

Land Dispute Mars Phang Na Bay Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

The ongoing trials and tribulations of the Pakoh Hotel Co., Ltd. who own the Six Senses Yao Noi has continued to attract unwanted attention.

Zcape Developer Launching Second Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Tri Property the group behind the sold out condo project near Laguna Phuket is launching a second project.

New Laguna Shores Condo Project Unveiled

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Dec 2012 | 12:29 am

After months of speculation on K.P. Ho's comments during the destination resort's 30th Anniversary, the group going public with the Laguna Shores project.

Graceland Patong Opens New Extension

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Patong's Graceland hotel has opened its new Sunset Wing extension with 140 new guest rooms.

Hyatt Sign Third Bangkok Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Hyatt International has signed a third hotel in Bangkok which will be a 300 key property.

Dusit Adds Middle East Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading Thai hotel brand Dusit International have sealed a management deal for a 402 room hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 01 Dec 2012 | 6:00 am

Villains, tycoons, bad guys, and all around ultra entrepreneurs, the world has a love-hate relationship with the men (and women) at the top.

Erawan To Sell ibis Patong Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

According to securities firm Bualuang the publically traded Erawan Group plans to sell their ibis Patong and ibis Pattaya hotels to a new property fund in the second quarter of next year.

Phuket To Shanghai Flights Coming

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket continues to see red with the announcement that AirAsia will kick off flights between the island and Shanghai from February 21st next year.

Along Comes Pop Up Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

A worldwide rave up which has been transfixed by flashmob's and Instagram is now being attracted to pop up hotels.

Indonesian Developer SSIA Adding 4,000 Rooms

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Listed Indonesian development company PT Surya Semesta Internusa are set to invest in 35 new budget hotels in the country.

Controversial Surin New Years Eve Event Organizer

Category: Video. Posted: 26 Nov 2012 | 7:33 am

Samui Resort For Adults Only

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

You won't find kid's clubs, playground's or children's activities at the Akyra Chura Resort in Samui.

Bali Villa Rental Villa Market Declines

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

In the news from Bali is a story about shrinking occupancy in the villa rental sector.

No Yellow Submarine For Tauzia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Marc Steinmeyer's Indonesian-based Tauzia hotel group recently unveiled it's new Yello brand.

Finding the Center of Gravity

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 24 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Gravity: It holds buildings down but doesn't stop real estate from going through the roof.

Emirates Phuket Direct Next Month

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

The month of December will usher in the start of direct flights from Dubai by top airline carrier Emirates.

Tune Phuket Offering Hotel Rooms For THB399

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

The new Tune Patong is gearing up for a January 3rd launch by offering hotel rooms for THB399 from November 26th.

Myanmar Update, Obama talks, Clinton Sleeps

Category: Video. Posted: 22 Nov 2012 | 7:54 am

Indian Group Buys Into Bangkok Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

India's largest vacation ownership company Mahindra Holidays and Resorts have acquired a 49% stake in a 77-key Bangkok hotel.

Raffles Names French To Top Job

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Luxury chain Raffles Hotels & Resorts has appointed Peter French as President as of the beginning of January.

Minor To Develop Phuket Luxury Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Nov 2012 | 9:51 am

The Minor Hotel Group is planning to develop between 17 to 20 hotel branded luxury residences in Phuket priced at USD3-5 million according to a report from Bualuang Securities.

Hot new Bangkok boutique Riva Surya Hotel

Category: Video. Posted: 21 Nov 2012 | 8:21 am

Golden Tulip Adding 4 Bali Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

News out of Bangkok's Golden Tulip South East Asia development office is that four new deals have been inked in Bali.

Dusit Signs Guam Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Thai chain Dusit International has signed a management contract for a 417-room hotel in Guam.

January Opening For Luxury Collection Samui Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Starwood's Luxury Collection will open its long delayed Vana Belle Resort in Samui this coming January.

Starwood Loses Singapore St Regis Legal Action

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

A legal action in Singapore has allowed the Australian StayWell group to retain use of the hotel name Park Regis in the city state.

The Secret Lives of Wallflowers

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 17 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Get your back off the wall: Many people here in Phuket live the life of a lost wallflower.

Phuket's 102-Year-Old Baba Museum

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

A 102-year-old building at the intersection of Phuket Road and Phang Nga Road will house a heritage Baba Museum.

New Tax On Non-Resident Property Buyers

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

In an attempt to cool off skyrocketing property prices, Hong Kong has instituted a 15% stamp duty on non-resident purchasers.

Thailand's Dusit Opens Maldives Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading Thai hotel chain Dusit continue to push an overseas expansion program with the opening of their 100-unit property on Mudhdhoo Island.

What's Next For SilverNeedle Hospitality

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Singapore's SilverNeedle Hospitality have launched a new white label collection of non-branded properties.

Anantara Hive Off New Oaks Branded Bangkok Property

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Anantara group have split off a portion of their Sathorn Bangkok property into an Oaks branded serviced apartment.

How I Survived Carmageddon

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Nov 2012 | 11:45 am

'm not sure what it feels like to have a heart attack but last Friday was a close call.

Hotel Tech Trends - Struck By Lightening

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Here goes another installment by hospitality guru Terence Ronson of Pertlink -

Doing Business in Thailand AMCHAM Legal Event

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

AMCHAM will hold a forum titled "Doing Business in Thailand - 3 Things You Should Know" on Thursday November 29th at Royal Phuket Marina.

Phuket Dot Com Travel Business Sells For USD25 Million

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

The Phuket Gazette has reported that island-based website HotelTravel.com has been sold for USD25 million.

Phuket Kings Cup Regatta Coming December

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Nov 2012 | 1:27 pm

One of the island's must see events is on the horizon as the Phuket King's Cup Regatta sets sail this coming December 1st to 8th.

TRUE TECH FACTS Mobile Philippines

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Here is one key metric for those marketing genius's out there.

Smart Property Exhibit Comes To Phuket December

Category: Video. Posted: 10 Nov 2012 | 8:57 am

Location, Location, Location

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 10 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Here in Phuket, when you measure the success and failure of those projects which stood out from the crowd - it's not easy to separate them.

Suvarnabhumi Upgrade To Complete 2016

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

While this could be good news or bad news for travelers out there, the AoT (Airports of Thailand) has updated it's expansion program for Suvarnabhumi which is now set to finish in three years.

Indonesian Chain Pushes Two New Brands

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Indonesian group Panorama Hospitality Management are aggressively moving into the two and three star market with a strategic push.

Panwa Hotel Names New GM

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Cape Panwa Hotel has appointed Sebastian Flickhinger to the post of General Manager.

Anantara Gears Up For Bangtao Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Nov 2012 | 8:54 am

Thai hotel chain Anantara has appointed Viktoria Riley as Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing for their two Phuket properties.

Phuket Pullman Delayed To February

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Nov 2012 | 8:28 am

The new Pullman Arcadia Phuket Naithon Beach has announced the opening date has been moved back to February 1st.

Bill Barnett Speaking At Manila Real Estate Summit

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Nov 2012 | 8:20 am

C9 Hotelworks's Bill Barnett will be speaking at next weeks Asia Pacific Real Estate Investment Summit in Makati Philippines on November 14th.

Green Thumb For Hansar Samui

Category: Green. Posted: 08 Nov 2012 | 8:02 am

One of Samui's most popular new resorts the Hansar in Bophut has converted a 3 rai plot next to the property into a fish farm and organic garden.

Outlet Mall Group Expands Into Tourism Attractions

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

With the success of it's themed Santorini Park in Cha-Am, the Premium Outlet Mall brand which is under the Pena Group is looking to branch out further into the tourism sector.

AirAsia Takes On Lombok

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Low-cost carrier AirAsia has commenced direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and the resort island of Lombok in Indonesi

Phuket's Convention Center Lost In Limbo

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Yingluck Shinawatra's Cabinet effectively killed off the THB2.6 billion project with little explanation as to the reasons behind the move.

Golden Tulip Branding Pattaya Condominium Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

International chain Golden Tulip will brand and operate a 200 unit hotel and mixed use condominium project in Pattaya.

Foreign Investors Back In Phuket

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Nov 2012 | 11:24 am

Foreign Investors Back In Phuket

Villa Market Heading North To Laguna

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Nov 2012 | 8:39 am

At long last the Villa Market which is popular with expats, will be opening up North in the Laguna area next April.

Myanmar Tourism Conference For February

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Asia's current hot spot Myanmar will host the upcoming Hospitality and Tourism Conference 2013 from February 26th to 28th.

Phuket Hotels Oppose Surin Mega Event

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Nov 2012 | 12:47 pm

A letter has been sent to the Phuket Governor by the management of many of Surin Beach's leading businesses including Amanpuri, Twinpalms, The Surin,

Phuket Cultural Tourism Event

Category: Video. Posted: 03 Nov 2012 | 10:09 am

Let it Spin, Spin, Spin

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 03 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Paris Hilton appeared at a press conference in Bangkok, backing Sydictive Element's bash, which is supposed to cater to up to 50,000 people.

Kingdom Sells Raffles/Fairmont Property

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Kingdom Hotel Investments have divested their soon to open luxury Fairmont Hotel and Raffles Suites and Residences in Makati Manila.

Another Beach Club For Glitzy Surin

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

High profile chic Surin Beach is set to welcome the Diamond Beach Club next month.

Phi Phi Island Resort Becomes Outrigger

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Nov 2012 | 4:34 pm

From November 3rd the Phi Phi Island Resort will be renamed under the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Group.

Phang Nga Bay Resort Rebranded

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Nov 2012 | 3:43 pm

The Elixer Resort on Koh Yao Yai island in Phang Nga Bay has been branded by Zinc Invision Hospitality as a Glow.

Direct London Phuket Flights From November 2013

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Nov 2012 | 12:38 pm

A leading UK tour operator is set to roll out direct flights between Gatwick Airport in London and Phuket according to a news piece in the Daily Mail.

New Holiday Inn Krabi Opens Today

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Nov 2012 | 8:46 am

IHG's Holiday Inn has rebranded the Sala IHG's Holiday Inn has rebranded the Sala Talay Resort in Krabi to a Holiday Inn effective today.

Renaissance Man Bags Top Honors

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading man Jason Nuell of Mai Khao's Renaissance resort has been named top global General Manager for the chain.

Counting Sheep with the Glee Club

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Nov 2012 | 6:00 am

Latter day Asia's property boom has continued unimpeded like some fast talking amped up sales pitch which is sucking on helium balloons.

New Airport For Koh Phangan

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Popular Full Moon Party island Koh Phangan is in the news with the announcement that a new airport is underway.

Onyx Signs Ozo In Pattaya

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand hospitality group Onyx has inked a deal for a 170 room Ozo branded property on the Eastern Seaboard in Pattaya.

Krabi Resort Up For Sale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Greater Phuket's hospitality asset transaction market continues to be a hot commodity with news that the beachfront Anyavee Tubkaek Beach Resort is for sale.

Sansiri Launching New Phuket Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

The love affair between Thai listed property development firm Sansiri and Phuket real estate buyers looks to continue with the launch a new condominium project The Base Uptown.

Siam Beach Club Opens

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Oct 2012 | 10:20 am

The Siam Beach Club in Nai Yang has opened up for business.

Hua Hin Eyes Phuket Lifestyle Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Oct 2012 | 10:06 am

Leading Thai resort and property market Hua Hin is increasing its focus on attracting a broader range of customers to it's tourism and real estate sector.

Record Breaking Phuket Reef Clean-Up

Category: Video. Posted: 28 Oct 2012 | 9:18 am

Koh Maphrao Remains In The Dark

Category: Green. Posted: 28 Oct 2012 | 8:58 am

While villagers on nearby Koh Lone are hailing news that the island will have it's own small hydroelectric power plant; Koh Maphrao continues to be shut out of the electricity equation.

North Face Thailand Race Next February

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Ultra sports continue to be all the rage these days and extreme running events are popping up all over Thailand.

A Little Doomsday Trick or Treat

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 27 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Doom and Gloom: Phuketians need to understand that tourism should be diversified.

GLOBAL BUZZ TERM EasyJetSet

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

In a world that's been stomped on by a lingering financial crisis, lifestyles of the rich and famous have been replaced by travelers jetting around on low-cost airlines.

Developer Offering Free Lifetime Condo Fees

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 26 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand's property market continues to grow higher in the development cycle and projects are increasingly looking for ways to differentiate their projects.

Don Mueang Three Phase Upgrade Plan

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

With Don Mueang Airport now firmly back on the radar as Bangkok's second gateway the AoT (Airports of Thailand) are pursing a 10-year redevelopment plan.

Thai Hotels Association Takes On Web

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

The THA (Thai Hotels Association) will go live with an online booking site this November.

Mega Surin NY Eve Party To Feature Paris Hilton

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Oct 2012 | 6:54 am

The paparazzi are expected to come out for a mega Sydictive Element New Year's Eve Party on Surin Beach.

Low-Cost Pattaya Condo Market Alert

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading Thai listed property development firm Raimon Land have signaled a potential red flag for buyers in the surging Pattaya property sector.

Big C's For Thai Hotel Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

For Thailand's Centara Hotels and Resorts, the branding strategy remains entrenched in Plan C.

Asia Home To World's Most Wealthy

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Asia Pacific is now home to the largest catchment of high-net-worth-individuals (HNWI).

Manila's New Fist Full of Dollars

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 20 Oct 2012 | 12:54 pm

A vibrant real estate scene has not only lured Donald Trump to offer up his residential brand but even Paris Hilton.

Hard Rock Cafe Patong Fire

Category: Video. Posted: 20 Oct 2012 | 9:27 am

Pattaya's Mega Resort Island Project Soars

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

A massive destination tourism project called Million Island on Koh Lan across from Pattaya is garnering a high level of interest in development circles.

One Night at the Property Opera

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 20 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

I'm not usually one for red carpet events but last Saturday's Thailand Property Awards in Bangkok was not one to miss.

Budget Airline Lion Chasing AirAsia

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Indonesia's low-cost airline Lion which made global news on it's record setting Boeing aircraft order is now setting it's sights on regional expansion.

Dusit Head Way Out West

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Thai hospitality group Dusit Thai International is looking to duplicate the overseas expansion success of other chains such as Minor, Centara and Onyx.

Superyacht Rendezvous And Angsana Tie-Up

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

This year's annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous has found at new sponsored home at Laguna Phuket's Angsana Resort and Xana Beach Club.

Bluepoint, Laguna, Anantara and Nchantra Lead Property Awards

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Oct 2012 | 11:31 am

Phuket real estate developments were on show at Saturday's annual Thailand Property Awards ceremony.

Singapore's SilverNeedle Buy Australian Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

SilverNeedle which is part of the Nadathur Group has acquired the historic Chifley at Lennons Hotel in Brisbane Australia.

New GHM Resort For Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Luxury boutique hotel operator GHM have inked a deal for a new 100 villa resort on an lsland nearby popular tourist destination Bali.

Trick Art Tourist Attraction Packing Them In

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Pattaya's new Art in Paradise attraction which opened earlier in the year has seen a surge in both overseas and local Thai's visiting the venue.

Viewing Phuket From The Sky

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

I've recently been viewing island photos from Helicam's Above Phuket website.

Desperate Measures at 30,000 Feet

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 13 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Crouching tiger, hidden Bill: Airplane travel nowadays can feel like an assault on the senses.

Guaranteed Return Debacle Gains International Attention

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 12 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

A dispute between property buyers and the developer over unpaid rental revenue at the Nexus Residence in Kota Kinabalu is gaining overseas media attention.

Fico and Evolution Tap Into Food Service Sector

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

News of the acquisition of a 33.7% stake in the listed firm Evolution on the SET by hospitality focused group Fico has the industry buzzing.

UK's Premier Inn's Targeting Asian Budget Boom

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

With close to 50,000 rooms and over 600 hotels the United Kingdom's Premier Inn brand is already a key player in the economy sector.

Thai Property Developers Head Overseas

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Cashed up property developers from Thailand are continuing to push their investment horizon into the international arena.

Electricity Void Stunting Island Outer Growth

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

The lack of electricity on outlaying islands close to the bustling tourism and economic hub of Phuket appears to be inexplicable.

Thai Airways Launches Early Retirement Program

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Legacy carrier Thai Airlines is struggling to keep pace with the influx of bold and beautiful new low-cost airline carriers.

Where Have Phuket's Artists Gone?

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 06 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

It's hard to trace back exactly how Phuket came onto the global stage as a leading beach destination.

Design Your Own 5 Star Virtual Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Laureate Hospitality Education has launched a global only design competition for a virtual 5 Star hotel.

Upstart Airline Taking Over Krabi/Surat Thani Routes

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Thai Airways International's offshoot Thai Smile will take over the existing TG routes between Bangkok to Krabi and Surat Thani.

Flash Dance Mob Hits Moevenpick Resort

Category: Video. Posted: 04 Oct 2012 | 2:00 pm

Central Hotel Shopping In London And Paris

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Central Plaza and its Centara Hotels and Resorts group is continuing in their quest to break in the European hospitality sector despite failing to win a deal for a London hotel.

No WOW For Fitness Chain

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

As Thailand's middle class continues to emerge with significant buying power, government and private sector consumer action mechanisms are becoming more vocal.

Twinpalms Taking Oz By Storm

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Oct 2012 | 8:38 am

In a new brand building and promotional push the chic Twinpalms resort is headed to Australia for a 30-day road trip starting November 6th.

Hua Hin's THB10 Billion Condo Pipeline

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Recently the Nation ran an article about the booming THB10 billion development stream of new condominium projects.

Legoland Malaysia Opens Doors

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

The much anticipated opening of the Legoland Malaysia has now ushered in what looks to be a boom time for themed amusement parks.

Hell and Damnation Hit Asia's Leading Resort Property Market

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Oct 2012 | 6:00 am

Over the past decade Phuket in Thailand has set the gold standard for South East Asia's booming luxury real estate sector.

THAILAND NOW Surf City With Flowboarding

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Bangkok now plays host to the first Thailand urban beach club - Flow House.

Quiksilver Open Phuket Thailand 2012

Category: Video. Posted: 29 Sep 2012 | 10:19 am

Iskandar Eco Resi Project Promotes SEEDS

Category: Green. Posted: 29 Sep 2012 | 9:23 am

Malaysia's trend setting mega master planned Iskandar is making green waves around the region.

Laguna's Sustainable Schools Program

Category: Green. Posted: 29 Sep 2012 | 9:22 am

On the back of Laguna Phuket's 25th Anniversary the leading island organization is geared up to raise THB2 million for the Fully Booked Schools Project.

Hotmail At The End Of The Line

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

It's the year 2012 and needless to say our techo-culture never hangs out on the doorstep for long.

Phuket's Very Own Superhero

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 29 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket has its very own modern superhero penned no doubt out of some late night churnalistic coughing fit as the one we now know as: "The Demolisher".

Patong Gets Luxury Rosewood Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Sep 2012 | 4:40 pm

At last the cat is out of the bag and the luxury Rosewood Resort on Phuket's Patong Headland has been formally announced.

Myanmar's Rising Tide of Airlift

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Myanmar continues to be the darling of the emerging market storyline this year.

Will Bangkok Airways Create A Budget Carrier?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Asia's airspace is continuing to create a rapture of economic and commercial activity.

ARRIVALS New GM for Swissotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Kevin Furrer has been appointed as General Manager of the Swissotel Phuket in Kamala.

Phuket Airport Arrivals Up By 12%

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Sep 2012 | 3:34 pm

Total passenger arrivals at Phuket International Airport are up 12% for the first eight months of the year versus the same period is 2011.

Regent Panwa Opening Delayed To December

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Sep 2012 | 3:07 pm

The long awaited opening of the Regent Phuket Cape Panwa which was to have opened at the beginning of October has been set back.

AirAsia Drop Bali Phuket Service

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Sep 2012 | 2:47 pm

I'm in Bali and word in from Thai AirAsia is that the Phuket to Bali direct flight have been discontinued effective October 1st.

Greater Phuket AMCHAM Heritage Tourism Event

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket PR Network and Amcham's Greater Phuket Chapter are joining forces to hold another collaborative event as part of the 'Identifying and Marketing Brand Phuket' series.

Thai Smile Sets Phuket To Chiang Mai And Bangkok Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket's current spate of tourism success has much to do about a sustained pattern of steadily increasing airlift.

Glow Brand Gaining Traction

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Zinc InVision's new Glow Pratunam which recently opened in Bangkok has created a wave of interest for the brand.

PIMEX Dates Released For Next Year

Category: Tourism. Posted: 22 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

The annual PIMEX (Phuket International Boat Show) has announced 2013's event dates as March 21st-24th.

Can You Entertain Me? Well, Can You?

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 22 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

I've recently returned from a trip up country to Cha Am, out for an adventure that took me to another roadside attraction.

Senses Resort Patong Rolling Out This December

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

The new Senses Resort Patong will open this December with 116 keys.

Laguna Beach Resort To Reopen April 1st

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Sep 2012 | 9:43 am

The upgraded Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort is set to reopen at the beginning of April 2013.

Sala Group Names Moodie To COO Post

Category: Hotels. Posted: 20 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand hospitality group Sala Resorts and Spas have elevated Brian Moodie to the position of Chief Operating Officer.

Thavorn Take On THB500 Million Upgrade

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Two of the island's long established hotels, the Thavorn Palm Beach Resort in Karon and Nakalay's Thavorn Beach Village are in the midst of a THB500 million renovation program.

Tune Opens In Bangkok, Phuket Up Next

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Red Planet Hotels have opened their new 130 room Tune Hotel Asoke, Bangkok.

Mystery Buyer For Billion Baht Kamala Mega Site

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand's publically listed firm BTS has announced the sale through a affiliate of a massive 455 rai greenfield development site in Phuket Thailand.

PHUKET LAND SCANDAL Damn The Torpedoes

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Sep 2012 | 11:04 am

We aren't quite sure if the current National Park land encroachment dispute should be called Damn Wrong or Damn Right!

Centara To Launch Budget Hotels Brand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Sep 2012 | 10:46 am

Last week I was at the Economy Hotels World Asia 2012 conference in Singapore. Without a doubt the low-cost sector is one of the most exciting and dynamic tiers in the industry at present.

Samui Marathon On September 23rd

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

This year's Samui Island Marathon 2012 will take place on Sunday September 23rd.

Phuket Reef Cleanup Project

Category: Green. Posted: 15 Sep 2012 | 4:06 pm

In what is being termed the world's biggest PADI reef clean-up project, an initiative called "Dive Against Debris" will be held on the 30th of September.

Fraser's New Capri Tech Charms

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Over the past few weeks a relatively new property in Singapore is getting repeat mentions in my own industry grapevine circle.

A Tale of Two Islands

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 15 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Sunday morning often brings a decided blur to the tropical island landscape outside my window in Phuket.

Flowboarding comes to Thailand

Category: Video. Posted: 14 Sep 2012 | 4:29 pm

Phuket Hotelier Killed In Road Accident

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Sep 2012 | 4:01 pm

A member of management at the Angsana resort at Laguna Phuket died early this morning in a highway accident.

Manila To Get More Branded Trump's

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

The Philippines real estate industry's romance with mogul Donald Trump looks set to be taken up a notch.

Scandinavian's Missing Thai Smiles

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

A tourism piece in TTG Asia caught my attention talking about how Scandinavian visitors to Thailand perceived hospitality standards to be declining.

Luxury Brand Jumeirah Landing In Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading Dubai-based luxury hotel chain Jumeirah has signed a deal for a new hotel in Bali.

ARRIVALS New GM For Patong Boutique Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

BYD Lofts in Parong has appointed Femke Beekers as General Manager.

Hilton's Waldorf Astoria Coming To Thailand

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 10 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

A luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotel is being planned as part of Bangkok's Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard mixed-use development.

BIG BASH Twinpalms 8th Anniversary Party

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Sep 2012 | 11:27 am

Yes it's that time of year and one of the island's hottest events - the Twinpalms Anniversary party.

Hotel Bedside Bible Goes Virtual

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

For as long as I can remember one of the standard hotel bedroom issues is the Gideon Bible on the shelf next to every bed.

Time for a Cool Change

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 08 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Last week I headed up to the hills north of Bangkok, on a fasttracked, two-and-a-half-hour ride from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Reality TV To Spawn Divorce Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

A media spin came off recently over the plans of Dutchman Jim Halfens to bring a reality television to the US based on a Divorce Hotel.

New Business District Planned For Manila

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Now the Philippines highest profile developer Ayala Land have announced plans for a third business district.

Angsana Villa Promo

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Angsana Resort at Laguna Phuket is offering a special rate on their 32 private pool residences until the end of October.

October AOCAP Set In Hong Kong

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

This year's AOCAP 2012 (Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific) will be held in Hong Kong from 8th to 9th.

Le Meridien Khao Lak Adds New Pool Villas

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Le Meriden Khao Lak recently added 13 new upscale pool villas located adjacent to the resort.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Samui Mid-Year 2012 Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

C9 Hotelworks has released their 2012 Mid-Year Hotel Market Update.

Pattaya Beats Out Phuket With Free Wi-Fi

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Sep 2012 | 3:40 pm

Let the battle of Thailand's resort destinations begin.

Patong To Host International Triathlon In May

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Sep 2012 | 3:22 pm

Phuket is about to get another new sporting event Absolute Phuket ITU LD World Series Triathlon 2013 set for next May 4th and 5th.

Central Considering Thai Naan Expansion Plan

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Sep 2012 | 12:48 pm

According to a news item in the Phuket Gazette, the Central group have acquired the lease rights to the 30 rai Thai Naan restaurant site.

Park Hyatt Bangkok Aims For Top Hotel Slot

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

The Park Hyatt Bangkok which will open in 2014 is targeting the spot as the city's best hotel.

Phuket's Airport Upgrade Ready To Rumble

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket International Airport's long awaited THB5.7 billion expansion and upgrade program has finally been given the green light with the appointment of a main contractor.

Demolisher Files 4 Cases Against West Coast Properties

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Sep 2012 | 10:14 am

The Department of Natonal Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has reportedly filed police cases of encoarchment against 4 prominent coastal properties .

GREEN TALK Trisara, JW Marriott and Holiday Inn

Category: Green. Posted: 02 Sep 2012 | 8:58 am

Last week's AMCHAM Greater Phuket Best Green Tourism Practices Seminar featured leading hotels Trisara, Holiday Inn Patong, Soneva and the JW Marriott talk about sustainability.

Thai AirAsia Adding Another China Destination

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Sep 2012 | 8:50 am

Thailand is continuing to see China as its fastest growing travel market.

ACCOR Losses Spur Asset Disposal

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Sep 2012 | 8:43 am

Global hotel chain ACCOR which registered a net loss of over half a billion Euros last week, is predicting a return to the black.

Koh Samui's Rum Diary

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

One of our favorite hideaway spots in Koh Samui is the Magic Alembic Rum Distillery.

C9's Bill Barnett On Phuket Today

Category: Video. Posted: 01 Sep 2012 | 9:42 am

Laguna Set to Rewrite the Map

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 01 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Over the years, leading destination resort Laguna Phuket has been an increasingly familiar brand name on the island.

Music Lessons For The Island

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket is continuing to attract more residents from far and near. Part of the development curve is wider educational offering both for the young and old.

The Ghost in the Machine

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Sep 2012 | 6:00 am

Ultimately the realization has hit home that all of us seem to be stuck in the same crowded lifeboat.

New Indonesian Flights To Thailand Unveiled

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Indonesian airline carrier Mandala has rolled out direct flights between Jakarta and Bangkok back of rising demand.

Property Noir August 2012

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 30 Aug 2012 | 5:16 pm

Getting old sucks. It's not unlike being stuck for hours in an elevator with an endless loop of Katie Perry songs.

Phuket Residential Property Sales Spur Banyan Tree

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

A recent media piece in Asia property report highlighted the fact that listed Banyan Tree Holdings saw its net profit boosted by residential real estate sales at Laguna Phuket.

ARRIVALS Outrigger Names New General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

New Zealand native Chris Adams has been appointed General Manager of the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas.

BA Back To Sri Lanka After 15 Year Absence

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

British Airways is the latest to jump on the growing Sri Lanka emerging success story, with a return to the destination after 15 years.

Kalima Grows Patong Footprint

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

The recently opened 190 room Kalima Resort & Spa in Kalim is the latest push outwards by the Greater Patong growth spurt.

Phuket Job Fair Slated For October

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket continues to rank high in appeal for Thai's entering the job market. This has been spurred by the rise of its world class hospitality sector.

New Hotel, Water Park and Luxury Condominium For Laguna

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Aug 2012 | 8:25 am

Last night at destination resort Laguna Phuket's 25th Anniversary Chief Executive K.P. Ho gave a preview of upcoming expansion plans for the group.

Bangkok's New Contemporary Art Museum

Category: Tourism. Posted: 25 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand's art scene has been bolstered by the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art(MOCA) in Bangkok.

Waiting to Exhale in the Garden of Eden

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 25 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

It's hard not to be cynical in 2012, where Asia remains the only bright economic spot across the globe. This is, to put it mildly, as good as it gets.

Thai Airways Says No To Low-Cost Airline

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Mounting losses at legacy carrier Thai Airways International have forced it to put plans for a budget airline on the shelf.

Demolisher Raises National Park Fees 150% For Foreigners

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Aug 2012 | 3:58 pm

Director-General Damrong Phidet of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is having a busy August.

Chiang Mai hotel demolished in 4 minutes

Category: Video. Posted: 23 Aug 2012 | 3:30 pm

IKEA Getting Into Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

The world's largest furniture retailer IKEA is moving into the hotel space, with plans made public for a design led budget group of hotels.

Regent Panwa To Be Revealed October 1st

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Arguably the island's longest hotel renovation story looks to come to an end with the planned opening of the Regent Panwa slated for October 1st.

ARRIVALS Centara Appoints Sales Head For Sourthern Thailand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Aug 2012 | 7:51 am

Familiar island hospitalty face Laddawan Somniyam has been promoted to Regional Director of Sales for Southern Thailand by Centara Hotels and Resorts.

ACCOR Asia To Launch Free Internet

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Aug 2012 | 7:39 am

ACCOR has announced plans to offer free internet at all of their properties in Asia Pacific by the end of the year.

Carlson CEO Departs Hospitality Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Aug 2012 | 7:29 am

The CEO of leading hotel operator Carlson Herbert Joly has resigned unexpectedly according to the online news at Hotels Magazine.

Spanish Hotel Group To Manage Royal Phuket Yacht Club

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Spanish hotel chain Iberostar has signed a management agreement for the 110 room Royal Phuket Yacht Club with the property's owner Barcelona based Corbis Group.

Black Ink For Raimon Land

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 20 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Successful projects in Bangkok and Pattaya is spurring listed property firm Raimon Land back into profit after stacking up losses the past few years.

New Myanmar Gateway Airport Planned

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Plans for a new aviation gateway named Hanthawaddy International Airport in Myanmar has been announced.

Hotel Chain's Green Vertical Gardens

Category: Green. Posted: 18 Aug 2012 | 12:28 pm

Starwood's Westin brand is introducing new green oasis type lobbies for their hotel properties.

Indigo Pearl targeting lux wedding market

Category: Video. Posted: 18 Aug 2012 | 10:01 am

Bangkok Airways Logo Contest

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

To mark its 45th anniversary Thai carrier Bangkok Airways is holding a logo design contest.

Obviously We Didn't Think This Through

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 18 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Think about it: Some real estate ideas are just plain crazy.

Pattaya International Hospital Upgrade

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading Eastern Seaboard medical facility Bangkok Hospital Pattaya is undergoing a THB220 million expansion according to the Nation newspaper.

C9 Hotelworks Releases Phuket Mid-Year Hotel Market Update

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Aug 2012 | 3:15 pm

Phuket has seen a surge in airport passenger arrivals with 2.32 million for this period January to June.

Government Investigating 10 Phuket Resorts and Developments

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Aug 2012 | 12:12 pm

Thailand's national televison and print media are headlining the latest news over alleged encroachments by resort and property developers into Sirinath National Park on Phuket's west coast.

Can Phuket Attract Taiwanese Property Buyers?

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 16 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

A recent news piece in the Bangkok Post caught my eye, which cited government data in Taiwan that 17% of locals bought property overseas

AirAsia Adding 375 New Aircraft

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Good news for Airbus as leading low-cost airline carrier AirAsia has revised its expansion plans upwards to 375 new aircraft over the next 5 years.

Minor Sets Stage For Second Phuket Anantara

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Aug 2012 | 1:59 pm

The resort destination of Phuket will be getting a second upscale Anantara branded property in September 2013.

VAT Increase Delayed Until 2014

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Cabinet has deferred a VAT (value- added-tax) increase from the present 7% for two more years.

Green Light For Jakarta Airport Expansion

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

A groundbreaking ceremony led by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno has kicked off the US$805 million dollar expansion of Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

Quiksilver Surf Contest September Return

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

The Quiksilver Open Phuket Thailand 2012 is set to run from September 12-15 in Patong.

Bangkok Hospitality Exhibition Expands

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

This year's FHT 2012 (Food and Hotel Thailand is expanding with a move to the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre.

The Other Tropical Paradise

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 11 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket's tropical Asian beach destination counterpart, Bali, is hitting some high notes as of late.

Myanmar To Hit 1 Million Visitor Mark

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Neighboring Myanmar is expecting to eclipse the 1 million-visitor mark this year.

Big Event Syndrome Hits London Businesses

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

The built it. They came. But there are mounting questions about the financial benefits to London from the 2012 Olympics.

Disappearing Australian Real Estate

Category: Green. Posted: 09 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

For most there is little doubt about the proof of rising sea levels and increasing heat waves as an impact from global warming.

Growing Your Own

Category: Green. Posted: 08 Aug 2012 | 7:04 pm

One of the leading trends in home gardens is the increasing popularity of hydroponic gardening.

Thai Brand Ozo Gears Up To Grow

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand's Onyx Hospitality is pushing up expansion plans for their select service brand Ozo.

Budget Carrier Takes Aim At Myanmar

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading low-cost airline carrier Thai AirAsia will commence services to Mandalay from Bangkok starting October 4th.

Phuket Mystery Island -Ultra Villa or Casino?

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Last week's media frenzy of the raid by the government of a building site on Rang Noi Island off of Phuket's East Coast looks to be a story in the making.

Private Ultra Villa Hotel Edges Up

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Bali's luxury private hotel The edge has upped the resort island's culinary game with a "no menu" offering.

Phuket Flightseeing Helicopter

Category: Video. Posted: 04 Aug 2012 | 3:18 pm

Emirates Launching Daily Dubai Flights

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading carrier Emirates will operate daily fights between Phuket and Dubai as of December 10th this year.

Oh Yes, That is Your Job

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 04 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Seeing Red: Employee laziness makes some people angry, very angry.

Siam Real Estate's Extreme Makeover

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 03 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket based property agency Siam Real Estate has completed a makeover of this digital online site.

Centara Opening Resort In Nusa Dua

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

A resort boom in Bali is seeing more Thai hotel groups flock to the island. Leading Bangkok based Centara will open a new upscale resort in the popular integrated destination resort Nusa Dua.

Analysis: Up Periscope

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

Holding court in the local beverage house a few days ago, bar talk turned to the subject of free-falling European economies.

AMCHAM Phuket Green Tourism Practices Seminar

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Aug 2012 | 6:00 am

The Greater Phuket AMCHAM Chapter and SEEK will hold a Green Tourism Seminar on Friday August 24th at the Holiday Inn Patong.

Laos Airport Upgrading

Category: Tourism. Posted: 31 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

An upgrade to Pakse's airport in nearby Laos is being funded by the Thai government.

Myanmar's Death Railway To Be Restored

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Myanmar's World War II historical landmark 'death railway' will be restored.

Glow Brand Signs Fourth Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Zinc InVision's Glow brand continues to expand with the signing of a 4th property in Bangkok.

BALI What A Difference A Day Makes

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

In the changing world of travel which was turned upside down after the financial crisis, one of the most dramatic trends has been shorter tourism stays in Asia.

Will Phuket be Hit by a Property Bubble?

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 28 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

A strong wave of new low-priced products have hit the market over the past 18 months, which looks to alter the playing field of real estate far into the decade.

ARRIVALS New World Appoints Corporate Development Director

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Nevius Glussi has been named Corporate Development Director for New World Hospitality based in Hong Kong.

Asia's Leading Economy Hotels Conference Upcoming

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

This year's installment of Economy Hotels World Asia will be held from September 10th to 12th in Singapore

Phuket Hotel Investments To Hit THB10 Billion In 2012

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Jul 2012 | 12:36 pm

Investment in the hotel property sector in Phuket is expected to exceed THB10bn (US$315m) for the full year for first time ever in 2012.

Avista Hotels Growing Phuket Portfolio

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

One local chain to watch in Phuket is Avista who will open their second branded property on the island later this year.

Laguna Beach Resort Sold To Outrigger Group

Category: Hotels. Posted: 24 Jul 2012 | 9:27 am

The 254 room Laguna Beach Resort which was sold to private equity firm RECAP last year, has been conditionally sold to Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.

Adam. Steve and the Green Hornet

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 24 Jul 2012 | 8:55 am

In Asia's booming destinations, all that glitters may be gold, but it certainly isn't green.

JLL And Absolute Partner In Patong

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) and Absolute World are partnering on the newly released Phase II and III at Absolute Twin Sands on the Patong headland.

Laguna Phuket Summer Family Festival

Category: Video. Posted: 23 Jul 2012 | 1:25 pm

Top Asian Property Portal Takes On Partner

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading online real estate portal PropertyGuru taken a strategic investment from an affiliate of Deutsche Telecom in order to expand opportunities in South East Asia.

Ex-Laguna MD Starts Property Firm

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Former Managing Director of Laguna Phuket Michael Ayling has formed a new property advisory firm NuoBello.

THE TRUMAN SHOW China Lookalike Town Irks Austrians

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

China property developers simply love recreating global landmarks in scaled down versions on the mainland.

The Men Who Cried Wolf

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 21 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Ground control: Recent inspections on Nai Thon beach highlighted land title problems.

Myanmar Road Trips Outnumber Air Passengers

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Everyone loves a road trip and the recent blaze of interest in Myanmar's tourism and business potential has sprouted wheels rather than wings.

Overseas Filipinos Drive Local Property Surge

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

One of the key economic indicators to Philippine GDP remains cash inflows from overseas workers.

Integrated Mega Resort Project For Pattaya

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 18 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Listed Thai property firm Hemaraj have acquired a 228-rai site on Koh Lan Island just off of Pattaya.

Low-Cost Carriers Set To Change Japanese Travel

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

The much-anticipated launch of AirAsia in August is expected to turn domestic travel in the country on its head.

High-Speed Rail Link To Chiang Mai Explored

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

The Thai government is continuing its transportation initiative for a high-speed rail link between Chiang Mai and Bangkok.

New Airline Scoot Opts For iPads

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Singapore Airlines upstart carrier Scoot is offering iPads on long haul flights in a move set to save fuel costs.

DEPARTURES Dean Of Samui Hotels Retires

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Jul 2012 | 11:15 am

One of Samui's most respected hoteliers Michael Holehouse is set to retire this month.

Name Change For Davis Langdon Seah

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading project management and quantity survey firm Davis Langdon Seah (DLS) have changed their name to Langdon Seah.

Working for the Weekend

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 14 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Only in Laguna: Laguna Phuket was one of the first resorts to start using air conditioned buses for its staff.

New ZCAPE Condo At Laguna Area Phuket

Category: Video. Posted: 13 Jul 2012 | 3:38 pm

Low-Cost Condo Hits Laguna Doorstep

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Jul 2012 | 3:34 pm

A new 198 unit low-cost condo project has been launched near the entrance of Laguna Phuket.

Open Door For Singapore Legal Firms

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 13 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

In a continued strategic reinforcement of its position as a leader in international services sector, Singapore is wooing overseas law firms.

Sri Lanka Route Slashed By AirAsia

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

As a result of lower than expected demand, AirAsia has reduced their daily fights between Bangkok and Colombo to three days a week.

New Airports For Samui and Bali

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Jul 2012 | 8:59 am

Thailand's Department of Civil Aviation is reportedly studying the feasibility of a THB1 billion new airport in Don Sak, which would serve Samui.

Raimon Land Cash Up For Expansion

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 11 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Property developer Raimon Land has taken on an outside new share placement equal to 9% of the company from Thai institutional invesors.

Cheap Tickets Put Thailand On Stage

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Global online travel business Cheap Tickets has gone hyperlocal with a Thailand based website www.cheaptickets.co.th.

Can Interest Rate Cut Save Vietnam's Property Market?

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Vietnam remains paradoxically both the land of promise and equally disappointing for foreign investors.

Singapore Cruise Market Growing

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

The Lion City has opened a second cruise terminal to cope with increasing demand.

AirAsia And Jetstar Rise Above Legacy Carriers

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Jul 2012 | 11:37 am

If this is not a sign of the times, then clearly the stodgy mindset of traditional airline carries is doomed.

Joint Venture Ao Makham Community Mall

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 Jul 2012 | 11:23 am

A joint venture between a Thai and Scandinavian group is developing a 220 million baht community mall in Ao Makham near to Cape Panwa.

The Allan Zeman Effect: Second Act

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 07 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

There is little doubt that the effect Allan Zeman has had on Phuket remains great bedside reading for the success-oriented.

Forget Speed Dating, Fly With Seat Buddy

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

News agency AFP has reported that Latvian airline AirBaltic has launched a service called "seat buddy."

Phuket Helicopter Tours Soar Above Island

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Jul 2012 | 4:15 pm

Heli Thai is offering special 30 minute tours of Phuket Island or Phang Nga Bay.

Xana Beach Club Phuket Grand Opening

Category: Video. Posted: 06 Jul 2012 | 11:27 am

AirAsia Gears Up For AEC Initiative

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

AirAsia has made a bold business decision in creating a regional operating base in Jakarta Indonesia.

Thailand's Elite, It Just Won't Die

Category: Tourism. Posted: 06 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand's controversial Elite card continues to hang on life support from the government.

Outrigger Names New GM In Phi Phi

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jul 2012 | 4:51 pm

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts have appointed Mark Landgraf as General Manager of the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and Spa.

Five Day Hotel Work Week Remains Lost In Translation

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jul 2012 | 4:10 pm

While much is being written about the minimum wage increase and labor shortage in Phuket's hotel industry, one item overlooked remains the commitment to hotel staff by employers.

Top Indochina Agency Opens Phuket Office

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Jul 2012 | 3:16 pm

Leading regional travel provider Khiri Travel have opened an office in Phuket.

Centara Flags Another Samui Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jul 2012 | 3:05 pm

Centara Hotels and Resorts have signed an agreement with developer PDTS Co. Ltd. to manage the 55 room Coconut Villa Resort & Spa.

Property Developer Ed Powis Passes Away

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Jul 2012 | 2:48 pm

Canadian property developer Edward "Ed" Powis has passed away in Phnom Penh Cambodia according to his family.

HOTEL TRENDS Country Specific Travel Booking Sites

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Forget that terrible phrase 'global' which sounds awkward and not unlike a strange medicine, which is, good for you but tastes terrible.

Nigel Cornick Back In Pattaya With Southpoint

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

A number of years ago when Nigel Cornick was pioneering condominium project with Raimon Land in Pattaya, more than a few skeptics shook their heads in disbelief.

ACCOR's Pullman Phuket Ready For November Launch

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Jul 2012 | 2:53 pm

Global French hotel chain ACCOR will see the 277 key Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach open this coming November.

100 Baht Hotel Rooms In Bangkok

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Jul 2012 | 1:10 pm

AirAsia's spinoff Tune Hotels with their development partership with Red Planet Hotels are set to open their new 130 room Tune Hotel Asoke on October 1st.

HOTEL BRANDMANIA Harrods Getting Into Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Jul 2012 | 12:57 pm

So you have the shopping bag or perhaps the umbrella, but now you will be able to actually stay in a Harrods hotel.

Dusit Names New Chief Operating Officer

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Jul 2012 | 12:48 pm

Leading Thai hospitality chain Dusit International recently appointed David Shackleton as COO.

Frank Gehry's Asian Opus

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

One the architectures leading creative forces Frank Gehry has hit Asia's shores with the high profile Hong Kong development Opus.

Jetstar Hong Kong Targets 2013 Debut

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

In collaboration between Qantas and China Easter Airlines, the low-cost carrier Jetstar will launch a Hong Kong operation next year.

PARADISE TRASHED Plastic Bali

Category: Video. Posted: 02 Jul 2012 | 4:17 pm

Zeman Keeps His Mojo

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Jul 2012 | 1:33 pm

Wonder if Phuket still has the drawing power for the rich and famous of the ultra villa set?

Third Runway A Charm For Hong Kong

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

One of the world's busiest airports, Hong Kong International Airport is looking to expand capacity with a 3rd runway.

Direct Suvarnabhumi Don Muang Flights Coming Soon

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Jul 2012 | 8:53 am

News just in has a new start-up airline looking to offer direct flights between Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports.

TOP IDEA The Phuket Colouring Book

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Jul 2012 | 8:19 am

One of this year's best tourism initiatives is The Phuket News children's colouring book.

Malaysia Airlines Touts Anti-Child Restrictions

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

First came Malaysia Airlines first baby ban in first class.

Property Noir July 2012

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Jul 2012 | 6:00 am

Talk the talk and walk the walk. The bartender growls out of the corner of his mouth - "last call". It's 3 am and the real estate industry is about to turn in, intent to sleep off a bad bender.

Starwood Moves Towards No More Keycards

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

International chain Starwood hotels are focusing on developing more tech innovations with their Radio Frequency Identification system.

Crime and Punishment in Paradise

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 30 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

The tragic murder of an Australian travel agent in Kata recently has created a hailstorm of calls for action from both public and private sectors.

Singapore Buzzing Over New W

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Just when you thought things couldn't get any better for the Lion City, in comes the new W Singapore Sentosa Cove.

Singapore Group Acquires Evason Phuket Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Jun 2012 | 11:52 am

A subsidiary of Singapore firm L.C.Development has acquired the former Evason Phuket and Bon Island Resort for total consideration of THB1.4 billion.

AIRASIA Flyer Beware It's Not Same Same

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Jun 2012 | 11:28 am

While AirAsia remains the darling of the region's travellers, the groups expansion drive into local partnership's is seeing a knock on effect to brand service delivery.

Destination Selling Sri Racha Hotel And Golf Course

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Jun 2012 | 9:56 am

Thailand's Destination Properties have put up a 18 hole championship golf course and 223 room resort for sale in Sri Racha, Chonburi.

HALLELUJAH Apple's iTunes For Thailand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Jun 2012 | 9:40 am

Great news for Apple fans as the company has now launched an Asia-wide iTunes store.

Legendary Bali Nightspot Makes Way For New Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

The iconic entertainment venue Double-Six in Seminyak is being reborn into a chic new hotel development.

AirAsia Expedia CEO Dan Lynn At No Vacancy

Category: Video. Posted: 27 Jun 2012 | 2:20 pm

Hilton Grows Asian Brand Stable

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Global hotel chain Hilton continues to diversify their chain scale offerings.

Serviced Apartment Group Fraser Gets Hotel-Minded

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Regional serviced apartment group Fraser Hospitality is moving closer to the hotel sector with the debut of a new brand Capri.

Anantara Expand Vacation Ownership Footprint

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

One of the fastest growing groups in the region Anantara have taken this vacation ownership group on the road, with an expansion to Bali.

New Top Gun For Absolute

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Vacation ownership brand Absolute World has promoted Mike Hall to the position of Managing Director Asia Pacific.

Remembering Rolly Tasker

Category: Video. Posted: 23 Jun 2012 | 3:59 pm

Rolly Tasker Passes Away

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Jun 2012 | 3:58 pm

Phuket personality and yachting mainstay Rolly Tasker has passed away at the age of 86.

Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Jun 2012 | 3:49 pm

Thursday evening's blackout of the control tower at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok has created a stir amongst the transportation sector.

Renovated DeDos Restaurant Reopens

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Jun 2012 | 3:25 pm

Cherngtalay's DeDos restaurant has reopened after an upgrading project.

New Sansiri Project Across from Central Festival

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Jun 2012 | 3:12 pm

Listed development firm Sansiri is continuing its aggressive development drive in Phuket with the new 311 unit condominium project called the BASE Downtown.

MY FAVORITE PLACES Mama San Bali

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

raveling around the region one of my absolute go to places to dine, drink or chill out is Mama San in Bali.

Now Everyone is Flying, or Should be

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 23 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Anyone who has visited an airport recently can't help but have "Now everyone can fly" etched into their memory-scape.

Upscale Eugenia Goes To Compass

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

One of Bangkok's leading boutique hotels, the Eugenia is now managed by Compass Hospitality.

Billionaire Buys An Island

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Jun 2012 | 8:32 pm

Billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle has bought one of the Hawaiian islands.

Tourist Murder Stuns Island

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Jun 2012 | 8:28 am

Last night's murder of an Australian tourist in the popular Kata beach area has created widespread concern over rising crime in Phuket.

Thailand's Absolute Sign Vietnam Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand chain Absolute Hotel Services have inked a deal for a new hotel in Sapa, Vietnam.

Thai Island Takes On Garbage Problem

Category: Green. Posted: 20 Jun 2012 | 6:53 pm

Thailand's Koh Samet island is tackling the growing problem of garbage head on.

Searching For A Man In Robes

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Jun 2012 | 9:13 am

Breakfast in South Asia is always a pleasure, as there is always a morning paper to look forward to.

PATA Travel Mart In September

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

This years PATA Travel Mart (PTM) is scheduled for Manila Philippines from September 25th to 28th

DUMB AND DUMBER Thai Cabinet Approve Don Mueang Plan

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Jun 2012 | 11:28 pm

Today the Thai Cabinet approved plans to reactive plans to reactivate Don Mueang Airport for mainly low-cost airline carrier use.

PREVIEW Nikki Beach Hotel Phuket

Category: Video. Posted: 19 Jun 2012 | 9:06 am

Bangkok's New 72 Rai Shopping Bazaar

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 19 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

While Bangkok is flush with swank urban shopping malls with the gauntlet of retail running all the way to the earthy Chatuchak market.

ARRIVALS Four Seasons Samui's New General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 19 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

ubosh Barta has been named General Manager of Koh Samui's luxury Four Seasons Resort.

Eco Friendly Edible Food Wrapping

Category: Green. Posted: 18 Jun 2012 | 11:17 am

Researchers in France have come up with an innovative way to reduce plastic food packaging.

Thailand's Centara And Minor Lead Lanka Charge

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Jun 2012 | 8:50 am

Centara Hotels & Resorts will open two properties in the emerging tourism destination of Sri Lanka.

SRI LANKA Doing The Needful

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Jun 2012 | 7:31 am

Traveling to Sri Lanka is always a bit like turning back the pages of Asia some 25 years.

PHUKET WIRED Phase Two Of Underground Cabling Starting

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Press reports are in that the Phuket Provincial Electrical Authority commencing the second phase of their underground cabling project in the historic district in Phuket town.

Monocle Magazine's Brand Thailand Controversy

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Jun 2012 | 6:53 pm

Social media circles are buzzing over the current Monocle magazine's Brand Thailand survey.

World's Most Expensive Airport

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

According to a report by leading authorities IATA and PATA New Delhi's Gandhi International Airport has the highest airport charges in the world.

Revolving Door Of Hotel In-Room Technology

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Jun 2012 | 10:41 am

Our tech guru Terence Ronson of Pertlink has written a piece on the changing landscape of hotel room technology which we are running courtesy of HotelNewsNow.com

Who'll Stop the Rain?

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 16 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

As we all know, the world around us is revolving on a teeter totter at the moment and certainly things could be much worse.

Oldest Phuket Hotel Shuts Down

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

In what is purportedly Phuket's oldest hotel, the On On has closed down for an upgrade.

Club Lersuang Changes Name

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 15 Jun 2012 | 4:28 pm

The Bangtao private residence project Club Lersuang will change name to Baan Puri starting July 1st.

NEWS FLASH Phuket Airport Arrives Up 11%

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Jun 2012 | 2:47 pm

Arrivals at Phuket International Airport have increased 11% year-on -year for the period of January though the end of May 2012.

Japanese Hotel Brand Comes To Thailand

Category: Hotels. Posted: 15 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Japan's Okura hospitality brand has opened their first Thailand property in Bangkok.

REIT's Enter Thailand's Financial Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 14 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

In a significant improvement to the country's financial sector, the introduction of REIT's (Real Estate Investment Trusts) this month is a much-needed alignment to international practices.

Bearing with the Bears

Category: News Column - The Nation. Posted: 14 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

It's monsoon season in Phuket and this year the weather has ravaged the coastline like some sort of turbocharged sand-eating killer shark.

Minor Hotel Group Acquires Phuket Resort

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jun 2012 | 10:21 am

Thailand's Minor Hotel Group have acquired ownership of the 77 unit Bundarika Villas and Suites at the northern end of Bangtao Beach in Phuket.

Search For Most Expensive Hotel Club Sandwich

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Hospitality site Hotels.com has released the Club Sandwich Index (CSI) which ranks top cities around the world.

Pattaya Hotel Market Update Released By C9 Hotelworks

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand's popular Eastern Seaboard resort destination Pattaya is on track to accommodate over 8 million hotel guests in 2012

ARRIVALS Mueller Heads Up Westin Siray Bay

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Westin Siray Bay Resort has a new General Manager, German national Thomas Mueller.

AMCHAM/PR NETWORK Sports Tourism Seminar

Category: Video. Posted: 11 Jun 2012 | 10:27 am

Aston Introducing Upscale Brand Alana

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Fast growing chain Aston is set to bring on a new upscale brand called Alana to the Indonesian market.

SIDEWAYS BANGKOK Fake Goods Museum

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Next time you are in the big mango Bangkok and have a few hours to spare, one kookie side trip is a visit to the Museum of Counterfeit Goods.

Ultra Chic SLS Hotels Profile

Category: Video. Posted: 09 Jun 2012 | 11:52 am

Celebrity Chef Batali Takes On China

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

In the current day and age of the celebrity chef Mario Batali is continuing to export his gastronomic brand to Asia.

Rust Never Sleeps, or Does it?

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 09 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

What is it about the very word Pattaya that causes such a catechism of shame and discomfort?

Laguna Beach Resort Beach Stalls Vacated

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Jun 2012 | 10:56 am

The longstanding stalemate between the Laguna Beach Resort and vendors in front of the property has been resolved.

Fast Track For Myanmar Golf Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

While all things Myanmar continue to be a strong emerging storyline this year, a recent read on the golf sector came as a surprise to me.

Moevenpick Takes On Chinese Surname

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

The latest international chain to try to tap into their inner Zen is Moevenpick who have launched a country specific brand Rui Xiang.

MIPM Asia Launches 2012 Property Awards

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

News is in that real estate show MIPM Asia have opened up their sixth installed of their annual awards ahead of the November conference in Hong Kong.

W Bali Hit By Zoning Controversy

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 Jun 2012 | 8:32 am

In a continuing crackdown over building infringements by resorts and restaurants on beach areas in Indonesia's premier tourism destination,

Outlet Mall Group Expands Into Amusement Centers

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

The Thai developer behind a chain of Premium Outlet Malls throughout the country has opened a new expanded amusement concept in Cha-Am.

Bali's Declining Tourism Spend

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket and Bali's parallel success stories have taken a somewhat different course over the past few years.

Samui's New Mandalay Beach Villas Project

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Ground has been broken on the boutique Mandalay Beach Villas on Laem Noi Beach in Samui.

Rise and Fall Of The Thai Baht

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

It wasn't that long ago that a strong appreciating Thai baht was causing concerns in many of the country's business circles.

Thai Smile To Fly Phuket Chiang Mai Route

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Jun 2012 | 9:30 am

According to an article in TTR Weekly, upstart Thai Smile (under carrier of Thai Airways International) will commence service between Phuket and Chiang Mai in October.

Google Street View Brings Phuket Alive

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, out comes Google Street View for Phuket.

Brand Phuket And Beyond

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

I'm sitting on a flight back from Bali and catching up in the news about the Bali and Beyond initiative.

Banyan Tree Chain Names New CEO

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 Jun 2012 | 10:55 am

A familiar face to Phuket, Abid Butt has been named as CEO of Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts.

Marriott Brands In Thailand

Category: Video. Posted: 02 Jun 2012 | 10:33 am

Asia's Largest Property Firm Locked In Scandal

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Jun 2012 | 10:04 am

The prolonged saga in a graft and corruption scandal has hit Sun Hung Kai Properties looks to have no end in sight.

LED Lighting Leads Sustainable Solution Drive

Category: Green. Posted: 02 Jun 2012 | 9:59 am

One of the leading trends in lighting is the shift to LED (light emitting diode) solutions.

ECONOMY Asia Hit by Slowdown

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Jun 2012 | 9:52 am

Over the past few weeks an increasingly glaring spotlight is on Asia after volatility has hit regional currencies and the major stock markets.

Mind the Skills Gap

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 02 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Hotel properties may be the chips that international chains play with now, but do staff matter to them any more than the little ball on the roulette wheel?

Number Crunching For Restaurants

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Checking out a news piece in Wired Magazine on the latest in restaurant data capturing demonstrated just how deep inside the numbers businesses can now go.

Hilton Coming To Surin Beach

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 Jun 2012 | 6:05 pm

One of the leading hotel chains in the world is set to flag the 252-room Destination Resort (formerly Courtyard by Marriott) as the DoubleTree by Hilton in Surin Beach Phuket.

International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Event

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 01 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

A relevant upcoming event in Bangkok will offer a full day seminar titled "ICC Arbitration & ADR - Focus on Thailand."

All We Need is Real Estate GaGa

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Jun 2012 | 6:00 am

Real Estate may be booming in Asia, but where are the charismatic property personalities to glamourise the industry?

Four New Thai Industrial Estates Planned

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 31 May 2012 | 6:00 am

In an effort to spur FDI (foreign direct investment) the Industrial Estate Authority will reportedly establish four new industrial estates.

Literary Hotel Brand Hemingway Launches

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 May 2012 | 6:00 am

For the most part celebrity hotel brands have been created by the living i.e. Trump or Armani but now comes news that a new Hemingway hospitality brand has been launched.

THE BIG PICTURE Euro And Bank Flight

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 May 2012 | 6:29 am

Mattresses all over the continent seem to be growing these days given the most recent bank runs in Spain.

Global Chains Pony Up Equity For India Agreements

Category: Hotels. Posted: 29 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Global Chains Pony Up Equity For India Agreements

Malaysia's Desaru Being Primed As Mega Destination Resort

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Malaysia's Desaru is being hailed by some as the next great mega destination resort for the region.

Phuket Airport Arrivals Up 11%

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Arrivals at Phuket International Airport (PIA) for the first four months of 2012 are up 11% over the same period last year.

Chiang Mai Bates Motel To Be Razed

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 May 2012 | 1:07 pm

Thailand's very own version of Bates Motel, the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai has been shuttered.

ARRIVALS New Manager for Catch Beach Club

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 May 2012 | 12:50 pm

Benedikt De Bellis has joined Twinpalms ultra successful Catch Beach Club at Surin Beach.

New Twist At Popular Waterpark

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 May 2012 | 6:00 am

This month has seen the launch on May 1st of Waterbom Bali's new Funtastic Aqua Playland.

Sofitel Bangkok Finally Opens

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 May 2012 | 2:48 pm

The long delayed 345 room Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Bangkok has opened.

Tune Retrofitting Malaysian Budget Hotel Rooms

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Call it brand creep or a work in progress but a recent article in the Malaysia Star gives insight into Tune Hotels decision to shift brand standards.

Dead Men Don't Drink Ginger Tea

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 26 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Between night and day, cheap and extortionate, the Ghost of Gatsby beckons.

Twinpalms And Baan Yamu Part Company

Category: Hotels. Posted: 25 May 2012 | 3:46 pm

Twinpalms Management will be stepping away from the Baan Yamu project on the Phuket east coast as of July 1st.

Sansiri Heads Up The Creek

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 May 2012 | 3:02 pm

This week Sansiri announced the 806 unit dcondo Creek featuring 806 units will go on sale from June 1st to 3rd.

One Week In Phuket Music Video Goes Global

Category: Video. Posted: 25 May 2012 | 1:45 pm

November for MIPM Property Show Hong Kong

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 May 2012 | 6:00 am

This coming November 7th to 9th will see Hong Kong's leading regional property show MIPM Asia.

Raimon Taps Private Residence Club

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 24 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Thai-listed real estate firm Raimon Land are finding their increasingly popular PRC (Private Residence Club) at Northpoint in Pattaya is attracting a steady stream of interest.

Evason Closure Triggers Employee Spotlight

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 May 2012 | 6:55 am

The dismissal of over 400 staff at the Evason Resort Phuket and Bon Island Resort has triggered concern in the island's hospitality sector.

Phuket's Growing Hotel Training Sector

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 May 2012 | 6:00 am

As the island's hospitality industry continues to only move upwards, a growing support sector is being created here locally.

Boathouse Hosting Coppola Wine Event

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Kata's reopened Boathouse Wine and Grill is ramping up their special events with the latest being a special Francis Ford Coppola dinner on May 25.

Luxury Bali Hotel Launching Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Bali's famed Ayana Resort (formerly Ritz-Carlton) is bringing luxury suites to the property.

Mega Condo Project Near Central Festival

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 May 2012 | 8:50 am

Supalai [email protected] City has launched 504 condo units, priced under THB2 million baht, near to Central Festival.

BoHo Chic In Jakarta

Category: Hotels. Posted: 21 May 2012 | 7:39 am

Today finds me at the Morrissey Hotel in Jakarta. Without a doubt this is a great find and what is arguable the best boutique property in the city.

Wellness Retreat Wins Award

Category: Green. Posted: 21 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Thai based group Zinc InVision have been recognized with a Senses Wellness Award for Best Medical Wellness Resort for The Farm at San Benito in the Philippines.

Mekong Tourism Forum Set In Chiang Rai

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 May 2012 | 6:00 am

This year's edition of the Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) 2012 will take place in Chiang Rai.

FREE AIRPORT Wi-Fi Phuket Locked in Stone Age

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 May 2012 | 10:52 am

I'm sitting in the budget terminal in Kuala Lumpur waiting for my flight to Jakarta.

WEDNESDAY Business Crisis Management Seminar

Category: Green. Posted: 20 May 2012 | 10:28 am

After Phuket's recent tsunami and earthquake scares, environmental organization SEEK have arranged Business Continuity Management for Crisis Situations seminar.

Art Dinner At Bliss

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 May 2012 | 10:22 am

Think Design Magazine's series of art dinners continues this week with an event at Bliss Beach Club in Bangtao.

Great Steaks At Churassco

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 May 2012 | 6:00 am

One of the newer offerings is the Churassco Steak House which opened in January of this year.

Nikki Beach Branding of New Phuket Hotel

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 19 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Global lifestyle brand Nikki Beach has teamed up with Singapore's Castlewood Group on a new Phuket development.

Airport Rail Link Under Construction In Jakarta

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 May 2012 | 6:00 am

A much needed train link between the city and Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is underway.

New Airline In-Flight Entertainment Unveiled

Category: Video. Posted: 18 May 2012 | 9:21 am

AMCHAM/PR Network Sports Tourism Event

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 May 2012 | 6:00 am

The American Chamber of Commerce - Greater Phuket in conjunction with the Phuket PR Network will hold a seminar on Sports Destination Tourism on Thursday May 24th.

No Vacancy Event At Banyan Tree

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 May 2012 | 6:00 am

This year's No Vacancy South East Asia hospitality conference has been set for the Banyan Tree Bangkok on June 26th.

COMING SOON Samui Regatta

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Thailand's other resort island destination Samui will host the upcoming Regatta from May 26th to June 2nd.

Ultra Luxury Private Hotel Coming To Natai

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Now Phuket's two luxury icons - villas and hotel are merging into a single product - The Private Villa Hotel.

Indonesia Air Travel Predicted 52% Rise By 2015

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Southeast Asia's largest economy Indonesia continues to skyrocket.

HOTELS MAGAZINE Social Media Awards

Category: Hotels. Posted: 14 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading industry publication Hotels Magazine has launched a new Social Hotels Awards event.

Facebook Co-Founder Chooses Singapore Over US

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 May 2012 | 7:16 am

If you want to see how the new world order is shaping up just check out the latest news on Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin.

Bangkok Swissotel Fire That Wasn't

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 May 2012 | 7:06 am

Early widespread media reports that Bangkok's Swissotel Le Concorde was on fire, turned out to be erroneous.

Another International School In Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 May 2012 | 6:00 am

As the island continues to grow as an education hub in the region, the Kajonkiet School international program is continuing to gain momentum.

Out Through America's In Door

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 May 2012 | 2:13 pm

More and more Americans are changing citizenship and taking up residency overseas according to media source Bloomberg.

From Motel To Yotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 12 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Word comes on the news buzz that upscale budget chain Yotel are serious about expanding into Asia.

From Here to Oblivion (and Back Again)

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 12 May 2012 | 6:00 am

As business blooms, a growing number of longtime local residents are speaking up about concerns of over-development and the huge looming question mark of a sustainable future.

Hotels Capitalize On New Facebook Timeline

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 May 2012 | 6:00 am

By now you would have hopefully noticed the new Facebook Timeline function.

Thai Chain U Opening Posh Seminyak Property

Category: Hotels. Posted: 10 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Bangkok's U Hotels and Resorts will open the posh resort Pasha in the trendsetting Seminyak area of Bali later this year.

Krabi Edges Up With New International Hospital

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 May 2012 | 6:00 am

One of Phuket's leading demand generators for its thriving property market is the existence of two quality international hospitals.

Will Mobile Tech Replace Hotel Key Cards?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 May 2012 | 6:00 am

On a recent trip to Bangkok I stayed at the Aloft on Sukhumvit 11, where key cards have been binned and mobile devices rule.

New Airline Thai Smiles Goes Airborne In July

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Thai Airways International new under carrier Thai Smile will take to the air on the Bangkok to Macau route starting July 7th.

ANALYSIS Will Phuket Tap Into French Capital Flight?

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 May 2012 | 9:14 am

It's the dog days of May, and torrential rains on the island have turned my Golden Retriever into a soggy wet sponge.

Phuket Property Mobile Apps

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 07 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Siam Real Estate are offering a new selection of Apple and Android Apps for local property services.

Air Asia And Expedia Launch Thai Venture

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading OTA Expedia and AirAsia have teamed up for a one-stop travel solution for Thai travelers

Hello Kitty Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 07 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Brand creep continues to be a global trend and now comes news from China that Jin Jiang International will open a hotel as part of the Hello Kitty amusement park.

Indian Property Buyers Eye Sri Lanka

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 06 May 2012 | 6:00 am

A good read that caught my attention was a piece in the India's Economic Times on an increasing number of property buyers looking at nearby Sri Lanka.

ARRVIALS Chirathivat Takes Over from Steeb at Centara

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 May 2012 | 12:55 pm

Following Gerd Steeb's retirement, Centara Hotels and Resorts have appointed Thirayuth Chirathivat to the post of CEO.

Thai Group Leads Bali Hotel Takeover Charge

Category: Hotels. Posted: 05 May 2012 | 10:17 am

Thailand's U Hotels and Resorts have taken over management of the 190 key Le Grande Bali in Pecatu Bali.

New Travel Channel Reality Show Hotel Impossible

Category: Video. Posted: 05 May 2012 | 9:04 am

Bamboozled In Bali

Category: Green. Posted: 05 May 2012 | 8:46 am

Down in the Island of the Gods Linda Garland, who's Ubud estate was featured in the sloppy Hollywood movie Eat Pray Love set up the Environmental Bamboo Foundation in 1993.

Yoga Barn Grows Green Footprint

Category: Green. Posted: 05 May 2012 | 8:40 am

Ubud's classic Yoga Barn retreat had expanded facilities with the opening of a new wing, which was entirely constructed from recycled materials.

New International Hospital For Bali

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 May 2012 | 8:34 am

Bali's integrated destination resort Nusa Dua will get a new international hospital when the BIMC opens on May 5th.

Thai Airways Please Take Note!

Category: Tourism. Posted: 05 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Frequent business class and frequent flyers on Thai Airways without a doubt have a low bar set in terms of club lounge facilities.

High-Octane Asia of 2012

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 05 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Call them 'Integrated' or 'Destination' Resorts, but the final solution for leisure travel continues to reinvent itself.

DEPARTURES Michael Burchett Leaves Conrad

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 May 2012 | 4:19 pm

Leading hospitality face Michael Burchett has left the Conrad Resort after a long stint at the property.

Leading Thai Developer Looks Abroad

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Listed Thai development company Supalai Plc are looking at diversifying overseas to create new a new project stream.

ARRIVALS New GM For Thanyamundra

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 May 2012 | 9:25 am

The boutique luxury Thanyamundra Organic Resort in Khao Sok has appointed South African Shaun Dunhofen as General Manager.

MBK Undecided Over Pattaya Resort Land

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Thai listed group MBK are unsure about developing a prime 18 rai oceanview site in Pattaya according to comments made to the Bangkok Post by a company executive.

It's the End of the World

Category: News Column - The Nation. Posted: 03 May 2012 | 6:00 am

The two S's caught up Phuket in a recent media deluge over claims that the island would be submerged on April 28th. Superstition and social media were the torchbearers of an unlikely Armageddon event.

Nikki Beach Club Coming To Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 May 2012 | 9:26 am

Trendy global brand Nikki Beach has signed a deal with Castlewood for a new hotel, spa and beach club opening in 2013 in the Bangtao.

HICAP Registration Now Open

Category: Hotels. Posted: 02 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Asia's best hospitality networking event HICAP 2012 is now open for registration.

Anantara Appoints New Head Of Operations

Category: Hotels. Posted: 01 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Bill Heinecke's flagship Minor Hotel Group has appointed a new Senior Vice President Operations - Robert Kunkler

Centara Grand's Extreme Ratri Makeover

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 May 2012 | 6:00 am

Centara Grand have opened the Ratri Italian Bar and Grill in Kata after undertaking an extreme makeover.

A Close Burma Shave

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 May 2012 | 6:00 am

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

Khanom's Hidden Real Estate Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Ask most expat residents in Phuket about where Khanom is, and you often get a somewhat wild array of answers

Centara Rebrands Rayong Resort Again

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Perhaps the third time will be a lucky charm for what is now the Centara Sappaya Design Resort Rayong.

Property Developer Launches Reduced International School Fees

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 30 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket's international schools are continuing to play a large success factor in the island's property market.

From Peru To Cebu

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 29 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Yes I somehow hear those soothing lines from an Enya song as I sit in Bake, having an early morning caf latte and reading the International Herald Tribune.

New Regent Panwa Acting Locally

Category: Green. Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | 11:21 am

The soon to open luxury resort Regent Panwa has embarked on their first local social responsibility activity (CSR).

Global ACCOR Chain Gets Sustainable

Category: Green. Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | 11:14 am

Leading International hotel chain ACCOR have set the wheels of change going in their new Planet 21 initiative.

Columbia Trail Masters Event 2012

Category: Video. Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | 10:25 am

Phuket Regatta Moves To Panwa

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | 10:08 am

The 9th annual Phuket Raceweek has been moved to the Cape Panwa Hotel according to the event organizers.

Acqua Voted Best Italian Cuisine In Thailand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | 9:41 am

Allesandro Frau's Acqua in Kalim has been voted best Italian Cuisine in the country by the Thailand Tattler and Asia Tattler 2012.

Samui Branded Luxury Villa Transaction Stirs Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | 9:24 am

News that Bill Heinecke's Minor Property Group have transacted a multi million dollar villa at the The Estates Samui has re-ignited interest in the sector.

Mae Phim Hits Development Map

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

As the Eastern Seaboard markets of Pattaya,Jomtien and even Bang Saray becomes increasingly crowded, property developers are continuing down the coast on what could be termed a yellow brick road.

What Do You Do When a Property Deal Goes Bad?

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 28 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

For many property buyers who come to this island's shores what was expected to be their own personal heaven, turns out into a journey into hell.

Phuket's Burma Wave

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Understanding the market mix of nationalities working in Phuket remains an arcane science.

AirAsia And Malaysian Airlines Shake Up The Skies

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

The possible share swap between AirAsia and Malaysian Airlines is getting huge ink in the financial press.

Bangkok Singapore Airfare Price War Looms

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Apr 2012 | 4:51 pm

There is much speculation that Singapore Airlines new budget carrier Scoot will set off a price war on the Bangkok Singapore route.

Jungceylon 5th Anniversary

Category: Video. Posted: 26 Apr 2012 | 4:03 pm

Legoland Hotel Coming To Asia

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Apr 2012 | 3:47 pm

Malaysia's new Legoland theme park will add a branded hotel to the development

Malaysian Group Purchasing Moevenpick Resort Phuket

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Apr 2012 | 11:28 am

Contracts have been exchanged for the purchase of the Moevenpick Resort Karon Beach Phuket by Kingdom Hotel Investments and an affiliate of Malaysian Group TA Global Berhad.

Philippine Guide For Hotels And Property

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

One of my favorite reads on all things tourism in the Philippines is the 7107 Insider.

Cuba Property Hits The Headlines

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 25 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Despite a long-term banishment of all things capitalism, the screws are starting to loosen in Cubra's slow march towards free enterprise.

Chinese Invasion Of Maldives Continues

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

As the Maldives tinkers with a high water mark of one million visitors a year, one amazing stat is that China is the largest inbound tourism market for the tiny island nation.

Second Airport For Samui?

Category: Tourism. Posted: 24 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

An article in last week's Bangkok Post which said the Transport Ministry was looking at conducting a study for the feasibility of a new second airport in Koh Samui

Top Asian Hotels Brands Named

Category: Hotels. Posted: 23 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Asia's leading hotel chains have been named in the Brand Company's first Asian Hospitality Brand Survey.

Thailand's Emerging Gulf Coast Property Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 23 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Writing this piece I struggle to find an easy reference point for the cluster of islands out past the Eastern Seaboard meaning Koh Kood, Koh Chang, and Koh Mak.

EARTHQUAKE WATCH Best Resource In An Emergency

Category: Tourism. Posted: 23 Apr 2012 | 12:10 am

After the recent case of the shakes a number of readers on the site have written in about what is the best resource on the island to tap into in the case of an emergency.

JLL To Manage The Privilege Residences

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Apr 2012 | 1:57 pm

Leading property firm Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) have signed a deal to manage common areas for The Privilege Residences in Kalim.

ARRIVALS New Banyan Tree General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 22 Apr 2012 | 1:48 pm

Phuket's luxury Banyan Tree Resort has appointed Sriram Kailasam to the post of General Manager.

Has Thailand Ever Recovered from 1997?

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 22 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Taking a turn reading Business Report Thailand, and article which highlighted the country's increasingly apparent lack of forward planning captured my attention.

Google Thailand Head To Speak In Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 21 Apr 2012 | 9:35 am

Leading internet icon Google has set up a base in Bangkok and the head of the Thailand operation Ariya Banomyong will speak at the upcoming IBAP event on Friday May 11th.

New Anantara Vacation Club Opening End Of Year

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Apr 2012 | 9:22 am

Phuket's latest vacation entry is the new Anantara Vacation Club which will open by the end of 2012.

Hotel Branded Residences Shine

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 21 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

As the Philippines continues a strong surge in its property market, hotel branded properties managed by international chains have shown strong demand.

Just Another 48 Hours

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 21 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

This was last Wednesday afternoon and I had suddenly started receiving calls, and a steady stream of SMSs about shaky tremors in Phuket.

Politics, Real Estate a Toxic Brew at the Beach

Category: News Column - The Nation. Posted: 20 Apr 2012 | 9:24 am

Prime west coast oceanfront real estate is the latest flash point in the public debate over the erosion of Phuket island's most visible natural resource.

ASEAN's 2015 Reform Creating New Opportunities

Category: Tourism. Posted: 20 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

In the lead up to 2015's much hail ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) initiative, the critical path forward remains for the moment crystal ball gazing.

Government Asked For Phuket Earthquake Warning System

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Apr 2012 | 4:36 pm

Phuket's MP Anchalee Vanich-Thepabutr has urgently asked the Thai government to set up an earthquake station on the island according to the Bangkok Post.

MIPM Asia 2012 Property Show Hong Kong

Category: Video. Posted: 19 Apr 2012 | 11:59 am

United Kingdom Tops Phuket Work Permits

Category: Tourism. Posted: 19 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Call it the B & B effect but British nationals comprise the largest expatriate work forces on the island

Speculation Growing Over New iPad Mini

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Apr 2012 | 12:25 pm

Media and social networks are blazing on rumors that Apple will be releasing an iPad mini later this year.

Aloft Bangkok Up For Sale

Category: Hotels. Posted: 18 Apr 2012 | 11:51 am

Thailand's hotel transaction market continues to heat up with news that the Aloft Bangkok on Sukhumvit 11 has been put into the market through Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels.

AirAsia X Changes Longhaul Strategy

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Low-cost airline carrier AirAsia X has reacted to a triple threat on longhaul routes, and have changed operating strategies.

Yamu's Breeze Opening Friday

Category: Tourism. Posted: 18 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

The island dining scene is about to get a boost this Friday April 20th with the opening of Breeze Restaurant at Cape Yamu.

Apple iPad Hitting Thailand April 27th

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Apr 2012 | 3:53 pm

Call it the dateline or time difference, but the Apple new Apple iPad is officially hitting Thailand (and Phuket) shops as of April 27th.

PHUKET EARTHQUAKE Shaken Not Stirred

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Apr 2012 | 8:47 am

The day after what was thought to be a jolt from an aftershock in Sumatra yesterday afternoon turns out to be an earthquake in Phuket's Thalang District.

Malaysia Growing Outbound Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 17 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Pick up any Asian gateway or destination visitor statistics these days and in more cases than not, Malaysia comes up in the list of top growth markets.

SMART Property EXPO In June

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Real estate developers targeting the Hong Kong market, take note as the SMART Property Expo will journey to Hong Kong on June 2nd and 3rd.

New Patong Headland To Unlock Land Development

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 17 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Reading a news piece in the Phuket Gazette about the Patong Municipal Council's decision to study opening up a new southern access road to the headland area would appear to create

EARTHQUAKE AFTERSHOCK Phuket Jolted Again

Category: Tourism. Posted: 16 Apr 2012 | 5:14 pm

A sharp aftershock has hit the resort island of Phuket again days after an earthquake scare saw areas evacuated.

ARRIVALS Centara Appoints Danny McCafferty

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Apr 2012 | 8:56 am

Well known hotel executive Danny McCafferty has been appointed as General Manager and Regional Director at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.

Concorde Group To Pattaya

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

The Thai hotel owning group behind the Swissotel Le Concorde have made public plans for a new 300 key hotel in the beach destination of Pattaya.

ACCOR And GCP's Thailand Franchise Alliance

Category: Hotels. Posted: 16 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Global hotel operator ACCOR and Hong Kong private equity group Gaw Capital Partners(GCP) have created a franchise arrangement for two new Thailand based properties under the brand Hotel G.

Online Phuket Gazette Returns

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Apr 2012 | 8:59 am

The online Phuket Gazette website has returned after suffering a cyber attack recently.

China Hi-Speed Rail Link To Thailand

Category: Tourism. Posted: 15 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

In an ongoing saga the mega transportation project of a high-speed rail link between Thailand and China continues to seek higher ground.

Olympic Games Not Pursing Carbon-Offset Scheme

Category: Green. Posted: 14 Apr 2012 | 1:33 pm

File this one in the all too hard basket but this year's 2012 Olympic Games in London will not take on a big event pioneering effort for a carbon-offset program.

WET WET WET Phuket Celebrates Songkran

Category: Video. Posted: 14 Apr 2012 | 9:09 am

Low-Cost Carriers Snubbed By EU

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

A high profile dispute between the Chief Executive of budget carrier Ryanair and the European Commission has resulted in a formal complaint to the governing body.

XANA BEACH CLUB Soi Dog Fundraising Event

Category: Tourism. Posted: 14 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket's newest beach club - the chic Xana in Laguna Phuket will play host to the Soi Dog Fundraising Dinner on May 12th.

In the Lap of Natai Luxury

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 14 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Phuket's high-end property market may face some serious competition from our neighboring province.

NEXT WEEK Asia's Largest Food And Hospitality Trade Show

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Apr 2012 | 10:10 am

Singapore will host the twin events Food & Hotel Asia and Wine & Spirits Asia 2012 next week from April 17-20.

POST TSUNAMI ALERT Island Back To Normal

Category: Tourism. Posted: 13 Apr 2012 | 9:39 am

Songkran is here and the tsunami alert of two days past is now a shared memory.

DEPARTURES Starwood's Miguel Ko Retiring

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Apr 2012 | 9:19 am

Global chain Starwood has announced that President and CEO of Asia Pacific Miguel Ko will retire.

Park Hyatt Coming To Bangkok

Category: Hotels. Posted: 13 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

After years the Grand Hyatt's predominance as the brand's best property in Bangkok may be challenged with the announcement of a new Park Hyatt under development.

Tsunami Alert In Patong

Category: Video. Posted: 12 Apr 2012 | 2:36 pm

Phuket's Bermuda Triangle

Category: Tourism. Posted: 12 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

So we aren't in the Caribbean but the concept of a Triangle for the Phang Nga Bay a certainly has growing momentum.

BREAKING NEWS Earthquake Tremors In Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 11 Apr 2012 | 4:06 pm

We've received a number of call and Thai TV is reporting that earthquake tremors have been felt in Phuket.

Private Equity Firm To Buy Six Senses Chain

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Apr 2012 | 8:49 am

Newslines are buzzing over the reported sale of the Thailand based Six Senses Resort chain to private equity group Pegasus Capital Advisors.

Thailand's Onyx Into Sri Lanka

Category: Hotels. Posted: 11 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

In a strategic relationship Thailand's Onyx Hospitality Group has joined hands with Sino Lanka Hotels Holding for two Ozo branded properties in the country.

PROPERTY WATCH Baht Heads North

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 11 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

The Thai baht has bounced back from last years depreciation and flood worries to hit an exchange rate of THB30.93 to the US dollar.

Lufthansa Eyes IndoChina Hub

Category: Tourism. Posted: 10 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

The emerging markets of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar remain a strategic triangle with Bangkok clearly the hub going into the smaller spokes for long haul visitors.

Natai Ultra Villa Estate Sells Out

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 10 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

In what is often increasingly referred to as the budding Hamptons of Greater Phuket, the Sava Natai has sold out their reminding luxury villa inventory.

Airport To Fast Track Thai Travelers From April 11

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport will open an automated facility for Thai passport holders from April 11th.

ARRIVALS Tampert Heads Wyndham Asia Pacific

Category: Hotels. Posted: 09 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Frank Trampert has been appointed as Managing Director for Wyndham Hotels in Asia Pacific.

Cartoon Network Tunes Into Pattaya

Category: Tourism. Posted: 09 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

In a world's first Thailand will call home the first Cartoon Network entertainment park.

Near Luxury Estate Coming To Layan

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 09 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

We've been receiving a number of messages from readers asking about the large construction project at the Northern end of Bangtao overlooking Layan Beach.

Starbucks Thailand Leads with LEED

Category: Green. Posted: 09 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Global java maker Starbucks has been able to certify five of their Thai outlets with LEED certification.

Phuket Yachting Event Moving From Evason

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Apr 2012 | 10:58 am

The organizers of the annual regatta Phuket Raceweek are in the process of moving the event from the Evason Phuket in Rawai.

HOTEL SURVEY Wi-Fi Tops Most Wanted List

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 08 Apr 2012 | 10:42 am

Forget in-hotel amenities like coffee makers, iPad docking stations, or even gyms, the number one most wanted item is the availability of Wi-Fi.

US Ambassador Shuns Luxury Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 08 Apr 2012 | 10:15 am

A recent incident in China over the US Ambassador Gary Locke shunning a five star hotel in Hainan and trading down to less expensive has created waves in Mainland Chinese social media circles.

Bocconcino New Surin Hot Spot

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Apr 2012 | 9:17 am

Yesterday I visited the brand new Bocconcino Italian Deli on the Surin Strip.

All Business Class Offering To London

Category: Tourism. Posted: 08 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong Airlines are set to offer an all business class service between the city and London's Gatwick Airport.

Starbucks Gets The Juice

Category: Tourism. Posted: 07 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Yes OJ Simpson still is languishing in a jail somewhere for his sins but global brand Starbucks are not taking on the juice.

Burma on my Mind

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 07 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Today's article is about to take us over the border to the country of Myanmar or Burma.

International School Recycling Center

Category: Green. Posted: 06 Apr 2012 | 11:53 am

The British International School (BIS) has reopened their community recycling center.

Laem Singh Beach Vendor Demonstration

Category: Video. Posted: 06 Apr 2012 | 11:44 am

Internet TV Headed To Thai Hotels?

Category: Hotels. Posted: 06 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

I just love acronyms and of course on that's on fire these days is IPTV or more correctly internet protocol television

US To Open Myanmar Investment Restrictions

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Apr 2012 | 11:18 am

Myanmar continues to make headlines with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton quoted globally in the press that restrictions on investment will be eased.

Absolute Takes On Affordable Yachting

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

News has come in that the shared ownership group Absolute is entering the fractional yachting sector.

Phillips Taps Into Off-Market Distressed Assets

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 05 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Phillips Real Estate have started up a new business unit focusing on off-market distressed assets.

Architect Bill Callahan Opens Island Space

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Apr 2012 | 2:22 pm

Bill Callahan has opened a new Phuket-based design studio named Island Space.

TOMORROW Art Dinner At Brush Restaurant

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Apr 2012 | 1:40 pm

Tomorrow night is the Think Design Art Dinner at Brush in Kalim.

Phuket Gazette Online Site Attacked

Category: Tourism. Posted: 04 Apr 2012 | 10:18 am

A number of readers have written in to ask about the status of the Phuket Gazette online website.

GHM Forced Out Of Luxury Setai Hotel

Category: Hotels. Posted: 04 Apr 2012 | 10:07 am

There is a big buzz going on in hospitality circles over the forced removal of Singapore-based GHM at the Setai in Miami's South Beach.

Jungceylon Upgrades

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 04 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading retail shopping mall Jungceylon will undergoes a THB50 million renovation program according to the owning group Phuket Square.

Novotel Sale Largest Asian Hotel Transaction Since GFC

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Apr 2012 | 5:01 pm

Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels Singapore have announced the sale of the Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon Hong Kong,

Krabi Airport Capacity Upstages Phuket

Category: Tourism. Posted: 03 Apr 2012 | 10:38 am

Krabi's Airport has opened a new terminal effective April 1st.

Gulu Lalvani On Phuket Yachting Scene

Category: Video. Posted: 03 Apr 2012 | 8:50 am

ARRIVALS New Anantara Thailand Operations Director

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Francis Zimmerman has been promoted by the Anantara chain to the position of Operations Director - Thailand.

Michelin For Trisara

Category: Hotels. Posted: 03 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

As for Trisara, yes the luxury uber resort will pair up with Michelin chef Jordi Roca for a special culinary treat on April 7th.

Absolute Start Up Bali Office

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 02 Apr 2012 | 8:29 am

Vacation ownership group Absolute Worldwide are opening a Bali sales office in the upscale area of Seminyak.

SAMUI UPDATE More Hong Kong Flights And Triathlon

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Apr 2012 | 8:04 am

Good news as Bangkok Airways is increasing its frequency on the important direct Samui Hong Kong route.

Krabi Gets Cold Shoulder From Government

Category: Tourism. Posted: 02 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Despite the scale of its tourism attractions and critical mass of quality international accommodation Krabi has found itself all but forgotten by the government.

Hong Kong Hotel Boom Brings 49 New Hotels

Category: Tourism. Posted: 01 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

Hong Kong has a surging pipeline of 49 hotels with over 9,000 rooms set to hit the market within the next four years.

Celebrity Skin

Category: News Column - Property Report SEA. Posted: 01 Apr 2012 | 6:00 am

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

Eastern Seaboard Economic Growth Engine

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 31 Mar 2012 | 6:00 am

Despite the widespread fallout from last year's flooding, Thailand's Eastern Seaboard is rife with economic activity.

Whose Beach is it Anyway?

Category: News Column - Phuket Gazette. Posted: 31 Mar 2012 | 6:00 am

We'll fight them on the beaches: Laem Singh has sadly followed Phuket's other beaches into a sandbox

Phuket Boat Show USD250 Million On Display

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Mar 2012 | 4:36 pm

The opening of the annual Phuket International Boat Show has seen USD250 million of upscale boats on display.

PIMEX LIVE Robert Braithwaite, Sunseeker Founder

Category: Video. Posted: 30 Mar 2012 | 4:31 pm

BALI BUZZ Miniskirts to Minimarts

Category: Tourism. Posted: 30 Mar 2012 | 4:02 pm

Breakfast in Bali comes with news that a special government taskforce on pornography has come out publically and asked for a ban in miniskirts.

Swissotel Take Over Former Courtyard Kamala

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Mar 2012 | 9:07 am

Global chain Swissotel will reportedly take over management of the former Courtyard Marriott Kamala Beach effective April 1st.

China Brand Rush Continues

Category: Hotels. Posted: 30 Mar 2012 | 6:00 am

Another US hotel chain is focusing growth on the lucrative luxury China market.

Malaysia Boosts Outbound Market

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Mar 2012 | 6:00 am

Data from PATA (Pacific asia Travel Association) shows the outbound travel from Malaysia has now put the country in the number two position within ASEAN.

Tiger Heads To Sri Lanka

Category: Tourism. Posted: 29 Mar 2012 | 6:00 am

Low-cost airline Tiger have announced flights between Colombo in Sri Lanka and Singapore.

Hotel De La Paix Brands To Park Hyatt

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Mar 2012 | 6:24 am

The upscale boutique Hotel De La Paix in Siem Reap Cambodia will be rebranded as a Park Hyatt.

Moevenpick Heads To Bali

Category: Hotels. Posted: 28 Mar 2012 | 6:00 am

Moevenpick Hotels and Resorts have signed a new build project in Jimbaran, Bali with owning company PT Hotelindo Permata.

REMINDER Boat Show PIMEX Opens Thursday

Category: Tourism. Posted: 28 Mar 2012 | 6:00 am

Asia's leading consumer boat show PIMEX returns to the Royal Phuket Marina starting this Thursday March 29th.

Marina Taps Office Rental Market

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 27 Mar 2012 | 4:44 pm

Royal Phuket Marina has created a commercial offering for the growing office market.

AMCHAM/PR NETWORK Sports Destination Tourism Seminar

Category: Tourism. Posted: 27 Mar 2012 | 11:38 am

A panel of leading experts will conduct a session on the high velocity potential of Sports Tourism and its impact on Brand Phuket at Thanyapura's 'The View' on Thursday 24 May 2012.

China Hotel Market Saturated With New Hotels

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Mar 2012 | 10:59 am

The Hotels online magazine this morning ran a story covering Horwath HTL's new China data on how oversupply is hitting operating performance.

Dusit Gives Free Wi-Fi

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Mar 2012 | 9:32 am

Anyone who has stayed in a hotel and suddenly find themselves held hostage to pay for high priced Wi-Fi will love Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket's new initiative.

Wyndham Looking For Phuket General Manager

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Mar 2012 | 8:43 am

Leading international chain Wyndham are looking for a General Manager for their new 120 room Days Hotel in Phuket town.

REGIONAL ANALYSIS India's Hospitality Conundrum

Category: Hotels. Posted: 27 Mar 2012 | 6:00 am

Sitting on an airplane I had a chance to dig into the pages the excellent hardcopy magazine Hotel's Investment Outlook.

Richard Branson's New Bali Ultra Villa

Category: Video. Posted: 26 Mar 2012 | 8:46 am

Billionaire Branson Buys Bali Ultra Villa Estate

Category: Real Estate. Posted: 26 Mar 2012 | 8:43 am

Big news for Bali as billionaire Richard Branson has reportedly purchased the Linda Garland Estate (also known as The Pancharon Retreat) according to media reports.

AustCham Friday Night At Royal Phuket Marina

Category: Tourism. Posted: 26 Mar 2012 | 6:00 am

The Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) will hold a Sundowners event this Friday 30th March at Skippers, Royal Phuket Marina.

Dusit Expanding to Hawaii Of China

Category: Hotels. Posted: 26 Mar 2012 | 6:00 am

Leading Thailand chain Dusit International are continuing an ag