Phuket Real Estate, Hotels and Property Insider News
Thailand’s emerging hotel brand Kokotel is quickly expanding their footprint across the country.
Leading travel resource LuxuryHunt.com has just released their second edition of the 100 Best Luxury Experiences 2019/2020.
At the beginning of the year Phuket’s tourism and hotel sector was cautiously optimistic after a strong first half of 2018 and humbling second half.
As Phuket moves slowly into low season, a story published in the international media by Fox News about how tourists could face the death penalty over taking photos at the island’s airport is a highly flaw piece of sensationalist fake news.
Thai developer K.W. Plaza group has unveiled plans for a large-scale mixed-use project called The Beach Plaza on 15 rai, that will have 11 three and four star hotels with a total of 1.490 rooms.
It’s every hotel owner’s wet dream. Imagine in the age of the smartphone and the aspirational movement of getting out of the box, being able to contain guests and their money within the confines of a single resort.
According to news in The Thaiger, Thai AirAsia will start direct air service between Phuket and Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
Thailand’s idyllic Koh Pha-Ngan island is renowned globally for its marque Full Moon parties.
A fourth Movenpick-branded resort is headed for Phuket.
Phuket’s Catch Beach Club has launched its very own themed children’s concept.
“Irrespective of your thoughts on Christianity or evolution, there is one thing that most cultural camps can agree on: Caves were amongst the earliest accommodation offerings. Prehistoric caves, in fact, have a lot in common with serviced apartments.
Checking into hotel news one story that caught my eye is Thai hospitality group Centara expanding their Coast Beach Club Concept.
Thailand’s Central Group has opened a second major retail development on the resort island of Phuket.
Moving through high season in 2019, hoteliers are starting to look for strategies for the year in order to not be reliant only on volatile mass markets.
Standard Hotels CEO Amar Lalvani has made public plans for branded properties in four key Thai destinations – Phuket, Bangkok, Hua Hin and Pattaya.
Despite registering a record high 9 million passenger arrivals at the island’s gateway international airport in 2018, performance data is indicating that a slowdown in its double-digit growth rates over the past few years is on the horizon for Thailand’s resort destination of Phuket.
One of Asia’s fastest growing hospitality segments is the serviced apartment sector, and the brands are targeting the regions leisure markets.
The hotel space today is fighting for its life. In the day and age of social media and the smartphone, guests today have an astonishing set of choice for what lies outside in the non-hotel world.
The 290-room Banthai Resort in Patong Phuket is being converted to a Hilton branded property.
Last Friday I attended the first edition of the Serviced Apartment Summit Asia event and the roll-out of the new Shama Hub Concept by Thailand’s Onyx Hospitality.
Renowned design London-borne design house YOO are pushing up their profile and capacity in Asia.
Thailand’s baht performance against Asian currencies in 2018, was unmatched, with the exception of the Japanese yen.
Thailand’s Minor Hotel Group have expanded their presence on the resort island of Koh Samui with the opening of an Avani branded property.
Scottish Chef Jamie Wakeford of noted Phuket restaurant Bampot Kitchen has rolled out a new restaurant in Bangkok.
Bangkok’s trendy Thonglor district is experiencing skyrocketing land prices being driven by high-levels of demand for new hotel and condo projects.
Two of Hong Kong’s leading entrepreneurs Allan Zeman and Richard Li are developing a mixed-use project in Thai Muang, Phang Nga named Aquella.
Global hospitality group InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has acquired Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas from Pegasus Capital.
The new Tribhum themed attraction has opened its doors at Phuket’s Central Floresta luxury mall.
Bali’s tourism neighbor Lombok is set to be designed as a new hub for low-cost airline AirAsia.
Global airline carrier Turkish Airlines is adding additional flights to Phuket starting September 2nd.
Death, or more appropriately perhaps, dying, is not my idea of a good time. It must be life’s ultimate buzz killer.
Hospitality chain BHMA has entered into a management agreement to operate the BYD Lofts in Patong.
One of Koh Samui’s largest upscale hotels, the Centara Grand Beach Resort will close on June 1stof this year.
A new event named Serviced Apartment Summit Asia is set for February 21stand 22nd.
The Phuket-born Burasari Hotel Group has opened a new 37-key upscale boutique hotel in Laos.
UAE Targets Investment With Property Ownership/Visa Reform
Despite widespread concern over a massive impact from tropical storm Pabuk, Southern Thailand tourism is back to business.
A one-day seminar on wellness, nutrition and fitness is set for the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort on January 12th.
Thailand’s response to the impending tropical storm Pabuk is widespread.
If there is any doubt who is Thailand’s single biggest competitor for the Mainland Chinese leisure market, clearly its nearby Vietnam.
As we are about to move in 2019, it’s time to get the calendar out and start plotting which hospitality conferences to go to next year. If you go to five, these are the ones to go to:
If you were going to play a soundtrack to this story, perhaps it could be started off best with the 80’s hit “We Built This City”.
Despite the issues of a Chinese slowdown over the boat incident in Phuket this July, Thailand’s visitor numbers for the first eleven months of the year have risen by 7.5% year-on-year.
Phuket’s surging MICE market valued at THB10.9 billion, as meetings, incentives and exhibitions attracted over 800,000 visitors to resort island last year.
This is a story that has all the epic elements of military power, big oil, sleaze, real estate, greed and ultimately transformation.
Two new developments in Koh Samui have caught my eye, and best epitomize how the Thai resort island’s strong boutique brand offering excels at niche products.
This week the island has seen netizens captivated over a photo in the blogosphere proclaiming that “Phuket high-season was dead as a dodo.”
The Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous 2019 is set for January 10 through the 13th.
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 brand LVMH has reached an agreement to buy the Belmond hospitality group.
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.
American Michael Aumock has been appointed General Manager of Phuket’s Royal Phuket Marina.
The Big Bang, Thailand’s largest hospitality event TTF is set to return for a 8th time on Monday January 21st, 2019.
The newly developed Devasom Khao Lak is opening its doors this month.
A new international airport has opened this week in one of Southeast Asia’s rising tourism islands, Bohol in the Philippines.
Financial news Bloomberg is reporting that Thailand’s Minor Hotel Group is potentially looking at an investment into the Indian hospitality luxury brand Leela.
The time has come to open the discussion about the troubling drop in one of Thailand’s leading resort destinations, Koh Samui.
Twas the week before high season, when all through the island, hotel talk turned to Chinese and why the house was not full.
I came across an interesting read today, titled Smart Hotel Technology Guide 2018.
Airbnb’s premium Plus accommodation booking model will be available for Phuket products this December.
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.
InterContinental Hotels Group lifestyle Indigo brand is now in Phuket.
A strategic hospitality event titled the 360° China Travel Market Conference will take place this Thursday November 22nd in Phuket.
The dates have been announced for the upcoming Gulf and Indian Ocean Investors’ Summit.
Leading global hospitality group Hyatt are going big on Japan’s growing alpine hotel market.
Phuket has finally made the esteemed global Michelin guide, with Pru at Trisara earning a star.
Uber cool hotel chain Standard International has made news with the announcement of a new property coming to the resort island of Phuket.
The 2019 edition of Southeast Asia’s leading regional hospitality investment event, HICAP Update is now open for registration.
Spanish hospitality group Melia Hotels International has inked a deal for a second property on the resort island of Phuket.
One recurring theme I keep finding in my travel is a swift and innovative shift upwards in pod or capsule hotels.
Thailand’s Chiva-Som Wellness Resort has debuted with a new upgraded product and expanded facilities.
Krabi’s airlift storyline is pushing up tourism, back of surging flight growth.
The 164-room Patong Heritage Hotel is on sale.
Hyatt Regency Phuket in Kamala has a new General Manager.
The much vaunted ultra villa market is alive and well on the resort island of Phuket.
Phuket’s The Shore at Katathani is undergoing an expansion and upgrading to capture the growing wedding and romantic getaway market.
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.
Indian low-cost airline carrier GoAir will commence direct flights between India and Phuket in October.
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.
Thailand’s Central is set to launch a lifestyle mall in Cherngtalay, near to the Laguna Phuket integrated resort.
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.
Thai-based hospitality group Dusit International through a subsidiary, has announced a deal to buy the Elite Havens luxury villa rental group.
The 131-room Nap Patong is now managed by BHMA.
Two of Greater Phuket’s mega oceanfront properties are on the transaction market for an eye-watering combined value of USD57 million
Thai Airways International will cease direct flights between Phuket and Hong Kong from October 28th.
In just over two weeks the first Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism (PHIST) Forum will take place at the JW Marriott on 24thSeptember.
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.
One of Asia and the world's leading luxury hotel brands, Mandarin Oriental has inked a deal for a Phuket property.
With the results in for the recently concluded Thailand Property Awards, island awardees are as follows -
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.
First New York, and Singapore, and now the well-known Six Senses brand is now set to move to Bangkok.
Emerging Thai-founded Hospitality Management and Development (HMD) Asia will debut their first managed property at the beginning of November.
The 213-room Surf Hotel Patong has transacted to a Singapore-based owner operator.
One of the leading aspects of the modern hotel sector is wellness.
The Thai hospitality group Cape and Kantary will debut a new ultra-luxury resort in Samui in August.
Peter Lucas has been appointed Chief Executive Office of Thailand-based BHMA hospitality group.
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.
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.
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/
The upcoming Blue Tree Phuket waterpark and family entertainment complex is making news with an opening expected in early 2019.
Scot Toon has been appointed Managing Director Asia for Pavilions Hotels and Resorts.
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.
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.
A volcanic eruption of Bali’s Mount Agung has seen the island’s Ngurah Rai Airport close due to ash.
Thai hospitality group Centara’s lifestyle hotel brand Cosi is set to debut in Krabi.
In a shift of operators prior to opening later this year, Rosewood has announced their latest deal for a luxury property in Yangon Myanmar.
Phuket’s Northern neighbor Khao Lak’s surging hotel development footprint is adding new properties under the Marriott and ACCOR’s Pullman brands.
This week’s historic Singapore summit had an amazing effect on hotel brand values in Singapore.
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.
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.
News in The Nation has Thai Airways International set to cease flights between Bangkok and the resort island of Koh Samui.
Phuket’s Northern neighbor Phang Nga and its key tourism area of Khao Lak is seeing increasing broader demand.
Thailand’s great push forward on mega-transportation projects is seeing strong dividends being paid in its tourism industry.
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.
Making front page news in today’s Bangkok Post is coverage that a Thai court has ruled Airbnb-type hotel bookings are illegal.
Looking at the numbers, the new upgrade and expansion of Phuket International Airport has been a roaring success.
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.
The Phuket Hotels Association PHAB2 online charity auction is set to close tomorrow, Saturday at 1800 hours Thai time.
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.
Global hospitality group Melia Hotels International has signed a new 101 villa luxury property in Mai Khao.
May will see South East Asia Hotel Investor’s Summit (SEAHIS) come to the Westin Bangkok.
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
One of the island’s great entrepreneurial storylines, Lee Marine who were founded in 1997 is taking on a global brand.
One of Phuket’s largest integrated hospitality resorts, the Grand West Sands Resort and Villas is underway on a massive makeover drive.
Lots of chatter going on about the two new Six Senses properties in Singapore’s Chinatown.
Thailand’s InVision Hospitaliy has debuted their GLOW brand in Krabi with a 130-room boutique hotel.
The second annual Phuket Hotels Association online charity auction is now open through April 28th.
The biggest worldwide tourism story going is that of the trending closure of the iconic resort island of Boracay in the Philippines.
Airlift into Phuket is set to rise on news that AirAsia will start flying from the island to Penang, direct.
The quest by hotel chains to create new brands that start with the letter A is continuing unabated.
In a somewhat surprise announcement, Nikki Beach Worldwide has signed on as operator of Chiang Mai’s Dhara Dhevi hotel.
InterContinental Hotels Group has inked a deal for a new 170-key resort on the island of Koh Yao Yai, near to Phuket.
There is something in the name Zanzibar that conjures up exotic imagery of faraway places.
Leading island developer Laguna has launched Dhawa Branded Residences at the main entrance of the integrated resort.
The Phuket Hotels Association has set a date for their absolutely phabulous annual fundraising event.
New Wellness Retreat Brand REVIVO Launched
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced it is set to acquire a 51% stake in the Regent Hotels group.
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.
Mike Batchelor has been promoted to the top spot as Chief Executive Officer of JLL Hotels and Hospitality in Asia.
Thai-listed Erawan Public Company Limited are continuing their strategic investment push into the Philippines hospitality sector.
One of the leading hospitality groups in the world, Hilton Hotels and Resorts has two properties in the Phuket development pipeline.
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.
The government is set to push forward with the ambitious “Thailand Riviera” large-scale tourism initiative.
Bangkok Airways has made public a plan to commence direct flights between Phuket and Yangon Myanmar in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Thai-listed group Singha Estate has entered into an agreement to purchase the 255-room Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort through affiliated entities.
Singapore’ SUTL Group have unveiled plans for a new 171-berth marina in Makham Bay Phuket.
Flights between Phuket and Penang will expand to daily service by March 25th.
The 2nd annual South East Asia Hotel Investors Summit (SEAHIS) 2018 will take place in Bangkok on May 14th and 15th.
The year 2017 was the best of times and the worst of times for Indonesia’s tourism icon Bali.
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.
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.
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.
Leading developers and luxury hotel branded real estate offerings are casting a new light on the emerging world-class megacity Bangkok.
Leading international all-inclusive hospitality group Club Med has inked a deal in the Thai resort destination of Krabi.
An expanding urban city skyline is the subject of the new Kuala Lumpur Hotel & Hotel Residences Market Update by C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL.
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?
Asia's leading alpine resort Niseko is seeing a wave of international hotels flock to the slopes.
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.
One of the island’s largest hotel owners, Katathani has transacted the 271-key Dusit Island Resort in Chiang Rai.
A strong low season and China growth has pushed Phuket International Airport past a record high 8 million threshold.
Nai Yang’s Dewa resort has undergone a massive upgrading and is now operated by the Cachet Hospitality Group.
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.
News over the eruption of Mount Agung on the resort island of Bali has been making global news headlines today.
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.
On January 22nd, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel Bangkok, the Thailand Tourism Forum returns for its 7th annual edition.
Thai-listed property firm Sansiri has undertaken an ambitious overseas investment driven into the hospitality sectors and lifestyle brands.
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.
Property developers across Thailand are experiencing a magnetic attraction for hotel branded residences in order to spur price premium points and buyer demand.
Bangkok-based Well Hotels and Resorts has inked two new properties on Thailand's East Coast.
Indochina Capital and Vanguard Hotels have teamed up for a new lifestyle hotel brand in Vietnam tagged Wink.
Famed ultra-luxury brand Aman are heading to New York City.
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.
One fast emerging Phuket borne hotel chain that is stretching out into expansion is the Burasari Group
In a landmark deal, Singapore’s Kwee family has taken over ownership of the Capella Hotel Group.
The late great designer Ibrahim Jaya is seeing his legacy boosted by a new offering Jaya Hotels & Residences.
The Phuket branch of international real estate brokerage house Engel and Voelkers in Cherngtalay is set to close at the end of October.
The current spate of consolidation and takeovers in the hotel space is ramping up, but this time it’s in the design space.
Asia’s property developers are jumping into bed with hotel groups as branded residences flourish.
Thailand’s Onyx Hospitality Group has signed partnership agreement to operate YOO branded properties in Asia.
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.
One of the leading global iconic hotel brands Ritz-Carlton has debuted in Thailand’s Koh Samui.
Famed Indonesian hotel brand Ayana has announced an upcoming new luxury hotel in Labuan Bajo.
The luxurious 71-key Rosewood Phuket resort is confirmed to open on November 2nd.
In an on ‘again, off again’ love affair, the Indonesian government is again evaluating foreign ownership for HGB apartments.
What the hell is a Phu Quoc?
One of the island’s best restaurants, Suay that is a mainstay in Phuket Town has opened a new branch in Cherngtalay.
Pavilions Hotels and Resorts have announced a new mixed-use project in Asia’s leading alpine resort Niseko Japan.
A new 555-unit hotel managed residence project named Phuket Waterworld is now offering apartments for sale.
Kamala Phuket’s emerging destination resort MontAzure won 5 awards at the recently concluded Thailand Property Awards 2017.
Details of a Senior Living project in Kamala’s MontAzure integrated development have been unveiled.
One of Niseko’s most anticipated luxury residential-led hospitality projects Skye has announced a hotel operator.
Phuket tourism is no longer just about the beach and the urban push is game on.
Asia’s leading hotel investment conference HICAP is set for Hong Kong from October 18th to 20th at the InterContinental Hotel.
The Novotel Karon Beach Phuket has come onto the transaction market.
A new 270 key Ramada branded property is rising in Phuket Town.
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.
Krabi Town has ranked first in growth in year-on-year search results for Thai holiday destinations on TripAdvisor.
Nearby India remains one of the strongest growth markets for Phuket tourism, and the sheer size and scale clearly provide a sustainable opportunity.
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.
Sporting events are a key catalyst for Phuket’s MICE demand, with the industry valued at THB 5.74 billion.
The Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket is undertaking a third phase expansion program.
Qatar Airways is upping flights from Doha to Krabi to a daily basis starting December 1st.
Phang Nga visitors tip 4.4 million. But where is the airport?
Well-known longtime Phuket real estate lawyer Matthew McEvily passed away in the United States on June 20th
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.
A new international school named BCIS is coming to Chalong Phuket this year.
A new senior living development has been announced in Phuket, within the MontAzure integrated resort project in Kamala.
Thailand-based Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia (BHM) has entered into a deal for the sale of the chain to Flight Centre Travel Group.
Creative guru Bill Bensley is joining forces with the Shinta Mani group for a series of new hotels according to Travel Daily Asia.
Well-known US property brokerage Coldwell Banker now has brand representation in Phuket.
Leading LCThai AirAsia has announced flights between Bangkok (Don Mueang) and the Maldives commencing August 11th.
There was a time when upscale adventure travelers plied the great rivers of the world.
Next weeks South East Asia Hotel Investors’ Summit is shaping up to be a big event.
Myanmar’s Bagan with its ancient temples and pagodas remains one of Asia’s most treasured destinations.
A new report by our friends at Horwath HTL Health and Wellness has put numbers on Thailand’s fast paced wellness market.
AirAsia X Indonesia has started flights between Bali and Mumbai, India.
Thai hospitality group Dusit International has bought into the online villa and condo site favstay.com.
A planned 3,000 unit condo hotel in Bali is creating waves with local residents on the Island of the Gods.
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.
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.
PHAB gala event raises over 4 million Thai baht to fund human capital on Phuket through tourism training and scholarships.
Cambodia’s rapidly developing seaside resort destination Sihanoukville is getting new direct flights on AirAsia.
Thailand is not the only Southeast Asian country experiencing a flood of travelers from Russia and China.
Thailand’s Lub d posh hostel group is branching out into the international market.
What’s to blame for keeping hotel owners up at night? Millennials, disruptors and OTAs aren’t solely at fault.
Listed Thai-firm Minor International has finalized three new major projects in Phuket.
The Dewa Phuket in Nai Yang has signed a deal for management agreement the Cachet Hospitality Group.
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.
Indonesia’s rebel beach club brand Le Pirate has announced plans to expand its footprint within the country and throughout Asia.
A familiar face in Thailand, Andrew Langdon has been promoted to lead worldwide development for Movenpick Hotels and Resorts.
Making news on the island is the Phuket Gazette who will stop publishing their hard copy newspaper at the end of May.
The journey of SilverNeedle Hospitality has taken a new turn with the acquisition of Morris Sim’s Brand Karma outfit.
Over the past eighteen months one of our key projects has been the establishment and promotion of the non-profit Phuket Hotels Association.
Former Banyan Tree and Pan Pacific executive Bernhold Schroeder is headed to Kempinski.
The upcoming Phuket Hotels Association PHAB event has been announced for Saturday May 13th.
Four of Myanmar’s beach destinations are emerging as leading contenders in Asia’s search for the next exotic tropical getaway spot.
Phuket born LuxuryHunt.com have published their first collection on travel titled 100 Best.
Bangkok’s appetite for top end luxury condominiums is accelerating as the geographic mix of products is spreading across the Thai capital.
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 is making international headlines and it’s far from a positive stimulator for tourism.
One of Phuket’s leading upscale boutique hotels, The Boathouse is undergoing a large-scale upgrading.
Thai-based hospitality group Montara have made public their plans to develop a hostel brand named Heritage Stays.
Feedback from this weekend’s Singapore property launch of the Mandarin Oriental Residences Bali has been extremely positive.
Thai real estate group Singha Estate are making global waves over their new mega mixed-use offering in the Maldives.
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.
One of Thailand’s strong boutique brands Sala will open their second Samui resort in November of this year.
Thailand’s Onyx Hospitality is developing an Ozo branded midscale hotel in Phuket.
Thai Airways International has commenced direct flights between the resort island of Phuket and Beijing China.
C9 Hotelworks has released an insightful analysis titled Phuket Russian Tourism Market.
The island’s cruise sector has a terrific week with two of Royal Caribbean International’s mega ships come calling.
During a recent Phuket Hotels Association meeting one of the leading presentations was from the founders of the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.
This past week I moderated an LBGT tourism event organized by Hotelintel at the Siam Hotel in Bangkok.
Luxury hotel group Capella will see their first Thai property located in Bangkok, debut in mid-2018.
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.
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.
I have been reading an interview with Banyan Tree Founder KP Ho by TTG Asia’s Raini Hamdi with interest.
One of Asia’s best known hotels, the famed Dusit Thani in Bangkok is on the redevelopment track.
Lothar Nessman has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Pan Pacific Hotels.
One of Koh Samui’s most prominent hotels, the Grand Centara Beach Resort Samui is on the lease transaction market.
Bangkok-based U City Public Company Limited has acquired eight hotels and a management company in Europe.
A new C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL report on Bali contains stark warning signs about the shift to mass market tourism.
C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will be moderating a panel on hybrid hotels at the upcoming Boutique Lifestyle Summit in London.
Thailand’s two biggest resort markets Phuket and Pattaya will have daily direct flights starting on March 30th
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.
Have I lost my mind you might ask or what is the big deal about a rock?
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.
Chief Executive Officer Peter Henley has announced plans to retire and is stepping down in June of this year.
Turkish Airlines has announced a new route between Phuket and Istanbul effective July 17th of this year.
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.
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.
I’m often asked for top picks of up and coming destinations an one that is firmly on my radar is Belitung Indonesia.
Bali’s tourism sector is rocking on news that Tigerair has elected to withdraw from the market.
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.
InterContinental Hotels Group has Rajit Sukumaran as Chief Development Officer for Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).
Well-known hotel executive Rudi Koppen has died at the age of 80.
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 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.
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".
This year’s AOCAP Conference has been set for Singapore on the March 15th and 16th.
For readers who missed this week’s Thailand Tourism Forum 2017 in Bangkok we are distributing a download link to the key presentations.
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.
Bernold Schroeder has resigned as CEO of Pan Pacific Hotels Group.
One of Bali’s key tourism markets has experienced a significant disruption with low-cost carrier Tigerair temporarily suspending services from Australia.
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.
For hotel development and technical service professionals the name Richard Penner is well-known.
One of Bali’s best known beach clubs Potato Head is coming to Trisara Phuket.
Legendary designer Linda Garland who was best known for promoting Bali-style has passed away in Australia.
Hotelier Chris Bailey has been named CEO of Royal Phuket Marina
New Year 2017 is here and global hotel chains Marriott and InterContinental have branded existing Phuket Hotels.
The long-running PIMEX (Phuket International Boat Show) returns this week at Royal Phuket Marina.
As we roll though peak tourism season and prepare to shift into 2017, I have surveyed a number of Phuket hotels about performance.
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.
Laguna Phuket is developing 30 hotel branded condo units named the Angsana Beachfront Residences.
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.
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.
Singapore’s Banyan Tree Group is moving quickly into one of the world’s most looked-at emerging market’s Cuba.
Hong Kong private equity group LimeTree Capital Partners has acquired the Shiki hotel in Japan's prime ski area of Niseko.
A new transportation infrastructure mega-project North of Phuket tentatively named the “Phang Nga - Andaman International Airport” is currently under by the government.
Phuket-based Aksara Collection has announced plans for a third island hotel.
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
Spa, spa, spa, everywhere you look in Phuket there seems to be a spa.
ver the past decade Southeast Asia resort destinations have seen a strong shift away from their ‘old school’ legacy markets.
A massive shift in Asian gaming is expected on the heels of Japan’s parliament giving the green light to casinos this week.
Krabi’s Hula Hula Resort and Spa has entered into an agreement with global brand Best Western.
Centara Hotels and Resorts and the owenrs of the West Sands Phuket have parted company.
Veteran hotelier Nick Downing is the new General Manager of the uber chic Bangkok property The Siam.
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.
One of the island’s first boutique hotels has been sold, the Boathouse in Kata.
Asian hospitality and real estate group Pavilions Hotels and Resorts are expanding to the upscale Japanese ski destination of Niseko.
Well-known property developer David Groom passed away on December 10th.
French hospitality chain ACCOR has acquired a 5% holding in Singapore’s Banyan Tree Holdings for a reported USD17 million.
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.
Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejamornthan has issued an ultimatum to illegal hotels to either register before January 31st , 2017, or face legal action.
Dates have been sent for the second annual Hotel Investment Conference Philippines (HICP)
I was recently in Bali and had an up close view of the hotel and property scene on the island.
Thai-hospitality group Dusit International has inked a deal for a new hotel in Surin Beach.
A rising tide of niche tourism segments is forcing legacy events like ITB start to evolve.
Stephen Radcliffe has been appointed as the new General Manager of the Hyatt Regency in Kamala.
Yesterday the inaugural Thai Airways International direct flight from Frankfurt Germany to Phuket commence.
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.
The Asian portfolio of Premier Inn has come onto the transaction market
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.
The annual AMCHAM and Angsana Laguna Phuket Thanksgiving lunch is set this year for Thursday November 24th.
Hawaiian-based hospitality group Outrigger Hotels and Resorts through an affiliate have entered into a transaction agreement with US-based KSL Capital Partners.
A new direct service between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur has been announced by Malindo Air.
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.
If you are taking a domestic flight to and from Phuket, the current partial closing of the old terminal is causing widespread confusion.
Phuket’s party crowd is rejoicing over news that a new Catch Beach Club will be open in time for high season.
The date has been set for the upcoming Thailand Tourism Forum 2017 in Bangkok, on Monday January 23rd .
The potential lease of the Phuket’s British International School to institutional group Nord Anglia Education has failed to materialize.
New York State has signed into law a landmark bill making it illegal for owners to rent out residences for less than 30 days.
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)
After a cancellation notice went out for the Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2016, the iconic sporting event will now push through.
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.
One of fashion’s most famous names Karl Lagerfeld is launching his own ‘namesake” hotel brand.
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.
The 201 key Phi Phi Island Resort is set to complete a THB160 million upgrade in October.
One upcoming top end project that we are looking forward to opening soon is the ultra luxury TreVilla Phuket private hotel in Nai Thon.
Top marina gun Arthur Tay is reportedly looking at potential expansion to Phuket
Swiss hotel chain Movenpick has signed their third property in Phuket with Thai group Nusasiri.
A portfolio of four renovated and re-positioned hotel properties in Southern Thailand has come into the transaction market.
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.
Last year the trio of islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air played host to nearly 450,000 hotel guests.
Thai hospitality group Onyx has inked a deal for three properties in Laos under their Amari brand.
Thailand’s resort island of Samui is benefiting from mounting airlift which is positively impacting hotel occupancy levels.
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.
Thailand’s Sansiri is teaming up with celebrity designer Philippe Starck’s YOO for a new stylish condominium in Bangkok’s Thonglor area.
One of Bangkok’s legacy properties, the Nai Lert Park Hotel has announced plans to close, under a change in ownership.
The makeover and rebranding of the former Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel in Phuket City has been completed.
Thailand-based budget hotel group Red Planet has raised USD70 million in funding from Goldman Sachs to expansion of the chain
Talking to many hoteliers outside of Thailand and when speaking about Si Racha, they start immediately thinking about the red hot chili sauce Sriracha.
Hello Kitty. Singapore’s SC Capital Partners have made public plans to raise USD1 billion based in surging demand by fund investors.
After the recent merger of Commune Hotels and Resorts and Destination Hotels, a new corporate overlay has been created named Two Roads.
There was a time when getting to nearby Koh Lanta from Krabi required boarding and getting off two ferries.
The Twinpalms Residences MontAzure was recognized as the winner of the best condo award at the Thailand Property Awards 2016.
Popular General Manager Brice Borin of the Amatara Resort and Wellness Resort in Panwa Phuket is on the move to Bali.
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.
Thai AirAsia is launching flights between Phuket and Siem Reap in Cambodia.
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.
Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday officially opened the new terminal at Phuket International Airport.
While Mainland China is spurring a sustained drive in Thailand tourism, one key element that is undermining the industry is “zero dollar” tourism.
Thai-based designer Bill Bensley has established his reputation as a global innovator over the past few decades.
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
One of Bali’s leading properties Alila Uluwatu has joined up with global brand Hakkasan for a new dayclub.
One of the familiar hospitality faces in Asian hotels Marc Dardenne has been appointed Group Chief Operating Officer of Dubai’s Jumeirah Group.
Overseas tourism numbers to Bali have registered strong demand in the first half of 2016.
The annual HICAP Hong Investment conference will be held this year from October 19th to 21st at the InterContinental Hong Kong.
C9 Hotelworks, Horwath HTL and Mayer Brown JSM are holding a free seminar focusing on investment in the hospitality & leisure sector in Vietnam.
One of Vietnam’s first luxury resorts, the Nam Hai in Danang will become a Four Seasons in December.
One of Asia’s leading landscape designers Bali-based Made Wijaya has passed away.
One of Asia’s well-known hospitality legal advisors David Mallinson is moving to Withersworldwide in Hong Kong.
Once upon a time the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chaing Mai languished in financial failure.
The Samui Buri Beach Resort has been put into the transaction market.
New low-cost carrier Thai Vietjet Air is set to start flights between Phuket and Chiang Rai in mid-September.
Leading global hotel chain Wyndham has signed a deal to manage a 214 key property in Phuket.
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.
It’s early morning in Japan, and outside my window typhoon inspired rain is gaining momentum.
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 Hotels and Resorts has moved Marc Landgraf to the post of General Manager at their Samui property.
Thai national Pradtana Tubprayoon has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Manathai Surin Phuket.
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.
The luxury boutique resort Indigo Pearl Phuket has been renamed as The Slate.
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.
A rising budget hotel chain named Fortune D is looking at establishing a nationwide network of properties located at petrol stations across Thailand.
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.
Greenview out of Singapore headed by Eric Ricaurte and Grace Kang are taking their sustainable hospitality vision for hotels global.
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.
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.
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.
Airlift is the main engine of Phuket tourism growth which is highlighted by 31 inbound flight routes now operating from Greater China.
Thailand’s Centara Hotels and Resorts are set to open their third Krabi property by the end of year.
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.
Analysis of 2015 international flights originating from Phuket International Airport.
One of Asia’s leading yachting facilities Royal Phuket Marina has been put into the transaction market.
Singapore hospitality group Furama Hotels International has flagged the Farmers Boutique resort in Samui.
Markus Kaliss has been named General Manager of the Hilton Arcadia Phuket in Karon.
A listed Singapore residential and hospitality group Roxy Pacific are developing a hybrid hotel villa boutique resort in Chalong.
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.
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.
Iconic Phuket hotel Twinpalms will open their newest outlet HQ Beach Lounge today
A special Family Fun Fourth of July event will be held at Xana Beach Club at the Angsana Phuket this coming Saturday July 2nd.
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 International has made the news with the announcement of a resumption of flights between Moscow and Bangkok.
Thai-based Centara Hotels & Resorts' Chris Bailey is leaving his post as Chief Operating Officer.
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.
Last week Swiss hotelier Pascal Frei died in Phuket at the age of 35.
The Thai government’s proposed Phuket Convention Center in Mai Khao is back in play according to news today in the Bangkok Post.
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.
Welcome to the post-high season autopsy on Phuket’s pish posh uber luxury property market.
British International School Phuket is reportedly in talks with a global educational provider who is bidding to takeover operations.
Well-known hotel design and pre-opening expert Gert Noodzij has written a guidebook for opening hospitality properties.
With the new lifting of economic and diplomatic sanctions on Iran, the destination is seeing a renewed sense of interest in the tourism sector.
Thai hotel group AKARYN will open their second resort in Natai in the third quarter of this year.
A new offering of hotel branded residences with Starwood’s Sheraton brand has come into the Phuket real estate market.
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.
C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will moderate a session at the HotelsWorld Australia conference titled “Poshtels, Glamping and more” on July 27th.
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.
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.
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.
Over the past few days I have been in Bali and despite the sunshine many hoteliers are shedding tears over declining room rates.
One of Southeast Asia’s leading property personalities John Birt has passed away.
Uber luxury chain Aman is taking on a new wellness focus across a select group of their hotels.
French hotel group ACCOR is continuing their rapid expansion in Southern Thailand with the signing of a new ibis Styles in Samui.
Through the ages, architects have struggled to define, refine and reinvent the balcony.
The 2nd luxury focused Thailand Yacht Show has been confirmed for December 15th to 18th at Phuket’s Ao Por Grand Marina.
Peeraphol Jittinboonruan has been named as the General Manager of the Eastin Yama hotel in Phuket.
According to data released by STR Global, Vietnam hit an all-time high revPAR in the first quarter of 2016.
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.
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.
Thai hospitality group Dusit International has named Lim Boon Kwee as Chief Operating Officer (COO).
We live in the age of travelers who are increasingly looking for authentic experiences with local flavor.
Airline passengers looking for a quick sleep have a new option at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
According to the Bangkok Post Thai-listed group Nusasiri Plc has engaged Movenpick Hotel & Residences to manage three of their residential-led condominiums.
Paul Richardson has been appointed EVP and Chief Operating Officer in charge of global operations for the Outrigger Enterprises Group.
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.
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.
The Australian summer market to Thailand (December/January/February) period registered a 4% decline compared to the same period the previous year.
Thailand-based design group Blink has appointed hotelier Michael Sagild as CEO.
US-based resort group Outrigger whose regional operating headquarters is located in Phuket have formally re-launched their second brand OHANA.
The global hotel industry is rapidly changing and AirBnB is a strong disruptor to the business.
A familiar hotel face has returned to Phuket as Andrew Turner has been named Managing Director of the ultra luxury Rosewood Phuket.
The Hotel Investment Conference Indonesia 2016 (HICI) is coming up on April 28th and 29th at the Raffles Hotel Jakarta.
Twinpalm’s Catch Beach Club is set to hold a closing party “One Last Time” on Saturday April 16th together with sister outlet Bimi.
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.
One of Phuket’s largest integrated resorts, the West Sands Mai Khao has been put into the transaction market for sale.
Bangkok-based hospitality group 137 Pillars have unveiled plans for a new luxury resort on the Kata headland in Phuket.
French hospitality group ACCOR has flagged the former DoubleTree by Hilton which will now be branded the Novotel Phuket Surin Beach.
A 161-key Hyatt Place Hotel has entered the island’s accommodation market in Patong.
Bill Barnett goes off the deep end on Asian developers' abandonment of prized swimming pools.
Phuket International Academy which is part of the Thanyapura complex will join the United World College (UWC) program as of August this year.
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 hospitality group Plateno has inked their first hotel deal in Phuket for a 110-room property in Patong.
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.
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.
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’s Pattaya presence is coming to an end as their existing resort will see a management change to InterContinental in April.
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.
Phuket’s strong chain affiliation surge has seen an uptick as ACCOR has inked a deal to manage three hotels on the island.
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.
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.
Singapore-listed hospitality group Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts is undergoing a massive restructuring of their corporate set-up according to The Straits Times.
Listed Thai hospitality group Erawan Group PCL will invest into budget hotels in the Philippines over the next five years.
Global serviced office provider Regus has branded a new offering with Royal Phuket Marina for an island facility.
If you think international hotel groups are not closely watching the non-traditional accommodation market such as condo and villa products, think again.
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.
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.
Rising Thai-based Proud Real Estate Group has unveiled plans for a new luxury resort managed by the InterContinental Hotels Group in Kamala Phuket.
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.
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.
Bill Barnett goes off the deep end on Asian developers’ abandonment of prized swimming pools
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.
Emerging Thai-based poshrel brand Lub d is set to roll out their first Phuket property at the beginning of July.
Coming up on Friday is the latest AMCHAM Phuket event which will be held at the new Keemala Resort in Kamala.
Thai boutique hotel group X2 has inked a deal for a condominium hotel at the entrance area of Laguna Phuket.
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.
Crisis? What Crisis? At long last the ticking time bomb of unlicenced accommodation establishments in Phuket has finally made headlines.
Two of Asia’s leading property media players PropertyGuru and Thailand’s Property Awards have consolidated into a new company.
The Radisson Blu in Panwa Phuket is set to be reflagged under ACCOR’s Pullman brand.
Best Western has entered into a franchise agreement for 425-unit condomium hotel in Kamala Phuket.
The 38-key Wabi Sabi hotel in Phuket will open this coming Friday.
Leading Thai-based hotel group Centara has changed their name.
French hotel group ACCOR has branded the Kandaburi Resort in Samui as a Novotel.
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.
I used to think lipstick was just for girls, but that was more than thirty years ago, before Asia and the sandbox.
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.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management contract for a new 180-key hotel in Patong under the Hotel Indigo brand.
Over the past few year’s Indonesia’s Lombok has caught a decided buzz for hotel and residential development.
Hotelier Kamal Chaoui who headed up the Banyan Tree Phuket a number of years ago has returned to Thailand.
The Dara Dhevi Resort Chiang Mai has been acquired by a Thai listed firm for THB2.5 billion.
Starwood has inked a deal for a second Sheraton property on the island.
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.
A set of two new island boutique hotels have opened in time for the island’s high season.
C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL have released a new report on the vibrant Kuala Lumpur Malaysia hotel and branded residence sectors.
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.
The rebranded former Nikki Beach has reopened as the Dream Beach Club.
Today’s luxury is all about getting into the new mindset of what travelers find important, be it fashion, cuisine, experiences or technology.
Bill Barnett has released his fourth written collection of columns, rants and random dispatches titled “Slave to the Bean”.
C9 Hotelworks has released a report titled Phuket Luxury Villa Rental Market 2015.
The high holiday season has again erupted throughout Phuket and festiveness is on view everywhere you look.
Banyan Tree has launched a new branded residence project in Brisbane Australia.
Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard is increasingly become a key competitor for Phuket’s mass tourism market.
I’ve just finished reading a story in the Bangkok Post about the emerging dive alliance between Ranong (north of Phuket) and Chumphon.
Thailand’s legacy airline carrier was saved by the bell as EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) will not impose flight sanctions.
French hospitality chain ACCOR has entered into an agreement to acquire the Fairmont Raffles (FRHI) for a reported US$2.9 billion.
C9 Hotelworks has released a regional overview of the emerging hybrid hotel sector titled Southeast Asia Hostel Market Trends 2015.
A new project in Luang Prabang Laos has caught my eye given that noted Thai-based design guru Bill Bensley is involved.
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.
Thailand’s King Power has opened a new supersized duty free complex in Phuket City.
If news reports are correct, it appears that Surin’s much vaunted beach clubs will disappear before the end of the year.
News that the FAA (Federal Adiation Administration) has downgraded Thailand’s aviation sector could impact the country’s tourism market.
One of the year’s most anticipated hotel openings on the island is the Keemala Phuket which debuts today.
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.
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.
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.
Last week found me once again in Bali where tourism has continued to see disruption over the volcanic events at nearby Mount Rinjani.
Leading luxury Brand Ritz-Carlton has inked a deal for a new property in Samui.
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…
In unexpected news Marriott International has entered into an agreement to purchase the global Starwood chain.
If you build it, they will come. Sooner or later China’s massive property sector had to start overflowing into Thailand.
Singapore lodging group Frasers Hospitality are launching a new brand in Thailand, Modena.
Thai property group Singa Estate has been making headline news in hotel circles with their acquisition of a hospitality chain in the UK.
Thailand’s leading alternative event Wonderfruit is set to return on December 17th to 20th.
Global hotel group Wyndham has added two more deals to their growing Phuket portfolio.
Coming up on Saturday November 21st is fight night at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Ballroom.
I’m in Jakarta now and making news is the closure of the Bali airport.
In what is becoming a hotbed of activity at the entrance of Laguna Phuket, the Boat Avenue retail and commercial complex is enlarging.
A new General Manager for the upscale boutique resort Indigo Pearl has been named.
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.
Thai-based hotel brand X2 will operate six floating cabins on the River Kwai.
Spanish hotel group Media is returning to Thailand after a long absence with the announcement of a conversion of the Imperial Boat House Samui.
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.
Iconic beach club and upscale boutique brand Twinpalms has inked a deal with developer of an oceanfront hotel branded residence project in Kamala Phuket.
Asia’s leading destination resort Laguna Phuket now has seven hotel offerings with the opening of the 221 unit Cassia.
Phuket’s Royal Phuket Marina will host the upcoming Food and Hotelex 2015 in November.
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.
Phuket’s Anantara Layan Resort has named a new General Manager Sascha Hemmann.
Singapore hospitality group Banyan Tree has announced their fourth brand Dhawa.
Just a reminder that this Friday October 30th will be the Greater Phuket Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) tourism event.
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.
Hotel residences across Southeast Asia for sale are valued at USD16 billion according to a new research report by hospitality consulting group C9 Hotelworks.
Longtime GM of the Amanpuri Fred Varnier has left the hotel group.
Good news shoppers the famous Swedish retail shop IKEA will open in Phuket on Friday November 27th.
Leading Asia Pacific legal advisor Tony Ryan has joined JLL Hotels
Phuket’s luxury Regent Cape Panwa has been renamed as the Amatara Resort & Wellness.
Today is the day that I've decided ThePhuketInsider news blog shall end.
The Thailand Tourism Forum 2016 "The New Normal" has been finalized for January 25th 2016 at the InterContinental hotel Bangkok.
The Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas has a new General Manager with the appointment of Giles Selves.
The much-admired Citizen M brand is set to debut in China with a properties in Shanghai.
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-basted Elite Havens have set their eyes on expanding the Phuket holiday rental market with a strategic investment interest into island firm Awesome Villas.
Legacy hotel brand Travelodge has entered into a joint venture with Thailand's Absolute Hotel Services.
In a bid to spur tourism the Thai government will introduce new six-month multiple-entry tourist visas.
The volatile yuan is causing havoc in the region’s property market, and spoiling Bill Barnett’s dinner.
The government is looking to unlock land values in plots adjacent to Thailand's main airports including Phuket.
Indonesia has seen a sharp depreciation of the Indonesian rupiah, highlighted last week when it hit IDR14,700 to the US dollar.
Phuket's West coast has an exciting new outlet with the opening of the SKYE Beach Club.
Here is one for Scrabble, enter the word Pogonophobia.
As of the beginning of February next year Virgin Australia will cease flying direct between Perth and Phuke
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.
While global Communism seems to be falling by the wayside, a new tourist segment is catching on called "red tourism."
According to The Nation newspaper the Thai government wants to make Phuket and Chiang Mai 'smart cities.'
US-based economy hotel brand Red Roof Inns has entered into an agreement with Bangkok's Paragon Hotels to expand the brand across Asia.
Most anyone driving from Phuket over the bridge into Phang Nga has seen speeding vans with a Visa Run logo heading North or South.
In the first half of this year Thailand's Don Mueang Airport ranked the busiest in the world registering 13.4 million passengers.
Well-known hotelier Frank Grassman has returned to Phuket as the General Manager of The Nai Harn which will open early next year.
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.
Growing budget hotel chain Red Planet has launched a new Apple Watch promotion.
One a quick trip to Bangkok a few weeks ago I visited the Namsaah Bottling Trust eatery.
Allan Zeman's Andara Signature snagged top honors at the Thailand Property Award 2015 held at Plaza Athenee in Bangkok this week.
The upcoming Nikki Beach Hotel has been rebranded under the Dream brand.
Making news in Property Report magazine is the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok.
Sander Looijen has been named as General Manager of the Renaissance Phuket Resort in Mai Khao.
Yes we are back on buzz word watch here at thephuketinsider.
Too many ideals and not enough cash, our bearded brothers will not be missed in the real estate market.
I'm just back from Bali last week and on the hot list are two offerings.
The 13th installment of the Phuket International Boat Show has been announced for January 7th to 10th 2016.
Thailand's Property Perfect has sealed a deal for the management of a second Starwood property at their Kiroro Resort in Hokkaido Japan.
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.
The new terminal at Phuket International Airport will be commissioned in February next year.
How are Phuket's hotels really performing in the current challenging market conditions?
The sustained downturn of hotel rates in Phuket should be a cause of concern for island hoteliers and developers alike.
The luxury Kempinsi group has signed a deal for a new property in Koh Siray Phuket.
A brand new yacht show is tipped to roll out early next year at Ao Po Grand Marina.
Last week in Singapore I had sneak previews of two new hotels opening later this year.
Back in the bad old days of the global financial crisis the travel term staycation came into vogue.
roperty developer Chris Gordon has a great reason to rejoice given the connection of a permanent power cable between Phuket island and Koh Maphrao.
Tourism directly accounts for 35.6% of Phuket's economy according to a new report released by hospitality consulting firm C9 Hotelworks.
Great news for those living in the Laguna area.
Phuket's latest multi-million dollar luxury villa estate Avadina Hills has come into the real estate market.
We love the concept of the "Clean the Beach Boot Camp" which pairs exercise and sustainability.
Rising Middle East carrier Qatar Airways is adding additional A380 flights between Doha and Bangkok.
On Friday September 18th the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) has organized a tourism event at the JW Marriott
Patong's legendary Thai eatery have opened a second Baan Rim Pa in Kalim.
Bangkok-based Compass Hospitality has acquired three hotels in the UK under The Big Sleep brand.
American Brian Connolly has been named the new General Manager of Angsana Laguna Phuket.
Forget the American presidential race, Donald Trump remains the penultimate entrepreneur.
Last night I was three blocks away from where the tragic bomb blast exploded at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.
LVMH's Ce La Vie has debuted in Hong Kong.
Luxury group Jumeirah has inked a deal for a new mixed use project in Kuala Lumpur.
Greetings from Tweetland. I have some tragic new, my Instagram account has been hacked
InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a management contract for a new-build 222 room Holiday Inn Express in Krabi.
Developers should ensure buyers actually have a life before selling them a lifestyle.
Long-time Centara Hotela and Resorts Sales and Marketing executive Chris Bailey has been named COO for the Thai hospitality chain.
Thai real estate group Property Perfect has signed a hotel management deal with Starwood for their ski resort in Hokkaido Japan.
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
One buzz term that has gained pace recently is breakfastarian.
In a move meant to spur tourism and the business sector, the Thai government has rolled out six-month multiple entry visas.
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.
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.
Leading Thai development firm Sansiri has announced a series of twenty five condominium projects in a venture with the BTS Group.
A few weeks ago I found myself, once again, on the central coast of Vietnam in Danang.
Flights between two Southern Thai hubs, Phuket and Hai Yai is set to return in October.
A global alliance has been announced between Starwood's Le Meriden brand and Lego.
The latest in a series of direct flights between Phuket and Mainland China is a new service by Lucky Air.
Sphere Conferences has organized the Hospitality Investment Conference on January 27th at 28th in Makati, Manila Philippines.
Thailand's CP Group has made public plans for a private jet terminal at Phuket International Airport.
Former IMF economist Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhob has been appointed to head the Bank of Thailand.
As the Australian dollar continues to devalue against a number of Asian currencies, two clear effects for tourism are becoming clear.
One of Asia's property investment crowdfunding pioneers CoAssets has gone public on Australia's NSX exchange.
I've just read an article by Agence France-Presse about spiking demand in London's red-hot property market for houseboats.
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.
Forbes recently came out with their richest of the rich list for Thailand 2015.
I'm all over urban buzz terms and one that is currently on the radar is Phablet.
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.
I came across an intriguing App in Bangkok Post's Guru magazine recently named Hopper.
One of the island's leading internet personalities and international stars is UFC fighter Mike Swick.
Thailand has seen the writing on the tourism wall and has announced plans to create Chinese language signs on roadways.
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.
Indochina's growing tourism footprint is seeing tertiary destinations target airlift.
An affiliate of Singapore's Frasers Hospitality Group has acquired the European luxury chain Malmaison Hotel du Vin.
Asia's current freezing frenzy over hotel branded residence is continuing with an upward tilt.
The recently opened Snow Town in Bangkok has locals and tourists buzzing.
Hong Kong's InterContinential Hotel has traded at an astounding price of USD938 million.
Nearby Myanmar's emerging beach destination Ngapali is set to get an injection of new flights.
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.
Like it or not sentiment remains a key driver of investment dynamics.
One unlikely Asian nation is seeing sharp rise in real estate led residences visas �" South Korea.
The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has named Leah Matters as Resort Manager.
Phuket's Kata Kata Group Resorts has appointed Wiswin Pitikulsathit as Vice President.
All eyes today in the financial markets are looking at China, which is seeing a massive devaluation of stocks.
Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks will again be presenting on stage at the HotelsWorld Australia New Zealand 2015 conference.
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.
The growing Manathai chain has opened a 148-key property in Samui.
A new Kamala project named CityGate with 398 units is coming into the Phuket real estate market.
Growing Thai hospitality group Onyx has inked two new properties in China.
The luck of the Irish has a new meeting spot with the opening of The Drunken Leprechaun Irish Pub.
And you thought Nobu was only about Japanese food?
A new kids attraction at the main Big C in Phuket City is gaining momentum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first ACCOR Ibis Styles branded property in Singapore is opening later this year.
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.
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.
There are few things in new world wine as iconic as New Zealand's Cloudy Bay.
A game-changing initiative is being put into place in Vietnam allow foreign entities to own 100% of the shares in companies.
Four G's and Europe is on the thin edge of an economic crisis, pendingwhat the Greeks will do about their upcoming debt repayment.
Brand heavy Wyndham has laid out plans to develop its new Tryp entity in the Philippines on a franchise basis.
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.
A Mercedes Benz branded café has opened in Bangkok.
Boutique upscale brand Alila will open three new hotels later this year.
Thanyapura is one of the many international schools that are helping boost the island's residency.
As Phuket waits for its own convention center, other regional resort destinations are moving ahead to attract the MICE segment.
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.
The Angsana Laguna Phuket has appointed David Pragasam as Director of Sales and Marketing.
After eleven years of operation luxury resort Trisara will undertake a staged upgrading program commencing in low season next year.
Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts has appointed Illas Vamvakas as General Manger of the soon to open Cassia at Laguna Phuket.
Thailand's aviation sector remains under pressure both on the overseas and domestic front.
rime property players love key drivers of prime pricing and one thing that over the past decade has blossomed into an industry is 'starchitecture'.
CNN has declared the untimely death of the hipster and ushered in the new buzz term Yuccie.
Bangkok-based Pruska remain confident in the Phuket real estate sector.
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 the 2nd most popular visitor city according to MasterCard's 2015 Global Destination Cities Index attracting over 18 visitors.
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.
The island's leading destination resort Laguna Phuket now has Segway rentals.
The Banyan Tree affiliated Laguna Lang Co destination resort in Hue Vietnam has made public plans to add a casino to the project.
Famed Australian gourmet grocery store Jones The Grocer has opened in Bangkok.
The Royal Phuket Marina is embarking on a landmark 5 billion baht expansion over the next five years.
Alila's convergence with the North American group Commune Hotels and Resorts is set to be blended.
Swiss hotel chain Moevenpick recently opened a branded 297 room hotel in Bangkok to mark's the groups entry into Thailand's capital city.
The Red Lantern has opened in Phuket City (nee Town).
Six Senses has finalized a joint venture for their products in the Central American nation of Nicaragua.
Making ASEAN news last week is the Indonesian government's approval of visa-free travel for forty-five countries.
sia-based Gaurav Bhushan has been promoted to Chief Development Officer for AccorHotels.
Thailand's BHM Asia (Beskpoke Hospitality Management) is looking to the private sector for investment to expand their offering.
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.
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.
Hotel performance in the first five months of 2015 in Phuket is increasingly making news over the shifting segmentation.
Well-known hotelier Andre Kretschmann has rejoined GHM as General Manager of The Legian Bali.
One of the Asian region's legacy carriers Malaysia Airlines has announced a critical massive restructuring.
C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will moderate a panel on the growing sector of niche hotels at the upcoming Mekong Tourism investment Summit 2015.
Phuket's mixed-use international education/sports/training hub has announced plans to add an additional 114 hotel keys to the facility.
Thailand's THB300 minimum wage will likely revert next year to the former system of provincial centric wages.
Last week's announcement by French hotel chain ACCOR that they are consolidating into the umbrella ACCORHotels has the hospitality trading buzzing.
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.
One Phuket sustainable initiative that often is overlooked in the island's Big Tree Club.
Superheroes and villains are seeing a soaring revival on Hollywood sound stages.
Singapore's high profile Ku De Ta outlet at Marina Bay Sands has been renamed Ce La Vie.
Industry veteran Kevin Murphy has been elected Chairman of the PATA Executive Board.
Spanish hospitality group Melia Hotels International has signed a deal to managed a 429-room property in Yangon Myanmar.
From Overlook Hotel to the heart of London, dark forces get to work once homes are unoccupied.
The Moevnepick White Sand Beach Hotel has been acquired by Thailand's Siam Motors Group.
One of the island's most controversial prime oceanfront land parcels Freedom Beach may be destined to be a public park.
Outrigger Resort and Hotels has transacted the 52 key AKARYN Resort in Choengmon Samui.
Micro-units is a term now blossoming in urban and resort real estate in the West.
A fast rail connection between Singapore and Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur is edging closer to reality.
Phuket's condominium market is seeing two distinct price drivers.
One of Asia's most secluded and private resorts Nihiwatu in Sumba Indonesia has been relaunched after an upgrade and expansion.
A five year legal battle over the intellectual property rights of the Ku De Ta brand in Singapore has come to a head.
As the Philippines continues to reinvent their casino focus, the island destination of Cebu is looking to take on a massive oceanfront gaming project.
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.
I've just read an article in Singapore's Business Times about mounting concern over the growing market of London Ghost property.
Thai hotel group Dusit International has come to an agreement to conclude a Middle East hospitality joint venture
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.
French hotel group ACCOR has opened their third property in Myanmar.
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).
Hyatt's lifestyle hotel brand Andaz is moving into South East Asia.
Phuket's Prime Real Estate recently won top honors at a leading regional competition.
Bangkok's Four Seasons Private Residences recorded THB700 million (USD21 milllion) in a two day sales event in Hong Kong.
Minor Group are continuing a fast and furious expansion drive with the announcement of the entry of their Avani brand Australia.
The fof the Aleenta and Akaryn hotel brands Anchalika Kijkanakorn is moving into the culinary circle.
Direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Pattaya (U-Tapao) are set to start in June on AirAsia.
Onxy Hospitality will expand their South East Asia presence with two new hotels in nearby Malaysia.
South East Asia's biggest economy Indonesia is setting plans to allow foreigners to own upscale apartment units.
Kamala's upcoming Keemala upscale boutique hotel will take a Chinese wellness theme as part of its core offering.
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.
The term 'timeshare' might not be trendy but at least it's a truth.
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.
Are selfies really the best way to market a hotel?
Red hot Thai hotel chain Dusit International are surging forward in an international expansion mode.
Hong Kong's New World Development has raised USD2.4 billion from the sales of equity stakes in three SAR Hotels.
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.
The Katathong Golf Resort with a championship 18-hole course is drawing considerable attention from nearby Khao Lak.
French hospitality group ACCOR has signed two properties in the Maldives.
Thailand's neighbor Malaysia is seeing a hot debate in the private and public sector over the possible abolition of service charge.
For those hoteliers caught up in the lifestyle space we have yet another new hotel brand to keep track of.
Thailand's Minor Hotel Group are increasingly pairing mixed-use hotel and residential opportunities into a footprint for expansion.
Here is an excellent travel term gleaned from a recent TTG Asia piece on China's economic volatility creating potential for disruptive tourism.
There is growing concern over the broad-based Pattaya property sector which has seen market conditions flatten.
Dates are final and the countdown is on for the upcoming Hospitality Investment Conference Indian Ocean.
Global hotel chain Premier Inn has made public plans for a new 350-roonm budget hotel in Patong.
The 2015 Mekong Tourism Forum has been scheduled for June 16th to 19th in Danang Vietnam.
A new hotel sales and marketing group Unicorn Hospitality has signed a deal with two Samui properties.
SC Capital Partners has acquired a 124-villa upscale resort in the Maldives.
Indonesia's most famous hotel designer Jaya Ibrahim has died at the age of 67.
Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is making international news on his partnership in a Belize luxury eco resort and luxury villas for sale.
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.
At long last Phuket will be getting two new flyover projects that will benefit the island's primary north south transport link.
Thailand's Anantara Vacation Club (AVC) has named Martin Tolan as the new Chief Operaing Officer.
Since the recovery of the Global Financial Crisis Asia's airlift has continued to soar both from a long haul and short haul perspective.
Laguna Phuket has become the first Asian destination or integrated resort to attain EarthCheck's Silver certification.
Soneva Resorts and Residences has bagged been declared the winner of the WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council) Environment category in their global awards.
The Eastern Seaboard development zone in Thailand is increasingly attracting new serviced apartment projects.
Luring corporate guests with rewards enticements is as tempting to hotels as the snake offering Eve the apple in the Garden of Eden.
In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis recovery in the US, the hotel branded residence sector is pushing up a notch.
One of Bangkok's longstanding entertainment venues Saxophone will make their Phuket debut with a grand opening tomorrow Saturday May 2nd.
A broad overseas push is underway for Philippine casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corporation.
Thai-list real estate firm Nusasiri are developing a large condominium project in Layan Phuket near to the Nikki Beach Club.
Bangkok-based Absolute Hotel Services have been appointed to manage a 286-room Saigon Vietnam.
This year's buzz term is unabashedly emerging as 'disruptive'.
Thai hotel group Dusit International has inked deals for three new hotels in the Philippines.
Phuket has ranked third in TripAdvisors list of top islands in Asia.
Thai Airways severe financial downturn is set to put pressure on Phuket's tourism sector.
Best Western International is widely focused on a new brand offering Vib.
The crew at LivePhuket have launched an impressive new condominium real estate resource FazWaz.com
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?'
I've been reading about a series of new apps that are taking a forward looking view of the future.
Thailand's most respected property event of the year is rolling out it tenth award season.
A lot of ink is being spent over the current campaign to rebrand Cambodia.
Hawaii-based Outrigger Group has reportedly entered into an agreement with the Mantra group for the divestment of four properties in Australia.
One of Phuket's nearby tropical island destination competitors Langkawi is expected to see a surge in airlift.
Economic refugees from the dark days past of the Global Financial Crisis no doubt recall the tagline 'staycation' during the downturn.
One of Phuket's growing number of international school's will see a new campus opened this coming August.
Hong Kong's New World Hotels & Resorts are expanding their brand portfolio to Bangkok.
Wyndham Vacation Club Worldwide has signed a deal to manage the Sea Pearl Villas in Patong Phuket.
Starwood's Sheraton brand is now on show in one of Thailand's leading resort island destinations Samui.
Deny an Aussie a beer on a hot tropical day, and you are just asking for trouble.
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.
Vietnam's up and coming resort island of Phu Quoc has seen two new hotel deals with international operators inked recently.
Hong Kong's New World brand which is part of the Rosewood Hotel Group has signed their first Indonesian hotel.
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.
David de Brito has been named Resort Manager at the soon to open Keemala Resort in Kamala.
The overhang from the Indonesian government's curtailment of functions held in hotels has hit the domestic hotel industry hard.
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.
For Thais, there is little doubt that Hua Hin remains a keen object of desire, be it for a holiday, or a property purchase.
Koh Samui's first foray into the rooftop dining experience has been opened at the Zama Kitchen and Bar.
Well known Phuket hotelier Rudd Hulscher has been appointed General Manager - Operations for Outrigger Asia Pacific.
A new Italian eatery at Boat Lagoon, Senzanome is creating a stir with the Phuket eating crowd.
Absolute World will no longer manage the Sea Pearl Beach Resort in Patong as of May 1st, the group announced today.
Up over the Sarasin Bridge, Aleenta Phuket which is actually in Phang Nga will open 34 new garden pool villas in June.
Anthony Lark is back at the helm of Phuket luxury icon Trisara.
A new hotel event the Hospitality Investment Conference Indonesia (HICI) 2015 has released its program of sessions and speakers.
A new beachfront development, The Residences at MontAzure in Kamala has the island property trade buzzing.
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.
One emerging hotel booking site GreenHotelWorld.com has now engaged more 5,200 green certified properties globally.
The recent relaunch and expansion plans at the famed Indonesian's sustainable resort Nihiwatu shows that luxury can fit into this niche segment.
One of the fast growing frontier destinations in Asia is Labuan Bajo in Flores which is the gateway to the famed Komodo National Park
One of the island's leading security providers SGS has established a local training facility.
The island destination of Phu Quoc will see a new Cantara resort open this year.
Thailand's Six Senses hospitality and spa group has signed a deal to managed a mixed-use property in Uluwatu Bali.
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.
Asia's other leading resort destination Bali will be getting Dubai flights as of mid 2015.
Thailand's airline sector is reeling after restrictions on new scheduled and charter flights to Japan and Korea.
The recently opened BB Beach Club on Phuket's east coast is creating quite a stir amongst the glitterati.
We live in a complicated day and age. With our lives revolving around "selfies", our very existence is punctuated by snapshots expressing extreme delight.
pscale boutique hotel group Cachet has opened a South East Asian office in Bangkok.
As most hoteliers know the two biggest operating expenses in properties are staffing and energy costs.
Posh Singapore-based luxury brand Patina has signed on for a new Maldives resort.
Thailand's legacy seaside leisure destination Hua Hin is continuing to be defined by the domestic sector.
For developers and travelers the Preferred Hotels and Resorts group has rolled out a non-traditional accommodation model.
The legendary Four Seasons Bangkok is now formally the Anantara Siam Bangkok hotels.
Leading global hotel marketing brand Preferred Hotels and Resorts have restructured their approach to a single entity focus.
One of the truly global chic hospitality assets,the Setai in Miami Beach has a new owner.
The 240-room Sheraton Krabi will be reflagged to the Dusit chain as of July 1st this year.
Be it Phuket Town or Phuket City the urban area continues to be a magnet for island art.
The Mantra resort in Samui has undergone a transformation into the Louis T. Collection.
Hospitality group Rosewood has appointed Katerina Giannouka as Vice President for Development Asia Pacific and China.
I love brandspeak and one of those silly new iconic lodging terms now trending is poshtel.
It's been reported that Johan Hansen, the founder of Beach Projects and BB Phuket passed away yesterday in Bangkok.
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.
A recent trip to Yangon uncovered two new favorite things for me to do.
The recently opened Centrara Pelican Bay Resort Krabi is offering special opening rates.
Legacy hotel group Regent are poised to return to Jakarta Indonesia with a new hotel.
A sister property of the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will open next year in Macau.
One of the region's top tourism awards, the PATA Gold is now open for entry.
Posh boutique resort Kata Rocks is offering luxury day passes for non-resident guests.
A recent piece in the Bangkok Post gained my attention talking about Thai AirAsia's growth plans.
The latest opening information is that Bangkok's second airport Don Mueang will open Terminal 2 this August.
Leading Thai hospitality group Onyx has signed a deal for ten hotels in India.
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.
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.
Koh Phi Phi's Zeavola resort has won a five-star award in the sustainable hotel in Thailand category.
Phuket has a new Australian Honorary Consul Michelle Hawryluk
A wide-spread public outcry over a proposed coal-fired power plant in nearby Krabi has seen the project's environmental permit denied.
Global social networking lines and media is buzzing over the new campaign #Boycott Bali.
Hotelier Pieter Van der Hoeven has returned to the Outrigger group as General Manager of the chain's Mauritius property.
For many Phuket hotels, this year's peak season effectively ended after the Christmas/New Year period.
Shared ownership group Anantara Vacation Club has promoted Melanie Smith to Vice President Club Operations.
The East is often transfixed on Western products, in the case of luxury concepts, not so much, but certainly in the boutique spaces.
The island's oldest English Language radio station FM 91.5 is set to return from an extended hiatus.
A media report in the Bangkok Post that two new cruise liner facilities will be developed in Southern Thailand.
As Phuket continues its surge into the mass tourism and property market, new projects are starting to push skyward.
Samui's tourism sector remains composed in face of mercurial trading climate
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.
Britain will roll out a new capital gains tax on real estate on April 6th.
For those who think hotel branded residences are only in the Asian subconscious, think again.
On a recent trip to Singapore last week I read a local media piece on the rising trend of restaurants charging for water.
Thailand's surge in medical tourism has been a defined success for local groups are now longing at expanding into nearby markets.
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?
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.
A number of readers have asked about services for property developer Stephen Paine who passed away last Saturday.
In an effort to return expatriate Malaysian professionals to their own home country, a returning expert resource has been developed.
I'm in Bali now and one of the truly innovative new hotel projects to watch is Suarga.
Phuket's Indochine Safari Company is creating a buzz with their Koh Kam Nui tented camp.
Thailand's social media recently vented rage over the cutting down of a massive Monkey Jack tree to be used for an art project.
The new low-cost venture Thai VietJet will commence flights between Bangkok and Phuket on March 29th.
Phuket real estate developer Stephen Paine was found dead at his home this morning.
Star performer Singapore has registered it's first drop in international arrivals since 2009.
Thailand's Dusit International has entered into a strategic marketing alliance with Japanese hospitality group Prince Hotels.
Thai Airways International's current financial dilemma has far reaching consequences for the Phuket market.
Phuket's Kata Group has made public its interest to brand their hospitality assets with an international operator.
A 62 rai land plot in Kamala is set to be turned into a theme park by the owning company of Phuket FantaSea.
Dusit Hotels and Resorts has inked a deal for a 300 room property in Yangon under the D2 brand.
Chris Anklin has been appointed Director of Development for Thai-based Centara Hotels and Resorts.
Destination Resorts, which owns four hotels in Phuket, has taken on a Southeast Asia franchise deal for Hooters.
Hospitality consulting group C9 Hotelworks has released their 2014 Phuket Hotel Market Update.
The late year Q4 movement, which saw international standard hotels registering a year-on-year market-wide decline, has moved into 2015.
I'm sitting in my hotel room in Bali staring at my various tech devices.
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.
Bill Barnett is back a third time with 'Collective Swag' a phantasmagorical collection of rabid essays
The CEO of leading hospitality branding agency QUO has called for Thailand's private sector to create distinct regional brands.
Thailand's tourism industry has turned the corner after a very difficult 2014
Frankly speaking most readers would be hard pressed to provide any insight into the cuisine of Bhutan.
One of Asia's leading chefs, Will Meyrick has opened the Hujan restaurant in Ubud.
Good news for American passport holders is that ten year China business and tourist visas are now available.
An impressive new art exhibition is underway at Royal Phuket Marina named No Boat, No Brio.
One new dining outlet high on our radar is the soon to open Bampot Kitchen & Bar.
Bill Barnett looks on, as the real estate industry becomes an orgy of evanescent buzzwords.
A new planned theme resort in Hawaii is making waves in a pioneering surf concept.
Property firm Siam Real Estate has released a new Phuket property market report.
Thai hotel chain Dusit International are planning on opening a second hospitality education institution in the country.
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".
Celebrity dining continues to be all the rage as witnessed by the opening of the very first Vogue fashion restaurant in Bangkok.
ne that has recently caught out eye is the Hana Japanese restaurant in Surin.
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.
Every resort island in Asia has a growth trajectory and in the case of Phuket and Bali the increasing urbanization is simply a fact.
A new hospitality event will debut in Jakarta this coming April with the inaugural Hospitality Investment Conference Indonesia (HICI) coming on stream.
Stylish Twinpalms will open their new Palm Seafood outlet to the public on Friday January 9th.
Plans are being laid out by Thailand's tourism officials to focus on five key destinations this year.
A new Hilton hotel in Kalim Phuket has been signed by the international hotel chain.
One of this year's key Asian real estate story lines has been the surge of overseas transactions by Singaporean property buyers.
Business Air Thailand recently introduced weekly service between Cologne and Bonn in Germany to Phuket.
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
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.
A new Indian Ocean Hospitality Conference has been launched for this coming May to cover Maldives, Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Mauritius.
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.
One of the most successful retail projects on the north side of the island is the Boat Avenue project in Cherngtalay.
Next year's AOCAP event will join the HICAP alliance r and is scheduled for March 18th and 19th at the Pan Pacific Singapore.
It's impossible to travel to Myanmar and not wax lyrically about days long past.
Asia's best loved annual food and beverage event is coming in May 2015.
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.
Coming up Saturday January 3rd is going to be one of the New Year's weekends top parties at Iniala in Natai.
The Modi government in India remains pent on reforms and one bright spot is a new scheme for visa on arrivals for foreign travelers.
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,
As Thai hotel owners continue to cry over low room rates, one resort market in Asia continues to garner envy the world over - Maldives.
A new hospitality led residential condominium project has been launched next to the entrance of Laguna Phuket, called Oceanstone.
Bill Barnett, Managing Director of C9 Hotelworks will lead a session on the Philippines at the upcoming HICAP 2015 event.
Most travelers have been annoyed by the rapidly reclining persona in front of your who jams their seat into your face after take-off.
A new flashpacker chain Junction Hostels has been launched in the Philippines.
The Yacht Haven Marina Phuket is continuing their expansion program with sixteen new superyacht facilities coming on stream in early 2015.
One new launch on hoteliers watch list is the first Virgin hotel set to open in Chicago in January.
Today is one that all of Greater Phuket needs to remember and respect the tragedy of ten years past and the Asian tsunami.
Noted developer Laguna Phuket is bringing nineteen new 5-bedroom luxury villas to the property market.
To our readers, I'd like to wish you all a Merry Merry from the best place I know - Phuket.
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.
Another of the island's signature annual events PIMEX (Phuket International Boat Show) will run from January 8th to the 11th 2015.
Looking ahead to the big, bad '15, Bill Barnett's looking glass is gladly obscured.
Koh Samui's Beach Republic group has launched a second real estate offering with the new Azur project.
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.
Vietnam's Ha Long Bay has celebrated it's UNESCO status as a World Natural Heritage site for the past twenty years.
One of the leading negatives about travel is the expanding carbon footprint that modern journeys consume.
These days tilted heads and quiet means only one thing: the invasion of the smartphone.
C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett and Quo's David Keen talk at a recent event about the New Phuket
Two is definitely not enough for the insatiable China market.
Of all of Thailand's increasingly mono tourism markets, Pattaya is the most pronounced.
Today's announcement of renewed ties between Cuba and the United States look to propel the former into the tourism spotlight.
Global hospitaliy chain InterContinental has announced it will aquire boutique pioneer Kimpton Hotels which is based in the US.
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.
Phuket is an island in transition.
Anyone with a sense of brand has to simply love the name of AirAsia's new headquarters.
Monster non-traditional accommodation booking site AirBnB recently unveiled a new magazine named Pineapple.
Malaysia's mega infrastructure projects are starting to stack up.
The recent upgrading of daily flight capacity from 36 to 50 flights a day is set to stimulate Koh Samui's tourism market.
Being a frequent traveler through Changi Airport in Singapore, the sight of a new 243-room budget hotel under construction is a new addition.
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.
In aviation news from Associated Press low-cost airline carrier AirAsia is rolling our regional passes in mid-January of next year.
Barry Sternlicht's Starwood Capital has sold Louvre Hotels to China's Jin Jang International.
Centara Hotels and Resorts new select service brand Cosi is set to come to the resort island of Koh Samui.
One of Phuket's leading luxury developments - Andara Villas and Andara Signature has named Lyndon Phillips as Director of Sales.
The Lion City's push toward world class timing is continuing with the addition of celebrity chef David Meyers.
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.
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.
Singapore-based hospitality group Millennium & Copthorne has appointed Aloysius Wong as Chief Executive Officer.
Hotel branded property investment offerings are continuing to rise up in Phuket.
One of the leading hotel deals announced this year in Myanmar is the new luxury Kempinski.
Tourism and property set to benefit on the 'New Phuket'
Phuket is the home of a new Thai hospitality management group Triple C Hotels and Resorts.
The MaiKhao Dream Villa Resort and Spa has named Elias Pertoft as General Manager.
In the year 2014, hotel chatter has increasingly turned to lifestyle offerings.
The massive upgrading work on the Laguna Phuket Golf Club is nearly complete and a relaunch is planned for early January.
Thailand's growing boutique chain Manathai has opened a centralized sales and reservations office.
A new luxury real estate project in Batam is mixing property and Hollywood.
Thailand's Chonburi is hosting a fruity event this coming December 19th and 20th.
Worldwide entertainment brand Universal Studios are planning a new theme park in Beijing China.
Up next February is a classic road trip, a 924 kilometer ride between Bangkok and Phuket.
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.
The struggling Vietnamese real estate sector is expected gain momentum on news that lawmakers have approved reforms for foreign property ownership.
Apparently Thailand is no long Amazing. Tell Grace.
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.
Love it. Hate it. A growing number of residents in Thailand are weighing in on TAT's viral campaign.
Thai hospitality group Centara has entered into an agreement to manage a new hotel in Ao Nang Krabi.
A special one day Christmas Market will be held in Cherngtalay on Saturday December 6th.
The Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort Phuket will host an upcoming beach tennis event in December.
Saturday Night Fever is back with the upcoming Phuket SKAL charity event on November 28th.
The new Bali Hotel and Branded Residence Update 2014 has been released today by Horwath HTL and C9 Hotelworks.
Dates have been set for next year's HICAP Update in Singapore for March 17th and 18th.
A new all day and nighttime rooftop venue above Jungceylon is causing a stir.
Thai hotel group Bespoke Hospitality Management (BHM) has appointed Max Huber as Director of Operations
I'm in Bangkok and the business news is buzzing over the storyline of a Thai firm buying an iconic American brand.
Next week marks Thanksgiving for Americans here in Phuket.
A large-scale mixed-use development named The Terminal is coming up near to Phuket International Airport.
James Simmons, the Senior Vice President Development Asia Pacific for Rosewood is leaving the group.
Two of the island's signature sporting events will be held the next few weeks in Phuket.
The Disney classic movie Merry Poppins has been banned by officials in the resort destination of Phuket.
Leading Thai hospitality group Centara Hotels and Resorts has appointed Markland Blaiklock as Chief Operating Officer.
InterContinental Hotels Group has inked two new branded properties for Koh Samui.
C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett we will moderating two industry panels at this week's Hospitality Investment World Thailand 2014 event.
Celebrity chef and reality television star Gordon Ramsay has landed in Hong Kong.
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.
The Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is set to be held November 27th to 30th.
Thailand's boutique airline Bangkok Airways has launched daily flights between the resort island and Chiang Mai.
Phuket's British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) has organized a special symposium on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) initiative.
Veteran Phuket hotelier Claude Baltes has been named General Manger of the Surnsuri Resort.
Asia's budget and economy hospitality sector is heating up, and a sign of shift in demand is the upcoming Premier Inn in Singapore.
The fast track straight to hell is again laden with timeshares and promises that are meant to be broken.
Plans have been made public that the Holiday Inn Phi Phi Island is launching a property fund.
Thai hospitality group Onyx Hospitality will open a 120 villa Maldives resort in the first quarter of 2016.
Dusit International is expanding to Vietnam with the signing of their first property in Cam Ranh.
Bangkok-based regional travel organization PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) has named Mario Hardy as Chief Operating Officer.
Indonesia is buzzing over news that the government has announced plans to waive visas for Russia, China, Australia, South Korea and Japan next year.
Two golfers, Graham Haslam and Mark Cameron will embark on a 1,200 kilometer journey from Pattaya to Phuket for charity next March.
The Bangkok Post has carried a news that joint venture airline Thai VietJet will commence operations to Phuket on December 15th.
ne of Phuket's top new developments, Sansiri's Baan Mai Khao has opened their model show unit.
Global beach club giant Nikki Beach has opened in Bali.
Leading Thailand hospitality group Minor are continuing their push into Africa with a new set of major investment initiatives.
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.
A revitalized boutique hotel chain Manathai is moving quickly in establishing a footprint in Thailand.
French hotel chain Accor has acquired a 30% interest in Philippe Starck's boutique brand Mama Shelter.
'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.
Posh oceanfront boutique resort Aleenta, just over the bridge in Natai has launched special chill-out Saturday Sessions.
Good news for travelers to Myanmar is that electronic visa processing is now available online.
Singapore's neighboring destination resort island of Bintan in Indonesia is getting a strong uplift these days.
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.
Thailand's Bespoke Hospitality Management Group will open the upscale X2 Phuket Oasis Villa in November of this year.
One of Asia's top brands Mandarin Oriental has signed an agreement to manage a 146 unit luxury residence project in Bangkok.
One often overlooked benefit of Thailand's immigration initiatives is the Guardian Visa.
After a short absence Starwood's Sheraton brand will be reappearing in Phuket
One of the country's top annual hotel conferences Hospitality Investment World Thailand 2014 is coming November 19th and 20th.
Thailand boutique hotel management group X2 (CrossTo) will expand into Indonesia under a deal with Louvre Hotel Group.
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.
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.
Starwood Capital's Baccarat brand has gotten its real estate mojo rolling with its New York offering.
Thailand's Dusit International has signed an agreement to manage a golf resort in Australia.
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.
Leading worldwide hotel group Hilton has made public plans for a new lifestyle brand Canopy.
In hotel news Thailand's Zinc InVision Hospitality has announced plans for the group's fourth midscale Glow in Bangkok.
Thailand's Zinc InVision Hospitality has signed a contract to manage a 76 room upscale boutique hotel in Kata Phuket.
Point Yamu by Como has won top honors in two categories at the annual South East Asia Property Awards held in Singapore.
We have to stop doing ordinary. Predictable hotels are no longer desirable," QUO CEO David Keen told delegates at HICAP today.
One of the hospitality world's most iconic properties the Walforf Astoria has transacted to an Asian buyer.
I've just returned from Hong Kong where Minor is exhibiting their latest property offering the Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites.
One the island's early era property advisors Eric Synder has died from skin cancer according to the Phuket Gazette.
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.
After seven and a half years, the Property Watch column comes to an end.
The long-winded Club Med shareholder drama looks to be coming to an end with a China investor assuming a key role.
The Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort will debut a new ballroom next month.
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.
Hotei giant Best Western has launched a new boutique brand tagged as Vib.
At long last one of the island's most anticipated hotel openings, Kata Rocks has been announced for November 28th.
Ireland real estate is rebounding.
Australian hotel group Mantra has inked two Bali hotel management agreements.
One of Asia's top hospitality talking points is the recent announcement of a second InterContinental in Singapore.
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.
Top China economy hotel brand 7 Days Inn has made public plans to expand in Thailand.
Leading Hawaiian hotel brand Outrigger are targeting a wider expansion across Asia, the Pacific and Indian Ocean.
It is indeed a jungle out there and a sure sign is the large red monkey hiding in the garden.
If you guessed four, the answer is correct as of October 15th.
A new report by SRI International has valued the worldwide wellness and spa industry at USDD3.4 trillion.
Zinc Invision's eco luxury resort in Sri Lanka has earned a WTTC environmental awards.
Thai hotel Aleenta Hua Hin has initiated a carbon free cooking drive, aimed at improving the property's sustainable footprint.
One of the leading controversies in the islands real estate sector remains the luxury property under scrutiny on Phuket's prime north west coast.
Global ridesharing service Uber has kicked off operations in Phuket.
This year on December 26th the island will remember the 2004 tragic Asian tsunami, on its 10th anniversary.
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.
One of Thailand's most ambitious resort real estate projects, the MahaSamutr in Hua Hin has teamed up with a technology partner.
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.
One of Thailand's fledgling low-cost airline carriers Nok Air has made global news over its upcoming offering of inflight Wi-Fi.
As long as the Ferrari is outside you should be content sleeping in a closet every night.
One of Greater Phuket's international gateways, Krabi may see a change in airport operator.
Just when you thought Phuket and Bali were the only resort destination's taking on mass tourism along comes the Maldives.
Another longtime Phuket hotelier is on the move, Doeke Bonga is now the General Manager of the new Sheraton Samui.
The Citizen M and Artyzen Asia joint venture is already showing early signs of success in bringing the vaunted brand to the region.
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.
One has to wonder: Have we lost the sense of what real travel is all about?
In the wake of a massive failures in the country's budding gaming industry, Vietnam might change rules to allow locals to gamble.
Leading resort operator Outrigger has purchased a resort property named Konotta Island in the Maldives.
The Phuket Gazette will publish a special 24-page Luxury Living supplement on this coming December featuring real estate.
Fairmont Hotels are reflagging the Regent Bali in Sanur Bali
While many of Thailand's resort destinations think they are immune to what happens in Bangkok, the reality is that they are sadly mistaken.
According to the Bangkok Post, news from the Airports of Thailand (AoT) is that the delayed upgrade of the Phuket International Airport
A familiar hotel executive, Dominique Ronge has returned to Phuket as General Manager of the Keemala Resort in Kamala.
The resort island of Samui has seen their first direct airline service to Mainland China started.
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.
Malaysia's Firefly airlines is commencing direct flights between Krabi and Penang Malaysia.
Leading boutique hotel Twinpalms will be rolling out a new outlet - Catch Seafood before the end of the year.
Kamala's luxury Paresa resort has named Dawid Koegelenberg to the post of General Manager.
Global fashion brand Calvin Klein has opened a store in Phuket.
This week, September 18th looks to be a landmark date which is being closely watched around the world.
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.
Thailand-based Khiri Travel will highlight the opportunities of green travel at the upcoming PATA Travel Mart in Phnom Penh.
Both the Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket resorts have been given EarthCheck bronze status.
One of Bangkok's most notable Thai restaurants Bo.Lan are teaming up for a special dining event with Six Senses Yao Noi
Hotels in Samui are reporting a strong direct impact on trading levels as a result of political events in Thailand.
Two Phuket real estate developments scored big at last night's Thailand Property Awards held in Bangkok.
C9 Hotelworks has released the Phuket Mid-Year Hotel Market Update 2014.
Luxury hotel chain Jumeirah are re-launching a second brand Venu.
Bliss Beach Club is hosting the Rotary Club's Superparty That Gives To Kids.
As Asia's top beach resort destinations Bali and Phuket continue to grow, the question remains has the tipping point been reached?
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.
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.
ring on the hotel bling, Starwood's trendy W brand is headed to Phuket.
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.
One of Asia's most exciting big events is set place for September 19th to 21st.
Legacy carrier Thai Airways is looking to use its critical mass to gain market share against surging powerhouse Thai AirAsia.
New budget airline Thai Lion look set to develop a significant amount of airlift into Greater Phuket.
A 161-room Hyatt Place has been announced, which is being developed by the Boutique Group.
Bangkok's Imperial Land Group will be opening a serviced apartment hotel complex in Phuket by the end of the year.
The Absolute World Groups has appointed Bernard Columba as Head of Human Resources Asia Pacific.
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.
One of the Capella Hotel Group's expansion strategies has been a second branded offering Solis.
There's something amiss with regional developers' latest fetish for faux Euro chic.
Bangkok's Platinum Group is developing a retail mall in Samui named The Wharf.
There is often no guarantee that a hotel-managed property investment is going to stay that way in the long term.
The say that football is a game of inches, but what about in the world of smartphones.
Press reports are rife with news that Russian tourism to the Kingdom is in decline.
Over the past decade the issue of forms to the Thai land system has been on the national political agenda.
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.
Part of Bill Heinecke's empire, the Myanmar MJets Business Aviation Center is a foray with local firm Wah Wah Group.
Leading upscale cruise operator P & O are headed to Krabi.
Luang Prabang's potential as a mainstream cultural destination remains largely untapped to date.
Thai hotel group Centara Hotels and Resorts has inked a third property in Bali.
One of the island's premier hotels Sri Panwa will add thirty new units in an expansion program.
One of the fresh bold faces of Thailand hospitality is the Isan Boutique Collection of hotels.
Reading Spanish hotel group Melia are again focusing on Asia.
The historic shop house area of Phuket town is seeing more restoration projects over the past few years. One new one to watch
Sri Lanka's hotel sector is seeing a return to its dynamic growth story on the heels of strong rate growth.
As the island's beaches undergo an extreme makeover, how are tourist's and locals reacting to the "New Phuket"?
Another of my favorite island eating spots has to be the Italian eatery Riverspoon.
One of Asia's rising hotel markets Yangon is set to host not one, but two floating hotels.
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.
Making waves in the travel industry of late is the hotel booking engine HotelQuickley.
One of the most coveted luxury hotel brands is that of One & Only.
Asia Pacific's leading hotel investment conference will see it's 25th anniversary edition this October in Hong Kong.
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.
Come September Hong Kong based Langham Hospitality Group will launch a new China brand.
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.
Welcome to the new Phuket Escape Hunt Experience which offers something unlike any other island attraction.
Singapore Airlines regional carrier Silk Air has started flights to Kalibo in the Philippines.
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.
From Hell's Kitchen and beyond celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has now staked claim to Asia with a new restaurant coming soon.
Krabi's well known luxury resort Rayavadee has appointed a new GM.
One of my favorite new eating places in Samui has to be Stacked.
The annual Asia Spa Awards are open for nominees until August 15th.
National airline carrier Thai Airways International has banned shark fin products for its air cargo network.
One of Phuket's legacy hotels, Club Med in Kata has averted a near disaster.
Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago which is north of Phuket is increasingly on the international radar.
This year's gala Thailand Property Awards ceremony will be held on September 11th at the Conrad Bangkok Hotel.
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Longtime legacy Phuket hotel Club Med remains stuck in a public controversy over a strip of beachfront land connected to the resort.
The continuing saga of the battle over iconic luxury hotel chain Amanresorts looks set to continue.
One of the top emerging hotel interior design groups is Melbourne's BARstudio.
One of the great reads on hospitality is James Stuart's Brand Bites.
The first Sri Lanka Hospitality Conference been set for August 25th and 26th in Colombo Sri Lanka.
Global hospitality focused agency Latitude is giving Asia it's due in a new focus on the region.
Local opposition to the planned Dolphinarium in Chalong is mounting both locally and abroad.
he third annual Go Eco Phuket clean up is scheduled for Sunday August 3rd.
Low-cost airline Scoot will be shifting to Don Mueang Airport at the beginning of September.
Bill Barnett laments the Asian ghost towns of tomorrow.
Road trips between Singapore and Malaysia are set to become more expensive for cars from the Lion City venturing north over the causeway.
Graham Grant has been named General Manager of the luxury Soneva Kiri resort.
One emerging Thai hotel brand to watch is X2.
The 141 room Imperial Samui Beach Resort will be rebranded as a Sheraton in December of this year.
Destination resort Laguna Phuket will host the 1st Domestic MICE Mart (DMM) series this coming Friday August 1st.
Apparently Asian travelers take social media serious when looking at beach holidays.
Thailand's NCPO has created a visa free initiative for travelers to the Kingdom from China and Taiwan.
Is there life after hotels? Just ask former Langham Hotels and Resorts front man Brett Butcher.
Phuket's current clean up is now headed down an altogether too familiar pathway - into the real estate sector.
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has appointed Sanjeev Tandon as Director of Sales and Marketing.
Resort chain Outrigger has named Barton Jackson as Director of Finance and Analysis, Asia Pacific.
Malaysian hotel group YTL have launched a new luxury brand Kasara.
Foreign businesses in Indonesia have sighed collectively over news that Joko Widodo has been declared a winner in the hotly contested Presidential elections.
The annual No Vacancy conference Asia will take place in Bali this year.
Malaysia Airlines Offers Passenger Refunds
Hotel industry news lines are buzzing over the take over offers from Club Med's two leading shareholders.
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.
Indonesia's government has increased visa on arrivals fees in an unexpected move.
For hotels the world over, the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry is the Bible of the industry.
Hong Kong's Marco Polo Hotel Group is launching a new luxury brand tagged as Niccolo.
Hoteliers are buzzing over news in the Wall Street Journal that a London court has ordered former Aman Chief Executive to be reinstated.
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.
One of Asia's rising culinary stars Bobby Chin will hold two events at Trisara Phuket on August 18th.
How many plugs do you need in that brand new condo or villa? It's an easy answer - one more.
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.
This Friday the Moevenpick Resort in Karon Beach Phuket will host the WIT (Web in Travel) roadshow.
C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will moderate a panel titled Luxury Accommodation Concepts at next week's HotelsWorld Conference in Sydney Australia.
One top resource for hospitality players who want to know more about sustainability is Green Hotelier (www.greenhotelier.org).
Today's soaring demand for electricity counts lights as a major consumer.
One of a new breed of trending accommodation booking sites is Hotel Tonight (i.e. www.hoteltonight).
One of Phuket's premier upscale resort's Trisara is launched a brand new educational facility.
Laguna Phuket Golf Club has re-opened its upgraded front nine holes.
This week news became public that the Allamanda Laguna Phuket condo hotel operation is planning to cease operations at the end of July.
One of the year's highly anticipated marine events is the Cape Panwa Hotel Raceweek.
Hilton Arcadia Resort Phuket has a new General Manager, David Prince.
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.
The nearby Malaysian destination of Penang is planning a new mega island expansion.
Destination resort Laguna Phuket has brought out their annual Summer Family Festival.
Worldwide chain InterContinental Hotels has debuted their first Even branded property in the US.
For those from the West, Asia's resort market can seem like an alien landscape.
Jeff Ross has been named General Manager at the Swissotel Resort Phuket.
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) is sponsoring a talent search for Asia's top emerging hotel talent.
A much anticipated hospitality forum attracting recognized global investors and developers to ponder the future of Lombok tourism
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.
Thai hotel ownership group KS Hotels and Resorts has converted three properties to management under ACCOR brands.
The Absolute Twin Sands Resort Phase 3 has been launched into the Phuket real estate market.
One of my biggest gripes about Phuket's hotels remains the same-sameness of the current spate of offerings.
Leading low-cost airline carrier Jetstar Asia will start service between Bangkok Thailand and Fukuoka Japan.
According to the Phuket Gazette, the island's latest religious addition, the Cherngtalay Catholic church will open next month.
For travellers Google's Flight Search is becoming a viable option for those looking for great airfare deals.
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.
HVS will hold the THINC Indonesia (Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference on September 4th and 5th in Bali.
Good news for Phuket airline passengers, as Jetstar has introduced 'straight to the gate' service.
Lombok's hotel and property market has been increasingly on the radar of developers since the opening of the new international airport last year,
Property investors, like gamblers, need to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em.
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.
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 will rebrand the Hotel Nikko Hong Kong in July.
The newly right sized Catch Beach Club will celebrate its new incarnation with a re-opening party tonight June 21st at 9 pm.
The conversation often turns to where the next Phuket will be, or in boom-time talk, the next big Asian resort destination?
Tiger Airways Indonesian venture with Mandala will stop flying effective July 1st.
Industry veteran John Gerrad has been named Area General Manager Australia by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.
Leading Singapore-based upscale brand Alila has taken on an alliance with US group Geolo Capital.
So goes the world of low-cost airlines where low demand can end pioneer routes in the blink of an eye.
Aman's new post Zecha world has a new CEO - Vladislav Doronin.
The hotel race in Myanmar continues to heat up, as global chain Hilton has signed a five hotel deal.
Singapore's Silverneedle Hospitality will bring the new brand Sage to market, with their first branded property in Brisbane Australia.
Thailand's curfew has ended across the entire country including Bangkok.
What would happen here in Phuket if suddenly all of the tourists disappeared?
For Phuketian's who have a hangover from the recent curfew, a trip to nearby Singapore might be what the bartender ordered.
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.
Coming up shortly will be Phuket International Academy's new boarding facility which will feature single and double room apartments.
Mai Khao Dream Hotels and Resorts group are reportedly planning a 400-key property in Ko Pilai/Natai Beach north of the Aleenta.
It's well known that national carrier Thai Airways has created a strong legacy of economic losses.
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.
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.
Fresh from elections, the country has christened Telangana as the newest 29th state.
The annual Luang Prabang event over the past few years has drawn strong interest from the international market.
One of my increasingly frequent destinations is Indonesia's Lombok.
Global hotel chain Hilton has rolled out a new brand named Curio.
Pop culture icon Fashion TV will see their hospitality brand Love Fashion Hotel open in Bali later this year.
For those not on the ground in Phuket, the current action against the island's taxi mafia may come as a surprise.
One on my Bangkok raves, and there are many is Daniel Thaiger's food truck.
Longtime Thai hospitality face Roland Svensson has been appointed General Manager of the The Sarojin in Khao Lak.
Singapore's Banyan Tree Group will introduce a new brand Cassia, into the market.
Thailand Minor Hotel Group has signed a conversion deal for an Avani branded property in Seychelles.
Indonesia's PT Pusako Tarinka Tbk has acquired the company which owns and operates seven budget Tune hotels across the country.
While I am a fairly well rounded traveler, just the other day someone was speaking of Bratislava and my mind took at left turn.
Yesterday I came across a good travel read from Khiri Travel about how Asia can tap into the outbound South African market.
The national curfew imposed by the NCPO has been lifted for three of Thailand's largest resort markets effective today.
Longtime Phuket expatriate Graham Doven has passed away in Bangkok at Mission Hospital according to Alasdair Forbes of The Phuket News.
I always enjoy receiving the press releases from Thanyapura, as they absolutely love to elevate the art of title-ism.
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.
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.
On my last trip to the city, I stopped by Sharkey's by accident. This turned out to be one great miscue.
Developers' decade-long dreams for Danang may have been put on ice, but the thaw looks to be coming.
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.
Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks will be onstage at the upcoming HotelsWorld Australia event in July.
Blink Design Group Bangkok has won an award for their interior design at Regent Phuket Cape Panwa.
And you thought this was going to be hot news. Sorry, not today.
Natasha Eldred's Phuket-based public relations firm Shine PR has earned an award for marketing.
The islands' new sporting central Thanyapura will host an upcoming Neon Night Run.
Sadly one of Phuket's little known seaside areas Banana beach is seeing a spike in crime.
Effective tonight, Wednesday May 28th the national curfew imposed during the recent coup will be reduced to four hours.
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has appointed Michael Mangan as Director of Planning and Support, Asia-Pacific.
Trendsetting Surin beach hotel Twinpalms is launching a new jazz piano bar from June 1st.
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?
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.
Thai owning group TCC will close the Imperial Adamas Hotel Phuket in Naiyang on July 1st for a major renovation and upgrade.
Thailand's hospitality leaders discuss the effects of military rule on the country's tourism industry.Massive Protests.
Over 144 staff from Laguna Phuket recently joined a local community effort in Phang Nga aimed at mangrove preservation.
The upcoming Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek regatta is setting a new trend this year with a clean environmental policy.
I've been reading a lot about the ongoing journey of the Orient Express hotel brand.
Leading global animation studio DreamWorks will open a pioneering theme park in China.
A second Krabi maritime development, the Port Takola Yacht Marina is planning to open it's first phase of development in January 2015.
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.
Thailand's military has announced an official coup, in the wake of a failure at reconciliation between the country's warring political parties.
International hospitality chain Moevenpick has signed a conversion deal in Samui.
Despite the ongoing political crisis which has dominated headlines, Phuket's high season hotel trading remained resilient.
A number of early morning flights between Mainland China and Phuket will be effected during runway maintenance between mid May and mid August.
Media reports in Bali have reported a series of raids on villas for rent in key tourism areas in Bali.
Thailand's army has imposed martial law on the country this morning.
The Maikhao Dream Villa Resort in Phuket and Maikhao Dream Resort in Phang Nga have received 5 star certification.
Dusit Hotels & Resorts launched their Dusit D2 brand in Patong Phuket.
Hotel brands are now moving skyward with the latest news that vaunted hospitality luxury brand Four Seasons has launched a private jet.
Phuket has a new Honorary Australian Consul, Michelle Hawryluk.
The musical Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is coming to Phuket on June 7th and 8th.
After four long years Hong Kong has lifted the travel ban to the Philippines.
Those mad ad brand men and women are at it again.
Nearby Penang is creating a substantial transportation infrastructure plan to address long-term expansion.
Trump does. So goes Armani, Lego, Disney, Harrods and even Ferrari.
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.
For Phuket residents who make frequent trips to Kuala Lumpur and use AirAsia, there is good news.
Premium exchange provider 3rdHome has tapped into hotel branded residences to expand their offerings.
Thailand's Anantara Group has opened their third property in China.
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.
Former Laguna Phuket Managing Director Michael Ayling will take over the helm of Royal Phuket Marina effective today.
Leading Yangon business hotel Traders has completed an upgrade and is now the Sule Shangri-La.
Trips to Singapore just seem to be getting more and more expensive, especially those of us coming from value priced Thailand.
Singapore's Millennium & Copthorne hospitality group has rolled out a white label brand tagged Monogram Collection.
Thailand's Minor Hotel Group has appointed James Kaplan to head the development team as Senior Vice President.
A high quality upscale 129 unit serviced apartment has been put on the market in Bangkok.
Laguna's Angsana Phuket has a new General Manager, Albert Ocasio.
Global serviced apartment chain Oakwood is poised to embark on a worldwide expansion drive, with much of the focus in Asia Pacific.
Thailand's Mall Group is launching a massive 150 rai mega retail, hotel and amusement development named Blu Pearl valued at THB20 billion.
Scot Toon has been appointed General Manager of Kata Rocks.
The island's first luxury hotel, The Royal Phuket Yacht Club in Nai Harn will close on May 31st for a substantial upgrade.
Out with the old and in with the new - many of Asia's traditional ways of life have been swept aside by progress.
Coming up on June 6th is the second Indonesia Hotel Investment Conference at the Grand Nikko Bali.
Legendary luxury hotelier Adrian Zecha has stepped down from his role as Aman Resorts Chairman and CEO according to Hotels Magazine.
Last year's international global tourism numbers surged to 1.1 billion.
Singapore's Crowne Plaza hotel at Changi Airport has received an Earthcheck Gold certification.
One of the key emerging areas of interest in South East Asia is the Mergui Archipelago and the Burma Banks.
This morning I was thinking of Oz and stumbled across a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald on Austalia's most expensive hotel destinations.
The attempt to go green is not unlike a young Mike Tyson, edgy, unpredictable, sweaty, and above all, hard to understand.
One of Krabi's real estate offerings, The Lai Tai in Ao Nang is tapping into the overseas retirement market.
Thailand's Khiri Travel has opened operations in Indonesia.
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.
Malaysia's Genting Group are expanding their hotel and gaming network across the globe.
Singapore's Meritus Hotels & Resorts has appointed Tan Choon Kwang as Chief Operating Officer.
Formula 1 fans have something to shout for despite this year's controversial engine tool down.
As Asia's middle class or consumer class continues to view travel as an object of desire, the regions cruise industry is ramping up.
One of the great ideas we have seen is Richard Branson's Virgin initiative on new business start-ups.
Amanresorts is offering a four country, eight hotel extravaganza, touring Asia by private jet.
Former Oberoi executive Kamal Kaul is leading Indonesia's Waka group in a resurgence.
Thailand's Khiri Travel continue to mount an offensive against cookie cutter travel.
Bali's neighbor Lombok and the nearby outer islands are seeing a surge of interest.
Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks will be speaking at the upcoming Hospitality Investment World Indonesia.
Being a frequent visitor to Sri Lanka I was pleased to read a report in TTG which quoted Hong Kong's Shangri-La
The 3rd Annual Thailand Tourism Forum 2014 will be held this Monday, April 21st at the InterContinental Hotel Bangkok.
Thai hotel group Centara has signed there first property in nearby Laos.
On of the highlights of last month's hotel investment conference in Singapore, HICAP was QUO Global's David Keen.
Phuket low-cost residential is continuing to boom, with the new Dinso Residence Patong being the latest entry.
French chain Accor will open an ibis Styles in Krabi this year.
Welcome to the new Phuket lounge bar Shaka Zulu.
Listed hotel group Erawan has announced plans for a new budget hotel chain named Hop Inn Hotels.
herngtalay's Boat Avenue is seeing a number of new outlets open.
What do hotel owners do when legacy hotel properties are no longer viable commercial propositions?
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.
A recent trip to the resort island of Koh Lanta brought about a pleasant dining experience.
The global Wyndham Hotel Group has announced that Geoff Ballotti has been named President and Chief Executive Officer
Bangkok's Express Airport Rail Link will see the Phayathai route closed from April 14th for maintenance.
A property auction will be held at Royal Phuket Marina on May 17th and 18th.
Up and coming Hong Kong interior design firm Eggspace have created an intimate green hotel in Boracay.
ne of the islands big events, Phuket Bike Week will be held April 11th to 19th.
Investment confidence on the resort island of Phuket has continued to ramp up in 2014 despite the Bangkok political crisis.
For longtime Phuket residents Don Battles is a familiar face.
Dusit Thani's China joint venture company Dusit Fudu has signed a new 160 room property in Jiangsu province.
A recent post on Hotels Magazine online site talked about the relationship between hotel eco-certifications and operating efficiency.
Australian hospitality group Mantra has had to withdraw a IPO (initial public offering) from the market over pricing concerns.
Within my circle of friends and business contacts, the subject line about fear of flying has been a recurring theme as of late.
Hong Kong's Langham Hospitality Group has named Robert Warman as new Chief Executive Officer.
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.
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.
Mai Khao's upscale JW Marriott has a new General Manager, Oriol Montal.
Two prime west coast beach front development hotel sites have come on the real estate market in Phuket.
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.
While Phuket hotel performance remains relatively stress free, given the beneficial timing of high tourist season, the same cannot be said for Bangkok.
Well known Asian hotel face Anthony Ross has joined Preferred Hotels as Executive Vice President.
Malaysia's Destination Resorts and Hotels are changing their hospitality brand to Datai.
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).
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.
The 2014 Forbes magazine Billonaires list is out and eleven Thai's have managed to make the grade.
I've just finished reading an article in TTG Asia about the nearby island of Langkawi.
Passing through Singapore today I can't help but notice media reports about the controversial Songkran fest planned for the Lion City.
A second phase offering of three ocean view duplex's at The Natai are now on sale.
The organizers of the Thailand Tourism 2014 have announced that the event will be held Monday April 21st at the InterContinental Hotel Bangkok.
Nearby Myanmar has continued to buzz with the country registering over 2 million overseas visitors in 2013.
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.
Authentic travel experiences are a key trend these days and Khiri Travel has created a new authentic experience in Cambodia.
As political tensions continue to create uncertainly in Bangkok, many listed developers are turning their focus to other markets.
Life is odd. When you are young the future has no limits, time-frame or even, for the most part, a firm direction.
Airlift into the southern Thai city of Hat Yai is undergoing a dramatic shift.
Now this is a seemingly ironic headline if there ever was one.
Lately, I have often been asked how Thailand's resort markets are holding up in light of the country's political issues in Bangkok.
The 126 key Bhundhari Spa Resort and Villas in Samui has come onto the transaction market and is up for sale.
Global hotel group Carlson Rezidor are creating a new brand Radisson Red for Millennials.
Laguna Phuket's popular hospitality-led residential offering has found a second home in Bintan Indonesia.
As many Asian countries are looking to embrace gaming as a key component of visitor growth Thailand remains mute on the subject.
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.
Looking at last years tourism numbers in Cambodia, what is clearly apparent that the country's appeal is largely leverage on cultural aspects.
I recently read an article in the the Bangkok Post about a new retirement slanted property development in nearby Pattaya.
Surat Thani airport emerging as second 'Plan B' island gateway. Triple digit growth of Chinese and Russian travelers.
Phuket's international arrivals surge 26% despite political overtones.
One of Phuket's nearby neighboring resort destinations Penang will get direct flights from Hong Kong on Dragonair by the end of March.
It's official, property firm Jones Lang LaSalle has becoming the much shorter, much easier JLL.
Bali is set to host the upcoming Second Annual Indonesian Hotel Investment Conference on Friday June 6th.
Scott Bowen has been named General Manager of the new Centara managed property in Patong.
As part of worldwide international chain Hilton's carbon offset program, one of the benefactors is located here in Thailand.
The media is reporting that environmental advocates are voicing concerns about a proposed coal port and power plant in nearby Krabi.
A Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people on board has gone missing.
Next week the Maison & Objet design showcase comes to Asia.
Koh Lanta has all the makings of a classic resort destination. West coast sunsets, white sand beaches and the international airport within close proximity.
What's clearly evident is that the day and age of Bitcoin real estate is in full swing.
Hong Kong-based hotel group Mandarin Oriental has signed a 121 unit property in South Bali on the Bukid.
Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks will be speaking at the upcoming Real Estate Asia Outlook event in Singapore next week.
Phuket's Nikki Beach will hold their inaugural White Party this Friday night March 7th.
Last week I walked through the streets of Bangkok with Jesus.
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts are continuing on an acquisition drive with the recent deal for two properties in Fiji.
The luxury boutique hospitality group Orient-Express will rebrand their hotels as Belmond this month.
Leading travel website TripAdvisor has released their top 10 islands in Asia.
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?
Bangkok-based NEXT Hospitality Group have moved from a core business of restaurant design into offering concepts.
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.
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.
A new 58 key boutique resort is set to open just over the bridge in Natai, on March 14th.
As Phuket's CBD slowly shifts toward Central Festival and Kathu a new real estate offering is targeting an urban trend.
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
Global chain Hyatt Hotels will roll out their first Andaz resort in Bali.
Nearly five years after the Allamanda Phuket was branded under the Best Western chain, the two groups are parting ways.
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.
With nearby Cambodia's tourism market eclipsing 4.2 million in 2013, the stage is set for growth this year.
One of Asia's leading villa rental providers Elite Havens has completed a makeover of their website.
One of South East Asia's leading exhibitions for food, beverage and hotel professional is set for Singapore in April.
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.
A green building showcase will be held at Homeworks Phuket from February 26th to March 27th.
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
Low-cost airline Jetstar has initiated the use of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on flights between Phuket and Melbourne Australia.
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.
The upgraded Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort is tapping into the tennis market with a new teaching alliance.
One of the world's best-known mega attractions Atlantis, which has two operations in the Bahamas and Dubai, is coming to Asia.
Though the global financial meltdown marked the end of conspicuous consumption for many travelers, ultra luxury is on the mend these days.
First came Legoland and Hello Kitty in Malaysia's big theme park splash out.
Japanese group AEON are spurring a development drive for Kidzoona and Molly Fantasy branded children's entertainment centers across Thailand.
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.
Three Indonesian airports have been closed in connection with a volcanic eruption in the country.
One well-known hotel owner in Thailand Prab Thakral is taking on the food service industry.
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.
While Thailand's election woes continue to make worldwide news, the Year of the Horse will see five significant electoral processes in action.
As nearly every international hotel chain can tell you developing a business model in India is no easy feat.
Leading global luxury chain Aman is expected to trade this week to a joint venture company composed of Peak Resorts and Adrian Zecha.
Global French hotel chain ACCOR's experiment with growing the Sofitel luxury brand as a stand-alone unit has gone by the wayside.
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.
he Swiss-Belhotel Wedgewood Residences in Kuala Lumpur has introduced an urban green program despite the limitations of being located in a thriving metropolis.
One of Asia's leading tourism pioneers Joop Ave passed away recently in Singapore.
Bangkok's Quo Global fronted by David Keen are one of the region's most innovative hospitality branding agencies.
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.
In the north of Thailand a Singapore fund Terrasia is partnering with Thai firm Srangdee Development for a villa project in Chiang Mai.
In the tourism business, legacy brands have never been more challenged than they are these days.
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.
A new 11-suite luxury boutique property Sireeampan Resort has opened in Ciang Mai.
Gallerne Ludovic has been appoints Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket.
Leading island property agency Siam Real Estate has opened a new branch in Cherngtalay.
In an increasingly urbanized lifestyle farming in high-rise skyscrapers is setting to become a reality.
Cherngtalay's buzzing Boat Avenue is commencing with a weekly Friday market starting on February 7th.
For the hospitality industry, the burning question about all-inclusive resorts is becoming a hot global topic once again.
The Absolute World Group has embarked on the second phase of the Twin Sands Resort and Spa on the Patong Headland.
Two Phuket Moevenpick resorts in Karon Beach and Bangtao have been re-certified by the prestigious Green Globe program,
Naithon Beach upscale villa estate Vista del Mar has launched a strategic low cost move-in promotion for their properties.
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.
Global online travel review giant TripAdvisor has partnered with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in a new initiative.
Thailand's ambitious new Montara Hospitality Group has appointed well known hotelier Bill Black as President.
Nobu Hospitality is set to open a 321-room hotel in Manila before the end of the year.
Fast rising luxury hotel brand Rosewood has signed a deal for a new resort in Sanya with the Poly Real Estate Group.
Making the news today is the opening of the 10th global outlet of the Nikki Beach group here in Layan Phuket.
The Smart Investment and International Property Expo series has set dates for their South East Asian events in 2014.
A crash back in time in our memory machine today takes us back to the 1960s and the groundbreaking work of Marshall McLuhan.
One of the few curses of my day-to-day life is that I am a serial light sleeper.
Fast rising budget hotel chain Tune has announced plans for 20 hotels to be fully operational in Japan by the year 2020.
A number of reports have Phuket International Airport's new Terminal X set to open in early February.
Low-cost airline carrier Jetstar now allows passengers to carry on musical instruments.
A well known hotel face in Asia, Fraser Bell passed away last week in Jakarta.
So what exactly is an eco hotel?
Here is news from the Phuket Gazette about the opening of a green bike shop in Nai Harn.
Centara Hotels and Resorts has named Australian Darren Shaw as new Area General Manager Phuket.
Yesterday I walked through the streets of Bangkok with Jesus.
We continue to love the urban buzz on new terms and one that caught my attention the other day is Phablet.
One of the world's most renowned chefs is now in the preparation stages for a new Bangkok eatery.
As Thailand's political crisis continues unabated the baht remains one of the key victims of the uncertainty.
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.
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.
Asia's resort property scene is not unlike any other industry, in that it's always on the lookout for the next big thing.
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...
he UAE (United Arab Emirates) has seen legislation introduced this January into the real estate sec
The recent French government court case which has upheld a wealth tax of 75% is expected to continue to drive real estate investors abroad.
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 have been announced for the 2015 Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX).
Phuket's newest oceanfront entertainment offering Nikki Beach will soft open next week.
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.
Never mind heading off down under, Phuket is soon to have its very own upside down tourism venue.
C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will be on stage at the upcoming Myanmar Hospitality and Tourism Conference 2014.
A second Dusit managed property will open in Phuket with the Thai chains signing of the Destination Patong Resort as a dusitD2.
At the HICAP Hong Kong conference late last year I participated in a luxury round table discussion organized by BLINK Design.
Luxury icon LVMH have opened their second property Maison Cheval Blanc in the Maldives.
Greater Phuket's neighbor Krabi will see direct international airlift grow with MAS announcing flights from Kuala Lumpur starting February 3rd.
With its recent IPO behind the, Hilton Worldwide have announced plans once again to launch a rival brand to battle Starwood's W moniker.
Debbie Dionysius has been appointed as Director of Sports Marketing at Thanyapura.
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
Today marks the start of the 11th Annual Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) event.
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.
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.
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.
This years leading hotel investment conference HICAP Update is set for March 18th to 19th in Singapore.
With New Year's celebrations mostly behind us now, the question everyone has is what's in store for fourteen?
So goes Thailand's transition from Property Funds to the more globally accepted REIT's.
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.
A new concept car by Ford will debut at an international tech show in Las Vegas this month.
Island superyacht pioneer firm Yacht Solutions has tripled their Bangkok shipyard capacity back of mounting demand for luxury vessels.
Island property personality Lyndon Phillips has launched a new island brokerage house Tranquility.
Leading island resort Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has a new General Manger, Denis Thourvard.
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".
One of Phuket's leading destinations Royal Phuket Marina will debut three new outlets on January 5th.
Today is the dawn of a near year here in Thailand and while it's hard not to be optimistic this earl
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.
Angsana Phuket has appointed Sree Valsan to the resort's new Food & Beverage Director.
It's festive time in the US, which is where I am, hacking out this column caught in the joys of the holiday season.
While low-cost airlines can make a destination through surging airlift, they also have the power to turn off the tap just as fast.
One of Asia's busiest gateway airports Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta
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.
It seems this month we have been talking about nothing other than airports and airlines.
The recent legal issue between online news site Phuketwan.com and branches of the government is something that media needs to take very seriously.
Centara Hotels & Resorts are continuing to expand their Thailand resort portfolio with the signing of a deal in Krabi.
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.
Not too many people will reference country and western star Johnny Paycheck who wrote the classic "take this job and shove it."
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
The island's first luxury hotel, the Royal Phuket Yacht Club on Nai Harn Beach has been sold to an overseas investor.
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.
It's Christmas time in Phuket
The 55 room Manathai Resort in Surin Beach Phuket has transacted.
Life in the perplexing "other world" of North Korea is going downhill fast.
Yes we all know where the real SoHo is, that's in New York.
Thai carrier Nok Air will restart direct flights between Krabi and Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) in January.
One of Bangkok's leading luxury retail malls Emporium will undergo a THB4 billion upgrade.
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 Phuket has brought another hotel managed residence project to the market with the launch of the Angsana Waterfront Suites.
A new article in the Bangkok Post captured my inner-hotelier attention recently.
Patong's Millennium Resort has a new General Manager, Gerard Tan.
Leading Thai hospitality group Centara Hotels and Resorts have made public plans to purse a REIT in order to fuel expansion.
Boat Avenue Shopping Street in Cherngtalay will hold an opening party on Friday December 20th.
There is a beginning and there is an end to everything.
From real estate to contemporary art, so goes the journey of Richard Skene.
Direct flights on Jetstar have commenced between Melbourne Australia and Phuket.
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.
Plans have been announced for a new Siem Reap Airport in the Cambodian cultural heritage destination.
This week Wednesday December 18th marks the Phuket debut for international hotel operator Hyatt.
Cultural tourism icon Luang Prabang is about to see a significant rise in airlift as Thai Smile starts flying to the destination.
Sliding property sales in Hong Kong have driven many developers to increase agent commissions.
The cloud hanging over the head of Thai group Ital-Thai's massive infrastructure development in Dawei Myanmar,
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.
Top Thai real estate developer Supalai is looking to take an international expansion plan to Australia next year.
Supply and demand a the very top end of Hong Kong's real estate sector has continued to push prices skyward.
Hong Kong's luxury chain Rosewood has signed a deal for 148-room property in Phnom Penh Cambodia.
Phuket's Thanyapura mega sports, education, hotel and wellness complex has restructured their executive management team.
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.
Wayne Buckingham has departed Thailand's hospitality giant TCC Land to joint Fairmont.
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.
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.
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.
Thai hospitality group Dusit International will plunge into the midscale sector back of mounting demand from surging mass tourism markets.
Low cost airline carrier (LCC) Thai AirAsia will commence direct flights between Chiang Mai and Hong Kong in January.
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.
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.
Thailand's northern tourism capital Chiang Mai is playing base camp for the new Hollywood movie The Coup.
Tired of high priced hotel rooms in Singapore?
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.
Leading villa and house rental website HomeAway.com has launched a new upscale villa website for top end products.
December is set to usher in the 4th installment of the North Phuket Culinary Arts Festival in Mai Khao.
Thailand's Zinc InVision brand Glow will make its Malaysian debut this month.
Ex-Banyan Tree executive Bernold Schroeder will take up the CEO role at Pan Pacific in Singapore at the beginning of January.
Savills has been retained a exclusive agency for the 88-room Mantra Samui Resort.
The HeadStart International School in Kathu will be expanding with a 15 rai land plot purchased on Chao Fa Road West.
Thai hospitality group Centara Hotels and Resorts has opened a new midscale property in Bangkok
Bali's stylish Luna2 hotel and studios has brought on a new General Manager Scott Murray.
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.
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.
Twinpalms affiliate Andaman Cruises will hold their annual Blue Party tonight Saturday November 30th.
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 is trying to keep pace with a seemingly insatiable appetite by overseas visitors to the country.
The new Chimelong mega resort on China's Hengqin Island is one of the largest mixed use projects in the world, currently under development
One of my recent real estate reads was a South China Morning Post piece about a Hong Kong entrepreneur who is promoting crowd funding.
Six. Triple up and you get the mark of the beast.
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.
Welcome to the winter of our growing discontent.
Manila's tourism market is taking a decided turn away from a vanilla offering to boost visitor numbers.
Disney fever is planning to grip Mainland China when Disneyland opens in Shanghai in 2015.
As Thailand's broad property book remains healthy much of the action has shifted outside of Bangkok and it's environs.
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.
Over the past few weeks Thailand has been in the news about it's poor level of English language proficiency.
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.
Upscale boutique resort Pavilions are bringing a third stage of hospitality led residences to the market.
The owner and operator of the Le Meridien Khao Lak have completed a deal for a one-year extension of the current management agreement.
The Middle East's aviation hub Dubai recently opened a second airport.
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.
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.
It's official; the word of the year for 2013 is "selfie".
Never on to rest on reputation, Singapore's Changi Airport has some bold new moves for the next ten years.
I'm in Hong Kong tonight and have been wanting to try the city's newest design hotel - Mira Moon.
Centara Hotels and Resorts have assumed management of the Blue Marine Resort and Spa in Patong.
Emerging Bangkok based Sukosol Hotels are becoming a common name in Thailand's hospitality circles.
One of the island's most anticipated hotel openings Point Yamu by Como has made it's Phuket debut.
This is of course a complex question and frankly speaking I don't have the hours, days, months or even years
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.
With over 80 million outbound Chinese travelers last year, travel industry sources are forecasting that the number could swell to 400 million in 2018.
At long last news in from Boat Avenue's developer that Villa Market will open on Friday December 20th.
Last year's acquisition and merger of the two Maldivian floatplane operators TMA and MAT by the Blackstone private equity group.
Century Properties in the Philippines is continuing their luxury name game with the recent announcement of a tie up with Armani Casa interior design.
A recent visit to Manila brought about the sighing signs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport announcing a "no wang-wang zone."
Leading Thai hotel group Onyx Hospitality has completed an 18-month upgrade program at the Amari Coral Beach resort.
AustCham will be holding their inaugural Phuket Australian Business Forum and Sundowners event this Friday November 15th.
The Philippines push to develop into an international gaming destination has been aided by the recent announcement that a City of Dreams integrated resort
Global hospitality chain Starwood has continued to evolve Element by Westin as leading CSR accommodation proponent.
The recent bomb blast at Yangon's Traders Hotel remains shrouded in mystery.
One of Asia's leading villa rental groups Elite Havens in Bali are on the expansion trail.
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 has topped the 2013 HSBC Expat survey as the best place to live.
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.
The headline making Ao Phrao area at Koh Samet is now back in the tourism business.
Popular Asian entertainment group Ku De Ta have opened a Bangkok complex at Sathorn Square.
Bali Debates Tourist Tax
In a world gone mad it's becoming increasingly apparent that politicians remain intent on wrecking havoc on global property markets.
The former Six Senses Hideaway Pranburi property was sold to a Thai group earlier this year.
One of Thailand's hospitality technology success stories is Revenue Science Corporation.
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.
A recent article in Hotels Magazine about John Roberts who is the Director of Elephants for the Minor Hotel Group caught my attention.
The South East Asian nation of Brunei has adopted Sharia law for Muslims in the country.
Thai-based hotel group Onyx Hospitality has signed a management deal for a new hotel in Bangladesh.
Longtime local expat Richard Cracknell has died in Hawaii.
Leading upscale Phuket resort Indigo Pearl have a new General Manager.
The success of the ZCAPE branded condominiums is continuing to roll with third Phuket project coming to market.
On Friday November 22nd the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand (AMCHAM) will hold a real estate event at the Angsana Laguna Phuket.
Insomnia. Raw violence. Anarchy. Sounds like real estate to me.
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.
Two new flights to Krabi have been added by Thai Air Asia.
The Lions Club of Phuket Pearl will hold a fundraising event on November 24th.
Nearby Krabi is set to host the upcoming Red Bull Cliff Diving event.
Thailand's Koh Phangan has been named the more affordable island in South East Asia.
One of Greater Phuket's best-known upscale boutique resorts The Sarojin is in the market for a new General Manager.
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.
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.
An alternative TripAdvisor website which has coined the term "get the lies and go" is becoming the talk of many travel insiders.
As of late I've been reading articles from major news sources about the Singapore corruption scandal over Glenn Defense Marine Asia.
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.
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.
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.
The island's music scene is humming over news that an ABBA tribute performance will be held at Laguna Phuket on November 8th.
Keeping track of global luxury real estate offerings is not always an easy proposition here in Phuket.
Luxury brand Rosewood has inked a deal for a new 146 room hotel in the prime business and shopping district of Ploenchit in Bangkok.
The developer behind the successful luxury resort and villa project Sri Panwa has two more Greater Phuket projects in the pipeline
A hotel, villa and vacation rental site with a difference is welcomebeyond.com.
Regional travel and lifestyle group Double Tree continue to etch their footprint across Indochina.
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.
One of Phuket's leading homegrown hotel groups Burasari has expanded to the cultural destination of Luang Prabang in Laos.
The Grand Centara West Sands in Mai Khao is adding 150 new rooms in November
Thailand's Minor International is preparing to launch 16 multi-million dollar hotel branded residences in Phuket.
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 is this week's destination for vast numbers of Asia's leading hoteliers and real estate developers.
Mark your calendar for November 12th and 13th for the Hospitality Investment World 2013 Thailand event.
Upscale boutique villa resort Kanda Samui have named Isara Pangchan as Resort Manager.
In an effort to converse corals, leading resort Zeavola recently installed 20 anchor buoys near the Marine National Park.
An environmental workshop on coral bleaching will be held on Wednesday October 16th at the JW Marriott Khao Lak.
A new YouTube music video shot at Bliss Beach Club has caused a stir at the Wine Spectator 2013 video contest.
All things Chinese seem to have somehow taken over my life and created a strange nefarious space between now and Zen.
Just a few weeks away is the upcoming Russian Property Expo DOMEXPO scheduled for October 17th to 20th in Moscow.
The popular Santorini tourist attraction in Hua Hin is expanding its offering by adding a water park.
Leading Thai conglomerate TCC Hotels have signed a deal for a new 184 room Holiday Inn Express in Sathorn District Bangkok.
As the Philippines continue to focus their tourism market on gaming, one high profile project has encountered some serious turbulence.
Re Ka Ta Beach Club in Kata has crawled out of the box and onto the board with a new surf school offering.
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.
Mainland China's surging Jin Jiang has set the wheels moving on a new brand MetroPolo.
Leading branding and communications agency QUO has taken time to rethink the hotel compendium.
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.
Over the past few weeks, political debates in Thailand have often been centered on the government's national high-speed railway project.
Leading hospitality operator Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has appointed Frederic Chretien as General Manager for the new Mauritius property.
Kingdom Property has launched a new name game for their upcoming luxury condominium project in Pattaya.
The CEO and President of Singapore's Pan Pacific Hotels Group Patrick Imbardelli has resigned.
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.
A new 178 unit condominium is being developed in Kathu Phuket by Capital Real Estate.
Budget hotel chain Tune will debut in Australia this coming November.
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.
Destination resort Laguna Phuket is continuing its green community program through local tree planting.
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.
Janet McNab was recently named new General Manager of the Westin Siray Bay Phuket.
Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort has named a new Director of Sales and Marketing Rory Campbell.
Global hotel group Hyatt is taking a bold move into the all-inclusive segment with two new brands.
The 79-key beachfront Deva Samui hotel has been put into the transaction market.
Fast expanding Centara Hotels & Resorts is set to manage a 300 room hotel in Ethiopia.
Ultra luxury chain Kerzner International have inked a deal for Australia's Hayman Island to become a One & Only early next year.
Richard Lusted's Siam Real Estate has affiliated in a strategic alliance with international real estate brokerage LJ Hooker.
Last Thursday's Thailand Property Awards 2013 in Bangkok drew close to 600 industry players at the Centara Grand Convention Center.
According to a news piece on leading source BaliDiscovery.com Bali is expecting3.18 million overseas visitors for the full year 2013.
Familiar Thailand hospitality personality Jean Marc Garret passed away in Bangkok a few weeks ago. The cause of death was a heart attack.
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.
One of the years most anticipated nights is the Twinpalms Anniversary Party at Surin.
Hotel group Dusit has signed a management agreement for a D2 branded property in Shaoxing China.
Phuket's property and hospitality focused legal firm Hughes Krupica will open a new Bangkok Office in December.
Phuket City's Blue Elephant is hosting a book event on Friday September 20th with author Jim Newport.
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.
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.
Leading low-cost airline carrier Thai AirAsia has announced their eighth destination in China.
Familier Thailand hospitaity face Nick Downing has been appointed as Vice President for the Per AQUUM group.
Anantara has opened their second resort in Vietnam.
C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will be a featured speaker at next week's Thailand Real Estate Investment and Property Law Forum 2013.
Thai hotel group Minor is pushing their hotel brand Anantara across the globe.
Next week is the Economy Hotels World Asia Conference in Singapore.
Onyx Hospitality has signed up two hotels in Mainland China.
One of Mainland China's surging aviation success stories is low-cost airline carrier Spring.
Midnight in the garden of Good and Evil. In this instance I'm at Phuket International Airport at the witching hour.
Hong Kong's luxury chain Mandarin Oriental no long manage the Dhara Dhevi hotel in Chaing Mai.
Longtime island resident Grenville Fordham recently released the 4th edition of the widely regarded Southeast Asia Pilot.
A new globally focused hotel chain, Bugatti, is using Phuket as a platform for widespread expansion.
One of Asia's famous legacy beach resorts the Bali Hyatt in Sanur is closing for a major upgrade.
Bangkok-based Akaryn Hotel Management Services are undergoing an expansion drive with new properties in Chiang Mai and Cambodia.
Today was not my day to die in a plane crash.
Airline carrier Jetstar has announced new direct flights between Phuket and Melbourne Australia.
A new Phuket convention and exhibition center is under development at Patong's Fisherman Harbour mixed-use project.
Thailand's neighbor to the South has closed their Tourism Malaysia office in Phuket.
An increasing number of Chinese cities are introducing three-day (72 hour) visas.
Growing Thai hotel chain Absolute Hotel Services have inked a deal to reflag a property in Vietnam.
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?"
Thai airline carrier Nok Air will commence services between Bangkok and Yangon at the beginning of November.
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.
Thailand's beach destination of Pattaya drew 8.3 million tourists in 2012.
This Friday September 6th the AMCHAM Greater Phuket Chapter will hold a special tourism focused event at the Indigo Pearl in Nai Yang.
The Villa Market in Cherngtaley will open in early November of this year.
The popular Phuket online news site Phuketwan has been put into the market for sale.
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.
Dawn breaks in the naked city - Jakarta and I've already been up for hours.
Living proof that we live in the celebrity age is the demonstrated success of the Paris Hilton property connection in Manila.
Budget hotels continue to sweep Asia and the AirAsia spin-off Tune is strong contender.
Laguna Phuket has launched a new master planned residential development adjacent to the destination resort.
Familiar Phuket James Mabey has been appointed Senior Vice President Development for luxury operators Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts.
The shifting sands of global economics are seeing more Asian real estate developers look further into international expansion.
The real estate and hospitality prospects in nearby emerging Myanmar will be the focus of an upcoming conference on September 30th and October 1st.
A new upscale pool villa residential project is coming into the island's property market.
The shortlist for the upcoming Thailand Property Awards 2013 has been announced.
I've been reading up in Travel Daily Asia about a Phuket resort, which has been redeveloped into an eco boutique property.
Thinking green today caught my eye in an article on the Coconuts Bangkok website.
Australian hotel group Mantra will take over an 80 room property in Bali's prime Kuta resort area.
Leading global hotel chain ACCOR has named Sebastien Bazien Chairman and CEO.
Swiss national Stephan Fassler has been named as the new General Manager of the Ramada Khao Lak.
The new low-cost carrier Golden Myanmar Airlines will be the emerging country's first start-up.
It's a Wednesday morning as I find myself sitting in a hotel room in Jakarta channel surfing between Bloomberg and CNBC.
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.
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.
A new upstart hotel chain Bugatti with a financial pedigree is using Greater Phuket as a springboard for a larger global expansion.
Monday morning in Jakarta and I'm speaking at the 2nd Annual Indonesia Real Estate Conference.
Thai hotel group Onyx Hospitality has signed a deal for a 132 room Ozo in Penang.
Sunday Bloody Sunday. It's a travel day, with my ultimate destination being Jakarta.
Most seating at your local Starbucks can be likened to a middle-income neighborhood - not the worst, nor the best.
Global chain Wyndham have seen two of their midscale and economy brands Ramada and Days open in Singapore.
On the what's to eat front good news is the opening of Mezzo Wine Bar and Bistro.
Thai Airways will add the Airbus A380 to the Bangkok to London Heathrow route in December of this year.
Leading international economy hotel group Whitbread have developed a new product concept christened as Hub by Premier Inn.
Thai chain Dusit Hotels and Resorts has appointed Keita Sekine to the post of Regional Director of Sales - Japan.
Emerging South Asia travel destination Sri Lanka is looking at gaming as a fast track to tourism development
Thai hotel group Centara Hotels and Resorts has signed a deal for a 150-room midscale new build property in Layan Phuket.
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.
The Holiday Inn Resirt Krabi at Ao Nang will open a new wing with 118 new guest rooms this November.
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.
A new 44 unit premium residential project in Kata named Q Concept Condominium is rising up.
One of Thailand's familiar real estate faces in the luxury sector is Richard Skene.
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?
The upscale Mai Khao Dream Resort Natai has appointed Michael Boele to the post of General Manager.
Laguna Phuket's Angsana resort is tapping into the villa rental market with new long stay packages.
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.
Yesterday four global shared ownership firms jointly issued a statement to Singapore's Straits Times regarding a proposed new government amendment to consumer laws.
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 redevelopment plans for Benoa Bay are facing opposition from the environmental sector.
Here is a story about a longtime hotelier who has cast off the chain of job security and created a great niche management offering.
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.
Thai group Proud Real Estate who has developed the InterContinental Hua Hin and Bluport Mall is now set for the Vana Nava Hua Hin.
Phuket has struggled for quality south of the border (Mexican not Malaysian) food since the Burnt Tortilla fizzled out in Cherngtalay.
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.
I was channel surfing the other night when the Hollywood classic "Singin' in the Rain" came up on screen.
Global brand Nikki Beach will open a new beach club in Layan Phuket this coming December.
With two established leading properties in Bangkok and Samui, the Thai group Hansar Hotels and Resorts are on the expansion trail.
Chef Daniel Isberg who has a strong following from his eatery at Surin Gate is about to open a new venue in Cherngtalay.
I'm at a loss to explain the real estate "value" category and certainly loath to use the term "affordable."
In order to address the rampant surge of condominiums on small plots Pattaya has slashed plot ration from 10:1 to 5:1.
Picking up the latest edition of the Phuket Gazette the sight of a green tuk tuk managed to capture my imagination.
C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will be speaking at the upcoming 2nd Annual Indonesia Real Estate 2013 conference.
Samui hotelwide occupancy hit 75% for the period January through June of this year back of increasing airlift to the island.
One of Vietnam's splash out gaming mega projects which was to have been operated by MGM is open.
A lot can happen when you leave the island. Or not.
Real estate developer Kingdom Property has sold a bulk package of 87 condo units to a Hong Kong investor.
Phuket City's thriving low-cost property market is continuing to thrive with the recent launch of the development Connext.
In the gilded age of lnstagram Viagra, just how long is the random memory of real estate investors?
Phuket is in the national news today as the Bangkok Post is reporting that due to overcrowded conditions at the island's international airport
Bill Heinecke's Minor Hotel Group is continuing to expand their footprint at a fast pace.
One of the region's trendy offerings is the Laguna Prabang Film Festival in Laos.
Coming from Singapore the other day I was intrigued reading a story on SilkAir about a bamboo bike.
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.
A new service by Tiger Airways Philippines between Phuket and the Philippines will commence next month.
Indonesia's fast expanding Archipelago International (formerly Aston) has launched a new upper midscale brand Harper.
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.
Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) have signed two deals for residential estates in Phuket.
The much touted deal between the Indian owning company of Aman - DLF and Adrian Zecha has failed to transact.
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.
Tony Pedroni has been named new General Manager of the Outrigger Phuket Laguna Beach Resort.
Asia's surging China syndrome is reshaping the Phuket tourism market with one in four international visitors now coming from the Mainland.
Dubai's Emaar Properties with Meraas Holding are rolling out a new budget hotel brand named Dubai Inn.
Thailand's neighbor Malaysia is seriously out to attract both domestic and international tourists to the country.
ACCOR's fast expanding Pullman brand is updating their portfolio with a focus new brand symbol and marketing campaign.
Asia's hospitality circles been been buzzing over the launch of the new Cachet Hotel Group.
Dates have been set for this year's AOCAP Conference 2013 in Hong Kong on October 15th and 16th.
Hong Kong's luxury group Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels have entered into a deal for a new property in Yangon.
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.
The 202-room Kamala Bay Terrace Hotel has been sold to an affiliate of Thailand's KS Group for an undisclosed sum.
Trendy budget hotel chain Yotel have announced a deal in 600-room property in Singapore.
Samui's trendy W Hotel has a new General Manager, Brian Segrave.
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.
Going green has never been as delicious as the Conrad Bali's new organic cacao tours.
Two Centara properties in Phuket, the Centara Karon Resort and Centara Kata Resort have achieved ISO 14001/2004 certification.
Turkey has prioritized its real estate market with an incentive program offering overseas investors residence permits.
Thailand's neighbor Malaysia has seen a high profile election come and go.
Thai hospitality group Minor will reflag the Amari Atirum Hotel in Bangkok to its Avani brand this October.
Bangkok's Absolute Hotel Services have inked a deal for a 50 room boutique hotel in Kalim.
Phuket's southern destination neighbor in Malaysia, Langkawi has said it wants to grow the tourism market to three million annual visitors.
First came Design Hotels Papaya Playa in Mexico and new the concept of pop-up hotels is getting out of the box.
Did you ever wonder what manner of real estate broker Ozzy Osborne would be?
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.
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.
The much-touted Japanese venture between AirAsia and ANA (All Nippon Airways) looks to wind up the bin.
Cape Panwa Hotel has extended its sponsorship for the Phuket Raceweek regatta through 2015.
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.
But high on the radar is the not so obvious - Karimun Jawa, an archipelago of twenty seven islands.
A trio of Australian hotels are causing a stir in the design hotel space.
Here is one for you trivia minded hoteliers, what is the world's tallest hotel?
Bangkok's two Lub D properties are finding a strong niche in the emerging flashpacking market.
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 Hotelworks Bill Barnett will be a featured panelist at the upcoming HotelsWorld Australia New Zealand event in Sydney on July 25th.
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.
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?
Earlier this year Centara Hotels and Resorts debuted a travel rewards and recognition program with it's The 1 Card.
Thailand's Khiri Voyages is set to hook up Thai tourists into space within the next twelve months.
Leading internet travel site TripAdvisor is certainly something people either love or hate, but no one can doubt how influential it is.
Global hotel chain Marriott recently debuted a new 1,000 square meter underground Innovation Lab underneath their corporate offices in the US.
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.
Real time restaurant and nightlife reviews are key features of the fast growing Internet site Zomato.
Cashed up Chinese property purchasers have become a major segment of international buyer in the United State.
Singapore is planning a second mass transit link to growing Changi Airport.
The 133 room Buddy Oriental Resort in Lamai Beach Samui has come into the hotel transaction market.
Sri Lanka's tourism industry is heralding the commencement of operations of the MRIA (Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport) just north of Hambantota.
The Lexus-LFA costs about 43 million baht. Thailand has two quotas out of 500 in the whole world to import it.
In the whole wired world of travel, more and more hoteliers are becoming conflicted over online reviews.
One of Malaysia's fastest growing property markets is the southern border area of Johor next to Singapore.
A new book written by Chinese national Yunmei (Echo) Wang called Pigs on the Loose : Chinese Tour Groups is causing quite a media stir.
Marie-Helene Moreira has been appointed as the new General Manager of The Surin Phuket (formerly The Chedi) resort.
It looks as if a deal will be struck in the takeover bid of hospitality giant Club Med.
The developer of the luxury Phuket resort Sri Panwa, Charn Issara Development will inject the project into a newly set up property fund.
Amanusa in Bali has brought ten new completed private villas into the rental operation.
Thailand's Onyx Hospitality have signed a deal to managed a 60 room football themed hotel.
Australia's growing chain of boutique properties QT Hotels and Resorts is winning over fans for its stylish boutique offerings.
A new themed tourism attraction the Colosseum Show will be opening soon in Pattaya.
Thailand's Centara Hotels and Resorts have debuted in Sri Lanka with a leisure property
Former General Manager of the Sheraton Laguna Grande Jan Kirstein has joined Anantara.
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 has signed a MoU with Ital Thai Marine for what will be Thailand's first superyacht facility.
Bangkok-based Absolute Hotel Services which includes the expanding U Hotels and Resorts brand has signed a new hotel on the eastern seaboard.
News is in that developer Pace who are behind the MahaNakhon Bangkok are launching a luxury villa project called Mahasamutr in Hua Hin.
Minor Groups Anantara Bophut Resort in Samui is in the process of an extreme makeover.
As Thailand's visitor numbers continue to surge, the government intends to expand Bangkok's Don Mueang from a budget facility into widespread operations.
While luxury hotel operator GHM's Chedi brand is most associated with resorts, a new property in China going skywards.
Infrastructure projects, such as the underpass in front of Phuket's Central Festival shopping mall, lay the foundations for private sector expansion.
The World Bank recently released a report that China and India by 2030 will be the two largest investor nations.
Anthony McDonald's X2 Group are taking on new hotel branded residence projects in Kamala, Chiang Mai and Sydney.
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.
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.
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%.
Word in from the leading global chic travel event LE Miami is that Phuket luxury is seeing a strong challenger in Samui.
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.
One of Thailand's largest serviced apartment owner operators Centre Point Hospitality are changing course and looking to delve deeper into the hotel market.
Despite pioneering the concept of boutique luxury hotels Singapore's GHM has seen mixed success over the past few years.
Bangkok-based Absolute Hotel Services will open the 3 star 55 room Eastin Easy in Patong this October.
ndonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air has announced the setting up of a Thai subsidiary.
From hero to zero is how the current installment of the Eric Levine story reads.
Lyndon Phillips who was the Director of Sales for Banyan Tree Residences and Laguna Property in Phuket has left the group
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
We have received a number of email's asking about the large construction on Thepkassatri Road just north of the Heroines Monument.
General Manager Andrew Turner has left the Anantara Phuket in Mai Khao.
TTG Asia's Raini Hamdi has reported that well-known hotelier Peter Gautschi has passed away in Myanmar.
Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia is continuing to attract worldwide attention over unique sustainable design.
Now here is a newly coined term on the environmental horizon - Parklet.
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.
Geography has an interesting effect on the way things shift to and fro on the island, in a manner not unlike urban sprawl.
The face of leading tourism intelligence provider STR Global in Asia Jonas Ogren is leaving the organization this month.
Boutique luxury resort Phuket Pavilon's have appointed Australian Belinda Tuckwell as Executive Chef.
Leading Phuket-based General Manager Anthony Lark is assuming a new corporate role with the newly set up Trisara affiliate Montara management.
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.
Hong Kong's New World Hospitality has changed name to the Rosewood Hotel Group.
A consortium of existing villa owners have obtained the management rights of the Karma Samui which has been renamed Kanda Residences
The Samui boutique private pool development AquaSamui has won an Asia Pacific Property Award.
Outrigger has appointed Mark Simmons as Vice President Sales and Marketing for Asia Pacific.
Familiar hospitality face Arnaud Girodon has moved from the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam to the Vietnam.
Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket have jointed appointed a new Area Director of Sales and Marketing Heather Cornish.
Jones Lang LaSalle are taking their resort estate management expertise refined in Phuket and targeting Bali for expansion.
Be it a hotel, luxury villas or lifestyle online shopping Wan Issara is continuing to innovate .
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.
Koh Phi Phi's Zeavola resort has launched a new reef watch conservation program named Coral Freedom.
Leading hotel chain Centara is working closely with EarthCheck as part of the groups sustainable tourism policy.
Chinese low-cost airline Spring who will bring three weekly flights to Phuket starting in late June have launched a Facebook Contest.
In recent years we've seen high-value internationally-branded properties, down to small and relatively obscure ones, go under the hammer.
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.
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.
Luxury hotel management group Rosewood have signed deal to manage properties in Bali and Jakarta.
The Outrigger Group have purchased the 181 room Moevenpick Mauritius Resort and Spa from Kingdom Hotel Investments.
Resort operator Outrigger have named Sean Dee as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Asia Pacific and Oceania.
Cape Yamu's Breeze has rolled out a Long Lazy Sundays Brunch over on the east coast.
One of Asia's leading real estate showcases the SMART Property Expo is set to take place June 8th and 9th in Hong Kong.
Renowned Michelin chef David Thompson is onboard for a special dinner at Paresa Resort on Friday June 14th.
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.
Popular Twinpalm's Surin hotspot Catch will have a new double expansion in July.
One of the region's leading upscale travel shows ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) will be held in Shanghai from June 3rd through 6th.
Hotel companies love to meddle in consumer brands in order to increase their niche markets.
Phuket's blackout last night has been reported to be the single largest power disruption in Thailand ever.
The 52 room upscale boutique hotel Manathai Phuket has been put up for sale on a freehold basis.
Hotel branded residences in Asia are capturing the imagination of real estate investors and end users.
Coming down with rock fever? Head north to Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures.
Property news has the 64-story Tanjong Pagar Centre set to be Singapore's tallest building at 290 meters.
Gridlocked capital of Indonesia Jakarta at long last is seeing movement in the city's mass transit metro system.
The former IHG managed Crowne Plaza Panwa is now operating as an independent hotel.
Philippine low-cost airline carrier Cebu Pacific will start direct service between Manila and Phuket August. 16th.
Coming up on May 25th to June 1st is the Koh Samui Regatta.
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.
The date is set for No Vacancy Southeast Asia this coming June 25th.
Thai property developer Raimon Land is undergoing significant changes in the first half of this year.
A recent survey by the Bank of Indonesia showed results that over 92% of respondents want to return to the holiday destination.
Thai-listed developer Raimon Land's Chief Executive Hubert Virot is leaving his post as head of the real estate group.
Not long ago offshore tax havens were buzzing with activity for high net worth individuals around the world.
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.
Not content to just go with the flow and ride the success of Catch Beach Club, Twinpalms is on the move again.
In a bid to stimulate its stressed economy, Greece is offering real estate buyers residence visas.
Regional legacy carrier MAS (Malaysia Airlines) is now part of the global oneworld airline alliance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Financial news in the making has the Japanese government look at legislation which would open up the country to casino gaming.
Thailand's neighbor Lao's is seeing it's aviation industry ramp up.
Singapore based group Pan Pacific have signed a deal for a 550 room, 35 villa Parkroyal branded resort in Bali.
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
A recent Channel News Asia television segment Boomtown Asia checked into the island's environmental, and sustainable tourism sectors.
The innovative Evening Breeze environmental cooling system is gaining global attention in the resort markets and villas.
As part of the advice of hotel tech guru Terence Ronson from Pertlink here is a list of the Don'ts
In our latest installment from hotel tech guru Terence Ronson from Pertlink in Hong Kong the following is a list of IT Do's
With Indonesia reeling in political gyrations over the rollback of the government's fuel subsidy, Bali hoteliers are increasingly concerned over mounting hyperinflation
After their recent opening in Bangkok, the skyrocketing global success story Kidzania has announced a project in Singapore.
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.
The Board of Director's of global hospitality giant ACCOR have voted to terminate the employment of Chairman and CEO Dennis Hennequin.
Best Western's Allamanda Laguna Phuket has named Femke Beekers as General Manager.
Familiar Phuket personality James Mabey has been named by PATA as it's "Face of the Future".
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.
The stage is set for the 1st Annual Indonesia Hospitality and Tourism Investment Conference.
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
Want to know the difference between a vanilla phone and a smartphone?
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.
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.
Top hotel chain Hyatt has come to realize that a way to boost their hospitality pipeline is to take on branded residences.
Marc Steinmeyer's growing Tauzia hospitality group is adding a new brand named Preference.
Lombok's longstanding Mandalika market planned destination resort is again making sounds about signs of development.
Picking up on the news from the Bali Daily ,a headline caught my eye about declining Russian visitors to the Island of the Gods.
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.
The global real estate industry is buzzing of an ultra luxury penthouse which may fetch a record price of US$386 million.
Uber credit agency Fitch Ratings recent upgrade of the Philippines has been a huge moral victory for the often-overlooked South East Asian nation.
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.
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.
In a hotel market gone wild, Pattaya is gearing up for their sixth Centara managed property (this includes their other tier namesakes as well).
Locations in films have often resulted in an accidental tourism surge.
Developers are fast at work on the new Funtasy Island eco retreat located near to Singapore in Indonesia's Riau islands.
Thai chain U and their Absolute Hotel Services entity has sealed a deal for a 180 room property in Pattaya.
From April 14th to 21st motorbike riders from Thailand and abroad will be hitting the island.
Dubai just can't contain it's appetite for OTT (over the top) hotel ideas.
Newly formed Phuket legal firm Hughes Krupica have expanded their services to include arbitration with leading specialist Victor Smith joining as an advisor.
According to ABC News a Lion Air Boeing 737 jet has crashed in Denpasar as the plane overshot the runway.
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.
Thai hospitality group U Hotels & Resorts are again spreading their wings to Bali for the opening of their second Indonesia property.
Hua Him is looking to up it's with Jars Aviation now offering flights from Bangkok's Don Muang.
Starting from a single island property the locally-based Mai Resorts group owned by the Limpanon family now numbers five.
Big events continue to propel brand Phuket and the upcoming Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is gearing up.
This year marks the 3rd installment of the Koh Samui Fine Dining Festival.
Private equity firm RECAP and their SC Capital Partners unit have hired former LaSalle Investment Management executive Andrew Heithersay.
A new property set to create a buzz is the art deco inspired Wave Hotel in Pattaya.
A sign of the new age is Scandinavian Airlines is stopping flights to Thailand after more than six decades.
Spanish hotel chain Melia have opened their first Innside branded property in Asia.
hai chain Centara have signed an agreement to manage the Khao Lak Seaview Resort.
Philippe Starck's trendy hotel venture Mama Shelter has opened their 3rd property in Istanbul.
They came, they spent, they left. That pretty much sums up the great Russian tropical cold war of this the high tourism season.
The once quiet beach area of Nai Thon is increasingly becoming a development target.
Thailand's Anchalika Kijkanakorn is now the first female Chairman of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).
No not Nicholson. My thoughts at the restaurant in Makati turn to the Jolly Green Giant and Jack.
Sitting on my bus (Airbus) that is, heading to Manila from Singapore, I run across an article talking about the Philippines new economic upswing.
Indonesia's Borobudur which is the world 's largest Buddhist temple has teamed with Greenpeace to adopt clean energy.
A grand opening party is being held today for the launch of the all new 255-room Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort.
With tourism booming in the region the cruise sector is looking to gear up.
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
Australian real estate developers have shrewdly targeted Indonesian property buyer back of a visa incentive scheme.
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?
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
While punctuality and Thainess are a bit of a yin and yang proposition, traveling to and from should hopefully be somewhat predictable.
Inland hotel properties in Phuket have had a challenging history.
Koh Samui's Green Island project is gaining momentum with support from the the APEC Energy Working Group.
Global hotel chain Hilton has embarked on a green initiative which offers carbon credits for meetings and events.
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.
Phuket's expatriate work force is curently increasingly in the island limelight.
eading resort Zeavola in Koh Phi Phi have obtained an elite PADI rating of Five Star dive resort.
Growing global children's brand KidZania will open their first Thailand outlet this week in Bangkok.
TripAdvisor's 2013 Traveler's Choice List of the Top 10 Islands in the World has missed out on Phuket.
After opening the Burasari Heritage in Luang Prabang, Lily Udomkunnatum's hotel stable is continuing to grow.
Thai-hospitality chain Sala are set to open a new hotel in Chiang Mai on April 1st.
Global brand Design Hotels have aligned with Absolute World at the new resort and private residences club at The Beach Samui.
Phillips Group has acquired the internet real estate portal www.PhuketProperty.com.
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.
Phuket based Prime Real Estate have won an International Property Award in the Asia Pacific region.
Phuket developer Laguna is reporting over 50% of it's newly launched resort apartments have been reserved since coming to market in December.
Seemingly there are more idiots in the world today that at any other time in the history of mankind.
Asia's other big tourism destination Bali is showing signs of a slow down.
Global hotel chain ACCOR have signed three new hotels in the hot Myanmar marketplace.
The 10th Annual installment of the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) rolls out tomorrow though Sunday.
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.
Media is ablaze today over the monetary crises in Cyprus.
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.
Thai-listed developer Sansiri is continuing their Phuket surge with the new Baan Mai Khao oceanfront condominium project.
Koh Samui's leading luxury resort the Four Seasons now has a 22 meter luxury yacht the Minor Affair.
Tourism players in Central Vietnam have formed a marketing alliance to compete with leading Asian resort destinations such as Bali and Phuket.
We've just completed our 2012 C9 Hotelwork's Koh Samui Hotel Market Update and the upswing in trading is impressive.
Phuket luxury resort Sri Panwa will be sold into a property fund according to documents filed yesterday with the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET).
Sultan of swing Philippe Starck is onboard at a new 12 villa private hotel project called The Stairs in Bali's trendy Seminyak area.
One of this year's most anticipated hotels on the island to open in the design led Naka Phuket.
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.
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.
Making headlines here is AirAsia's announced acquisition of a 49% holding in domestic low-cost carrier Zest Airways.
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.
C9 Hotelworks have released an innovative newYouTube video "Samui Tourism Update 2013" which combines visits to some of the island's leading hotels
Cambodia now has airlift to the Middle East with Qatar Airlines new daily flights via Vietnam's Ho Hi Minh City.
A starting point has to be the 2013 Conde Nast Gold Standard Awards.
The latest casualty is the split between MGM Resorts International and Asian Coast Development at the Ho Tram project.
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.
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. A collection of pre-apocalyptic columns form the pages of South East Asia Property Report
Hong Kong has again implements cooling measures for its red hot real estate market.
Bangkok-based U Hotels and Resorts will open their first property in Phuket next month.
Leading low-cost airline carrier AirAsia is tying up with India's Tata Group for a venture on the sub-continent.
Baan Malinee B & B has won the 2013 Travelers Choice Award as best Thailand Bed and Breakfast.
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.
Indonesia's hotel market is continuing to be one of the most frenzied in the region.
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.
Listed Erawan Group PLC have filed documents with the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) for the set-up of a property fund.
The Singaporean hospitality entity SilverNeedle are partnering with the Sri Lankan firm ABANS group for a mixed use project in Beira Lake Colobomo.
Leading destination resort Laguna Phuket has announced plans for an extensive golf course renovation program starting July 1st.
Come November 9th-10th, Patong is set to play host to the Phuket 2013 Triathlon - ITU Long Distance Series.
The former Dewa Karon Resort has changed names and management.
Timing is everything, and my recent sortie to the Philippines for island hopping was ill advised.
Moving into 2013, the rise of low-cost condo product coming into the island property market looks to be a hangover from last year.
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 GM's at internationally branded properties have shifted location.
Thai Airways affiliate Thai Smile will commence direct flights from Phuket to New Delhi and Mumbai from March 31st.
Swiss hotel chain Moevenpick has signed a deal to manage a 190 room property in Hua Hin.
The upgraded Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort which will debut March 15th has appointed two new chefs.
Thailand property developer Amari Estates have formally launched their new Phuket project featuring hospitality led residences.
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.
In Asia, cooling down heated markets seems to require quite some considerable effort and the results may see domestic investors run from the cold.
TripAdvisor has released their 2013 Travellers Choice tally of best Asian Beaches with Greater Phuket pulling in three awards.
The 2nd Hospitality Investment World (HIW) Indonesia 2013 will take place on March 18-20 at the Pullman Jakarta Central Park.
In an abrupt move last week the government of Sri Lanka has announced a ban on land ownership for foreigners.
Entrepreneur Johnny Skeeper passed away in the UK last week.
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.
Thailand's currency the baht looks set to appreciate throughout 2013.
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.
Bali's hospitality-led residential project Double Six has signed on noted Australian restaurant innovator Robert Marchetti
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
Timing is everything and this week's soiree to the Philippines for island hopping seems ill advised.
Macau's gaming and entertainment offering is attracting an influx of Russian tourists.
Samui's market-wide hotel occupancy grew 9% in 2012, bolstered by growth in airlift to the island.
Dusit International is continuing their international expansion with the announcement of the new dusitD2 Nairobi.
I'm back on the bus, the Airbus that is headed from Singapore to Manila.
Valentines might have come and gone, but here is one for keeping it simple and straightforward the green way.
Sitting at the JW Marriott in Khao Lak on a lovely sunny Sunday, the fresh air is intoxicating.
Real estate folks always love new terms to describe what often becomes a same same mash-up.
Popular low-cost airline carrier AirAsia have initiated an ASEAN Reef Check Team in order to assist in preserving underwater marine life.
Worldwide chain Best Western have signed a 125 room resort in Khao Lak.
I come from another planet. One which is absolutely pedantic, startlingly interior and shamelessly derivative. Welcome to the Willy's Wonky World of Hoteldom.
Desmond Hughes has separated from the Limcharoen Hughes and Glanville after 10 years operating and managing the practices across Asia
The international law firm formerly operating under the name Limcharoen Hughes & Glanville has nowrebranded to Limcharoen.
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
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.
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.
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.
Thailand's Minor Hotel Group is continuing it's expansion drive with the acquisition last week of the Life Resorts Group in Vietnam.
As with world becomes a more cost conscious place legacy airlines are now exception to cost cutting.
Singapore is again leading the pack in terms of long-term infrastructure with the announcement of two new MRT lines in the planning phase.
Shopping therapy: Tourists seem as interested in a shopping spree as they are in the beach.
The joint venture deal between Thailand's boutique resort chain Soneva and Aitkin Spence in Sri Lanka is dead in the water.
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.
Leading boutique hotel brand Alila has launched a luxury sailing Phinisi vessel the Purnama in Indonesia.
An American coffee titan's maiden voyage to Vietnam looks to be hotly contested.
Dusit has signed a deal to manage a new 79 room hotel in Khao Yai under their D2 brand.
Veteran hotelier Neil Jacobs has been appointed as CEO of the Six Senses Hotels Resort and Spas Group.
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.
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.
Global hotel chain has inked a deal with Thailand's TCC Hotel Group for seven properties countrywide.
Innovative twinpalms will be opening a new Japanese outlet at its Bake eatery near Laguna Phuket.
Remember the telex machine? The bedside control panel? When was the last time you used a hotel room telephone to call outside?
Tempers flared at Bangtao Beach last week over alleged Russian-controlled businesses staking a claim in the lucrative tourism market.
Thai-based listed real estate firm Nusasiri is looking at diversifying development risk in their mega property offering called The Grand Kingdom.
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.
The eastern seaboard property market is heating up with the development of the Cartoon Network's first Asian theme park.
They did pave paradise - but in many cases forgot to put up the parking lot.
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.
The revitalized Bay Regatta in Greater Phuket starts today and runs through February 3rd.
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.
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.
Luxury resort Paresa will open an upscale beach club in Surin called Zazada.
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.
Celebrity chef and travel channel personality Anthony Bourdain continues to be draw my interest with his dark humor and passionate pursuits.
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.
Legendary New York hotel the Waldorf Astoria made headlines recently when it offered a unique amnesty program to guests to return stolen items.
The Centara Grand West Sands Phuket is targeting family business with packages that include accommodation and entry to the water park Splash Jungle.
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
Thailand's next door neighbor Cambodia is trying hard to tap into the mainstream tourism sector.
After its well documented sub-prime catastrophic meltdown, the US housing market is seeing a staged sign of recovery.
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.
Asia's Film Festival's are growing, with last year's Luang Prabang event drawing a strong crowd.
Opened late last year the residential styled urban hotel retreat Twelve at Hengshan in Shanghai already has a number of fans.
Yangon's second aviation gateway the Hanthawaddy International Airport looks set to finally start work this year.
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.
One of Bangkok's longest established tourist attractions Siam City Park is looking to cash in on the current trend of mass tourism.
I'm in South East Asia's boomtown and am being held hostage.
It's a bird. It's a plane. No wait it's Phuket from high up above.
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.
At last Phuket will get it's Convention Center, though it's not going to be the government sponsored project in Mai Khao.
Bali's Villa rental market is showing signs of adapting to a broader demographic.
My plane is about to touch down in Jakarta and this looks to be a busy week.
Thailand's Tourism Ministry hopes to implement a THB50 million emergency fund to assist injured visitors to the country by the beginning of February.
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.
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.
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.
I was in Samui last week checking out hotel and tourism developments and must say things are going well for the island destination.
Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts are rapidly developing their brand in cities around the region.
The resort destination of Samui will be joining Phuket and Pattaya, with a new Central shopping mall under development.
A Samui condo project developer is putting their money up front before selling.
Investors are closely looking at property prices in Myanmar with a mix of interest and amazement.
Opening shortly will be the brand new KC Beach Club, Hotel and Pool Villas.
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.
I believe Chinese zodiac signs went out sometime in the 1970s, though clearly citizens of Sedona and Byron Bay didn't get the memo.
On February 26th to 28th the Myanmar Hospitality & Tourism Conference will take place.
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.
Familiar Phuket hospitality face Dominique Ronge was recently appointed as General Manager of the Centara Grand Resort and Spa Pattaya.
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 continues to target more foreigners who want to live or work in the country.
A new island website is tapping into the niche kids market.
One of the major Thai-listed real estate investors into the Phuket property sector Land & Houses are seeing their development footprint creep north.
When I lived and worked in the corporate rule, one of the true signs of executive prowess was the ability to read upside down.
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
One of Myanmar's largest real estate developments has seen a purchase an ownership stake in a prime Yangon 10 acre parcel
Bail will host the First Annual Indonesia Hotel Investment Conference on February 1st at the brand new Sheraton Kuta Resort.
Leading destination resort Laguna Phuket has signed a deal for a Challenge half Ironman on December 1st.
Bali's Big Tree Farms global headquarters is housed in what they term sustainable bamboo.
This year's annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2013 will be held in Vientiane Laos.
Over the past 10 years, one recurring storyline continues to be those seeking out cheap deals. That, and those Nigerian lottery emails.
Luxury estate Malaiwana is bringing their third and final phase to the market with the new luxury Residences.
In nearby Langkawi, the Datai Resort has added 14 new beach villas to its inventory.
Hotel chain Outrigger has appointed Selina Chan as the new Director of Sales and Marketing for their Asian flagship property in Phuket.
The up, down and sideways saga of the mega New Year's Eve Sydictive Element event is set to wind down in Patong.
Phuket's property sector is seeing as rise in new products, and one we are closely watching is the new Amari Residences in Patong.
Starwood's Luxury Collection will see their Vana Belle resort open in Samui next month.
I am without a doubt a derelict dad. Just call me DD for short.
Artist Andy Warhol was one of the first creative types to embrace a collaborative ongoing lab with his Factory creating a global legacy.
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.
With a core offering of Banyan Tree and next Angsana, KP Ho is about to launch a third brand.
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).
Asia's rising real estate star remains the Philippines and its celebrity driven sector is booming.
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.
Media reports are spreading over a proposed new bill in Indonesia for submission to the parliament body next year.
Over the past few years clearly Hyatt is not content to be a one-trick pony in Bangkok.
No doubt a harsh statement but talking to property firms and developers the Vietnam property sector continues to flounder at rock bottom.
Business mogul Richard Branson is set to get all girled up in a skirt after losing a bet to AirAsia's Tony Fernandez.
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.
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.
Phuket's holiday season is set to feature the Smart Property & Lifestyle Expo at Royal Phuket Marina next week.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
While Asia's prolonged real estate winning streak spirals upwards, one sure sign of maturity is the drift into specialty products.
Tomorrow is the opening of the 276 room Holiday Inn Express Patong Beach Central.
Somehow the Mayan's and the rock band REM managed to cross wires as we roar into 2013.
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.
One of Thailand's leading hospitality stories we are watching is the rise of the Red Plane Tune Hotels partnership.
One of the world's largest hotel chains InterContinental have announced a 240 key property in Rawai Phuket.
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.
Boat Avenue's next phase of development has the new "b mall" featuring 16 retail shops and a much anticipated Villa Market.
With Bali (and Phuket) overflowing with tourists the development of outlaying islands continues to be a hot topic.
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)
Paresa resort on Kamala's Millionaires Mile is upping the luxury ante with its managed offering of the Villa Wang Namjai.
Bali's hotel pipeline just keeps growing with the announcement of the signing of a 170 key Fairmont and 80 villa Raffles.
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.
Growing concern over the clearly apparent effects of global warming has the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati on the lookout for new digs.
International trends have seen a surge in urban mobile food trucks and nature based tented camps.
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.
The island has a new niche hospitality property with the recent debut of the 77-room Sports Hotel at Thanyapura north of Thalang.
A high-profile documentary titled "Tapped" has created a strong dialogue about the increasing use of bottled water in our society.
If you think things are bad at Phuket's International Airport, take a step back and look at the leading resort destination the Maldives.
The second fastest growing economy in Asia and a stable political environment are combining to fuel
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.
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.
Bali has one. So does nearby Samui. Singapore. Hong Kong. Even Bangkok.
Sitting in the US there is much chatter about the potential for a new niche - marijuana travel.
Fatigued travellers stumble through Dubai Airport's international terminal as it bustles with passengers looking to catch their connecting flights at 3am.
Leading Phuket developer Laguna Phuket has put 10 new properties into the market.
The opening today of the 203 room Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort marks the fifth property on the Island of the Gods for Starwood.
Media reports have confirmed that power has been restored to the resort island of Samui after massive blackout disrupted electricity for three days.
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's much anticipated W Hotel is set to open today.
Thailand's Centara hospitality group has rolled out a new low-cost brand called COSI.
Positive investor sentiment and a bullish Indonesia economy are spurring residential rental rates in Jakarta by as much as 15% over 2011.
The ongoing trials and tribulations of the Pakoh Hotel Co., Ltd. who own the Six Senses Yao Noi has continued to attract unwanted attention.
Tri Property the group behind the sold out condo project near Laguna Phuket is launching a second project.
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.
Patong's Graceland hotel has opened its new Sunset Wing extension with 140 new guest rooms.
Hyatt International has signed a third hotel in Bangkok which will be a 300 key property.
Leading Thai hotel brand Dusit International have sealed a management deal for a 402 room hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Villains, tycoons, bad guys, and all around ultra entrepreneurs, the world has a love-hate relationship with the men (and women) at the top.
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 continues to see red with the announcement that AirAsia will kick off flights between the island and Shanghai from February 21st next year.
A worldwide rave up which has been transfixed by flashmob's and Instagram is now being attracted to pop up hotels.
Listed Indonesian development company PT Surya Semesta Internusa are set to invest in 35 new budget hotels in the country.
You won't find kid's clubs, playground's or children's activities at the Akyra Chura Resort in Samui.
In the news from Bali is a story about shrinking occupancy in the villa rental sector.
Marc Steinmeyer's Indonesian-based Tauzia hotel group recently unveiled it's new Yello brand.
Gravity: It holds buildings down but doesn't stop real estate from going through the roof.
The month of December will usher in the start of direct flights from Dubai by top airline carrier Emirates.
The new Tune Patong is gearing up for a January 3rd launch by offering hotel rooms for THB399 from November 26th.
India's largest vacation ownership company Mahindra Holidays and Resorts have acquired a 49% stake in a 77-key Bangkok hotel.
Luxury chain Raffles Hotels & Resorts has appointed Peter French as President as of the beginning of January.
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.
News out of Bangkok's Golden Tulip South East Asia development office is that four new deals have been inked in Bali.
Thai chain Dusit International has signed a management contract for a 417-room hotel in Guam.
Starwood's Luxury Collection will open its long delayed Vana Belle Resort in Samui this coming January.
A legal action in Singapore has allowed the Australian StayWell group to retain use of the hotel name Park Regis in the city state.
Get your back off the wall: Many people here in Phuket live the life of a lost wallflower.
A 102-year-old building at the intersection of Phuket Road and Phang Nga Road will house a heritage Baba Museum.
In an attempt to cool off skyrocketing property prices, Hong Kong has instituted a 15% stamp duty on non-resident purchasers.
Leading Thai hotel chain Dusit continue to push an overseas expansion program with the opening of their 100-unit property on Mudhdhoo Island.
Singapore's SilverNeedle Hospitality have launched a new white label collection of non-branded properties.
Thailand's Anantara group have split off a portion of their Sathorn Bangkok property into an Oaks branded serviced apartment.
'm not sure what it feels like to have a heart attack but last Friday was a close call.
Here goes another installment by hospitality guru Terence Ronson of Pertlink -
AMCHAM will hold a forum titled "Doing Business in Thailand - 3 Things You Should Know" on Thursday November 29th at Royal Phuket Marina.
The Phuket Gazette has reported that island-based website HotelTravel.com has been sold for USD25 million.
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.
Here is one key metric for those marketing genius's out there.
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.
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 group Panorama Hospitality Management are aggressively moving into the two and three star market with a strategic push.
Cape Panwa Hotel has appointed Sebastian Flickhinger to the post of General Manager.
Thai hotel chain Anantara has appointed Viktoria Riley as Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing for their two Phuket properties.
The new Pullman Arcadia Phuket Naithon Beach has announced the opening date has been moved back to February 1st.
C9 Hotelworks's Bill Barnett will be speaking at next weeks Asia Pacific Real Estate Investment Summit in Makati Philippines on November 14th.
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.
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.
Low-cost carrier AirAsia has commenced direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and the resort island of Lombok in Indonesi
Yingluck Shinawatra's Cabinet effectively killed off the THB2.6 billion project with little explanation as to the reasons behind the move.
International chain Golden Tulip will brand and operate a 200 unit hotel and mixed use condominium project in Pattaya.
Foreign Investors Back In Phuket
At long last the Villa Market which is popular with expats, will be opening up North in the Laguna area next April.
Asia's current hot spot Myanmar will host the upcoming Hospitality and Tourism Conference 2013 from February 26th to 28th.
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,
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 Hotel Investments have divested their soon to open luxury Fairmont Hotel and Raffles Suites and Residences in Makati Manila.
High profile chic Surin Beach is set to welcome the Diamond Beach Club next month.
From November 3rd the Phi Phi Island Resort will be renamed under the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Group.
The Elixer Resort on Koh Yao Yai island in Phang Nga Bay has been branded by Zinc Invision Hospitality as a Glow.
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.
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.
Leading man Jason Nuell of Mai Khao's Renaissance resort has been named top global General Manager for the chain.
Latter day Asia's property boom has continued unimpeded like some fast talking amped up sales pitch which is sucking on helium balloons.
Popular Full Moon Party island Koh Phangan is in the news with the announcement that a new airport is underway.
Thailand hospitality group Onyx has inked a deal for a 170 room Ozo branded property on the Eastern Seaboard in Pattaya.
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.
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.
The Siam Beach Club in Nai Yang has opened up for business.
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.
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.
Ultra sports continue to be all the rage these days and extreme running events are popping up all over Thailand.
Doom and Gloom: Phuketians need to understand that tourism should be diversified.
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.
Thailand's property market continues to grow higher in the development cycle and projects are increasingly looking for ways to differentiate their projects.
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.
The THA (Thai Hotels Association) will go live with an online booking site this November.
The paparazzi are expected to come out for a mega Sydictive Element New Year's Eve Party on Surin Beach.
Leading Thai listed property development firm Raimon Land have signaled a potential red flag for buyers in the surging Pattaya property sector.
For Thailand's Centara Hotels and Resorts, the branding strategy remains entrenched in Plan C.
Asia Pacific is now home to the largest catchment of high-net-worth-individuals (HNWI).
A vibrant real estate scene has not only lured Donald Trump to offer up his residential brand but even Paris Hilton.
A massive destination tourism project called Million Island on Koh Lan across from Pattaya is garnering a high level of interest in development circles.
I'm not usually one for red carpet events but last Saturday's Thailand Property Awards in Bangkok was not one to miss.
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.
Thai hospitality group Dusit Thai International is looking to duplicate the overseas expansion success of other chains such as Minor, Centara and Onyx.
This year's annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous has found at new sponsored home at Laguna Phuket's Angsana Resort and Xana Beach Club.
Phuket real estate developments were on show at Saturday's annual Thailand Property Awards ceremony.
SilverNeedle which is part of the Nadathur Group has acquired the historic Chifley at Lennons Hotel in Brisbane Australia.
Luxury boutique hotel operator GHM have inked a deal for a new 100 villa resort on an lsland nearby popular tourist destination Bali.
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.
I've recently been viewing island photos from Helicam's Above Phuket website.
Crouching tiger, hidden Bill: Airplane travel nowadays can feel like an assault on the senses.
A dispute between property buyers and the developer over unpaid rental revenue at the Nexus Residence in Kota Kinabalu is gaining overseas media attention.
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.
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.
Cashed up property developers from Thailand are continuing to push their investment horizon into the international arena.
The lack of electricity on outlaying islands close to the bustling tourism and economic hub of Phuket appears to be inexplicable.
Legacy carrier Thai Airlines is struggling to keep pace with the influx of bold and beautiful new low-cost airline carriers.
It's hard to trace back exactly how Phuket came onto the global stage as a leading beach destination.
Laureate Hospitality Education has launched a global only design competition for a virtual 5 Star hotel.
Thai Airways International's offshoot Thai Smile will take over the existing TG routes between Bangkok to Krabi and Surat Thani.
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.
As Thailand's middle class continues to emerge with significant buying power, government and private sector consumer action mechanisms are becoming more vocal.
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.
Recently the Nation ran an article about the booming THB10 billion development stream of new condominium projects.
The much anticipated opening of the Legoland Malaysia has now ushered in what looks to be a boom time for themed amusement parks.
Over the past decade Phuket in Thailand has set the gold standard for South East Asia's booming luxury real estate sector.
Bangkok now plays host to the first Thailand urban beach club - Flow House.
Malaysia's trend setting mega master planned Iskandar is making green waves around the region.
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.
It's the year 2012 and needless to say our techo-culture never hangs out on the doorstep for long.
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".
At last the cat is out of the bag and the luxury Rosewood Resort on Phuket's Patong Headland has been formally announced.
Myanmar continues to be the darling of the emerging market storyline this year.
Asia's airspace is continuing to create a rapture of economic and commercial activity.
Kevin Furrer has been appointed as General Manager of the Swissotel Phuket in Kamala.
Total passenger arrivals at Phuket International Airport are up 12% for the first eight months of the year versus the same period is 2011.
The long awaited opening of the Regent Phuket Cape Panwa which was to have opened at the beginning of October has been set back.
I'm in Bali and word in from Thai AirAsia is that the Phuket to Bali direct flight have been discontinued effective October 1st.
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.
Phuket's current spate of tourism success has much to do about a sustained pattern of steadily increasing airlift.
Zinc InVision's new Glow Pratunam which recently opened in Bangkok has created a wave of interest for the brand.
The annual PIMEX (Phuket International Boat Show) has announced 2013's event dates as March 21st-24th.
I've recently returned from a trip up country to Cha Am, out for an adventure that took me to another roadside attraction.
The new Senses Resort Patong will open this December with 116 keys.
The upgraded Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort is set to reopen at the beginning of April 2013.
Thailand hospitality group Sala Resorts and Spas have elevated Brian Moodie to the position of Chief Operating Officer.
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.
Red Planet Hotels have opened their new 130 room Tune Hotel Asoke, Bangkok.
Thailand's publically listed firm BTS has announced the sale through a affiliate of a massive 455 rai greenfield development site in Phuket Thailand.
We aren't quite sure if the current National Park land encroachment dispute should be called Damn Wrong or Damn Right!
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.
This year's Samui Island Marathon 2012 will take place on Sunday September 23rd.
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.
Over the past few weeks a relatively new property in Singapore is getting repeat mentions in my own industry grapevine circle.
Sunday morning often brings a decided blur to the tropical island landscape outside my window in Phuket.
A member of management at the Angsana resort at Laguna Phuket died early this morning in a highway accident.
The Philippines real estate industry's romance with mogul Donald Trump looks set to be taken up a notch.
A tourism piece in TTG Asia caught my attention talking about how Scandinavian visitors to Thailand perceived hospitality standards to be declining.
Leading Dubai-based luxury hotel chain Jumeirah has signed a deal for a new hotel in Bali.
BYD Lofts in Parong has appointed Femke Beekers as General Manager.
A luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotel is being planned as part of Bangkok's Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard mixed-use development.
Yes it's that time of year and one of the island's hottest events - the Twinpalms Anniversary party.
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.
Last week I headed up to the hills north of Bangkok, on a fasttracked, two-and-a-half-hour ride from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
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.
Now the Philippines highest profile developer Ayala Land have announced plans for a third business district.
Angsana Resort at Laguna Phuket is offering a special rate on their 32 private pool residences until the end of October.
This year's AOCAP 2012 (Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific) will be held in Hong Kong from 8th to 9th.
Le Meriden Khao Lak recently added 13 new upscale pool villas located adjacent to the resort.
C9 Hotelworks has released their 2012 Mid-Year Hotel Market Update.
Let the battle of Thailand's resort destinations begin.
Phuket is about to get another new sporting event Absolute Phuket ITU LD World Series Triathlon 2013 set for next May 4th and 5th.
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.
The Park Hyatt Bangkok which will open in 2014 is targeting the spot as the city's best hotel.
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.
The Department of Natonal Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has reportedly filed police cases of encoarchment against 4 prominent coastal properties .
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.
Thailand is continuing to see China as its fastest growing travel market.
Global hotel chain ACCOR which registered a net loss of over half a billion Euros last week, is predicting a return to the black.
One of our favorite hideaway spots in Koh Samui is the Magic Alembic Rum Distillery.
Over the years, leading destination resort Laguna Phuket has been an increasingly familiar brand name on the island.
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.
Ultimately the realization has hit home that all of us seem to be stuck in the same crowded lifeboat.
Indonesian airline carrier Mandala has rolled out direct flights between Jakarta and Bangkok back of rising demand.
Getting old sucks. It's not unlike being stuck for hours in an elevator with an endless loop of Katie Perry songs.
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.
New Zealand native Chris Adams has been appointed General Manager of the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas.
British Airways is the latest to jump on the growing Sri Lanka emerging success story, with a return to the destination after 15 years.
The recently opened 190 room Kalima Resort & Spa in Kalim is the latest push outwards by the Greater Patong growth spurt.
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.
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.
Thailand's art scene has been bolstered by the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art(MOCA) in Bangkok.
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.
Mounting losses at legacy carrier Thai Airways International have forced it to put plans for a budget airline on the shelf.
Director-General Damrong Phidet of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is having a busy August.
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.
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.
Familiar island hospitalty face Laddawan Somniyam has been promoted to Regional Director of Sales for Southern Thailand by Centara Hotels and Resorts.
ACCOR has announced plans to offer free internet at all of their properties in Asia Pacific by the end of the year.
The CEO of leading hotel operator Carlson Herbert Joly has resigned unexpectedly according to the online news at Hotels Magazine.
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.
Successful projects in Bangkok and Pattaya is spurring listed property firm Raimon Land back into profit after stacking up losses the past few years.
Plans for a new aviation gateway named Hanthawaddy International Airport in Myanmar has been announced.
Starwood's Westin brand is introducing new green oasis type lobbies for their hotel properties.
To mark its 45th anniversary Thai carrier Bangkok Airways is holding a logo design contest.
Think about it: Some real estate ideas are just plain crazy.
Leading Eastern Seaboard medical facility Bangkok Hospital Pattaya is undergoing a THB220 million expansion according to the Nation newspaper.
Phuket has seen a surge in airport passenger arrivals with 2.32 million for this period January to June.
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.
A recent news piece in the Bangkok Post caught my eye, which cited government data in Taiwan that 17% of locals bought property overseas
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.
The resort destination of Phuket will be getting a second upscale Anantara branded property in September 2013.
Thailand's Cabinet has deferred a VAT (value- added-tax) increase from the present 7% for two more years.
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.
The Quiksilver Open Phuket Thailand 2012 is set to run from September 12-15 in Patong.
This year's FHT 2012 (Food and Hotel Thailand is expanding with a move to the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre.
Phuket's tropical Asian beach destination counterpart, Bali, is hitting some high notes as of late.
Neighboring Myanmar is expecting to eclipse the 1 million-visitor mark this year.
The built it. They came. But there are mounting questions about the financial benefits to London from the 2012 Olympics.
For most there is little doubt about the proof of rising sea levels and increasing heat waves as an impact from global warming.
One of the leading trends in home gardens is the increasing popularity of hydroponic gardening.
Thailand's Onyx Hospitality is pushing up expansion plans for their select service brand Ozo.
Leading low-cost airline carrier Thai AirAsia will commence services to Mandalay from Bangkok starting October 4th.
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.
Bali's luxury private hotel The edge has upped the resort island's culinary game with a "no menu" offering.
Leading carrier Emirates will operate daily fights between Phuket and Dubai as of December 10th this year.
Seeing Red: Employee laziness makes some people angry, very angry.
Phuket based property agency Siam Real Estate has completed a makeover of this digital online site.
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.
Holding court in the local beverage house a few days ago, bar talk turned to the subject of free-falling European economies.
The Greater Phuket AMCHAM Chapter and SEEK will hold a Green Tourism Seminar on Friday August 24th at the Holiday Inn Patong.
An upgrade to Pakse's airport in nearby Laos is being funded by the Thai government.
Myanmar's World War II historical landmark 'death railway' will be restored.
Zinc InVision's Glow brand continues to expand with the signing of a 4th property in Bangkok.
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.
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.
Nevius Glussi has been named Corporate Development Director for New World Hospitality based in Hong Kong.
This year's installment of Economy Hotels World Asia will be held from September 10th to 12th in Singapore
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.
One local chain to watch in Phuket is Avista who will open their second branded property on the island later this year.
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.
In Asia's booming destinations, all that glitters may be gold, but it certainly isn't green.
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.
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.
Former Managing Director of Laguna Phuket Michael Ayling has formed a new property advisory firm NuoBello.
China property developers simply love recreating global landmarks in scaled down versions on the mainland.
Ground control: Recent inspections on Nai Thon beach highlighted land title problems.
Everyone loves a road trip and the recent blaze of interest in Myanmar's tourism and business potential has sprouted wheels rather than wings.
One of the key economic indicators to Philippine GDP remains cash inflows from overseas workers.
Listed Thai property firm Hemaraj have acquired a 228-rai site on Koh Lan Island just off of Pattaya.
The much-anticipated launch of AirAsia in August is expected to turn domestic travel in the country on its head.
The Thai government is continuing its transportation initiative for a high-speed rail link between Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
Singapore Airlines upstart carrier Scoot is offering iPads on long haul flights in a move set to save fuel costs.
One of Samui's most respected hoteliers Michael Holehouse is set to retire this month.
Leading project management and quantity survey firm Davis Langdon Seah (DLS) have changed their name to Langdon Seah.
Only in Laguna: Laguna Phuket was one of the first resorts to start using air conditioned buses for its staff.
A new 198 unit low-cost condo project has been launched near the entrance of Laguna Phuket.
In a continued strategic reinforcement of its position as a leader in international services sector, Singapore is wooing overseas law firms.
As a result of lower than expected demand, AirAsia has reduced their daily fights between Bangkok and Colombo to three days a week.
Thailand's Department of Civil Aviation is reportedly studying the feasibility of a THB1 billion new airport in Don Sak, which would serve Samui.
Property developer Raimon Land has taken on an outside new share placement equal to 9% of the company from Thai institutional invesors.
Global online travel business Cheap Tickets has gone hyperlocal with a Thailand based website www.cheaptickets.co.th.
Vietnam remains paradoxically both the land of promise and equally disappointing for foreign investors.
The Lion City has opened a second cruise terminal to cope with increasing demand.
If this is not a sign of the times, then clearly the stodgy mindset of traditional airline carries is doomed.
A joint venture between a Thai and Scandinavian group is developing a 220 million baht community mall in Ao Makham near to Cape Panwa.
There is little doubt that the effect Allan Zeman has had on Phuket remains great bedside reading for the success-oriented.
News agency AFP has reported that Latvian airline AirBaltic has launched a service called "seat buddy."
Heli Thai is offering special 30 minute tours of Phuket Island or Phang Nga Bay.
AirAsia has made a bold business decision in creating a regional operating base in Jakarta Indonesia.
Thailand's controversial Elite card continues to hang on life support from the government.
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts have appointed Mark Landgraf as General Manager of the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and Spa.
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.
Leading regional travel provider Khiri Travel have opened an office in Phuket.
Centara Hotels and Resorts have signed an agreement with developer PDTS Co. Ltd. to manage the 55 room Coconut Villa Resort & Spa.
Canadian property developer Edward "Ed" Powis has passed away in Phnom Penh Cambodia according to his family.
Forget that terrible phrase 'global' which sounds awkward and not unlike a strange medicine, which is, good for you but tastes terrible.
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.
Global French hotel chain ACCOR will see the 277 key Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach open this coming November.
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.
So you have the shopping bag or perhaps the umbrella, but now you will be able to actually stay in a Harrods hotel.
Leading Thai hospitality chain Dusit International recently appointed David Shackleton as COO.
One the architectures leading creative forces Frank Gehry has hit Asia's shores with the high profile Hong Kong development Opus.
In collaboration between Qantas and China Easter Airlines, the low-cost carrier Jetstar will launch a Hong Kong operation next year.
Wonder if Phuket still has the drawing power for the rich and famous of the ultra villa set?
One of the world's busiest airports, Hong Kong International Airport is looking to expand capacity with a 3rd runway.
News just in has a new start-up airline looking to offer direct flights between Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports.
One of this year's best tourism initiatives is The Phuket News children's colouring book.
First came Malaysia Airlines first baby ban in first class.
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.
International chain Starwood hotels are focusing on developing more tech innovations with their Radio Frequency Identification system.
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.
Just when you thought things couldn't get any better for the Lion City, in comes the new W Singapore Sentosa Cove.
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.
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.
Thailand's Destination Properties have put up a 18 hole championship golf course and 223 room resort for sale in Sri Racha, Chonburi.
Great news for Apple fans as the company has now launched an Asia-wide iTunes store.
The iconic entertainment venue Double-Six in Seminyak is being reborn into a chic new hotel development.
Global hotel chain Hilton continues to diversify their chain scale offerings.
Regional serviced apartment group Fraser Hospitality is moving closer to the hotel sector with the debut of a new brand Capri.
One of the fastest growing groups in the region Anantara have taken this vacation ownership group on the road, with an expansion to Bali.
Vacation ownership brand Absolute World has promoted Mike Hall to the position of Managing Director Asia Pacific.
Phuket personality and yachting mainstay Rolly Tasker has passed away at the age of 86.
Thursday evening's blackout of the control tower at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok has created a stir amongst the transportation sector.
Cherngtalay's DeDos restaurant has reopened after an upgrading project.
Listed development firm Sansiri is continuing its aggressive development drive in Phuket with the new 311 unit condominium project called the BASE Downtown.
raveling around the region one of my absolute go to places to dine, drink or chill out is Mama San in Bali.
Anyone who has visited an airport recently can't help but have "Now everyone can fly" etched into their memory-scape.
One of Bangkok's leading boutique hotels, the Eugenia is now managed by Compass Hospitality.
Billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle has bought one of the Hawaiian islands.
Last night's murder of an Australian tourist in the popular Kata beach area has created widespread concern over rising crime in Phuket.
Thailand chain Absolute Hotel Services have inked a deal for a new hotel in Sapa, Vietnam.
Thailand's Koh Samet island is tackling the growing problem of garbage head on.
Breakfast in South Asia is always a pleasure, as there is always a morning paper to look forward to.
This years PATA Travel Mart (PTM) is scheduled for Manila Philippines from September 25th to 28th
Today the Thai Cabinet approved plans to reactive plans to reactivate Don Mueang Airport for mainly low-cost airline carrier use.
While Bangkok is flush with swank urban shopping malls with the gauntlet of retail running all the way to the earthy Chatuchak market.
ubosh Barta has been named General Manager of Koh Samui's luxury Four Seasons Resort.
Researchers in France have come up with an innovative way to reduce plastic food packaging.
Centara Hotels & Resorts will open two properties in the emerging tourism destination of Sri Lanka.
Traveling to Sri Lanka is always a bit like turning back the pages of Asia some 25 years.
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.
Social media circles are buzzing over the current Monocle magazine's Brand Thailand survey.
According to a report by leading authorities IATA and PATA New Delhi's Gandhi International Airport has the highest airport charges in the world.
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
As we all know, the world around us is revolving on a teeter totter at the moment and certainly things could be much worse.
In what is purportedly Phuket's oldest hotel, the On On has closed down for an upgrade.
The Bangtao private residence project Club Lersuang will change name to Baan Puri starting July 1st.
Arrivals at Phuket International Airport have increased 11% year-on -year for the period of January though the end of May 2012.
Japan's Okura hospitality brand has opened their first Thailand property in Bangkok.
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.
It's monsoon season in Phuket and this year the weather has ravaged the coastline like some sort of turbocharged sand-eating killer shark.
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.
Hospitality site Hotels.com has released the Club Sandwich Index (CSI) which ranks top cities around the world.
Thailand's popular Eastern Seaboard resort destination Pattaya is on track to accommodate over 8 million hotel guests in 2012
Westin Siray Bay Resort has a new General Manager, German national Thomas Mueller.
Fast growing chain Aston is set to bring on a new upscale brand called Alana to the Indonesian market.
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.
In the current day and age of the celebrity chef Mario Batali is continuing to export his gastronomic brand to Asia.
What is it about the very word Pattaya that causes such a catechism of shame and discomfort?
The longstanding stalemate between the Laguna Beach Resort and vendors in front of the property has been resolved.
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.
The latest international chain to try to tap into their inner Zen is Moevenpick who have launched a country specific brand Rui Xiang.
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.
In a continuing crackdown over building infringements by resorts and restaurants on beach areas in Indonesia's premier tourism destination,
The Thai developer behind a chain of Premium Outlet Malls throughout the country has opened a new expanded amusement concept in Cha-Am.
Phuket and Bali's parallel success stories have taken a somewhat different course over the past few years.
Ground has been broken on the boutique Mandalay Beach Villas on Laem Noi Beach in Samui.
It wasn't that long ago that a strong appreciating Thai baht was causing concerns in many of the country's business circles.
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.
Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, out comes Google Street View for Phuket.
I'm sitting on a flight back from Bali and catching up in the news about the Bali and Beyond initiative.
A familiar face to Phuket, Abid Butt has been named as CEO of Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts.
The prolonged saga in a graft and corruption scandal has hit Sun Hung Kai Properties looks to have no end in sight.
One of the leading trends in lighting is the shift to LED (light emitting diode) solutions.
Over the past few weeks an increasingly glaring spotlight is on Asia after volatility has hit regional currencies and the major stock markets.
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?
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.
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.
A relevant upcoming event in Bangkok will offer a full day seminar titled "ICC Arbitration & ADR - Focus on Thailand."
Real Estate may be booming in Asia, but where are the charismatic property personalities to glamourise the industry?
In an effort to spur FDI (foreign direct investment) the Industrial Estate Authority will reportedly establish four new industrial estates.
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.
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
Malaysia's Desaru is being hailed by some as the next great mega destination resort for the region.
Arrivals at Phuket International Airport (PIA) for the first four months of 2012 are up 11% over the same period last year.
Thailand's very own version of Bates Motel, the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai has been shuttered.
Benedikt De Bellis has joined Twinpalms ultra successful Catch Beach Club at Surin Beach.
This month has seen the launch on May 1st of Waterbom Bali's new Funtastic Aqua Playland.
The long delayed 345 room Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Bangkok has opened.
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.
Between night and day, cheap and extortionate, the Ghost of Gatsby beckons.
Twinpalms Management will be stepping away from the Baan Yamu project on the Phuket east coast as of July 1st.
This week Sansiri announced the 806 unit dcondo Creek featuring 806 units will go on sale from June 1st to 3rd.
This coming November 7th to 9th will see Hong Kong's leading regional property show MIPM Asia.
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.
The dismissal of over 400 staff at the Evason Resort Phuket and Bon Island Resort has triggered concern in the island's hospitality sector.
As the island's hospitality industry continues to only move upwards, a growing support sector is being created here locally.
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.
Bali's famed Ayana Resort (formerly Ritz-Carlton) is bringing luxury suites to the property.
Supalai [email protected] City has launched 504 condo units, priced under THB2 million baht, near to Central Festival.
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.
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.
This year's edition of the Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) 2012 will take place in Chiang Rai.
I'm sitting in the budget terminal in Kuala Lumpur waiting for my flight to Jakarta.
After Phuket's recent tsunami and earthquake scares, environmental organization SEEK have arranged Business Continuity Management for Crisis Situations seminar.
Think Design Magazine's series of art dinners continues this week with an event at Bliss Beach Club in Bangtao.
One of the newer offerings is the Churassco Steak House which opened in January of this year.
Global lifestyle brand Nikki Beach has teamed up with Singapore's Castlewood Group on a new Phuket development.
A much needed train link between the city and Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is underway.
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.
This year's No Vacancy South East Asia hospitality conference has been set for the Banyan Tree Bangkok on June 26th.
Thailand's other resort island destination Samui will host the upcoming Regatta from May 26th to June 2nd.
Now Phuket's two luxury icons - villas and hotel are merging into a single product - The Private Villa Hotel.
Southeast Asia's largest economy Indonesia continues to skyrocket.
Leading industry publication Hotels Magazine has launched a new Social Hotels Awards event.
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.
Early widespread media reports that Bangkok's Swissotel Le Concorde was on fire, turned out to be erroneous.
As the island continues to grow as an education hub in the region, the Kajonkiet School international program is continuing to gain momentum.
More and more Americans are changing citizenship and taking up residency overseas according to media source Bloomberg.
Word comes on the news buzz that upscale budget chain Yotel are serious about expanding into Asia.
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.
By now you would have hopefully noticed the new Facebook Timeline function.
Bangkok's U Hotels and Resorts will open the posh resort Pasha in the trendsetting Seminyak area of Bali later this year.
One of Phuket's leading demand generators for its thriving property market is the existence of two quality international hospitals.
On a recent trip to Bangkok I stayed at the Aloft on Sukhumvit 11, where key cards have been binned and mobile devices rule.
Thai Airways International new under carrier Thai Smile will take to the air on the Bangkok to Macau route starting July 7th.
It's the dog days of May, and torrential rains on the island have turned my Golden Retriever into a soggy wet sponge.
Siam Real Estate are offering a new selection of Apple and Android Apps for local property services.
Leading OTA Expedia and AirAsia have teamed up for a one-stop travel solution for Thai travelers
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.
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.
Following Gerd Steeb's retirement, Centara Hotels and Resorts have appointed Thirayuth Chirathivat to the post of CEO.
Thailand's U Hotels and Resorts have taken over management of the 190 key Le Grande Bali in Pecatu Bali.
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.
Ubud's classic Yoga Barn retreat had expanded facilities with the opening of a new wing, which was entirely constructed from recycled materials.
Bali's integrated destination resort Nusa Dua will get a new international hospital when the BIMC opens on May 5th.
Frequent business class and frequent flyers on Thai Airways without a doubt have a low bar set in terms of club lounge facilities.
Call them 'Integrated' or 'Destination' Resorts, but the final solution for leisure travel continues to reinvent itself.
Leading hospitality face Michael Burchett has left the Conrad Resort after a long stint at the property.
Listed Thai development company Supalai Plc are looking at diversifying overseas to create new a new project stream.
The boutique luxury Thanyamundra Organic Resort in Khao Sok has appointed South African Shaun Dunhofen as General Manager.
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.
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.
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.
Asia's best hospitality networking event HICAP 2012 is now open for registration.
Bill Heinecke's flagship Minor Hotel Group has appointed a new Senior Vice President Operations - Robert Kunkler
Centara Grand have opened the Ratri Italian Bar and Grill in Kata after undertaking an extreme makeover.
Myanmar's new found freedom is already luring overseas property investors in droves, but will the market match all the buzz?
Ask most expat residents in Phuket about where Khanom is, and you often get a somewhat wild array of answers
Perhaps the third time will be a lucky charm for what is now the Centara Sappaya Design Resort Rayong.
Phuket's international schools are continuing to play a large success factor in the island's property market.
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.
The soon to open luxury resort Regent Panwa has embarked on their first local social responsibility activity (CSR).
Leading International hotel chain ACCOR have set the wheels of change going in their new Planet 21 initiative.
The 9th annual Phuket Raceweek has been moved to the Cape Panwa Hotel according to the event organizers.
Allesandro Frau's Acqua in Kalim has been voted best Italian Cuisine in the country by the Thailand Tattler and Asia Tattler 2012.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding the market mix of nationalities working in Phuket remains an arcane science.
The possible share swap between AirAsia and Malaysian Airlines is getting huge ink in the financial press.
There is much speculation that Singapore Airlines new budget carrier Scoot will set off a price war on the Bangkok Singapore route.
Malaysia's new Legoland theme park will add a branded hotel to the development
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.
One of my favorite reads on all things tourism in the Philippines is the 7107 Insider.
Despite a long-term banishment of all things capitalism, the screws are starting to loosen in Cubra's slow march towards free enterprise.
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.
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
Asia's leading hotel chains have been named in the Brand Company's first Asian Hospitality Brand Survey.
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.
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.
Leading property firm Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) have signed a deal to manage common areas for The Privilege Residences in Kalim.
Phuket's luxury Banyan Tree Resort has appointed Sriram Kailasam to the post of General Manager.
Taking a turn reading Business Report Thailand, and article which highlighted the country's increasingly apparent lack of forward planning captured my attention.
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.
Phuket's latest vacation entry is the new Anantara Vacation Club which will open by the end of 2012.
As the Philippines continues a strong surge in its property market, hotel branded properties managed by international chains have shown strong demand.
This was last Wednesday afternoon and I had suddenly started receiving calls, and a steady stream of SMSs about shaky tremors in Phuket.
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.
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.
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.
Call it the B & B effect but British nationals comprise the largest expatriate work forces on the island
Media and social networks are blazing on rumors that Apple will be releasing an iPad mini later this year.
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.
Low-cost airline carrier AirAsia X has reacted to a triple threat on longhaul routes, and have changed operating strategies.
The island dining scene is about to get a boost this Friday April 20th with the opening of Breeze Restaurant at Cape Yamu.
Call it the dateline or time difference, but the Apple new Apple iPad is officially hitting Thailand (and Phuket) shops as of April 27th.
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.
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.
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.
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
A sharp aftershock has hit the resort island of Phuket again days after an earthquake scare saw areas evacuated.
Well known hotel executive Danny McCafferty has been appointed as General Manager and Regional Director at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.
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.
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.
The online Phuket Gazette website has returned after suffering a cyber attack recently.
In an ongoing saga the mega transportation project of a high-speed rail link between Thailand and China continues to seek higher ground.
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.
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.
Phuket's newest beach club - the chic Xana in Laguna Phuket will play host to the Soi Dog Fundraising Dinner on May 12th.
Phuket's high-end property market may face some serious competition from our neighboring province.
Singapore will host the twin events Food & Hotel Asia and Wine & Spirits Asia 2012 next week from April 17-20.
Songkran is here and the tsunami alert of two days past is now a shared memory.
Global chain Starwood has announced that President and CEO of Asia Pacific Miguel Ko will retire.
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.
So we aren't in the Caribbean but the concept of a Triangle for the Phang Nga Bay a certainly has growing momentum.
We've received a number of call and Thai TV is reporting that earthquake tremors have been felt in Phuket.
Newslines are buzzing over the reported sale of the Thailand based Six Senses Resort chain to private equity group Pegasus Capital Advisors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport will open an automated facility for Thai passport holders from April 11th.
Frank Trampert has been appointed as Managing Director for Wyndham Hotels in Asia Pacific.
In a world's first Thailand will call home the first Cartoon Network entertainment park.