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Swine Flu Hits Asia Hong Kong Hotel in Quarantine

Category: Tourism, Posted:02 May 2009 | 10:04 am

Hong Kong's Metropark hotel in Wanchai has seen over 300 people sealed off and is under quarantine after a guest who had traveled to Mexico was confirmed to have the virus. South Korea has also reported its first case. Deaths from the epidemic now are close to 400.
I spoke to a few hotel contacts in Hong Kong this morning and most properties are now in the midst of contingency planning should further cases occur in the SAR. Airlines in the region are reporting a slow down in long haul travel and the situation remains very much an unknown. Undoubtedly the global travel business is going to see a sharp reduction in travelers and with the latest news the impact looks set to hit these shores as well.

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Project Rattan Focused On Restoring Thai Craft

Category: Tourism, Posted:20 Sep 2020 | 08:52 am If you find yourself in Bangkok from now until the end of December, you should take some time and visit Australian designer Patrick Keane’s Project Rattan exhibition at River City. Project Rattan is an exhibition of furniture design featuring Thai craftsmanship and aimed at restoring local artisans to create international level products. The exhibit is […]
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Condo Hotels and TPO’s Hitting Bangkok

Category: Hotels, Posted:20 Sep 2020 | 08:47 am Bangkok’s hospitality market is set rapid growth in the emergence of condo hotels and third party management operators (TPO’s). The trend is best seen with the recent launch of The Wyndham Queen Convention Centre Hotel and Residences in Bangkok operated by Kew Green Management Company Thailand. Kew Green has seven properties in the pipeline in […]
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The Hotel Business Plan – Why It Must Die (and soon)

Category: Opinion, Posted:18 Sep 2020 | 17:26 pm As I madly type away on the keyboard of my MacBook Pro, thousands of dumbstruck hoteliers across the world are slaving away in a blurring succession of days and nights in the mindless pursuit of completing an ignominious document known as The Hotel Business Plan. It’s Friday and I’m over-caffeinated, so hang on tight. Wait, […]