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C9 Hotelworks and QUO have put together a short survey we hope you will take. As we look to the future of events for the hospitality and tourism sectors, we’re curious to understand more about your expectations and appetite. How far will you be willing to travel (if at all)? What subjects will you be most interested in? How do you anticipate feeling about online versus in-person conferences?

Your answers to questions like these help us deepen our understanding of the events landscape in a post-COVID-19 world.

This survey only has 12 questions. If you could spare a few minutes, we would be grateful for your input.

Please click the link below to answer:

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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 the country and is part of a joint venture with Siamese Assets. They operate more than 50 hotels in the U.K.  with many under branded third party structures.

Four of the upcoming developments are with Wyndham who have been extremely active in the branded residence and franchise segment in both Phuket and Pattaya.

If you want to know more about the shift in hotel management offerings, sign up for a virtual one-hour event next week titled The White Label Session – A Guide to Hotel Conversions, Soft Brands and Third-Party Operators.

Set for Wednesday 23 September, 2:00 pm Bangkok Time | 3:00 pm Singapore/HK

Register free here:

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HICAP (Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific) today announced winners for their annual sustainable awards.

The Phuket Hotels Association together co-organizers Greenview and C9 Hotelworks were one of two winners in the Positive Community Impact category for the PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism) event.

According to HICAP the award was based on the following “PHIST is a first-of-its-kind, innovative annual event rallying the hotel industry and its stakeholders for sustainability and community benefit. Attracting over 1,000 delegates annually, PHIST serves as a model for sustainability gatherings, offering free admission and integrating local students and speakers of diverse age, gender and ethnicity alongside top hotel and travel professionals in a high-energy event challenging the status quo and driving an action agenda, not just talk. For the inaugural event, 71 hotels signed the “Phuket Pledge” to eliminate single-use plastic bottles resulting in a 51% reduction and 4.4 million bottles avoided in 2019. The Great Big Green Guide, a collection of eco-friendly ideas and practices, was also launched during the event. PHIST also works to inspire the next generation with a series of children’s workshops and activities.”

Given today is our PHIST 2020 virtual event, we’d like to say that our mission is continuing to advocate sustainability now more than ever for hotels and tourism and our work is only beginning in this important endeavor. #fight4Phuket.

There is still time to register for today’s PHIST 2020 free event at the following link:

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C9 Hotelworks and Delivering Asia Communications have organized the virtual event Design Re-Invention – Volume 8., The Big Bamboo – Designing and Operating Sustainable Resorts.

The one-hour online session will take place Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 2:00 pm/Bangkok, 3:00 pm/Bali, Singapore. You can register for free at the following link –

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No resort ever landed on the Conde Nast Hot List being ordinary. The Big Bamboo will take us on an extraordinary journey. Resort developers missed the memo. Why aren’t more tropical resorts using vernacular architecture that use indigenous materials, local traditional methods and unique one-of-a-kind designs? Get ready to see how bamboo and other native materials are changing the vision of what tropical design is, and should be.

We will have two case studies of groundbreaking resort projects:

The duo of hotelier Andrew Dixon who teamed up with designer Miles Humphreys for the award-winning private island bamboo-focused Cempedak Resort. They will present a unique step-by-step approach to how, why, and what went right and wrong in creating a vernacular showcase icon.

Next, is Charlie Hearn of Inspiral Architecture and Design Studios diving into the Ulaman Eco Retreat in Bali. The back-to-nature approach went from using rammed earth, utilizing small-scale hydro-electric power, to harvesting bamboo from the site with local villagers to creating a total unique zero-carbon wellness resort.

We move onto how green resorts and hotels are creating synergies in the travel world with Delphine King from The Long Run, a membership organization of nature-based businesses driving sustainability. Learn more about the Global Ecosphere Retreats certification initiative and how this is tapping into a worldwide movement.

Lastly, architect Graham Lamb will give insights into alternative green building materials including bio-bricks from mycelium and how these ancient methods are regaining relevance in the modern world.

Speakers

  • Elora Hardy, Creative Director, IBUKU
  • Andrew Dixon, Director, Nikoi Island
  • Miles Humphreys, Director Architect, PT Bali Anugrah Dewata
  • Charlie Hearn, Founder and Director, Inspiral Architecture and Design Studios
  • Delphine King, Director, The Long Run
  • Graham Lamb, Director & Founder, grahamlamb architecture & interior architectural studio
  • Bill Barnett, Managing Director – C9 Hotelworks

Moderator

  • David Johnson, CEO – Delivering Asia Communications

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Farm-To-Fork, A Practical Guide for Hotels and Restaurants is a special session at the virtual PHIST 2020  event on Tuesday 15th September. It features two Michelin chefs, one in Bangkok and one in Phuket and other notable culinary pioneers.

Michelin meets farm-to-table in this one-hour session of personal discussions with some of Thailand’s leading culinary figures who are taking a fresh, local, and back to basics approach to eating well.

The farm-to-table, farm-to-fork movement is exploding across the globe.  Learn how and what to do in this in-depth series of talks from this extraordinary cast of kitchen talent who have gotten out of the box and out into the farm.

Speaker

  • Duangporn “Bo” Songvisava, Founder & Chef Bo.lan
  • Jim Ophorst, Chef de Cuisine, PRU restaurant at Trisara
  • James Noble, Co-Founder, ORI9INS, The Gourmet Farm
  • Jason Friedman, Founder, JM Friedman & CO
  • Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

Moderator

  • David Johnson, CEO, Delivering Asia Communications

The Farm-To-Fork session at at 12:00 noon. Registration is free.

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C9 Hotelworks and Delivering Asia Communications present ‘The White Label Session –  A Guide to Hotel Conversions, Soft Brands and Third-Party Operators’.

A live webinar on Wednesday 23 September, 2:00 pm Bangkok Time | 3:00 pm Singapore/HK.

To register for this free one-hour event click here.

A hospitality-focused virtual event for hotel owners, developers, operators, and those looking to understand how the industry is pivoting in an exciting shift away from highly standardized, cookie-cutter properties. If you are looking for a typically boring, bland, vanilla panel of suits and ties speaking how their chain is best, opt-out now, this isn’t for you.

If you want to learn about seismic changes in a post-COVID-19 hotel landscape where conversions are the new mantra, this is for you. Expect a topical and relevant set of straight talk, peppered with actual case studies, practical out of the box solutions, and what’s new and hot in the soft brand space. Hear how third-party operators are now a fast-emerging force in Asia, and who hotel operators are working with outside brand experts to create unique hotels that wow guests.

This is part of a series of virtual hospitality events from Delivering Asia Communications and C9 Hotelworks that is intended to create forward looking conversations, ideas and learnings for hotels and where does the industry go next.

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New research by hospitality consulting group C9 Hotelworks points to Covid-19’s crippling implications with airport arrivals plunging, the Phuket Model stuttering and 50,000 jobs expected to be lost if there are no overseas visitors this year.

Phuket’s hotel industry is reaching breaking point and drastic economic support from the government is needed for it to survive the high season, urge industry leaders.

In the wake of the controversial “Phuket Model” international travel reopening scheme, reality is biting back as hotels in Thailand’s leading resort island are unable to sustain operating viability based on domestic tourism.

According to the Airports of Thailand (AOT), passenger arrivals at the aviation gateway have plunged 65% year-on-year from January through July of this year.

What is clear is that the 86,000 rooms in Phuket’s registered accommodation establishments cannot realistically break-even or even be cash-flow positive with only domestic demand. This realistically could set the scene for 50,000 job losses in the hotel sector this year if there’s no support forth coming or international visitors are not allowed in.

One of the green shoots is the Alternative Local State Quarantine (ALSQ) program, with over 60 island properties applying. While this program is meant to emulate the ASQ program in Bangkok, given there are no direct flights to Phuket, the government needs wider support of a return of international travelers at a local level and implement inter-ministerial coordination before it could materialize. But this may take months.

Anthony Lark, President of the Phuket Hotels Association that represents 78 hotels in Phuket said: “The math simply doesn’t work with single-digit occupancies being reported. No amount of induced local demand can prevent the dramatic continued loss of jobs and rapidly eroding financial crisis for owners and operators. We strongly advocate a safe, pragmatic, and strategic reopening for foreign travelers.”

With tourism being the lead economic indicator in Phuket, data newly released by hospitality consulting group C9 Hotelworks reveals the Covid-19 impact on the hotel development pipeline with 69% of hotels now being delayed or put on hold. Looking at the economic consequences, at the end of 2019, there were 1,758 licensed accommodation establishments on the island and today incoming projects stand at 58 hotels, representing a 19% rise in supply with 16,476 additional rooms planned.

C9 Hotelworks highlights that Thailand’s failure to relaunch overseas tourism creates a dangerously perilous scenario for Phuket’s hospitality industry. The domino financial impact is not only on hotels and the expanded tourism sector, but it suffocates the development pipeline. This will negatively trigger the erosion of jobs in construction, real estate, retail and ultimately be manifested in consumer credit defaults. The situation is bad, and likely to get worse, as operating hotels remain incurring losses day in and day out.

In terms of updating the Phuket hotel situation on the ground, there continues to be much controversy and a lack of national and local consensus over the proposed “Safe and Sealed’ sandbox long-stay program. While a stark warning was issued last week by the Bank of Thailand (BoT) over the potential disruption to the heavily tourism-dependent country, the fate of Phuket’s coming high season remains very challenged.

Citing a way forward C9 Hotelworks is of the opinion that any reopening plan must not only be well planned but has to win the hearts and minds of the Thai people to see any chance of success. While the island may hold the keys to the Kingdom in leading a restoration of tourism, the more critical issue is how hotels can fight for their lives in the current state of limbo.”

Speaking about Phuket’s current situation Anthony Lark added: “Firstly, greater proactive dialogue between the public and private sector has to be undertaken. We can’t simply say we are now in unknown territory forever. Steps must be taken and a single voice formed.

“Secondly, the Bank of Thailand (BoT) has to look at interim measures to assist hotels with short-term operating bridge loans to weather the storm and retain jobs. Tourism is a human endeavor and without protecting and nurturing our Thai workforce there will be no recovery.”

On Tuesday, 15th September the 3rd annual PHIST 2020 event in a special live online full-day format will take place.

In what is now an Asia-wide summit on green hospitality, hotel, and travel, the event is organized by the Phuket Hotels Association, Greenview, and C9 Hotelworks with support from the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand, QUO, and Delivering Asia Communications.

No matter where you are, be it Thailand, throughout Asia, or across the globe, this is a great chance to learn more about what tourism and hotels can do to create a sustainable future.

This year’s speakers include Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs, Mandarin Orientals James Bill and designer Bill Bensley and many others.

Registration is free and you can opt to attend any of the five masterclasses, tune into the 90- minute Main Event or visit the supplier exhibition throughout the day. It’s a flexible format to  attend whenever during the day you want to and hear what you want to hear.

There are still opportunities for green or sustainable product suppliers, services,  green technology (solar, water etc) , or designers who wish to exhibit. Email [email protected] for more details.

While the event is free, PHIST 2020 will pass on 100% of all sponsorship funds or donations to support the Phuket Hotel Associations Green Planet Learning Hub for Thai school children.

If have an hour, a few hours or the full-day, register now for this important event.

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The joint venture ownership struggle between Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels and their Thai co-owner over the luxury Peninsula Hotel Bangkok has ended with a settlement.

In a release from Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, HSH will take over 100% equity in the hospitality asset. The 50% acquired economic interest in the hotel is valued at approximately USD70 million.

Thai group Phataraprasit Shareholders will continue to hold interest in the Thai Country Club with Peninsula retaining 50%, though the hotel group will no longer oversee the management or development of the club.

The compromise solution will remove the current legal issues between the two groups and also pave the way for both to probably look in the longer term at clawing back profits via real estate development.