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The Maldives, long revered as a paradise getaway among high-end and discerning travelers, is increasingly getting the attention of hotel investors involved in the Asian market. The beautiful environment, geographic proximity, and exotic draw of this destination has many flocking to the low-lying atolls of the Maldives (including our Editor in Chief, Wimintra, who recently visited). Investing…

A simple proposition for an afternoon discussion at SEAHIS 2017 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok: resorts are a significantly better financial investment than city hotels in SE Asia. The format was also straightforward: Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses, and Bruce Bromley, CFO of Soneva would make the case for resorts; Paisit Kaenchan,…

The South East Asia Hotel Investors’ Summit 2017 got underway on June 13th at the Dusit Thani in Bangkok with an all-female opening panel discussion moderated by Hotelintel.co founder Wimintra Jangnin. Answering the questions were Dawn Teo, Amara’s Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development; Sabine Schaffer, Managing Partner at Pro-invest; Jennifer Cronin, President of…

For most of the last decade, the Bangkok hotel market has been soft, with bad news coming year after year, whether revolving around political unrest or natural disasters.  As developers carried on building, occupancy and especially average rate stayed subdued.  In the last two years, however, the market – always a very popular destination –…

On the back of a strong first quarter, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced that 2017 is on track for a progressive year in Asia Pacific with nearly 80 hotels targeted to open, bringing 19,000 new rooms to the region. Additionally, the company will debut two brands in Asia Pacific offering guests a total of 23 desirable brands that will…

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