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Shanghai, Jakarta lead APAC hotel construction

by Vera Lye, Contributing Editor, APAC |

Seven trending hotel news stories from the APAC region that will have an impact on your hotel Revenue Strategy.

1. Hotel construction in Asia up

STR’s July 2017 Pipeline Report for Asia Pacific shows 626,535 rooms in 2,834 hotel projects under contract, representing a 7% increase in rooms under contract compared with July 2016. Three key markets reporting more than 5,000 rooms under construction include Shanghai, Jakarta and Chengdu.

Full story at Hotel News Now.

2. Understanding the APAC traveller: Amadeus report

Amadeus released what it touts to be its most comprehensive study to date, involving interviews with 6,870 respondents in 14 key Asia Pacific markets. “Amadeus Journey of Me Insights: What Asia Pacific Travellers Want” is a data-driven look at the world’s largest travel market, Asia Pacific.

Full story at Web In Travel.

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3. Korea’s first lifestyle hotel-plex opens

Korea’s first “lifestyle hotel-plex,” Seoul Dragon City, will open 1 October, featuring four AccorHotels brands, 1,700 rooms, 11 restaurants and bars, 17 meeting rooms, two multi-function grand ballrooms, and a world first: four full floors of entertainment in a Sky Bridge suspended between two of the towers. Featuring four distinct AccorHotels brands ranging from luxury to economy, Seoul Dragon City will cater to every demographic.

Full story at HospitalityNet.

4. Marriott enters JV with China’s Alibaba

Marriott has entered into a joint venture with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, capitalising on the travel boom out of China which sees no signs of abatement. Chinese consumers will take 150 million trips — 15 million more than last year — and that number is expected to jump to 700 million trips over the next five years. 

Full story at Lodging Magazine.

5. Australia’s Art Series Hotel Group acquired by Mantra

Mantra Group has acquired the Australian-owned Art Series Hotel Group for approximately $52.5 million (excluding transaction costs), subject to customary completion conditions.

The acquisition will see seven luxury hotels added to Mantra Group’s portfolio of 128 properties and more than 21,500 rooms in properties under management across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii.

Full story at 4Hoteliers.com.

6. Ascott makes new investment, now largest in Singapore

Ascott, with its recent investment of S$170.3 million, through its serviced residence global fund with Qatar Investment Authority in the serviced residence component of the Funan integrated development, has become the largest serviced residence operator in Singapore.

Full story at 4Hoteliers.com.

 7. Digital travel sales in India booms

Digital travel sales in India will total $22.52 billion in 2017, up 33% over the previous year, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast on worldwide digital travel sales. Online travel agencies such as MakeMyTrip and Yatra have not only managed to overcome the impact of demonetization, but have also capitalized on the changes to the currency laws. As a result, consumers in India have embraced buying their travel tickets online.

Full story at eMarketer.

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Vera Lye, Contributing Editor, APAC

Vera Lye, Contributing Editor, APAC

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Vera has been a travel trade journalist in Asia/Pacific for two decades, working in most of the major trade publications. She is now based in Sydney where she juggles her writing with managing her young son’s development as an aspiring tennis professional.
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Vera Lye, Contributing Editor, APAC

Vera has been a travel trade journalist in Asia/Pacific for two decades, working in most of the major trade publications. She is now based in Sydney where she juggles her writing with managing her young son’s development as an aspiring tennis professional.