AHICE South East Asia ends on a high with plans underway for return to Singapore in 2025
Hotel Management Magazine
by Ruth Hogan
21h ago
Prominent hotel investors, owners, and operators, representing hundreds of billions of dollars in assets, were in attendance at the Southeast Asia debut of the Asian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE) at the Pan Pacific Orchard in Singapore this week. Among the major hoteliers to take to the stage was EVT’s Director of Hotels and Resorts, Norman Arundel, who announced that the business has signed a Rydges property in Fiji. Travel and Leisure Co President and Managing Director of International Operations, Barry Robinson discussed the acquisition of Accor Vacation Club, with vacati ..read more
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Ascott marks 40 years in hospitality with launch of ‘Unlimited’ campaign
Hotel Management Magazine
by Ruth Hogan
2d ago
The Ascott Limited is rolling out a year-long campaign of initiatives and rewards for guests as it marks 40 years in hospitality. The campaign, known as Ascott Unlimited, was unveiled at the Southeast Asia debut of the Asian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE) in Singapore, in front of prominent investors, owners, and operators in Southeast Asia, representing over US$500 billion in assets. The move comes as Ascott revealed a record year of fee earnings at S$331 million for 2023, as well as the highest number of property openings that year with nearly 9,600 units going operational ..read more
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Exclusive: EVT takes Rydges to Fiji with new-build beachfront resort
Hotel Management Magazine
by Ruth Hogan
2d ago
EVT Hotels and Resorts is set to bring the Rydges brand to Fiji with the signing of a 258-room new-build resort. EVT Director of Hotels and Resorts, Norman Arundel, shared the news exclusively with delegates from the stage at the inaugural AHICE South East Asia on Thursday. “This partnership is an exciting development for Rydges and continues EVT Hotels and Resorts strategic focus on brand expansion, in both local and targeted international markets,” said Arundel. “Fiji is a beautiful country with a rich heritage, a holiday climate and picturesque ocean views. We look forward to bringing our r ..read more
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Aimbridge Hospitality names Craig Smith as third ever CEO
Hotel Management Magazine
by Ruth Hogan
2d ago
Aimbridge Hospitality has appointed long-time Marriott executive, Craig S. Smith, as its third ever Chief Executive Officer, effective March 18, 2024. The former Group President and Managing Director—International, Smith spent over 35 years with the hospitality company in a range of roles before retiring in 2023. His hospitality career started in hotel operations, but Smith quickly rose to become a multi-time, award-winning General Manager before entering top executive roles in several international markets. He is expected to leverage decades of operational experience and proven leadership wit ..read more
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Exclusive: ‘a new era of growth’ for BWH Hotels in Asia Pacific
Hotel Management Magazine
by Ruth Hogan
2d ago
In the 22nd edition of the HM Industry Leaders Forum, HM invited leading hoteliers, tourism professionals and suppliers across Asia Pacific and the world to their insights into the hotel landscape and their outlook for the year ahead. Here, BWH Hotels President and Chief Executive Officer, Larry Cuculic, discusses embracing sustainability and promote responsible travel. More than ever, the hospitality industry exemplifies resilience, growth and purpose. At BWH Hotels, a steadfast, strategic approach to our brand and guest experience allowed us to adeptly navigate the global challenges of the ..read more
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W Sydney brings Mardi Gras spirit to life for festivalgoers
Hotel Management Magazine
by Ruth Hogan
2d ago
W Sydney, the biggest W Hotel globally, will provide a home base for those celebrating the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for the first time, as the brand enters its fifth year as partners of the festival. Having opened its doors in October 2023, W Sydney will be part of the celebrations as they reach fever pitch for the parade on Saturday March 2. “Authentic self-expression, inclusivity and the creation of a safe space for all has been at the heart of the W brand since its inception over 20 years ago,” said Marriott International Area Vice President Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Sean ..read more
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Langham takes personalised approach to loyalty with latest platform
Hotel Management Magazine
by Ruth Hogan
2d ago
Langham Hospitality Group (LHG) has launched a new loyalty offering, replacing its Langham Supper Club and 1865 Privilege by Langham programmes. Designed to deliver personalised experiences for members, Brilliant by Langham offers members special room rates across 30 hotels – under The Langham Hotels and Resorts, Cordis Hotels and Resorts, Eaton and Ying’nFlo brands – and discounts at over 100 restaurants. Members can also earn status and award points for their stays and use of amenities through the free platform, which can be redeemed across a variety of accommodation, dining and wellness opt ..read more
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AHICE makes spectacular South East Asia debut in Singapore
Hotel Management Magazine
by Ruth Hogan
3d ago
Over 500 hotel industry professionals from across Asia Pacific have gathered in Singapore’s Pan Pacific Orchard for the first edition of AHICE South East Asia, taking place from February 27-29. The program of events commenced on Tuesday evening with a site tour of The Singapore Edition, followed by a networking event at the hotel, presented by Marriott International, where just over 200 delegates, including hotel owners, investors, operators, suppliers and consultants, connected over drinks and canapes. On Wednesday morning, delegates undertook site tours at Conrad Singapore Orchard, Mondrian ..read more
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Bumper weekend for Sydney hotels as Swift, SailGP and Blink 182 draw influx of visitors
Hotel Management Magazine
by Ruth Hogan
3d ago
Sydney hotels enjoyed a record-breaking weekend, with many reporting occupancy levels of between 90% and 100%, thanks to major events across the city, including four sold-out Taylor Swift concerts. The Australia leg of The Eras Tour concluded in Sydney on Monday, drawing 335,000 fans to Accor Stadium over the weekend, while over the same period, Blink-182 played at Qudos Bank Arena, and the SailGP Sydney sailing competition was held across the city’s harbour. Accor felt the flow on effect at its hotels, announcing a record level of hotel bookings over the weekend. “Hotel results in Sydney over ..read more
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Exclusive: Langham hones in on co-branding opportunities with ‘household names’
Hotel Management Magazine
by Ruth Hogan
3d ago
In the 22nd edition of the HM Industry Leaders Forum, HM invited leading hoteliers, tourism professionals and suppliers across Asia Pacific and the world to their insights into the hotel landscape and their outlook for the year ahead. Here, Langham Hospitality Group Chief Executive Officer, Bob van den Oord, discusses how strength in brands is essential for a hospitality industry renaissance. Bob van den Oord named as next Langham Hospitality Group CEO As we enter 2024, Langham Hospitality Group (LHG) can take pride in a year marked by key achievements, record profits and forward-thinking str ..read more
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