Dark tourism increasingly popular but is it right? (Photo courtesy: J Plus Hotel by Yoo)

News

Dark tourism coming out of the shadows

    Dark Tourism is throwing a new light on grim, sinister and sombre places around the world. Pablo Escobar’s Medellin, the Killing Fields of Cambodia, Auschwitz, Jack the Ripper’s back streets of London, the slavery and apartheid jail cells in Africa, all now attract visitors from afar. ‘Dark Tourism’ is defined as any travel

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News

Mandarin Oriental Sanya building loyalty

Technology and data hold the key

While most travellers hold no loyalty to a particular hotel brand, hoteliers can change that reality by offering a more personalised guest experience, according to a study commissioned by Sabre Hospitality Solutions and conducted by Forrester Consulting.   The study demonstrates that hoteliers who rely on data and technology to power personalisation and an outstanding

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Kuala Lumpur set to soar (Photo courtesy: Dorset Hospitality)

Transformative tech in SE Asia

Southeast Asian countries have the potential to leapfrog ahead of other developing nations using new technologies to transform how people work, live and play, according to a new report by real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).   The report looks at how advanced digital technologies could impact countries in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

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Sally Uren

Brand longevity dependant on sustainability

Sustainable Brands inaugural Sydney conference The environmental and social impact of brands are being increasingly scrutinised by stakeholders, employees and most importantly consumers, and the demand for new products, services and business models that deliver both purpose and profit, is soaring. The world has changed and transparency is paramount. Innovative brand leaders with their focus

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Design

Romance in Chiang Mai

A recent hop to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand reminded why this is one of the Asia’s great food cities. With khao soi seemingly on every street (more to come on that), day and night markets, impromptu food stalls, food trucks and restaurants, you’re never going to go wanting for something great to eat. An

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Drink

Tosca Neapolitan Afternoon Tea

A tea tie-in

With “an unwavering passion for spreading the essence of Italian culture through his highly celebrated cuisine,” Chef Pino Lavarra of Michelin-starred Tosca at Hong Kong’s Ritz-Carlton has “never lost touch of devotion to quality and the ultimate in elegance.” Bonding over “a shared commitment to luxury craftsmanship,” Tosca and Marinella, an Italian designer brand acclaimed

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Equipment

Markus Spaeni, Siemens

Safety first

  By Markus Späni, principal expert application, Siemens Building Technologies Division     Reputation is a fragile thing. Years of hard work building a successful business and providing good and efficient service to thousands of happy and thankful customers can be completely undermined in an instant by a single incident. To re-establish the same level

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Food

Tosca Neapolitan Afternoon Tea

A tea tie-in

With “an unwavering passion for spreading the essence of Italian culture through his highly celebrated cuisine,” Chef Pino Lavarra of Michelin-starred Tosca at Hong Kong’s Ritz-Carlton has “never lost touch of devotion to quality and the ultimate in elegance.” Bonding over “a shared commitment to luxury craftsmanship,” Tosca and Marinella, an Italian designer brand acclaimed

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Management

Mandarin Oriental Sanya building loyalty

Technology and data hold the key

While most travellers hold no loyalty to a particular hotel brand, hoteliers can change that reality by offering a more personalised guest experience, according to a study commissioned by Sabre Hospitality Solutions and conducted by Forrester Consulting.   The study demonstrates that hoteliers who rely on data and technology to power personalisation and an outstanding

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Market Report

To be competitive requires differentiation in China

China Rising

Hotel operators need to differentiate their properties to stay competitive, Michael Taylor writes Domestic travel within China was strong last year, experiencing a 10% increase over the year before. Visitor arrivals declined by about 1%, and tourism spend dipped from US$51 million in 2013 to US$48 million. According to Hotelchatter.com, more than 30 high-end hotels

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New Products

Napa Valley wine presentation

A thirst of US wine in Asia

Producers and distributors from the California wine industry’s Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), have been in the region on a promotional tour. Christie’s Auction House, and Debra Meiburg MW hosted an event for the “made-for-auction-only” Premiere Napa Valley wine range, in preparation for its debut Asian auction on November 3rd with Christie’s. In its first official

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Technology

Kuala Lumpur set to soar (Photo courtesy: Dorset Hospitality)

Transformative tech in SE Asia

Southeast Asian countries have the potential to leapfrog ahead of other developing nations using new technologies to transform how people work, live and play, according to a new report by real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).   The report looks at how advanced digital technologies could impact countries in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

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