News

Asia strengthening in Europe

Singapore-based Frasers Hospitality has completed its acquisition of the Malmaison Hotel du Vin (MHDV) portfolio in the UK for a consideration of £363.4 million (approximately £174,500 per room) from an affiliate of US-based private equity firm KSL Capital Partners. The MHDV chain comprises 29 boutique lifestyle hotels (2,082 rooms) across two brands (13 Malmaison properties and 16 Hotel du Vin

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News

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Translating wine

New research will help wine producers and distributors to describe their product more effectively using terms more easily understood by Chinese wine consumers. The Chinese Lexicon Project – a two year long research initiative by the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute at the University of South Australia funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) – has revealed what terms Chinese consumers

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OPENINGS!

Following successful openings in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Ningbo and Xiamen, the 263-room Langham Place, Haining takes its place as the seventh Langham Hospitality Group property in mainland China, and the 20th in its global portfolio.     Swiss-Belhotel International has bolstered its Indonesian portfolio with the launch of Swiss-Belhotel Petitenget, Bali – a mid-scale 111-room property

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Hospitality saving pandas

Hong Kong-based hospitality group GR8 Leisure Concept (GR8) that owns and manages a portfolio of 17 brands including hotels, serviced apartments, restaurants, and bars across Hong Kong and China has been a long-time charity partner of the Friends of Panda Mountain. And for July, August and September GR8 is supporting a fundraising campaign seeking donations to

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Design

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Transformers

When designed with care and sensitivity, hotels made from converted buildings can offer unique experiences, discovers Rebecca Lo As travel becomes increasingly accessible, more travellers are seeking singular experiences. As a result, exotic hotels in far-flung destinations with all the creature comforts of a luxury resort are being developed to satisfy market demands. Yet, at

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Drink

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Flavour factor

Asian consumers are rapidly developing a mature coffee palate, demanding high quality and greater variety blends. Meanwhile the tea market is also becoming increasingly sophisticated. Daniel Creffield reports on trends Julie Vigneron, communication and marketing manager at the French Creations restaurant group in Hong Kong, says that when local people drink coffee it is much

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Equipment

Reliability; predictability and sustainability

Baking buddies

With the ability to reach high temperatures while offering consistency and stability, pizza ovens are in high demand at Italian and other restaurants. Although they represent a substantial investment, their long life spans and versatility often make them a worthwhile investment, says Michelle Cheng Despite its name, the pizza oven can do a lot more

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Food

Tomato Sorbet

Never too much tomato

As the tomato season goes into full swing, Hong Kong’s The Lounge & Bar joins hands with ecoFarm in unveiling the special-edition ‘Tomato Dream’ as part of its all-you-can-eat Organic Salad Bar. The edition features tomatoes in seven categories and 17 varieties, either bush or vine. Their seeds are sourced from the Peruvian Andes, where

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Management

Asia strengthening in Europe

Singapore-based Frasers Hospitality has completed its acquisition of the Malmaison Hotel du Vin (MHDV) portfolio in the UK for a consideration of £363.4 million (approximately £174,500 per room) from an affiliate of US-based private equity firm KSL Capital Partners. The MHDV chain comprises 29 boutique lifestyle hotels (2,082 rooms) across two brands (13 Malmaison properties and 16 Hotel du Vin

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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

chenebleu

Translating wine

New research will help wine producers and distributors to describe their product more effectively using terms more easily understood by Chinese wine consumers. The Chinese Lexicon Project – a two year long research initiative by the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute at the University of South Australia funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) – has revealed what terms Chinese consumers

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Technology

Quantifying mobile cost saving potentials

In the hotel industry, smartphone usage started with loyalty apps. It was a device to reach out to guests, get closer to them and improve the overall experience for a stay. Guest convenience, branding and potential cost savings are usually key drivers for the chain’s decisions. 
It was therefore no surprise that hotels started to

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