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We need to raise the perception of Asian food, says leading chef

Asian food is undervalued worldwide, and even in Asia itself, according to a leading Indian chef and restaurateur. Speaking at ‘To The Table’, an exclusive meetings forum event for decision makers in the food and beverage industry taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Cyrus Todiwala said he would like to see the profile of Indian and

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New Sydney icon to launch this spring

Crown Group’s A$250-million tower Sydney by Crown will launch early next year in the city’s central business district offering serviced and regular apartments. Crown Group has revealed highly-guarded architectural elements of the landmark 220-apartment development. Designed by internationally renowned Koichi Takada Architects and chosen from a selection of world-class designs during an international design competition,

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New function space revenue management solution

IDeaS Revenue Solutions, the leading provider of pricing and revenue management software, services and consulting, has announced its latest hotel revenue management product: IDeaS Function Space Revenue Management (FSRM). Powered by SAS technology, the solution capitalises on non-room revenue streams and increases group and function space profits for hotels worldwide. “Meetings and events often account

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Starwood’s Aloft brand debuts in South Korea

Aloft Hotels, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced the opening of Aloft Seoul Gangnam, bringing its passion for live music, design-led initiatives, and new technology to the chic and bustling district of Gangnam in southern Seoul, South Korea. Owned by energy distribution and real estate development company, Daeshin Investment & Development

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Size matters

In prime urban locations, savvy hoteliers are downsizing guestrooms while giving the space back to guests through chic common areas. Rebecca Lo takes a closer look at the trend In Asia, space is often equated with luxury. Urban areas and CBDs in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong are prime real estate territory where the bigger

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Getting into the spirit

A growing sophistication among Asian consumers is producing cocktail aficionados who know exactly what they want and are prepared to pay for it, writes Martin Donovan When a young wine salesman began to nurture a knack for blending drinks behind a bar near Yale University, he realised he was on the cusp of a cocktail

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Hotel cuts energy consumption by 60%

La Residence Hotel & Spa has implemented the first phase of a green energy initiative when the riverfront property turned the valve on a rooftop hot water system that continuously heats 4,000 litres of water, serving 39 rooms. The hotel expects to save as much as 60% on electrical consumption by those rooms. Next year,

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It’s oil good

With the growing popularity of Mediterranean and North African cuisine in the region, sales of olive oil in Asia are at an all-time high. Zara Horner has the latest on this burgeoning market Olive oil is often seen as a healthier alternative to traditional vegetable, peanut and flower oils, but there’s got to be more

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Traders rebranding sees opening of Hotel Jen Hong Kong

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ rebranding of its Traders brand has continued with the opening of Hotel Jen Hong Kong. The Hotel ‘Jen’ hospitality concept, catering to a new ‘Jeneration’ of independently minded business and leisure travellers, will offer a “fresh, friendly and fuss-free” mid-range hotels according to Shangri-La. The group plans to launch the Hotel

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Market Report

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Jewel in the Crown

The world’s first Harrods hotel – a ‘seven-star’ property – will open in Kuala Lumpur in 2018, enhancing Malaysia’s burgeoning hospitality industry, Michael Taylor reports  Luxury hotel projects currently underway or in the pipeline are set to transform the already dramatic skyline of Kuala Lumpur. First in line is The St Regis Kuala Lumpur, which

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New Products


Riedel experiencing expanding ranges and markets

Riedel, the 300 year-old family business credited with revolutionising variety-specific glassware has recently announced its new collection, the Veritas Series. The company’s Sommeliers wine glasses, first introduced in 1973, have become the benchmark against which all others are measured. Based in Kufstein, Austria, Riedel ‘wine friendly’ glassware is designed to enhance types of wines based

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Bang for buck

Maximising revenue and yield management potential is something the hospitality industry has been trying to achieve since day one. And while sophisticated software and apps scrutinise every aspect of property management, the key lies in finding a balance between experience, intuition and technology, writes Donald Gasper Hoteliers are trying to boost revenues in an increasingly

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