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Starwood Asia Pacific continues growth momentum with new destinations and brand debuts in key markets

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is set to continue its expansion momentum across Asia-Pacific backed by a pipeline and guest and customer outreach programmes. In 2014, Starwood opened 30 new hotels and signed 71 new hotels across the region. This year, the group continues to widen its reach across the region with more than

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Park Regis Singapore

Park Regis Singapore unveils major upgrades

Park Regis Singapore, a brand of StayWell Hospitality Group (SWHG), is gearing up to unveil its refreshed new look following a SG$3 million (US$2.2 million) renovation project that will enhance the Australian based hospitality group’s offering in Singapore. Based in Sydney Australia, StayWell Hospitality Group operates two high profile hotel brands – Park Regis and

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Hotel Okura Tokyo

The Okura Group forms TripAdvisor instant booking partnership

TripAdvisor has announced that Hotel Okura Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese hospitality company headquartered in Tokyo, is the first Asia-based company to make its hotel inventory available through TripAdvisor instant booking. This new platform, which is currently available to US travellers, allows users to make a hotel booking through TripAdvisor’s hotel and online travel agency

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Design

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Lion’s den

Singapore shows that anything goes when it comes to guestrooms for every style, taste and budget, finds Rebecca Lo In recent years, many of Singapore’s hotels have taken a rather experimental approach in the design department. The perfect storm of a young population open to cutting edge concepts, a large pool of migrant builders, a

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Drink

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Gin blossoms

Gin saw a massive resurgence in 2014 worldwide and with dozens of dedicated gin bars opening across Asia – at least three in Hong Kong alone – APAC has clearly acquired a taste for the spirit, writes Robin Lynam “To be a gin drinker in this day and age is to be born at exactly

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Equipment

Table linens at InterContinental Hong Kong's SPOON by Alain Ducasse

Patterns of profit

Demand for fine bed and table linen is up and hotels are also seeking higher quality as well as more adventurous designs, patterns and colours, writes Jane Ram Luxury comes in ever-higher grades as top tier hotels seek new ways of standing out from their competitors. The average guest spends about one-third of his or

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Food

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South Korean chef wins S.Pellegrino Young Chef Northeast Asia heat

The S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 Northeast Asia Regional Challenge recently took place in Hong Kong. After a full day cook-off judged by celebrated chefs Alvin Leung, Richard Ekkebus and Yim Jungsik, Park Jinyong from South Korea emerged with the top score. He will represent Northeast Asia in the grand finals held during the Expo Milano

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Management

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Asia-Pacific demand will see 500th hotel milestone in 2016 for Sheraton

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced its Sheraton brand continues to power ahead across the globe with at least 20 new hotel openings expected by year’s end. Sheraton will enter Sri Lanka and Romania this year, building upon the momentum of its 2014 debut in Tajikistan and last month’s launch in Samoa. Strong

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Market Report

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Thailand strikes back

Industry insiders are optimistic about the new year as tourists start to return following months of uncertainty in the Land of Smiles, Michael Taylor reports Thailand’s tourism industry is set for a rebound in the new year following months of political instability, which resulted in a military a coup d’état in May 2014. With several

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New Products

Table linens at InterContinental Hong Kong's SPOON by Alain Ducasse

Patterns of profit

Demand for fine bed and table linen is up and hotels are also seeking higher quality as well as more adventurous designs, patterns and colours, writes Jane Ram Luxury comes in ever-higher grades as top tier hotels seek new ways of standing out from their competitors. The average guest spends about one-third of his or

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Technology

Harnessing the technology

Rapidly evolving property management technology is creating a more profitable business environment for the industry, adding revenue, lowering expenses and improving guest service and loyalty, writes Donald Gasper The boundaries of new hospitality technology continue to expand at an astounding rate. Hotel operators are realising their future competitiveness depends on using advanced solutions to increase

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