The Resilience Package: the lifeline for Singapore’s hotel industry

by Patricia Wee | March 27, 2020
SINGAPORE – The Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) has welcomed the unprecedented move by the Singapore government to provide a mega budget of S$48 billion (US$33.59 billion) - or 11% of gross domestic product - to support the country.

Mandarin Orchard Singapore bids farewell after half a century

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 27, 2020
SINGAPORE – After nearly half a century as Mandarin Orchard Singapore, the luxury hotel is set to begin its new phase as a Hilton property in 2022 following a S$90 million (US$62.55 million) refurbishment that will add more meetings facilities.

Comfort food for the weary

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 27, 2020
SINGAPORE – While many hotels are experiencing woeful occupancy rates and cost cutting measures, one hotel has reached out to encourage Singapore’s healthcare workers who are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta on hold

by Patricia Wee | March 24, 2020
JAKARTA – Jakarta Hotels Association (JHA) is evaluating the current situation in Jakarta, and is in consultations with the local and central government to discuss a relief programme for the entire industry.

Staycation cheer

by Naomi Neoh | March 24, 2020
SINGAPORE – Staycation deals are drawing some traction in hotels such as Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. Its most popular uptake has been its food and wellness-focused ‘Retreat To Sanctuary’ package, according to the resort’s assistant director of sales, Mr Jason Yap.

Shanghai hotels innovate

by Patricia Wee | March 20, 2020
SHANGHAI – With inbound travel demand in the doldrums, Shanghai hotels are coming up with innovative ways of sustaining business.  Besides following the recommended procedures and protocols of the World Health Organisation and local health authorities, many are going the extra mile to differentiate themselves from others.

Staycation deals show encouraging response

by Patricia Wee | March 17, 2020
SINGAPORE – With many frequent business travellers forced to stay at home in Singapore, hotels around the island are rolling out staycation options to lure families and business travellers to fill up their rooms. The response has been encouraging, according to Singapore Hotel Association (SHA).

New brand for Pan Pacific Hotels Group

by Patricia Wee | March 13, 2020
SINGAPORE - UOL Group Limited (UOL) and hotel subsidiary, Pan Pacific Hotels Group Limited (PPHG), are taking sustainable hospitality to the next level with the launch of PPHG’s new brand, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Hotels & Resorts.

New brand for Capella Hotel Group

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 10, 2020
MALDIVES - Capella Hotel Group has launched a new lifestyle brand, Patina Hotels & Resorts, to cater to a new generation of travellers. Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, will be the first to open in the fourth quarter of 2020. Other properties in Ubud, Bali and Sanya (China) are in development.

A new legacy

by Patricia Wee | March 10, 2020
AUCKLAND - Scenic Hotel Auckland has become part of Scenic Hotel Group’s newly created Legacy Collection, and has been re-branded as Airedale Boutique Suites. The hotel is located on Queen Street in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and theatre district, and has undergone an extensive refurbishment, from the interior rooms, public spaces and to the restoration of its façade.

Mövenpick adds third address in Vietnam

by Naomi Neoh | March 06, 2020
PHU QUOC – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has opened yet another resort on the island of Phu Quoc, offering guests a tropical-style retreat with considerable meetings and events venues.

Park Hyatt Auckland slated for June opening

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 06, 2020
AUCKLAND – The delay to Park Hyatt Auckland’s opening will soon be over. It was originally scheduled to open in early 2019 but will now be open for bookings from June 2020.

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