Much ado about branding

In this roundtable discussion, travel experts from across Asia-Pacific examine and debate the value of hotel branding as travellers gravitate towards unique accommodation experiences amid an increasingly complex hospitality marketplace burgeoning with new lifestyle brands.

Fast-track development

As Lombok’s events calendar heats up, the island is racing to cement its position as a sports and entertainment destination. Mimi Hudoyo zooms in on the island’s new and upcoming infrastructure projects and development works.

Filling the void

The list of midscale accommodation is growing in Singapore, as hotel chains leap at the opportunity to tap this under-served segment in the destination.

Up in arms against human trafficking

With sexual exploitation and modern slavery still rearing its prevalent head in the Asia-Pacific, authorities are joining forces with the tourism sector to stem the tide of human trafficking.

Picking up the marketing slack

With details of the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign remaining scant, Malaysia’s travel trade is hardly resting on their laurels but ploughing bullishly ahead with their own promotional efforts.

Cashing in on tourism boom

Thailand’s tourism boom has caught the attention of some of the country’s biggest companies, which have set up offshoots to ramp up investment in the hospitality sector.

Too many (unregulated) rooms?

In spite of increased tourist arrivals to the country, hotel occupancies in Malaysia have fallen. Much of the blame has landed on the influx of short-term rentals, a sector which remains unregulated.

A different look at Thailand

Thailand wants to introduce new areas and provinces to the world, and keep the country a preferred destination for new and repeat visitors alike.

Adapting to the future

Intelligent retail promises a future of predictive and customised bookings, changing the ways that travellers shop and buy their trips and holidays. But that also means big changes are necessary for travel agencies in their thinking and strategy to remain relevant and survive an ever-evolving wave of technological disruption.

The changing face of Cambodia’s tourism

As Cambodia continues its aggressive pursuit for the yuan and arrivals from China continue to rise exponentially, questions are being raised about the impact on the country’s overall tourism landscape.

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