Newsmaker: Ho Kwon Ping bites the bullet and restructures

FACED with challenges like a prolonged economic downturn and consolidation in the hotel sector, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts (BTHR) is biting the bullet...

Less growth, more equity

No stranger to this post, Thailand’s minister of tourism and sports Weerasak Kowsurat tells why the country’s tourism sector needs to stop its addiction to increasing visitor arrivals but instead place serious emphasis on achieving equity for all stakeholders

A whole new start at Radisson

When she joined then Carlson-Rezidor Hotel Group last September as president Asia-Pacific, she inherited what was largely seen as an unstable regional office while the whole chain was seen as lacking direction. Katerina Giannouka tells Raini Hamdi why that’s old news

Skål! to young Asian members

Young association members are the key to making inroads into Asia’s travel trade, and Skål International’s new CEO, Daniela Otero, talks about big plans to revolutionise the association.

A tale of two Asian luxury markets

Alison Gilmore, director, ILTM Portfolio, discusses carving out the former ILTM Asia into two events, ILTM Asia-Pacific (incorporating ILTM Japan) and ILTM China

Changing nature of representation

The nature of representation is changing but the philosophy behind it hasn’t, says Geoff Andrew, CEO, Worldhotels, who tells Raini Hamdi why representation has a future despite the onslaught of OTAs, sharing economy and new soft brands

Conquering Archipelago

Archipelago International turns 20 this year. Founder Charles Brookfield recounts its rocky journey to be Indonesia’s biggest hotel management company with 134 hotels in three countries.

Looking back, and steering ahead for growth

Sean Treacy, before leaving the Royal Caribbean Asia-Pacific office for a bigger role as associate vice president strategic planning for international in the Miami headquarters, sat down with Karen Yue for a look back at his three years steering the region's fast-growing cruise market.

Driving ITB’s brand strategy

Easy to grow an established brand like ITB that has 51 years of history behind it? Trust the Germans to be prudent and never...

Marketing US as a friendly place

A new president throws a spanner in the works for Brand USA, which has been hard at work promoting the US as a welcoming...

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