Movenpick enlarges Asian portfolio

MӦVENPICK Hotels & Resorts will mark 2011 with four openings in India, Singapore and Thailand. These account for roughly a third of all launches planned for this year.

The Swiss chain will enter Singapore and India with the Mӧvenpick Heritage Hotel and Mӧvenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore respectively.

The 181-room Mӧvenpick Heritage Hotel on Sentosa island will open one of its two wings in March, while the 182-room Mӧvenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore will be ready in the fourth quarter. No date has been firmed up for the unveiling of the former’s second wing.

In Thailand, the 208-key Mӧvenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai and 81-pool villa Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Mae Nam Beach Koh Samui will join the existing Mövenpick Resort and Spa Karon Beach Phuket by year-end. A fourth Thai property will also open in Pattaya in 2013.

Craig Fong, director of sales and marketing of the Phuket property, said the chain’s openings in Thailand were a reflection of confidence in the destination’s ability to rebound.

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