HUA HIN will be getting more hotel rooms, even as local hoteliers complain the destination is facing oversupply.
The Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports reported that Hua Hin had 233 hotels and 7,015 rooms last year, up from 169 hotels and 5,805 rooms the year before.
Paul Stevens, Accor’s operations director for Thailand, believes there is room for growth for mid-scale and upper mid-scale brands.
Accor will be opening the 210-room Ibis Hua Hin in the third quarter and rebranding the 118-room Veranda Resort and Spa Hua Hin-Cha Am under its MGallery collection on April 1.
InterContinental Hua Hin Resort owner Suwat Liptapanlop is reportedly in talks with InterContinental Hotels Group to develop a Crowne Plaza convention resort with more than 300 rooms in Hua Hin.
A 74-room Centara resort and a 63-key Best Western resort are facing delays and opening dates for both remain uncertain.
– Full report in TTG Asia, March 25
By Sirima Eamtako