Since being acquired by Flight Centre Travel Group last year, Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia (BHMA) is now opening a new office in Indonesia, a move expected to complement the group’s current business activities in the country and take advantage of the destination’s strong and growing tourist arrivals.
Heading up the operation will be Clement Sebban, who has been appointed country manager for BHMA in Indonesia. He will be responsible for hotel development in Indonesia, including technical assistance, pre-opening and post opening operational phases.
BHMA will manage its Indonesian expansion from new premises in Sanur, Bali, close to an existing Flight Centre office. Flight Centre has been operating in Indonesia for several years, having established travel and tour operations offices with a staff of more than 100 in Bali.
“Indonesia is a growing market and one of the key markets for our company, so having an office there can help our operations and allows us to respond to our clients’ needs more effectively,” said BHMA CEO Anthony McDonald, adding that the group currently buys almost 400,000 room nights a year in Bali alone.
“I will be in focused on securing new hotel contracts in and around the Bali and Lombok areas,” said Sebban. “To maximise returns to owners we will be looking for management contracts, leases and co-investment opportunities. In parallel I will also be working alongside our GMs in the country as our hotel portfolio expands with new properties to deliver the high service standards.”
At present, BHMA is targeting four more properties by the end of 2018 in Bali – two in operational and two under development. Looking further ahead, the focus will also be placed upon securing additional hotels and resorts in new destinations across eastern Indonesia such as Lombok, Sumba, Komodo Island and Raja Ampat.