Flying the flag for Nepal

Binod Chaudhary, Nepal’s sole billionaire, plays the role of entrepreneur, industrialist and philanthropist in his country. The chairman of Chaudhary Group (CG Global), a multi-dimensional conglomerate spanning hotels, real estate, banking and food businesses, tells Rohit Kaul why through building up a global hospitality empire, he seeks to bring the world to Nepal, and Nepal to the world.

Conquering new horizons

As Buffalo Tours Asia goes global in its merger with Olympus Tours Americas, managing director for Asia, Suyin Lee, tells how the DMC – now operating under a new brand name of Discova – plans to shake up the business of destination management.

Building lasting heritage

Under his leadership, YTL Corporation’s hotels and resorts division has grown beyond its Malaysia base to across Asia and the UK. Executive director of YTL Hotels, Mark Yeoh Seok Kah, tells S Puvaneswary why sustainability and conservation ethos remain a natural fit for the company as the family corporation’s hospitality arm scales up.

Taking over the world

Airbnb may have started out as an air mattress rental business, but this hospitality behemoth now wants to be the engine driving a new kind of travel and experiences in modern living. Co-founder and chief strategy office Nathan Blecharczyk tells why Airbnb’s future lies in more than just accommodation

Why quality isn’t enough

As Singapore crests a multi-year wave of strong tourism growth, a bigger set of challenges looms ahead. The Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) chief executive, Keith Tan, tells Pamela Chow about his ambitious plans to boost sustainable quality tourism

Keeping pace with change and growth

CEO of Centara Hotels and Resorts, Thirayuth Chirathivat, tells Marissa Carruthers how Thailand’s largest homegrown hotel group is staying ahead of the competition.

Letting go to let it grow

Rather than owning 100 per cent of his “beloved baby”, Marc Steinmeyer, CEO of The Green Oak Hotel Management, the holding company of Tauzia Hotels, tells why he’s willing to cede a 70 per cent stake to Ascott to achieve his vision of growing the business beyond Indonesia

Shaking a legacy culture

Diethelm Travel Group CEO Stephan Roemer tells Xinyi Liang-Pholsena how he is reinventing the legacy DMC, one of Asia's oldest and most storied, into a leaner organisation with sharper positioning and 'handicraft' spirit

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

What’s on the minds of CEOs in 2019?

Digital disruption, trade wars and political changes are some of the core issues seated front and centre in the minds of Asia’s travel business chiefs as the new year approaches. TTG Asia rounds up the top concerns of these industry leaders, and takes a peek at their reading list this year-end

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