Newsmaker: Wyndham turns focus to SE Asia

HAVING grown massively in China, Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG) is now bent on huge growth in South-east Asia, where it admits it’s been “a...

Newsmaker: Tan succeeds Logan as IHG’s development head

THE number of Asian professionals who head development for international chains in their own region can be counted on one hand. Clarence Tan has no...

Newsmaker: Urhammer preps Contiki for the future

WITH no prior experience in the travel industry, Casper Urhammer took on the top job at Contiki Holidays over a year ago and now plots...

It’s for the kids

Nothing motivates more than building a legacy for the kids, which is why Outrigger Enterprises Group is buying resorts globally and creating a space for itself. President and CEO David Carey talks to Raini Hamdi

Newsmaker: Vaissie keeps International SOS on crisis watch

THE lack of an adequate emergency and medical system in Asia three decades ago was what prompted Arnaud Vaissie, chairman and CEO of International...

Newsmaker: De Souza propels Wyndham’s growth in Asia

FORMER Best Western International (BWI) head honcho in the region, Glenn de Souza, has set up his own hotel management company and wants “the...

Not a clash of titans

Nobu Hospitality believes its upside-down model from restaurants to hotels is hotter than hell’s kitchen. After expanding in the US, Europe and the Middle East, it is now whipping up interest in Asia. CEO Trevor Horwell talks to Raini Hamdi

Fresh optimism

New Zealand’s 2025 tourism ambition is still in its infancy but Tourism New Zealand’s (TNZ) chief, Kevin Bowler, is reporting good progress. He tells Karen Yue what has been achieved so far

Sense of a woman

The poster girl for Asian female success in a male- and western-dominated industry, Rainy Chan, regional VP and GM of The Peninsula, Hong Kong, tells Raini Hamdi why intuition, passion, patience and loyalty are still the backbone of success

Tourism’s samurai

He became president of Japan National Tourism Organization just after the Tohoku earthquake in 2011 and led Japan to become a top hit among Asians today. Ryoichi Matsuyama is far from finished, Raini Hamdi discovers

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