Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced on April 6, the arrival of its luxury brand to Langkawi. The opening of St. Regis Langkawi marks the first luxury resort opening in Langkawi in a decade and the brand’s first property opening in Malaysia. The all-suite luxury resort offers four private over-water villas and 85 well-appointed suites; it also features a 8,600 ft2 brand’s signature Iridium Spa, as well as 10,000 ft2 of event spaces.
Europe’s largest hotel operator, AccorHotels, has acquired online home-sharing startup Onefinestay for €148 million. On top of that, the hotel company has pledged to invest an additional €64 million to help the London-based company scale its platform to cover 40 new cities over the next five years. The online platform currently hosts 2,600 up-market property listings in London, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles and New York City. Onefinestay will continue to operate as an independent unit within Accor. Greg Marsh, co-founder and CEO of Onefinestay expects to leverage on Accor’s extensive distribution channels and loyalty programs in the long run to grow its customer base. With its primary market demand segment lying in groups and families, with lengths of stay exceeding four days, Onefinestay will serve to compliment Accor’s traditional hotel offerings. Through this strategic acquisition, Accor has allegedly made its stand in confronting competition in the online sharing-economy while also expanding in the upscale market.
Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Tysan Holdings Ltd. for about $340 million to expand in construction and property development, prompting shares of the target company to jump to the highest level in 25 years. HNA will pay HK$2.62 billion ($340 million), or HK$4.53 a share, to an arm of Blackstone Group LP for a 66 percent stake in Tysan, the construction company said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The price is about 11 percent more than Tysan’s closing level on March 31. Trading was suspended on April 1. The acquisition would help HNA, the owner of Hainan Airlines as well as hotel, infrastructure, logistics and aviation-maintenance businesses, extend its foothold outside mainland China after agreeing to buy a stake in Brazilian airline Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras SA and acquiring airport luggage handler Swissport International Ltd. for about $2.7 billion. China has urged its companies to expand overseas to improve competitiveness, resulting in $97 billion in deals in the first quarter.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to open a new office in Prague to tap the potential of the Eastern European market, including Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Scheduled to open in August, the new TAT office in Prague will join the TAT’s current network of 35 offices in Thailand and 27 offices overseas. According to Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, “We have seen the prospective sign and a strong growth in Eastern Europe. So, the office in Prague has been established to specifically oversee this growing market in order to uphold Thailand as a quality gateway to tourists in this region.” In 2015, there were 364,967 visitor arrivals from the Eastern European market to Thailand. This market recorded total earned revenue of 637 million Euros for the Thai tourism industry, an increase of 9.7% from the previous year.
InterContinental Hotels Group opened two Holiday Inn Expresses this week – on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), Chennai, and at the International Airport Terminal (T3), New Delhi. The Holiday Inn Express, OMR, Chennai features 136 rooms and is proximate to IT Parks and dedicated Special Economic Zones (SEZ) located along the OMR stretch. The Holiday Inn Express at the International Airport Terminal T3 in New Delhi offering 93 rooms, is easily accessible from both domestic and international terminals.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts opened the Hyatt Regency in Chandigarh, its first hotel in the city. The hotel is located 20 minutes away from Chandigarh International Airport and eight minutes from the Chandigarh Junction railway station and is part of a premium development that includes the Elante Mall and an office complex that houses key multi-national companies and diplomatic missions. The property offers 211 guest rooms, including 25 suites and seven Cabana rooms. The hotel also features five restaurants and bars and more than 36,000 ft2 of meeting and event space, including a ballroom measuring 8,711 ft2.
Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of its first Conrad hotel in India in Pune. Located on Mangaldas Road near Koregaon Park, the hotel is owned by Palm Grove Beach Hotels Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the K. Raheja Constructions Group. The property features 310 rooms including 20 suites, six food and beverage outlets and extensive meeting and banquet space.
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Australia Stock Exchange (ASX)
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Bangkok Stock Exchange (THB)
Central Plaza Hotel Public Co Ltd
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The Erawan Group Public Co Ltd
Grande Asset Hotels and Property Public Co Ltd
Laguna Resorts & Hotel Public Co Ltd
Minor International Public Co Ltd
China Shanghai Stock Exchange (RMB)
Jinling Hotel Corporation Ltd
China Shenzhen Stock Exchange (RMB)
Huatian Hotel Group Co Ltd
Guangzhou Dong Fang Hotel Co Ltd
China Lodging Group Ltd
Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc
Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HK$)
Miramar Hotel & Investment Co Ltd
Regal Hotels International Holdings Ltd
Sino Hotels Holdings Ltd
The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Ltd
Shangri-La Asia Limited
Dorsett Hospitality International
National Stock Exchange (INR)
IHCL (Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces)
EIH (Oberoi Hotels & Resorts)
Hotel Leela Ventures
Korea Exchange (KRW)
Singapore Stock Exchange (S$)
Amara Holdings Ltd
Ascendas Hospitality Trust
Ascott Residence Trust
Banyan Tree Holdings Limited
CDL Hospitality Trusts
Far East Hospitality Trust
Hotel Grand Central Ltd
Hotel Properties Ltd
Mandarin Oriental International Ltd (US$)
OUE Hospitality Trust
Stamford Land Corporation Ltd
Taiwan Stock Exchange (NT$)
Formosa International Hotels Corporation
The Ambassador Hotel, Ltd
Tokyo Stock Exchange (JPY)
Japan Hotel REIT Investment Corp.
Imperial Hotel, Ltd
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