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HVS Monday Musings: Corporate Travel is Bouncing Back, but Omicron is a Threat to Recovery | By Mandeep Lamba & Dipti Mohan

Corporate travel has been gathering up steam globally, albeit slowly, as after several months of virtual meetings and video conferencing, in-person meetings are finally making a comeback. According to a recent report by World Travel & Tourism Council, global business travel spending is expected to rise 26% in 2021 and 34% in 2022, bringing it to two-thirds of pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022. This rebound is likely to be led by the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, Middle East, World Travel Tourism Council, Dipti Mohan, Mandeep Lamba


The world's first ultra-low-cost international airline alliance is on the horizon as 2 budget carriers team up to bring cheap fares between Mexico and the US

Allegiant Air and Viva Aerobus have applied to the US DOT to enter into an alliance.Carlos Yudica/Shutterstock and Viva Aerobus Allegiant Air and Viva Aerobus announced plans to enter into the first ultra-low-cost international alliance. The venture will allow the airlines to expand their networks in the US and Mexico via codesharing. The agreement is pending government approval, but the alliance is planned to start in early 2023. On Thursday, Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air and Mexico-based Vi...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, South Korea, UK, News, Australia, Mexico, Germany, US, Trends, Asia Pacific, Delta, Las Vegas, Airlines, Department Of Justice, Routes


Hotels in Asia Pacific Region See Signs of Recovery

Hotels in the Asia-Pacific region are still in need of international travel, but there are other promising signs contributing to a recovery.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific region


Hilton Cements Luxury Growth with New Signings in Japan and China

Leading global hospitality company Hilton (NYSE: HLT) further underscores its tremendous growth momentum today as it announces two landmark signings; for the first Waldorf Astoria hotel in Osaka, Japan; and Conrad hotel in Chongqing, China. The two management agreements, inked with Orix Real Estate Corporation and Chongqing Jiafa Industrial Co., Ltd. respectively, add two brand-leading properties to the company’s storied portfolio of luxury hotels in Asia Pacific. When they open, the hote...
Tags: Travel, Japan, China, Asia Pacific, Hilton, Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Osaka Japan, Chongqing China, Hilton NYSE, Orix Real Estate Corporation, Chongqing Jiafa Industrial Co Ltd


The 5 Key Trends for Asia Pacific Travelers in Q3 | By Celine Wickerhoff

We recently published the latest edition of Travel Recovery Trend Report, which detailed some of the most notable industry trends from Q3 at a global scale. But we know that the pace and form of the pandemic recovery isn’t uniform around the world, as vaccines rollouts and travel restrictions vary country by country. Here we look in more detail at the five most noticeable trends as seen among travelers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, Celine Wickerhoff, Asia Pacific Travelers


The Asia Pacific Hotel Construction Pipeline, excluding China, Down Slightly Year-Over-Year

PORTSMOUTH, NH - According to the recent Construction Pipeline Trend Report for the Asia Pacific region from analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE), Asia Pacific’s total const ruction pipeline, excluding China, at end the third quarter of 2021 stands at 1,758 projects/382,434 rooms. Projects are down slightly year-over-year (YOY) by 3% while rooms are down 1% YOY.At the end of the third quarter, projects currently under construction stand at 858 projects/195,518 rooms, down 9% by projects ...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Australia, China, India, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Accor, Marriott, Ihg, Portsmouth, Vietnam, Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Asia Pacific region


Utopia Corporation Launched Utopia Hospitality Group a New Era of Hospitality World in Phuket

Utopia Corporation: UCORP, one of the largest real estate developers in Phuket, launched Utopia Hospitality Group: UHG, a flagship hospitality management company and it is a dynamic new player in the Asia Pacific hotel sector, with a vision to create daring concepts and lifestyle experiences that transform the world of hospitality. Its strong new vision will add a new page to the hospitality industry on Phuket Island with a business model covering a fully integrated Hospitality Ecosystem ...
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, Phuket, Phuket Island, Utopia Corporation, New Era of Hospitality World, Utopia Hospitality Group


Sheraton Brings People Together Again with the New Brand Campaign Across Asia Pacific, “Celebrate the Community”

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today unveils its new brand campaign, “Celebrate the Community”. Sitting at the heart of communities for over 80 years, Sheraton continues to bring people together in destinations around the world. The campaign celebrates the communal spirit and invites guests to reconnect and share experiences, reinforcing the brand’s commitment to be “Where the World Comes Together”.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, Sheraton, Sheraton Hotels Resorts, Marriott Bonvoy


Middle East airports will lose $11bln in revenues by end of 2021: ACI Asia-Pacific | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Middle East airports will lose $11bln in revenues by end of 2021: ACI Asia-Pacific | ZAWYA MENA Edition Airports in the Middle East will continue to experience significant revenue losses this year due to sustained travel restrictions and quarantine policies in some countries, according to Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific. The industry body, which represents airports in the region, estimated that revenues of aviation hubs in the Middle East could fall by approximately $11 billi...
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, Middle East, ACI, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Airports Council International ACI Asia Pacific, Stefano Baronci, ACI Asia Pacific


Profitability in Asia Pacific hotel markets well below pre-pandemic levels

LONDON—The hotel industries in seven key Asia Pacific markets reported profitability levels well below pre-pandemic levels, with only Beijing above 40% of the 2019 comparable, according to STR‘s September 2021 monthly P&L data release.
Tags: Travel, London, Beijing, Asia Pacific


A potential recovery in China outbound demand OR what’s in store for 2022? | By Daniel Voellm

2022 could be a promising year in terms of tourism as borders gradually reopen and quarantine requirements become less strict. Several countries in Asia-Pacific already announced quarantine free travel for vaccinated visitors from specific points of origin. We can expect this trend to accelerate and become more pervasive. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be any bumps on the road – new strains, localized spikes in infections on the one side and infrastructure capacity constraints and bot...
Tags: Travel, China, Asia Pacific, Daniel Voellm


Thailand reopens to vaccinated tourists after 18 months of Covid curbs

Country is allowing visitors from 63 countries to visit without need to quarantineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThailand has opened its borders to vaccinated travellers from more than 60 countries , the largest restart of tourism yet in south-east Asia where borders have mostly remained shut throughout the pandemic.Starting on Monday, Thailand is allowing visitors from 63 countries to visit without the need to quarantine. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Coronavirus


Thailand reopens to some vaccinated tourists after 18 months of Covid curbs

The coronavirus pandemic saw arrivals drop more than 80% in the tourism-reliant nationSee all our coronavirus coverageThailand has reopened to fully vaccinated tourists, with tens of thousands of travellers expected to touch down in Bangkok and Phuket as the country reboots its tourism industry after 18 months of Covid restrictions.The coronavirus pandemic has hammered the kingdom’s economy, with tourism making up almost 20% of its national income. Last year saw its worst performance since the 1...
Tags: Travel, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Phuket, Coronavirus


Auckland, closed to the world by Covid, tops Lonely Planet’s list of best cities to visit

New Zealanders react with amusement at travel guide’s optimistic ranking for 2022In further evidence that we all want what we cannot have, Auckland has taken out the top spot in Lonely Planet’s “best cities to visit” rankings – despite currently being in lockdown, the centre of a Covid outbreak, and off-limits to both the rest of the country and the world.The announcement generated some amusement in New Zealand, given anyone who now attempts to visit the locked-down city risks being slapped with...
Tags: Travel, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Lonely Planet, Auckland, COVID


Businesses in Thailand urge government to reverse alcohol ban

Borders set to open after 18 months of restrictions that did ‘catastrophic damage’ to the tourism sectorCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBusinesses in Thailand have urged the government to lift restrictions on alcohol sales as the country reopens to tourists, warning the measures are destroying its famous nightlife and risk deterring visitors.Thailand plans to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from 45 countries on 1 November, following 18 months of rest...
Tags: Travel, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Air transport, Coronavirus


Case Study: HAMA AP, HotStats Review Phuket Sandbox Performance

The launch of the Phuket Sandbox on July 1, 2021, is an important step on the road to recovery from COVID-19 and a measure that many other destinations in the Asia-Pacific region could soon mimic.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, COVID, Phuket Sandbox, HAMA AP HotStats Review Phuket Sandbox Performance


Recap: A New Era of Hotel Distribution

In our regular Shiji Buzz conversations, we explore various hot topics in hospitality technology with a panel of diverse experts from across the industry. In our most recent Buzz chat, we traveled to Asia-Pacific, joined by Shiji’s own Matthew Clark, APAC Sales Manager, and Patricia Brennan, VP, Strategic Accounts, Shiji Distribution Solutions, as well as Nicholas van Brenda, Director, Global Sales Distribution for Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited, Gavin Maloney, Director...
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, Australia New Zealand, Shangri La International Hotel Management Limited, Matthew Clark, Shiji, Patricia Brennan, Shiji Distribution Solutions, Nicholas van Brenda, Gavin Maloney, Duncan Waterman


Know The Endemic Traveller: Longer Stays, Hyper Focused, Higher Spending

WITH the rapid rollout of vaccination in Asia Pacific (APAC), many countries are preparing to live in an endemic phase, and opening their borders to their people to travel abroad.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific


Asia Pacific hotel investment to top $7 billion in 2021, growing to $9 billion in 2022 - JLL

Hotel investment volumes will likely cross US$7 billion for the full year 2021, a 15% year-on-year increase, as investors continue to look past the industry’s short-to-medium term headwinds brought on by COVID-19. According to JLL (NYSE: JLL) Hotels & Hospitality Group, healthy transaction volumes will continue into next year, with the industry expected to attract a minimum of US$9 billion in capital in 2022.
Tags: Travel, US, Asia Pacific, JLL Hotels Hospitality Group, COVID


Fifth of Indonesia’s palm oil sites lie in protected forests, says Greenpeace

Report says enforcement failures have led to Unesco sites and land mapped as orangutan habitat being turned into plantationsAlmost one-fifth of the land used for Indonesian oil palm plantations is located in the country’s forest estate, despite a law banning such activity, according to a study by Greenpeace.The report, produced by Greenpeace and TheTreeMap, describes a catastrophic failure of law enforcement that has allowed swathes of land, including Unesco sites, national parks and areas once ...
Tags: Indonesia, Animals, Environment, World news, Unesco, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Palm Oil, Greenpeace, Sumatran


A fifth of Indonesia’s palm oil sites lie in protected forests, says Greenpeace

Greenpeace says law enforcement failures led to Unesco sites and land mapped for orangutan habitats being turned into palm oil plantationsAlmost one-fifth of the land used for Indonesian oil palm plantations is located in the country’s forest estate, despite a law banning such activity, according to a study by Greenpeace.The report, produced by Greenpeace and TheTreeMap, describes a catastrophic failure of law enforcement that has allowed swathes of land, including Unesco sites, national parks a...
Tags: Indonesia, Environment, Unesco, Asia Pacific, Palm Oil, Greenpeace, Sumatran


Asia Pacific hotel investment to top $7 billion in 2021, growing to $9 billion in 2022

Hotel investment volumes will likely cross US$7 billion for the full year 2021, a 15% year-on-year increase, as investors continue to look past the industry’s short-to-medium term headwinds brought on by COVID-19. According to JLL (NYSE: JLL) Hotels & Hospitality Group, healthy transaction volumes will continue into next year, with the industry expected to attract a minimum of US$9 billion in capital in 2022.
Tags: Travel, US, Asia Pacific, JLL Hotels Hospitality Group, COVID


Europe and Asia Pacific show increased hotel pipeline activity

Two of the four world regions, Europe and Asia Pacific, showed an increase in hotel pipeline activity at the end of the third quarter, according to September 2021 data from STR.
Tags: Travel, Europe, Asia Pacific


The Key Q2 Trends for Latin American Travelers | By Ana Paradela

We’ve already gleaned some powerful insights from the Q2 Travel Recovery Trend Report on the gradual rebuilding of the travel industry, as well as dove into the data for the North America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific markets. Next, we’ll share some of the insights we’ve gained for the Latin American market to see how it compares.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, North America EMEA, Ana Paradela


The Key Q2 Trends for Travelers in Asia Pacific | By Celine Wickerhoff

The Q2 Travel Recovery Trend Report offers valuable insights into the interests of travelers during this still uncertain time. Previously, we shared our findings about the North American and EMEA markets in the second quarter of the year, but now let’s see what the data tells us about travelers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and try to understand how these trends compare to what’s happening on a global scale and in other markets.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, EMEA, Asia Pacific APAC, Celine Wickerhoff


Former Pro-invest trio target Asia Pacific hotel recovery cycle with new investment platform

Leading hotel industry investment executives Phil Kasselis, Luke Sullivan and Ed Faraguna have joined forces to create a private equity real estate firm dedicated to investing in hospitality assets with value-add potential as the Asia Pacific tourism sector recovers in the wake of the Covid pandemic.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, Phil Kasselis Luke Sullivan, Ed Faraguna


A peek behind the curtain: inside North Korea – in pictures

Hong Kong native Ted Lau’s new book tries to understand everyday life in the ‘dystopian utopia’ of a totalitarian country shrouded in mystery Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Books, North Korea, Society, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, North Korea Holidays, Art and design books, Ted Lau


Hilton Launches Large-Scale Franchise Model in Asia Pacific

Hilton, the fastest growing hotel company in Asia Pacific and a recognized global leader in franchising, today announced the launch of its large-scale franchise model in China. The business model will allow independent hotel owners in China to benefit from Hilton’s innovative commercial strategies and extensive support network, as the company welcomes investors and owners to explore franchising opportunities with its award-winning upscale focused-service brand, Hilton Garden Inn.
Tags: Travel, China, Asia Pacific, Hilton


Phocuswright Tips Five Key Trends To Watch In APAC

THE Covid-19 pandemic ravaged economies and the travel industry in Asia Pacific (APAC), especially in countries with a higher dependency on tourism. As governments tried to protect their populations, they imposed severe restrictions on national and international mobility dealing a massive blow to the travel and hospitality industry.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, APAC



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