New on the river

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 28, 2020
The 299-room Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is scheduled to open during the second quarter of 2020, offering event planners river vistas and versatile venues.

New payment benefits

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 25, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO, PARIS - Accor and Visa have announced a global partnership to bring new payment experiences to ALL-Accor Live Limitless loyalty members. The partnership will bring together Accor’s loyalty programme and Visa’s global payment capabilities to create a new ALL Visa card.

Transformer in Bangkok

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 25, 2020
BANGKOK – Hilton has signed a management agreement for its largest hotel in Bangkok yet. Together with real estate company, AP Prime Property Company, Hilton will convert the former Grand Ayudhaya Hotel into a 608-room hotel and open it in 2022.

More space for meetings

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 25, 2020
BANGKOK - The 34-storey Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit has opened in the city’s prime location between BTS SkyTrain Asoke and Phrom Phong stations.

Loyalty pays

by Meetings & Conventions Asia | February 21, 2020
Hotel profitability is very much dependant on customer loyalty and according to recent figures from Roiback, a specialist in the management of the direct channel of hotel sales, a loyal and regular customer can spend 67% more than a new one. A loyal guest allows the hotel to reduce the acquisition cost if the customer reserves through the direct channel instead from another platform.

Hotel websites vs online travel agencies

by Linda Fox | February 18, 2020
SiteMinder’s annual look at where bookings come from reveals that direct bookings via a hotel website are holding on to their position in the top five in rankings, or have climbed year-over-year.

Swiss-Belhotel’s debuts first Malaysian hotel

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 18, 2020
HONG KONG – Swiss-Belhotel International has soft launched its first Malaysian property – the 366-room Swiss-Belhotel Kuantan. The four-star property is part of the larger Kuantan Waterfront Resort City mixed-used development project.

Communication: authenticity in trying times

by Patricia Wee | February 14, 2020
SINGAPORE – The Covid-19 outbreak is thrusting industry leaders into the spotlight on a daily basis. Red Shoe Communications’ managing director, Ms Kathy O’Brien, shared how senior leadership can provide effective communication in these uncertain times. The company was the 2019 gold winner of Best Employee Communications Training Provider by HRO.

JAL City opens its first hotel outside Japan in Bangkok

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 14, 2020
BANGKOK - Hotel JAL City Bangkok opens on May 8, 2020 after being rebranded from the currently operating Hotel Verve Bangkok. Located on Sukhumvit Road in Thonglor tourist and business district, the venue will offer special rates for One Harmony members.

Step this way to the Victorian era

by Meetings & Conventions Asia | February 14, 2020
HONG KONG – Hotel Alexandra, a new Victorian era inspired hotel, is set to open this spring with views over Hong Kong’s cityscape and Victoria Harbour.

Mövenpick brings Swiss touch to Cam Ranh

by Meetings & Conventions Asia | February 11, 2020
CAM RANH – Swiss hospitality brand Mövenpick has opened the doors of its 500-key beachfront Mövenpick Resort Cam Ranh in central Vietnam.

AC Hotels by Marriott debuts in Malaysia

by S.S. Yoga | February 07, 2020
KUALA LUMPUR - AC Hotels by Marriott has arrived in Malaysia with three new hotels.

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