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News from around the Asia Pacific region, June 28.
Saturday, 28th June 2014
Source : HVS
Hotel industry and travel news from around the Asia Pacific region; this week: Westin Macau deflagged, Melia opens Bali, Hong Kong warehouse converted to Hotel and more...

AirAsia Begins Flights to India

On 12th June, AirAsia has taken the skies to India for the first time. It is speculated that AirAsia is likely to fly to all regions with the exception of Mumbai. Having finally attaining its flying permit by the DGCA, AirAsia India will be based in Chennai. The airline will be competing with several other lowfare carriers which dominate India’s market share such as IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet. According to industry experts, this should push the competition to resort to competitive pricing.

Melia’s Sol Beach House Opens in Bali

With its new global sub brand, Melia Hotels International has opened its first Sol Beach House Benoa in resort destination, Bali. The property will be slotted into Sol Beach House, joining the other 3 sub-concepts: Sol Hotels; Sol Katmandu Park & Resort; and Sol House. This new concept is “hippie chic” which combines modernity with a vintage touch in each beach house. The Sol Beach House Benoa aims to provide a Mediterranean feel that could be use as a model by Melia for future growth in Asia.

Ovolo Converts Warehouse to Hotel in Hongkong

From its beginning as a warehouse, Ovolo Southside is situated on the south side of Hongkong Island in a neighbourhood known for previously of its car workshops and warehouses but its location now showcases many heritage buildings, contemporary art galleries and restaurants. With its building designed in 1976 and kept in its original structure, each of its 162 open-plan guestrooms being different in size and shape. Ovolo boasts of being the first to have present a hotel in Hongkong that was originally converted from a warehouse.

The Westin Resort Macau to be Taken over as Grand Coloane Beach Resort

From 22nd June 2014, The Westin Resort Macau marks the end of the licensing agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts which has been in place since 1993. Taking on its new name as Grand Coloane Beach Resort and under the management of its owner directly, the property has successfully completed its refurbishment and will continue to be in operations with the same management team. With its new brand and the necessary investments supplied, the hotel aims to maintain its high standards which are expected from its previous reputable brand: Starwoods and Westin.

One Farrer Hotel & Spa debuts in Singapore

Located in Farrer Park at Connexion, five-star One Farrer Hotel & Spa opens in August, this year. The Connexion will also house the Farrer Park Medical Clinics and Farrer Park Hospital. One Farrer Hotel & Spa aims to carry out a philosophy called “Total Environment” which means provides hotel residents with functional spaces and everything they need at their fingertips. With 4 room categories: Urban Rooms for both business and leisure travellers, Loft Apartments for extended-stay guest, Skyline Hotel and Skyline Villas for an exclusive penthouse experience, the property provides a place for travellers to check each box of their desires in a hotel.

Best Western Arrives in Phnom Penh

Best Western International successfully acquires a stunning property by the river side in the heart of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. Now known as Best Western River Palace Hotel, it is the company’s second property in Cambodia following the Best Western Suites and Sweet Resort Angkor in Siem Reap. Phnom Penh currently shows high potential and has been growing as a regional hub for both business and leisure travellers which indicates that Best Western International is now present in 2 of Cambodia’s thriving cities.
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