Analysis for Asia

Accor grows Novotel’s reach in Thailand; busy 2022 for property openings

18 January, 2022

Accor has debuted its latest flagship property for the midscale Novotel brand popular with both business and leisure travellers with the opening of the Novotel Bangkok Future Park Rangsit. Located in the Future Park Rangsit complex, the property is the 22nd Novotel to open in Thailand.

Travel apartheid: latest Henley Passport Index reveals widest global mobility gap since inception

12 January, 2022

As we enter 2022, the latest edition of the Henley Passport Index shows record-breaking levels of travel freedom for top-ranking nations Japan and Singapore, but also the widest recorded global mobility gap since the index’s inception 17 years ago.

The study shows that while citizens of upper middle- and high-income countries have achieved visa-free access to most nations, citizens of lower middle- and low-income countries, as well as ones with higher fragility scores, enjoy far less travel freedom because they are deemed to be high-risk when it comes to security, asylum, and overstay.

 

IHG to bring first Vignette Collection hotel to Asia with Bangkok property

12 January, 2022

IHG Hotels & Resorts and Siam Sindhorn Co have confirmed plans for the first Vignette Collection hotel to open in Asia within the bustling city of Bangkok. The Sindhorn Midtown will join IHG’s newest Luxury & Lifestyle collection brand in Mar-2022, two years since it first opened in Thailand’s capital city.

This will be the second luxury and lifestyle brand that IHG and Siam Sindhorn will debut to South East Asia and Thailand. It follows a successful first partnership with the opening of Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok in 2020, that launched IHG’s global boutique brand into South East Asia. Both hotels are situated within Sindhorn Village, a development project that spans 42 rai in the area of Langsuan Road and Soi Tonson.

CTC BCD China Travel Smart Conference brings 140 travel experts together in Shanghai

3 December, 2021

CTC – Corporate Travel Community and BCD Travel once again partnered to bring together travel experts for this year’s China Travel Smart Conference (CTSC) in Shanghai on 30-Nov-2021. An important event for the corporate travel industry, it was a day of networking and learning as experts discussed topics related to travel management in China.  

Travel technology in Asia: from airline to super app

2 November, 2021

As the global COVID-19 pandemic has irreversibly changed the way we communicate, the way we travel and even the way we do business, digital business such as AirAsia.com and AirAsia super app are proving to be vital parts of the airline business.

Charting the trends – Singapore’s opening for quarantine-free travel delivers immediate boost in travel searches; it won’t be alone as countries evolve policy in reaction to pandemic evolution

14 October, 2021

Singapore is opening its borders to more countries for quarantine-free travel as the city-state seeks to rebuild its status as an international aviation hub, and prepares to reach a "new normal" to live with COVID-19. It is not alone as increasingly around the world, as vaccination levels reach new heights, countries are changing their stance, removing the strong-armed restrictions in favour or a more relaxed stance to the dangers of COVID-19 transmission and spread.

The CEO perspective – airline bosses open up on COVID, the recovery, and the future of air travel

15 September, 2021

Across 2021, airline CEOs from all parts of the world have spoken openly at the monthly CAPA Live virtual summit about air travel, the coronavirus crisis and the path to recovery. To say 2020 and 2021 have been a challenge for these professionals is a major understatement and each shares the journey for their respective airlines through one of the biggest crises to hit the world.

Loyalty in the midst of a crisis – are we still in love with our preferred travel brands?

25 August, 2021

The world’s biggest brands have seen their value decrease significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, but loyalty remains an important tool. Before the global health crisis the value of loyalty was regularly being questioned. It had lost some of its value, but loyalty programmes have become an important tool to help airlines and hotels navigate the storm.

Weakening of China domestic market ‘poses a risk’ to travel recovery, but US domestic bookings are now near to pre-pandemic levels

24 August, 2021

The strong forecast sentiment for travel has translated into the return of traffic, in domestic markets at least, where the removal of restrictions has permitted mobility. There are even positive signs on the return of business travel with the slow removal of international restrictions now also allowing foreign visits. While the majority of these remain for leisure purposes there is increasing evidence that business travel rates are on the rise.

The CEO perspective – airline bosses open up on COVID, the recovery, and the future of air travel

4 August, 2021

Across 2021, airline CEOs from all parts of the world have spoken openly at the monthly CAPA Live virtual summit about air travel, the coronavirus crisis and the path to recovery. To say 2020 and 2021 have been a challenge for these professionals is a major understatement and each shares the journey for their respective airlines through one of the biggest crises to hit the world.

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