Analysis for Asia

Accor adds first dual-branded property in Japan; confirms TRIBE debut in Thailand

13 September, 2022

Accor has entered into a partnership with real estate company Tokyu Resorts and Stays Co to introduce its first dual-branded property in Japan. Located in Osaka it is due to open in Dec-2022 and will combine Accor’s midscale Mercure brand and Japanese long-stay brand Tokyu Stay.  

‘Individuality and colours mix and change’ as IHG brings Hotel Indigo neighbourhood concept to Tokyo

7 September, 2022

IHG Hotels & Resorts has signed a management agreement with Pan Pacific International Holdings Corporation to open Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya in late 2023. The property will be the fourth Hotel Indigo-branded hotel in Japan, following Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora which opened in 2020, and Hotel Indigo Karuizawa and Hotel Indigo Inuyama Urakuen Garden, both of which opened earlier this year.  

Accor adds Sofitel & Emblems properties at Hann Lux Philippines resort; opens Ibis Styles in Bangkok

30 August, 2022

Accor will add Sofitel and Emblems properties within the Hann Lux resort in the Philippines, while its has opened a flagship hotel under its budget Ibis Styles brand in Thailand’s capital. The growth follows the recent debut of the MGallery brand in the Philippines and the first Grand Mercure property in Solo, Indonesia.  

Hilton’s new Asia Pacific luxury property signings confirms Waldorf Astoria debut in Malaysia

23 August, 2022

Hilton has announced six landmark luxury property signings across Asia Pacific formalising a deal to debut the Waldorf Astoria brand in Malaysia with the opening of the Waldorf Astoria Kuala Lumpur in 2024. The further signings include Waldorf Astoria Xi'an, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai Qiantan, Waldorf Astoria Sydney, Conrad Nagoya and an LXR Hotels & Resorts property in Bali.  

Ennismore’s New Zealand expansion brings new JO&JOE, Hyde and TRIBE properties

16 August, 2022

UK developer Ennismore encompasses a portfolio 14 brands with 90 operating properties and further 160 in the pipeline – and a collection of over 150 culturally relevant and diverse restaurants and nightlife destinations.

Its latest expansion sees it growing its activities in New Zealand with agreement to bring the JO&JOE, Hyde and TRIBE brands to the country.

Asia Pacific international tourism undergoing slow recovery

9 August, 2022

Asia Pacific international travel and tourism remains in the doldrums.

While the region had initial been expected to be one of the fastest to recover during 2021, the combination of disparate national responses to COVID-19, long border closures and other restrictions, and the imposition of burdensome travel requirements, have meant that international tourism in the Asia Pacific has remained at a near standstill.

The region’s three largest outbound travel markets – China, Japan and South Korea – have been among the slowest major markets to recover.

At the same time, some key inbound tourism markets continue to suffer from reduced travel from their historical source markets in Europe, North America and Oceania. Thanks to heightened concerns around health risks and travel disruptions, travellers in these markets are opting for travel closer to home.

Accor to open more than 400 Movenpick properties in China; Uzbekistan, India & Australia growth

19 July, 2022

Accor is to deploy an “aggressive expansion effort” in China using the Movenpick brand. In its most significant move with the brand since its 2018 purchase, Accor has signed a master franchise agreement with Sunmei Digital Intelligence Group to open more than 400 Movenpick properties across China from 2023, the same year the brand celebrates its 75th anniversary.  

Collinson: Frequent travellers in Asia Pacific are planning more trips in 2022

13 July, 2022

As Asia Pacific reopens, Asian travellers are displaying a strong appetite for international travel despite residual travel anxieties, according to new research produced for traveller experience specialist Collinson. The findings, based on a survey by data collection agency Lucid, indicates a marginal improvement from the prior year in terms of the percentage of travellers undertaking frequent trips.  

Jakarta celebrates new arrivals – Park Hyatt debuts in Indonesia and Movenpick adds airport property

12 July, 2022

Jakarta, Indonesia's massive capital, sits on the northwest coast of the island of Java. A historic mix of cultures – Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and European – has influenced its architecture, language and cuisine and it remains a popular business and leisure destination for travellers.  

IHG launches premium voco brand in Japan; InterContinental signings in Uzbekistan and Malaysia

28 June, 2022

IHG Hotels & Resorts will launch its popular voco Hotels brand in Japan for the first time, following the signing of a management agreement with NTT Urban Development Corporation that will see it open the flagship voco Osaka Central in 2023. As part of the planned growth of its global luxury and lifestyle portfolio in 2022 it will also bring the InterContinental brand to Penang, Malaysia and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  

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