Analysis for Asia

Encouraging progress in Asia-Pacific, but rest of region needs to join the positive momentum

30 March, 2022

Restrictive travel corridors was as good is it got for those moving around Asia Pacific during much of the COVID-19 pandemic and has meant international travel in Asia-Pacific has been trailing the rest of the world’s recovery path. Now many Southeast Asian countries are cautiously reopening, but there North Asian counterparts are still largely restricting entry highlighting the need to remain cautious about recovery.  

Hyatt outlines plans for world's First FILA-branded lifestyle hotel in Shanghai

22 March, 2022

Hyatt Hotels Corporation and ANTA Sports Products Co have announced plans for the first FILA-branded hotel in Shanghai – FILA HOUSE Shanghai. The hotel will make its mark on the global stage as the inaugural FILA-branded hotel in the world, joining the JdV by Hyatt brand.  

IHG’s strong 4Q 2021 performance continues into 2022 with Asia Pacific openings

15 March, 2022

With the strong financial improvements delivered in 2021, including more than doubling operating profit from reportable segments and substantially reducing its net debt, IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) has started 2022 further growing its portfolio across Asia Pacific with new openings across multiple brands.  

Going Places – industry appointment highlights for Feb-2022

9 March, 2022

The travel, tourism and aviation industries in the across the globe witness policy and upper level changes on a daily basis. It is important to not only keep tabs of these organisations direction, but to also monitor changes in executive branches to see the wider picture of the travel market. CTC – Corporate Travel Community aims to keep you informed of these movements each month, with a full wrap of the key changes across regional markets, while also featuring key appointments announced for the month.

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.

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