Hilton planning expansion to tap Thai potential

One of the fastest growing markets of Southeast Asia, Thailand, hosted an impressive 29 million visitors during the year of 2015. Now Hilton Worldwide plans to plant roots in the growing economy. Hilton plans on opening five hotels and offer an experience unlike any other found currently. Three of these Hilton hotels will open in Bangkok, one in Phuket, and the last one in Pattaya. It’s hard to imagine Hilton, currently operating 600 properties in the world, failing to be successful in the endeavor.

What’s going to make these hotels stand out from the current hotels in Thailand, will be the excellent guest focused experience that Hilton Hotels are known for. Hilton plans on hiring over 3,000 employees in Thailand. These employees will go through rigorous training and only the best will be working, when the hotels open their doors. Doors open of the first hotel, the 300 room Hilton Phuket Patong in 2018.

Apart from these new developments, Hilton Worldwide is planning to open a new luxury hotel under the Waldorf Astoria brand, which will be the first of its kind in Bangkok. Located on Ratchadamri Road in the heart of the business district, the highly anticipated 170-key upscale hotel is scheduled to open early next year under a management contract with Magnolia Finest Corp, he said.

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Optimism rising in Thai hospitality sector

Thailand has bounced back from recent political turmoil and reclaimed its spot as a “Hot Spot” for travel. The credit for the turn-around is being given to the recent changes in flight connections, multi-entrance six month visas, expansions on existing airports and increase in investment opportunities in luxury and affordable hotels.

The majority of the influx for tourism is expected to come from China. However, with the new Thailand reganing so much popularity,  it is only a matter of time before more Westerners re-discover the treasure trove of experiences that the country has to offer. The hospitality of its people, the cultural antiquity mixed with the modern will draw crowds from around the globe with those wanting to revel in its new found popularity.

Mike Batchelor Managing Director for Investment Sales (Asia) at JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group, tells the Pattaya Mail that

In the luxury sector, demand is very much keeping up with supply. Around 900 new rooms are expected in Koh Samui in the next two years yet occupancy is likely to increase due to better transport connections to the island and a growing number of tourists.

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Optimism rising in Thai hospitality sector – Pattaya Mail

Accor Signs Three Hotels in Phuket, Thailand

AccorHotels and Avista Resort and Spa Patong Company Limited have signed an agreement for AccorHotels to manage three properties in Phuket.

Two of these hotels will open on April 1, 2016 – just in time for summer – and will carry new names: Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort and Spa and Avista Hidewaway Phuket Patong, McGallery by Sofitel. The third hotel is the spanking new Avista Grande Phuket Karon, McGallery by Sofitel, slated to open in 2018.
All three hotels have at least 140 rooms and boast of excellent location as they are minutes away from well-liked beaches, shopping and entertainment spots. Hotel guests will also appreciate the top-notch facilities offered such as restaurants, bars, swimming pools, meeting rooms, business and fitness centers, and kids’ clubs.

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Accor Signs Three Hotels in Phuket, Thailand – ASIATravelTips.com

Trisara Phuket awarded best resort by leading travel guides in 2016

If you are looking for a luxurious tropical vacation spot, consider staying at the Trisara Phuket. Considerable attention has been drawn to, and awards presented to, this Thai resort.
Stay in one of their villas or rooms spaciously nestled among bamboo and banana trees on a 40-acre hillside by the beach. Each one has a spectacular view of the Andaman Sea for you while you enjoy your private infinity pool and opulent accommodations.
From the unbiased publication Oyster.com to the millions of voters on TripAdvisor, the Trisara Phuket has only the highest recommendations. The accommodations, service, cuisine, and setting are not surpassed anywhere in the world.
When you want excellent hospitality, outstanding cuisine, stunning views, and an overall memorable travel experience, be sure to stay at the Trisara Phuket.

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Trisara Phuket awarded best resort by leading travel guides in 2016

Is buying hotel points to ‘save’ on hotel stays good value?

Depending on your situation, it can be very beneficial to buy hotel points. In the end, it can save you hundreds of dollars. Generally, you would save more when you buy points for staying several days rather than just one day.

Many of the major hotel loyalty clubs periodically run campaign where bulk purchase of points  are offered at a discount.

However, it works best if you have a trip in mind and call ahead to check the availability of the hotel. You also need to verify that they will accept the points for that stay. There may be other reason not to use points for your stay, also. If your employer is paying for the stay, you should save your points for future use.

ThePointsGuy is an excellent website that knows just about every way to maximise points as there is, as well as timely information on promos run by most hotel chains.

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Is buying hotel points to ‘save’ on hotel stays good value?