Opinion Articles - asia
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Destination Weddings - Is India Losing Out?

By Manav Thadani - Founder Chairman By Juie Mobar - Director - Special Projects at Hotelivate

A couple planning a destination wedding has several locations to choose from - beaches, mountains, palaces, backwaters...you name it; local weddings can be very limiting in this regard.Planning, though being a very critical aspect of a destination wedding, is usually easier with most of the preferred locations having hotels and resorts oriented towards taking care of every aspect of the event.

MORPHEUS the God of Dreams

By Terence Ronson - Hospitality Professional, Technology Consultant, Public Speaker and Inventor

In Greek mythology, MORPHEUS is the God of Dreams. Without doubt, the hotel is just that, since the targeted clientele for the exoskeleton building appear to be dreamers who aim to win big in the casino as they roll up and enter one of the most artistically designed buildings in the world.

Key Takeaways from the 2018 South East Asia Hotel Investor's Summit (SEAHIS)

By Hok Yean CHEE - Managing Partner at HVS Singapore By Paola Orneli Bock - Vice President, HVS Bangkok By Pawinee Chaisiriroj - Manager at HVS Bangkok

This year's South East Asia Hotel Investors' Summit (SEAHIS) took place at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok on May 14-15, and HVS proudly sponsored the conference for the second consecutive year. The event tackled some of the key issues facing the hospitality sector including the role of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs), hotel management agreement negotiations, and fear of oversupply in certain markets, as well as the 2018 regional outlook.

Has Incredible India Lost its Incredible Hotels?

By Manav Thadani - Founder Chairman

During the exclusive 'owners-only' meet at the recently concluded HICSA in Mumbai, there was an interesting discussion on the type of branded hotels entering the market today across positioning. Everyone agreed that too much of the same thing is being churned out and except for the logo and the hotel name, there is really very little of the ambience and decor that sets one mainstream brand's property apart from the other - which begs the question, does standardization need to be so obvious? While I am not here to promote any brand, most owners in the room agreed that what the Andaz has done both in Delhi and Singapore with their public spaces, stands out from the pack - they are seamless, simplistic and have a distinct local influence; there is a story being told and the guest literally lives it during his/her stay.