Category Archives: East Asia

New hotel world records – Unique features are important for hotel marketing

Shanghai, China – 20 April 2016 – Size is not everything when it comes to world records. Now, the luxurious JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square was honoured for its world’s highest library and therefore will get an entry in the “Guinness Book of World Records”. This is reported by

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square

The library with over 2,000 books in English and Mandarin (Putonghua) is located at the 60th floor, 230.9 meters above ground. For the hotel tower with landmark character, it is a welcome, exclusive award to emphasize the excellent service.

The “Guinness Book of World Records”, currently presents 193 entries on hotels. A selection:

  • Largest hotel in the world: First World Hotel in Pahang Darul Makmur / Malaysia with 7,351 rooms
  • Smallest Hotel in the World: Eh’häusl in Amberg / Germany with 53 square meters total
  • Oldest hotel in the world: Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi / Japan opened 705 BC
  • Largest hotel suite in the world: “Royal Suite” at the Grand Hills Hotel & Spa in Broummana / Lebanon with 4,131 square meters

Thailand tourism in booming – 64 new top resorts in the pipeline

Thailand tourism in booming - Photo: ITB BerlinBangkok, Thailand – 24 Februar 2016 – Tourism is booming worldwide – and especially in Thailand. The tourism revenue is growing in the Southeast Asian country annually by more than six percent. This attracts also new investments: According to, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information between clients and contractors in the international hotel industry, currently 74 new hotels and resorts with a total of more than 15,200 rooms are in the pipeline for Thailand.

The InterContinental Hotels Group relies on the holiday destination of Phuket and develops a resort with 454 rooms. The resort will include 75 private apartments and 13 hillside villas as well as gardens. The opening is planned for 2019. The group already operates 19 properties in Thailand.

Another major project is the Grand Hotel Eastin Grand Phayathai in the capital Bangkok, a luxury hotel with 569 rooms (opening should be end of 2019). Also in the capital, a new business hotel with 442 rooms, the Grande Centre Point Hotel will open its doors at the end of this year.

The number of foreign guests recently grew in Thailand by around three percent. It has been estimated that this number will increase by another 17 percent within the next ten years. Currently Chinese guests are, with 25 percent, the largest group of tourists in Thailand.

New luxury gambling resort Wynn Palace in Macao will open early next year

Olympic Winter Games promotes tourism in China – 676 new top hotels and luxury resorts in the pipeline

Beijing, China – 25 August 2015 – The Olympic Winter Games 2022 will take place in Peking and the new winter sports area in Chongli – which promotes the tourism and several new hotel projects. According to TOPHOTELPORJECTS, the worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data, currently 676 new top hotels and luxury resorts with about 205,000 rooms are in the pipeline.

New luxury gambling resort Wynn Palace in Macao will open early next year

New luxury gambling resort Wynn Palace in Macao will open early next year

A new high-speed rail network will drive to the winter sports center Chongli in the Hebei province in the North West of the capital. Spectators, athletes and journalists can then arrive in only 50 minutes. By car it takes three to four hours for the 200-kilometer stretch. In Chongli in the mountains new courses and lifts as well as snow cannons are required. Also several hotels are needed. Currently a 200-room hotel by the Starwood hotel brand Element is planned to open in autumn 2017.

19 new properties with 3,800 rooms are currently being built in Beijing, among them several luxury hotels such as a Bulgari Hotel (120 rooms) and two properties by Mandarin Oriental Hotels (74 and 241 rooms).

The largest hotel projects in China:
Moringa Hotel Sanya Beauty Crown – Sanya/Hainan – 6,000 rooms – opening: spring 2016
Wynn Palace – Macau – 2,000 rooms – opening: early 2016
Pacific Dream Plaza Hotel – Qingdao/Shandong – 1,500 rooms – opening tba
Atlantis Resort – Sanya/Hainan – 1,300 rooms – opening: autumn 2017
Pullman Huizhou Xunliao Bay Resort – Huizhou/Guiangdong – 1,000 rooms – opening: autumn 2016

JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar - Guestroom

India relies on mid-classed hotels – 159 new hotel in the pipeline

New Delhi, India – 24 June 2015 – As a traditional travel destination India has to re-focus on new qualities. After partially significant declines of overnight stays by foreign guests – global reporting about series of rapes especially of women from western countries has damaged the tourism enormous – recently the number of tourist arrivals has increased by six percent. Therefore more and more modern top hotels are in the pipeline now. In total currently 159 new first class and luxury hotels with about 29.068 rooms are under construction or in development. This data has been revealed by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data.

JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar - Guestroom

JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar – Guestroom

Domestic tourism in India has increased strongly by 10 percent during the past three years. Especially branded mid-scale hotels – decent quality for affordable rates – are in demand for the growing middle class. The Indian government plans to encourage the business with international tourists and therefore relaxes the visa regulations with further countries.

Also investors already kept an eye on efficient working budget hotel chains and hotel booking portals such as (former Casa2Inns), Oyo Rooms and Hotel companies like InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) are more and more focussing India, which is rich in monuments and dreamscapes: recently the tenth Holiday Inn Hotel was opened, a 127 room property in Chandigarh.

The US Company Marriott is establishing its top brand JW Marriott. In Mumbai the second luxury hotel with 585 rooms recently opened close to the international airport. Main features of the hotel are the spacious meeting facilities as well as the luxury spa area.

In autumn Starwood Hotels & Resorts will open a high-end hotel by its St. Regis brand in Mumbai. For this will the exciting Palladium Hotel undergo an extensive refurbishment and extension to become a top hotel with 386 luxury rooms and suites, five restaurants, a club lounge, the bars, pool, fitness area and meeting spaces on 38 floors. With 37 new properties in the pipeline Starwood Hotels is expanding its portfolio in India (currently 43 hotels). Among others the W Retreat & Spa Goa, The Westin Kolkata, Sheraton Hyderabad, Le Meridien Nagpur and the Aloft New Delhi Aerocity are under construction.

Sanya Beauty Crown Hotel on Hainan island, China

Hainan: The tourism of China’s island paradise is booming – 48 luxury resorts in the pipeline

Beijing, China – 28 May 2015 – Paradise on earth: the sun-kissed holiday island Hainan in the south of China is about to be converted into an international tourism destination. Since more than five years the tourism is booming – a public index is recording growth rates of almost 18 percent every year. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data, currently 48 new luxury resorts with more than 20,700 rooms are under construction or in development on Hainan.

The largest hotel project on the island is the spectacular Sanya Beauty Crown Hotel with „seven hotel stars“. The hotel will feature 6,000 rooms and serviced apartments in nine building sections, which will look like trees. The hotel project costs more than a billion US-Dollars and will open its doors in spring 2016. The extraordinary tree shape, the “nine beautiful trees”, should represent the tropical nature of the island, which is also called “Hawaii of China”.

Selected Top hotel projects on Hainan in China (Source:
Hard Rock Hotel Haikou – Hainan – 250 rooms – August 2015
Moringa Hotel Sanya Beauty Crown – Hainan – 6000 rooms & Serviced Apartments – planned opening: spring 2016
St. Regis Qingshui Bay Resort – Hainan – 400 rooms – spring 2016
Swissotel Sanya – Hainan – 300 rooms – spring 2016
Submarine Hotel – Hainan – 175 rooms – early 2016
Jumeirah Haikou Hotel – Hainan – 140 rooms – early 2018

The Chinese have already replaced the Germans as top travelling nation and promote especially in the Middle Kingdom the domestic tourism. Currently China offers more than 2.7 million rooms and 11,700 hotels. The tendency is rising. Recently the tourism archived a revue of 40 billion US-Dollars. Until 2022 it is expected that the market volume will increase up to 100 billion US-Dollars and will therefore surpass the USA.

Dusit Thani Cam Ranh Flowers Resort - Opening late 2016

Tourism boom in Southeast Asia: More new top hotels in the pipeline – Vietnam relies on luxury top hotels and resorts

Saigon, Vietnam – 17 May 2015 – The tourism in Southeast Asia is rising. Especially in Vietnam where the number of new hotel constructions is increasing: According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data, currently 50 new top hotels and luxury resorts are in the pipeline, thereof large properties for international hotel brands such as Six Senses, Ritz Carlton, Dusit Thani and JW Marriott.

Dusit Thani Cam Ranh Flowers Resort - Opening late 2016

Dusit Thani Cam Ranh Flowers Resort – Opening late 2016

With 90.7 million residents Vietnam is the third densely populated country in Southeast Asia, behind Indonesia and the Philippines, and surprises with a strong economic growth by six percent in the past year. A similar expansion rate is also expected for this year. The tourism is about to increase its revenue from 10.9 billion US Dollars in 2014 to 12.7 billion US Dollars in 2015. The tourism office is aiming about 8.4 million international visits in 2015 (previous year: 7.9 million). Therefore the infrastructure will be extended in popular holiday destinations such as the Phu Quoc Island.

Selected hotel construction projects in Vietnam
Ritz-Carlton Reserve Vinh Hoi Bay – Quy Nhon – 100 rooms – planned opening: Q2 2016
Six Senses Latitude – Phu Quoc – 136 rooms – opening tbd
Dusit Thani Can Ranh Flowers Resort – Cam Rahn Bay – 439 rooms – opening: late 2016
Four Seasons Cham Island Resort – Quang Nam – 75 rooms – opening tbd

Tourism boom also in Myanmar
Also Myanmar tries to obtain revenue through tourism. After doubling its number of international visitors in 2013, this number increased up to the million in 2014. As the construction of the new major airport Hanthawaddy is delayed, the Yangon International Airport will be expanded until late 2015. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS currently 14 top hotels, brands such as Shangri-La, Dusit, Pullman (Accor), Hilton and Best Western, are in the pipeline.

In 2013 the hotel portfolio increased from 787 to 923 hotels with 34,834 rooms. The greatest part is located in Yangon (232 hotels with 10,175 rooms) followed by Mandalay (104 hotels), Bagan (77) and the capital Nay Pyi Taw (50) and Taunggyi/Inke Lake (70). The ministry recently calculated a stock of 1,000 hotels with about 10,000 new rooms.

Yangon remains the most popular destination. The occupancy rate at luxury hotels reached greatly 80 percent in 2013. In 2009 it was only at 46 percent. The room rate increased by almost 300 percent from 40 US Dollars to 157 US Dollars in average. The largest hotel is the Sule Shangi-La (former Traders) with 484 rooms as well as the hotels Sedona (450 rooms), Park Royal (359), Chatrium (315), Summit Parkview (250), Inya Lake (239) and Golden Hill (212).

Another strong economic growth by seven percent is recorded in Cambodia. Similar increases are expected for this and the next year. More and more manufacturing sites (focus of clothing) are relocated from China and Vietnam to Cambodia. With a growth of the visitor flow by 17.5 percent up to 4.2 million foreign guests, the tourism revives the demand of customer good as well as the hospitality and gastronomy. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS currently seven new top hotels (Rosewood, Okura, Shangri-La) are in the pipeline in Cambodia.

Japan needs new top hotel for Olympia Summer Games 2020 – Ten new upscale hotel construction projects with 1,700 rooms

Tokyo, Japan – 22 April 2015 – More and more tourists are visiting Japan, which is in the sense of the government, who plans to become the island country as holiday destination more into the international focus. Especially in Tokyo several new hotel projects are in the pipeline in the next years as the Olympic Summer Games in 2020 promotes the willingness for investments. At these hotel projects economic standards will play a bigger role than before. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data, currently ten new top hotels with 1,780 rooms are in the pipeline.

Four Seasons hotel project with 186 rooms  in Kyoto, Japan - Opening scheduled in fall 2016

Four Seasons hotel project with 186 rooms in Kyoto, Japan – Opening scheduled in fall 2016

Within the next 15 years the number of international tourists is about to tripled. Until 2020 this number could reach 20 million; until 2030 the government is targeting 30 million visitors. In 2013 the “ten million border” was crossed for the first time, but in the same year in the international comparison Japan reached only place 27 and within Asia just the eighth place (behind for example South Korea).

The goals are considered to be very ambitious. But with the Summer Olympics and the Paralympics in 2020 the tourism industry in Tokyo will get a powerful boost. Already in 2014 the Japan National Tourism Organization announced another record year with 13,41 million tourists. This was another increase by more than 29% compared to the previous year. With 83,3 percent most of the visitors are Chinese. Reasons for the growing attract of the country are primarily the great Yen course as well as the Visa easement for the South East Asian countries. Furthermore, in the period between July 2013 and July 2014 the entry formalities for eleven countries were simplified.

Already in 2013 it was noticeable that the hotel capacity in Tokyo soon will reach its limit, if further investments should stay out. In 2013 the capital reached in the “business hotels” category an occupancy rate of 82.7 percent and in the “city hotels” category even 85 percent. Although new hotel capacities were added in recent years, business travellers no longer have a free choice where to stay. The most popular places are often booked out. Therefore these hotels can afford to dispense with usual discounts. Thus, increases in sales by ten to twenty percent can be achieved, for example at the Hotel Okura.

The expected tourism crowds arouse the interest of hotel operators and contractors but also by numerous suppliers, who are hoping for business in the equipment segment. The statistics of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), which is responsible for hotel projects, showing that Tokyo currently has about 100,000 hotel rooms.

Both high-class five-star hotels and budget hotels (with costs up to 10,000 yen per night) are on the list of proposed projects. In summer 2014 the hotel chain Hyatt opened the luxurious Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. The 106-room Dormy Inn in the Ueno Okachimachi district, which will be completed later this year by the Kyoritsu Maintenance Company, will be in the more affordable category. Also affordable are four hotels by Sotetsu Holdings with a total of 641 rooms, which are planned by the name “Sotetsu Fresa Inn” for fall 2016.