Articles tagged “singapore”

Accor’s Love Hotels Deal in Singapore Raises Eyebrows — and Admiration

Accor’s Love Hotels Deal in Singapore Raises Eyebrows — and Admiration

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Accor’s latest Fragrance deal shines a spotlight on two owners that became tycoons by operating love hotels. It is a swift and smart move by the global chain. We bet Accor competitors are calling the other love chain, Hotel 81.

2 weeks ago

Accor’s Franchise Deal in Singapore Underscores Mounting Challenges for Budget Chain Oyo

Accor’s Franchise Deal in Singapore Underscores Mounting Challenges for Budget Chain Oyo

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The one thing budget hotel upstarts have done is make global hotel chains hungrier for their sector, especially high-growth markets such as Southeast Asia. Oyo probably knows this; it has named a CEO for the region.

2 weeks ago

Startups Target Asian Markets for Flying Taxis Debut

Startups Target Asian Markets for Flying Taxis Debut

Richard Weiss and Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg

Air taxis that can transport tourists and provide support flights after natural disasters can’t happen soon enough. However regulatory hurdles may delay their debut. Fortunately in Asia, cities such as Singapore and Dubai love them.

3 months ago

Singapore Club Gets Indoor Ferris Wheel as Nightlife Operator Gets Tourism Lift

Singapore Club Gets Indoor Ferris Wheel as Nightlife Operator Gets Tourism Lift

Ranjeetha Pakiam and Joyce Koh, Bloomberg

This sounds like a crazy rich nightclub. The Singapore tourism boom revolves around more than just the benefits of a popular movie, but that didn't hurt, either.

4 months ago

Skift Forum Asia: Why Oyo’s Founder Calls Himself the Chief Clarity Officer

Skift Forum Asia: Why Oyo’s Founder Calls Himself the Chief Clarity Officer

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Who has ever built a portfolio of half a million rooms in six years? Oyo, that’s who. And founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal, who will be speaking at the first Skift Forum Asia on May 27, says his journey has just begun.

4 months ago

Singapore Steamrolls Casino Resorts to Invest $6.7 Billion More in Tourist Attractions

Singapore Steamrolls Casino Resorts to Invest $6.7 Billion More in Tourist Attractions

Pooja Thakur and Daniela Wei , Bloomberg

The iconic Marina Bay Sands will get a fourth tower. There will also be a new concert arena. Over at Resorts World, there’ll be two new hotels, a bigger Universal Studios, and an oceanarium. Singapore’s way of getting casino resorts to improve the city’s tourism appeal is smart and fair — never mind that it’s a bit of coercion. The resorts wouldn’t invest more if they weren't benefiting.

5 months ago

Singapore’s Iconic Raffles Hotel Is Adding a Co-Working Space

Singapore’s Iconic Raffles Hotel Is Adding a Co-Working Space

Katrina Nicholas, Bloomberg

Co-working is entering the hotel space more and more, and even going luxe when the historic Raffles Hotel in Singapore reopens later this year, just as we predicted last year.

5 months ago

Singapore Expects to Open Yet Another Airport Terminal by 2030

Singapore Expects to Open Yet Another Airport Terminal by 2030

Saket Sundria and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Singapore has a fine airport and port already. But this is a country that is always moving forward, so it is not surprising that government leaders think they can do better.

6 months ago

Singapore Developer Wants to Turn Sentosa Cove Into the Next Bali

Singapore Developer Wants to Turn Sentosa Cove Into the Next Bali

Pooja Thakur, Bloomberg

Comparing Sentosa Cove to Bali might be a bit of a stretch, but the former could use some rejuvenation regardless.

6 months ago

Why Aren’t Visitors Splurging in Crazy Rich Singapore?

Why Aren’t Visitors Splurging in Crazy Rich Singapore?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Singapore grapples with affordability, as seen in drops in shopping, dining, and hotel spending by tourists, who are also staying a shorter time. Going for more high-yield tourists and giving them the value they'd expect from paying high prices is the solution, and Singapore must do it fast. Here's why.

6 months ago

Singapore Proposes Stricter Ridehailing Rules Because the Services Are the Same

Singapore Proposes Stricter Ridehailing Rules Because the Services Are the Same

Youlim Lee, Bloomberg

With more players in the market, Singapore no longer sees ridehailing firms as technology, but transport companies which should be subject to the same rules as street-hail operators. Safety is another big issue.

7 months ago

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Delivers Boost to Singapore Hotels

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Delivers Boost to Singapore Hotels

Pooja Thakur, Bloomberg

In recent years the island city-state of Singapore wisely expanded its airport, hotels, stopover program, and luxury offerings. That helped to prepare it for a recent influx of tourism after its star turn in the global blockbuster movie "Crazy Rich Asians."

8 months ago