Hotel development Gathers pace

SOUTH East Asia is witnessing a surge in new hotels as major players race to capitalise on booming travel in the region.

The Banyan Tree Hotel Group will open Pavilion Hotel by Banyan Tree, Kuala Lumpur, in August. Within walking distance of the business, shopping and entertainment district, the hotel will have 325 rooms and suites.

Also in Malaysia, Quest Hotels has revealed plans to open a 700-room property in Port Dickson from mid-2019. Located 100km from Kuala Lumpur, the project will include the city’s largest convention centre and will be home to a 30,000m2 water park.

In Myanmar, Pan Pacific Hotels debuted the Pan Pacific Yangon in December. The property is in the heart of an integrated commercial and luxury lifestyle development in the country’s largest city.

The hotel features 336 guestrooms and suites with many offering views of the Shwedagon Pagoda, the Yangon River, or the city. Pan Pacific Hotels Group chief executive officer Lothar Nessmann said the company was keen to be expanding its portfolio in the region following the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.

“We’re open to opportunities in gateway cities and key resort destinations in South East Asia and have successfully expanded our portfolio in this region in the last few years.”

Smaller countries in the region such as Laos have several projects in the pipeline including the five-star InterContinental Vientiane from 2021. The hotel will feature 400 rooms and will be located near the upcoming World Trade Centre.

Vietnam has over 50 hotels in the works including the Wyndham Grand Cam Ranh, due to open in March, which will offer 484 villas and 88 bungalows beside a Greg Norman-designed golf course.

Wyndham will also add the Wyndham Cam Ranh on Cam Ranh’s beachfront. The property will have 855 rooms and will debut along with the 330 room Radisson Blu Cam Ranh Bay next year.

The 1,079-key Wyndham Resort Tropicana Nha Trang will be operational in 2019 as part of a $200 million mixed-use development, the largest hospitality development in Nha Trang.