Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has added the 25th property to its rapidly growing portfolio, and its very first hotel in Cambodia.
The Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap pays tribute to Khmer tradition and culture throughout every touch point. A bird’s eye view reveals that the resort is shaped to resemble Angkor Wat and at ground level it is reminiscent of a grand Khmer villa with a courtyard pool inspired by an ancient royal bathing pool. Each stone pillar at the resort has meticulously carved fans which represent a royal welcome and the Khmer wooden carvings throughout the resort showcase the country’s rich history.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotel Group, Anantara’s parent company, said, “We are very excited to add Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa to the brand’s luxury portfolio and in doing so reach the significant milestone of 25 Anantara properties. Cambodia is also a new country for the brand – the seventh. The first Anantara opened 12 years ago, so to reach 25 within this timeframe is a real achievement and testament to the strength of the Anantara brand. With a pipeline of more than 20 hotels and resorts under development, we are confident that Anantara will continue to go from strength to strength in the coming years.”
The collection of 39 guest rooms and suites of between 48 and 140 square metres are designed in contemporary Cambodian style, with handcrafted teak wood furniture, rich textiles and a unique local artwork. All include a private balcony overlooking the central courtyard pool, as well as a lounge space and a luxury bathroom with a separate bathtub and rain shower.
Absolute Hotel Services has signed another U resort in Vietnam.
The Hoi An Beach Resort is currently going through a renovation and rebranding process and will be re-launched as U Hoi An in late 2014 with 121 rooms.
The resort is located between De Vong River and the famous Cua Dai Beach, close to many attractions in Hoi An, such as the historic Hoi An Town, the My Son monastery complex or the Cham Museumin Danang.
The resort will feature newly renovated rooms with river, garden or beach views.
Other facilities will include a new lobby building, two restaurants, two bars, two swimming pools, gym, spa, conference facilities as well as a private beach area.
Lao Airlines has linked Vientiane and Luang Prabang with Yangon the commercial capital of Myanmar since this October.
The airline’s commercial department director, Saleum Tayarath, reported to local media in Vientiane that as part of the deal Lao Airlines would sign an agreement with Myanmar Airways International to introduce code-share arrangement on the route.
South Korea is easing the rule on proof of financial status for Vietnamese travelers while reducing the visa fees to encourage travel.
Korean National Tourism Administration marketing director for Vietnam, Le Thi Thu Trang, said the fee had been cut from US$30 to US$20, while the visa will continue to allow a stay of up to 90 days.
To obtain a visa, applicants must show they had at least US$5,000 in a bank account for three months before applying for the visa, but now they can also show a certificate that they are golden and silver credit card members of Korea’s Shinhanbank.
If they do not have a credit card with the Korean bank they will still have to show they have funds of at least US$5,000.
The director cited: “We have tried introducing the procedure of financial capability provability through Sinhanbank cardholder certificates first in Hanoi over recent months and will now extend the facility to Ho Chi Minh City.”
The rule is also a clever way for the bank to increase card holders.
Over the past five years visits to South Korea have doubled and the country will become one of South Korea’s key tourism markets in the near future.
South Korea welcomed nearly 99,800 Vietnamese tourists in January to September this year, up 8% year-on-year.
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The Metropolis, spreading over 22 hectares of land, would comprise of an indoor theme park based around the history and heritage of the ancient Khmer Empire, 2 hotels, 3 shopping complexes and 7 condominium projects.
After weeks of uncertainty as Cambodia’s opposition party CNRP, led by Mr. Sam Rainsy made serious claims against CPP for electoral frauds, the country has moved towards the formation of the new parliament, and Hun Sen, age 61, has been sworn in as the Prime Minister of the country, once again extending his reign.
With the politically volatile situation reaching an end, international eyes turn back to the country’s economic and business prospects, and foreign investors are beginning to come back in to partake in various development projects across the land of the Ancient Khmer Empire.