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Raffles Hotel to reopen with new restaurants

Chef Anne-Sophie Pic of three-Michelin-starred Anne-Sophie Pic - The Restaurant in France is opening a restaurant at the Raffles Hotel. To be called La Dame de Pic, the 50-seat restaurant in the main building of the hotel is her first foray into Asia.

It will offer diners a taste of Valence in south-east France, where her restaurant is located. The cooking, the hotel says, "reflects her search ...more

Far East Hospitality sees room for variety as it grows


MID-TIER hotel operator Far East Hospitality's chief executive Arthur Kiong acknowledges the rosy statistics for the hospitality industry: tourism arrivals were up to 17.4 million last year and hotel occupancy this year hovers around the mid-80s.

Pointing to Singapore Tourism Board (STB) figures that show average room rates for the mid-tier segment between January to May ...more

Marche Restaurants Singapore wins SwissCham award

Marché Restaurants Singapore, which has Swiss roots, is this year's winner of SwissCham's annual award for Excellence in People and Skills Development, which was launched last year. The company has five restaurants in Singapore, and strongly focuses on training and developing its staff at every level. Marché is committed in providing lifelong learning for its 300 staff here and in nurturing future ...more

Families driving luxury hotel growth: Expert

While the luxury hotel sector faces challenges, including fiercer competition and difficulties in attracting and retaining manpower, industry veteran Christoph Mares is bullish about its prospects.

The chief operating officer of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group believes rising demand for tourism and leisure, especially from families, will drive the growth of luxury hotels globally.

In ...more

STB, Alipay in campaign to woo more China tourists to Singapore


THE Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and online payment service Alipay will launch a campaign next month to attract more Chinese tourists to Singapore.

Under the Singapore Passion Ambassador campaign, a group of Chinese "ambassadors" will be selected from a pool of high-tier Alipay members and sponsored to experience one of three itineraries to explore unique attractions, food, ...more

Tourism sector growth spree set to continue in 2nd half


THE tourism sector will likely retain its growth momentum in the second half of the year, underpinned by burgeoning travel demand and tourist flows from markets such as China and India.

However, downside risks remain, say industry watchers, including the spectre of a full-blown trade war, which could dampen sentiment.

Overall visitor arrivals for the January to ...more

Zouk to open first restaurant in lifestyle expansion

Soon, people will be able to do more than just party at Zouk, as the iconic Singapore nightclub extends its brand into restaurants, bars and even hotels.

The new offerings are part of a move by Singapore's longest-running nightclub to transform itself from a nightlife operator to lifestyle group.

Its first restaurant will open alongside a new club and other concepts at Resorts World ...more

Sustainability the key theme for upcoming mega sourcing event


THE message of sustainability will be front and centre in the upcoming mega sourcing event to be held next month at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre.

Organised by Bizlink Exhibition Services, the three-in-one mega event consisting of Singapore Gifts & Premiums Fair; Office Expo Asia; and PrintPack+Sign, will have more than 300 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions ...more

Easing of supply pressures a boon for hoteliers in 2018

HOTEL room supply entering the hospitality market is expected to ease this year, which will help bolster the industry and give certain hotel players a boost.

After the boom in supply injection in recent years, new room supply is expected to slow down to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.3 per cent from 2017-2020, according to data from CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDLHT), which incorporated ...more

Don't devalue Singapore's role as Trump-Kim summit host

AS the buzz and excitement surrounding the groundbreaking summit on Sentosa between the leaders of the US and North Korea subsides, it's now left to Singapore and Singaporeans to evaluate the impact of having played host to this high-profile event.

Bouquets and brickbats for the outcome of the summit and the agreement signed between the two nations have come in almost equal measure, and there ...more
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