Boosting cross-border employment, training, and capacity-building in MICE
In a move that will facilitate cross-border employment of MICE professionals, the teaching and training of MICE, and growth in ASEAN’s MICE workforce, the Thai cabinet has approved an amendment to the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement of Tourism Professionals (ASEAN MRA-TP) that will benefit two more categories of workers – MICE professionals and event professionals. When the agreement was originally signed by ASEAN Tourism Ministers in 2012, the ASEAN MRA-TP covers only workers in two tourism categories – travel services and hotel services.

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Dusit International subsidiary Elite Havens recognised for offering one of ‘The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals’ in new Netflix series
NoKu Beach House in Bali, which features in the first episode of the new reality
series, is just one of the more than 300 high-end holiday rentals that Elite Havens
offers across Indonesia, India, Japan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
Elite Havens, the leading provider of high-end vacation rentals in Asia and a subsidiary of Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has seen the quality of its offerings celebrated in a new Netflix reality series, The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals.

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ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022

Dusit International makes its Oman debut with the opening of dusitD2 Naseem Resort, Jabal Akhdar
Deluxe family-friendly resort uniquely puts guests next to a brand new Adventure Park on the stunning Saiq Plateau, just five minutes from the renowned ‘Grand Canyon of the Middle East.’
Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has expanded its presence in the Middle East with the opening of dusitD2 Naseem Resort, Jabal Akhdar – the first Dusit-branded hotel in Oman.

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Total value of world’s top 50 most valuable hotel brands has declined by 33% (US$22.8 billion) as sector negotiates fallout from COVID-19 pandemic
Hilton retains title of world’s most valuable hotel brand, despite recording 30% brand value decrease to US$7.6 billion
Hyatt is fastest growing brand in top 10 and one of only two brands to record brand value growth in top 50, up 4%
New entrant Taj is sector’s strongest, with AAA strength rating
Leisure & tourism brands also take hit, cumulative brand value down 40%
As holidays are cancelled and people are instructed to work from home, the hospitality sector has reached an almost complete standstill both from tourism, as well as corporate travel. As a result, the total value of the top 50 most valuable hotel brands has decreased 33% year-on-year, down from US$70.2 billion in 2020 to US$47.4 billion in 2021, according to the latest Brand Finance Hotels 50 2021 report.

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The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is proud to announce the new members of the ICCA Future Leaders Council. With this eight-member council, ICCA aims to empower the rising stars in the association meetings industry to extend their influence and make a lasting impact. Council members will work alongside senior industry leaders, sharing ideas and strategies to keep ICCA current, relevant, and positioned as the thought-leaders for the association meetings community.

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by Juliana Hahn
Our researchers have combed through the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database to get the inside scoop on hotel development in the Land of the Free.
An impressive total of 1,520 hotel schemes with 298,809 keys are currently in the pipeline throughout the US, according to our data. We take a closer look at what’s coming up and highlight some of the most interesting projects.
US hotel openings by year
The remainder of 2021 will be very busy, it seems, with 470 hotels and 94,479 rooms set to launch. Of these, 167 are already in the pre-opening phase.

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