The TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database shows that Melbourne is home to a steadily growing market, with a healthy mix of four- and five-star hotel schemes.
Victoria’s largest city will soon be home to 24 new hotels with a total of 5,444 rooms. We take a closer look at these upcoming openings.
Melbourne hotel launches by year
In the second half of 2021, five hotels with 1,074 rooms are due to open their doors.
In 2022, another eight projects with 2,076 keys are scheduled to go live. For 2023 and beyond, 11 more properties are already in the pipeline.

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Hong Kong’s exhibition scene has demonstrated how the city has managed to cultivate business under the new normal. The Hong Kong Book Fair, the largest of its kind in the city, returned in July 2021 with more than 830,000 visitors, around 85 per cent of the pre-pandemic level.
The success of the fair comes on the heels of Hong Kong topping the charts in The Economist’s “Global Normalcy Index”. Hong Kong’s response to the pandemic and stringent hygiene measures has enabled the city to resume large scale conferences, fairs, and exhibitions with great success.

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Trio of beach resorts in Koh Samui, Phuket and Khao Lak to re-open under the Outrigger brand and management by the end of the year
Outrigger Hospitality Group announced today that it has completed its purchase of the Manathai Hotels and Resorts brand – inclusive of three premier beach resorts in southern Thailand.
The resorts consist of 372 keys in three of the most sought-after beach locations in Asia. Outrigger will refresh the former Manathai Koh Samui, Manathai Khao Lak and Manathai Surin Phuket before rebranding and re-opening by the year-end high season as Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort, Outrigger Khao Lak Beach Resort and Phuket Manathai by Outrigger®.

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GREATER MIAMI CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) announced
today that David Whitaker has been appointed the next President & CEO of the destination marketing organization (DMO) for Greater Miami and Miami Beach. The appointment is a homecoming for Whitaker who served as a member of the GMCVB team for 17 years (1990 – 2007), most recently as the organization’s Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer.
Five years prior to that, he served on the executive staff of the United Way of Miami-Dade.

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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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