• New COVID19 Variants Don’t Change the Rules of the Game

    (13 Jan 2021)
    A day-long virtual meeting of scientists from around
    the globe, convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) on
    Tuesday,
    brought together more than 1,750 experts from 124 countries to
    discuss critical knowledge gaps and research priorities for
    emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID19.

    Welcoming them, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO
    Director-General, said, “Science and research have played a vital
    role in responding to the pandemic since day one and will continue
    to be the heartbeat of everything WHO does.”

    The consultation was structured around six
    thematic areas covering epidemiology and mathematical modelling,
    evolutionary biology,

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  • IHG Signs Second Crowne Plaza Hotel in Danang, Vietnam

    (12 Jan 2021)
    InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a
    management agreement with Minh Dong Travel, a member of PGT Group, to open a second
    Crowne Plaza hotel in Danang.

    Scheduled to open in 2023, the 300-room, 38-storey
    Crowne Plaza Danang Waterfront will be located next to the beachfront on the
    city’s main thoroughfare Vo Nguyen Giap street, only a five-minute
    drive to central Danang and 5km from Danang International Airport.

    The hotel will feature 1,500 square metres of
    dedicated event space, a
    rooftop infinity pool, three restaurants, a gym
    and a spa.


    Mr. Le Anh Trieu, Chairman of PGT Group,

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  • Ascott Reports Record Year; Adds Over 14,200 Units Across 71 Properties in 2020

    (12 Jan 2021)
    Ascott added over 14,200 units across 71 properties
    globally in 2020, exceeding the number of units secured in 2019
    and marking a fourth consecutive year of record growth for the
    company.

    In China, Ascott has also achieved an 80%
    year-on-year growth in units when compared to 2019.

    The new properties secured will boost Ascott’s
    annual fee income by over S$27 million as they progressively open
    and stabilise.

    Since October 2020, Ascott has added more than 4,900
    units across 23 properties. This includes over 3,800 units across
    17 properties in China. Ascott will make its first foray into

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  • Marriott Signs Dual-Branded Property in Saigon, Vietnam

    (11 Jan 2021)
    Marriott has signed an agreement with Vietnam-based
    real estate firm Masterise Homes to develop a dual-branded
    residential and officetel project in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon).

    According to Savills International Development
    Consultancy the agreement marks the largest hotel-branded
    residential project announced to date worldwide, with close to
    4,200 residential and officetel units.

    The project is anticipated to include branded
    units from two Marriott International brands – JW Marriott and
    Marriott Hotels.


    Expected to open in late 2024, the project will
    play a key part of an integrated mixed-use complex slated to
    include residential, office and commercial units.

    “We

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