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Standard Developing Four Hotels By 2021

By on Aug 22, 2018 in Hotel-Tourism

Standard Developing Four Hotels by 2021

The prospect of 40 million foreign tourists coming to Thailand next year is too big a draw to ignore for boutique US hotel company Standard International.

Better known for its trendy hotels in locations such as Miami Beach and New York, Standard International plans to open hotels in four locations in Thailand by 2021 worth about US$150 million (4.98 billion baht), said chief executive Amar Lalvani.

That’s part of a strategy calling for 20 new properties over the next five years, including in London, Paris and Milan.

“Growth is much faster in Asia,”Mr Lalvani said on Thursday. “Thailand is our starting point and from here we are looking at opportunities throughout the region.”

A surge in Chinese holidaymakers has stoked expansion in Thailand’s tourism sector, which now accounts for roughly a fifth of the economy.

The industry suffered a setback in July after more than 40 Chinese tourists died when a tour boat sank off the coast of Phuket, highlighting the challenge of managing the boom.

Developer Sansiri Plc in 2017 acquired a 35% stake in Standard International for $58 million. Sansiri and other local investors will help fund Standard’s planned hotels in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Phuket and Koh Samui.

Sansiri will build residential projects next to the hotels in the first three locations, targeting young professionals who want apartments with hotel-type services, Mr Lalvani said.

Standard International is in talks with investors to build hotels in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai. Mr Lalvani expects as much as three-quarters of revenue to come from Asia in the next five years.

The firm’s hotels include features such as nightclubs and restaurants to attract local fashionistas and foreign tourists.

“This helps diversify risk because the hotel business can go up and down very quickly,” Mr Lalvani said.

Source: Bangkok Post – 18 August 2018

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