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By Rakesh Patel — Always great to attend the South East Asia Hotel Investors Summit (SEAHIS) in Bangkok and speak on a wellness panel. Insightful content from the speakers over two days. Some of the key macro takeaways:

By Rakesh Patel — Top travel executives were in a bullish mood in their 1Q results announcements. The CEOs of TripAdvisor, Marriot, Hyatt, Hilton and Airbnb commented that 2023 is expected to be a strong year, and in particular they

By Rakesh Patel — It was a pleasure to discuss Sustainable Investing in Real Estate with Calvin Lee Kwan and Krystal Chia at the Bloomberg Wealth Summit in Hong Kong. Some key takeaways from our panel and other speakers at

By Rakesh Patel — Having travelled through Europe over the last month, it is obvious there has been a sharp increase in hotel room rates, well beyond the pace of inflation. In some places like Barcelona, Brussels and Rome, rates

By Rakesh Patel — Having taken a number of short-haul flights through Asia in the last few weeks, it is obvious that air fares remain elevated. Whilst there is clearly a surge of revenge travel demand, this is also a

By Rakesh Patel — I have just arrived in Thailand, and the optimism in tourism abounds. The Russians have evidently returned, particularly as the EU has tightened visa entry post the Ukraine conflict. Russian visitor numbers at the end

By Rakesh Patel — I was in Singapore recently attending HICAP (Hotel Investment Conference Asia-Pacific) and facilitating a roundtable for the “Hotel Owners for Tomorrow”. The mood around the events was generally positive, partly as they are back to

By Rakesh Patel — Welcome to our October summary of all things travel and hospitality. This month we cover the phenomena of Blue Zones wellness, plus our comments on sustainable air travel and building construction. We finish with the