As travel restrictions related to the ongoing
global COVID19 pandemic are gradually eased, or lifted, Belmond, one of the most iconic names in the luxury travel sector, re-opened some of its hotels in Europe, the UK and US on 19 June. But what about Belmond’s hotels in Asia Pacific?
Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com used
Skype to speak with Belmond’s on 24 June, to ask him about the group’s plans recently appointed Divisional Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Iain Langridge for the region.
In this exclusive interview you will learn
which of Belmond’s five hotels in south east Asia – Belmond La Residence d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia; Belmond Jimbaran Puri Bali, Indonesia; Belmond Governor’s Residence Yangon, Myanmar; Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang, Laos; and Belmond Napasai Koh Samui, Thailand – will open first, why those hotels were chosen, and what forward bookings for each property are looking like.
We discuss domestic markets, how the luxury
hotel sector has been impacted by COVID19 and whether a luxury product is still feasible with all the social distancing and hygiene regulations now required.
Iain tells us about the group’s expansion
plans, what makes Belmond unique, and how the company is using technology to enhance the guest experience in the current environment.
With Belmond’s guests traditionally coming from
the US and Europe, we also talk about the demographics of guests at hotels here in the region and how that may change moving forward.
We discuss China, and you will discover what first
step Belmond has just taken to better establish itself in the country, what plans it has for the market, plus much, much more in the video and podcast below. COVID19 Interview with Divisional MD of Belmond Asia Pacific, Iain Langridge VIDEO
Your browser does not support this audio element. Editor’s note: My apologies that the audio and visual quality in this video interview are not up to the same HD quality that they normally would be. This is the second in a series of video interviews conducted over Skype. Hopefully it won’t be too long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank you. See also: . How’s Business in Siem Reap? Interview with GM of Courtyard by Marriott, Ms. Ashley Lai . See latest , Travel News Video, Interviews Podcasts and other news regarding: , COVID19 , Iain Langridge Belmond
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