Many hotels named among the “best new hotels of 2020” this year have yet to welcome a single guest.
The global pandemic pushed plans to open highly anticipated new hotels near the wineries of California’s Napa Valley to the banks of Paris’s River Seine, with many rescheduling openings well into 2021.
Except, that is, in Asia.
In a year of unparalleled hardship for the travel industry, marquee brands opened posh hotels, resorts and lodges across Asia, with some launching in the region for the first time.
Why Asia’s hotels opened when others didn’t
Gaynor Reid, the vice president of communications for AccorHotels in Asia Pacific, said Asia has been leading the hotel development trajectory for several years, a trend that continued during the pandemic.
Accor has opened 76 hotels in Asia this year, with another 32 set to open before the end of 2020, said Reid. That equates to almost 17,000 new rooms, which is about 35% less than Accor’s pre-Covid targets.
“The US [and] European markets are more mature than the Asian hotel markets,” she said. “In addition, some Asian countries have been able to control Covid better than other parts of the world, with China, Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea leading the way.”
The Movenpick Resort Khao Yai is 90 miles northeast of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
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China had Covid-19 infections “fairly well-controlled by April,” she said, allowing Accor to open hotels there.