Newly arrived Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Vice President Asia Mark Willis gives an insight over the future development of the Swiss hotel group in Southeast Asia over the coming years. Expect to see strong development in Vietnam but also in Thailand and Malaysia.
“2017 has been a great year for Mövenpick in Asia as we strengthened our presence with two new properties: we took over a hotel in Chiang Mai in Thailand and opened a new property in Boracay in the Philippines. 2018 will be even more exciting with a series of new opening and plans to further accelerate our development in the region”, tells Mark Willis, VP Asia for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. ” I will work to accelerate the notoriety of our group in the region”, he adds
Mövenpick is currently present in Southeast Asia in four countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) with twelve hotels offering 2,389 rooms or villas. According to Mark Willis, over a dozen of new properties will come under the Mövenpick brand over the next three years, helping to double by 2020 the portfolio of Mövenpick hotels and resorts. For this year alone, some 1,200 rooms will enrich the Mövenpick offer in Asia.
Vietnam will particularly benefit from the arrival of Mövenpick. “We have at least six hotels in the pipeline, three of which are due to open until 2019. Two will be opened this year in Lang Co near Danang (Central Vietnam) and Cam Ranh near Nha Trang, while in 2019 we will open a luxury resort in Phu Quoc. By 2020, three other properties are also planned in Danang, Quy Nhon and Qang Binh. Tourism in Vietnam is booming and is benefiting from the demand for domestic tourism with the rapid emergence of the Vietnamese middle-class, “explains Mark Willis.
Thailand will also see the inauguration of three establishments under the Mövenpick flag. The group is already present in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya with five establishments. “We have a prestigious European castle-style property that will open in Khao Yai National Park this year and a five star property, the Asara Resort & Spa in Hua Hin. And we are also looking at another property in Phuket and in the longer term to add another hotel in Bangkok , “tells Mövenpick VP Asia.
While Indonesia is only represented so far with one property, Mövenpick takes its eye to Malaysia where development will bring three properties in the group’s portfolio. “We inaugurate next April our first hotel near Kuala Lumpur International Airport, doted also with a conference centre. We will also develop a city hotel in Kota Bharu in Kelantan and a resort on the East Coast in Terengganu”, adds Mark Willis
The group also signed for a the management of a property in Manila (Quezon City). It is planned to open by 2021 and will complement the two existing Mövenpick resorts in Boracay and Cebu.
“There are other projects, but we must be cautious because we only commit ourselves when we are sure that the establishment will offer all high quality standards as well as easy access”, describes Mark Willis . Discussions are ongoing . “We are looking at properties in Cambodia, Indonesia and hope also to be present some days in Singapore”, tells Mark Willis.