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Global Hospitality Report (March 28, 2016)

In Focus: Koh Samui 
By Paola Orneli Bock, Setthawat Hetrakul and Pawinee Chaisiriroj

Koh Samui has witnessed a complete transformation, from an island traversed by jungle tracks to an upscale tourism destination. In recent years, Koh Samui has rapidly developed into a deluxe resort destination with increased air and sea connections.

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Rodas – An ECOTEL Hotel: Inspiring Sustainability 
By Avantika Singh and Harinakkshi Nair

Rodas, an ECOTEL Hotel, in Mumbai makes sustainability integral to the company’s business strategy. The article focuses on the strategies used by the Hotel towards conservation of resources and reduction in landfill waste with concomitant savings.

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New Room Concept for Novotel 

AccorHotels unveils a new room concept, ‘N Roomfor its worldwide Novotel chain. The Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit will be the pilot property for this new room concept which offers, what AccorHotels describes as, ‘a universal ideal of more customizable design to better address local hotel and guest needs’. The ‘N Room’ features an iconic bed, wider window design, a 40-inch TV, adjustable sofa, new amenity layout and more device ports. According to Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia for AccorHotels, the transformation cost for each new-concept room will be 750,000 THB. However, once the renovation work is complete, the improved product will contribute to an increase in overall average room rates. Currently, AccorHotels operates 450 Novotel hotels and resorts in 61 countries around the world.

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