Press Conferences 2016

Company Name Date/Time Title Contact Person
Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels

19th October 2016

1600 – 1700


Media Updates on Desaru Coast

One of Malaysia’s most anticipated tourism developments will be showcased at the ITB Asia from 19 to 21 October 2016. Developed by Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels (TAR&H), the project spans over 3,900 acres along a pristine 17km beachfront facing the South China Sea.

The first phase of development, which includes The Els Club Desaru Coast The Ocean will be launched in September 2016. The Troon-managed property will feature The Ocean, a 27-hole course designed by Ernie Els, as well as a second 18-hole golf course, The Valley, designed by Els’ friend and fellow Major Champion, Vijay Singh. In addition, the golf development will be home to a stunning clubhouse featuring the Big Easy Bar & Grill; the first of its kind in Asia, and a relaxed terrace café, 261, where golfers can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and views of the course. The resort will also include the Els Performance Golf Academy, a state-of-the-art practice facility, including a par-3 course and a series of practice tees and short game areas.

The development will also be bringing in some globally renowned hotels and resorts such as Aman Resorts & Villas, The Westin Desaru Resort, Anantara Desaru Resort, and A Branded Themed Family Resort. Featuring one of the world’s largest wave pools, Desaru Coast Adventure Water Park is set against the backdrop of a natural Kampung-themed surrounding. The corporate sector will also enjoy the Desaru Coast Conference Centre, a modern-style development, located adjacent to The Westin Desaru Resort. In addition, a waterfront landscaped retail and lifestyle village located in the heart of Desaru Coast, will be offering exciting retail, restaurants, cafes and entertainment outlets as the central hub of Desaru Coast.


- Philip Whittaker, Chief Marketing Officer, Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels 


Kristine Lim

ASEAN Tourism

20th October 2016

1100 – 1200


Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration

Established in 8 August 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations comprises of the 10 member countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Next year in 2017, ASEAN will reach its 50th Anniversary since formation. In celebration of this remarkable milestone, the ten ASEAN national tourism organisations have jointly developed a tourism programme under the campaign theme “Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration” with the objectives of commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and embracing ASEAN as a single and united tourism destination. “Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration” will highlight ASEAN’s best 50 festivals and 50 most unforgettable travel experiences, whereby visitors will enjoy a wide range of ASEAN tourism products through diverse destinations, culinary, events, and engagements with local communities. Special offers and travel promotions with affiliated partners will be rolled out for travellers to enjoy the richness of cultural, heritage, nature, and to feel the warmth of ASEAN hospitality.


-Mr Wardi bin Haji Mohammad, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Brunei Darussalam, In his capacity as Chairman of Visit ASEAN@50 campaign 

Dee Suvimol



20th October 2016

1245- 1400



Worldhotels’ key strategies and initiatives

Worldhotels unveils its key strategies and initiatives for 2016 / 2017, which includes World Luxury, Start with WHY and World Online. Hotels classified under the umbrella of the World Luxury collection focuses significantly on emotional experiences delivered to guests and promises the most authentic of travel experiences. Start with WHY is a brand new initiative that has witnessed some of the best traction records amongst its affiliate hotels; it revolves around discovering the core underlying distinctions of affiliate hotels and uncovers their personal and intriguing stories that beckons to be told to the rest of the world. World Online represents a clear and effective digital marketing strategy that aids our affiliate hotels in maximising direct online revenue whilst minimising cost, through the assistance and services of Worldhotels’ invaluable partners. Worldhotels will also be featuring insights to their new affiliate hotels situated in up and coming destinations such as Cebu, China, Maldives, Nha Trang, and more.


- Roland Jegge, Executive Vice President Asia Pacific, Worldhotels 

Sharon Lim

Ash Low

Niccolo Hotels

20th October 2016

1430 – 1530


Charting a New Course in Luxury Hospitality: Niccolo Hotels

New Encounters. Timeless Pleasures.

Niccolo is a collection of contemporary urban chic hotels with the most desirable, highly prized addresses. At heart, we are discoverers and re-discoverers of luxury experiences, styles and tastes. While our hotels are modern sophisticated spaces, we also value the timeless pleasures of impeccable hospitality from another golden era in travel. Underpinning everything we do is the desire to make life effortlessly luxurious.

Niccolo Chengdu was the first to open, with an additional 4 Niccolo Hotels currently under development in Chongqing, Changsha and Suzhou, China and The Murray, a Niccolo hotel, Hong Kong.

Marco Polo Hotels is the management company of Niccolo and Marco Polo, currently operating 14 owned or managed upscale, full-service hotels in Hong Kong, China and the Philippines.

Further details on Niccolo Hotels are available at:


- Ms Alka Datwani, Group Director, Branding & Communications, Niccolo and Marco Polo Hotels

- Mr Duncan Palmer, Managing Director, The Murray, Niccolo Hotel, Hong Kong 

Juanita Lo

Best Western

20th October 2016

1600 – 1700


Best Western Premier Genting Ion Delemen

The Best Western Premier Genting Ion Delemen is an iconic gem nestled in the tropical rain forests of Genting Highlands. Situated over 6,000 feet above sea level, the hotel offers spectacular views of the valleys below. The new-build is an urban resort inspired by the five elements of geomancy and features 281 well-appointed rooms, an array of dining options and comes with stunning views of the Titiwangsa Range in the embrace of eternal spring. Guests can immerse themselves in a memorable experience that offers them a harmonious blend of sophistication and hospitality with a host of services and facilities designed to cater to every customer.


- Ian Hurst, General Manager of Best Western Premier Genting Ion Delemen, Malaysia.


Pugenes Kasan

Dennis She