Market Watch - Malaysia

“Is Airbnb impacting the hotel industry?”

“As cities around the world put up regulations or tighten operating rules for Airbnb and similar platforms – Kota Kinabalu deems them illegal – Airbnb announced a 99% year-on-year growth in guest arrivals in Malaysia, in a recent statement.” - The Star Online (Business)  

Market Watch - Japan

“Hospitality Market in Japan Increasingly Bifurcated between High- and Low-End Options”

“The hotel industry in Japan is evolving, with new lodging models emerging, some of which incorporate elements of the burgeoning sharing economy. A panel of real estate and hotel experts at the ULI Japan Fall Conference, held in Tokyo in November, discussed the “capsule hotel” and other models in Japan.” - by Mark Cooper (Urban… Continue reading “Hospitality Market in Japan Increasingly Bifurcated between High- and Low-End Options”

Market Watch - Japan

“Japan’s most beautiful ryokans invite you to do absolutely nothing”

“Village ryokan are often rustic, centuries-old wood and paper buildings, set around mineral-rich hot springs that bubble out of Japan's mountainous volcanic backbone. These springs, known as onsen, have been celebrated for millennia for their health properties. These can be physical -- some waters are especially good for arthritis, others for the skin -- but… Continue reading “Japan’s most beautiful ryokans invite you to do absolutely nothing”