In recognition of the increasing importance of the Middle Eastern travel market and the Arabian Gulf’s role as a global travel hub, Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality Group is attending Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai to meet with travel industry partners, highlight properties in key locations and share new and upcoming additions to its portfolio of hotels, resorts and serviced residences across the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region.
The rapidly expanding hotel company is celebrating an exciting period of development across its various brands, and marking its entry into key new markets including the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Over the last 12 months, ONYX welcomed six new additions to its regional portfolio of properties, headlined by Amari Havodda Maldives which opened on January 15, 2016.
Other openings over the past year include Amari Koh Samui, OZO Kandy Sri Lanka, Chiva Residence Bangkok, and Nova Express Pattaya.
During the last 12-month period, ONYX also announced the upcoming opening of new properties in locations such as Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Malaysia and China.
From the corporate perspective, for the group the Middle East and Arabian Gulf continues to be an increasingly important source market for ONYX. The area is the third largest regional source market for the ONYX portfolio of hotels after Asia and Europe, and witnessed a 17 per cent year-on-year increase in guest arrivals in 2015. The Middle Eastern market also accounts for over 10 per cent of total guest occupancy across the ONYX portfolio of hotels across the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean region.
The top of this, ONYX destinations for Middle Eastern guests include Bangkok, Doha and Kandy in Sri Lanka.
In Bangkok, two ONYX hotels offering residence-style accommodation – Amari Residences Bangkok and Oriental Residence Bangkok – are witnessing a rise in popularity with guests from the Middle East. Both properties have Arabic-speaking staff on hand to provide enhanced assistance and comfort to guests from the GCC. Outside of Bangkok, ONYX is also seeing increased interest in destinations such as Phuket and Colombo.
ONYX Hospitality Group continues to expand its presence across the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region. Highlights include the accelerating expansion of OZO and Shama.
Earlier this year, ONYX formed a joint venture with Singapore Hospitality Holdings to accelerate the growth of the OZO and Shama portfolio across key Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. The collaboration targets opening 46 OZO and Shama city and resort properties across the region by 2024. With Singapore Hospitality Holdings’ experience in hotel development and ONYX’s management expertise, this partnership is expected to strengthen the growth of these two brands and create new opportunities for further expansion.
Openings for the hoteliers include the reopening of the popular Amari Koh Samui in April following extensive renovations. Amari Residences Pattaya (173-rooms) is set to open in July.
Additionally, Amari Galle, Sri Lanka (172-rooms) is expected to open in Q4 2016. This opening marks the entry of Amari to Sri Lanka, where ONYX currently manages two OZO hotels in Colombo and Kandy.
Amari Johor Bahru, Malaysia (242-rooms) is also expecting to welcome guests in Q4 2016.
Meanwhile Vietnam will welcome OZO Hoi An in Q1 2017.