Published on April 25, 2008
Dusit International will open four new hotels in Bali and Cairo over the next 18 months as part of its overseas expansion.
Altogether, a total of 13 new properties in Thailand and abroad will come under the management of Dusit in the next three years.
They include two in Bali and another two in Cairo, with some opening this year.
The chain will manage its first Bali hotel called Dusit Princess Bali this December.
Its second site called Dusit Devarana Bali, that has 144 rooms, should open in late 2009.
Bali's tourism has fully recovered, the hotel said. Last year, the island drew 1.6 million foreign arrivals, up 32 per cent from 2006.
Octavio Gamarra, senior vice president, said tourists from Russia, South Korea, and China as well and Japan are coming to Bali as they feel confident about their safety there.
The group will also run the Dusit Thani Cairo in June.
Its second Egypt hotel called Dusit Residence Lake View opens next year.
Its boutique brand called Dusit D2, will open in Pattaya midyear.
Dusit D2 Samui is scheduled to open next year.
Seven Dusit hotels are set to open in 2010. These include properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
The group is currently running 18 properties, including hotels in the Philippines and Dubai.
Gamarra said its new developments are on track, even though the global economy has slowed with oil prices skyrocketing and air tickets becoming more expensive. The group is also negotiating with investors to manage hotels in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, the Maldives, Australia and Bhutan.
"We are a Thai operator with an aim to be a global chain," said Gamarra.
Its Bangkok flagship is close to 100 per cent occupancy in the first quarter, he said.