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In Focus: Malaysia – Reinvigorated Opportunities

Jeremy Teo | July 5, 2018

Jeremy Teo and Hok Yean Chee The Federation of Malaysia, located in Southeast Asia, comprises 13 states and three federal territories covering a total area of 329,847 square kilometres across Peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia. Malaysia's population is approximately 31.4 million (2017 government estimate) with 62% being of Malay heritage. The country's diversity is reflected in the share of different ethnic groups, such as Chinese, Indians and Indigenous, in its total population. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the direct and total contribution of Travel & Tourism to Malaysia's Gross Domestic Product (G...

HVS In Focus: Capri Island, Italy

Ezio Poinelli | April 3, 2018

By Ezio Poinelli, Pavlos Papadimitriou, Carlo Reitano Introduction Capri, together with Ischia and Procida, is the one of the three main islands of Campania, a region in Southern Italy with an area of about 13,500 km² and a population of 5,836,317 (2016). The distinctive features of the region are its mild climate, the abundance of art and historical sites, the strong passion for music and food as well as the presence of Mount Vesuvius, one of the most active volcanos in Europe located in the Gulf of Naples. Overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea, many leisure tourism destinations developed over the years in Campania, such as Capri, Amalfi...

HVS In Focus: Singapore, Preparing for a Smart Future

Kyu Baek Kim | March 29, 2018

By Kyu Baek Kim and Hok Yean CHEE The Republic of Singapore is a metropolitan city-state and island country in Southeast Asia with a total land area of 714.3 square kilometres. It is situated at the southern tip of the Malayan Peninsula, between Malaysia and Indonesia. With an economy supported by its growing population of approximately 5.6 million, Singapore rose as an economy in the latter half of the 20th century and today serves as a global commerce, finance, and transportation hub. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the direct and total contribution of Travel & Tourism to Singapore's Gross Domestic Prod...

In Focus: African Hotel Market Update

Tim P. Smith | January 27, 2017

By Tim P. Smith Introduction Wow, 2016 was quite a year and turned the world on its head; the UK voters opted for Brexit and the US electors chose Donald Trump as their next president. These monumental decisions will have far-reaching ramifications that will impact on us all, including Africa. Sterling has weakened considerably, even against the Rand, despite a lack of positive economic progress in South Africa. We are waiting to see what will happen when Trump takes the keys to the White House in January, but there may be a reduction in aid or trade to Africa. These external factors are out of the control of the hotel market in Afr...

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