Horwath Market Report – Kuala Lumpur – Upper Upscale & Luxury Market – By Sen Soon Mun

By 2023, approximately 3,000 guestrooms of the top-end segment will have entered the Kuala Lumpur luxury hotel market. Big brands such as Banyan Tree, Four Seasons and W made their presence in 2018, and brands such as Equatorial, Conrad, Regent, Jumeirah, SO Sofitel, Park Hyatt and Kempinski have began, or are expected to begin, operations within the next 5 years.

Chinese and Brazillians Demonstrate the Strongest Intention to Visit Europe This Summer

Despite global slowdown concerns and political tension between leading economies, travel sentiment towards Europe proves upbeat for the summer period in both China and Brazil. According to the latest results of the Long-Haul Travel Barometer, the travel sentiment index in both markets improved by four points over the same period last year.

Exports From International Tourism Hit USD 1.7 Trillion

Exports generated by international tourism reached USD 1.7 trillion in 2018, a 4% increase in real terms over the previous year, a new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows. For the seventh year in a row, tourism exports grew faster than merchandise exports (+3%), reflecting solid demand for international travel in a generally robust economic environment.