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Customizable food boxes give people the chance to thank those who are working around the clock to protect people, help others and save lives.

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has expanded its food delivery service in Bangkok to include a ‘Food for Heroes’ option which allows customers to purchase meals for delivery to key workers in the city.

Available to order now from two of Dusit’s properties in the capital – namely Baan Dusit Thani (Sala Daeng) and Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri Bangkok – via a central call centre on 02-200-9009, or via LINE @baandusitthani, meals for donation range in price from THB 100 to 120 (with a minimum order of 10 boxes). The service is available daily from 10am–8pm.

Dusit will donate one extra food box for every 10 food boxes ordered.

The extensive customizable menu features nutritious and delicious Thai and international options such as Rice with Panaeng Curry, Spaghetti Carbonara, and Orange and Almond Cake. Customers can add personal messages to their orders, and, for a small additional fee, decorative items such as flowers and balloons.

All meals are cooked fresh to order and will be delivered to the hospital, temple, or government office of the customer’s choice in Bangkok. Orders of 50 boxes or more include free delivery to any location within a 10km radius of Dusit’s participating properties.

“We’re delighted to launch this new service which gives our customers a unique opportunity to share their appreciation for key workers in Bangkok via personal messages of encouragement and the heartwarming gift of nutritious, delicious food,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. “Our frontline heroes are giving their all to protect us in these uncertain times, and we will continue to find ways to honour them as we join our communities to fight the spread of COVID-19 and move towards a brighter future together.”

Strategic partnership will expedite Dusit’s growth towards becoming one of the largest international hotel operators in the Philippines.

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has signed an investment agreement with major Filipino infrastructure holding company Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) to jointly develop and manage hospitality and residential properties in the Philippines. This joint investment is subject to approval from the Philippines Competition Commission, expected to be completed in June 2020.

MPIC, a listed company on the Philippines Stock Exchange, is a leading developer of power plants, toll roads, waterworks, light rail, and other infrastructure megaprojects in the Philippines. The investment agreement reflects MPIC’s plans to invest in real estate projects comprising hotels and condominiums, for which it required an experienced and trusted management partner, as well as Dusit’s plans to collaborate with leading industry partners to enhance its own capacity to create continuous and stable business growth.

As per the investment agreement, the structure of which is expected to be in place by December 2020, MPIC’s newest real estate, hospitality, and tourism subsidiary, Metro Vantage Properties, Inc. (MVPI), and Dusit Philippines Corporation, a newly formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of Dusit International, will jointly invest in two companies in the Philippines, namely Metro Dusit Inc. (MDI) and Dusit Hospitality Management Corporation (DHM).

MDI will operate as a developer of real estate projects in the Philippines, particularly hotel and residential condominium projects, while DHM will provide management services in relation to these projects as well as other projects developed in partnership with third-party business operators. DHM will also manage all of Dusit’s existing properties in the Philippines.

The investment partnership, initially worth a total of THB 979.05 million (PHP 1,605.00 million), is in line with Dusit’s three-pronged strategy for sustainable and profitable growth, which includes balance, expansion and diversification. As part of the strategy, Dusit aims to expand its presence in established and emerging markets to achieve a 50-50 balance between domestic and international revenue by 2025.

“While we recognise the novel coronavirus outbreak is currently impacting trade and business throughout Asia, our partnership with MPIC is a long-term investment scheduled to be in place at the end of the year, when we believe business as usual will be resumed,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dusit International. “Last year, more than eight million foreign tourists visited the Philippines. Domestic travel is strong too, with 111.4 million domestic tourists recorded in 2018. Both of these figures are only expected to grow.

“By leveraging MPIC’s rich experience, and building on our existing presence in the Philippines, we will be perfectly positioned to tap into this rising demand and expedite our growth. And by delivering unique hospitality experiences inspired by our distinctive brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality, we will be perfectly placed to meet the needs of discerning travellers, contribute to the growth of new and existing destinations, and bring long-term value to the communities in which we operate.”

Mr Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman, MPIC, said, “Today, we commemorate another milestone for Metro Pacific as we enter the real estate, hospitality, and tourism industry. Through our partnership with Dusit International, a company with over seven decades of experience in delivering Thai-inspired gracious hospitality all over the world, we hope to play a significant role in changing the landscape of this thriving industry through meeting the evolving needs and lifestyles of both local and foreign travellers and contribute to the inclusive and sustainable development of our country.”

Dusit International’s property portfolio now comprises 307 properties (nine owned, 298 managed) operating under six brands across 14 countries. The company has also recently diversified into food business, with strategic investments designed to mitigate risk, expand its customer base, and generate revenue from adjacent lines of commerce.

Upscale hotel is slated to open in Q4 2023 on the northern shores of West Lake in the city’s high-end Tay Ho district.

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has signed a long-term agreement with Vietnamese real estate developers General Technology Joint Stock Company to develop and operate Dusit Tu Hoa Palace, Hanoi, in the city’s affluent Tay Ho District, at the northern end of the city’s largest freshwater lake, West Lake.  

Comprising 207 well-appointed guest rooms, the upscale property will put guests at the heart of a vibrant lakeside community renowned for its international restaurants, trendy cafes, chic nightlife venues, and fascinating lakeside temples. Noi Bai International Airport is only 30 minutes away by car, while Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the city’s business hub and main tourist destination, can be reached in just 15 minutes.

In line with Dusit’s mission to uniquely deliver Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to the world, the hotel will feature a distinctive blend of Thai and Vietnamese design elements to offer high levels of comfort and convenience for business and leisure travellers alike. Hotel facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, a rooftop bar, meeting rooms, and a swimming pool. Many of the guest rooms will offer views of the lake and its surrounds.

Guests will also enjoy easy access to local attractions such as Vietnam’s oldest temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, which was built in the 6th century; and Quan Thanh Temple, which is renowned for its detailed wood carvings.

“We are delighted to partner with General Technology Joint Stock Company to bring our unique brand of Thai inspired, gracious hospitality to Vietnam’s vibrant capital for the first time,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International. “As a destination, Hanoi keeps going from strength to strength. Last year the city welcomed more than 6 million foreign visitors in the first 11 months – up 12% year-on-year. The country’s strong GDP growth rate is also driving a rapidly growing segment of high-spending domestic tourists. With this in mind, now is the perfect time to expand our operations in Vietnam’s capital city and strengthen our brand for further growth in Vietnam.”

Mr Le Minh Thanh, Chairman of the Board of Management, General Technology Joint Stock Company, said, “Dusit’s ability to translate its Thai heritage and industry expertise into impressive localized experiences is fully evident at its international properties, including its first hotel in Vietnam, Dusit Princess Moonrise Beach Resort Phu Quoc, which opened in 2018. We now look forward to working with Dusit to offer a distinctive hotel experience in Hanoi that delights guests and customers, and which delivers long-term, sustainable value for all stakeholders.”

Dusit International’s property portfolio now comprises 307 properties operating under six brands across 15 countries. The company has also recently diversified into food business, with strategic investments designed to mitigate risk, expand its customer base, and generate revenue from adjacent lines of commerce.

Exclusive island resort in the Davao Gulf now offers a total of 18 luxury villas plus a new international restaurant, a games and entertainment centre, a fully equipped dive centre, and more deluxe additions for guests to enjoy.

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has officially rebranded The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Managed by Dusit as Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort, introducing new beachfront villas and a range of dining and recreational facilities.

Located on a private island off the coast of the Davao Gulf, Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort is one of the three Dusit properties that were launched in partnership with Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation (TLDC) in Davao this year. The other properties include dusitD2 Davao and Dusit Thani Residence Davao.

Now taking on the upper-upscale Dusit Thani brand, the deluxe Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort is designed to blend Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired graciousness hospitality with the warm Filipino hospitality of the Mindanao region to deliver an unmatched level of service and memorable experience to its guests.

Set within a former coconut plantation and surrounded by unspoiled reef, the resort has been patterned after the award-winning Dusit Thani Maldives on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, to offer an exotic getaway amidst nature. The design and architecture of the villas were inspired by the tropical modernist designs of the late architect Geoffrey Bawa and the colonial Sri Lankan coconut plantations of the 1920s.

From nine villas, the rebranded resort now offers a total of 18 luxury villas, half of which include plunge pools facing the quiet and private beach. The 114 sq m. two-bedroom seafront villas can accommodate up to six persons each, and feature private terraces and beautiful open-air garden bathrooms with large soaker bathtubs.

Alongside original beach club offerings including Tarictic Grill all-day dining restaurant, a beachfront infinity pool, a fitness centre, Dusit’s signature Namm Spa, and facilities for snorkelling, Jet Skiing, and kayaking, guests can now enjoy the new game and entertainment centre, a tennis court, a western restaurant and bar called The Mill, and a fully equipped dive centre.

The 1950s-inspired Tamsi Hall is available for special meetings and events for up to 160 guests, while a church with a capacity of 200 persons is ideal for weddings.

To reach the island, guests can choose between a 30-minute catamaran boat ride from the Port Jetty at dusitD2 Davao and Dusit Thani Residence Davao, passing through the beautiful scenery of Samal Island; or travel for 1.5 hours by land, passing through coconut plantations, and then take a 5-minute boat ride at Pindasan Port.

“We’re delighted to showcase the recent updates at the resort, especially now that it has officially taken the Dusit Thani brand,” said Mr Christopher Wichlan, General Manager of dusitD2 Davao, Dusit Thani Residence Davao, and Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort. “Our beautiful beachfront villas, stunning location, and comprehensive range of facilities mean we are perfectly positioned to delight both day and overnight visitors, and serve as an ideal venue for special events and corporate gatherings while delivering truly memorable experiences for all of our guests.”

For inquiries and reservations, call +63 (82) 272-7500 or email davao@dusit.com.

Slated to open in early 2021 on the Philippines’ best-known island, the beachfront property puts Dusit on course to become one of the largest international hotel operators in the Philippines within the next three years.

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has signed a hotel management agreement with International Builders Corporation (IBC), one of the leading construction companies in the Philippines, to operate Dusit Princess Boracay hotel on the west coast of the Philippines’ famed paradise island, Boracay.

Slated to open in early 2021 in the Station 1 area of the island’s beautiful White Beach, one of the finest stretches of white sand on the island, the new beachfront hotel will comprise 120 guest rooms offering high levels of comfort and convenience, plus impressive views of the beach and surrounding emerald waters. 

In keeping with the high standards of the upper-midscale Dusit Princess brand, each guest room will feature premium-quality beds, a cosy bathroom with a powerful shower, a range of modern amenities, and a contemporary design. 

Hotel facilities will include a large swimming pool overlooking the beach, a fully equipped gym, and function rooms for social and business events. An all-day dining restaurant and local speciality restaurant will also be part of the offerings.

Dusit Princess Boracay’s prime location ensures guests will enjoy easy access to everything the paradise island has to offer. From the atmospheric dining scene of West Beach and the exhilarating water sports activities of Bulabog Beach, to the scenic hiking trails of Mount Apo and the magnificent marine life found at more than 15 beautiful dive sites, the hotel is surrounded by a wide range of memorable experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy. 

Located only 15 minutes by car from Cagban Jetty Port, which links by ferry to Caticlan Airport, the hotel is easily accessible. Flights to Manila take one hour, while flights to Cebu take 50 minutes. 

“We are delighted to continue our expansion in the Philippines by signing to manage Dusit Princess Boracay in one of the country’s best-loved tourist destinations,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. “IBC’s focus on sustainable development perfectly aligns with our own commitment to always have a positive impact wherever we set foot. We now look forward to delivering a hotel experience that not only delights our guests and customers, but which brings enduring value to the island community too.”

Mr Alfonso Tan, Chairman, IBC, said, “Our vision for this project has always been to aid in the sustainable development of Boracay as a destination while preserving the natural beauty for which the island is renowned. Dusit’s rich experience in managing island-based resort properties, coupled with its passion for sustainable operations, makes it the perfect partner for this special project. We are delighted to partner with them to bring our vision to life, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship together.”

Dusit International currently operates five properties in the Philippines including Dusit Thani Manila; dusitD2 Davao; Dusit Thani Residence Davao; The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Managed by Dusit; and Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu. The company also recently opened the pioneering Dusit Hospitality Management College, which offers short courses and degree programmes designed to create talented hospitality professionals for the industry at large.

Dusit also has 11 properties in the pipeline in the Philippines representing four brand models – Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess, and ASAI Hotels. The majority of these properties are set to open within the next three years, positioning Dusit as one of the largest international hotel operators in the Philippines.

Thailand-based, global hospitality company to open healthy food stores throughout Bangkok and beyond.

Dusit Foods Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has entered into a 51:49 joint venture with South Africa’s Real Foods Group, to bring its popular healthy fast-casual restaurant concept, Kauai, to Southeast Asia, under the Thai brand name, Real Foods – with its first store opening recently at Virgin Active Fitness Club 101 The Third Place in Bangkok.

Established 23 years ago, the Kauai brand serves 7.3 million healthy meals each year across its 164 stores in South Africa and the Netherlands. The brand has established itself as an innovative leader in the health space, with its inspired smoothies, salads, wraps and warm bowls – all made with a commitment to sustainable sourcing and bringing convenient, nutritious options to consumers worldwide.

Located at True Digital Park 101, a landmark mixed-use development near Sukhumvit Soi 101, the first Real Foods store at Virgin Active Fitness Club 101 The Third Place is easily accessible from Punnawithi and Udomsuk BTS (Skytrain) stations.

The Real Food stores in Thailand will retain the Kauai concept and store design, and also most of the menu. The menu features over 100 superfood ingredients, including free-range eggs, collagen, whey protein, spirulina, kale, broccoli and spinach, used to make a range of nutritious and delicious dishes and drinks with a focus on natural produce.

Roughly 30% of the menu has been modified to meet Thai tastes, including the addition of new items such as a soba noodle salad, iced matcha smoothie, Thai red milk tea and iced coffee drinks.

Firm favourites like the Princess Wrap and the Strawberry Stinger, which have been on the menu since Kauai’s inception, will be available in Thai stores.

The development of Real Foods in Thailand is in line with Dusit Food’s mission to invest in proven and profitable businesses, expand into high growth spaces, and respond to consumer trends while positively serving the community through the delivery of healthy, wholesome food products that reflect four key pillars of sustainable production – healthy, natural, organic, and locally sourced.

“Globally, there is a major shift taking place as consumers seek out healthier, natural food options which are both affordable and convenient, said Mr Jate Sopitpongstorn, MD of Dusit Foods Co. Ltd. “With our extensive experience in food, resorts and hospitality, moving into standalone outlets was an obvious next step for Dusit. The Thai joint venture, Dusit Real Foods, will oversee the opening of several fast-casual restaurants in Thailand, with possible expansion into retail ranges. Dusit Real Foods already has another three stores lined up through its long-standing relationship with Virgin Active health clubs. As we hold master-franchise rights, we will also look at expanding Real Foods outside of Thailand too, leveraging our strong network of hotels and resorts in APAC, UAE, Qatar and Oman to introduce Real Foods in more new markets worldwide.”

Mr Sopitpongstorn added that Real Foods will also benefit from access to top-tier hospitality and restaurant talent from Dusit’s hospitality education programme, ensuring Dusit’s renowned gracious service is part of the offering. And Real Foods will differentiate itself from other healthy food stores and producers in the Thai market by offering a comprehensive range of responsibly sourced menu items that can be customized for vegans and vegetarians to paleo and keto devotees. “Basically, it will be a one-stop-shop for all their healthy food needs,” he said.

23 successful years of healthy food

Dean Kowarski, Real Foods Group CEO explains that the premium brand, which has become synonymous with natural food, has a strong appeal for those embracing healthier living on account of its emphasis on nutrition and responsible sourcing.

“At Real Foods we care about what you put in your body because we know that eating well is key for a good life. We are committed to making nutritious and delicious food and drinks with an emphasis on real, responsibly sourced natural produce,” he said. “This means, where possible, our food is free of GMO’s, low in refined sugar and avoids additives, preservatives, artificial colourants or flavourants. As an example, we only use free-range chicken and eggs, which shows our commitment to responsible sourcing.

“We make healthy eating delicious, easy and convenient and there is something for everyone on our menu. Our new partnership in Thailand demonstrates that Real Foods is achieving its mission of bringing more health and wellness options to consumers worldwide.

“Our stores offer a mix of both take-away and sit-down meals,” notes Kowarski, adding that the health sector is growing faster than fast food outlets.

The Real Foods store experience

Real Food positions itself at the leading edge of global health food and consumer trends. Stores strategically showcase colourful food and fresh ingredients against the minimalist black and white backdrop of the store. Inspired by clean-line simplicity, the store concept features a neutral palette of concrete tiles and cool white marble counters, complemented by warm oaks and crisp black and white graphics.

Future Growth Plans

Within the coming months, Real Foods will also supply its healthy meals and drinks to six other Virgin Active health clubs throughout the city, ensuring Bangkok residents have convenient, grab and go access to wholesome and healthy food. The brand also has plans for expanding its Thai store footprint into the retail space, and is actively seeking exciting new retail locations.

Dusit Real Foods owns the territory rights to Southeast Asia and Australia, and is currently exploring opportunities in these markets.

Dusit Princess Kathmandu, Nepal is slated to open in Q3 2020.

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has signed an agreement with Hotel Lhasa International Pvt. Ltd. to develop and operate Dusit Princess Kathmandu, Nepal – the second Dusit-branded hotel set to open in Nepal – in Q3 2020.

Operating under Dusit’s upper-midscale Dusit Princess brand, the new hotel will comprise 108 well-appointed guest rooms in a prime location in the capital’s vibrant Lazimpat neighbourhood. The area is home to various international institutions and is just a short walk from the bustling eateries and shops of Thamel.

Tribhuvan International Airport and major cultural attractions such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath Stupa can be reached in 20 minutes by car.

Designed to meet the needs of business and leisure travellers alike, hotel facilities will include an outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, a rooftop lounge-bar, a fully equipped fitness centre, a spa, and meeting facilities. An all-day dining restaurant will serve daily buffet breakfast plus a variety of international and local cuisines.

In keeping with the Dusit Princess brand, each room will feature high-quality beds, a cosy bathroom, modern amenities, and a contemporary design reflecting local style and culture to provide high levels of comfort and convenience.

“We are delighted to partner with Hotel Lhasa International Pvt. Ltd. to bring our unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to Kathmandu for the first time,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International. “Surrounded by popular cultural attractions, centuries-old religious sites, several embassies and major businesses, Dusit Princess Kathmandu is perfectly positioned to link guests with everything this fascinating city has to offer. We now look forward to delivering a hotel experience that delights on all fronts while providing sustainable value to all our stakeholders.”

Mr Dorje Gyaltsen Lama, Managing Director, Hotel Lhasa International Pvt. Ltd., said, “Nepal welcomed more than 1.1 million tourists in 2018 – up 25% YOY – and the country’s tourism industry just keeps going from strength to strength. To capture this fast-growing market, we were determined to find a distinctive partner with international experience, a track record for excellence, and a commitment to having a positive local impact. We are delighted Dusit is that partner, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship together.”

Dusit International’s property portfolio now comprises 271 properties (nine owned and 262 managed) operating under six brands across 13 countries. The company has more than 50-Dusit branded hotels in the pipeline and expects to open at least 10-12 hotels per year in key destinations from 2020 onwards.

Dusit Princess Kathmandu, Nepal is the second property Dusit International has signed to operate in Nepal. Dusit Thani Himalayan Resort & Spa, a luxury mountaintop resort in Nepal’s central region, is slated to open in Q1 2021 under a hotel management agreement.

New concept is designed to bring value to all stakeholders by expanding market reach, trialling new concepts that can be introduced at Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide, and maintaining brand awareness in the local market while Dusit’s flagship hotel, Dusit Thani Bangkok, is redeveloped as part of landmark mixed-use project, Dusit Central Park.

Dusit Thani Public Company Limited (DTC), or Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, is set to expand its lines of business in Bangkok by opening its first standalone restaurant concept – Baan Dusit Thani – to respond to shifting consumer tastes and provide a new place to eat, meet and hold weddings and social events in the heart of the city’s Central Business District.

Designed to continue the hospitality heritage of DTC’s flagship Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel, which is currently being redeveloped as part of Dusit Central Park, a USD1.2 billion mixed-use project set to open in 2023, Baan Dusit Thani occupies a beautifully restored stately home with history dating back to before World War II. The property is set over 4.5 Rai (7,200 sq m) on Sala Daeng Road, only 100 metres from the flagship hotel and just a five minute walk from both the Sala Daeng BTS (Skytrain) and Silom MRT (underground) stations.

Providing a fitting new home for staff from Dusit Thani Bangkok while the new hotel is being built, the carefully curated space features three reimagined signature outlets from Dusit Thani Bangkok, each set within a different heritage building and surrounded by a beautifully maintained and pet-friendly garden.

The elevated concepts include Benjarong Thai Restaurant, Thien Duong Vietnamese Restaurant, and Dusit Gourmet & Garden Bar. Unique events spaces are available for small or large social and private events, including Dancing Hall, a semi-outdoor pavilion which can be easily transformed into an enclosed air-conditioned space. The pavilion was historically used as the setting for private parties and discos arranged by the owner of the heritage home. All outlets and spaces will be officially opened on 18 September 2019.

To cater to long-term fans of Dusit Thani Bangkok, each signature outlet will feature the most popular dishes from its hotel counterpart. To respond to shifting consumer tastes, the venues will also trial new concepts that DTC will use to enhance the food and beverage offerings at Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide.  

Baan, translated to English, means home, and every effort has been made to embrace the original architecture of the heritage buildings while simultaneously reflecting the distinctive character of Dusit Thani Bangkok to create a warm and welcoming venue that brings value to the broader community.

“This unique and exciting venue is perfectly positioned to meet the needs of fans of Dusit Thani Bangkok and also expand our market reach to introduce the hotel’s signature venues and Thai-inspired, gracious hospitality and services to consumers who prefer to dine at standalone restaurants,” said Khun Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. “At the same time, by monitoring and responding to shifting consumer tastes, Baan Dusit Thani gives us the perfect opportunity to experiment with new concepts, respond to new trends, and then use our findings to enhance the food and beverage operations at Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide.

“From promoting healthy living from the use of organic, wholesome ingredients, to offering a large, green space where local residents can relax with their pets, our holistic approach to lifestyle, coupled with our legacy offerings, has broad appeal and will ensure that Dusit Thani Bangkok stays top of mind while our new flagship hotel is being built – all while bringing value to the community via the many experiences that we offer.”

A living museum of sorts, Baan Dusit Thani also features treasured furniture and iconic décor from Dusit Thani Bangkok tastefully transformed into one-of-a-kind statement pieces to imbue each restaurant with its own distinct character and atmosphere.

For more information, please visit www.baandusitthani.com

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte among the dignitaries attending the official launch of the premium development, which sits at the heart of Davao City’s new central business district, Lanang.

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, and Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation (TLDC), one of the fastest-growing real estate development companies in the Philippines, celebrated the inauguration of dusitD2 Davao hotel on 6 September 2019 with a special ceremony held in the elegant Dusit Thani Grand Ballroom.

Hosted by Mr Lim Boon Kwee, COO, Dusit International, and Mr Tomas P. Lorenzo, CEO, TLDC, the special event was attended by local dignitaries including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, alongside representatives from leading local businesses and the tourism and hospitality industry.

Demonstrating Dusit International’s and TLDC’s commitment to having a positive local impact, during the event TLDC made a donation to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office (AFPEBSO), which assists the dependents of wounded soldiers.

Soft opened in March this year, the upscale, full-service dusitD2 Davao hotel is TLDC’s latest premium development in the Davao region. The property comprises 120 well-appointed guest rooms and suites in a prime location off JP Laurel, Lanang, close to the city’s shopping malls, business district, and IT Park. Davao International Airport can be reached in 15 minutes by car.

Designed by renowned Philippine architect Manny Samson, and inspired by ‘the vibrancy of life,’ the hotel has been carefully crafted to reflect Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality while also embracing the cultural richness of the destination.

Besides the spacious Dusit Thani Grand Ballroom and several adjoining function rooms, hotel facilities include a courtyard swimming pool with children’s pool and play zone, the Madayaw Café all-day dining restaurant, the sophisticated Siam Lounge, the signature Namm Spa, and the fully equipped DFiT Fitness Centre. Dusit’s signature Benjarong Thai Restaurant will open soon.

dusitD2 Davao hotel is just one of three new projects Dusit International has signed to manage for TDLC in Davao. Also set to hold their grand openings soon are Dusit Thani Residence Davao, and The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Managed by Dusit.

Soft opened this month, Dusit Thani Residence Davao is located next to dusitD2 Davao hotel and comprises 174 well-appointed residences and suites for short and extended stays. Designed to redefine luxury accommodation in the region, the deluxe property’s spacious rooms feature high-quality furnishings, well-equipped kitchenettes, and the latest in-room technology.

Soft-opened in December 2018, meanwhile, The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Managed by Dusit, is an exclusive island retreat just off the coast of the Davao Gulf (only 10 minutes by boat from Pindasan Port). Alongside 18 beautiful Seafront Villas overlooking a private beach, this special destination offers a large swimming pool, a children’s play area, a spacious events hall, and the Tarictic Grill & Snack Bar. A watersports and diving centre is set to open soon.

“We are humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to bring our Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to Davao and to work with Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation to help promote the region to the world at large,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, when addressing the audience at the opening event. “dusitD2 Davao, Dusit Thani Residence Davao, and The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Managed by Dusit are perfectly positioned to meet the growing demand for premium developments in the region, and we look forward to making them all a resounding success.”

Dusit International’s property portfolio now comprises 271 properties (nine owned and 262 managed) operating under six brands across 13 countries. The company has more than 50-Dusit branded hotels in the pipeline and expects to open at least 10-12 hotels per year in key destinations from 2020 onwards.

Designed to link millennial-minded travellers with authentic local experiences, ASAI Bangkok Chinatown hotel is slated to open in Q1 2020.

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has signed a long-term lease agreement with I Am Chinatown Co., Ltd. to develop and operate ASAI Bangkok Chinatown in the heart of the city’s renowned Chinatown district.

Slated to open early next year, ASAI Bangkok Chinatown will be the first hotel to open under ASAI Hotels, Dusit’s new affordable lifestyle brand for millennial-minded travellers, in a prime location adjacent to Yaowarat Road – one of the world’s most renowned street food destinations.

Immersing guests in the old-world atmosphere of this bustling district, the property will offer easy access to many fascinating temples and shrines, various art galleries and museums, hip bars and coffee shops, lively fresh markets, and an incredible selection of streetside eateries. The new Wat Mangkon MRT (underground) station, which connects the area to the rest of the city, is only 100 metres from the property. 

In line with the four key pillars of the ASAI brand – Thoughtful Essentials, Common Ground, Authentic Connections, and a Sustainable Ecosystem – ASAI Bangkok Chinatown will feature 224 thoughtfully compact rooms (ranging from 18 – 22 sq m) whose contemporary, Thai-Chinese-inspired design will emphasise the essentials, such as superior quality beds and high-pressure rain showers. A large communal space, meanwhile, will include a comfortable and efficient workspace, a fitness centre, a bar highlighting craft beers and creative cocktails, and a pop-up restaurant concept featuring a seasonal farm-driven menu curated in collaboration with Paolo Vitaletti and Jarrett Wrisley of Appia, Peppina and Soul Food Mahanakorn restaurants in Bangkok. The hotel’s chefs will also be able to use fresh herbs and vegetables from an exclusive on-site organic garden.

To further promote sustainable agriculture, the hotel has partnered with Akha Ama, a socially empowered enterprise growing coffee in northern Thailand, to source 100% Arabica beans from the project.

“Our investment in ASAI Bangkok Chinatown highlights our commitment to providing broadened experiences for our customers across the lodging spectrum and delivering sustainable, enduring value for all our stakeholders,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. “With its strong community focus and strategic location in one of Bangkok’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, the hotel is perfectly positioned to capture the attention of millennial-minded travellers, establish our presence in the affordable lifestyle market, and prepare the ASAI brand for further expansion within the city and throughout Southeast Asia.”

Mr Siradej Donavanik, Managing Director, ASAI Hotels, said, “Each ASAI hotel is being carefully designed to reflect the fabric of the neighbourhood and appeal to the needs and expectations of today’s generation of travellers and consumers who are constantly on the lookout for authentic, local experiences, as well as brands with value-driven credentials which they can connect with in more meaningful ways. ASAI Bangkok Chinatown’s distinctive offerings, fascinating surrounds, and excellent location near the new underground station make it a strong debut for the brand. We now look forward to introducing travellers and locals alike to our vibrant neighbourhood with its endless array of hidden delights.”

Alongside ASAI Bangkok Chinatown, five more properties are already confirmed in the pipeline. This includes three ASAI Hotels in Cebu, Philippines (in Mactan, Oslob, and IT Park); one hotel in Yangon, Myanmar (in the historic Yankin Township); and a second hotel in Bangkok (in the stylish Sathorn district). These properties are expected to open from mid-2020 onwards.