Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Brandon (SLH), Ralph (Eskaya Beach Resort), Somjai (Twin Palms Phuket), Sukesi (Oberoi Hotels), Eleanor (Lanson Place Hotel), Tiratas (Pimalai Resort) There were no Singapore Slings but there was plenty of rice wine at Sake Restaurant yesterday as delegates from five ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ (SLH) properties across Asia hit Sydney as part of efforts to garner more business from Australia. Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard at the event, Singapore-based SLH Asia Pacific director of sales Brandon Chan said, overall, business for the group this year had been very good.“Our supply has not been able to meet demand,” Mr Chan said of SLH’s Singapore properties.Following the acquisition of its latest Singapore property, The Scarlet Hotel, SLH currently has three properties in the island state. But Mr Chan says the group could do with “another two or three properties” to meet demand. Lanson Place Hotel account director Eleanor Young told e-Travel Blackboard that although most of the Hong Kong property’s business came from China, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the hotel did come under siege each year from Aussies and Kiwis during the Rugby World Seven’s tournament.“Anytime is a good time to visit us – except maybe during the rugby,” Ms Young said in reference to the high accommodation rates charged throughout the city during the event.“And our hotel overlooks Hong Kong Stadium!”Launched in March 2009, the Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa in the Bohol province of the Philippines is hoping its unique Filipino architecture and pristine location will draw more Aussies to its thatched villas or ‘balai’. “Our largest markets are in Asia and Germany,” marketing vice president Ralph Lim told e-Travel Blackboard.“But we’re here because we are hoping to tap more into the Australian market.”Over glasses of sake, bowls of edamame and platters of kingfish jalapeno, guests of the event were updated on the latest offerings from across the five properties, which also included the Pimalai Resort & Spa and the Twin Palms in Thailand, and Oberoi Hotels and Resorts in Indonesia. As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations this year, SLH last month launched its revamped guest loyalty programme, inviting members of the Club of Small Luxury Hotels of the World to feel Special, Loved and Honoured through enhanced loyalty benefits.
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