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Dur­ing ATM, HN also caught up with Andrew Shaw, head of de­vel­op­ment - Europe, Mid­dle East and Africa at Dusit In­ter­na­tional, who made time to high­light the chain’s plans and expectations for the re­gion.

1. What is your ex­pan­sion strat­egy for the re­gion and which mar­kets in­ter­est you the most?

In the MENA re­gion, we cur­rently have six ho­tels in oper­a­tion across the UAE, Egypt and Kenya. Eleven projects are an­tic­i­pated to open over the next cou­ple of years across Kenya, Ethiopia, Tan­za­nia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Ara­bia, Bahrain and the UAE. Our ho­tel brands in oper­a­tion en­com­pass the mid-mar­ket, up­scale and lux­ury seg­ments.

2. What are your cur­rent projects and fu­ture plans?

At ATM, we of­fi­cially an­nounced the sign­ing of Dusit Re­sort and Spa La­goona Beach, our sec­ond prop­erty in Bahrain, which fol­lows last year’s sign­ing of dusitd2 City Cen­tre Bahrain. Both prop­er­ties are slated to open in Q4 this year. We also re­cently an­nounced the launch of our new brand, ASAI Ho­tels, which is de­signed to link cu­ri­ous, mil­len­nial-minded trav­el­ers with au­then­tic lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ences in vi­brant cities and re­sort des­ti­na­tions world­wide. The first ASAI ho­tel is slated to open in Bangkok next year. Four more ASAI ho­tels are al­ready in the pipe­line: three in Cebu, the Philip­pines, in Lapu-lapu, Os­lob and the city cen­ter; and one ho­tel in Yangon, Myan­mar, in the his­toric Yankin Town­ship. All are ex­pected to open in 2019.

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