Bintan Makes Bold Moves | Bintan Hotel News

Bintan is the focus of a hotel construction boom according to recent reports released by consultancy firm C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL.

The expansion comes against a backdrop of low occupancy rates, but developers believe the island will assert itself as a top weekend and family retreat for both expatriates and locals resident in ASEAN.

Property Report, a leading real estate publication, identified in its December 2015 analysis a development boom that started in early 2015 with the opening of the Canopy, Sanchaya and Swiss-Belhotel.

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C9 Hotelworks and Horwath HTL claim another 12 hotels will open by 2019, on the island, located 45 km from Singapore.

New entrants include Alila Villas, Ibis and Four Points by Sheraton, adding more than 2,000 rooms to the island’s inventory.

It will double Bintan’s room count by 2019 and the million dollar challenge focuses finding guests to to fill the additional rooms.

The last major project to open on the island before the 2015 additions was the Angsana Bintan. It opened in 2000.

Firms in the United Arab Emirates are planning joint venture resorts that will require an estimated USD300 million to build.

Bintan’s challenge is to compete with ASEAN’s popular beach destinations such as Bali and Phuket. It has some compelling arguments including attractive beaches, a relatively short and convenient ferry commute from Singapore and world-class golf courses.

Bintan’s latest promotions attempt to balance the markets reaching out to travellers and the trade in ASEAN, such as Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam,  to offer city-beach holidays featuring Singapore and Bintan.

China, too, is viewed as a potential winning market. There are already signs that Bintan can increase market share in the up-scale sector of China’s booming outbound travel scene.

The good news is that Bintan’s three main seaports are visa free entry points for visitors from 90 countries.

While the majority of visitors enter the island via the seaports due to short ferry trips from Singapore and Batam, a new terminal development at the island’s main airport is underway.

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A project to build a second island airport in Busung, Lobam district, is also up and running. It will be able to accommodate Boeing 747s-and handle up to 3.5 million passengers, when it opens in 2017.

As these developments take shape, the French hotel group AccorHotels says it will open four hotels on the island over the next five years.

Lagoi Bay is one of two key areas in Bintan’s second phase of development. The other area is Treasure Bay Bintan, a 338ha integrated resort city that is a five-minute drive from the ferry terminal.

Treasure Bay Bintan, owned by Malaysian hospitality investment  company, Landmarks, offer wellness, adventure, family-friendly and luxury holiday opportunities in its waterfront property.

According to an assessment in a recent Straits Times report, Bintan received a record 500,000 visitors in 2014 and as Bintan continues to welcome more arrivals from Singapore, China and beyond, visitors will experience a dramatically different island over the next 20 years.

So far, less than a third of Bintan Resorts’ 17,500ha – an area 35 times the size of Sentosa – has been developed.

But the pace of development is picking up. The 196-room four-star Swiss-Belhotel opened last May, as did Plaza Lagoi mall. The two-storey mall has close to 60 stores spread over 1,000 sq m of retail space. About 45% of the shops are open, selling Indonesian gifts, cultural artefacts, clothes and branded goods.

Also last year, Pasaraya, Indonesia’s largest department store, signed on to be Plaza Lagoi’s anchor tenant, and six new hotels – Four Points by Sheraton, Ibis Style, Novotel, Dialoog, Prime Plaza and Ambhara – signed up to manage hotels in Lagoi Bay. These range from budget to four-star accommodation.

By June this year, Pantai Indah, Bintan’s first seaside residential estate, will complete its first phase of development and 99 of its 146 pool villas will be walk-in ready.

 

Source : e-NewsWire : TTR Weekly