A lot of new hotels are opening in Asia-Pacific. Hotel data company STR’s research shows 2,109 projects representing 470,650 rooms were being built as of July, a 27 percent increase over July 2018. Many of the new properties are in the upscale segments.
Many projects are also opening in remote or fragile areas. Ever-demanding guests seeking fulfillment in unique stays is a trend that fits like a glove with luxury and wellness. But as the article below by our Singapore contributor Yixin Ng shows, much greenwashing is still going on in development, and it starts right at the drawing board, where the owner or developer imperative to maximize returns clashes head-on with the environmental obligation.
Amid a sea of projects, low-impact luxury advocates like Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley who are attempting to change the status quo are too few in number and swimming against the current.
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