Onyx Hospitality plans Laos debut for this city

(Amari Hotel Pattaya)

Thailand's Onyx Hospitality Group is getting ready to make its Laos debut next year. The company has signed a partnership agreement with Tang Charoen Group to manage three Amari hotels in Vang Vieng, Vientiane and Pakse. The Vang Vieng is slated to open in 2017 while the Vientiane and Pakse hotels are both scheduled for 2020.

The agreement is part of Onyx’s growth strategy to introduce the company’s brands across the Asia-Pacific region.

“Laos is emerging as one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing destinations, with the ongoing introduction of new flight routes and tourism infrastructure enhancements,” Peter Henley, president of Onyx Hospitality Group, said in a statement. “We are excited to enter this market with not one but three Amari properties as part of our continuing regional expansion plans.”

Onyx Hospitality Group currently manages 63 properties; 22 projects are under construction; and the company is aiming to reach 81 properties by the end of 2018. 

Earlier this year, we noted that Laos’s hotel scene is “a bit behind” those of neighboring Myanmar and Cambodia, but that it is still emerging, with investment focusing on Vientiane and Luang Prabang.