Bangkok, 27 March 2018 – BHMA has recently announced the opening of a new office in Indonesia, marking a significant commitment to expanding the business further into one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hotel markets. The Flight Centre Travel Group has been operating in Indonesia for several years having established travel and tour operations offices with a staff of more than 100 in Bali. It is anticipated that the hotel management division under BHMA will complement the Group’s current business activities in the country, taking advantage of Indonesia’s strong tourist arrivals record and projections for further growth.
BHMA will manage its Indonesian expansion from new premises in Sanur, Bali, close to the existing Flight Centre Office. Heading up the operation will be Mr. Clement Sebban, who has been appointed Country Manager for BHMA in Indonesia. Clement will be responsible for hotel development in Indonesia, including technical assistance, pre-opening and post opening operational phases.
“Indonesia is a growing market and one of the key markets for our company, so having an office there can help our operations and allows us to respond to our clients’ needs more effectively,” said BHMA CEO Mr. Anthony McDonald. “The Group currently buys almost 400,000 room nights a year in Bali alone, so it is important for BHMA to find hotels and owners that want to maximize their hotel asset returns, and partner with us in the large business opportunity.”
BHMA will open the X2 Bali Breakers in the third quarter of this year. The resort is in the well-known area of Balangan Beach, south of Denpasar. This property will offer 60 private pool villas, 3 pools, a lounge bar, an all-day dining restaurant, spa, ballroom, and destination wedding chapel.
“We are very excited about our expansion here in Indonesia, and I will be in focused on securing new hotel contracts in and around the Bali and Lombok areas,” explained Clement. “We will be approaching hotel owners who need improved performance, and leverage our huge demand for room nights in the region to offer them unique and exceptional solutions. To maximize returns to owners we will be looking for management contracts, leases, and co-investment opportunities. In parallel I will also be working alongside our GMs in the country as our hotel portfolio expands with new properties to deliver the high service standards and experiences for which our hotels are famous.”
At present, BHMA is targeting four more properties by the end of 2018 in Bali – two in operational and two under development. Looking further ahead, the focus will also be placed upon securing additional hotels and resorts in new destinations across eastern Indonesia such as Lombok, Sumba, Komodo Island, and Raja Ampat.