Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

by Martin Kelly With experience spanning over three decades, Bill Barnett, managing director, acquired his expertise working in the hospitality industry within both key and emerging markets. Always taking a hands on approach, he has developed an invaluable “grass roots” knowledge of the property and hospitality industry that is passed on to his clients. Bill […]

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Kunming-Singapore High-Speed Railway begins construction

The Kunming-Singapore High-Speed Railway began construction on April 25. The railway will shorten the travel time between Kunming and Singapore to only a little more than 10 hours in the future. The Chinese government expects the railway to be put into operation by 2020. The line, starting from Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province; passes Mohan, […]

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Thailand’s Hitachi lifts elevator, walkway production

Ten-year plan to recapture leadership Japan’s Hitachi Group will boost its local production capacity for elevators, escalators and moving sidewalks in a bid to meet growing demand both in Thailand and internationally. The long-term plan extending to 2020 is aimed at reclaiming Hitachi’s leadership position within the industry. Phornthep Phornprapha, chairman of the local joint […]

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Thai Ministry backs call to defer nuclear plants

IAEA warns Thai public not yet ready for them The Energy Ministry has proposed Thailand delay plans to have its first two nuclear power plants in 2020 by three years after the International Atomic Energy Agency said the country was not ready for the projects. Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) secretary-general Boonsong Kerdklang said […]

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Residents stand in opposition of Laos’ Xayaburi hydropower project

Some 400 people from provinces along the Mekong River in the North and Northeast gathered yesterday in Nong Khai’s Si Chiang Mai district to voice their opposition against Laos’ proposed Xayaburi hydropower project, which they believe will have a negative impact on their lives. The protesters also signed a letter to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, […]

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Merger set to grow Aurecon market share in Hong Kong

A merger between international engineering and management consultants Aurecon and building engineering specialists Daniel Chan and Associates Ltd (DCAL) of Hong Kong was announced this week. The merger will enhance Aurecon’s capacity to service large infrastructure projects in Hong Kong and enable its respected building design team to increasingly service clients of Aurecon’s offices across […]

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Japan to help Vietnam build port in the north, airport in the south

Japan will provide about ¥500 billion in financial assistance to help Vietnam undertake two major infrastructure projects seen as key to promoting economic growth in the Southeast Asian nation, the Nikkei reported. Tokyo will tap its official development assistance funds as well as solicit investment capital from private companies. Japan’s first public-private aid deal for […]

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Horticulture consultant files lawsuit against MGM Ho Tram Project

Siam Orchids Thailand Company Limited announced that it will commence legal action for breach of contract against the MGM Ho Tram Casino Project in Vung Tau, Vietnam. The horticulture consultant/project manager claims bad faith and 24 months of unpaid invoices. A spokesman for Siam Orchids said: “It is with great regret that we have to […]

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