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Wed, 2 December 2020

Aman Resorts, Hotels and Residences in Indochina - Interview with Tom Rutherford

(10 Dec 2020) Founded by Adrian Zecha in 1988, Aman Resorts, Hotels and Residences is today one of the most exclusive boutique luxury hotel brands in the world.

If there was just one region of the world which perfectly reflects the essence of what makes an Aman property unique, it would the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), and in particular the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Aman currently has hotels in four of those five countries and is expanding rapidly. It already opeates a private jet, fragrances, clothing lines and has much more in the pipeline.

The Amantaka in Luang Prabang, Laos is one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in the country. Sadly it is currently closed due to CODI19, but will reopen as soon as possible. Click to enlarge.

So what makes the hotels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam truly unique? How have they been affected by the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic and which have done well in attracting domestic market share?

Those are just a few of the many questions that Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com puts to Tom Rutherford, Regional Director for Indochina and newly appointed General Manager of the Amansara in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

In this interview, filmed over Skype on 2 December, Tom gives us an insight into what makes an Aman hotel so special and why they are a perfect match for travellers looking for exclusive luxury in some of the world's most culturally rich and rewarding destinations on this planet.

Tom tells us how the hotels have been affected by COVID19, which are open and which still closed, how the group is using technology to enhance the guest experience and to ensure the safety of guests and employees alike.

You will learn what plans the company has for growth, whether COVID19 is creating new opportunities for expansion and how the Government of Cambodia is using the downturn in tourist numbers to upgrade the infrastructure in Siem Reap. All that and much, much more in the excusive video and podcast below.

Aman Resorts, Hotels and Residences in Indochina - Interview with Tom Rutherford

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Editor's note: My apologies that the audio and visual quality in this video interview are not up to the same HD quality that they normally would be. This is the eighth in a series of video interviews conducted over the internet. Hopefully it won't be too long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank you.

See latest Travel News, Video Interviews, Podcasts and other news regarding: COVID19, Aman, Siem Reap, Angkor, Cambodia, Laos, Luang Prabang, Vietnam, Tom Rutherford.

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