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The governor may not be very effective at preventing and penalising land grabbers but with people intending to acquire land illegally on steep hill slopes it clearly shows Phuket’s land limitations and a hot economy.

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Resort land not for sale

The image above comes from Bali. Are local farmers and land owners annoyed at being approached far too often to sell their land for resort and villa development?

A thought crossed my mind after seeing the photo: How much of Asia’s prime emerging coastal resort land is already in strong hands?

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TSR Capital to transform Butterworth airbase into “a city of arts and leisure”.

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Melaka Gateway development

Click on image to visit Melaka Gateway.

Beside the coastal real estate developments in Iskandar Malaysia here is another Malaysian coastal project in Melaka (Malacca) known as Melaka Gateway. Along with Mandalika, Bintan Resorts, Koh Rong, Vung Ro Bay this is another ambitious coastal development project in Southeast Asia at the moment.

What caught our attention here involves Royal Caribbean Cruises in the joint development of the cruise terminal.

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This post is contributed by Mark Gwyther of MGT Management Consulting.

 

Introduction

We pride ourselves in our accurate forecasts and predictions in The Vietnam Resort Report.  Two years ago we began forecasting rising occupancy rates in coastal resorts beginning in 2014, the huge influx of Chinese tourists, and warning of titanium mines polluting the Binh Thuan coastline.  Our ten-year forecast of incoming visitors to Vietnam – also made two years ago – is still tracking very closely to actuals.  So when we miss a prediction badly, we want to understand why.  Especially if it is big news in not only Vietnam, but throughout the region.  Vung Ro Petroleum announcing a $2.5 billion in financing deal for their Vung Ro Development was big news.

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Does this need to happen every time there is a land development project?

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Land compensation issues. Same story. Different country.

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Burma’s military has allegedly leased lands it confiscated in the Ngapali Beach to five construction companies, contravening a promise to return the plots to their original owners if they were not used for defense purposes.

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Site clearance is a continuing problem which discourages foreign investors in Vietnam.

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Development of Cambodia’s Koh Puos island slows.

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There’s definitely been a lot of coastal tourism development interest for Cambodia’s offshore islands. This includes Royal Group’s Koh Rong project as well as onshore locations like the Sun & Moon Gulf.

Came across the Koh Tang development via Constructing Cambodia. Its being developed by a company called Monarch Investment. Have a look at the weblinks.

Cambodia Koh Tang Master Plan

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Came across below Phnom Penh Post article from 2012.

In Demand and Supply of Asia’s Tourism Coastline we commented that Cambodia “has a very limited coastline (next shortest coastline after Singapore), a high land-mass-to-coastline (3rd highest) plus high population-to-coastline ratio (3rd highest). Cambodia also has the second highest position in terms of international-arrivals-to-coastline. Question is: will we witness an explosive growth in coastal tourism development as Cambodia develops and ramps up its international tourism marketing?”

This combination of limited coastline, limited number of offshore islands, Angkor Wat, more ideal weather, growing internal economy, emerging Asia middle class, is a potent mix for Cambodia’s coastal tourism development.

It’s not surprising why investors snapped up Cambodia’s islands (while Indonesia goes looking for investors to develop its small islands).

The next question is, will Cambodia be executing its coastal development on a larger tourism strategy, thereby optimizing on scale and quality, or along a more conventional approach seen so far in the region?

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Property giants Ayala Land and SM Land will fight it out for Pasay City’s multi billion-peso reclamation project in the city’s portion of Manila Bay.

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At least 16,000 hectares of land in Camotes will be treated as alienable and disposable land where developments will be allowed.

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SM Land is pursuing the reclamation project because Manila doesn’t have a supply of single properties of that scale.

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Land-use planning and long-term land resource management strategy building in Vietnam.

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Hainan’s Sun island is expected to receive around 5 million tourists annually after completion

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In the face-off between economic development and conservation, land compensation has and always will be an issue in any village re-location due to land development.

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There are only a few choices to expand tourism with minimal impact to Balinese culture and agriculture. Every choice has its pros and cons.

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These projects are stopped because the investors could not find funding, were weak at financial capacity, were unable to implement the projects, carried out the projects slowly or did not implement projects and some projects are no longer suitable with the development plan of Phu Quoc Island.

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Killing goose that lays the golden egg? Time for tighter land use controls and expansion of Indonesian tourism beyond Bali?

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Bali International Marina
By now most are familiar with South Bali’s traffic congestion and other development issues. Andre Pradiktha an Indonesian architect based in Bali suggests a logical solution – re-develop Pulau Serangan, an abandoned resort project from a different era in the country’s history. I’m not sure whether you’d consider this ‘sustainable tourism’ but its certainly a way to continue tourism development with less encroachment into the Bali interior. Pulau Serangan is about 580 hectares including areas sea-walled. Assuming 50% land use efficiency and an average of 10 hectares per hotel parcel that’s easily 30 large hotels you can put on the island. Continue Reading…

Individuals could apply for the right to use uninhabited islands in Zhejiang Province for business development, with the longest possible lease 50 years.

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“We will investigate officials who issued the land documents and the permits to allow such construction on steep hills. Everyone found to be involved in these illegal activities will be held accountable”

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Koh Rong’s initial master plan

Cambodia is one of the few countries in South East Asia with a very high land mass to coastline ratio. And its natural that as the country progresses its only a matter of time before offshore islands are developed.

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Norridah Hashim, director of Matrix Avenue Sdn Bhd (owner of the resort), said she was puzzled why the group had resorted to breaking a court order concerning the case.

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You always hear of a destination’s size in terms of visitor arrivals or number of hotel rooms. Here we attempt to look at destination’s size in terms of physical development footprint and development density.

If you use a common benchmark of a 20km radius from the airport how do these destinations compare against each other and our reference Honolulu? (Note: the red dot is the international airport location, the white circle is the 20km radial extent). Continue Reading…

Phuket Wan reports Thailand’s government has ordered a review of all land titles on Phuket. This major investigation is to clarify property rights in advance of the Asean Economic Community in 2016.

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The Vietnamese government commitment to rationalize land data will enable authorities to grant individuals or organisations land-use-right certificates.

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Time for the government to reduce approvals for new accommodation and housing estates, especially on land that is still agriculturally productive.

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Terrapinn has compiled a list of greenfield development opportunities in the Asia Pacific. Well worth a look.

Land Ownership Law Timor Leste

USAID Timor Leste

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What’s unfolding in Cambodia for large scale resort land development projects appears to be a replay of what took place in Indonesia two decades ago. Continue Reading…

In an effort to control over-development, new hotels in Kuta will have site area as well as site coverage controls. But . . .

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Developers and investors are intent on maximizing profit but should it become a case of ‘killing the goose that lays the golden egg’?

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Singapore Ministry of National Development has zoned Pulau Seringat for residential use.

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Badung Tourism Agency would be selective in issuing licenses for the establishment of accommodation facilities in the regency.

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South Bali’s popularity has outpaced its ability to manage its own long term planning and development

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Unless hotel room over supply is met with tourism demand growth the end result is price competition.

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