The Asia Pacific Outdoor Lodging Association (APOLA) was based on the initiative of Robert Hecker, Bill Barnett, and Paul Dean at the PHIST convention in Phuket. The Association was formally launched at the Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF) in Bangkok on the 15th January 2024. Over 1,100 delegates attended the Thailand Tourism Forum at Intercontinental Bangkok with as mainstage session devoted to the rising development in outside lodging
The founding members agreed that the commerce physique can be an advocacy automobile to information, promote and construction the event of the outside lodging sector within the Asia Pacific Region to satisfy the wants of operators, house owners, authorities authorities, suppliers, buyers, and tour operators related to the outside lodging business.
Given the current development of the business and the robust fundamentals of the market, the members agreed that the group ought to assist outline the requirements for the area, increase consciousness, information coverage, develop an accounting system for challenge financing and educate the business about the benefits of this low affect, sustainable hospitality mannequin.
The Association is within the strategy of being registered as a non-profit Society in Singapore, following which annual subscriptions can be accessible to members throughout the business within the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean areas.
Louis Thompson from Nomadic Resorts was nominated because the inaugural president. Each of the founding members agreed to pay an annual membership payment to launch the affiliation.
“APOLA stands as a testament to a shared vision for a thriving outdoor lodging sector in the Asia Pacific Region”, stated Robert Hecker, co-founder of the affiliation. “We recognize the immense potential of this niche in the Asia-Pacific, and our commitment to its proper development is reflected in APOLA’s establishment. APOLA aims to not only set standards but to champion sustainable practices, guide policies, and foster collaboration. This association is a collective effort to shape the future of outdoor hospitality, and like-minded individuals and organizations are invited to join on this transformative journey.”
APOLA members may have entry to instruments, assets, finest practices, case research, newsletters, and market insights by way of the membership portal, the place they are going to have the ability to community with different APOLA members.
The founding members of the group are:
- Louis Thompson Nomadic Resorts
- Willem Niemeijer Yaana Ventures
- Koko Tang Vinetree Tourism
- Tim Sargeant, Explorar Hotels & Resorts
- Niels Huby, Explorar Hotels & Resorts
- Fabricio Muzzio Cloud Collective
- Paul Stocker Minor Hotels
- Bastian Sagild Cloud Collective
- Yvonne De Suner Beltran Banyan Tree Escape
- Andre ZINA T3 Architects