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Indonesian and Thai hotels rethink the resort experience

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The Pavilions Phuket, a five-star resort on the Thai island of Phuket, is aiming to roar back after the coronavirus pandemic kept tourists away last year. (Photo courtesy of The Pavilions Phuket)

PHUKET, Thailand -- Hotel operators just about everywhere have had a tough time during the pandemic, but perhaps nowhere more so than in the tourist-dependent economies of Southeast Asia.

Their primary customer base, cashed-up foreign tourists, has been wiped off the map and eight out of 10 hotels in the region closed when COVID-19 began spreading, according to property consultancy Colliers.

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