China’s luxury hotel business is likely to grow strongly over the next five years, driven by booming business travel, property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle said Thursday… The number of four-star and five-star hotel rooms in Shanghai is likely to grow by some 8,000 rooms until 2008, and more investment should find its way to [...]
Marriott International, Inc. has expanded its portfolio of luxury, extended stay Marriott Executive Apartments in Shanghai with the opening of the Union Square Shanghai Pudong Marriott Executive Apartments under a management agreement with Shanghai Xing Sheng Industry Development (Group) Co., Ltd. It is the second Marriott Executive Apartments property in Shanghai, and the fourth of [...]
East India Hotels Ltd. has signed an agreement for a 250-room Oberoi luxury hotel and 40 service apartments in Dubai, at an investment of $100 million. The hotel will be near the Burj and is expected to open in early 2009. Meanwhile, it’s also rumoured that the brand also has plans for a presence in [...]
The Australian magazine Holidays for Couples has unveiled the winners of its Readers’ Choice Awards for 2006. Here’s a summary of the gold award winners: Best Hotel/Resort South East Asia: Conrad Bali Resort & Spa, Indonesia Best Hotel/Resort Indian Ocean: Angsana Resort & Spa Maldives Ihuru, Maldives Best Hotel/Resort Pacific Islands: Sofitel Fiji Resort & [...]
The Peninsula Palace Beijing has completed an extensive four year refurbishment programme – reputed to have cost in excess of US$35 million – and been renamed as simply The Peninsula Beijing. The hotel occupies a great position within the city, being just a stone’s throw from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Rooms and suites [...]
China’s first group of platinum five-star hotels were named by the National Tourism Administration of China (NTAC) on Friday. They are the China World Hotel in Beijing, the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, the Garden Hotel in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, and the Shandong Plaza in Jinan, Shandong Province. There are currently 279 five-star hotels in [...]
Kempinski have agreed a deal to launch a new five-star hotel in Huizhou in Guangdong Province, China. The Huizhou Kempinski Hotel will be located at the Dijing International Business Centre, offering 400 rooms as well as 30,000 square metres of office space. It will cost RMB600 million and will opened in 2008.
If you’re ever in Hong Kong, make sure you get a good vantage point from which to admire the skyline one evening… at around 8pm. It’s at that time every night in Hong Kong that you can marvel at a laser-light spectacle known as A Symphony of Lights. The event has been running for [...]
The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) will be held this week and next, from 17th to 25th June 2006. This festival was started in 1993 and is the only international film festival in China. Now regarded as one of important landscapes highlighting cultural life in Shanghai, the event is co-directed by the State Administration of [...]
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is planning a global eBay charity auction to benefit Care for Children on 7th June 2006. Shangri-La hotels have created 14 exclusive luxury travel experiences with a combined retail value of over US$100,000 for the 10-day online auction, which will end on 17th June. The auction packages will feature metropolitan destinations [...]
The Sofitel brand is expanding in China with the opening of two new hotels: Sofitel Galaxy Nanjing and Sofitel Zhongshan Golf & Resort (also in Nanjing). Never before has Accor launched two hotels in the same city on the same day. And it won’t stop there; three more Sofitel hotels are expected to open in [...]
Miguel Ko, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide‘s Asia-Pacific president has said that Starwood will sign another 50 contracts in the next three years, boosting the total number of properties that it manages in China to 100. The group already operates 25 hotels and has another 25 under construction. China is expected to become one of [...]
The new celebrity waxworks attraction Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will open at The Peak Tower tomorrow. It has undergone a six month renovation at a cost of HK$20 million, and with its new look now has over three expansive floors with five themed areas. There are over 100 wax models of celebrities, ranging from world [...]
The 500-room Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa in Yalong Bay, Hainan Island, China, overlooks a beautiful 750-metre stretch of beach. Opening in December last year, it was the first Hilton Worldwide Resort in China and has already been recognised as the Annual Best New Hotel at the 3rd China Golden Pillow Awards. It has [...]
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has been voted Top International Hotel Brand in China in the third annual 21st Century Business Herald’s China Golden Pillow Awards. Gloria International Hotels was awarded Most Popular Domestic Hotel Brand and Crowne Plaza Shenzhen was recognised as Most Recommended Theme Hotel in the awards ceremony held in Beijing.
After a great deal of fanfare about its wealthy guests and extravagant exhibits, the 2006 Millionaires’ Fair took place recently at the Shanghai Exhibition Center in China. Initial admission was by invitation only, but it was later open to the public with an admission price of 350 yuan (US $44). With the Chinese luxury market [...]