Le Méridien Signs for Additional Hotel in China

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts has announced an agreement to manage Le Méridien She Shan, People’s Republic of China, currently under construction in the Songjiang Satellite City in Shanghai.

The second hotel to be managed by Le Méridien in the People’s Republic of China, Le Méridien She Shan will open in the third quarter of 2005. The hotel is being developed by Shanghai Shimao Group, which also owns Le Royal Méridien Shanghai, currently under construction and also due to open in the third quarter of 2005.

Conveniently located within a one-hour drive from Shanghai City Centre, Le Méridien She Shan is within the National Tourist Resort of She Shan.  Known to be Shanghai’s most beautiful and natural picturesque landscape, the area has been identified by Chinese authorities as a primary tourist precinct and will eventually comprise some 47 square kilometres of cultural and recreational facilities including sculpture gardens, golf courses, hotels and convention facilities.

The five-star Le Méridien She Shan will feature 325 apartments and suites, all offering panoramic views of Yuehu Lake, as well as a state-of-the-art convention facility with capacity for up to 2,400 people, various food & beverage outlets and a comprehensive range of leisure facilities.

Michael Sagild, Le Méridien’s regional managing director, Asia Pacific, said: “We are delighted to be expanding our partnership with Shanghai Shimao Group with this second project in China. Le Méridien She Shan will complement Le Royal Méridien Shanghai with these two properties enjoying fantastic “hub & spoke” synergies under common branding and ownership”.

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“Le Méridien She Shan, set in the heart of the pristine National Tourist Resort, will set the new benchmark for destination convention and leisure hotels in China. With its distinct design, elegant and contemporary interior and the latest technology, the hotel will no doubt welcome many prestigious functions and events following its opening in 2005,”  Sagild added.

Shanghai Shimao Group is one of Asia Pacific’s leading real estate developers. It currently has five major projects under development in China and is primarily focused on the high-end residential and retail market sectors. This is Shimao’s second major hotel project in China.

London-based Le Méridien is a global hotel group with a portfolio of 130 luxury and upscale hotels (34,000 rooms) in 56 countries worldwide.  The majority of its properties are located in the world’s top cities and resorts throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. The company also enjoys a strategic alliance with JAL-owned Nikko Hotels, providing loyal guests access to an additional 44 properties around the world. 
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