Pan Pacific boosts Singapore, China presence

Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts announces its plans to debut in Tianjin, China’s third largest city and add a second hotel in Singapore. This is part of its growth strategy to extend its brand footprint and establish and consolidate its presence in key cities around the world. Both Pan Pacific Tianjin, China and Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore will expand Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts’ current portfolio to 13 hotels.

“The Pan Pacific Tianjin in China and the Pan Pacific Orchard in Singapore mark our success in expanding our network and strengthening our brand presence in key cities in Asia. Both these hotels will allow us to capture not only the upswing inbound tourism into Tianjin and Singapore but also cater to the growing demand for Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts’ luxury accommodation and impeccable personalized service in these two fast-growing cities. Having a second Pan Pacific hotel in Singapore also means that we can now offer travellers a choice to stay at either the award-winning Pan Pacific Singapore in the Marina Bay area or the Pan Pacific Orchard on Orchard Road. We are confident that these two new hotels will become leading hotels in their respective cities and will create unique and memorable experiences for our guests,” said Mr Gwee Lian Kheng, Group CEO of Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts.

Pan Pacific Tianjin, China

Slated to open in 2010, the 342-room Pan Pacific Tianjin will be the accommodation of choice for visitors to Tianjin. The new-build hotel will have luxurious guest rooms and junior suites as well as a host of amenities including an executive lounge, a specialty restaurant, an all day dining lobby lounge, a fully equipped gym, and a swimming pool with river view. The hotel also has meeting room facilities comprising two ballrooms and 15 function rooms covering a total meeting space of 2,378 square metres. The 24-storey Pan Pacific Tianjin will form part of a mixed-development comprising residential apartments, office and retail components, acquired by a joint venture company Tianjin UOL Xiwang Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

Located in the northwest of downtown in the Hong Qiao District along Zhang Zhi Zong Lu, the Pan Pacific Tianjin offers a panoramic view of the Hai He River. It is in a perfect location for leisure travellers to experience Tianjin, offering close proximity to the city’s attractions. This northern Chinese port city which registered a year on year increase of 14.4% for its GDP growth in 2006, is charting a new economic path via the establishment of high tech industries such as the establishment of assembly plants for A320 airliners in 2009. The Pan Pacific Tianjin will be well placed to provide upscale accommodation and meetings facilities for the business community in Tianjin.

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From 31 December 2007, Chinese-speaking travellers will now be able to book their rooms at panpacific.com easily and more conveniently. They can select the Chinese language option on the website to browse and access hotel information and complete the entire reservation process in Chinese. Alternatively, travellers can also call the dedicated China toll-free number: 00 800 7722 4342.

Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore

As of 1 February 2008, the Negara on Claymore will be rebranded as the Pan Pacific Orchard. It will be the brand’s second property to be established in the city state of Singapore, within the commercial, retail, dining and entertainment enclave of Orchard Road. The 20-storey hotel will be the ideal accommodation for travellers who appreciate this close proximity where they can indulge in retail therapy at nearby shopping malls, enjoy culinary pleasures and explore the city’s key attractions conveniently. For the business travellers, the central business district is only a ten-minute drive or ride via the MRT train.

Owned by UOL Group since January 2007, the soon-to-be Pan Pacific Orchard has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme and will continue to enhance its guest rooms as well as its host of amenities to align with the signature style and brand offerings of Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts. Of its 200 guest rooms, 48 are Pacific Club luxury executive suites and rooms. These premium Club rooms will be newly styled in a contemporary decor, with improved furnishings and fittings and enhanced amenities by January 2008.

Guests staying on these four levels of luxurious Pacific Club rooms can enjoy special club privileges such as priority check-in and check-out, dedicated butler service, complimentary internet access and exclusive access to the unique open-living concept Pacific Club lounge for complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails. Additional hotel facilities include a well-equipped business centre, six meeting rooms with a total space of 462.2 square metres, a boardroom, a lobby lounge, the popular Vibe restaurant featuring a signature modern churrasco, a Straits-Chinese restaurant specializing in authentic Peranakan cuisine, a spa, a fitness centre as well as a mineral water swimming pool which uses NASA-patented ionisation technology to destroy bacteria 1,000 times more effectively than chlorine—a first for a Singapore hotel.

About Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts Headquartered in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts is a leading hotel management company in the Pacific Rim region and is part of the UOL Group, one of Singapore’s largest hotel and property companies. Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts has been recognised by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as one of the 25 hotel companies demonstrating social responsibility and has won highly esteemed accolades such as World Travel Awards, Best Business Hotel in Asia, Conde Nast Gold List and Readers Choice Awards. It has a portfolio of 13 hotels and resorts throughout Asia, the Pacific and North America and offices in San Francisco, London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance. For more information, visit http://www.panpacific.com .

About Global Hotel Alliance Global Hotel Alliance currently comprises seven luxury brands encompassing 153 upscale and luxury hotels with over 46,000 rooms in 39 different countries. Each brand is a key player in their main region of operation: Kempinski in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Omni in North America, Pan Pacific in the Pacific Rim, The Leela Group in India, Dusit in Thailand, Landis in Taiwan and China, and Marco Polo in China and Hong Kong.
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