Having recently unveiled LUX* Tea Horse Road as the cornerstone of its expansion in China, LUX* Resorts & Hotels has announced the opening of boutique hotel LUX* Lijiang. Located at the heart of the Ancient Town of Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, LUX* Lijiang captures the essence of the extraordinary Shangri-La region, an unspoiled landscape in history- steeped western China.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened a St Regis hotel in Chengdu. The 279 room property, which stands at 29 storeys tall, marks the brand’s sixth hotel in China, and 33rd worldwide. “The St. Regis Chengdu marks a significant milestone for the brand with plans to double the St. Regis portfolio in Greater China in the next five years,” said Paul James, global brand leader, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels Worldwide.
Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a management agreement with Hirise Hospitality for DoubleTree by Hilton Ahmedabad. The hotel will be an iconic structure that towers over the central business district, just off S.G. Road (Sarkhej - Gandhinagar Highway), near Satellite Road and a short distance from the city centre.
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has opened its 85th hotel in China’s largest northern port city. The 302-room Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin sits on the bank of the Haihe River in the new Hedong District, overlooking Tianjin’s signature architecture dating from the 19th century. Home to nearly 300 Fortune 500 companies, Tianjin is a bustling business destination.
Marriott Hotels has opened its first hotel in Kazakhstan. Located next to the iconic Bayterek monument in the city’s vibrant business, shopping and entertainment district, the 271-room Astana Marriott Hotel is a contemporary retreat for travellers to Astana.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts has revealed the opening of the Hilton Qingdao Golden Beach as the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Shandong Province, China. The resort is home to 431 spacious and stylish guest rooms, including 29 elegant suites ranging from 42-150 square meters, all with private balconies.
Dusit Fudu Hotels & Resorts, the Chinese joint venture hotel management company between leading Asian hospitality group Dusit International and local partners Changzhou Qiao Yu Group, has announced the signing of 15 hotel management agreements in its first year of operation. In addition, there are more than 12 developments under negotiation in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Changsha, Zaozhuang, Chengdu and Guiyang.
Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa is set to make its debut in September 2014. Owned by Summit Windmill Corporation, the resort will be the first Le Méridien golf resort in Asia Pacific, with a professional course designed by golfing legend Nick Faldo.
Luxury hotel operator Vinpearl is set to open its fourth hotel in Vietnam this autumn with the launch of a stunning new 750-room resort property on tropical Phu Quoc Island, in the Gulf of Thailand, 50 kilometres away from Ha Tien (Kien Giang province) mainland. Vinpearl Resort Phu Quoc, which is a 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City or a two-and-a-half-hour speedboat transfer from Rach Gia, will boast 750 rooms across eight categories, from the 46sqm entry level Deluxe rooms to the 144 opulent 615sqm Ocean View Villas.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced that its world-renowned Westin brand has reached the 200th hotel milestone with the opening of The Westin Chongqing Liberation Square in China. Westin will follow this growth milestone with the opening of three more hotels in China: The Westin Zhujiajian Resort in Zhoushan, The Westin Blue Bay Resort in Qingshui Bay, Hainan and The Westin Haikou in Hainan.
Beijing has welcomed its second JW Marriott hotel in Xicheng District with the unveiling of JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central overlooking the historical capital city. The new flagship hotel enjoys a prime location in Xuanwumen, the ancient heart of Beijing, within walking distance of the capital’s most iconic sites, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Xidan Commercial Centre, plus several metro lines.
The Ascott has crossed its milestone of having 35,000 apartment units globally as it steps up its growth in China by securing contracts to manage four more properties with over 900 apartment units in Taiyuan, Beijing, Shanghai and Dalian. Ascott has secured its first serviced residence in Taiyuan, the 170-unit Ascott Taiyuan which is slated to open in 2018, the 195-unit Ascott Riverside Garden Beijing and 342-unit Somerset Sunland Shanghai which are both slated to open in 2016, and an operating property in Dalian which has been rebranded as a 195-unit Somerset Grand Central Dalian.