The Ascott continues to expand its global presence by opening its first serviced residences in Cyberjaya, Malaysia; Sri Racha, Thailand and Hai Phong, Vietnam. Citadines DPulze Cyberjaya, Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha and Somerset Central TD Hai Phong City are the first international branded serviced residences in the respective cities. Ascott’s first foray into Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor, the 203-unit Citadines DPulze Cyberjaya is its fifth property to open in Malaysia.
Mori Trust Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts have announced their agreement to open the Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto in the Arashiyama region of Kyoto in spring of 2015. Suiran will be the first hotel of Starwood’s ‘The Luxury Collection’ to be built in Japan, and this collaboration marks Mori Trust Group’s second with Starwood Hotels and Resorts after Westin Hotel Sendai.
Frasers Hospitality is eyeing a bigger share of the China market with the addition of ten more serviced residences in China’s second-tier cities of Tianjin, Nanchang, Hefei, Dalian, Kunming, Wuxi and Chengdu, and two more in the key cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen. The securing of these new serviced residences follows the recent openings of Modena Zhuankou Wuhan and Modena New District Wuxi last year. They involve the addition of more than 2,400 new apartment units, which will almost double Frasers Hospitality’s China portfolio, bringing it to 26 properties with more than 5,900 serviced apartment units in 14 key cities and second-tier cities.
Minor Hotel Group is set to reflag one of its owned properties, the Four Seasons Bangkok, to its luxury Anantara brand. Located in prestigious Rajadamri in central Bangkok’s Siam district, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel & Spa will join the brand’s Thailand portfolio on March 1st 2015. Minor Hotel Group will make a significant investment to enhance the hotel.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts is opening the Sheraton Xishuangbanna Hotel, marking Starwood’s entry in Yunnan Province, and the first internationally-branded hotel with on-site hot springs in the Prefecture of Xishuangbanna. Xishuangbanna, located at the extreme southern tip of Yunnan Provincel, comprises 326 guest rooms and suites, all equipped with a balcony with expansive views of the tropical rainforest landscape.
Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Agra in one of the leading tourist destinations in India, renowned for its many Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal. With this launch, Hilton Worldwide has a presence across the Golden Triangle, the most popular tourist circuit in the country, with hotels in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has unveiled plans for its first golf resort in China when The Ritz-Carlton, Mission Hills opens in late 2015 on the tropical island of Hainan. Adding to the brand’s growing portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts in China, The Ritz-Carlton, Mission Hills will be located in Haikou, the capital of Hainan Province.