Updated: 10 July 2012
Resorts announces today that it will open Shangri-La Hotel, Yangzhou in 2012 and Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing in 2013. The two Jiangsu Province hotels will join the group’s existing six hotels in the Yangtze River Delta and two further projects in Shanghai opening in the next two years. By 2013, Shangri-La will operate 10 hotels in the region and be represented in all major cities of the economic powerhouse and centre of business and leisure travel.
Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing
The 670-room Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing, will be located in the city’s Gulou District and will offer views of the Xuan Wu Lake. The hotel’s interiors will be elegant and refined with inspirations from the culture and history of Nanjing. Guestrooms will begin at 45 square metres with elegant contemporary furnishings including Shangri-La’s signature bedding.
Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing will be a center for entertainment, social and business gatherings with dining options to include a rooftop restaurant with skyline views, a Chinese restaurant, a lobby lounge with lake views, an all-day dining venue and specialty restaurants. The hotel will also offer a Horizon Club executive lounge, a health club with a 25-metre indoor pool and spa facilities, and a selection of meeting rooms including a 2,000-square-meter grand ballroom.
Three-hundred kilometers from Shanghai, Nanjing is the capital of the Jiangsu province. The city is a regional transportation hub, with the Nanjing Lukou International Airport and major road, rail and waterways linking the city to major national and international destinations.
Leisure travelers to Nanjing can visit the Fuzimiao Confucius Temple and the Purple Mountain, which is home to Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s Mausoleum, the certified UNESCO World Heritage site Ming Tomb, and the Lingu Temple and Pagoda. In addition to tourism, the city’s major industries include electronics and information technology, petrochemical production, automobile manufacturing, machine building, and bio-engineering and pharmaceuticals.
Shangri-La Hotel, Yangzhou
Located to the northeast of Nanjing, Yangzhou will welcome its first international luxury hotel to the city when the 371-room Shangri-La Hotel, Yangzhou opens in the central business district. The hotel’s guestrooms will cover over 42 square metres, with premier rooms offering 63 square metres of space.
Yangzhou is the birthplace of Huai Yang cuisine, and the hotel’s Chinese restaurant will specialize in serving the dishes of the region alongside Cantonese favorites and dim sum. The hotel will offer three additional restaurants and bars and a variety of meeting space, including a 1,540-square-meter grand ballroom. Additional facilities will include a Horizon Club executive lounge and a fitness center with a 25-metre indoor pool and tennis courts.
Set at the junction of the Yangtze River, the Grand Canal and the Huaihe River, Yangzhou has historically been a major political, financial, and trade center. Boasting a 2,500 year history dating back to the Spring and Autumn Period, the city is home to over 500 historic sites including the Slender West Lake with its Qing Dynasty architecture, the Daming temple, and the He and Ge gardens. Many well-known poets, such as Li Bai and Su Dongbo, made Yangzhou their home during the Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties. And more recently, the city was the birthplace of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
Yangzhou is a leader in environmental protection: significant investments have been made into restoring the Yangtze River and the city is a center of solar energy technology development. Yangzhou’s other key industries are transportation equipment building including ship building, high-end manufacturing, and textile and apparel manufacturing.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in the Yangtze River Delta
“Shangri-La has operated hotels in the Yangtze River Delta for over twenty-five years, and previously managed a hotel in Nanjing. We know the region and the city well and have decided to invest into its future with our own development. We look forward to bringing back Shangri-La hospitality to Nanjing and introducing our distinctive service to Yangzhou,” said Greg Dogan, president and chief executive officer of Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited. “A spotlight will be placed on Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta from May to October this year with the World Expo: we are delighted to welcome visitors from around the world to this region and contribute to its further growth and development.”
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is the largest luxury hotel group in mainland China and six Shangri-La hotels are located in the Yangtze River Delta. The region is home to Shangri-La’s first hotel in the country, Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou, which opened in 1984. The group’s development continued with the opening of the Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai in 1998, one of the first developments in Pudong, the current financial centre of China. The past decade has brought four further hotels to the region in Changzhou, Suzhou, Wenzhou, and Ningbo.
In addition to the projects in Nanjing and Yangzhou, Shangri-La continues to invest in Shanghai. The group will open its second hotel in Shanghai, the Kerry Hotel Pudong, in 2011 and its third in the city, the Jingan Shangri-La, Shanghai in 2012.
Note to editors:
Since the 9th century, the Yangtze River Delta has been the most populous area in China and first emerged as an economic centre in the Tang dynasty. Today, the Yangtze River Delta’s economy is home to over 80 million people and encompasses a GDP of US$2 trillion. The region expects a 50 per cent rise in investment this year from Shanghai World Expo, which will welcome an estimated 70 million visitors.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world's premier hotel companies, currently owns and/or manages 79 hotels under the Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders brands, with a room inventory of over 32,000. Over four decades the group has established its brand hallmark of 'hospitality from the heart'. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com