Hyatt's big push into China

31 May 2008 by business traveller

WITH CHINA SET TO MAKE ITS BIGGEST STATEMENT yet with the Olympic Games in August, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is also using the country as a platform for some of its most high-profile projects.

The Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, which opened in April, will be followed by the July openings of the Park Hyatt Beijing – marking the brand’s debut in China – and Park Hyatt Shanghai (bringing the number of Hyatts in the city to three, including Grand Hyatt Pudong and Hyatt on the Bund).

Says Steve Haggerty, global head of Real Estate & Development, Global Hyatt Corporation: “This represents a strong push to strengthen Hyatt’s presence in Asia. Our discerning leisure and business guests will now have an even broader range of destinations from which to choose and an authentic Hyatt experience to host them.”

Grand Hyatt Guangzhou features 375 rooms and is located in the new Central Business District of Tianhe, near the International Exhibition Center. It offers five restaurants and bars, indoor bamboo garden, an indoor rooftop pool and 24-hour fitness centre among others.

Occupying the top floors of the 66-storey, mixed-use Beijing Yintai Centre development, the city’s first Park Hyatt will also be its highest hotel. Designed by renowned architect John Portman, the main Park Tower features penthouses, along with Park Life, an innovative lifestyle hub by the trend-setting Super Potato group.

The Park Hyatt Shanghai, near its sister property Grand Hyatt Shanghai, is located from floors 79 to 93 of the 101-storey Shanghai World Financial Center. Interiors are designed by Tony Chi, along the lines of a modern Chinese residence.

Ensuing years will see more rolling off the production line in the form of Grand Hyatt Macau, Grand Hyatt Shenzhen (both 2009) and Grand Hyatt Hyderabad (2011); Park Hyatt Ningbo Resort and Spa, Park Hyatt Koh Samui (both 2009) and Park Hyatt Guangzhou (2011); Hyatt Regency Hongkong Tsimshatsui, Hyatt Regency Beijing, Hyatt Regency Nanjing (all 2009), Hyatt Regency Chengdu, Hyatt Regency Suzhou and Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa (all 2010). Late last year, it opened the Hyatt Regency Jing Jin City Resort and Spa, which is starting construction of its second phase shortly.

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