Going beyond the airport hotel image

25 Jan 2009

Just because a hotel is located in the vicinity of an airport doesn’t mean it has to limit itself to transient business.

Marriott International’s newest product in Hongkong, Hongkong SkyCity Marriott Hotel intends to wear “many hats”, according to general manager Bob Jensch. Adjacent to the AsiaWorld-Expo, Hongkong International Airport, Sky Pier Terminal and SkyCity Nine Eagles golf course and boasting facilities such as a separate space for all types of conferences as well as the Quan Spa, the 658-room hotel, which formally opened January 24, can cater to a varied clientele.

With cost consciousness on every company’s mind, the hotel, said Jensch, a Marriott veteran, offers a value proposition, offering a timely base for regional powows, “especially if executives don’t have the time or don’t particularly need to go into town”.  

He added: “Just flying in, meeting and flying out would be more efficient.”

Jensch admitted the downturn would certainly affect performance, but he said opening just before the exhibition season in the Pearl River Delta (in March) would be favourable for occupancy.

Featuring either a South China Sea view or a golf course view, the rooms number one in Presidential, 32 in Suites, 119 in Executive, 506 in Deluxe and 14 in Disability Access and come with Marriott’s new bedding package and triple-glazed windows among other amenities. Wi-Fi is found in all public areas with the concierge and business centre running round the clock.

The separate banquet venue, accessible to the main building through an underground corridor or by simply walking over from the front entrance features the 650sqm Grand ballroom and 10 meeting rooms and boardrooms.

Hongkong SkyCity Marriott Hotel is the company's fifth product in Hongkong, but the first one branded as a Marriott.

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Margie T Logarta

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