Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi, Jumeirah Group’s debut property in China, is back on the construction track and hopes to open in December, according to Apo Demirtas, chief sales and marketing officer of the Dubai-based chain.
This would give the 309-room property, located in one of Shanghai’s most high-profile locations, ample time to fine tune its services for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo taking place from May to October.
Rumours about an ownership change in the project were unfounded, Demirtas claimed. “There are no changes. We have a great owner, but he had issues with his contractors.
"He’s into real estate, but this is the first time he’s building a hotel, which can be quite a complicated process.”
The hotel, designed by New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects and Japanese interior design firm Super Potato, was originally scheduled for a 2008 launch. Besides sumptuous guestrooms and suites, Jumeirah executives said earlier that other facilities would include cutting-edge conference and banqueting spaces, a chocolate boutique and Talise Wellness Spa, the chain’s signature spa brand already rolled out in the Middle East hotels.
Despite the downturn that has dampened the growth of many luxury associated hospitality groups, Demirtas described Jumeirah’s activities as “very robust”. “We have said we want to have 60 hotels opened or under development by 2012, and we are on the way to that number,” he said, explaining that they had “11 currently operating, 14 under construction and a little over 20 in development”. Jumeirah's future Asian outposts will be located in Guangzhou, Bali and Phuket.
Following a penchant for managing spectacular developments such as the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, Jumeirah won the bid to run the Jumeirah Culu Culu Polo Resort in Argentina, which will consist of 12 polo fields.
“The owner lives and breathes polo,” said Demirtas of this unique project.
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Margie T Logarta