MGM Hospitality relies on restaurants to capture business

5 Jul 2011

MGM Hospitality plans to raise the profile in Asia of its three pillar brands, Bellagio, MGM Grand and Sky Lofts, with more than just luxurious guestrooms.

Michael Sagild, managing director, Asia-Pacific Development, MGM Hospitality, told Business Traveller: “We have 250 restaurants and bars in Las Vegas and we know how to run them in that setting. We will be bringing over those concepts that we think can work in this part of the world.” MGM Hospitality's talent portfolio includes culinary icons like Joel Robuchon, Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse.

The company, which established presence in the region in December 2007 with the 600-room MGM, will see the addition of a 665-room MGM Grand in Sanya by year-end. This is the former Gloria Hotel that has been doubled in size.

Sagild stressed that urban hubs remain MGM's primary target locations, and it is already involved in a number of projects in Chinese cities "that will exemplify our core business". He added: "We like building hotels that become destinations."

Restaurants offering cuisine that appealed to the local audience, the veteran hotelier said, helped to quickly enhance a hotel's reputation. Many of the outlets in MGM complexes are purposely designed to face the street so they would attract pedestrian traffic. Cities with a robust social life such as Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai and Seoul among others have been identified as future addresses for the exclusive Bellagio, which usually contains penthouse suites known as Sky Lofts, as well as the more sprawling MGM Grand which boasts a wide range of facilities for meetings and incentive activities.

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