Featured in this Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 04 June 2004
Royal Garden Resorts gains 100% ownership in JW Marriott Phuket
Starwood Hotels & Resort sets for China expansionStarwood Hotels & Resort sets for China expansion
The Peninsula Tokyo breaks ground
Marriott to add one in China
Evason Hideaway & Six Senses Spa at Hua Hin opens
Hilton Beijing to embark renovation

Royal Garden Resorts gains 100% ownership in JW Marriott Phuket Return to Headlines
According to the Bangkok Post, Thai-based Royal Garden Resorts (RGR) has acquired the remaining 50% interest in the five-star JW Marriott Phuket resort and spa which was previously held by the US hotel chain Marriott International. RGR paid THB 479 million to Marriott, thus gaining 100% ownership in the 265-room hotel from the previously held 50%. Meanwhile, the 50:50 partnership between RGR and Marriott International in Marriott Vacation Village Co, the time-share property located near the JW Marriott Phuket, remains intact. Marriott Vacation Village now runs 62 units and construction is under way on another 82 units. RGR currently has a portfolio of 10 hotels and 2,075 rooms under the Marriott, Four Seasons, Anantara and Royal Garden brands in Thailand and Vietnam.

Starwood Hotels & Resort sets for China expansion Return to Headlines
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is set to add 10 new hotels and span 4 brands to its existing portfolio of 18 hotels in China. The new hotels will bring the group’s total room inventory in China to 11,809. These hotels are expected to enter the market between 2004 and 2008 and include: 300-room Four Points Shenzhen by Nov 2004; 320-room Sheraton Shenzhen Hotel, 348-room Sheraton Xiamen Hotel and 387-room Sheraton Guiyang Hotel in 2005; 381-room Sheraton Ningbo, 368-room Four Points Dalian, 500-room Westin Beijing & 200-Serviced Apartment by 2006; 327-room Sheraton Changsha Hotel in 2007 as well as 383-room W Hong Kong and 400-room W Pudong, Shanghai by 2008.

The Peninsula Tokyo breaks ground Return to Headlines
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited announced the groundbreaking ceremony for the Peninsula Tokyo. Scheduled to open in 2007, the 315-key is located near the intersection of Hibiya-dori and Harumi-dori of Marunouchi district. The Peninsula Tokyo will be the eighth in the Peninsula Hotels’ portfolio of branded hotels. The 24-storey hotel will comprise a signature Peninsula Lobby and four further food and beverage outlets, function rooms, a swimming pool, spa including a Fitness Centre, retail and a Peninsula Boutique.

Marriott to add one in China Return to Headlines
Marriott International will manage a 325-room hotel in Nanning, China, under a management agreement reached with Guangxi Eastern Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. Currently under construction, the hotel is planned to open in 2006 as the 10th Marriott-branded property and the 45th hotel in the Marriott International portfolio in China. When opened, the hotel will be named the Nanning Marriott Hotel and will be located close to the Nanning Exhibition Center which will be the permanent seat for the annual China-ASEAN Expo. For dining and entertainment, the Nanning Marriott will have a lobby lounge, a casual restaurant and a Chinese restaurant offering 15 private dining rooms. Recreational amenities will include a fitness center and an indoor swimming pool.

Evason Hideaway & Six Senses Spa at Hua Hin opens Return to Headlines
Six Senses Resorts & Spas has opened the second boutique property branded as an Evason Hideaway, at Pranburi - Hua Hin. Owned by Owendelle Company Ltd, an investment company based in Prachuabkirikhan Thailand, the 55-villa resort covers a total land area of approximately 41,000 square metres. Each villa comprises a swimming pool with day sala, outdoor bath and landscaped garden surrounded by a traditional mud-brick wall. Villa sizes range from a 245 square metres including pool and garden for one-bedroom to a 375 square metres for a two bedroom suite. Other configurations include suites with one bedroom and a living room and duplex suites. Food & beverage outlets include The Beach, Villa Dining, The Living Room, The Bar and The Wine Cellar.

Hilton Beijing to embark renovation Return to Headlines
Hilton Beijing is set to embark on a US$12.5 million renovation in two phases, starting in October this year. The first phase, which is scheduled to finish by March 2005, will involve the complete revamping of half of the 340 guest rooms. The second phase will see the completion of the remaining guest rooms, the construction of an additional 20 guest rooms and a new Hilton Meetings facility, and the refurbishment of the Executive Lounge and Ballroom. The project is scheduled for completion in mid 2005.

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