SHANGRI-LA TO OPEN A LUXURY HOTEL IN CHINA'S NINGBO CITY

Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, announced recently the opening of a five-star hotel in Ningbo in Zhejiang province, China in early 2007, at a ground-breaking ceremony in the city. Designed by Hong Kong-based Wong & Tung International Company, the 550-room Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo will be located in the city’s major commercial district in Jiangdong Street, only a 20-minute drive from the airport, and will feature spectacular views of the junction of three rivers.  The hotel will be the group’s second property in Zhejiang province following the opening of the Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou in 1984.

Contemporary yet classically styled, the hotel’s guest rooms will measure
  a  minimum  of  45  square  metres, and will provide guests with the full
  array  of  Shangri-La  services  and  facilities,  including 24-hour room
  service, same day laundry and valet service, satellite TV, data ports and
  broadband  internet  access.   In addition, there will be wireless in the
  hotel’s  public  areas.   The  five floors of Horizon Club accommodation,
  Shangri-La’s  exclusive  retreat  for discerning travellers, will offer a
  host  of  special  amenities  and  privileges,  as well as a Horizon Club
  lounge for daily breakfast and cocktails, meeting rooms, express check-in
  and check-out services.

  The  Shangri-La  Hotel,  Ningbo will also provide a selection of bars and
  restaurants   including   a  lobby  lounge,  a  coffee  shop,  a  Chinese
  restaurant,  an  innovative  speciality  restaurant, as well as a rooftop
  restaurant  and  bar featuring stunning views of the city and the rivers.
  The   hotel’s   meeting   and   banqueting   facilities   will   boast  a
  2,000-square-metre grand ballroom, which will be the largest in the city,
  complemented  by  other  function  rooms  to  cater  to  different  event
  requirements.   Other  major  hotel  facilities  will  include a business
  centre, spa and health club with an indoor swimming pool.

  Commenting  on  the  new  hotel, Shangri-La’s Chief Executive Officer and
  Managing  Director,  Giovanni Angelini, said: ‘Mainland China remains the
  key  focus  of  the group’s expansion plan in Asia. The Shangri-La Hotel,
  Ningbo  will  complement  and  strengthen the group’s growing presence in
  mainland  China,  where it is the largest luxury hotel company, operating
  17 hotels and with more than 15 projects under development.’

  Located  in  the centre of China’s east coastline and in the south of the
  Yangtze  Delta,  Ningbo  is  one of China’s major trading ports since the
  Tang  dynasty.   This  bustling  city  has a population of more than five
  million,  and  is  an ideal base for visits to the nearby Putuo Mountain,
  one of China’s premier tourist attractions.

  Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently manages 42 hotels
  in  Australia,  mainland  China,  Fiji,  Hong  Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia,
  Myanmar,  Philippines,  Singapore,  Thailand,  Taiwan and the United Arab
  Emirates  with  a  room inventory of over 21,000.  In addition, the group
  has  over  20  projects  under  development in Australia, mainland China,
  India,  Malaysia,  Maldives,  Oman,  Qatar,  Thailand and the United Arab
  Emirates.  For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com

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