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