INDUSTRY FOCUS: HOSPITALITY & TOURISM NEWS BRIEFS: THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG’S HOTEL INDUSTRY

By Jennifer Khoo


CK Hutchison

Harbour Grand Kowloon, the deluxe five-star hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui managed by the CK Hutchison group, has received the Halal certification on food preparation after several rounds of site inspections earlier this year.

The accreditation was issued by the Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong, which is a HKSAR government recognized body that represents the interests of Muslims in the city.

“Halal” is an Arabic term in Islam meaning “lawful or permissible.” For food to be considered halal, it must comply with stringent religious rituals while being processed and served. The opposite of “halal” is “haram,” meaning “forbidden” in English; pork and alcohol are the most typical examples of “haram” food and drink for Muslims.

Upon request, guests now have the option of Halal food at the Harbour Grand Kowloon, in addition to the hotel’s existing selection of Chinese, Western and Japanese dining options.

Conrad

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Sa Bora Bora Nui for the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. The 115-key resort, formerly known as Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, will undergo a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and open as Conrad Bora Bora Nui in March 2017.

Conrad Bora Bora Nui is located on Motu To’opua, an islet off the coast of Bora Bora, about 20 minutes by boat from Bora Bora Airport. Offering panoramic ocean views, access to sea sports, coral reef diving sites and hiking trails, the beachfront Conrad Bora Bora Nui will feature 29 tropical garden and beach villas and 86 overwater bungalows, including the destination’s only double-story Presidential Suites.

Conrad Bora Bora Nui will have a full-service spa, a Kids Club, a mini-golf course, a fitness center, and retail spaces. Located on an island rooted in Tahitian history and legend, Conrad Bora Bora Nui will offer experiences for guests to discover the local culture and traditions.

Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s leading luxury hospitality companies, and Mitsui Fudosan Co, Ltd, Japan’s pre-eminent real estate development company, are partnering for an all-new luxury hotel in the heart of Tokyo’s bustling Otemachi business district.

Part of a mixed-use development, the hotel is set to open in the spring of 2020 with approximately 190 guest rooms. The hotel will occupy the upper six floors of a 39-story office tower, offering panoramic views of the city and in close proximity to transit routes, shopping, dining and the energized nightlife of downtown Tokyo.

Blending contemporary and classic design, the soaring hotel tower will offer world-class dining through multiple indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars, as well as sweeping views of the city from the 39th floor rooftop terrace. It will feature a state-of-the-art spa, fitness center and indoor pool as well as extensive meeting and events spaces and an Executive Club lounge for business travelers.

Grand Hyatt

The Hyatt Hotels Corporation has opened earlier this year its second property in Brazil: The Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro. Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro combines the brand’s effortless luxury experience with Brazilian design and hospitality in an urban resort setting.

As the second Grand Hyatt hotel in Brazil, Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro is a significant addition to Hyatt’s existing portfolio in South America and the growing brand portfolio. Guests can enjoy its prime beachfront location in the exclusive Barra da Tijuca neighborhood and access to world-class shopping, dining, cultural and outdoor activities.

The hotel is meticulously designed to exemplify the Grand Hyatt brand’s signature level of grandeur with an abundance of options for creating spectacular experiences. Every aspect of the hotel, from simple delights to elaborate gatherings, embodies the brand mantra of “Living Grand,” an expression of the ways in which Grand Hyatt hotels deliver extraordinary experiences and infuse care into every encounter.

Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) has reached a new milestone in 2016 as it celebrated its 150th anniversary in March this year. Originally incorporated in March 1866 as The Hongkong Hotel Company, Limited, HSH was one of the first companies to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is currently the oldest registered company on the Hong Kong Companies Registry.

Whilst having evolved to meet the changing times at home and abroad, HSH has never lost respect for its past and its heritage, and it continually strives to emulate the standards of service and style which has made the company known as “The Far East’s leading hotel company.” The concept of “Tradition well served” remains fundamental to HSH’s approach.

Today, the HSH legacy encompasses a diverse portfolio of assets worth HK$44.2 billion, including ten Peninsula Hotels around the world, The Peak Tram, The Peak Tower and The Repulse Bay Complex in Hong Kong.

Hongkong International Theme Parks

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, managed and operated by Hongkong International Theme Parks, has entered into a multi-year alliance with Singapore company Pictureworks’ Hong Kong-based subsidiary, making it the resort’s official imaging service provider.

This alliance will ensure that guests visiting Hong Kong Disneyland from around the world will be able to capture special moments through Disney’s PhotoPass, supported by Pictureworks’ services in the resort. Pictureworks will have an integrated brand presence in various locations and platforms, including image preview and photo display areas, photo packaging and online PhotoPass imaging.

Pictureworks specializes in the processing and management of digital imaging and multimedia to improve the functionality and efficiency of digital imaging platforms, such as photo printing kiosks. The company presently has offices in seven countries – Malaysia, China, Japan, United Kingdom, United States and Mexico, with its headquarters in Singapore.

Hyatt International – APAC Ltd

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Cathay Pacific Airways last month announced their global collaboration, which will see the introduction of specially crafted Cathay inflight menus by star chefs at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and five Park Hyatt hotels. The cooperation will mark the most expansive inflight dining experience of its kind for both Cathay Pacific and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

Starting from June 2016 and running until mid-2017, Cathay Pacific’s passengers will have the opportunity to enjoy signature dishes from the hotel chain’s flagship restaurants from its hotel locations around the world, including the One Harbour Road restaurant at the Grant Hyatt Hong Kong.

The restaurant is renowned for serving home-style Cantonese fare presented by Chef Tim, who has been with Grand Hyatt Hong Kong since it opened in 1989. The One Harbour Road menu for Cathay Pacific has been carefully crafted to offer passengers a taste of some of Hong Kong’s beloved local favorites based on traditional ingredients and cooking techniques.

Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency Shanghai has opened earlier this month in the thriving business, innovation and university district of Wujiaochang in Shanghai, China. The 306-room Hyatt Regency hotel offers guests an urban retreat that fosters connections and serves as a dynamic, energizing place where they can collaborate and find inspiration.

Wujiaochang, meaning “hub of five avenues,” highlights the hotel’s ideal location by enabling guests to easily connect to the very best that Shanghai has to offer. Whether working, meeting, socializing or unwinding, guests can enjoy exciting culinary experiences, easy tech-enabled connectivity and convenient service.

Hyatt Regency Shanghai, Wujiaochang is located in the Hopson International Plaza, a new tower comprised of Class A-grade offices, a luxury shopping mall and dining and entertainment venues. The hotel is conveniently situated beside Wujiaochang Station on Metro Line 10, providing guests with easy access to and from central Shanghai. Shanghai Pudong International Airport is a 50-minute drive, and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is less than 15 miles by car.

Intercontinental Grand Stanford

The Intercontinental Grand Stanford hosted Hong Kong’s second ever Whisky Festival at the hotel’s Tiffany’s New York Bar in May earlier this year, in celebration of World Whisky Day 2016.

Founded in 2012, World Whisky Day started as a small event and has become an annual worldwide celebration of whisky, aiming to promote whisky knowledge and appreciation all over the world, and also to give those who do not normally drink whisky the chance to try it.

Tiffany’s New York Bar was the appointed venue in Hong Kong for the official celebration of the World Whisky Day 2016. The event was a good opportunity for whisky lovers in Hong Kong to unite and enjoy a fun-filled evening involving whisky tasting, a curated cigar selection and sampling of whisky-matching food delicacies. Whisky experts were also there to share information about different whisky regions, flavors and styles.

Intercontinental Hotel

The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) signed a management agreement with the Amburaya Resort Company to rebrand the Sheraton Pattaya Resort as the InterContinental Pattaya Resort, as of April 2016.

Nestled in the Phratamnak Hills south of Pattaya Bay, the 156-room beachfront resort is located five-minutes away from the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Center, and offers a selection of superior & premium rooms and villas, in a lush, exotic locale, coupled with unparalleled service.

The new resort also features a Club InterContinental lounge and Planet Trekkers – a dedicated space for young guests – as part of its new offering, and in a bid to reposition the property as an InterContinental Resort. Guest rooms will be renovated including the creation of Club InterContinental rooms on a dedicated floor. The InterContinental Pattaya Resort will join the Holiday Inn Pattaya as the second resort managed by IHG in the popular beach destination.

Island Shangri-La

Island Shangri-La and Hong Kong & Kowloon Shangri La have become the first two hotels in Hong Kong to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Chain of Custody certifications. With these certifications, diners at both hotels’ restaurants can now enjoy seafood that is sustainably caught and responsibly farmed.

Shangri-La’s commitment towards sustainable seafood began with its removal of sharks’ fin and endangered produce from all restaurant menus starting in 2010. To elevate its effort on sustainability, the group rolled out “Rooted in Nature” – a culinary sustainability initiative highlighting locally or ethically sourced food offerings in April 2014.

This initiative enables all Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to incorporate sustainable items from their unique markets into their menus. Dishes on offer include produce and herbs grown on the hotel grounds, locally sourced organic vegetables and fruits, line-caught fish, free-range poultry and beef, and more.

Lanson Place Hotel

Lanson Place Hospitality Management Limited, a Hong Kong-based, high-end hospitality management brand in Asia, has opened the Parkside Serviced Suites by Lanson Place in Shanghai earlier this year, marking the tenth property under the Group and its fourth operation in Shanghai.

Tucked away discreetly in the prestigious and charming former French Concession neighborhood, Parkside Serviced Suites is a contemporary retreat that brings in new energy to the bustling metropolis and the vibrant Huangpu community. It is located near the Madang Road metro station, which is easily accessible to the city’s renowned dining and entertainment hub Xintiandi as well as its key financial district Lujiazui.

The property offers 182 one- and two-bedroom suites ranging from 73 to 148 sq. m. All suites are equipped with a full kitchen, LED television, home theatre system, satellite and cable TV and wireless broadband internet connection. Other facilities include a 24-hour gymnasium, residents lounge and underground car park.

Le Méridien Cyberport

Le Méridien Fort Lauderdale Airport will debut in 2017, following a comprehensive US$30 million renovation and conversion of the hotel. This forthcoming opening follows on the heels of tremendous brand growth in North America over the last 18 months in Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, New Orleans, Tampa and Indianapolis.

Le Méridien Fort Lauderdale Airport will feature 245 contemporary guestrooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views, as well as two redesigned restaurants – one with a mid-century modern, open kitchen concept – and the brand’s signature Latitude Bar. The hotel will also introduce the Le Méridien Hub, which reinterprets the traditional hotel lobby into a social gathering place and builds on the brand’s award-winning arrival experience and coffee culture.

Located just minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Fort Lauderdale Everglades Cruise Port, the hotel is within the neighborhoods of several beaches, downtown Fort Lauderdale, and the world-famous restaurants, night clubs and boutiques of nearby Miami Beach.

Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced an agreement to brand and manage a portfolio of luxury residences in Bali called Residences at Mandarin Oriental, adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental Bali. The hotel and residences will form part of the Bukit Pandawa integrated resort development located on Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula. An initial 30 branded residences are scheduled to be completed at the same time as the hotel opens in mid-2018.

As with Residences at Mandarin Oriental around the world, owners of these private homes in Bali will be offered an exclusive extension to the luxury hotel experience. The Mandarin Oriental Bali will provide management services for the development, as well as bespoke amenities for individual residents.

Perched on a clifftop plateau, the residences in Bali have been designed to take advantage of the outstanding ocean views, and will be integrated with the contemporary style and architecture of the hotel. Each residence will have its own 15-meter private pool with sundeck and outdoor dining space.

Marco Polo Hotels

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel and Prince Hotel have each been recognized for their superior service and presented with the TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence. It is the sixth consecutive year since the awards were established in 2011 that Marco Polo Hotels Hong Kong as a group has received the prestigious Certificate of Excellence for Superior Service.

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently delivered high-quality guest experiences and achieved appreciative traveler reviews on the world’s largest travel site during the past year.

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and frequency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. The recommendation helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. To qualify, a hotel must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five stars, receive a minimum number of reviews, and be listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Marriott International

Marriott International and South Beach Consortium have announced that The South Beach hotel, a 634-room luxury property designed by the renowned Philippe Starck, will become JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, offering the warm authentic service and crafted culinary experiences for which the JW Marriott brand is known.

In addition, Marriott and Granmil Holdings Pte. Ltd. announced the introduction of The Singapore EDITION, the first from its brand to the city. The 8-storey boutique hotel, with 190 rooms, will be located on the former Boulevard Hotel site on Orchard Boulevard and Cuscaden Road.

EDITION is the first true international luxury-lifestyle brand which combines the personal, intimate, individualized and unique hotel experience that Ian Schrager, the internationally recognized American visionary hotelier, is known for, with the reach, operational expertise and global scale of Marriott International. The property will mark the fifth city in the Asia Pacific market to welcome this one-of-a-kind brand of 5-star hotels.

Melco International Development

Melco Gaming Assets Management (Korea) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Melco International Development, has entered into a strategic cooperation arrangement with New Silkroad Korea Development Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Silkroad, for the provision of Melco’s consultancy services regarding Silkroad’s casino project on Jeju Island in South Korea.

Melco is to provide consultancy services to New Silkroad with regard to building, equipping and fitting-out of New Silkroad’s new casino on Jeju Island, as well as preparation and organization of the casino’s marketing activities, and also the provision of intellectual property advisory services.

With the string of world-class integrated resorts opening on Jeju Island, coupled with the South Korean government’s vigorous promotion efforts, Jeju’s tourism industry, along with the island’s casino market is expected to undergo rapid growth. New Silkroad is looking to expand the casino business to take advantage of the growing gaming market and booming tourism industry on Jeju Island.

MGM China Holdings

For the eighth year in a row, MGM has topped the chart as the highest fund-raising corporate donor of the Orbis Raffle Campaign. This year, MGM raised MOP230,000 to support Orbis Macau in preventing avoidable and treatable blindness for the visually impaired kids through the participation in the “Orbis Raffle 2016” sale campaign between April 11 and 15.

The campaign received an overwhelming response within such a short period of time, reflecting the community’s genuine support and appreciation of Orbis’ sight-saving work in developing nations.

MGM has been an avid supporter of community and philanthropy initiatives, including the long-term collaboration with Orbis Macau in support of its sight-saving work.

Since 2009, MGM has participated in the annual Orbis Raffle Campaign and has co-organized a number of innovative fundraising programs. More than MOP2.1 million in cash and in-kind was raised for Orbis Macau over the years. MGM team members are encouraged to take an interest in charitable causes through participation in activities and services in the local community.

Millennium Hotels & Resorts

Award-winning hospitality group Millennium Hotels & Resorts has added new smartphone service with free IDD calls to 15 countries, complimentary mobile internet and local calls to all of its six properties in Singapore. Guests staying in Singapore at the Orchard Hotel, Grand Copthorne Waterfront, M Hotel, Copthorne King’s Hotel, Studio M Hotel, and M Social can enjoy free mobile connectivity when out and about in the city’s shopping, entertainment or business district.

Following successful pilot testing in April, the smartphone service is now available in more than 2,600 guest rooms across all six hotels in Singapore, allowing guests to go online and stay in touch with friends and families no matter where they are.

The complimentary smartphones also offer comprehensive city guides allowing guests to navigate the city with ease, which includes helping them to quickly locate the best dining, shopping, and entertainment venues during their visit.

Pentahotel Hong Kong

Pentahotels has expanded its leadership team in Asia with the addition of a new, Hong Kong-based Director of Revenue Management, to drive forward the hotel’s growth in the region.

This newly created position has been filled by Siim Karu, previously based at the company’s headquarters in Frankfurt.

While in Frankfurt, Karu was responsible for portfolio strategy, pricing and sales channels of the Group’s hotels in Asia, and will utilize his deep understanding of the brand and the company to continue to expand and strengthen the Asian market.

Launched in Europe, Pentahotels is a design-led, neighborhood lifestyle brand providing independent travelers with comfort and style in a contemporary environment. Pentalounge, a combined lobby, reception, bar and café – designed as a lively gathering place for hotel guests and local patrons alike – is a hallmark of Pentahotels.

Renaissance Harbour View Hotel

The Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai – set to open at the end of 2016 – will be the United Arab Emirate’s first Renaissance Hotel, followed by the opening of four additional hotels by the Marriott Group in the country throughout 2016. The Renaissance Downtown will be a 298-room luxury hotel catering to business and leisure travelers.

With the concept Business Unusual, Renaissance Hotels focus on helping their discerning guests to make the most of their trip – whether it be for business or leisure. In doing so, each hotel employs local experts called Navigators who are hand-picked and able to share what typically wouldn’t be covered in guidebooks.

The five property openings planned for this year will drive the total number of Marriott International properties in the UAE up to nine. Aimed at discovery-oriented business travelers and curious leisure travelers, the Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai will join over 160 Renaissance Hotels around the world.

Rhombus International

Rhombus International Hotels Group has been named “Leading Hotel Management Company for Worldwide Investors” for the fifth consecutive year at the Hong Kong Business High-Flyer Awards for 2016. The award acknowledges elite enterprises in Hong Kong, endorsing their outstanding performance and remarkable breakthroughs made in their industries.

Founded in North America, Rhombus has over 29 years of experience in Canada, Europe and Asia. The company is known for management expertise and knowledge that is practical, efficient and customized to meet the specific needs and requirements of each hotel across different regions amid a growing demand in the international marketplace.

Rhombus currently manages four hotels in Hong Kong: Hotel Panorama by Rhombus in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hotel LKF by Rhombus in Central, Hotel Bonaparte by Rhombus in Wan Chai, and Hotel Pennington by Rhombus in Causeway Bay. The company also manages Rhombus Park Aura Chengdu Hotel in Chengdu, China.

Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is preparing to open a second hotel resort on the Chinese tropical island of Hainan, in partnership with Hainan Golden Tide Tourism Development. The Ritz-Carlton Nanyan Bay is scheduled to open in 2017 with 244 guestrooms and suites in addition to 14 private villas.

Located on the east coast near the city of Wanning, the private oceanfront setting of the Ritz-Carlton resort will include two crescents of white sand beaches, along with the first Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in China, designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

The hotel’s location is close to several natural hot springs and nature trails leading into the ancient tropical rainforests with 4,600 kinds of flora and fauna, and is the home to one of the three important local ethnic tribes – the Miao people.

The luxury development underlines the provincial government’s drive to enhance Hainan’s appeal for international visitors with prestigious new projects, while taking care to preserve the island’s cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers

The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers has been recognized as the first “Green Key” hotel in Hong Kong and China, a prestigious recognition in green and sustainability awareness by Green Key International.

The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers, which has gained the Green Key certification, is recognized for having fulfilled a list of environmental requirements covering a wide range of criteria: from environmental demands to action plans, sustainability education and communications. The recognition also signifies that The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers is an international industry leader committed to protecting the environment.

Since the launch of the initiative in 1994, Green Key has been presented to more than 2,350 tourism-related businesses in over 50 countries. All hotels awarded the Green Key certification are designated to have met the highest requirements with regard to environmental management and are audited based on their technical criteria related to maintenance and guest communications.

The Mira

For the fifth time since the hotel’s opening in 2009, The Mira Hong Kong was once again awarded “Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong” by China’s leading travel industry professionals at the 9th Annual TTG China Travel Awards 2016.

The accolade is the result of a vote by readers of TTG China, TTG-BT Mice China, TTG Asia, TTG India, TTG Mice, TTG Associations and TTG Asia Luxury, and is a reflection of The Mira as a pioneer of tech-friendly hotel design and its leading position as the top choice among travel industry partners. It is also an acknowledgement for a commitment towards service excellence.

The Mira constantly strives to provide the best service solutions to guests. With tech-savvy business travelers in mind, the hotel provides a portable “Wi-Fi Buddy” device in each of its 492 rooms and suites, allowing guests to have unrestricted 4G connectivity across the city, with a signal that can be shared across up to ten personal portable devices.

The Royal Garden Hotel

The Royal Garden Hotel, owned by Sun Hung Kai Properties, has received numerous awards and accolades so far this year, including the hotel’s Dong Lai Shun, Inagiku Grande Japanese Restaurant, Le Soleil Vietnamese Restaurant, The Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant, Sabatini Ristorante Italiano – all named 2016 Best Restaurants by Hong Kong Tatler.

These restaurants, along with The Greenery, Fine Foods, JIN CUISINE, INA by Inagiku (all of The Royal Garden Hotel) are also part of U Magazine’s Favorite Food Awards 2016, while Dong Lai Shun and Inagiku Grande Japanese Restaurant are among the “100 Top Tables” by South China Morning Post.

Dong Lai Shun, Le Soleil and JIN CUISINE are three listed in the Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau as recommended restaurants. The Royal Garden Hotel boasts nine acclaimed restaurants including the Dong Lai Shun restaurant with one Michelin star. Five of the hotel’s restaurants have been recognized by the prestigious Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France.

The Royal Plaza Hotel

The Royal Plaza Hotel, a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties, has been named in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award as one the “Top 10 Hotels for Families in China” and classified as a “Top Class Comfort” hotel by the MICHELIN guide Hong Kong & Macau in 2016.

This is the fourth and second consecutive year, respectively, the hotel has been included in these awards, following a TripAdvisor “Hall of Fame” award in 2015 – an award given hotels that have earned a “Certificate of Excellence” for five consecutive years – and a Hotels.com Outstanding Performance Award (also in 2015) – an award given to hotels providing outstanding service and earning top ratings in guest reviews.

The Royal Plaza sits atop the MTR Mong Kok East Station, offering easy access to public transportation via MTR lines nearby and connects travelers to China via a 45-minute train ride. Acknowledged by the Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau, it overlooks the old-world charm of some of Hong Kong’s most traditional markets.

Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, a part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, has announced the opening of the Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Binjiang Hotel, located in the heart of Hangzhou’s bustling business district. The hotel is the first new-build property to join the brand’s premier tier of hotels, selected for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs, and excellence in service and guest experiences.

Owned by China Yintai Holdings, Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Binjiang Hotel is recognized for its spectacular views of the city, including the Qiantang River nearby, and for its premium location that is only steps away from the renowned West Lake and Xiang Lake.

Sheraton Grand is one of many initiatives currently underway for Sheraton 2020, a comprehensive plan designed to solidify Sheraton as a leading global hotel brand of choice globally. And China continues to be an extremely important growth market for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, particularly in light of the upcoming G20 summit which will be hosted in Hangzhou.

Venetian Macau (Sands China Ltd)

Nearly 80 percent of Sands China Ltd’s total procurement in 2015 at a value of MOP14.2 billion went to local Macau companies, a 36 percent increase over the previous year and a reflection of an increased focus on sourcing from local suppliers after the successful launch of the Local Supplier Support Program last year.

The program is a joint effort of the Macao Chamber of Commerce and Sands China Ltd (which also owns Venetian Macau) launched in July 2015 – the first of its kind in Macao.

The pioneering long-term initiative focuses on three types of local businesses identified in conjunction with the Macao Chamber of Commerce: small and micro companies, “Made in Macao” companies, and Macao young entrepreneurs.

Sands China’s Local Supplier Support Program is in line with the Macao government’s initiative to “buy local.” It is a demonstration of Sands China’s commitment to supporting local enterprises as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts.

Wynn Macau

Wynn Macau has announced that Wynn Palace, a new resort located in the Cotai area of Macau, is set of open on August 22, 2016. The US$4.1 billion Wynn Palace is a 28-storey hotel harmonizing the architectural grandeur of a palace and the natural splendor of flowers.

Wynn Palace is Wynn Resorts’ second integrated luxury resort in Macau, joining the five-star Wynn Macau located in the city center. Boasting grand views, 1,706 exquisitely furnished rooms and suits, and world class customer service, Wynn Palace promises to delight new and returning guests to the Special Administrative Region of Macau as the city continues to develop the infrastructure of a world-class tourist destination.

Wynn Resorts is owner and operator of its casino hotel property in Las Vegas, Nevada. The group is hopeful that the opening of Wynn Palace will help launch a new era of prosperity for Macau, attracting more international tourists and further supporting its development as a world center of tourism and leisure.

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