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2012 Brings High-Profile Debuts and Expansions to China's Hotel World

Travel and Hotel News

February 15, 2012

View from a guest room at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, which claims the top third of the 103-storey IFC Guangzhou

With tourism growing at a rapid-fire pace throughout China, the world's major hotels are all racing in to stake claims. This year will bring unprecedented development, as groups expand and even unveil new brands for the Chinese market. InterContinental intends to launch a new, as-yet-unnamed, upscale chain, while Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces will manage the forthcoming Taj Temple of Heaven Beijing and a luxury resort on Hainan Island. Designed in the style of a traditional Chinese water village on the shores of Dong Qian Lake, the just-opened Park Hyatt Ningbo Resort and Spa is the first Park Hyatt-branded hotel in China. The St. Regis group also brings a superlative to the country, with The St. Regis Shenzhen, the world's tallest St. Regis hotel on the top 28 floors of a landmark 100-story building. Additional lap-of-luxury properties to come include the W Guangzhou and two Four Seasons: the Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou and the Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai. Clearly, the Year of the Dragon will prove to be a prosperous one for China's high-end hotel scene.

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(Updated: 02/15/12 CT)

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