Four Seasons to Open New Sky-High Luxury Hotel in Shanghai

Four Seasons to Open New Sky-High Luxury Hotel in Shanghai

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Published on December 26, 2023

Four Seasons, a name synonymous with luxury in the hospitality industry, is set to mark its presence in China's bustling metropolis, Shanghai. In collaboration with Fungseng Prosperity Holdings, the Canada-based hospitality giant has announced plans for a new opulent hotel, slated to open doors in 2027.

A Skyscraping Marvel: Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai

This forthcoming property, the Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai, is a testament to architectural grandeur. Rising 44 stories high, it will house 160 rooms and suites, each designed to offer the quintessential Four Seasons experience. The hotel's strategic location along Huaihai Zhong Road in the Huangpu district of Puxi positions it perfectly at the heart of Shanghai's vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment hub. This area is celebrated for its unique blend of contemporary creativity and historical Art Deco architecture, offering guests a taste of Shanghai's rich cultural tapestry.

A Strategic Collaboration

The partnership between Four Seasons and Fungseng Prosperity Holdings is more than just a business venture; it's a strategic move to bolster the luxury hotel brand’s footprint in Shanghai. William Wai-hoi Doo, chairman of Fungseng Prosperity Holdings, expressed pride in this collaboration, highlighting Shanghai's allure as a destination that beautifully marries its historic charm with a dynamic, modern vibe.

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Harmonising Luxury with Local Flavour

The design and architecture of the Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai promise to be as impressive as its location. Renowned architects Ricardo Bofill and P&T Group have lent their expertise to this project, while the interiors will bear the signature elegance of Jean-Michel Gathy from DENNISTON. A notable feature of the property will be the restored traditional Shikumen lane houses at its base, adding a touch of local heritage. The hotel will also feature a top-tier seafood restaurant, aligning with Shanghai's culinary prestige.

A World of Amenities

Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai is set to offer an array of amenities. Alongside 7,212 square feet of meeting and event space, the hotel will also boast 7,438 square feet of comprehensive wellness facilities. These features are tailored to cater to both business and leisure travelers, ensuring a stay that is both productive and rejuvenating.

A New Chapter in Shanghai's Luxury Hospitality

Bart Carnahan, President of Global Business Development, Portfolio Management, and Residential at Four Seasons, shared his enthusiasm for the project. He emphasized that Four Seasons' return to Shanghai is set to introduce a new dimension to luxury hospitality in the city, capturing its vibrant character. With a keen focus on the growing importance of Shanghai in the luxury travel market, this new establishment is poised to become a landmark destination for discerning travelers.

In summary, the Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai is not just another addition to the city's skyline. It's a promise of luxury, comfort, and an immersive experience into the heart of one of the world's most dynamic cities.


IHG Expands Vignette Collection with 12 Unique Hotels Globally in 2024

IHG Expands Vignette Collection with 12 Unique Hotels Globally in 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 15, 2024

IHG Hotels & Resorts is on an ambitious path to enhance its luxury and lifestyle segment, the Vignette Collection, with the opening of 12 diverse properties worldwide in 2024. This move follows the recent launch of The Halyard Liverpool, the first Vignette Collection hotel in the UK, setting the stage for the brand's global expansion.

The Vignette Collection is renowned for its carefully chosen properties, each offering distinct experiences that reflect their unique locations—from bustling city centres to serene beachfronts. The upcoming year promises exciting additions, including the Shanghai Snow World Hotel, part of the world's largest indoor ski park, and Verno House in Budapest, which offers views over Liberty Square.

Each hotel in the Vignette Collection is committed to sustainability and social responsibility, aligning with IHG’s “Journey to Tomorrow” initiative. The properties actively engage in "A Means For Good" programs, collaborating with local organisations to impact positively on society.

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Furthermore, these hotels provide guests with memorable experiences that connect them deeply with local culture. For instance, Convent Square Lisbon offers a traditional Portuguese tea ceremony, while Yours Truly DC in Washington, D.C., invites guests to select music from the hotel’s vinyl collection to personalise their stay.

Tom Rowntree, IHG's Vice President of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, commented on the expansion, stating, "Vignette Collection's growth highlights our focus on integrating one-of-a-kind hotels into our portfolio, each with a unique story but united under IHG's commitment to excellence and sustainability."

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Scheduled openings include Arabella Beach Hotel in Kuwait and Velero Doha in Qatar in spring 2024, followed by summer and autumn debuts in Hungary and China, respectively. The year will cap off with the opening of Rumah Luwih Bali in Indonesia and Dinso Resort & Villas Koh Chang in Thailand.

This expansion not only strengthens IHG’s global presence but also enhances the brand’s appeal to travellers seeking authenticity and luxury in their accommodations.


Hilton Set to Expand Its Canadian Hotel Operations by 50%

Hilton Set to Expand Its Canadian Hotel Operations by 50%

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 15, 2024

Hilton, a global leader in the hotel industry, is set to significantly boost its footprint in Canada. With 180 hotels already serving guests and 90 more slated for development, the company is poised to increase its Canadian operations by 50% over the next five years.

Jeff Cury, Hilton's Senior Director of Development in Canada, highlighted the company's strategy, saying, "Our goal is to extend our reach to every province, enhancing the travel experience with both our established and upcoming brands." In 2023 alone, Hilton inked deals for 20 new locations, signalling robust growth and a strong commitment to the Canadian market.

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The expansion plan includes the introduction of the Spark by Hilton and Motto by Hilton brands to the Canadian market by 2024. Hilton's development is not just in numbers but also in diversity, with a tripling of its lifestyle category hotels in key cities like Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Niagara Falls by 2028.

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Hilton's growth is largely fueled by its focused-service brands, which constitute over 60% of its new projects in Canada. This segment saw the addition of five new hotels in 2023. Additionally, the extended-stay category continues to thrive, led by the Home2 Suites by Hilton brand. This sector currently includes over 30 operational properties and 20 more in development, showing significant owner interest and market momentum.

This ambitious expansion underscores Hilton's commitment to offering a variety of lodging options for both business and leisure travellers in sought-after destinations across Canada.


Maldives Steps Up Efforts to Attract Indian Tourists with Road Shows

Maldives Steps Up Efforts to Attract Indian Tourists with Road Shows

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 15, 2024

The Maldives tourism sector, once a top choice for Indian holidaymakers, is making concerted efforts to win back travellers from India. This push comes after the island nation observed a significant decline in Indian visitors, spurred by a social media incident where Maldivian officials made derogatory comments about India and its Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

The Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) is spearheading this initiative by planning to conduct road shows in several major Indian cities. These events aim to mend ties and promote the Maldives as an ideal vacation spot. In addition, MATATO has expressed a desire to enhance tourism collaboration with India during discussions with India's high commissioner in the Maldives, Munu Mahawar.

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Despite traditionally being one of the Maldives' largest tourist markets, India recently fell to the sixth position in terms of visitor numbers, overtaken by countries like China and the United Kingdom. To address this, MATATO is not only focusing on road shows but also planning influencer and media familiarisation trips in the upcoming months.

This renewed focus on attracting Indian tourists is part of a broader strategy to strengthen bilateral ties and boost the tourism sector, which is crucial for the Maldives' economy. The initiative reflects both nations' interests in maintaining strong travel and tourism relations, despite recent political tensions.

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