Pan Pacific Hotels Group To Launch PARKROYAL Brand In China

Pan Pacific Hotels Group has announced it will open two PARKROYAL properties in China, effectively marking the launch of the PARKROYAL brand in the country.

This follows the signing of two hotel management agreements – the first with Shanghai Jinqiao Export Processing Zone United Development Co., Ltd, to operate PARKROYAL Serviced Suites, Green City, Shanghai, scheduled to open in 2013.

The second hotel management agreement, inked with state-owned enterprise Suzhou TEDA Construction Investment Limited, will see the Group operating PARKROYAL Taihu Resort, Suzhou, to open in 2014.

PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts currently comprises 10 hotels and serviced suites in Australia and Southeast Asia. Each reflects the spirit and individuality of its locations through creative touches, authentic tastes and local connections.

The 325-room PARKROYAL Serviced Suites, Green City, Shanghai is located in Green City, an expatriate residential community in Pudong. Designed to feature high-quality living, entertainment, shopping, educational, medical and recreational facilities for Shanghai's burgeoning expatriate community, Green City is also developed with ecological and environmental considerations. It is the only international community in Shanghai to receive ISO14001 Environmental Quality System and ISO9001 Quality Certification.

PARKROYAL Serviced Suites, Green City, Shanghai will comprise six apartment towers with commercial and retail options occupying the lower levels of each tower. It will also feature a private clubhouse which includes two indoor tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, resident's lounge as well as meeting and recreational facilities. In addition, a separate three-storey restaurant annex will house a café and Chinese restaurant, amongst other restaurant and bar options.

The 200-room PARKROYAL Taihu Resort, Suzhou will feature three restaurants, a ballroom and wedding hall, meeting and multi-function rooms as well as a fitness centre with indoor and outdoor pools. A lakeside spa will also be a key feature.

Located in the Jiangsu Province, Taihu is the third largest freshwater lake of China and a popular resort destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. The resort's large outdoor garden spaces on the lake front will be ideal for banquets and events and recreational options like watersports, yachting and boating.

"Strategically, the two back-to-back signings for PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Green City, Shanghai, and PARKROYAL Taihu Resort, Suzhou really strengthens our bid and commitment to growing in China, while affirming the strength of the PARKROYAL brand to the industry and potential owners," said A. Patrick Imbardelli, President and Chief Executive of Pan Pacific Hotels Group.

"To be able to commence bringing this great brand to life with a spectacular serviced suites project in an exciting city like Shanghai, and then a Suzhou resort makes this all the more special for us."

The launch of the PARKROYAL brand in China is part of Pan Pacific Hotels Group's Greater Shanghai strategy to expand its PARKROYAL and Pan Pacific portfolio in Shanghai and the fast-growing cities surrounding it, including Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shaoxing.

As part of its expansion plans in China, the Group opened its seventh Global Sales Office in Shanghai last year. While it currently manages Pan Pacific Xiamen and Pan Pacific Suzhou in China, other properties slated for China include Pan Pacific Ningbo and Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Ningbo – set to open in 2012.