NEW YORK -- This July saw the expansion of the Hong Kong-based
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts into Australia and the Middle East.
The Shangri-La Sydney is a rebranding of the 561-room ANA
Harbour Grand Hotel, while the 301-unit Shangri-La Dubai in the
United Arab Emirates is a new build. Shangri-La also will manage a
250-room Traders Hotel in Dubai beginning this month.
Earlier in 2003, the hotel group added to its Malaysian roster a
property in the newly built capital Putrajaya. Later in the year,
Shangri-La will launch its 17th hotel in China, in Zhangshan.
The firm will add three more hotels in China next year, but its
biggest news for 2004 will be the launch of the Shangri-La Resort,
Maldives under a management agreement. This "eco-oriented" property
will comprise four villages and a total of 252 villas. Besides
water-based resort activities, the property will feature a
horticultural garden, an observatory, a marine research facility
and a conservation center.
In 2005, the group will add six properties, including two more
resorts, one in the Middle East, at Muscat, Oman, and another in
China, at Sanya on Hainan Island.
Currently, the group's 41 properties are all in Asia -- except
for those in Fiji, Australia and the Middle East. -
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