Hyatt expands its presence throughout the region

CHICAGO -- The Hyatt hotel system is growing in Asia, with new properties sprouting up from Beijing to Kyrgyzstan, which opened a 186-room Hyatt Regency in Bishkek in March 2001.

Meanwhile, the Grand Hyatt Beijing opened last month in Beijing Oriental Plaza, Asia's largest commercial plaza. The 591-room property is within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

The hotel is equipped with broadband TV and high-speed modem lines. It features 26,910 square feet of meeting and function space, including a 6,600-square-foot ballroom and 10 function rooms.

In December, Hyatt debuted a 204-room, beachfront property in Hua Hin, Thailand -- the summer resort town of the Thai royal family located 110 miles south of Bangkok on the Gulf of Siam.

The hotel is located near six golf courses. Other recreational facilities at the property include swimming, tennis, a fitness center and spa.

There are five meeting rooms that accommodate up to 240 people each. The grand ballroom has room for 400, and up to 500 can be accommodated for outdoor events.

In addition to the 35 Hyatts scattered throughout most of Asia's major metropolitan areas, new properties planned for the region include:

• A series of hotels in India, including a 188-room Grand Hyatt in Bombay and a 235-room Hyatt Regency in Goa, both slated to open in July; a 410-room Hyatt Regency in Kolkata set to open in September; and a 549-room Hyatt Regency to open in Bombay in December.

• A 390-room Park Hyatt will open in Beijing in May.

• Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will be the site of a 674-room Hyatt Regency to debut in January.

• The chain will unveil a 117-room Grand Hyatt in Tokyo in August 2003.

• A Hyatt Regency is slated to open in Chongqing, China, in early 2004.

Any Hyatt worldwide can be booked by calling (800) 233-1234. More information is available at www.hyatt.com.

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