Hyatt boss ends celebrations with pride ... of lion dancers

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 November, 2009, 12:00am

As the big exclamation mark on the end of their year-long 20th anniversary celebration, the Grand Hyatt hotel held a cocktail reception on Friday night at its Tiffin Lounge. The mezzanine space wasn't just an elegant venue for the posh drinks and congratulatory chatter, it provided the perfect ringside view for the real action - a traditional Chinese ceremony in the lobby.

Not content with just one lion dance for luck, general manager Gordon Fuller hired a whole pride of loud and colourful performers. With some of his longest-serving staff beside him in the reception area, eight lions and one long dragon prowled the marbled atrium, hopefully bringing more luck and prosperity.

With confetti and imitation gold coins raining down, the lions' eyes were dotted and Fuller (pictured) was even invited to lead them on a parade and back down to the lobby. 'I didn't know they were going to do that,' he said.

One wonders what some of the unsuspecting guests thought, seeing the hotel invaded by noise, drums and decorative symbolic creatures. Most took photos of the ruckus.

Other anniversary gestures by the hotel might be less extravagant but definitely just as generous. Apparently, more than 40 long-serving employees who have been there almost since 1989 were given a bonus lai see containing HK$8,888. Nice.