ICAC opening new HQ meant more entertaining, says Timothy Tong

Lawyer Peter Wong Ting-kwong (left) with troubled Timothy Tong during the Legco committee's grilling. Photo: Sam Tsang

At a Legislative Council committee hearing into his hospitality spending, Tong attributed the higher entertainment bills racked up during his five-year tenure at the Independent Commission Against Corruption to a rise in the number of visitors to the agency's headquarters in North Point after it opened in 2007.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 5:55am 2 comments

Park Hotel puts Hong Kong at heart of growth plans

Park Hotel chief executive Allen Law says oversupply has made the group cautious about the mainland hotel market. Photo: Edward Wong

Park Hotel Group, controlled by Law Kar-po, is expanding in the city 10 years after it bought the four-star Park Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui at a bargain price during the Sars outbreak.

2 May 2013 - 3:47am

Ex-ICAC chief silent amid questions over lavish hospitality spending

Timothy Tong

Former ICAC commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming continues to lie low despite calls to explain extravagant spending on hospitality for mainland officials during his five-year tenure.

Tong, who stepped down last year as the commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, has not responded since the scandal started making headlines last week.

29 Apr 2013 - 12:48pm 8 comments

Kempinski withdraws from North Korea's Hotel of Doom

Ryugyong Hotel

Kempinski Hotels and Resorts planned to manage the 105-storey pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel when it opened this summer in what would have been a coup for the hermit nation's new leader Kim Jong-un.

7 Apr 2013 - 10:16am

QE2 liner may return to Hong Kong as a floating hotel

The QE2 in its heyday, docked at the Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong in 1994. Its maiden voyage, from Southampton to New York in May 1969, took five days. Photo: SCMP

The iconic luxury passenger liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is set to return to Hong Kong this summer on its way to a mainland shipyard, where it will be refitted to become a floating hotel.

14 Mar 2013 - 6:41am

Paliburg to build more than 1,000 hotel rooms

Paliburg and its partner Regal Hotels International will add more than 1,000 hotel rooms in the next three years.

Paliburg and its partner Regal Hotels International will add more than 1,000 hotel rooms in the next three years despite fears of further measures to restraint growth of mainland visitors.

The medium-sized developer said it did not foresee any immediate policy to cap the number of mainland tourists - which made up more than half of its hotels' occupancy.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am

Regional countries eye share of booming gaming industry

Booming gaming industry attracts nations

Investment group Lippo announced last week plans to build a hotel complex in South Korea with casino floors, reflecting the desire of countries in the region to grab a share of Asia's fast-growing gaming industry.

1 Feb 2013 - 5:23am

Welcoming jingle hits a sour note when it comes to unwanted visitors

Parallel trading has intensified Hong Kong-mainland tensions. Photo: Nora Tam

The Hong Kong Tourism Commission theme song was once a hit, thanks to Canto-pop star George Lam Chi-cheung. He was appointed to be the city's hospitality ambassador to help promote tourism.

28 Jan 2013 - 6:36am

Great Eagle set to spin off its Hong Kong hotel holdings

Langham Hong Kong is one of Great Eagle's Hong Kong hotels.

Great Eagle Holdings is to spin off its hotel properties in Hong Kong to try to cash in on an influx of mainland travellers that drove the city's tourist arrivals to a record of more than 46 million last year.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:56am

Visitor complaints damage Hong Kong's crown of hospitality

Tourism is one of our economic pillars. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong rightly prides itself as a top travel destination. From fancy hotels to unpretentious guest houses, there is something to suit different budgets. This is indeed how we are sold overseas.

21 Dec 2012 - 2:41am 1 comment

Hotel reviews: Fairmont Singapore and Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai

The Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai. Photo: AP

Here’s a little known fact: Four Seasons and Fairmont, two of the world’s largest luxury hotel chains, are both Canadian-owned. Headquartered in Toronto, the Fairmont group boasts an impressive collection of historic hotels across the globe.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:42pm

Langham shrugs off glut worries amid expansion

Brett Butcher

Langham Hospitality Group, owned by Hong Kong developer Great Eagle, has quickened its expansion as it takes on international rivals Marriott and Sheraton in the increasingly competitive mainland hotel market.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:26am

Budget travellers squeezed in Macau

The Grand Lisboa seen through the gates of the Ruins of St Paul's. More than half of visitors in September did not stay overnight. Photo: AFP

Budget travellers may find once-sleepy Macau offering them fewer options as most hotel rooms in the "Las Vegas of the East" are now supplied by five-star hotels.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:57am

Wealth blog: five-star service shines through

Grand Hyatt's service is flawless.

The Financial Times eponymous weekend columnist, the media mogul cum journalist Tyler Brule has recently taken to waxing lyrical about his favourite Hong Kong hotels. This includes singing the praises of the Grand Hyatt in Wan Chai. According to him, although it's outstanding, it lacks one facility - an outdoor running track.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:26am

Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge

Honi Honi's toned-down version of the Polynesian tiki bar brings a splash of sunshine to Central.

This is where Honi Honi really shines. Every drink we tried was tasty and some were superb. I'm happy that the noble tradition of the scorpion bowl - a big porcelain bowl of booze filled with long straws and shared by four or more people - is now in Hong Kong. But that night we stuck to the more traditionally sized cocktails. 

15 Nov 2012 - 10:23am