Hospitality Industry

Hoteliers' anger at steep rises in property rates

Michael Li Hon-shing. Photo: Edward Wong

The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners has demanded an explanation from the Rating and Valuation Department, saying the rises will add to pressure on the industry, especially after a sluggish "golden week" holiday.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 5:46am

A Bad Week for ... , May 5, 2013

Facebook has found itself defriended by millions of users as it falls out of fashion.

Facebook reported promising figures for the first quarter, but has found itself defriended by millions of users as it falls out of fashion.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am

Hotel sector outlook in China remains strong

The outlook for the hotel sector in China is expected to remain strong as the tourism industry will grow rapidly in the next few years despite the gloomy global economic outlook, according to Knight Frank.

10 Oct 2012 - 2:21am

Local chains expanding

Home-grown hotel chains have continued their expansion outside the city, a tradition started by Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula a few decades ago.

The Ovolo Group, which owns and operates four hotels and two serviced apartments in Hong Kong, has picked Melbourne as the place for its first overseas venture.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:43pm

Budget hotel chain sees room for IPO

Red Planet Hotelsdata centres, a budget hotel investment and management firm, is seeking to go public in Hong Kong by 2015 as it tries to boost its presence in the emerging Asia market, including mainland China.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Swiss chains expand

Two Swiss hotel chains have made headway in their expansion into the mainland.

Swiss International Hotels will help manage existing premises in Xiamen and three new properties now being built through a partnership with a mainland developer, while Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has set up an executive team in Shanghai to oversee its three properties under construction.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Endangered seafood on many luxury hotel menus

Many luxury hotels in the city still include endangered marine species on their seafood menus - and it's not just shark's fin soup, a conservation group says.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A taste for Cantonese

Paris can boast more than its fair share of the great restaurants of the world but, until recently, it was more or less a wasteland for anybody who wanted to eat good Chinese food.

Not any more. In September, amid much fanfare, the Shangri-La Paris opened the first Shang Palace restaurant in Europe.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Triathlete hotelier shifts gears

After 23 years in the hospitality industry, Robert Hauck has finally decided to chuck his business suit. No, he's not quitting the sector. Instead, he'll be shifting to a more casual sartorial approach to lead Thanyapura, which bills itself as the world's first temple for the body, mind and spirit.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Training is the name of hotel game

A strikingly modern 28-storey building adjacent to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) campus in Hung Hom is home to two sites important to the hotel industry: the eponymous university's School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM), and Hotel ICON, a five-star hotel managed by a team of hospitality 'professionals' - most of them students.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Grand achievements

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has installed an LED television wall in the Grand Ballroom. Being the first hotel in Hong Kong to offer such a facility, it offers event organisers and delegates an enhanced visual experience. Meanwhile, the hotel opened the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse in April, featuring USDA prime beef and Canadian Angus beef.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Marrakech express

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Big deal

Aero International is selling a two-night package to Xian with round-trip, economy-class flights with Dragonair and a choice of good hotels from HK$2,790.

26 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Mandarin Oriental to run Beijing hotel

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is to manage a deluxe hotel in Beijing, marking the latest in a string of foreign hotel operators to enter the capital's competitive hospitality market.

22 May 2007 - 12:00am

Starwood to increase Shanghai hotel tally

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, a New York-listed hotelier, is increasing the number of hotels it manages in Shanghai to at least 12 in the coming year as it competes with other foreign hoteliers for a bigger slice of a thriving market, according to a senior official.

10 Apr 2007 - 12:00am