Shanghai cooks up five-star goals, but the salt is missing

People often talk of how important "software" is for a truly international city after it has already established very good "hardware". They are just like two legs for a person: you can't walk well without either of the two.

Monday, 14 October, 2013, 10:59am 6 comments

Lai Sun mulls bid for hotel site at Ocean Park

Lai Sun Development deputy chairman Chew Fook Aun says the company will continue to expand its rental portfolio. Photo: May Tse

Lai Sun announced a 18.06 per cent drop in underlying profit, excluding property revaluation gains, to HK$117.9 million for the six months to January 31.

29 Mar 2013 - 4:16am

China Digest, February 4, 2013

A member of the Miyun county People's Political Consultative Conference has been stripped of his membership because of a recent scuffle he had at a local hotel, The Beijing News reports. 

4 Feb 2013 - 5:09am

China Digest, January 21, 2013

A former village party secretary in Miyun county has been charged with taking more than 4.65 million yuan (HK$5.74 million) in bribes, the Beijing Times reports.

21 Jan 2013 - 5:32am

Ocean Park launches new tender for first hotel

Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman hopes the new tender will secure a deal to build the 495-room Ocean Hotel by 2015.

Ocean Park has launched a new tender for its first hotel, aiming to open it in 2016 - three years behind schedule.

The Ocean Hotel at the park's main entrance should have opened this year and the Fishermen's Wharf Hotel at Tai Shue Wan in 2015.

But the plans lapsed in November 2011 because of a lack of interest by developers.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am

French fashion house 'sorry' for insulting Chinese tourists

French clothing brand Zadig & Voltaire.

The boss of French clothing brand Zadig & Voltaire has apologised for saying Chinese tourists would not be welcome at the firm's exclusive new Paris hotel.

Company founder Thierry Gillier caused outrage after telling a journalist: "We are going to select guests. It won't be open to Chinese tourists, for example."

6 Oct 2012 - 12:02pm

Quality service makes happy guests and staff

The importance of locating problems before customers find them is something that Lincoln Davis (right), director of quality management, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, tells his staff time and again.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Profit and gloss: welcome to the rich man's world

The new Bulgari Hotel in London's Knightsbridge area is a polished, opulent affair. The lobby has glossy mahogany walls, granite floors and black leather counters surrounded by sharp grey-suited receptionists and handsome silver Bulgari products behind display cases.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Low occupancy doesn't curb rush to build hotels

The world's top hotel operators have brushed aside global economic woes and China's stuttering growth rate as they vie with one another to build the biggest hotel networks on the mainland.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

FYI - round-up

Crystal Cruises makes HK a regular port of call

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

LASTING impressions

As if fashion designers didn't have their imprints on everything these days, they have become hoteliers as well.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

White in the heart of the City of Light

A cluster of young Asian women breeze up to the reception desk of the new Mandarin Oriental in Paris. A blur of Louis Vuitton, they are presumably on a shopping trip. Even while checking in, they're already asking the concierge for tips on the hottest boutiques nearby.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Protege Li hits high notes at anniversary celebrations for Ritz-Carlton hotel

It has already been a year since the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong opened doors and the world's tallest hotel celebrated its one-year anniversary in high-flyer style.

More than 500 guests turned out for the celebratory party on Tuesday, which took place in the Ritz-Carlton's Ozone bar, 490 metres above sea level.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Dornoch Castle knocks at Hong Kong's door

A Scottish castle that has been turned into a hotel is now on sale in Hong Kong and the mainland after languishing for seven months on the British market without any offers - which the hotel co-owner is blaming on the credit crunch.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

Boom at the inn

Chengdu, the economic hub of southwest China, has rallied with a strong economy since the tragic earthquake that struck Sichuan four years ago. The hotel boom continues and, as at the end of last year, there were about 16,000 four- and five-star bedrooms available in the city.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am