Open Travel Alliance

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.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:43pm

Travellers' checks

Hello sailor

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Opening up a New World of hospitality

Sonia Cheng is CEO of New World Hospitality, a hotel-management company with a global portfolio of properties that includes pentahotels, a 'neighbourhood lifestyle' brand that offers a cool, tech-savvy, creative environment for independent travellers.

30 Jun 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

Friends in high places

Do you love the anonymity of flying, or are you one of those passengers who craves conversation with the stranger seated next to you? Hong Kong-based company Satisfly is using its so-called intelligent seating assignment to match passengers with their ideal seat partner according to preferences and social media profiles.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Consortium invests US$50m in Pod Inns

A consortium led by global asset manager Fidelity has invested US$50 million in Pod Inns, a mainland budget hotel chain.

The move reflects global funds' renewed interest in China's slowing hospitality sector.

Hangzhou-based Pod Inns will use the funds and millions of yuan in banking loans to expand nationwide.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

On the move

Lemuel Cheng Associate director Ronald Lu and Partners

Cheng joined Ronald Lu and Partners in 2003 and leads a team of design and architectural staff. Cheung's design experience covers a wide range of projects, including comprehensive developments, and residential, institutional and hospitality projects.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

New World to expand Pentahotel brand in Asia

New World Hospitality has announced a US$160 million plan to expand the number of hotels under its Pentahotels brand to 30 in the next five years. The expansion will focus on the mainland and cities elsewhere in Asia, said chief executive Sonia Cheng.

She said New World Group would own 30 per cent of the hotels and other developers the rest.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Accor aims at booming mainland market

Accor, the largest international hotel operator in the Asia-Pacific region, aims to have 400 hotels on the mainland by 2015, more than three times its current portfolio, as it steps up efforts to explore the fast-growing domestic tourism sector.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Win tickets to InterContinental's wedding fair - and there's a convertible Ferrari for your big day

One of the city's most sought after venues for wedding banquets, the InterContinental Hong Kong hotel, will host its annual luxury wedding showcase on Sunday, and CitySeen has five pairs of tickets to give away to loved-up couples.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing hotels stripped of their stars

More than 130 star-rated hotels in Beijing have been stripped of their stars after they failed a review of their service and quality standards conducted by the capital's tourism authority, the Beijing Tourism Development Committee.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Nan Fung to invest HK$2b in Sha Tin hotel foray

Nan Fung Development has made its first diversification into the Hong Kong hospitality industry with its HK$2 billion investment in a 539-room-hotel in Sha Tin.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Frequent flyer has own take on how to save money

Troy Liu, 28, is well versed in the loyalty programmes of all major airlines, and he uses that knowledge to slash his travel costs. By redeeming membership points earned from frequent-flyer schemes, he has visited more than 40 countries since 2004.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Join the club for extra special touches

For extra attention, superior service and luxury while staying at a 5-star establishment, club floors are recommended.

The InterContinental Hong Kong puts a new twist on club facilities by letting guests stay in their favourite room while still enjoying club services, amenities and facilities.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

More Japan flights from United Continental

Newly formed US airline giant United Continental will add a leg between Hong Kong and Narita from October 31 in a move to strengthen its share of the trans-Pacific market.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am