Harbour Plaza Hong Kong aims to sustain its market share of the serviced apartment sector by upgrading services and facilities. General manager Sean Murray said the hotel planned to build an indoor swimming pool for serviced apartment guests. It would also extend the gymnasium floors and children's play area, he said. The upgrading is part of a programme to attract apartment tenants to Hong Kong Plaza, which has 416 hotel rooms and 101 serviced suites. Mr Murray said the apartment suites had achieved an occupancy rate of 100 per cent since Harbour Plaza opened in 1995. The monthly tariff for serviced suites of between 860 sq ft and 1,120 sq ft ranges from $43,000 to $70,000. The charges include electricity, water supply, air-conditioning, local calls and daily maid service. Harbour Plaza Hong Kong is owned by Hutchison Whampoa. It is managed by Harbour Plaza Hotel Management (International), jointly owned by Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Hutchison. Mr Murray said the company was confident of sustaining high levels of occupancy despite the fact the market had become more competitive. He said the market had changed as a result of the economic turmoil which had gripped the region last year. Because of uncertainty over the economic outlook, some tenants had been reluctant to sign long-term leases. Analysts say operators of serviced apartments face higher competition with some hoteliers also offering short and long-term leases to attract customers. Sino Group's Gold Coast Hotel in Tuen Mun provides short and long-stay packages. A spokesman for the hotel's marketing communications department said guests could stay for just one day or for months. Short-term stay charges were a standard $5,000 per week. Unlike some serviced apartment developments, which had limited recreational facilities, the spokesman said apartment customers could enjoy the type of leisure and recreational facilities provided for hotel guests. These included a five-hole chip and putt golf course and an archery range. The spokesman said the Gold Coast Hotel could give guests a feeling of living at home, although it did not provide built-in kitchens as in conventional serviced apartments. The hotel also considered itself as a kind of serviced apartment development, he said.