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Ritz-Carlton opens second hotel in Shanghai

KUALA LUMPUR: Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Monday, June 21, opened its second hotel in Pudong New Area in Shanghai, China, 12 years after it first launched the Portman Ritz-Carlton in downtown Puxi.

According to a report by ShanghaiDaily.com, Ritz-Calton International’s senior vice president, Bob Kharazmi added that the luxury hotelier plans to expand further into China's mainland to capture the booming regional tourism market.

"We will build our hotels where our customers go and as the global leisure market is recovering gradually, it's much faster in China," Kharazmi was quoted as saying on ShanghaiDaily.com on Tuesday, June 22.

Khazrami is confident that "the momentum will continue for a long time and the strong boost of regional travel can absorb the growth of the supply side. Asia and especially China has always been a very important market for us and China will continue to play an important role in our strategic growth in the next three to five years."

"We are planning to locate our hotels at the hottest destinations in China as we see strong demand from regional customers," Kharazmi added.

The 285-room Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong, which is the seventh Ritz-Carlton hotel in China, occupies the top 18 floors of the south tower of Shanghai International Finance Center, which is owned by Sun Hung Kai Properties.

Richard Farnell is responsible for the interior design of the rooms and suites, which sizes range from 50 sq m (500 sq ft) for a guest room to 410 sq m (4,100 sq ft) for the palatial Ritz-Carlton Suite and Chairman Suite. There are three floors of Club accommodation, and each club room will have access to the hotel’s Club Lounge on the 49th level, which is open 24 hours a day.

Other amenities include a Spa centre, a 24-hour Fitness Studio, and indoor heated swimming pool hotel’s stunning Club Lounge on the 49th level, which is open 24 hours a day.

This new hotel will also have luxury restaurants and a bar with views overlooking The Bund and the Shanghai skyline.

Next to be unveiled will be the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong at the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon, which is also owned by the same developer, at the end of this year or early next year.

"We may see the largest growth of our business coming from the China market," said Mark DeCocinis, regional vice president for Ritz-Carlton Asia.

Revenue from China now accounts for 30% to 35% of Asia Pacific's total, DeCocinis noted.

Kharazmi also revealed that the Ritz-Carlton "Reserve," a newly launched private luxury hotel brand, is expected to be introduced in China to serve domestic customers.
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