Nikko Hotels Expansion

New Shanghai property scheduled for March 2009

By: Ana Figueroa

Nikko Hotels International has announced plans to continue its expansion in China with a five-star luxury hotel in Shanghai scheduled to open in March 2009. Hotel Nikko Shanghai will have 388 guestrooms in a 25-story building. Facilities will include three restaurants, a lobby lounge, a bar, an executive lounge, banquet rooms, meeting rooms, a business center, pool, fitness center, spa and parking garage.

Shanghai, the biggest commercial, financial and industrial city in China, continues to grow on both business and tourism fronts. Hotel Nikko Shanghai expects a large demand from business and leisure travelers, due to its premier location in Manpo International Plaza, a real estate complex now being built that will have two luxury condominium buildings and a luxury office building.

The complex is a 25-minute drive from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, and is located at the corner of Shanghai Puxi area’s main road, Yan An West Road and Zhen Ning Road.

Nikko Hotels International is an international luxury hotel group operated by JAL Hotels Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, headquartered in Tokyo. In addition to Nikko Hotels International, JAL Hotels also operates Hotel JAL City, a chain of 14 mid-priced hotels for business travelers in Japan. JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. has 64 hotels with 20,703 rooms worldwide in locations in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and throughout Japan and the Asia/Pacific region.

In 2007, the company opened the 171-room Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro in Obihiro, Japan, and the 373-room Hotel Nikko Tianjin in Tianjin, China.