Starwood Expands in China 3-20-2007

Jamie Wetherbe Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Inner Mongolian Datang International Tuo Ke Tuo Power Generation Co., have announced an agreement whereby Starwood will manage the Sheraton Hohhot Hotel in Inner Mongolia in China the first internationally branded upper-upscale hotel to open in t

By: Jamie Wetherbe

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Inner Mongolian Datang International Tuo Ke Tuo Power Generation Co., have announced an agreement whereby Starwood will manage the Sheraton Hohhot Hotel in Inner Mongolia in China the first internationally branded upper-upscale hotel to open in the region.

Scheduled to open in July 2009, the hotel will be located in a prime location in downtown Hohhot, the capital city of Inner Mongolia. The hotel will feature 350 rooms, 21,000 square feet of meeting space, three restaurants, a close to 10,000-square foot health club, with a 8,000-squarefoot spa and indoor heated pool.

“We are very proud to be working in partnership with Inner Mongolian Datang International Tuo Ke Tuo to introduce Sheraton and its signature services and products to travelers visiting Inner Mongolia, the third largest province, as well as one of the largest production bases in China,” said Miguel Ko, president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia-Pacific. "We are thrilled about our first Sheraton property in Hohhot, the number one leisure travel destination in Inner Mongolia and tourist gateway city to the region. The vast grasslands and rich tourism resources ranging from natural scenic areas to historical and cultural sites truly set itself apart from other cities in China.”

Starwood Hotels & Resorts expanded its portfolio in China significantly over the past 18 months with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Pudong, Sheraton Xiamen Hotel, Sheraton Ningbo Hotel, Sheraton Haikou Resort, Sheraton Urumqi Hotel and The Westin Beijing, Financial Street; and the signing of Sheraton hotels in Shenzhen, Zhongshan, Wenzhou, Chongqing, Taiyuan, Hangzhou and Huizhou. With a total of 31 operating hotels and 27 hotels under development in China, Starwood is well-established as one of the largest international operators of upper upscale hotels in China.

Sheraton Hohhot Hotel will be located about 20 minutes from the Hohhot Baita International Airport and will be close to the offices of Inner Mongolia Regional government providing easy access to major commercial and retail buildings, as well as major tourist attractions.

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