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Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport #43

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ASIA - PACIFIC TRENDING HOTELS THE POTTINGER HONG KONG IS RECOMMENDED BY THE FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE. IT IS WHERE EAST MEETS WEST, WHERE MODERNITY MEETS HERITAGE. Gina Tam Hotel Manager, The Pottinger Hong Kong EAST MEETS WEST Modernity and tradition come together at the Pottinger Hong Kong Rising on the uphill elevation of the Pottinger Street in the heart of Hong-Kong’s Central district, The Pottinger Hong Kong is a pivotal hub of business and finance, shopping, dining, culture and entertainment. We asked Hotel Manager, Gina Tam, to tell us more. The hotel stands amidst rich culture in a lively neighbourhood on a Grade 1 historical site rated by Antiquities Advisory Board of Hong Kong. Radiating from its front portal, The Pottinger Hong Kong has been adorned by a collection of specialty street stalls, paving a heritage landscape of a classic elegance of Hong Kong. To ascend or descend further around The Pottinger Hong Kong, one can discover other intriguing scenes of century-old tenement buildings, stylish and upscale international and local labels, all lined up within the ease of a pleasant stroll. What are the main characteristics of this property? The 68 luxury guest rooms and suites, ranging from 23 sq m to 68 sq m, offer a warm and pleasant stay to the guests. “Pottinger Suite” and six cosy suites named after the streets around the Central neighbourhood are designed with a touch of oriental flavour, heritage and a sense of home, in celebration of Hong Kong’s rich heritage and diverse cultures. The Pottinger Hong Kong is recommended by The Forbes Travel Guide. It is where East meets West, where modernity meets heritage. It also hosts the award-winning Italian restaurant Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano, the Michelin-starred Ta Vie, the visuallystunning The Envoy, Room 309 and Venchi. The Pottinger Hong Kong features a number of striking images by one of Hong Kong’s most famous sons, photographer and film director Fan Ho. Can you tell us more about this? Born in Shanghai in 1931, Fan Ho first delved into photography at the age of 14. After moving to Hong Kong in 1949, he began taking photographs of the streets and alleys of old Central, and of other markets and street stalls in the Hong Kong of the time. His creative output in the 1950s and 1960s included what are now recognised as some of Hong Kong’s most iconic photographic images. Between 1958 and 1965, he was eight times named one of the Top Ten Photographers of the World by the Photographic Society of America. His pictures depict both the hardship and the can-do spirit of Hong Kong, one that has characterised this city for many generations. Today, his masterpieces are showcased in his most favourite place on earth, Central Hong Kong, at The Pottinger Hong Kong SMARTreport Commercial Content

Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport #43 2019 Summer Edition 33 33 MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL BOLSTERS ASIA PACIFIC LUXURY OFFERING Marriott International has announced strong growth of its Asia Pacific luxury portfolio with 13 new luxury properties projected to open in 2019. The group’s current portfolio of 130 luxury hotels across ten countries and territories in Asia Pacific will see new openings from JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, St Regis, and The Luxury Collection. Additionally, Marriott International’s unified loyalty programme, Marriott Bonvoy, will offer more guests unique experiences in coveted destinations across the region. “Asia Pacific’s luxury travel industry is one of the fastestgrowing in the world, driven by markets like China and India. On top of this, global luxury travellers today are seeking more than just the opportunity to indulge, they want experiences that deliver personal meaning and significance,” said Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “In response, Marriott International continues to grow its footprint and experiential offerings in Asia Pacific, providing highly contextualized and carefully curated experiences, allowing luxury travellers to explore their passions and grow on a personal level,” Fang Roe continued. The Ritz-Carlton continues its growth in Asia Pacific with four anticipated openings. The Ritz-Carlton, Perth, which is expected to open in October, will mark the brand’s return to Australia. The brand is also slated to bring its legendary service and style to key markets in in China and India with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an in June, The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing in October and The Ritz-Carlton, Pune in September MGALLERY BY SOFITEL TO DEBUT IN HONG KONG The Silveri - 33 rd MGallery in Asia - redefines unique high-end The MGallery by Sofitel collection is set to make its debut in Hong Kong this year with The Silveri, set to open in the second half of 2019. The new hotel will be the 33rd MGallery by Sofitel in Asia, and will be part of the Citygate project in the Tung Chung district of Lantau Island, where it will enjoy expanded direct connections to the city centre and Hong Kong international airport, which in a big plus for business travellers, is only a few minutes away. “We are delighted to be bringing Accor’s highly acclaimed MGallery by Sofitel brand to Hong Kong for the first time, creating a stylish new hotel which will be memorable, exciting and unique – and disrupt conventional luxury hospitality in the city”, said Nicholas Cullum, Cluster General Manager of The Silveri MGallery by Sofitel and Novotel Citygate. Designed to mimic a contemporary Manor House, the hotel will sit in the foothills of Lantau and aim for elegant luxury with a “comfortable, refined residential feel”. The interiors will lean heavily towards silver accents as a reminder of the island’s heritage, while the natural tones of wood and leather will be contrasted alongside natural greenery and bodies of water