Press release (issued on May 28, 2019) - Empire Group is honoured to announce the appointment of InterContinental Hotels Group as the Hotel Operator of the Hotel portion of The Mariners’ Club redevelopment project, and the signing of a Kimpton Hotel in Hong Kong, which continues to expand in the Greater China market. The signing comes on the heels of the brand’s first opening in Asia in March 2019 - the Kimpton Da An Hotel in Taipei. The brand now has five hotels in the development pipeline across Greater China, all located in tier one cities and popular travel destinations including Shanghai, Sanya, Nanjing and Beijing.
Empire Group was appointed as the development partner with the Sailors Home and Mission to Seafarers for the redevelopment of the site in February 2018. The redevelopment will be 42 storeys high comprising the Club portion in lower floors and the Hotel portion from 9/F to 42/F totalling about 350,000sf in area. The Hotel portion will command some 500 nos of full seaview guestrooms of 350-400sf in size.
Jonathan Kwok, Director of Empire Group, said “Today is a celebration to introduce our partnership with the Intercontinental Hotels Group and to bring this exciting new brand “Kimpton” to Hong Kong, which is well established across the US and Europe with an expansive portfolio of more than 60 hotels. As part of the redevelopment project of the iconic 50-year-old Mariners’ Club, the new Kimpton hotel in Hong Kong is set to become a city landmark synonymous with good design and laid-back luxury.”
Lesley Kwok, Director of Empire Group, added, “Hong Kong, with its global standing, strong infrastructure and extended reach to the Greater Bay Area, is primed for a new kind of hotel – one that is design-led, personal, that embodies laid-back luxury without the fuss. Kimpton is the perfect representation of this new breed of hotels, and we are delighted to be able to bring them to Hong Kong for the very first time.”
Jolyon Bulley, Chief Executive Officer, IHG Greater China, said: “Representing a fashionable lifestyle with exquisite personality, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is known for inspirational design and ridiculously personal service. With an increasing demand from guests looking for thoughtful service and a personalized hotel experience, now is the right time for Kimpton to expand its footprint in Greater China. As a global city, Hong Kong attracts visitors seeking to discover Hong Kong by virtue of its diverse culture, design and entertainment options, all of which make the city an ideal location for another iconic Kimpton hotel. The newly signed hotel, combining Hong Kong's modern style with retro elegance, will perfectly reflect the Kimpton brand spirit and bring a unique luxury experience to guests.”
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