JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. Opens Suzhou Qingshan Hotel in China
December 16, 2010, Tokyo – JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; President: Marcel P. van Aelst) has announced that the company is opening Suzhou Qingshan Hotel in a suburb of Suzhou, China, today. Based on a technical assistant agreement with the owner, Shanghai Suzhou New District Commercial & Tourism Development Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China; General Manager：He Xiao Dong), JAL Hotels and its joint venture company in China, BTG Nikko International Hotel Management Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Beijing, China; Chairman: Yang Jin Shan) will jointly oversee operation of the hotel.
Suzhou Qingshan Hotel is situated in the Suzhou Science Technical Town, next to the Suzhou National New & Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone. The hotel design was developed with three main themes: gentle, noble and advanced. The full-service hotel has 91 guest rooms in seven room categories and occupies a total of 17,000 square meters. The hotel’s facilities include four banquet and meeting rooms, including one that can accommodate up to 300 guests; a gym and health club; and mahjong room – a traditional Chinese entertainment pastime. The dining facilities include an authentic Chinese restaurant, a western-style restaurant and a bar.
The hotel’s location offers both convenience and relaxation. While it overlooks a large park, it is also situated next to a hub of new development, an industrial model zone with government agencies, office buildings for IT-related companies and research and development facilities.
JAL Hotels currently operates seven hotels in China and Suzhou Qingshan Hotel will be the company’s eighth Chinese property. Further expansion plans in China include openings of Hotel Nikko Xiamen in 2011, Hotel Nikko Guangzhou in 2012, and Hotel Nikko Suzhou in 2013.
Suzhou, situated100 kilometers west of Shanghai in the southern part of Jiangsu Province, is one of the most important cities economically in the Yangtze River Delta, and home to many foreign corporations in the textile, paper manufacturing, high-tech and other industries. It is the largest city in the province - larger than its capital city, Nanjing. The old town of Suzhou, known for its World Heritage Sites such as The Humble Administrator's Garden and Lingering Garden, is surrounded by Suzhou New District (SND) in the west and the Suzhou Industrial Park in the east, which has been growing rapidly, as has SND.
About Nikko Hotels International
Nikko Hotels International is an international luxury hotel group operated by JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. (http://www.jalhotels.com), headquartered in Tokyo. In addition to Nikko Hotels, JAL Hotels also operates Hotel JAL City, a chain of 13 mid-priced hotels in Japan for business travelers. JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. currently has 58 hotels worldwide, in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and throughout Japan and the Asia/Pacific region.
In 2010, JAL Hotels plans to open one hotel in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and two hotels in China: the 471-room Hotel JAL Tower Dubai, a Nikko Hotels International property; the 388-room Hotel Nikko Shanghai; and the 500-room Hotel Nikko Wuxi. In 2011, the company plans to open four hotels: the 300-room JAL Bahrain Resort & Spa, a Nikko Hotels International property, in Bahrain; the 411-room Hotel Nikko Guangzhou in China; the 436-Rooms Hotel Nikko Xiamen also in China; and the 335-room Hotel Nikko Saigon in Vietnam. For more information and photos, visit http://jalhotels.com/jp/mediaroom/