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Hilton Hotels & Resorts Opens First Hotel in Yunnan, China

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Opens First Hotel in Yunnan, China

Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake to offer renowned Hilton hospitality to travelers visiting the scenic destination in southwest China

May 28, 2015

YUNNAN, China and McLEAN, Va. – Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake, bringing Hilton’s world-class hospitality to picturesque Yunnan Province for the first time. Owned by Yunnan Metropolitan City Investment Group and managed by Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake is located on the northeast coast of landmark destination Fuxian Lake. The hotel exudes a relaxed Mediterranean style, offering 346 luxurious guest rooms with stunning views in an exclusive resort setting in southwest China. This hotel will be the Yunnan Metropolitan City Investment Group’s fifth hotel in China.

“Hilton has always enjoyed strong resonance in China, having been one of the first international brands to operate in this dynamic country. The addition of Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake strengthens our presence in China where we now have more than 50 hotels, further introducing the Hilton brand to many more corporate and leisure travelers visiting this popular destination,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide.

Conveniently located 90 kilometers away from Kunming’s Changshui International Airport and lively downtown, guests at Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake will appreciate the well-appointed indoor and outdoor events and recreational facilities. From walking on the private white sand beach to exploring landscaped gardens and serene bamboo forests, the hotel’s lush natural surroundings provide endless relaxation. The interior of Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake reflects the stunning outdoors, with stylish guest rooms featuring spacious private balconies with soothing lake or garden views, and furnishings incorporating distinctive elements of local Yunnan culture. Guests staying in executive rooms or suites have exclusive access to the Executive Lounge with complimentary breakfast, refreshments and evening cocktails.

Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake features six restaurants and bars offering beautiful views of Fuxian Lake for guests to bask in and savor as they dine. At all-day dining restaurant Asiana, guests with international palates can enjoy dishes influenced by ethnic Chinese minorities alongside other Asian and Western flavors, while Yuxi‘s iconic dishes combine Cantonese specialties with authentic regional culinary traditions. For fresh, seasonal signature dishes, guests can dine in a bright, inviting setting reminiscent of a glasshouse at Garden. Guests catching up with friends can do so whilst enjoying Hilton’s signature afternoon tea and delicious pastries at the cosy Cha Tea Room, or over a cup of coffee on the Hu Lobby Lounge terrace. In the evening, guests can unwind with the region’s finest collection of Cuban cigars and single malt whiskeys at Capa Cigar Bar.

A wide array of recreational amenities await guests at Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake including a luxury full-service spa, spacious indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as a 24-hour fully equipped fitness center. Families can also take advantage of the children’s playground, mahjong and game rooms while guests seeking sporting activities can choose from mountain biking, hiking or visiting the golf driving range just a short walk away.

Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake also offers an extensive range of conference and event venues with more than 1,900 sq. meters of flexible meeting and banquet facilities, including a pillar-less grand ballroom comfortably accommodating up to 1,200 attendees. Guests can hold weddings and events outdoors at Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake which is equipped to fully utilize outdoor spaces such as the beach or glasshouse. Along with its state-of-the-art A/V technology, creative catering, 24-hour business center and dedicated events team, Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake ensures that each event is a success, including weddings, conferences, business meetings and cocktail receptions.

“With a population of 45 million, Yunnan is rapidly developing into a center for tourism and manufacturing. Joining the Hilton Garden Inn Lijiang, we are now opening our second hotel in Yunnan, Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake, to continue our tradition of welcoming leisure and business guests to the world’s most dynamic economic centers and scenic tourist destinations with our stylish, forward-thinking global hospitality,” said Bruce McKenzie, senior vice president, Operations, Greater China & Mongolia, Hilton Worldwide.

HHonors members always get our lowest price with our Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors Points, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton.    

Hilton HHonors members choosing to stay at Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake will enjoy double Hilton HHonors points for guest stays from May 28 to August 30, 2015.

Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake is located at No.10 Huanhu Road, Chengjiang County, Yuxi, Yunnan, China. For reservations, please call the hotel directly at +86 877 668 8888 or visit the hotel’s website at yuxifuxianlake.hilton.com. Media can access additional information on Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake at news.hilton.com/fuxianlake

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About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world’s travelers. With more than 550 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. Access the latest news at news.hilton.com and begin your journey at www.hilton.com or www.hilton.com/offers for the latest hotel specials.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,440 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 730,000 rooms in 97 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

Source: Hilton

Princess Cruises’ Next New Ship to be Based in China Year Round

Press Release – 05/05/2015

Sailings Begin in Summer 2017 from Shanghai; Ship is First Year-Round International Luxury Vessel Designed for Chinese Traveler

Princess Cruises’ next new ship scheduled to debut in summer 2017 will be based in China year round.
 
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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (May 5, 2015) – Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise company in the world, announced that the new ship currently under construction for Princess Cruises will be based in China year-round when introduced in summer 2017. Based in Shanghai, the ship will be the first year-round international luxury vessel designed and built specifically for Chinese guests.

The as-yet-unnamed ship is being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, and will carry approximately 3,600 guests on a variety of itineraries, to be announced at a later date. Based on the design of its highly-acclaimed ships Royal Princess and Regal Princess, the new vessel will feature a number of new innovations customized for the growing number of Chinese cruise vacationers.

“Deploying our next new ship in China underscores our strong commitment to growing the China cruise market and providing discerning travelers with amazing vacation experiences at sea,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. 

Princess ships began homeport cruising in China just last year, with a successful inaugural season of Shanghai-based cruises aboard Sapphire Princess. This ship returns for a second China season which begins on June 4 and runs through October 2015.

The ship will be based on the design of the company’s new Royal Princess and Regal Princess which have been enthusiastically received by guests from all over the world for their luxurious and beautifully-designed spaces, array of entertainment and activity options, and multiple culinary venues.

The new ship will share many of these special features which include a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social hub of the ship; an over-the-ocean SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; the Princess Live! interactive studio; the largest pastry shop at sea; a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; Princess Watercolor Fantasy, a fountain and music show; Movies Under the Stars featuring the largest outdoor screen at sea; and balconies on all outside staterooms. Accommodations will be configured to appeal to families and multi-generational travelers.

In addition, the new ship will showcase the exclusive Princess Class experience designed specifically for the Chinese market that the company introduced during its first season. Delivered by the ship’s dedicated and caring crew, Princess Class enriches the travel experience of each cruise guest, enabling them to participate in unique cultural, culinary, entertaining and inspiring programs including the World Leaders Dinner, traditional English afternoon tea, a Lobster Grill, Ultimate Balcony Dining, an ocean-view hot pot dinner option, ballroom dancing, and an unparalleled duty-free shopping experience.

Additionally guests will enjoy the international flavor of cruising with Princess, including experiencing cuisines from China, Japan, Italy, France, and North and South America among other regions; as well as an array of international festivals re-created to celebrate cultures around the world.

“And as this ship is still in the design phase we are looking forward to creating other new and exciting venues and experiences catering to the Chinese vacationer, which we will reveal in the coming months,” Swartz added.

Further information about Princess Cruises is available by visiting www.princesschina.com.

Source: Princess Cruise Lines

Carnival Announces Domestic Chinese Cruise Brand

Arnold Donald

Carnival Corporation today announced it has formed a joint venture in China that intends to launch the first world-class, multi-ship domestic cruise brand in the Chinese market.

Carnival Corporation & plc is partnering with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and China Investment Corporation (CIC) on the new venture aimed at accelerating the development and growth of the overall cruise industry in China, which is expected to eventually become the largest cruise market in the world.

Carnival Corporation & plc and its partners formalized the joint venture agreement at a signing ceremony held today at the Mansion House in London. British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the ceremony, signifying both the importance of the joint venture and the prominent role that the travel and tourism industry will play in China’s economic growth plans. Also in attendance were Dong Qiang, chairman of CSSC, and Ding Xuedong, chairman of CIC, along with Carnival Corporation & plc CEO Arnold Donald and Alan Buckelew, global COO for the company.

Under the structure of the new joint venture, Carnival Corporation & plc and CSSC, the largest shipbuilder in China, plan to purchase and operate cruise ships as part of what is expected to be the first multi-ship fleet sailing for a domestic Chinese cruise brand. Specific fleet details will be announced at a later date, but potential plans could include the purchase of both new and existing cruise ships to homeport in China.

The CIC, currently one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds with over $740 billion in assets under management, will serve as a significant investor in the new cruising joint venture with CSSC and Carnival Corporation & plc. CIC’s involvement as a strategic partner reinforces China’s commitment to developing a strong domestic cruise presence and growing demand for cruising as a key driver of the expanding Chinese tourism market, which is a top priority for longer term economic development in China.

“This cruising joint venture is a significant step forward for the cruise industry in China and a tremendous opportunity for us to work together with CSSC and CIC to grow awareness, interest and demand for cruise vacations amongst domestic Chinese travelers,” said Buckelew, global chief operations officer for Carnival Corporation & plc. “Cruising is a relatively new vacation experience in China, and we believe this collaborative approach with our partners is critical to not only developing the country’s domestic cruise business, but also supporting China’s goal to become one of the world’s leading cruise markets in coming years. We are excited about using our scale and decades of experience as the world’s largest cruise company to help launch a multi-ship domestic cruise brand that will help spread the enjoyment of cruising to millions more Chinese vacationers.”

Today’s joint venture announcement builds on recent news from Carnival Corporation & plc that the company is again expanding its leadership position in the Chinese cruise market with growth plans in 2016 and 2017.

The company announced in July that its existing brands already sailing in China – Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises – will continue to expand in 2016 with each brand adding a ship to its fleet in China in 2016, making Carnival Corporation & plc the first global cruise company with six total ships based in China and extending the company’s industry-leading market presence in the overall market.

The expansion of Carnival Corporation & plc’s China fleet to six ships will represent a 58 percent increase in capacity in China in 2016, including three year-round ships and three seasonal ships in the market. Together, the Costa and Princess brands will potentially offer about four million passenger cruise days in 2016, giving Chinese guests more choice and flexibility in both the contemporary and luxury segments.

In addition to expanding its industry-leading presence in China in 2016, Carnival Corporation & plc announced last week that it plans to operate two additional cruise brands in China in 2017. Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises will join Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises in the Chinese market in 2017, making Carnival Corporation & plc the first company to operate four cruise brands in China.

In a separate announcement in early October, Princess Cruises announced the name of its new ship that will be based year-round in China when it is introduced in summer 2017. Based in Shanghai, the all-new Majestic Princess will be the first year-round international cruise ship built specifically for Chinese guests incorporating a unique blend of international and Chinese features.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as a financial advisor for Carnival Corporation & plc in this transaction.

Source: Cruise Industry News