Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced that its Westin brand will open three new hotels in China over the next six months. The new properties will be added in Ningbo, Xi’an and Xiamen, following recently launches in Nanjing and Wuhan and its second hotel in Guangzhou. With the addition of these six hotels, Westin will have a portfolio of 16 hotels in China by April 2012.
“Westin is rapidly branching out across China, fuelled by growing enthusiasm among owners and developers who are eager to introduce the popular global brand to some of the country’s fastest growing cities,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts. “Our emphasis on well being is resonating with travellers across China and around the world. More than 90% of Westin hotels currently in development will open outside the United States.”
“The phenomenal demand for the West in brand is helping Starwood lengthen its lead in China, where we have nearly 100 hotels in the pipeline,” said Miguel Ko, Chairman & President of Starwood’s Asia Pacific Division. “Demand for high-calibre global lodging continues to outpace supply in China, creating ideal conditions for the rapid expansion of all of our brands. We are also well positioned to leverage our long-standing relationships with local owners, who recognise the many benefits of joining the powerful Starwood network.”
The Westin Ningbo will be a 312-room hotel, offering six restaurants and bars, a Heavenly Spa and more than 1,300m