The White Plains, NY-based company today announced plans with separate Chinese partners for five new properties, bringing its roster in China to 52, unmatched by any other worldwide competitor.
The new signings include the first St. Regis resort in Sanya; the first St. Regis hotel in Chengdu, Sichuan; the first Sheraton hotels in Jiangyin and Dalian; and a second Sheraton resort in Huizhou, Guangdong.
Frits Van Paasschen
The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort is scheduled to open on Hainan Island in 2011; the St. Regis Chengdu in 2014; the Sheraton Jiangyin in 2011; the Sheraton Dalian Kinghai and the Sheraton Bailuhu, both in 2012.
Frits Van Paasschen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood, says, "Focused on opening the right properties in the right places with the right partners, Starwood remains on track with plans to double its footprint in China by 2011 with 50 hotels in the pipeline."
In 2009, the company will open more than 10 high caliber, best-in-class hotels throughout China, including Le Meridien Xiamen, The Westin Nanjing, Sheraton Qingdao and Four Points by Sheraton Guangzhou.
"Starwood's long term growth opportunity in China is perhaps unsurpassed anywhere in the world," says Van Paasschen.
"China is home to the largest number of our hotels outside of North America, and more importantly, it comprises the largest portion of our pipeline outside of the United States."As a point of perspective, within two years, we expect to have a presence in Shanghai that rivals our existing footprint in New York City, where we have a strong representation of more than a dozen hotels and growing."
In 2008, Starwood opened eight new hotels in the China region including its first W Hotel in China; the first Aloft Hotel in Asia; Four Points by Sheraton Hangzhou, Binjiang; Four Points by Sheraton Changshu; Sheraton Huizhou Resort; The Westin Beijing Chaoyang; Four Points by Sheraton Beijing, Haidian; and Le Meridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa.