The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels Limited celebrates 150 years

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The distinguished heritage of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited reaches a new milestone this month as HSH celebrates its 150th anniversary. Originally incorporated on 2 March 1866 as The Hongkong Hotel Company, Limited, HSH was one of the first companies to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is currently the oldest registered company on the Hong Kong Companies Registry. For a century and a half, the compelling story of HSH has been closely tied to its city of origin, Hong Kong.

Whilst evolving to meet the changing times at home and abroad, HSH has never lost respect for its past and its heritage, and it continually strives to emulate the standards of service and style that earned it the accolade of ‘The Far East’s leading hotel company’. The concept of ‘Tradition well served’ remains fundamental to HSH’s approach.

“Tradition is taking account of a wonderful history, but remembering that everybody today looks to the future. It is important not to forget that the future is built on the past, and we have a great legacy,” said The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of HSH. “We believe that our rich history gives us a fuller understanding of our shared identity, culture and values, enabling us to manage change responsibly, to safeguard the best of the past and to keep innovating to meet the demands of the next generation.”

Today, the HSH legacy encompasses a diverse portfolio of assets worth HK$44.2 billion including ten Peninsula Hotels around the world, The Peak Tram, The Peak Tower and The Repulse Bay Complex in Hong Kong.

“I am delighted to announce that our company The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited will celebrate its 150th anniversary during the year of 2016. Our long-term strategic mission is to build, maintain and create the highest quality assets that become legacies in their time. We are the oldest registered company in Hong Kong – and we believe we are one of the oldest hotel groups in the world in continuous operation – but we are a company that is still at a youthful stage in our development and growth strategy. We are still building for the future and it is an exciting time for us as a group,” said Mr Clement Kwok, Chief Executive Officer of HSH. “We are planning to hold a variety of private and public events later in 2016 to celebrate our anniversary, and in particular, to say thank you to the people of Hong Kong.”

To mark the Group anniversary, the newly-released third edition of the documentary Tradition Well Served, which won the Golden Dolphin in the Corporate Film and Video Category at the Cannes Corporate and Media TV Awards in 2014, will be available for viewing in all Peninsula Hotels guestrooms from 2 March 2016.

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