Hilton is upping its game in the luxury brand stakes in China, signing a new four hotel deal with Shimao Group Holdings to expand its Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts brands.
Joining Hilton’s burgeoning luxury pipeline of 11 hotels in China are Waldorf Astoria Shenzhen, Conrad Shanghai, Conrad Wuhan and Conrad Zhuhai.
The hotels will mark the entry of Hilton’s luxury brands in the four cities. Conrad Shanghai, as the first to open in 2022, will take the spotlight as the largest Conrad hotel in Asia with more than 700 rooms.
Alan Watts, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton, said, “Today’s signing with our partners at Shimao Group is a big leap forward for Hilton’s luxury portfolio, reflecting the shared optimism that we have in China’s growing luxury travel segment.”
Reportedly a conversion of Le Meridien Shanghai, the location is a key landmark building along Shanghai’s modern skyline.
Launching along the Yangtze River, Conrad Wuhan will be the first Conrad hotel to enter the province. As a highly popular destination for meetings and events in China, the hotel’s strategic location close to the Wuhan International Expo Center will place Conrad Wuhan in a strong position to meet future meetings demand in the region.
As Hilton’s first Conrad hotel in Zhuhai, Conrad Zhuhai will be located in the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Port City on the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge (HZMB). When it opens, the hotel will be well-positioned to draw affluent travellers to Zhuhai looking to awaken their passions through highly immersive and authentic destination experiences.
Waldorf Astoria Shenzhen
Waldorf Astoria will also mark its debut in tier one city, Shenzhen, as the seventh hotel to open under the luxury brand in Asia. The hotel is located within Shenzhen’s newly developed CBD near Shenzhen Hong Kong International Centre.
Nils-Arne Schroeder, VP, luxury & lifestyle, Asia Pacific, Hilton, said: “The addition of these new hotels to our luxury pipeline bear testament to the trust and confidence our partners and guests have in Waldorf Astoria and Conrad. The expansion of our luxury brands in China is a tremendous step forward in our luxury growth momentum.”
Hilton currently operates 15 luxury hotels across its Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands in Greater China, with 11 hotels in its luxury pipeline, including the first Conrad hotels which will open in Jiuzhaigou and Urumqi this year.
Lead image: Waldorf Astoria Shenzhen – Main Tower © 2021 Hilton