INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Three global brands have expanded their portfolio in China and Japan, with hotels that have opened or are set to make their debuts next month.
Wyndham Grows Ramada Footprint in China
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has revealed plans for further growth in China as travel in the country continues to show encouraging signs of recovery. Five new hotels to its Ramada by Wyndham brand will be added this quarter, with three already open: the Ramada by Wyndham Luoyang Downtown, Ramada by Wyndham Jianyang and the Ramada by Changsha Wuguang. Joining them later this month will be the Ramada by Wyndham Wuhan Qingshan and Ramada by Wyndham Kunming Yiliang.
Details on the new hotels include the following:
- Ramada by Wyndham Luoyang Downtown: Located in the center of Luoyang city, the Ramada by Wyndham Luoyang Downtown offers 142 rooms and suites. On-site amenities include concierge service, meeting facilities, business center, fitness center, bar, restaurant and free WiFi. The hotel opened in late April and is managed by Wyndham.
- Ramada by Wyndham Jianyang: Situated southeast of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, the Ramada by Wyndham Jianyang is the first international five-star hotel in Jianyang city and offers 191 rooms and suites. On-site amenities include meeting facilities, fitness center, indoor pool, restaurant, lobby bar and free WiFi. The hotel opened in early May.
- Ramada by Wyndham Changsha Wuguang: Looking over Changsha’s Yuhua district, the Ramada by Wyndham Changsha Wuguang offers access to the Changsha International Convention & Exhibition Center and is just 20 minutes from Changsha Huanghua International Airport. The hotel offers 140 rooms and suites, a modern and upscale design, and provides on-site amenities such as concierge service, meeting facilities, fitness center, two restaurants and free WiFi. The hotel opened earlier this month.
- Ramada by Wyndham Wuhan Qingshan: Under development in the capital of Central China’s Hubei province, the Ramada by Wyndham Wuhan Qingshan offers a contemporary design and 101 rooms and suites. Amenities will include two restaurants, meeting facilities and free WiFi. The hotel is scheduled to open later this month.
- Ramada by Wyndham Kunming Yiliang: Adjacent to Yiliang Bus Terminal, the 179-room Ramada by Wyndham Kunming Yiliang will offer upscale accommodations for travelers visiting Yiliang county in central Yunnan province. Amenities will include two restaurants, meeting facilities, a pool and a spa. The hotel is scheduled to open later this month.
Even Hotels Makes Its Debut in Asia
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the doors to its first Even Hotels property in Greater China. The hotel in the heart of Nanjing, China, is also the first property for the brand in Asia and outside of the Americas.
The 172-room Even Hotel Nanjing Yangtze River, located near the National Green Bay Wetland Park and Youth Olympic Stadium, is equipped with wellness-savvy staff, fitness experiences, an indoor tennis court, an indoor heated swimming pool, a bowling club, seven meeting rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, balanced food choices and relaxing spaces. The hotel also includes a water fountain with light shows during the evening.
Even Hotel Nanjing Yangtze River marks the first to the China market, with 12 more in the development pipeline in cities like Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Sanya and Xi’an. There will also be a new Even Hotels property in the district of Chongli, where most of the skiing events during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be held.
Ritz-Carlton in Nikko, Japan, to Open in July
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is slated to open next month and will be the brand’s first resort in Japan to be set amid a UNESCO World Heritage site. The luxury hotel will also be the first international luxury hotel in Tochigi prefecture.
Located in the Northern Kanto region of Japan, Nikko, approximately two hours north of Tokyo, has long been known as a holy place and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the cultural, religious and architectural significance of its richly decorated temples.
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko will offer 94 guestrooms and suites, each designed with a view of either Lake Chuzenji or Mount Nantai. It will also feature two restaurants for Japanese and western cuisine, and venues for drinks, lounging and outdoor picnicking. In addition to the contemporary Ritz-Carlton Spa with four private treatment rooms, the resort will be the first Ritz-Carlton hotel to feature an authentic hot-spring experience in the Japanese onsen tradition.