2003 Best Business Hotels in Asia awards.

 
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OVERALL BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN ASIA BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN CHINA

WINNER: GRAND HYATT, SHANGHAI

THE NEWS

Grand Hyatt Shanghai general manager Edward Tai says the future is bright for his hotel, thanks to a pick up in the global economy and the effective handling of the SARS crisis. Tai said demand was now back to a normal level in Shanghai after a challenging start to 2003. "As the growth in China is expected to continue, and with lessons well learnt on how to deal with SARS, we feel confident that the future is bright," he said.

"The effects of a sluggish world economy have had some effect on the hotel, but due to Shanghai's role as gateway to China, the business opportunities in Shanghai have allowed us to maintain a reasonable level of demand, especially from the corporate market, both for individuals and groups."

Business travellers are vital to the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, accounting for approximately 75 per cent of the hotel's total business.

"Apart from providing the usual business services, amenities and high levels of telecommunication and technology, we aim to make people feel so comfortable with our people and what we can offer that they feel like they are coming back home each time they return. We do this through detailed tracking of their likes and dislikes and through a creative approach designed not only to satisfy them, but to delight them each time they return," Tai said.

Looking to the future, Tai says he remains bullish. "We will strive to continue to improve our standards of service and maintain a 'like-new' feeling throughout the hotel. This approach is in line with our philosophy of ensuring all our guests feel they are receiving value for-money every time they stay with us," he said.

THE HOTEL

Located on the 53rd to 87th floor of the Jin Mao Tower, the hotel is positioned in the heart of Pudong, Shanghai's financial and business district, providing easy access to the Shanghai Stock Exchange, Shanghai World Financial Centre and the International Conference Centre. The hotel has 555 guestrooms including 34 executive suites, two presidential suites and one chairman suite. Standard room features include two-line telephone, interactive TV with e-mail and internet, broadband connections, and voicemail. The hotel offers a range of versatile function rooms including an auditorium/ theatre with seating for 400 people, two ballrooms including The Grand Ballroom which can host up to 1200 people, and the Crystal ballroom which hosts up to 800 guests, eight smaller meetings rooms, two conference rooms and a boardroom. The Grand Hyatt also provides wireless broadband internet connection and state of the-art visual and conference equipment.

GRAND HYATT, SHANGHAI

Jin Mao Tower

88 Century Boulevard

Pudong, Shanghai 200121

People's Republic of China

Ph: 86 21 5049 1234

Fax: 86 21 5049 1111

http://shanghai.grand.hyatt.com/

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN AUSTRALIA

WINNER: Grand Hyatt Melbourne

THE NEWS

Continuing its winning steak, The Grand Hyatt Melbourne has won the title of Best Business Hotel in Australia for the second consecutive year. The hotel, one of 209 owned by the Hyatt, recently opened a new wine boutique and Casa Habana, which is stocked with vintage wines and Cuban products.

THE HOTEL

Located at the "top end" of Collins Street in the city's busy central business and shopping district, the Grand Hyatt Melbourne has 521 guest rooms, 18 executive suites, 17 rooms for conference and banquet facilities, and a business centre that gives guests full access to data points, printers, direct dial telephone and other related business services. All the five star services are available and there is also the Grand Hyatt Plaza featuring two levels of exclusive boutiques and food courts--ideal for leisure or informal meetings. The Hotel also offers "Grand Club", the Hyatt's "hotel within a hotel" accommodation, which occupies the top floors of the hotel and provides guests with a higher level of personal services and security key access.

GRAND HYATT MELBOURNE

123 Collins Street,

Melbourne, Victoria

3000, Australia

Ph: 613 9657 1234

Fax: 613 9650 3491

http://melbourne.grand.hyatt.com/

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN HONG KONG

WINNER: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

THE NEWS

The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is considered Hyatt International's flagship property. Positioned amongst the finest hotels in the world and boasting magnificent views of the city's Victoria Harbour, the hotel has been handed the Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong Award for 2003 after being runner up in last year's awards.

THE HOTEL

This waterfront hotel is connected to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and is just a five-minute drive to the Central, Pacific Palace and Causeway Bay business and shopping districts. Of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong's 556 guestrooms, 70 per cent have harbour views. Its range of suites include 22 executive suites, one chairman suite, three Governor suites, four ambassador suites, three diplomat suites, and two presidential suites. All guest rooms have high-speed internet access for laptops, business and financial news, self-contained work station, voicemail, dataport with two phone lines, and a confidential fax machine with personalised number. The hotel also has 21 flexible function rooms and a country club-style complex located within the 1.5-acre roof garden.

GRAND HYATT HONG KONG

1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong

People's Republic of China

Ph: 852 2588 1234

Fax: 852 2802 0677

http://hongkong.grand.hyatt.com/

OTHER FINALISTS: Conrad Hong Kong; Hotel Inter-Continental Hong Kong; Island Shangri-La Hong Kong; JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong; Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong; The Peninsula Hong Kong; The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.

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