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 Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Planning Hotel Developments
in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Chengdu, China
Hong Kong, November 4, 2003 -- Strengthening its position in Asia Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, announces two new deluxe hotel developments in Thailand and China. 

The 250-room Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai will be the group's second hotel in Thailand and is scheduled to open mid-2006.  The 580-room Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu in the capital of China's Sichuan province will open in November 2006 and add to the group's growing presence on the Chinese mainland, where it operates 16 hotels and has many others under development.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai will position itself as a deluxe city resort with large rooms and complement the newly renovated and award-winning Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok.  Surrounded by lush gardens, the Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai is designed by Hong Kong-based Wong & Tung International Co.  The new hotel is located in the prime area of Chang Klan Road, close to the famous night market.

The hotel's spacious rooms will measure a minimum of 515 square feet with many rooms measuring 625 square feet and offer the full array of Shangri-La facilities including four club floors and a lounge. The hotel's restaurants and bars will include an innovative western restaurant, a Thai restaurant, a poolside restaurant, a deli, a lobby lounge, as well as a pool bar within the spectacular landscape of the hotel's gardens.
Recreational facilities will include an indoor swimming pool, outdoor free flow pool, fitness center and tennis court. A major feature of the new property will be a 10,800 square-foot village-style spa located in the gardens.  The large meeting and banqueting facilities will feature a 15,070 square-foot grand ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,200 guests for banquets, complemented by other function rooms and breakout areas to cater to different event requirements.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu will be Shangri-La's first hotel in the Sichuan province. Overlooking the Fuhe and Nanhe rivers, most of the hotel's contemporary yet classically styled 580 rooms and 30 service apartments will have dramatic views of the rivers from their floor to ceiling windows and a minimum floor size of 452 square feet.

Facilities will include a Horizon Club occupying the top five floors and a variety of restaurants including a traditional Chinese restaurant, a rooftop Western restaurant and bar, an entertainment center as well as a specialty restaurant, which will be positioned as a new "dining concept" in the city.  In addition, there will be a comprehensive health club and swimming pool.  The meeting and banqueting facilities will be the largest in the city and include a 22,600 square-foot grand ballroom able to accommodate up to 1,750 people, a state-of-the-art auditorium, a junior ballroom and supporting breakout rooms.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently manages 41 hotels in Australia, mainland China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates, with a rooms inventory of over 21,000.  It has more than 20 projects under development in mainland China, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Qatar and the U.A.E.

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Contact:
Lori Lincoln
Director of Public Relations, North America
Tel: (212) 382-3155
E-mail: llincoln@shangri-la.com
Website: www.shangri-la.com
Also See: The Former Hotel Kanishka Undergoing US$30 million Renovation; Will Reopen as Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi / October 2003
China's Hotel Investment Market / Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels / Oct 2002


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