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Shangri-La continues its expansion with new hotels in Chiang Mai and Chengdu

Strengthening its position in Asia, the region`s leading deluxe hotel group, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, announces…

Strengthening its position in Asia, the region`s leading deluxe hotel group, 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 48 square metres with many rooms measuring 58 square metres, 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 pool-side 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 centre and tennis court. A major feature of the new property will be a 1,000 square-metre village-style spa located in the gardens. The large meeting and banqueting facilities will feature a 1,400 square-metre grand ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,200 guests for banquets, complemented by other function rooms and break-out 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 42 square metres.

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 centre as well as a speciality 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 2,100 square-metre grand ballroom able to accommodate up to 1,750 people, a state-of-the-art auditorium, a junior ballroom and supporting break-out rooms.

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