CHINA-BASED DALIAN WANDA GROUP APPOINTS
HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION TO MANAGE
FIVE LUXURY AND UPSCALE HOTELS
Newly Branded Hilton Family Hotels Branded Conrad, Hilton and
Doubletree to Open in Hainan Island, Dalian and Nanjing, China by 2012
Beverly Hills, Calif., 22 January 2009… China based Dalian Wanda Group, a major
real estate developer, has announced that it has entered into a strategic relationship with
Hilton Hotels Corporation to expand its footprint in the hotel industry in China. Hilton
Hotels Corporation has been appointed to manage 5 hotels on behalf of subsidiaries of
Dalian Wanda Group, which will own and develop the properties.
Comprising selected upscale and luxury hotels as part of the Hilton Family of Hotels, the
agreements include plans for the Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay and Doubletree by Hilton
Sanya Haitang Bay on Hainan Island, the Conrad Dalian and Hilton Dalian, and the
Hilton Nanjing, to all be opened by 2012.
Martin Rinck, president Asia Pacific – Hilton Hotels Corporation commented, “Through
this important relationship with the Dalian Wanda Group, we are making further advances
with bringing the value of our Hilton Family of Brands to life in China. With domestic
travel continuing to grow and increasing interest in China from international visitors, we
are committed to offer best in class hotel products in key cities across the country, and
aim to make the Hilton Family a household name here. Five hotels in one day is a very
special occasion and we are delighted to be working together with Dalian Wanda Group
as a valued owner.”
The deal, which was recently signed at a ceremony in Dalian, marks a significant
expansion for Hilton Hotels Corporation in China, adding another 1484 rooms to the
operator’s system. With 9 hotels in operation, and 23 hotels under development, Hilton
Hotels Corporation aims to increase its presence in China to 31 hotels, by 2012.
Mr. Jian Lin Wang, Chairman of Dalian Wanda Group commented, “This is a great
occasion where we have shown our commitment to developing more properties in the
hotel sector. It’s important to work with a reliable operator and we believe that choosing
Hilton Hotels Corporation will ensure we tap a long legacy of service excellence and
global distribution capabilities to offer a great guest experience”.
Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay and Doubletree by Hilton Sanya Haitang Bay
The two new additions to Hainan Island will build on the success of Hilton Sanya Resort
& Spa which opened in Yalong Bay in 2006, and add to the company’s recently
announced plans to open Hilton hotels in Haikou and Qing Shui Bay.
Dubbed the “Hawaii of China”, Hainan Island’s tropical climate, clear blue waters and
white sandy beaches attract visitors from across the country as well as Russia, Europe
and Asia, for leisure as well as for Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions.
Sanya, is also home to the Miss World Pageant and hosts a variety of luxury hotel
The Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay will feature 101 luxury resort villas on a prime site along
the 20 kilometre sandy Haitang Bay Beach, and in close proximity to an 18-hole golf
course. With 3 exclusive restaurants and beach dining as well as an intimate wine cellar,
the resort will cater for luxury travellers with various recreational facilities including tennis
courts, a swimming pool, spa, health club and a kids club.
The 450 room Doubletree by Hilton Sanya Haitang Bay will also feature innovative food
and beverage outlets and recreational facilities. Both hotels are scheduled to open in
Conrad Dalian and Hilton Dalian
The economic centre of China’s North-Eastern regions, known as Manchuria, Dalian is
among the country’s most affluent cities with a colourful past as an imperial port outpost
established in the Qing Dynasty. Today, Dalian operates four special economic zones
including a hi-tech, free trade and a national holiday resort zone. Its temperate climate,
green planning and international history have cemented its position as a Meetings
Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions – it has hosted major events as diverse as the
Summer Davos Economic Forum, the International Beer Festival and the China
International Garment & Textile Fair, and in 2007 attracted 24.8 million domestic visitors
and 800,000 overseas visitors.
The 210-room Conrad Dalian and 360-room Hilton Dalian will be located in one 35-storey
tower, with the Hilton occupying the lower floors. The tower will be located on a
waterfront site in the Dalian Central Business District, featuring an international
conference centre, art galleries, retail boutiques, theatre and a cruise terminal and yacht
club. With panoramic sea views, the hotels are expected to become the “place for
people to meet” in Dalian. Both hotels are scheduled to open in late 2012.
The Conrad Dalian will feature 210 well appointed guest rooms, a Chinese speciality
restaurant, lobby lounge and bar with skyline vistas, contemporary meeting and business
facilities with the latest technology, and a health club, swimming pool and spa.
The Hilton Dalian will comprise extensive food & beverage outlets and innovative
meeting space including a ball room, function rooms and boardrooms. For recreation
guests will be able to choose among the hotel fitness centre and spa, tennis courts and
Located in the Yangtze River Delta, Nanjing is the economic and political powerhouse of
Jiangsu Province. Established in 495 BC, Nanjing is home to the UNESCO World
Heritage Site, the Imperial Tombs * and was also the original port from which China’s
Great Armada, the Imperial Treasure Fleet, embarked on its journey. The city has an
illustrious culture and collection of heritage sites. With well preserved natural scenery,
pagodas juxtapose modern architecture set against winding rivers, mountains and serene
lakes. The city also boasts some of the world’s longest and tallest walls which were built
to align with star constellations.
Scheduled to be Part of a mixed use development, featuring a shopping mall, office
space and serviced apartments, the 23 storey new build hotel will be situated at the
intersection of 2 thoroughfares that serve Nanjing’s Central Business District.
Scheduled to open at the end of 2012, the 363-room Hilton hotel will enjoy 5 innovative
restaurants and bars, as well as extensive meeting and banqueting space and fitness
facilities including a swimming pool, health club and spa.
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Hilton Nanjing Conrad Dalian & Hilton Dalian
Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay and Doubletree by Hilton Sanya Haitang Bay
About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and
500,000 rooms in more than 74 countries and territories, including 135,000 team members worldwide.
The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly
regarded brands, including Hilton®, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®,
Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations™, Homewood
Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf Astoria Collection .
The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton’s philosophy that, “It has been, and
continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality.” The company
put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded
hotel company: be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all nine brands in the Hilton Family of
Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity.
For more information about our company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com, and to learn more
about our be hospitable philosophy, please visit www.behospitable.com
In China, Hilton Hotels Corporation operates 6 Hilton hotels in Beijing, Beijing Wangfujing, Shanghai,
Hefei, Sanya, Chongqing, and 2 Doubletree by Hilton Hotels in Beijing and Huaqiao/Kunshan as well as
the Conrad Hong Kong. The Company has a pipeline of 23 hotels in various stages of development,
scheduled to open by 2012.
About Dalian Wanda Group
Dalian Wanda Group is a leading real estate developer in China. Incorporated in 1988, Wanda currently
records a total asset of US$4.4 billion and an annual turnover of US$2.9 billion. Its business covers
commercial & real estate, retail, media & entertainment and hotels. Wanda is the owner of eight upscale
hotels under the various international hotel brands. It currently has more than ten upscale hotel
developments in its pipeline, including the proposed Conrad Haitang Bay and Doubletree Haitang bay,
Conrad Dalian, Hilton Dalian and Hilton Nanjing.
Faith Thoms, Communications Director – Asia Pacific
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