The Grand Hyatt Tokyo opened in April in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo's new commercial and entertainment hub that covers 29 acres and includes the Mori Arts Center, residential complexes, and 200 shops and restaurants. The hotel has 30,139 square feet of meeting and banquet space, all of which has fiber-optic cabling enabling live broadcast of overseas events.

  • The Westin Shanghai debuted in October 2002 with 302 rooms and suites, three full-service restaurants, and 14 meeting rooms, the largest of which is 7,535 square feet, accommodating 800 people. The new hotel is in Shanghai's Bund Centre Project.

  • The Langham Place Hotel Hong Kong will open its doors next July with 700 rooms and suites. Rising 42 stories in the heart of Kowloon, the hotel will command views of Hong Kong and Victoria harbor.

  • Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to operate its first hotel in mainland China. Le Royal Meridien Shanghai is under construction and scheduled to open in mid-2005. The 722-room hotel hopes to qualify for the Platinum Five Star rating under the grading guidelines soon to be released by the China National Tourism Administration. Also at Le Meridien: In spring, Le Meridien Cyberport will open in Hong Kong with 173 rooms and suites. It will be the first property in the Asia-Pacific region featuring Le Meridien's Art+Tech design concept. Le Meridien has also signed a new 10-year contract to continue operating Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort in Thailand and has taken on management of Le Meridien Khao Lak Beach Resort, a 258-room property under construction on Thailand's Khao Lak Beach, set to open in the first quarter of 2004.

  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is expanding its Traders brand. Scheduled to open in early 2004 in the capital of northern China's Hebei Province, Traders Hotel, Shijiazhuang will have 528 rooms and a 10,760-square-foot pillarless ballroom. Shangri-La will also open its eighth hotel in Malaysia in mid-2005. Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur will be part of the new Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Expected to open in late 2004, the 580-room hotel will feature meeting and business facilities, spa, and rooftop swimming pool.