At a December breakfast meeting in Beijing’s Peninsula Palace Hotel with representatives from American and Asian travel and meetings press, Simon Cooper, president and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. LLC, announced several new initiatives for the company in Asia. "Our goal," said Cooper, "is to have 20 hotels in Asia by 2009. We expect to own the luxury hotel business in Asia. "We’ve just gotten budget approval to open a regional office for Asia because we have so much going on here," he ...

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