[photopress:St_Regis_Shanghai.jpg,full,alignright]Opening in 2011, the St. Regis Hotel Tianjin will have 284 rooms, more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space, six restaurants, a spa and pool. So it is a MICE hotel being eminently suitable for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions but there is a fair amount of leisure thrown in there as well. St. Regis is a high end Starwood brand.
Tianjin is one of China’s fastest growing coastal cities. It will be St. Regis’ third hotel in China with the first two being in Beijing and Shanghai. There are plans to add a property in Tibet.
All of this is part of the upward parabola of Starwood. The company announced in June that it expected to sign about 200 new deals and open more than 80 new hotels this year, almost double the properties it opened in 2006. Much of its focus has been on the upscale and luxury markets, with much of the growth planned outside North America.
The company has also been expanding its W luxury brand overseas. Our illustration is of the St. Regis in Shanghai but it gives you and idea of the style and elegance.