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Following a Renovation of A$25 million, the Radisson Plaza Hotel
at the Pier, Cairns Will be Re-positioned and
Re-branded as the Shangri-La Hotel
Hong  Kong,  December  4,  2003  --  Shangri-La  Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific's leading deluxe hotel group, announces a new management agreement with the Australian property investor  Huntercorp Pacific to operate a 256-room five-star hotel in Cairns, north Queensland.

Following a major renovation in excess of A$25 million, the Radisson Plaza Hotel  at the Pier, Cairns  will  be re-positioned and re-branded as the Shangri-La Hotel,  the  Marina, Cairns from mid-2004. Located in the new heart  of Cairns, the hotel will adjoin the fully refurbished Pier Shopping Centre with open-air restaurants 

Shangri-La  Hotel
(formerly the Radisson Plaza Hotel  at  the  Pier)
Pierpont Road
Cairns, Australia
overlooking a new waterfront boardwalk, a 4,305-square-foot swimming  lagoon  and  world-class marina. The hotel is only 10 minutes drive from Cairns International Airport and an ideal base for  visits to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. The  vibrant  waterfront  areas  adjoining  the Pier Shopping Centre  have been created recently by Cairns Port Authority and Cairns City Council, which, together with  the new Shangri-La hotel, will provide a sensational venue for both business and leisure travelers alike.

Overlooking the marina, the hotel is currently being transformed by Sydney based Watermark Architecture and  Interiors. In addition, 36 contemporary  Marina View Rooms are being constructed, which will become exclusive Horizon Club rooms, measuring over 538 square feet and featuring 11-foot ceilings, wooden floors, luxurious furnishings, ocean-view bathrooms and enormous terraces overlooking the yachts and mountains.

A new innovative restaurant will be located on the Pier's boardwalk in the marina  and  feature  international cuisine round-the-clock, with al fresco seating and open kitchens. Recreational  facilities  include an outdoor swimming pool situated in over an acre of lush tropical gardens, a fitness center and a 2,690-square-foot spa. Conference facilities will include a 400-seat  ballroom, three private  boardrooms and two breakout rooms with seating capacity for a further 150 guests.

Jon  Hunter, chairman  of the Sydney-based Huntercorp Pacific, said: "This partnership with Shangri-La reflects our commitment to working with a renowned brand that is synonymous with highly personalized and award-winning service. Shangri-La has been the benchmark for five-star accommodation in Asia Pacific for a very long time and will take luxury accommodation in Cairns to a whole new level, complementing the recently completed waterfront projects."

Commenting on the new hotel, Shangri-La's chief executive officer and managing  director,  Giovanni Angelini,  said: "This hotel will reinforce Shangri-La's presence in the Australian market, which we entered for the first  time  earlier this year with the rebranding of the ANA Harbour Grand Hotel as the  Shangri-La  Hotel,  Sydney. The prime locations  of the Shangri-La Hotel, the Marina, Cairns and our hotel in Sydney will strengthen our brand presence in Australia."

Hong  Kong-based  Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently manages 41 hotels in  Australia,  mainland  China,  Fiji,  Hong  Kong,  Indonesia,  Malaysia, Myanmar,  Philippines,  Singapore,  Taiwan,  Thailand  and  the United Arab Emirates,  with  a rooms inventory of over 21,000.  It has over 20 projects under  development  in  mainland  China,  India, Malaysia, Maldives, Dubai, Oman, Qatar and Thailand.

Judy Reeves
Public Relations Manager, North America
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
1501 Broadway, Suite 502
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 382-3155
Also See: Huntercorp Pacific, a private investment group based in Sydney, Acquires The Pier Marketplace and Radisson Hotel in Cairns for $65 million / Jan 2003
FTV Palm Cove Pty Ltd.Awards Operating Contract for Triton Palace Palm Cove, Cairns to Accor; Will Brand the as Sofitel / July 2003

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