NINGBO, China and MCLEAN, Va., June 1, 2015 — Conrad Hotels & Resorts and City Expert Real Estate Co., Ltd today announced the Conrad brand’s continued expansion in Asia Pacific with the addition of Conrad Ningbo, scheduled to open in December 2019. Adding to an existing pipeline of more than 10 Conrad properties in Asia Pacific, the 300-room luxury hotel represents another exciting milestone for Conrad as the brand continues to cultivate innovative projects in key destinations globally.
“Today’s signing underscores both the Conrad brand’s continued growth in China as well as our management expertise, borne out of having operated here for over 25 years, to drive exceptional experiences for both guests and owners,” said Francis Lee, senior vice president of development, Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton Worldwide. “With more than 40% of the current Conrad pipeline residing in China, we look forward to partnering City Expert Real Estate Co., Ltd to launch the Conrad Ningbo as a strong addition to our luxury portfolio in China.”
“Ningbo plays an important role within the maritime center in Northeast Asia and is a key manufacturing base in China. We actively sought out Ningbo to fulfill our mission of introducing the Conrad luxury experience to key locations around the world,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts. “The pairing of intuitive service matched with sophisticated design will bring unrivalled hospitality to this vibrant marketplace in China.”
Conrad Ningbo will take up the top floors of a 1,480-foot super structure, which is poised to become the city’s landmark building, redefining the skyline. Located in Ningbo’s Eastern New City, Conrad Ningbo is part of an expansive mixed-use development that will feature retail, office space, and a performing arts center across 32 acres of prime real estate.
Envisioned by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (PCPA), known for the World Financial Center in New York and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Conrad Ningbo will be designed for business and leisure travelers alike. Guests will enjoy several fine-dining restaurants of international appeal as well as a lobby bar and more casual all-day dining options. With more than 19,000 square feet of event space including a 10,000 square foot ballroom, Conrad Ningbo will play host to glamorous weddings and social functions as well as impressive meetings and conferences.
“Hilton is a brand that’s been operating in China for over 25 years, is one of the most preferred global hospitality companies here,” said a spokesperson of City Expert Real Estate Co., Ltd. “Leveraging on Hilton’s strong commercial engines and our local expertise, we are very confident that Conrad Ningbo will redefine luxury experiences in this dynamic city and attract travelers from the world to this destination.”
Conrad Ningbo will join a portfolio of 24 Conrad properties currently operating around the world, 12 of which are in Asia Pacific – Conrad Bali, Conrad Bangkok, Conrad Beijing, Conrad Centennial Singapore, Conrad Dalian, Conrad Hong Kong, Conrad Macao, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay, Conrad Tokyo, Conrad Koh Samui, and Conrad Seoul.
Conrad’s prominent brand presence in Asia Pacific is emblematic of its dedication to offering guests a world of style, intuitive service, and infinite connections within key gateway cities and exclusive leisure destinations that appeal to today’s modern, sophisticated traveler.
Conrad Ningbo will offer the popular mobile Conrad Concierge app, which gives travelers the ability to customize details of their hotel stay before, during and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it’s pre-selecting bath amenities or checking-in while in-transit from the airport, guests can arrange access a variety of features at any of the 24 Conrad hotels worldwide by using the app.
Conrad Ningbo will participate in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 4,350 hotels worldwide. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including: digital check-in, choose your room, and free Wi-Fi.