Familiar Hotel Brands Expand in China
Chinese travelers are the biggest spenders when it comes to international tourism, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, and American hotels are pulling out all the stops to win them over, putting teakettles in the guest rooms, congee rice porridge on the menus and Mandarin speakers on staff.
Tourists are also likely to find themselves checking in with Chinese vacationers. Starwood, for instance, has said that half the guests at hotels in China are Chinese and that it will soon have more resorts on Hainan Island than it does in Hawaii.
Indeed, at the same time that Chinese chains like Jin Jiang International Hotels are expanding their footprints, travelers can increasingly choose from international brands — Starwood (Sheraton, Aloft, W Hotels), InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott (including Ritz-Carlton) and Hilton — that are increasing the number of their hotels in China. It’s impossible to list them all here, even just those planning to open this year. But here’s a sampling of a half-dozen properties, each in a different area, that international chains have recently opened or have on the horizon.