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Press Release 3 December 2014

New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel to Open 2018 in Malaysian City’s Newest Landmark, “Skycity” Project

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New World Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Homesign Network to manage New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel scheduled to open in 2018. The deluxe hotel brand will make its Malaysia debut in grand style, with the hotel occupying the top floors of what will become Kota Kinabalu's newest city icon.


New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel will be an integral part of Skycity, a multi-purpose development comprising the hotel, grade-A offices, shopping mall and two towers of serviced suites.

Located in Karamunsing near the Kota Kinabalu city centre, the hotel is ideally located for both business and leisure. It will be only 30 minutes' drive to more than 10 surrounding golf courses and five minutes' drive to the Jesselton Pier which connects to all the outlying islands.

The complex tower will become a striking landmark in Kota Kinabalu when it is completed with the hotel occupying the top 16 floors offering unobstructed views of the city, the South China Sea and Mount Kinabalu. The property will feature 400 guestrooms and suites. The brand's signature Residence Club Living Room will offer exclusive benefits such as complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments and dedicated concierge service for Residence Club and hotel suite guests.

Dining options will include two restaurants, a lobby bar and a sky bar. Meeting facilities will total 3,883 square metres (41,796 square feet) while recreational facilities will encompass a sky pool, spa and gym.

"Sabah is an ideal location for New World Hotels & Resorts to embark on its expansion into Malaysia – not only is it amongst the top three domestic tourism markets but Kota Kinabalu is also the fastest growing Malaysian state capital," says YB Datuk Teo Chee Kang JP, Minister of Special Tasks.

"Kota Kinabalu's vibrancy and natural charm, as well as its easy accessibility from the key feeder markets of mainland China and Hong Kong, will set up New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel for success," says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group, the parent company of New World Hotels & Resorts. "We are very grateful to Homesign Network for the opportunity to introduce our 'modern Oriental hospitality' to local residents, domestic and international travellers."

"We believe New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel will be the crowning achievement in our Skycity project and we look forward to working with the brand's team to create a landmark to welcome guests to the city for years to come," says Mr. Lee Chee Kiang, managing director of Homesign Network.

The New World Hotels & Resorts expanding portfolio includes six new China projects in Haikou (2019), Shenyang (2016), Zhengzhou (2016), Foshan (2017), Qingyuan (2017), and Langfang (2016), and the latest New World Kota Kinabalu Hotel (2018.) New World Manila Bay Hotel in the Philippines opens 1 January 2015.

About Homesign Network

Homesign Network Sdn Bhd is one of the fastest growing development companies in commercial, residential and real estate development in Sabah. The company has set a pace of rapid growth which now stands with a dozen of ongoing projects in various strategic locations spanning a total development area over 3.5 million square feet. These projects contribute to an expanded product range from affordable homes to luxurious mixed high-rise developments. With the combined experience of its dedicated management team, Homesign Network is arguably the fastest rising star in Sabah property scene, striving to deliver quality product in building fruitful and long lasting business relationships.

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