Despite ITB Berlin being cancelled, Kempinski Hotels held a media breakfast at The Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, during which CEO and chairman of the management board, Martin R. Smura shed light on the group’s latest ventures.
“I am very proud that in the future we will operate through our joint venture with the Beijing Tourism Group two extraordinary and world-first hotel concepts in the new Universal Beijing Resort: The Universal Studios Grand Hotel and the NUO Resort Hotel – Universal Beijing Resort,” Smura announced.
“While the two hotels with 1,200 rooms mark the first phase of the cooperation, another 4,800 rooms will be added at a later stage,” he explained.
Smura noted that the Universal Studios Grand Hotel and NUO Resort – Universal Beijing Resort will position themselves as independent travel destinations, offering a special guest experience through stylish design and historical cultural features of China. Guests of both hotels will also benefit from direct and exclusive access to the theme park.
He further revealed that the next Kempinski Hotels opening is mere weeks away, with the Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok scheduled to open in May 2020. Representing Kempinski’s second project in the Thai capital, this hotel stands in a prime area in the centre of the city, in the upscale Langsuan neighbourhood, and is steps away from the verdant Lumphini Park.
Meanwhile, Smura revealed that the strategic orientation of the Kempinski Group’s expansion in the future will not only be based on management contracts, but the acquisition of properties. Hotels that may be extensively renovated and then repositioned under the group’s own brands will be favoured.
“We are definitely interested to also own hotel real estate. Currently, we are under negotiations to buy several hotels, three out of them in Germany,” he added.
As for other Kempinski updates, 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza will open for the season this May, allowing visitors to experience the luxury lifestyle concept, following the announcement last autumn of the strategic partnership with 12.18. Investment Group. The resort comprises 185 suites and is nestled on the edge of a pine forest bordering the sea on the west coast of the Ibiza.
Kempinski’s strategic partnership with 12.18. will also result in 20 more hotels in the near future, including a hotel in New York and a resort near Porto Cervo on the island of Sardinia. Furthermore, the Schlosshotel Fleesensee in the heart of the German Mecklenburg Lake District, as well as Schloss Roxburghe, a 19th century Scottish manor house, will add to the portfolio.
“Overall, we are fully on track with our hotel openings; in the next 18 months alone, we will open 15 hotels with 3,888 rooms,” Smura shared.
With a second and a third hotel on the Caribbean island of Cuba, Kempinski Hotels just extended its presence in Havana and in the Americas. While the new Gran Hotel Bristol is located one block from the Capitolio in the UNESCO world heritage site of Old Town Havana, the Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski, is the first non-all-inclusive beach hideaway, approximately 500 kilometres east of the Cuban capital.
Also, in 2020, Kempinski Hotel Tbilisi will open for business in Georgia.