Exterior of China Hotel [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
China Hotel, one of the five-star hotels that opened in Guangzhou in the 1980s, is located right next to the Liuhua Complex, which is once a main exhibition venue of China’s largest trade fair, Canton Fair. Thus, this hotel has flourished with the area and witnessed the close connection between Guangdong and Hong Kong for over 30 years.
In the early 1980s, when the hotel was founded, Hong Kong investors were attracted by the opportunists and support policy from the local government. Since then, highly motivated investment have continued went to huge projects such as highway, bridge and real estate in Guangdong.
As Guangzhou continues to further its opening-up, China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel, with the advanced experience in hotel management, been well ahead in the luxury hotel industry and made a legendary profit. And for Guangzhou, the fact that many high-end hotels have set up their branches and borne fruit in Guangzhou means a lot to the city, but the large number of management talents, managerial experience and brand equity of these hotels, to some extent, outweigh the mere return of capital and mean a greater deal.
“Innovations have always been what I and my coworkers are thinking,” said Arics Lam, General Manager of China Hotel, in response to the new round of market competition of the transformation and upgrading of the hotel industry.
Arics Lam, General Manager of China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
A witness of the close relation between Guangdong and Hong Kong
When talking about the past three decades, Lam said that he witnessed the country underwent earth-shaking changes and how close Guangdong and Hong Kong is.
With its excellent geographical location, China Hotel received many inbound guests in the 1980s and 1990s, many of whom were from Hong Kong and Macao. Among them, a great many are celebrities and political VIPs from Hong Kong, according to Lam.
“Invested by several financially strong Hong Kong people back then, China Hotel is known by a lot of people in Hong Kong and Macao. Therefore, numerous Hong Kong people, including the investors, their staff, friends and partners, would stay in China Hotel when they came to Guangzhou to attend the Canton Fair or to promote their products,” said Arics Lam.
Apart from that, Guangzhou was a very important window city in China, many people flied to Guangzhou via Hong Kong first, and then transferred to other cities in mainland China, Lam said.
As a result, the hotel provides more than 120 round-trip shuttle buses towards Hong Kong, Macao and Baiyun Airport every day, offering convenience for the guests coming and going between Guangdong and Hong Kong.