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June 26, 2012updated Feb 07, 2013

Mandarin Oriental Announces New Properties and Accolades

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Luxury hotel group Mandarin Oriental expects to open Guangzhou by year end, according to Jill Kluge, Group Director of Brand Communications. Located in the Tianhe Central Business District, the hotel will precede 2013 openings in the Pudong area of Shanghai, Taipei and Manila. The Shanghai hotel will have 210 serviced apartments targeting long and medium stay guests, Kluge said, speaking at a press luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental New York.

In other news from the group, Atlanta (a former Rosewood property) has been added, while San Francisco, the first property outside Asia, is celebrating its 25th anniversary after a full renovation. With a focus on fine dining, restaurants led by Thierry Marx, Pierre Gagnaire, Daniel Boulud and Hester Blumenthal raked in 12 Michelin stars, while at the relaxation end Mandarin Oriental was named “Best Spa Brand” for the fourth year in a row by Spa Finder, Kluge said.

In a shuffle of general managers, Jan D. Goessing moves from the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok to the Mandarin Oriental New York, Amanda Hyndman goes to the Thai capital, Alain Negueloua returns to the group in Boston and Robert W. Lowe moves to Atlanta.

Other projects under development include Beijing, Maldives, Abu Dhabi and Bodrum.

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