Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts started operations in the year 1971 with its first deluxe hotel in Singapore. The name Shangri-La is inspired by the legendary land featured in James Hilton's 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. The name encapsulates the serenity and service for which the various hotels and re
sorts of the group are renowned for. Over the years, the Hong Kong-based hotel and resort group has emerged as one of the leading names in the Asia Pacific market. It is also regarded as one of the world’s finest hotel ownership and management companies. The group owns and manages over 95 hotels and resorts throughout Asia Pacific, North America, the Middle East and Europe. Its brands include Shangri-La Hotels, Shangri-La Resorts, Traders Hotels, Kerry Hotels, and Hotel Jen. It also has two clubs namely, Aberdeen Marina Club and Xili Golf and Country Club. In the UAE, the hospitality chain has three properties: Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi; Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi; and Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai.
In addition to this, the chain also has new hotels under development in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. The hospitality giant has won numerous global awards including:
• Best Hotel Chain in Asia Pacific, DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards (Asia);
• Best Business Hotel Brand in Asia-Pacific, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards;
• Best Business Hotel Chain in China, Best in Business Travel Awards, Business Traveler (US);
• Best Hotel Brand in China, Business Traveller China Awards;
• Best Business Hotel Chain in Asia Pacific, Business Traveller UK Awards; and more.
The company gives credit for its success to the efforts and abilities of its people. As an employer, it is committed to helping its employee unleash their potentials. Towards this end, the company invests heavily in the development of its staff. The hospitality giant is expanding its presence in Asia, the Middle East and Africa resulting in increased opportunities for people with a passion to delight.