Shinsegae Chosun Hotel to expand luxury presence despite COVID-19

2020.09.17 14:22:04 | 2020.09.17 14:22:34

Chosun Palace Seoul in Gangnam 이미지 확대

Chosun Palace Seoul in Gangnam

Shinsegae Chosun Hotel Co. is going ahead with the opening of five new hotels by the first half of 2021 despite the gloomy hospitability outlook in COVID-19 environment.

The hotel unit of South Korean conglomerate Sinsegae Group will open Chosun Palace Seoul Gangnam Luxury Collection Hotel in April next year, which will be built on a site of former Renaissance Hotel in Gangnam district in central Seoul.

The Chosun Palace is the company’s most luxury brand. The hotel with 254 rooms is expected to attract tourists and business people in the bustling region.

The company signed an equity investment contract with U.S. investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) & Co. in April to operate the five-star hotel as well as commercial facilities and offices for a 20-year-long period.

Shinsegae Chosun is also set to open Gravity Seoul Pangyo Autograph Collection in Seongnam, Geyonggi Province, in December.

Gravity Seoul in Pangyo 이미지 확대

Gravity Seoul in Pangyo

The company launched its new five-star upscale brand Grand Chosun in May. It plans to open Grand Chosun Busan, remodeled from Novotel Ambassador Busan, next month. Grand Chosun Jeju, renovated from Kensington Hotel Jeju, will open in December with 271 rooms, and it will also open business hotel Four Points by Sheraton Seoul Myeongdong at the end of October.

By giving too long names to its new hotels, the company has implemented ‘soft branding’, a strategy that allows hotel chains to maintain their own creative concept and operational tactics while simultaneously gaining access to major hotel brands’ reservation system and membership service.

Shinsegae Chuson Hotel signed a franchise agreement with Marriott International to use its international brands Luxury Collection and Autograph Collection. The company has diversified its brand portfolio from the most upscale brand Chosun Palace, 5-star level Grand Chosun, boutique brand L’Escape and lifestyle brand Gravity.

By Kim Gi-jung, Park Dae-ui and Choi Mira

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