St Giles to plant footprint in PenangS Puvaneswary, reporting from ATF 2013, Vientiane, January 24, 2013
Cititel Hotel Management (CHM) is taking the St Giles brand to Malaysia, following the 2010 debut of its first Asian hotel under the label in Metro Manila.
The 435-key St Giles Wembley Penang will be located within the heritage city of George Town. Facilities include a 1,200-seat grand ballroom, pool, gym, executive lounge and helipad that can be utilised by VIP business travellers.
When asked why Penang was chosen as home to the second St Giles property instead of another capital city, Jeane Lim, director of rooms & marketing at CHM, said the destination held great promise for business events.
“We see Penang as a growing MICE destination. Two new convention centres are being built on the island and there are also plans for the destination to have a convention bureau,” Lim said.
The hotel will be linked to a mall which is also developed by the owning company, IGB Corporation, as well as the future 260-room Cititel Express Penang which is slated for a 4Q2014 opening. The popular Batu Feringghi beach is a 40-minute drive away, while the Penang Ferry Terminal is no more than 10 minutes from the hotel.
IGB Corporation also operates St Giles Hotel London and St Giles Hotel Heathrow in the UK, and St Giles The Tuscany and St Giles The Court in New York.