Grand Lion Group enters Cambodia with Marriott International

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    Cambodian-based company, the Grand Lion Group, has entered into a management agreement and related agreements with US-based hotel operator Marriott International to operate the 218 room Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap.The agreement is the first of its kind for the Grand Lion Group whose primary business is real estate and agriculture.

    The Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap will be located on a 1.2 hectare site, approximately 15 minutes away from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Archaeological Park.

    Scheduled for completion in 2011, the Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap will feature 218 guestrooms with four fixture bathrooms. In room amenities will include Marriott’s plush bed and bath linen and amenities, high-definition flat-screen television, high-speed internet access, mini-bar and safe.

    For dining and entertainment, there will be a casual, all-day dining restaurant, a Pool Bar & Grill and a lobby lounge. Recreational facilities will include an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a full-service spa including a relaxation lounge and a foot reflexology area. The property will also feature approximately 600sqm of function space.

    Plans are also underway to open a resort hotel in the coastal holiday town of Sihanoukville and a business hotel in the capital city of Phnom Penh. Expecting to break ground in the third quarter of 2010, the Grand Palm Resort will comprise three branded International Hotels, a marina, 18- hole golf course and luxury villas and condominiums situated on a 200 hectare beachfront in the premier coastal holiday town of Sihanoukville.

    The Grand Palms Beach Resort is nestled between a tropical rain forest and the Gulf of Thailand providing a retreat for those seeking seclusion. Sited four hours by road from Phnom Penh, the Resort is on target to be ready by 2013.

    The planned 200-room hotel in the capital city of Phnom Penh is expected to appeal to business and leisure travellers when it opens in 2013.

    Grand Lion Group, president and CEO, Mr Lundy Nath said: “After careful research and a thorough review of well-known hotel brands for two years, we selected Marriott International to be our key hotel partner in our hospitality division. The brand is world famous and internationally recognised fitting in with our marketing strategy, while meeting expectations for customers who are used to the level of comfort and standards associated with Marriott hotels around the world.”

    The Grand Lion Group will invest a total of US$300m in its ongoing hotel ventures around Cambodia. The Grand Lion Group hospitality division is expected to create over 500 job opportunities in the country, and the group expects future development plans in Laos, Mongolia and Vietnam.

    Daniel Fountain / 07.02.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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