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September 20, 2016

Roundup: Marriott - Starwood Merger Clears Last Hurdle, New Hilton Residences in China

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The merger between Marriott and Starwood has cleared a major regulatory hurdle as Hilton opens a new long-term residence hotel in China in today’s top meeting and events industry news. 

Marriott - Starwood Merger Gets China’s Antitrust Approval

Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood has cleared a major regulatory hurdle after receiving antitrust approval from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). MOFCOM was the last regulatory agency needed to sign off on the merger, clearing the way for the two hotel companies to close the transaction. That’s expected to happen before the market opens on September 23. 

MOFCOM had extended the review of the merger back in August. When complete, the deal will create the world’s largest hotel company, with plans calling for the newly combined operation to keep all of its luxury hotel brands. Those include Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari, Edition and Autograph for Marriott and St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels for Starwood. 

Hilton Jinan South Hotel & Residences Makes China Debut

Hilton has opened the Hilton Jinan South Hotel & Residences, marking the company’s first full-service residences hotel in China. The property is also the first international hotel in Jinan South and Hilton's 37th hotel in China.

The 420-room hotel has 10 multi-function meeting rooms and a 1,000-square meter terrace garden atop a 1,050-square meter Grand Ballroom, for a total of more than 2,679 square meters of flexible meeting and event space. There is also a 24-hour business center, as well as a dedicated events team on hand. 

316 of the hotel’s rooms are guest rooms in the hotel itself, while 104 are one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations in the residence tower. All of them have Wi-Fi and 42-60'' LCD TVs, as well as French windows that provide panoramic views of the mountainous city skyline. Recreational facilities include a swimming pool on level 33, along with a 24-hour fitness center, sauna and steam rooms. Guests who stay in Executive rooms will get exclusive access to the Executive Lounge, which serves complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and happy hour canapes and cocktails in the evening. Each of the residences houses its own fully-equipped kitchen, as well as separate living and work areas, and all residence guests have access to a separate reception area and fitness center.

For dining, the hotel has three restaurants and one bar. OPEN, open all day on level 37, serves an international breakfast buffet and noodle bar where guests can watch chefs prepare pasta from scratch, a sushi counter and barbecued specialties. YUXI, on level 39 and 40, is the highest restaurant in town, and serves both Lu and Cantonese dishes. It also has 11 private dining rooms. VIEW, on level 38, offers Chinese delicacies and a wine-list, as well as three semi-private dining rooms. Finally, the library-themed Ji Lounge on level 35 is the highest bar in town. It also serves afternoon tea. 

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