Hyatt Regency Suzhou Opens in Eastern China

SUZHOU, China, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hyatt Regency Suzhou today announced the opening in Suzhou, one of the most important economic, cultural and historic cities of Eastern China, neighboring Shanghai.

VIPs at the Grand Opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou

VIPs at the Grand Opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou


Charity Donation from Hyatt Regency Suzhou and Jinghope, the owning company of the hotel

Charity Donation from Hyatt Regency Suzhou and Jinghope, the owning company of the hotel


29-floor high atrium at Hyatt Regency Suzhou, the highest in the city

29-floor high atrium at Hyatt Regency Suzhou, the highest in the city

The city of Suzhou, known as “the Venice of China,” is renowned for its ancient canals, stone bridges and UNESCO-listed classic gardens. Hyatt Regency Suzhou provides contemporary comfort and high-tech amenities to business and leisure guests in the thriving heart of this historic city.

“We are thrilled that Hyatt Regency Suzhou is now part of this vibrant community. The opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou is a strategic step for Hyatt as we grow our brand presence in China,” said Christopher Koehler, vice president of operations – China, Hyatt. “We believe that the authentic hospitality and care delivered by our colleagues will be well received by the hotel’s guests and the community. We look forward to fostering meaningful connections among business and leisure travelers around the world.”

Strategically nestled in the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) with a subway station at its doorstep, Hyatt Regency Suzhou is part of Jinghope Plaza, a new complex project that includes a luxury shopping mall, entertainment venues and two Grade-A office buildings.

Hyatt Regency Suzhou is a key connecting point between Suzhou and Shanghai, offering easy accessibility to visiting guests. It takes just 25 minutes by train to reach Shanghai, one hour by car to reach Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, and 10 minutes by car to reach Suzhou SIP Railway Station, the transportation hub of Yangtze River Delta region. Neighboring the picturesque Jinji Lake, Suzhou Culture and Arts Center, Suzhou International Expo Center and the Ferris Wheel Park, Hyatt Regency Suzhou will also provide a convenient blend between the ancient Suzhou city and new district.

The hotel offers 355 spacious guestrooms and suites plus a Regency Club. There are five restaurants and lounges, more than 15,000 square feet of innovative meeting, event and wedding venues, and spa and wellness facilities.

The refreshing, contemporary design by LTW Designworks features a breathtaking 29-story triangular atrium topped with a glass roof. The interior design is inspired by Suzhou’s classic gardens offset by large-scale contemporary artworks and abstract patterns that reference the modern face of Suzhou.

“We are delighted to introduce the Hyatt Regency brand’s signature world-class dining, hospitality and amenities to one of China’s most historic cities,” said Gary Chan, general manager of Hyatt Regency Suzhou. “As the first Hyatt hotel in Jiangsu province, Hyatt Regency Suzhou will be an inspiring place to connect, dine, meet, celebrate and relax in the city. With an energetic team of expert planners and passionate hoteliers, we are ready to welcome our guests from the neighborhood and around the world.”

Contemporary Accommodation

Hyatt Regency Suzhou’s 355 contemporary guestrooms encircle an eye-catching 29-story atrium, offering impressive city views from every room. The bright, modern design incorporates Suzhou stylistic influences – from a large black-and-white mural featuring snapshots of classical architecture and garden images to woven cane lanterns and an abundance of natural woods and textures.

Starting at a spacious 430 square feet, all guestrooms offer premium amenities, including: a large-screen LED TV with satellite channels and free on-demand movies; coffee and tea sets; individually controlled air conditioning; and complimentary high-speed broadband/Wi-Fi Internet access. An oversized table is equally comfortable as a work desk and dining table. Bathrooms feature a deep-soaking tub, spacious shower and separate toilet, plus all-natural bath products.

Regency Suites, starting at 968 square feet, feature a separate living/dining area, a coffee machine and freestanding window bathtub. The Regency Club provides the highest level of personalized services, including exclusive access to the 28th floor’s Regency Club lounge, serving complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails. Guests can also enjoy the Regency Club boardroom, express check-in/out and dedicated receptionist and concierge services.

Destination Dining

Hyatt Regency Suzhou brings Hyatt-renowned dining experiences to Suzhou with five destination restaurants and lounges. The hotel offers both international flavors and authentic local dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients.

Ascending the grand staircase from the lobby, the second floor’s Hua Chi 88 is a vibrant Chinese dining restaurant serving authentic Suzhou and Huaiyang cuisines, Taihu Boat cuisine from nearby Tai Lake, and the city’s finest Peking Duck roasted over fruitwood in the traditional duck oven. Live show kitchens throughout the dining room add to the theatrical atmosphere. Six private dining rooms feature large windows and private bathrooms.  

The Fireplace on the third floor is an international grill restaurant with a sophisticated European bistro-style ambience. The open kitchen serves up Italian pizzas and grilled specialties. Wood-paneled walls, mounted animal heads and peacock blue, semi-circular booths make it a destination to impress. The Fireplace also features a mosaic and marble bar with a Manhattan vibe, ideal for relaxing before or after dinner with an artisanal cocktail, such as the signature Whisky Sour.

Tea House on the ground floor combines the conviviality of a traditional Chinese teahouse with a modern style, and it serves light snacks, beverages and cocktails. By day, it’s a great place to work, meet and socialize with free Wi-Fi. By night, Tea House transforms into a relaxed bar.   

Beneath the magnificent 29-story atrium, The Atrium is an elegant spot for informal meetings and gatherings. Market Café occupies a second-floor space with double-height windows where guests can eat out of the pan, off the grill and out of the wok. The freshest ingredients are used to create a la minute dishes from across China, Asia and the world, plus a delicious dessert selection.

Innovative Events and Weddings

Hyatt Regency Suzhou is the place for every occasion with more than 15,000 square feet of innovative meetings and events space.

The Residence is a new-concept events venue comprised of four multifunctional rooms with large French windows, hosting up to 360 guests. The rooms feature versatile sliding screens that open onto a large foyer, and a dedicated Loft Kitchen is fully equipped for creative dining experiences. The Residence is ideal for conferences, meetings and cocktail events. It is also a great choice for wedding parties and family gatherings.

Designed in contemporary style, the 6,240-square-foot Regency Ballroom can host up to 450 people for a cocktail event and 340 for a private dining event. The ballroom can also be divided into two rooms for smaller gatherings. A large VIP/Bridal Dressing Room and lounge are available. All venues are appointed with advanced technology and communications systems as well as complimentary wireless Internet connectivity. A private street-front entrance provides exclusivity.

Spa and Wellness Facilities

Yue Spa at Hyatt Regency Suzhou is designed to restore and maintain the natural equilibrium, or “yin yang,” which is critical to human wellbeing. Six private spa suites plus two reflexology areas provide a full range of body and facial treatments. Spa guests can enjoy the hydrotherapy facilities featuring Roman-style baths and an oversized steam room.

Signature treatment combines traditional Chinese techniques with using a choice of aromatherapy or therapeutic oils. Authentic Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments are also available in Yue Spa, together with a certified TCM doctor and Tai Qi master ready for consultations and movement practice.

The hotel also features a 25-meter indoor swimming pool on the third floor with floor-to-ceiling city views. As an added artistic touch, the pool is framed by intricate mosaic artworks featuring scenes of old Suzhou canal. The 24-hour fitness center offers the latest cardio and strength equipment, which enables guests to share their workout stats via social media apps.

About Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency brand is an energizing hotel brand that connects travelers to who and what matters most to them. More than 140 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; the space to work, engage or relax; and expert planners who take care of every detail. For more information, visit

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company’s subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club®. As of June 30, 2014, the Company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 563 properties in 48 countries. For more information, please visit

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The Forefront of Japan’s Subculture — the Ever Evolving “Akihabara”

TOKYO, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — “Akihabara“is well known to those not only in Japan but also overseas as “the City/Mecca of Electronics & Home Appliances”. You will still see a lot of major home electronics retailers lined up side by side, and many people from the country and all over the world have made visits to the city looking for Japan’s electronic appliances for decades. However, the city has now evolved brilliantly throughout the changes of a new era. Nowadays, “Akihabara” not only represents a name of a city, but also became an iconic figure that embodies Japan’s own subculture. Japan’s unique subculture scene largely represented by this city attracts travelers from all over the world. Akihabara, which is continuously evolving its appearance every minute, also owns its very unique in-station facility that fittingly serves as an entrance to the city. Here we will introduce you to some of the newest faces in Akihabara you will likely encounter in the station or somewhere under an elevated structure:

Why don't you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?

Why don’t you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?

An art-turned train! Even a non-hardcore fan should stop by — TRAINIART

Atre Akihabara 1is connected directly to JR East Railway Akihabara station’s Electric Town exit (or “Denki-gai” exit). On the 2nd floor you will find TRAINIART, a  boutique shop selling railroad/train merchandises. Here you will find a vast variety of railroad/train designed goods, from stationaries to accessories, all focused on both [design] and [functionality]. You will notice most of these goods are well-suited for its own brand name -ART”, all richly designed, stylishly finished that one would definitely be tempted to pick them up in their hands, and are very popular among the females. You can also find a pair of train-designed T-shirts tailored for parent-child; you would definitely find a train-designed merchandise of your own that you would probably want to bring home.

CHABARA”NOMONO” – For those looking for tasting/bringing home Japan’s regional local gourmet foods

In Japan, you will encounter distinctive local gourmet foods in each region throughout the country. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could enjoy all sorts of gourmet foods from all regions in Japan even if you could only stay in Tokyo?

That’s when we highly recommendCHABARA, located under an elevated bridge connecting JR Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station. You will find a rich variety of specialty goods, seafoods, and soil foods delivered directly from local producers throughout the country. Perhaps, it’s a good idea to make gifts to your friends with soy-sauce, miso, tonkotsu (or pork bone soup) or other unique ramen noodles delivered from local producers, or for anybody, whose dad loves Japanese Sake, why not make a gift for him with a Japanese Sake processed with pure water and high quality grain of rice!

On the other hand, NOMONO, located inside Akihabara Station, is “A shop introducing the allure of Japanese food” that is always crowded with visitors as, albeit its somewhat limited space, it is conveniently located inside the station. At NOMONO Kitchenlocated on 2nd floor, you will enjoy the aspects of traditional local culture and all sorts of menu filled with highly selective and seasonal ingredients from the east regional Japan.   

In Akihabara, the city that constantly provides us with the latest cultural ingredients, its nearest station is equally unique as well. As the forefront of Japan’s cultural movement, we highly encourage you to visit there.

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Sydney Festival 2015 Headline Act Announced in Southern Hemisphere Exclusive

James Thierree brings Tabac Rouge to Sydney

Travel packages announced

SYDNEY, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Destination New South Wales (DNSW), the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and Sydney Festival have announced the headline act for 2015 — the renowned James Thierree will return to Sydney Festival with Tabac Rouge, his largest and most extravagant work to date, in a Sydney and Southern Hemisphere exclusive.

James Thierree's spectacular theatrics are coming to Sydney Festival 2015 with Tabac Rouge

James Thierree’s spectacular theatrics are coming to Sydney Festival 2015 with Tabac Rouge

Acrobat, musician, dancer, actor, mime, choreographer — Thierree is returning to Sydney Festival for the fourth time after sell-out seasons of Junebug Symphony (2003), Bright Abyss (2006) and Au Revoir Parapluie (2008). In Tabac Rouge, Thierree pushes the boundaries of dance, circus and theatre in the roles of director, choreographer and set designer to deliver a performance that Thierree describes as being about “desire, power, systems and mechanisms of society, and of how people organise themselves”.

Tabac Rouge, which will run from 7-23 January at Sydney Theatre, features a highly skilled cast of acrobats and dancers who weave a physically daring production filled with spectacular theatrics under Thierree’s unique direction. The choreography is complemented by Victoria Thierree’s costume design and a dynamic score that ranges from Matthieu Chedid to Vivaldi.  Tabac Rouge contains no spoken word, making the performance ideal for international visitors to enjoy without language barriers.

Sydney Festival 2015 will feature hundreds of world class events and attract visitors from all over the globe. The full 2015 program will be announced on 23 October 2014, however visitors are encouraged to book now to take advantage of great value travel packages and avoid disappointment.

Three packages are on offer:  

The Star*

  • One night’s accommodation at luxury hotel, The Darling
  • $50 Food and Beverage credit to enjoy at The Star’s bars, signature restaurants (Balla, Black by Ezard & Sokyo) and Fat Noodle
  • Premium or A Reserve ticket to Tabac Rouge 
  • Quote promo code SYDFEST15 (case sensitive) when booking online only. Or call Guest Services 1800 800 830


Accor Packages

Harbour Rocks Hotel – from $224 per person*

  • Overnight accommodation in a Heritage Queen room in Sydney’s historic Rocks area
  • Full Breakfast for served in Scarlett Restaurant  
  • A Reserve ticket to Tabac Rouge


Quay West Suites Sydney — from $270 per person*

  • Overnight accommodation in a 1 bedroom city view suite overlooking beautiful Sydney harbour
  • Breakfast for 2 in Harrington Restaurant
  • Premium ticket to Tabac Rouge


Tickets for Tabac Rouge are on sale now at

*Travel Package Conditions: Subject to availability. Credit Card details required to secure booking. Package prices are per person and are based on 2 guests per package, in queen bedding (Twin bedding available on request directly with the hotel). Packages are pre-paid and non-refundable.  Valid for bookings from 23 August – 12 October 2014 for stays between 09 – 22 January 2015, inclusive. Tabac Rouge tickets valid for performance on the day for which the accommodation is booked only.   

About Destination NSW:

Destination NSW is the lead Government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors. Our role is to market Sydney and NSW as one of the world’s premier tourism and major events destinations; to secure major sporting and cultural events; to work in partnership with Business Events Sydney to win major international conventions and incentive travel reward programs; to develop and deliver initiatives that will drive visitor growth throughout the State; to achieve the NSW Government’s goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure within the State by the year 2020.

From food and wine festivals to surf competitions, world class sporting events to celebrations of arts and culture, New South Wales has an Annual Calendar of Events that celebrates the diverse facets of Australian contemporary life. Sydney is unrivalled in Australia in its capacity to stage exclusive events that have the whole world tuning in. Destination NSW has been at the forefront in creating and winning world-class events that put Sydney on the global front page.

Media contacts:

Corrine Cowlishaw, +61299311462,
Melissa Wilson, +61-299311156,  

Tabac Rouge is perfect for international visitors to Sydney to enjoy
Tabac Rouge is perfect for international visitors to Sydney to enjoy


Tabac Rouge will show at Sydney Festival in a Southern Hemisphere exclusive

Tabac Rouge will show at Sydney Festival in a Southern Hemisphere exclusive

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Feel Revived by Anantara Spa’s Eastern and Western Autumn Breeze Package at The PuLi Hotel and Spa

SHANGHAI, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Each changing season sheds the old and ushers in new beginnings, and Anantara Spa’s special Autumn Breeze package at The PuLi Hotel and Spa offers a unique combination of revered eastern and western therapies, available throughout September, October and November 2014.

Anantara Spa Massage Treatment

Anantara Spa Massage Treatment


Anantara Spa Massage Treatment

Anantara Spa Massage Treatment

Designed with Chinese and Thai influences, revealing views of Jing’An Park, Anantara Spa is a haven of contemporary luxury and tranquillity that feels a world away from bustling Shanghai.  Escorted to one of the five charming treatment suites, individuals and couples can look forward to far reaching health and beauty benefits when they book the Rejuvenating Winter Wellness package.

The ritual begins with a 90 minute Swedish Massage with Herbal Oil. Since it was developed nearly 200 years ago, Swedish Massage has become the foundation of most western massage techniques. Incorporating percussive, tapping movements and five variations of

strokes, each part of the body is manipulated to stimulate the nervous system, improve circulation and flexibility, and enhance physical and mental wellbeing.

Drawing on ancient Chinese wellness wisdom, a 30 minute Moxibustion Treatments tailored to each client’s needs, with a choice of selecting this specialist treatment for the shoulder and neck, lower back, or belly button.

Moxibustion is an ancient technique practiced in both traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine to aid the body’s ability to heal itself.  This ancient Asian holistic therapy involves burning the herb mugwort to stimulate acupoints.  The radiant heat produced by the burning herbs penetrates deeply into the body, expelling cold and warming the meridians to stimulate the flow of blood circulation and vital energy, leading to improved general health and a wealth of specific benefits.  Moxibustion is used to treat cancer and chronic conditions such as arthritis, digestive disorders and ulcers, and since it increases circulation to the pelvis it is also used to encourage healthy menstruation and reduce menstrual cramps.  By invigorating healthy qi the immune system is strengthened, helping to prevent disease and increase longevity.

Traditionally there are two types of moxibustion.  In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned.  For indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Acupuncture can also be incorporated, with a needle inserted into an acupoint and the tip wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and surrounding area. 

The Autumn Breeze ritual marries tradition and innovation by using a highly effective and safe machine lamp for the moxibustion treatment.  In this modern method the cover is placed on specific areas of the body that each client wishes to focus on.   The machine makes it easy for the therapist to adjust the temperature control and locate acupuncture points easily, while clients benefit from a comfortable experience without the fire and smoke that occurs with traditional methods.

Experience the relaxing and holistic benefits of the Autumn Breeze package for the special price of RMB 1, 480* per individual and RMB 2, 600* per couple, including a complimentary Anantara body care product worth RMB 380 to take home.

For reservations or more information about the Autumn Breeze package at The PuLi Hotel and Spa, please contact 3203 9999 ext. 6899 or email

Autumn Breeze  120mins

90 minutes Swedish Massage with Herbal Oil
30 minutes Moxibustion Treatment

You can choose any part of below Moxibustion Treatments during the massage

  • shoulder and neck moxibustion
  • low back moxibustion
  • belly button moxibustion

Give Away: A complimentary Anantara body care product valued RMB380

Special Price for Single / Couple: RMB1, 480* / 2, 600*

Available exclusively at Anantara Spa @ The PuLi Hotel and Spa from 1st September 2014 to 30th November 2014.* Price is subject to 15% Service Charge *Terms and Conditions apply

(*Not valid with other promotions or discounts. *Advance booking recommended.* Anantara Spa reserves the final decision.)

Editor’s Note:

About Anantara at The PuLi Hotel and Spa

As the first Anantara Spa in Shanghai, the tranquil urban sanctuary offers journeys of ritual significance by celebrating Anantara’s focus on indigenous indulgence and reflecting the PuLi Hotel and Spa’s resplendent charm and historic sensuality. 

Five treatment rooms are luxuriously appointed with natural features such as wooden flooring, stone walls and wooden beams, enhanced further by oriental accents and ambient lighting.  Two Double Suites, featuring a steam shower, bathtub, changing area and relaxation seating, are joined by three Single Suites complete with shower, changing and relaxation amenities.

Drawing on China’s healing past, ancient therapies from Thailand and India, as well as the very best in 21st century wellness techniques, Anantara Spa’s extensive menu is inspired by the renowned healing properties of tea – the centuries-old beverage that is woven into the very fabric of Chinese culture. Signature treatments draw from the detoxifying powers of Green Tea, balancing and anti-ageing force of White tea, health-giving properties of Chrysanthemum tea or beautifying properties of Rose Tea.

Discover award winning journeys, inspired by oriental beauty and wellness secrets, at Anantara Spa, The PuLi Hotel and Spa, Shanghai.

About Anantara

For hundreds of years throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveller. Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means ‘without end’, symbolising this sharing of water and the heartfelt hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience.

From lush jungles to pristine beaches and legendary deserts to cosmopolitan cities, Anantara currently boasts 20 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Bali, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates and China; with future properties to open in Thailand, China, Laos, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, UAE and Oman.

For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit .

For Spa Information:

Anantara Spa @ The PuLi Hotel and Spa
3F, 1 ChangDe Road, JingAn District, Shanghai 200040 China
Tel: +86-21-3203-9999 ext. 6899   
Fax +86-21-3251-8950


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Galaxy Entertainment Group Reports Record Interim Results in 1H 2014

Record Net Profit Attributable to Shareholders of $6.0 Billion, Up 29% Year-On-Year

Record Group Adjusted EBITDA of $7.3 Billion, Up 26% Year-On-Year

Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 On Schedule and On Budget to Complete As The Next Major Project in Macau by Mid-2015

Announced Enhanced Employee Benefits for Team Members

Announced $1.3 Billion GEG Charitable Foundation

Announced Another Special Dividend

HONG KONG, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited (“GEG” or “the Group”) (HKEx stock code: 27) today reported unaudited results for the three and six month periods ended 30 June 2014.


GEG: Record Half Year Revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and NPAS

  • Half year revenue increased 25% year-on-year to $38.4 billion
  • Half year Adjusted EBITDA of $7.3 billion, up 26% year-on-year
  • Net profit attributable to shareholders grew 29% year-on-year to $6.0 billion
  • Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $3.5 billion, a year-on-year increase of 15%

Galaxy Macau™: Celebrates its Third Year Anniversary with Another Strong Performance

  • Half year revenue grew 38% to $25 billion, and Adjusted EBITDA surged 35% to $5.4 billion
  • Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $2.65 billion, grew 27% year-on-year

StarWorld Macau: Solid Half Year Performance Despite Bad Luck

  • Half year revenue grew 7% year-on-year to $12.3 billion, and Adjusted EBITDA up 9% to $1.9 billion
  • Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $822 million down 7% year-on-year due primarily to the worst VIP luck quarter in history

Development Update: Advancing with Clearly Defined Pipeline

  • Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 — Remains on budget and on schedule to complete by mid-2015
  • Cotai Phases 3 & 4 — Site investigation works for the $50-60 billion resort due to commence later this year
  • Grand Waldo Complex — Plan to unveil plans in Q4 2014 and re-launching in early 2015
  • Hengqin Island — Continue to develop conceptual plans for a RMB10 billion resort on the 2.7 sq km land parcel
  • International — Continuously exploring opportunities in overseas markets primarily in Asia

Balance Sheet: Remains Well Capitalised and Liquid

  • Cash on hand at 30 June 2014 of $14.4 billion, up from $10.3 billion at 31 December 2013
  • Gearing ratio remains at zero as at 30 June 2014 with virtually no debt

Subsequent Events: Announced Enhanced Employee Benefits Package, GEG Charitable Foundation and Another Special Dividend

  • Announced enhanced employee benefits package for all 16,000 Macau general employees in August 2014
  • Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Macau by announcing the establishment of the $1.3 billion GEG Charitable Foundation on 4 July 2014
  • Special dividend of $0.70 per share paid to shareholders on 31 July 2014
  • Another special dividend of $0.45 per share to be paid on or about 31 October 2014

Dr. Lui Che Woo, Chairman of GEG said:

“We celebrated our ten year anniversary in Macau after achieving another half year of record financial results. Our continued success lies in consistently delivering memorable leisure and entertainment experiences to guests through our spectacular high quality resorts and our exemplary ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ service standards.

During the half year we made excellent progress in realising our primary strategic objectives across our flagship properties including enhancing our existing operations as the market evolves and building foundations for the Group’s long term sustainable growth. We are confident that Phases 2, 3 and 4 of GEG on Cotai, re-launching the Grand Waldo Complex, and our conceptual plans for Hengqin Island will enhance Macau’s world-wide reputation as a tourism capital, catalyse our earnings growth and maximise long term shareholder returns.

Reflecting the importance of our strong team and the critical role each and every member plays in our continued success, we recently extended an enhanced employee benefits package for all our 16,000 Macau general team members. These new incentive measures will help the Group to retain and attract high quality talent while maintaining the exemplary ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ service philosophy for which we are renowned.

Also, reflecting the importance we place on giving back to the community, we recently announced the establishment of the $1.3 billion GEG Charitable Foundation that will focus on educating and empowering young people in Macau and on the Mainland. I am deeply excited by this project and hope it can contribute to future stability and prosperity.

And finally on 31 July 2014, we paid a special dividend of $0.70 per share. I am pleased to announce another special dividend of $0.45 per share will be payable on or about 31 October 2014. This reflects our confidence in the outlook for the Group and for Macau.

Once again, I would like to thank every one of our team members in GEG for their commitment and contributions to the Group’s success.”

Market Overview

The Macau gaming market saw healthy growth in the half year as total gaming revenue increased by 13% year-on-year to $187.5 billion. Second quarter revenue grew at a more modest 6% year-on-year, largely as a result of more cautious spending due to a softer economy in China and the distraction of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, visitor numbers to Macau jumped 8% to 15.3 million, a faster rate of growth than that achieved in the same period last year. Arrivals from Mainland China now account for 67% of total visitors.

Macau’s growing appeal as a premier holiday destination with a broad array of entertainment and leisure options, was borne out by the higher margin mass segment revenue climbing an impressive 36% to $63.9 billion in the first half of 2014. This structural shift in the market will be sustained by major infrastructure improvement works such as the Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Mass Rapid Transit and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge coming on stream in the near future, and increased domestic consumption on the Mainland. Additionally, the transformation of Hengqin Island into a new regional business and leisure hub, with new attractions such as the resort amusement park, will assist in attracting new visitors to the region.

The VIP segment, which accounts for 62% of the total gaming revenue, registered year-on-year growth of 3% to $116.2 billion.

Group Financial Results

Record Group revenue and earnings were achieved in the first half of the year with revenue climbing 25% year-on-year to $38.4 billion and Adjusted EBITDA surging 26% to $7.3 billion. Net profit attributable to shareholders reached an all-time high of $6.0 billion, up 29% year-on-year. The Group’s flagship properties achieved solid half year results, while the Construction Materials Division and City Clubs made solid contributions in line with management expectations.

The Group’s total gaming revenue on a management basis[1] grew 24% year-on-year to $38.2 billion in the first half of 2014 driven by healthy growth in both mass and VIP. Total mass revenue increased 28% year-on-year to $9.9 billion while total VIP revenue grew 24% year-on-year to $27.5 billion.

The Group’s balance sheet at 30 June 2014 remains well capitalised and liquid, with cash on hand of $14.4 billion and net cash of $14.1 billion. GEG reported debt of just $348 million at 30 June 2014.

Group Adjusted EBITDA (HK$'m)

Group Adjusted EBITDA (HK$’m)

Galaxy Macau™

Galaxy Macau™ celebrated its third year anniversary in May 2014, and remains the key growth driver in the Group. First half revenue increased by 38% to a record $25 billion against the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA for the same period increased by 35% to a record $5.4 billion. Adjusted EBITDA grew 27% year-on-year to $2.6 billion in the second quarter, down slightly by 5% sequentially as a result of playing unlucky in VIP and lower mass volumes.

Latest twelve months ROI[2] improved from 45% in 1H 2013 to 59% as of 30 June 2014. Adjusted EBITDA margin under HKFRS and US GAAP remained constant year-on-year at 22% and 31%, respectively, at 30 June 2014.

VIP Gaming Performance

Total VIP rolling chip volume for the period was $517 billion, up 49% year-on-year. This translated to revenue of $17 billion, up 44% year-on-year. Second quarter volume of $264 billion was the best on record, 48% higher than the same period last year and up 5% over Q1 2014.

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Revenue in the mass segment was $6.4 billion, up 32% on 1H 2013. Second quarter revenue increased by 19% year-on-year to $3 billion, but dipped 9% sequentially as June and subsequently July were impacted by the FIFA World Cup.

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Electronic gaming revenue rose 7% year-on-year to $796 million. Second quarter revenue was in line with the same period last year.

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Revenue increased by 3% year-on-year to $744 million. Hotel occupancy on a combined basis at the resort’s three luxury hotels averaged near capacity at 98% for the half year. The property’s diverse and compelling retail, dining and accommodation options continued to attract customers.

StarWorld Macau

StarWorld Macau delivered solid half year results. Revenue increased by 7% year-on-year to $12.3 billion, and Adjusted EBITDA climbed 9% to $1.9 billion. These results were achieved on the back of strong growth in the mass gaming segment, and VIP revenues coming in slightly ahead of the same period last year despite significant bad luck in the second quarter.

Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $822 million, down 7% year-on-year due primarily to the worst VIP luck quarter in history. StarWorld Macau reported the latest twelve months ROI[3] of 109% compared to 92% for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA margin in the half year was constant at 15% and 25% under HKFRS and under US GAAP, respectively.

VIP Gaming Performance

StarWorld Macau reported 12% year-on-year growth in VIP rolling chip volume to $349 billion in the first six months of 2014, which translated into revenue of $9.8 billion.

Despite enjoying a strong first quarter, demand and win softened in Q2, as weaker economic data out of China affected sentiment and spending, and the property experienced its worst quarterly luck in history with 2.5%.

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Mass gaming win in the first half of the year grew by 35% year-on-year to $2.2 billion on table drop of $5.8 billion, up 9% year-on-year.

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StarWorld Macau’s electronic gaming generated revenue of $100 million, down 11% on last year as a result of lower hold. Second quarter net win was in line with the same quarter last year, and broadly in line with Q1 2014.

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Non-Gaming Performance

Non-gaming revenue in the period was $181 million, in line with the same period last year. Hotel room occupancy remained at near capacity throughout the period at 99%. StarWorld Macau continues to be regarded as one of Macau’s preeminent luxury hotels.

City Clubs

City Clubs achieved $92 million of Adjusted EBITDA in the period (1H 2013: $94 million). It continues to perform in line with management expectations.

Construction Materials Division

The Construction Materials Division achieved results in line with the same period last year, delivering revenue of $1 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of $187 million.

Cotai and Hengqin Island Development Update

GEG arguably has the largest and best defined short, medium and long term development pipeline in the Macau gaming market and the global gaming industry.

Short term

  • Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 remains on budget and on schedule to complete as Macau’s next major project by mid-2015. We have a significant work force on site completing the building exterior and fitting out the interior.
  • The Grand Waldo Complex will re-launch in early 2015 following an extensive refit, we will unveil our plans in Q4 2014.

Medium term

  • Site investigation works for Cotai Phases 3 & 4 are expected to commence later this year. Doubling GEG’s Cotai footprint to 2 million square metres, it will feature thousands of luxury hotel rooms, a state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena and a large convention centre.

Long term

  • GEG continues to advance its conceptual plans to develop a world class destination resort on a 2.7 square kilometre land parcel on Hengqin Island. The RMB10 billion, low rise, low density resort will complement the Group’s high energy properties located in Macau.

Selected Major Awards




Best Managed Companies in Asia – Gaming

Euromoney Magazine

Gaming and Lodging – Best Company

Institutional Investor Magazine – All
Asia Executive Team Survey

Casino Operator of the Year Australia / Asia

International Gaming Awards

Galaxy Macau™

Best Resort of the Year (HK/Macau)

Travel Weekly Magazine and Events
Magazine jointly organized – China
Travel & Meetings Industry Awards

Best Service Resort Asia

Golden Horse Award of China Hotel

Top 10 Resort Hotels of China

China Hotel Starlight Awards

Best Integrated Resort Brand and Service


Hurun Report Best of the Best Awards –
Luxury Hotel in Macau Star Performer

Hurun Report

StarWorld Macau

Best Service Hotel of the Year

Travel Weekly Magazine and Events
Magazine jointly organized – China
Travel & Meetings Industry Awards

Macau Elite Service Hotel Award

Ming Pao Weekly

Best Service Hotel of Asia

Golden Horse Award of China Hotel

Top 10 Glamorous Hotels of China

China Hotel Starlight Awards

Best Hotel Brand and Service


Subsequent Events

Incentivising Employees

Reflecting the importance of our strong team and the critical role each and every member plays in our continued success, we recently extended a new employee benefits package for all our 16,000 Macau general team members. These new incentive measures will help the Group to retain and attract high quality talent while maintaining the exemplary ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ service philosophy for which we are renowned.

Announced $1.3 Billion GEG Charitable Foundation

To celebrate its 10th year in operation and the 3rd Anniversary of its flagship property Galaxy Macau™, GEG announced the establishment of the GEG Charitable Foundation on 4 July 2014. The GEG Charitable Foundation reinforces GEG’s commitment to promoting a sustainable future for Macau through sharing its success with the community. The GEG Charitable Foundation will be funded initially with $300 million and a further commitment of another $1 billion later on.

Paid a Special Dividend

A special dividend of $0.70 per share was paid to shareholders on 31 July 2014. This reflects the Group’s significant cash generation ability to simultaneously develop Macau’s largest development pipeline.

Announcement of Another Special Dividend

The Group has substantial cash holdings, virtually no debt and robust cash flows from operations. The development of Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 remains on budget and on schedule and we have great confidence in the outlook for GEG specifically and Macau in general. Therefore the Board of Directors has decided to announce another special dividend of $0.45 per share, payable on or about 31 October 2014.


In the first half of 2014, GEG set new records for revenue and earnings. However, in this period the industry has experienced headwinds such as the FIFA World Cup which occurs once every four years and the soft economic landing in China which impacted customer behaviour. GEG’s management team remains focused on executing the Group’s strategic objectives to ensure long term sustainable growth for decades to come.

GEG is very optimistic about its prospects and those of Macau. The fundamental long term drivers for growth are unchanged, with major infrastructure works and increasing domestic consumption set to drive substantial growth in visitation to Macau in the years ahead. The Group’s track record, exceptional properties, powerful brand, and clear roadmap for short, medium and long term growth, position it well to capture these new visitors and fulfill its core goal of being ‘globally recognised as Asia’s leading gaming and entertainment corporation’.


[1] The primary difference between statutory revenue and management basis revenue is the treatment of City Clubs revenue where fee income is reported on a statutory basis and gaming revenue is reported on a management basis.

[2] ROI calculated based on the total Adjusted EBITDA for the latest twelve months divided by gross book value through 30 June 2014 including allocated land cost.

[3] ROI calculated based on the total Adjusted EBITDA for the latest twelve months divided by gross book value through 30 June 2014 including allocated land cost.

About Galaxy Entertainment Group (HKEx stock code: 27)

Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited (“GEG”) is one of Asia’s leading gaming and entertainment corporations, and is a member of the Hang Seng Index.

GEG primarily develops and operates hotels, gaming and integrated resort facilities in Macau, the only legal gaming location in China and the largest gaming entertainment market in the world.

The two flagship properties of GEG include Galaxy Macau™, a world class integrated destination resort opened in May 2011 at Cotai, and StarWorld Macau, an award-winning property opened in 2006 on the Macau peninsula.

In April 2012, GEG announced the development of Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 that will nearly double the size of the existing resort to one million square metres. Upon its targeted completion by mid-2015, Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 will bring to Macau some of the most exciting entertainment, leisure, retail and MICE facilities. In December 2012, GEG outlined its concept plans for Phases 3 & 4 of its Cotai landbank and expects to commence site investigation works as early as late 2014.

Recently GEG entered into a framework agreement with the Hengqin Island authority to develop a 2.7 square kilometre land parcel for a world class destination resort in Hengqin Island. This project will complement GEG’s business in Macau and differentiate us from our peers, as well as play a key role in supporting Macau to become a world centre of tourism and leisure.

Additionally, GEG operates a Construction Materials Division.

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Galaxy Entertainment Group

Mr. Peter J. Caveny
Vice President, Investor Relations
Tel: +852-3150-1111

Ms. Yoko Ku
Manager, Investor Relations
Tel: +852-3150-1111

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Legendary Hollywood Action Stars Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger to Headline Asia’s Only Official VIP Screening for The Expendables 3 as Highlight of the Venetian Macao’s 7th Anniversary Celebration

The Venetian Macao Strengthens Leadership Position as a Top Global Celebrity Destination in Macao Building on Global Partnerships

#1 Integrated Resort in Macao Proves Top Draw for A-List Hollywood

MACAO, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Venetian Macao announced today that it will host Asia’s only VIP screening experience for the opening of The Expendables 3 featuring live appearances by the blockbuster film’s iconic lead actors, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, on August 22nd in celebration of the integrated resort’s 7th anniversary. The most star-powered film franchise in history raises the bar to unprecedented heights with a dream team of global superstars, explosive stunts and mind-boggling weaponry as the mercenary group comes face to face with ruthless arms dealer and Expendables co-founder Conrad Stonebanks whose mission is to wipe out the entire team.

This all-star event bringing renowned Hollywood action heroes to Macao will be the cornerstone of the 7th anniversary celebration for The Venetian Macao, marking another milestone for the integrated resort and further cementing its status as the leading destination in China for global talent.  The weekend celebration will culminate in an anticipated UFC fight event at the property.

“The Venetian Macao is absolutely the place to be in Macao to see the biggest and brightest global superstars of film, music, sports and more,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. “A star-studded event like the VIP screening of The Expendables 3 provides exceptional entertainment and helps raise the profile of Macao as a world centre of tourism and leisure.”

Leading Sands China’s drive to increase global awareness of Macao and the Cotai Strip is the company’s multi-tiered entertainment strategy, which continues to attract international superstars from the worlds of music, film, television, sports and more.

The Venetian Macao has established itself as a major stop on world tours, delivering top international entertainers including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, The Police, Avril Lavigne, Eason Chan, Jay Chou, and a record-setting concert by the Rolling Stones. In 2013 alone, the property attracted the tours of Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Justin Bieber.

The Venetian Macao captured the world’s attention in November of that same year with the championship boxing event pitting Manny Pacquiao against Brandon Rios. Superstar athletes at the integrated resort have included Tiger Woods, Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, and Roger Federer. And one of the world’s most iconic men, David Beckham, has joined forces with The Venetian Macao and Las Vegas Sands’ integrated resort property in Singapore as part of a partnership between Beckham Ventures and Las Vegas Sands.

Award shows, film shoots and movie premieres have given visitors a chance to see in person some of the most recognizable faces of film and television. Hollywood converged at The Venetian Macao last October for the Huading Awards with celebrity appearances by Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Quentin Tarantino, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Irons, Jackie Chan, Sam Worthington and Matthew Perry. The Venetian Macao has rolled out the red carpet to host premieres for films such as My Lucky Star starring Zhang Ziyi and From Vegas to Macau starring Chow Yun Fat and Nicholas Tse — both of which featured scenes shot at the iconic integrated resort  as well as for the DreamWorks Animation films Turbo, Mr. Peabody and Sherman and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

In 2013, events broadcast from the resort’s 15,000 seat Cotai Arena  the largest in all of Macao  reached an audience of nearly 1 billion television viewers in China alone.  The resort hosted dozens of high profile events last year, and the property has become a mecca for the film and television industry, securing a plethora of productions, festivals and premieres

2014 has been equally successful for The Venetian Macao as it continues to demonstrate its proven track record as the leader in attracting the biggest names in entertainment:  In March, Kevin Spacey took the stage for the Venetian Charity Ball along with Anthony Kennedy Shriver.  In April, David Beckham and Ricky Martin were front-and-center at The Venetian Macao for the China Music Awards.  In June, the property hosted a VIP screening for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The VIP screening for The Expendables 3 will take place in the lavish 1,800 seat Venetian Theatre, where onlookers will be able to catch a glimpse of the glittering array of celebrities as they walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao.

Asia, and China especially, are becoming a much bigger part of our business and as their markets continue to expand, it is very important we find ways to bring talent and engage with their audiences in new and exciting ways,” said Avi Lerner, Chairman and CEO of Nu Image, Inc. and Millennium Films.

The Venetian Theatre, one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China, is a key player in Sands China’s effort to bring the best international entertainment to Macao, hosting star-studded red carpet events  from movie premieres to renowned movie awards and festivals including the China Music Awards and the Asia Pacific Film Festival. The diversity of entertainment provided by Sands China Ltd. ranges from global superstar performances and world-class sports spectaculars to family-friendly attractions, allowing locals and visitors of all ages a chance to enjoy some of the world’s greatest entertainment acts in Macao.

About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel

Opened in 2007, The Venetian®Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao’s first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

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Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Resorts

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar‘s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit

About Millennium Films

Millennium Films is one of the longest-running independent film companies in the history of Hollywood, with 20 years and more than 300 movies to its credit.  The company now produces, finances and handles international sales for 5-8 star-driven movies per year, generally with budgets between $20 million and $80 million.

Millennium Films is run by co-founders Avi Lerner and Trevor Short, and a senior executive team that includes Mark Gill (president), Boaz Davidson (head of development and creative affairs), John Thompson (head of production), John Fremes (head of international sales) and Lonnie Ramati (head of business affairs).

Millennium also operates full-service studios in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Sofia, Bulgaria.  The company was founded in 1992 under the name Nu Image, Inc.

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Public Relations, Venetian Macau Limited
Lily Cheng
Tel: +853-8118-2013

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2014 Mid-Autumn Festival Moon Cake Gift Box Debut

SHANGHAI, Aug. 4, 2014 /PR Newswire/ — Selected traditional flavors and classical design, Sofitel Shanghai Hyland highly recommends the seasonal gift for the coming Mid-Autumn Day. Celebrate the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival with 2 different kinds of premium moon cake boxes and send the best wishes to your friends and family.

2014 Mid-Autumn Festival Moon Cake Gift Box Debut

2014 Mid-Autumn Festival Moon Cake Gift Box Debut

Booking Hotline: 021 6351 5888 – 4298.

LUXURY BOX at RMB 238 per box
8 delicious moon cakes (1x100g and 7x50g)

FAMILY BOX at RMB 168 per box
6 delicious moon cakes (6x60g)

Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

Sofitel Shanghai Hyland, a luxury hotel blends true French refinement with Chinese culture and history.

Located in the heart of the city on the famous Nanjing pedestrian street in the commercial centre, the hotel is within walking distance of People’s Square, The Bund, Museum and Theatres, the former French Concession and adjacent to 2 Metro Stations – Nanjing Road East Station and People’s Square Station.

Hotel offers 383 impeccably designed guestrooms and suites including sophisticated Club Sofitel rooms, located on the uppermost floors with stunning views over a sparkling city skyline. Other facilities include 2 Restaurants, 1 Bar, 9 flexible meeting space for up to 400 delegates, a Fitness centre with Gym & Spa facilities.

Address: 505 Nanjing Road, Shanghai, PR China
Telephone: +86 2163515888

Sofitel, World Class Hotels & French Elegance

Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 120 addresses, in almost 40 countries (more than 30,000 rooms). Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, London, New York, Shanghai or Beijing, or nestled away in a country landscape in Morocco, Egypt, French Polynesia or Thailand, each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French “art de vivre”.

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