Hyatt Regency chases Chinese cultivation

Pictured: Hyatt Regency Huangzhou International Airport, China.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s upper upscale brand, Hyatt Regency, is headed east, according to the latest pipeline data from THP.

Prospective hotel additions will be situated predominantly in China, with over half of the projects in our records slated to appear in the major Asian nation.

Geographical shift

This will mark a shift in the brand’s geographical emphasis, which thus far has had an equal presence in global regions.

According to Hyatt’s own figures, as of 31 March 2023, the strand had 236 open hotels across 208 cities worldwide. This breaks down as 112 sites in the Americas, as compared to 124 throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Pipeline prospects

THP’s records show that there are at least 76 projects in the Hyatt Regency pipeline, comprising 20,672 keys.

A minimum of 67 newbuilds are on the slate, alongside seven refurbishments and two conversions.

Chinese considerations

With Asian sites forming 74% of the pipeline (56 hotels), China by itself is 53%, equating to 40 projects.

North America is in a distant second according to continent count, on nine sites, with seven of those in the USA, itself a joint runner-up country-wise alongside India. Just seven sites are slated for Europe, three in Africa and one in Oceania.

Topping the city list are Chinese cities Shenzhen and Zhanjiang, both with three prospective projects.

Immediate openings

Immediate openings look to be the order of the day, with 21 scheduled by the end of this year. A further 18 are expected to join the portfolio in 2024, and while the rate currently dips to four in 2025, this picks up again in 2026, with another 11 projects due.

The remaining 22 sites are either slated for further in the future or have yet to be designated a delivery date.

Brand profile

Hyatt Regency hotels are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations.

The properties offer a full range of services, amenities, and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting and event planners, business travellers, and leisure guests. These include well-designed guestrooms with a full complement of modern amenities, creative food and beverage options and flexible meeting facilities of all sizes designed to provide technology-enabled ways to collaborate.

New in China

One of the upcoming Chinese openings is Hyatt Regency Hangzhou International Airport. Scheduled to welcome its first guests this June, the 336-key site is located adjacent to Terminal 4 of Hangzhou Airport. Amenities will include the Xiang Yue restaurant, specialising in Jiangsu and Zhejiang cuisine; a swimming pool; the Flo spa; and a fitness centre.

Further ahead, Hyatt Regency Chengdu Tianfu New Area will open in central China in Q4 2024. Within the La Cadiere project, the hotel will house 345 guestrooms, various meeting spaces, and three restaurants including an all-day dining restaurant, a Cantonese Chinese restaurant, and a Chinese restaurant.