Hotel construction booming in anticipation of World Expo in Shanghai


The hotel market of the southern Chinese metropole has grown by 20 new upscale projects with a total room number of more than 6,200. According to, eight new first-class and luxury hotels with more than 2,500 guest rooms are already open to the public. The largest new hotel in the upcoming World Expo city (May 1 – October 31, ) is the early-February-inaugurated, 682-room Gran Mélia Shanghai ( ). A further hotel highlight in Shanghai is the 501-room Marriott Changfeng Park ( ), which also opened in February of this year.

“There are another 12 upscale hotel projects with approximately 3,700 rooms in the construction pipeline,” Christian Berke, head of international sales of, revealed. Twelve projects will be opened during World Exhibition EXPO 2010. The largest pending construction project is Starwood’s W Shanghai, Pudong, with 400 rooms that is scheduled to open in early September. Another remarkable project is the 362-room Hilton premium-branded Conrad Shanghai, set to open in July.

“Within the next four years, we expect, in addition to the earlier mentioned openings, 14 new upscale hotels with more than 6,400 rooms in Shanghai,”
Berke said. “Among those projects, we observe ambitious undertakings of leading hotel brands such as the Waldorf Astoria, Shangri La, Kempinski, Banyan Tree, InterContinental, Sheraton, Westin, Renaissanc,e and even Accor’s Pullmann.”

The hotel market of Shanghai is shaped by 38 luxury hotels in operation, 48 first-class hotels, and 219 three-star and lower-star-rated hotels with a total of 76,000 guest rooms. Thirty-two percent of all available rooms are luxury classed.

Until the end of 2010, the number of five-star hotel rooms is expected to reach 28,500. For World Expo 2010, about 58 million visitors from abroad are expected. According to this estimation, 400,000 beds are needed per day between May and October.

According to, 244 top hotel construction projects with more than 86,000 rooms are under current development in Greater China. The entire project listing with key contact data is available on with an annual subscription fee.