Meliá Hotels International will further grow in China with a new hotel in Shanghai, which will become its eighth property in the country. Scheduled to open in July 2016, Meliá ShanghaI Hongqiao will consist of 190 rooms and will provide meeting rooms, two food and beverage outlets, as well as an executive lounge.
The new Meliá Shanghai Hongqiao will be part of Lidoway project, developed by Golden United Group, an urban complex in Hongqiao that will also have a range of commercial and entertainment facilities, dining outlets, green areas and high-end residential villas.
Hongqiao is expected to become the new center of west Shanghai and business hub for the Yangze River Delta region, thanks to its integration with the Hongqiao Transportation Hub. The hotel will be located close to the new National Convention and Exhibition Center (former China Expo Exhibition Center), the world largest exhibition complex, with capacity to accommodate up to 300,000 people per day.
In 2014, Hongqiao Airport handled 37.9-million passengers, a growth of 21.3 percent over 2010, making it the fourth busiest airport in mainland China and the 21st busiest in the world. Meanwhile, Hongqiao Railway station is the largest railway station in Asia.
Meliá Hotels International strengthened its corporate structure in 2011 with the creation of a corporate hub in Shanghai to expand in the Asia-Pacific market.