Raffles details global growth plans

Raffles Shenzhen takes up the top floors of a 72-story tower in the One Shenzhen Bay complex. The property has 168 guestrooms. Photo credit: Accor

Raffles Hotels & Resorts has opened the Raffles Shenzhen in China and the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo in the Maldives. 

"The Raffles collection now includes 14 properties across 12 countries," said Chris Cahill, deputy CEO, Accor. The brand expects to open an additional eight to 10 hotels over the next few years, he added. 

Raffles Shenzhen takes up the top floors of a 72-story tower in the One Shenzhen Bay complex. The property has 168 guestrooms.
On the southern tip of the Maldives archipelago, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo has 21 island beach villas and 16 ocean overwater villas. 

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Adding to the recent openings in China and the Maldives, Raffles developed a growth plan that will add a number of new hotels, resorts and mixed-use projects to its global portfolio over the coming years.  

Scheduled for opening in 2020, the 101-room Raffles Udaipur will be the brand's first hotel in India. Modeled after a palace, the hotel is set on a private island on the Udaisagar Lake.

Raffles Jaipur, set to open by 2022, is a 55-room hotel being built at Kukas in the city of Jaipur, near tourist destinations such as Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jal Mahal palace. Secluded private residences and courtyards will join a larger complex that presently houses the Fairmont Jaipur, one of Raffles' sister brands.

Raffles The Palm Dubai, with 125 rooms and suites, and 359 branded residences, will be at the tip of the Palm archipelago. With a planned opening in 2021, the hotel will be the tallest structure on Palm Jumeirah at almost 260 meters high.

Scheduled to open in 2021, Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences will be in the historical heart of the city as part of a new 33-story building. The project includes a 147-room hotel as well as 146 branded residences.

Currently under development, Raffles London will reside within the Old War Office building on Whitehall. The property is being transformed into a flagship Raffles hotel with 125 rooms and suites, restaurants, a spa and 85 private residences.

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The hotel will implement a new, branded mobile app that delivers control to guests and GEMS, a back-office tool that streamlines operations.

The U.S. is now the only region that has yet to turn a positive month of profit since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.

While occupancy largely was flat week over week during the seven-day period ending Sept. 19, rate and revenue both declined.