Shangri-La signs MOU for its first hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Shangri-La International Hotel Management and Oxley Gem Cambodia have signed a memorandum of understanding in relation to the management and operation of the first Shangri-La hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Oxley Gem is a partnership between by Singapore-based Oxley Holdings Limited and the Cambodian firm WorldBridge Land.

Under the terms of the agreement, Oxley Gem will grant Shangri-La a 60-day exclusivity period to negotiate the management of the hotel.

Construction of the Shangri-La hotel is slated next year with the hotel expected to open in 2019. The luxury hotel, with a proposed design of 300 rooms, will be part of a new mixed-use development located along the Mekong River facing Diamond Island – just a few minutes by taxi from the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre. In addition to the hotel, the development will house serviced offices, residences and a shopping centre.

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Ching Chiat Kwong, Executive Chairman and CEO of Oxley Holdings, said “We are excited about the prospect of developing the first Shangri-La branded hotel in Cambodia. We look forward to working closely with the Shangri-La team to inject more life and vitality into the heart of Phnom Penh.”

The hotel will have panoramic views of the city and an array of facilities, including a number of food and beverage outlets as well as event and meeting spaces. It will be conveniently located near the capital city’s main sightseeing attractions as well as Preah Sisowath Quay, a popular restaurant and nightlife district.

“Given Shangri-La’s well-established presence in Southeast Asia, we are excited to add a property in Phnom Penh to our portfolio and further expand our offerings in the region,” said Shangri-La President and CEO Greg Dogan.

Worldbridge Land Chairman, Oknha Rithy Sear, said, "Developing a hotel in Phnom Penh has always been on our blueprint. The signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Shangri-La is an attestation of our commitment to introduce luxury hospitality experience in Phnom Penh."