Regent signs hotel in Harbin, China

Regent Hotels & Resorts has signed a management contract with China's Hua Hong Group for a new hotel in Harbin, China. The 250-room Regent Place Harbin will be located at the new Hua Hong International Center and is scheduled to open in 2017.

The hotel will have three restaurants, a grand ballroom that accommodates 550 guests, a chapel, 14 meeting rooms, 10 spa treatment rooms, a large indoor swimming pool and fitness center.

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"Asia plays an important part in Regent's global expansion plans; we see tremendous potential for hotels in major cities throughout the region," said Steven Pan, chairman of Regent Hotels & Resorts. "Key to our success in the region is partnering with the right people with whom we share the same values. Hua Hong Group is such a company and I am thrilled to be working alongside Zhang Hongshan and his team on this exciting development."

Regent Place Harbin will be Regent Hotels & Resorts' fourth property in China, following the launches of Regent Chongqing and Regent Place Xian in 2016 and 2017 respectively and its current property Regent Beijing. The group also has hotels in Berlin, Phuket, Singapore, Taipei, Turks & Caicos and Montenegro.

The Regent brand returned to its Asian roots in 2010 with an acquisition by Taipei-based FIH Regent Group.

Regent Beijing pictured.

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The joint-venture partners have given a name to the upper-midscale brand they introduced in February.

Seven of the new hotels fall under the Budgetel Inn & Suites brand, three under the AmeriVu Inns & Suites brand and two under the Haven Hotel brand.

Sri Krishna Enterprises owns the 115-suite hotel, which took 16 months to construct, and Southern Hospitality Services manages it.