Stronger bookings at Grand Hyatt Taipei as it completes phase one of renovations

THE 853-room Grand Hyatt Taipei has completed the first phase of its US$100 million makeover, with rooms in the West and East wings now sporting fresher, modern interiors.

Remaining renovations to the grand lobby, in-house dining establishments and exterior lighting are expected to finish by the start of 2015.

The makeover follows the hotel’s refurbishment of its Grand Ballroom in 2000 and Grand Residence meetings area in 2006, as well as other updates to various facilities throughout the years since its opening in September 1990.

Liling Chu, Grand Hyatt Taipei’s director of events, told TTGmice e-Weekly that the renovation works have helped to generate increased business, especially from new clients who are attracted to new facilities in the hotel.

“Business has been thriving,” Chu said, adding that the Grand Ballroom enjoys an average occupancy rate of 70 to 80 per cent.

According to Chu, domestic bookings make up 55 to 60 per cent of the hotel’s event business, and these functions are usually weddings and social gatherings. Conference and meeting packages offered by the hotel are mostly consumed by international companies with offices in Taiwan.

Although the hotel is now armed with updated hardware, Chu gave no indication that room rates and venue rental fees would be adjusted upwards.

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