Cambodia’s first Hyatt Regency hotel will officially open its doors to customers in Phnom Penh in January 2021, according a senior executive of the five-star hotel. The Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh’s opening is the culmination of a vision built with an investment of $180 million.
As Herman Kemp, general manager of Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh explained, “The Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh is part of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, which has a global portfolio of 21 premier brands, spanning more than 900 properties in 65 countries.”
He added: “We are excited to open our doors and welcome guests [to] our restaurants, bars and guest rooms. We will be offering new culinary experiences with locally sourced, sustainable products and [providing] exciting venues for weddings, social gatherings and corporate events.”
Additionally, Kemp said, “We are proud to be collaborating with the Chip Mong Group, one of Cambodia’s preeminent corporations for more than three decades, and a leader in many fields. We at Hyatt, are delighted to be the first hotel opened by the Chip Mong Group.”
Leang Khun, co-founder and chairman of the Chip Mong Group, said: “This year, we [Cambodia] faced [the] COVID-19 crisis and, of course, the local economy and businesses were affected inevitably. However, the Chip Mong group, with its strong foundation in Cambodia’s market [built over] the past 40 years, put forward strategies that [ensured the continuation of our ability] to thrive, no matter what circumstances we faced.
He added that “[The more than 10] businesses [that comprise] Chip Mong continue to operate, proof that Chip Mong is the most trusted and reliable local companies at any time and in any situation.”
Khun said that Chip Mong invested in the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh in order to contribute additionally to the development of the Kingdom’s economy, to partake in serving its tourism and business activities, to create job opportunities, develop local human resources and bring new technology and best practices to the Cambodian hotel and hospitality sector.
“As the owners of this hotel, we [made a large] commitment, solved all the challenges [the completion of such a project presented] and mobilised the resources [necessary] to invest in constructing this building and bring a global-branded hotel to Cambodia,” he said.
Khun continued that the colonial era building has been restored in a manner that ensures the integrity of the structure while maintaining its former glory at a cost of approximately $5 million.
He added: “The preservation of this colonial building is part of our efforts to maintain the identity of
this historic area, as our hotel stands tall [amid icons including] the National Museum, the Royal Palace, The Royal University of Fine Arts, Buddhist temples and the four rivers.”
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