Luxury in the city

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Daniel Grau, managing director of Rosewood Phnom Penh. KT/ Mai Vireak

A five-star luxury hotel owned by the international Rosewood chain is due to open in Phnom Penh later this year to capitalize on the growth of tourism in Cambodia.
The hotel will occupy 14 upper floors from the 25th level of the Vattanac Capital Tower One and will be the only five-star hotel in Cambodia located in a skyscraper.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts was appointed by Cambodia-based property developer Vattanac Properties to manage Rosewood Phnom Penh. It is due to open at the end of June.
It will join the upcoming network of Rosewood luxury hotels in the region that will include Phuket in Thailand, Sanya in China, Luang Prabang in Laos, Hong Kong, Bali, Guangzhou and Jakarta.
Daniel Grau, managing director of Rosewood Phnom Penh, said at a pre-opening event yesterday that the hotel was envisaged as “an unconventional haven and a distinctive encounter.”
“Right now in Phnom Penh, tourism and businesses are growing and we plan to capture both,” he said.
Mr. Grau said the looks of Rosewood Phnom Penh could be deceiving, and potential hotel guests should “look behind the veil to discover the real thing.”
“When you look at the Vattanac tower, many people would say they wouldn’t want to stay here if they’re visiting the country as tourists,” he said. “The outside does not represent what you want to see but when you go inside it is a beautiful building.”
“We believe people want to stay somewhere with a residential feeling,” added Mr. Grau.  
Din Sometharith, president of the Cambodia Hotel Association, welcomed the entry of a global brand such as Rosewood to the country.
“There is a preference among hotel guests for five-star hotels in Phnom Penh so they have made a good decision to be here. With this global luxury brand, will have a very good image for our country’s tourism industry,” he said.
Ho Vandy, secretary-general of the Cambodia National Tourism Alliance, said that the presence of Rosewood in Cambodia was not only an investment in Cambodia but also helped promote the kingdom to the world.
“Rosewood doesn’t just come for their own business but they also showcase our ancient tradition and culture and promote the country to the world,” he said.
Mr. Vandy said the opening of Rosewood in Cambodia also contributed to the country’s target of welcoming seven million international visitors by 2020.
The Cambodian government also aims to attract two million Chinese tourists every year.
Mr. Grau said the Rosewood hotel in Beijing would provide a base to promote Cambodia to its customers in China
“The Chinese market is very important for tourism here,” he said.

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