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Nov 05. 2018
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By The Nation

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Thailand-based Onyx Hospitality Group recently launched its 50th property – the Shama Hongqiao Shanghai – in the city’s newest economic zone.

With 132 apartments offering a variety of layouts from studio to two-bedroom residences, all units come with high ceilings, providing a comfortable element of space for both travellers as well as longer stay residents. For the enhanced feel of home, each apartment is fitted with a customised Shama Slumber bed with an extra-soft feather mattress topper, fully equipped kitchenette, ample storage space, dual laundry washer and dryer, LED TV with international channels, Wi-Fi internet access and a work desk. 

The opening of Shama Hongqiao Shanghai marks a key milestone for the group, which set up its Greater China regional headquarters in Shanghai earlier this year.

At the recent 2018 AHF Asia Hotel Awards, Shama was recognised as the “Best Serviced Apartment Operator of Asia”. The brand’s two most recent openings in Shanghai were also winners at That’s 2018 Hospitality Awards, with Shama Hongqiao Shanghai named “Most Highly Anticipated New Serviced Apartment of the Year” and Shama Changfeng Shanghai named “Newly Opened Serviced Apartment of the Year”. In addition, Amari was awarded the “Best Asian Style Hotel” at the 2018 Golden Pillow Awards of China Hotels.

“The Greater China region is one of our fastest growing and most important markets, and will continue to play a significant role in our ongoing expansion and quest to be one of the Asia-Pacific region’s leading medium-sized hotel operators. Following the formation of our Shanghai-based Greater China team structure, Onyx Hospitality Group has successfully attracted the best talent in the business. The opening of the 50th regional property right here in China and recognition by the wide range of industry awards is affirmation that our China growth strategy is heading in the right direction,” said Douglas Martell, the Group’s president and chief executive officer.

The Bangkok-based group has a growing regional portfolio of 50 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. It is looking to develop 30 new properties in markets such as Australia and China, and has set a target of having 99 hotels open by 2024 as part of its journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the region. 

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