Jin Jiang Hotels and Interstate Hotels Sign Joint Venture Agreement to Create Interstate China Hotels & Resorts Based in Shanghai

  • Interstate Hotels
  • 04.19.10
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, one of the nation’s largest independent hotel management companies, announced that it has signed a joint venture agreement with Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels Company Limited (Jin Jiang Hotels), one of China’s leading hotel operators and developers, to create a platform to pioneer third-party hotel management in China.

The joint venture, called Interstate China Hotels & Resorts, has already entered into discussions with prospective clients.

Interstate China Hotels & Resorts will open an office in Shanghai and has begun a search for a chief executive officer to lead the joint venture.  “We will build a similar platform to ones we have successfully established in Moscow, Mexico and, most recently, India,” said Thomas F. Hewitt, Interstate’s chairman and chief executive officer.  “We have already begun putting the infrastructure in place to support our planned growth in China, one of the most dynamic hotel markets in the world, and we continue to expand our existing third-party business in the Americas and Europe.”

Mr. Yu Minliang, chairman of Jin Jiang Hotels, said, “We believe this will be a milestone in the development of the services sector in Shanghai and China.  Interstate will be the first independent hotel management company in China, which will give it a competitive advantage over companies that follow in its footsteps.  We expect the Sino/U.S. collaboration will be mutually beneficial to both parties.” 

Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels (Group) Company Limited is one of the leading hotel operators and managers in China.  The group is licensed to use the well-regarded Jin Jiang and Jin Jiang Inn brands.  As of December 31, 2009, the group operated and was developing 546 hotels, including star-rated hotels and Jin Jiang Inn budget hotels, providing close to 90,000 rooms in aggregate.  With a solid home base in Shanghai and Beijing, the group has also successfully spanned its hotel network across 137 cities and towns in 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities throughout the PRC. 

Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang, is one of the nation’s largest independent hotel management companies based on revenue managed.  The company and its affiliates manage and/or have ownership interests in a over 225 properties with nearly 46,000 rooms in 36 states, the District of Columbia, Russia, India, Mexico, Belgium, Canada, Ireland and England.  The company has ownership interests in 56 of those properties, including six wholly owned assets.

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