Thistle Hotels is to expand into the Asian market with an initial £11m investment into three properties: Malaysia (Port Dickson and Johor Bahru) and China (Shanghai).
Thistle’s 33 UK properties are currently undergoing a £100m enhancement programme.
Chief Operating Officer, Heiko Figge comments: “The UK market remains our primary focus; however this exciting advancement overseas is a great opportunity to extend our UK success story on an international platform.
“Asia has proven to be a strong leader in growth, with its business travel market soaring. We believe the Thistle brand is best placed to provide an unrivalled level of customer service and standard of facilities within its category in this emerging market.
“The Asian properties have also been specifically chosen to capitalise on key business and leisure hubs.”
The Johor Bahru hotel, just a short drive from Singapore, will offer an events space with capacity for 650.
Thistle is part of Guoman Hotels, owned by Malaysian-founded Hong Leong Group.