New Payment Options for Chinese Tourists in Geneva

Grand Hotel Kempinski
New Payment Options for Chinese Tourists in Geneva

Geneva, March 2013

Since February 2013, the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is one of the first properties in Geneva to accept the Union Pay card, meaning Chinese guests can pay by card instead of cash. This decision comes from a substantial expansion in Chinese tourists in terms of their market share. Swiss Tourism expects Chinese guests to spend more than 2 million nights in Switzerland from now until 2020.
“Asia is becoming increasingly important for the hotel business. All prestigious hotel brands are there. But if their travels to Switzerland increase, Chinese guests are more likely to choose 3 or 4-star hotels. Their attraction to our country is significant and we hope that in a couple of years they will change their habits in order to experience an entire luxury stay from A to Z” says Thierry Lavalley, the General Manager of the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva.

The Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is striving to be more open to the Chinese market and is one of the first hotels to offer them the most convenient.

About Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva: 

Grand Hotel Kempinski in Geneva is a luxury five-star Hotel and Spa complex, the largest in Switzerland, that enjoys a privileged location on Lake Geneva with stunning views of the Jet d'Eau fountain and Mont Blanc. With its perfect combination of elegance and first class service, Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is the first choice for discerning guests around the world and a destination in itself.

The Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva features 412 rooms including 33 amazing suites and 14 apartments. The Hotel is home to 3 gourmet restaurants: Italian cuisine at Il Vero, expertly prepared steak at Le Grill and traditional Chinese cuisine at Lou One. The Spa Valmont with 1,400m2 dedicated to wellness and relaxation in a peaceful and refined setting with a further indoor 250m2 fitness centre and 20m-long indoor pool. A luxury shopping gallery with a car rental
agency, a pharmacy and an underground parking complete our offer.

About Kempinski Hotels:
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 76 five-star hotels and residences in 34 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and The Americas. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location.
Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands. •

For further media information:
Talbot Marion • Public Relation Director • Tel. +41 22 908 91 45
Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, C.P 176, CH 1211 Geneva 21, Suisse

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