Guoman and Thistle Hotels recently established its asia headquarters in Shanghai, marking its official entry into the China market and the start of its expansion in Asia.
Set up in London in 2002, the group has two hotel brands: the luxury five-star brand Guoman and the four-star Thistle brand. There are currently five hotels under the Guoman brand in central London, with each hotel distingushed by unique architectural, historical, and cultural features. Thistle is a well-established brand in the UK domestic market, with 34 hotels in central London and throughout the country.
In 2009, Guoman and Thistle Hotels started its trial overseas expansion by opening two hotels in Malaysia: Thistle Port Dickson and Thistle Johor Bahru. The first Guoman hotel invested in, and managed by the group, in China is slated to open in Shanghai in October 2010.