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Luneng Group and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Announce Plans for Four Seasons Hotel Dalian

TORONTO, CA. September 21, 2017 – Luneng Group, one of the major real estate developers in China, and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, today jointly announced plans to open a luxury Four Seasons hotel in Dalian, located in the Liaodong Peninsula in northeastern China.

Situated within the Donggang (East Harbour), Four Seasons Hotel Dalian will open in the redeveloped financial and commercial hub of the city. A growing and diverse urban centre, Dalian is home to leading industry, port activities and commerce, and is a popular destination for domestic and foreign travellers. Dalian is known for its cosmopolitan culture, showcasing traditional and modern architecture with global influences reflecting its long history as an important seaport.

The new mixed-use tower in the Donggang will feature office space along with the Hotel, and is ideally located to offer views of both the historic port and downtown core. Business and leisure travellers alike will have easy access to industrial and commercial centres; restaurants, bars and shopping; as well as other popular tourist destinations, including swimmable beaches and theme parks.

“With a pre-eminent location in downtown Dalian within the Donggang district, Four Seasons Hotel Dalian will be a great addition to the city,” says Tao Zhou, Head of the Hotel Division of Luneng Group. “We are pleased to partner with Four Seasons, a company we greatly admire, to bring our combined vision to life as a crowning feature of the city’s new financial and commercial centre.”

“We are proud to work with Luneng Group to introduce another Four Seasons experience in China in such a diverse and fascinating city,” says J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Together, we are dedicated to introducing guests to the highest standard of quality and the most genuine and personal service – the markers of a Four Seasons stay the world over.”

Four Seasons Hotel Dalian will include approximately 250 guest rooms and suites, a pool, fitness centre and spa. The Hotel will also include extensive event and meeting space with several ballrooms and meeting rooms along with on-site restaurants, a hotel bar, lobby lounge and a deli and pastry shop with outdoor terrace.

Construction is set to begin later this year, with an anticipated opening in 2020.

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About Luneng Group

Luneng Group is the wholly owned subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China. SGCC is a large state-owned key enterprise in China and the world's largest public utility company, ranked 2nd on Fortune Global 500 list and 1st on Top 500 Enterprises of China. Luneng Group’s development vision is to become a public, professional, high-quality, leading real estate development operator and clean energy investment operator.

About Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Founded in 1960, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continual innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. Currently operating 106 hotels, resorts and residences in major city centres and resort destinations in 44 countries, and with more than 50 projects under planning or development, Four Seasons consistently ranks among the world’s best hotels and most prestigious brands in reader polls, traveller reviews and industry awards. For more information and reservations, visit fourseasons.com. For the latest news, visit press.fourseasons.com and follow @FourSeasonsPR on Twitter.

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