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And the winners are ... The votes are in and business travellers across the region have had their say on Asia's best hotels.

For the fourth time, the Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai has been named Overall Best Business Hotel in Asia and Ritz-Carlton has also been named Hotel Group of the Decade 1997 - 2005, a new award for 2005.

The Best Business Hotels in Asia Awards, now in their eighth year, have become one of the most sought after prizes in the highly competitive Asia Pacific hotel industry. The awards were established in 1998 to recognise the hotels that provide the business travellers with excellence in service and facilities, and to encourage quality throughout the business hotel industry.

The prestigious Awards honour the top business hotels from 14 countries across Asia Pacific in 17 different categories with two new categories listed for 2005--Hotel Group of the Decade and Best & Most Consistent Business Hotel in Asia 1997-2005.

This year over 100 hotels were nominated and more than 16,000 votes were received--both online and using the coupon found in Business Asia Magazine.

Business travellers were asked to nominate their favourite hotels across the 16 different categories and then to name their choice for Best Business Hotel in Asia.

The Ritz-Carlton has again this year dominated the awards taking out the top prize for its Shanghai hotel and winning Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Hotel Group of the Decade categories. This will be the 6th time in a row the hotel has won the Malaysia category.

Conrad Hong Kong has shown great form, winning the Hong Kong category as well as the new award for 2005--Best & Most Consistent Business Hotel in Asia.

Pan Pacific Hotel International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, has held it's position as the dominating hotel for Best Airport Hotel category. The hotel has won the category since it's introduction in 2000. The hotel continues to keep it's secret on how to be the best Airport hotel--many others would love to know what it is.

The Taj West End Hotel in Bangalore is a first time winner of the Best Business Hotel in India and Shangri-La, Jakarta has returned to win the Best Business Hotel in Indonesia category--the first time they won the award was in 1999.

The Park Hyatt Tokyo has also had a return to victory, since first winning the award in 1999 for Best Business Hotel in Japan.

And another first time winner is the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers taking out the title of Best Business Hotel in Vietnam.

OVERALL BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN ASIA

WINNER: Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

Located 20 minutes from the Hong Qiao International Airport and 40 minutes from Pudong International Airport, the 578-room Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai is a landmark located in a retail, dining and entertainment complex on the famous Nanjing Road.

Services and facilities include six restaurants and lounges serving Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Western favorites. An extensive health club with swimming pool, gym, squash and racquetball courts, 24-hour business centre, 24-hour gymnasium and a full service hair salon.

From a private dinner for 10 to an annual meeting for 500, The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai has all the ingredients that event planners look for in a five star hotel partner. Complete catering, conference and audio-visual services are offered at the hotel, as well as 24-hour Business Center and Technology Butler services. Clients seeking distinctive entertainment venues outside the hotel can arrange for outside catering services in several of Shanghai's landmarks and the "Sheng Rong Guo Ji" Luxury Cruise Boat that is exclusively catered by The Portman Ritz-Carlton.

All meeting and event planners work with a dedicated conference services and catering manager who personally supervises the details of the event, including the decor, entertainment and transportation; ensuring functions run smoothly at every phase. A team of progressive, world-class chefs designs menus according to individual tastes and budgets, including creative themed coffee breaks.

PORTMAN

RITZ-CARLTON SHANGHAI

1376, Nanjing Xi Lu

Shanghai, 200040, China

Tel: +86 21 6279 8888

Fax: +86 21 6279 8800

Website: www.ritzcarlton.com

HOTEL GROUP OF THE DECADE 1997-2005

WINNER: Ritz-Carlton

Among the grand hotels of the world, the Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts are renowned for indulgent luxury. Sumptuous surroundings and legendary service await every guest that passes through our doors. Their award-winning hotels reflect the 100 years of tradition that stand behind them.

Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland Ritz-Carlton has 57 hotels worldwide (35 city hotels and 23 resorts) in Bahrain, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, U.S. Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

They employ 28,000 people worldwide and have sales offices in Atlanta; Chicago; Dubai; Los Angeles; New York; Washington D.C.; Frankfurt; London; Tokyo; Hong Kong and Singapore

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. was established in 1983 with the purchase of The Ritz-Carlton, Boston and the rights to the name "Ritz-Carlton." The management company has grown from one hotel to 54 hotels worldwide with plans for major expansion in Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, North America and Latin America.

Luxury residential condominiums are located at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts. Added features include marble foyers, walk-in closets, custom kitchen cabinetry and the services of The Ritz-Carlton, including twice daily maid service, valet, 24-hour room service, access to extensive fitness facilities and services such as massages, facials and hairdressing. Locations include Washington, D.C.; New York; Boston; Sarasota, Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne; Grand Cayman; and Berlin.

RITZ-CARLTON--HEAD OFFICE

4445 Witlard Avenue, Suite 800

Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

Tel: + 1 301 547-4700

Website: www.ritzcarlton.com

BEST & MOST CONSISTENT BUSINESS HOTEL IN ASIA 1997-2005

WINNER: Conrad, Hong Kong

The Conrad offers business and leisure travellers a superb location and a unique sense of style. Soaring 61 floors above Pacific Place it offers easy access to all major transportation, including Mass Transit Railway, Star Ferry, bus and tram services.

Conrad offers 513 guest rooms and suites. Each room offers breathtaking views of Victoria Peak and Hong Kong Harbour. Rooms feature satellite and cable television, marble bathrooms, deep soaking bath and separate shower. All rooms are equipped with high speed Internet access, CD players, dual line telephones with international direct dial, electronic safes, bathrobes, umbrellas, iron and ironing board, slippers and coffee-and-tea making facilities.

The Executive Floors on levels 57 through 61 offer exclusive check in, butler service and complimentary full breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails. The Executive Lounge also offers a private meeting room with a panoramic view of the city's skyline. The hotel offers a full service Business Centre, state-of-the-art Health Club, heated outdoor pool and spa pool. It also has one of the city's largest pillar-free Grand Ballrooms complete with state-of-the-art technology and a dedicated floor of 11 meeting rooms.

The hotel's Business Centre also provides offices with computer work station and high speed Internet access, portable computer rental, mobile phone rental, translation and full secretarial service.

CONRAD HONG KONG

Pacific Place,

88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Tel.: (852) 2521 3838

Fax: (852) 2521 3888

Email: hongkonginfo@conradhotels.com

Website: www.conrad.com.hk

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN AUSTRALIA

WINNER: Park Hyatt, Sydney

Seated majestically in the dress circle to one of the world's most glittering harbours, Park Hyatt Sydney is located in the historic Rocks district, just five minutes from the central business, cultural and shopping districts of Sydney.

One of a select brand of Park Hyatt hotels known throughout the world for its exceptional design and elegant style, Park Hyatt Sydney opened in 1990, quickly earning a reputation as Australia's most luxurious hotel, welcoming royalty, heads of state, corporate leaders, celebrities and a host of local and international guests who chose to make this Sydney hotel home while staying in the city.

In 2004, the hotel completed its most significant undertaking since opening, with the appointment of newly designed hotel rooms. In line with the select brand of Park Hyatt's worldwide, the direction is an uncluttered timeless style with a strong local flavour honouring the hotel's superb position on Sydney Harbour.

It offers a sanctuary of privacy and refined unobtrusive service with most of the hotel's 158 guestrooms enjoying private balconies with views overlooking Sydney's spectacular harbour, Opera House and/or Harbour Bridge.

The hotel has an elegant spa, rooftop terrace and pool, a selection of six function areas with seating capacity for up to 150 as well as a hotel business centre featuring a separate boardroom for 12. Whether it be a rooftop wedding, conference, board meeting or product launch, the attention to detail and specialised service of the Park Hyatt Sydney's banqueting and catering staff will ensure that your event is an outstanding success and one that will be remembered by your guests.

Other Finalists: Crown Towers Melbourne, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Park Hyatt Melbourne, Shangrila Hotel Sydney, The Westin Melbourne, The Westin Sydney, W Hotel Sydney.

PARK HYATT SYDNEY

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks,

Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Tel: +61 2 9241 1234

Fax: +61 2 9256 1555

E-mail: sydney@hyatt.com.au

Website: www.sydney.park.hyatt.com

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN CHINA

WINNER: Grand Hyatt, Shanghai

Grand Hyatt Shanghai is the 'highest hotel in the world', in the heart of Pudong, Shanghai's financial and business district. The hotel is just 50 minutes' drive from Pudong Airport (PIA) and 30 minutes from Hongqiao International Airport (HIA).

The most impressive of Shanghai hotels it has a 33-storey central atrium that greets guests to the art deco design. The hotel's 555 guest rooms and suites are the most spacious in Shanghai, with spectacular views of the Bund, Huang Pu River and the city. Rooms range from Deluxe rooms, executive suites to diplomatic suites, presidential suites and the chairman suite.

A full range of fitness equipment is available at Hyatt's Club Oasis Fitness Centre as well as an indoor swimming pool, a steam room, spa pools, sauna and massage rooms.

The hotels impressive array of restaurants provides guests with an extensive choice of dining options.

For board meetings, conferences and receptions, Grand Hyatt Shanghai's function rooms can facilitate groups from 12 to 1200. The hotel's three floors of flexible space include two ballrooms, which can be subdivided for smaller meetings, an impressive boardroom and ten more function rooms. Hyatt's Communications Centre functions as a full-service office for business travellers staying at the hotel.

Other Finalists: Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai, China World Hotel Beijing, The Kerry Center Hotel Beijing, The Peninsula Palace Hotel Beijing, The Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, The St Regis Shanghai, The St Regis Beijing, The Westin Shanghai.

GRAND HYATT SHANGHAI

Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century BI,

Pudong, Shanghai 200121

People's Republic of China

Tel: +86 21 5049 1234

Fax: +86 21 5049 1111

E-mail: info@hyattshanghai.com

Website: www.shanghai.grand.hyatt.com

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN HONG KONG

WINNER: Conrad, Hong Kong

Recognised as one of the world's finest business hotels, the Conrad offers business and leisure travellers a superb location and a unique sense of style. Soaring 61 floors above Pacific Place it offers easy access to all major transportation, including Mass Transit Railway, Star Ferry, bus and tram services.

Conrad offers 513 guest rooms. Suites range in size from 861 to 2,511 sq ft. Each room offers breathtaking views of Victoria Peak and Hong Kong Harbour. Rooms feature satellite and cable TV, marble bathrooms, deep soaking bath and separate shower. All rooms are equipped with high speed Internet access, CD players, dual line telephones and electronic safes and many other features.

The Executive Floors on levels 57 through 61 offer exclusive check-in, butler service and complimentary full breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails. The Executive Lounge also offers a private meeting room with a panoramic view of the city's skyline. It also has one of the city's largest pillar-free Grand Ballrooms complete with state-of-the-art technology and a dedicated floor of 11 meeting rooms.

The hotel's Business Centre also provides offices with computer work station and high speed Internet access, portable computer rental, mobile phone rental, translation and full secretarial service.

Other Finalists: Grand Hyatt HK, Island Shangri-La HK, Inter-Continental HK, JW Marriott Hotel HK, Mandarin Oriental HK, The Peninsula HK, The Ritz-Carlton HK.

CONRAD HONG KONG

Pacific Place,

88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Tel.: (852) 2521 3838

Fax: (852) 2521 3888

Email: hongkonginfo@conradhotels.com

Website: www.conrad.com.hk

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN INDIA

WINNER: Taj West End, Bangalore

The Taj West End is Bangalore's unique 5-star deluxe hotel. Situated near the city centre, the hotel's 20 acres of landscaped gardens are a fine tribute to Bangalore, the garden city of India.

The hotel is 10 km away from (a 15 minute drive) the business, entertainment, and shopping districts and near to the race course, golf course and the planetarium.

It is also a kilometre away from the government offices, in this city, which is the capital of the state of Karnataka. The hotel has 122 rooms including 16 suites, overlooking wooded glades and rambling pathways. Guests can make business a pleasure in any of the five meeting rooms for 15 to 600 persons as well a the expansive Prince of Wales lawns for outdoor events or the poolside area. Catering is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, meeting breaks and cocktail parties and there is a choice of international and regional cuisines. Access: 11.5 Kms from Bangalore Airport, 2 kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, 2 kms from Bus stand.

Other Finalists: Grand Delhi, The Oberoi Grand Calcutta, The Oberoi Bangalore, Hilton Towers Mumbai, Taj Lands End Mumbai, Taj Bengal Calcutta, The Taj Mahal Hotel MumbaiTaj Palace Hotel New Delhi.

THE TAJ WEST END

Race Course Road,

Bangalore--560 001,

Karnataka, India.

Tel: 91-80-5660 5660

Fax: 91-80-56605700

Email: westend.bangalore@tajhotels.com

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN INDONESIA

WINNER: Shangri-La, Jakarta

Hotel Shangri-La Jakarta with 668 beautifully appointed rooms, is a 5 star Diamond deluxe hotel located in the golden triangle of downtown Jakarta easily accessible from all main businesses. Situated right in the heart of Jakarta's business district, it is only 30 minutes from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Rising 32 levels above the city, the hotel is an oasis in the bustling city of Jakarta. Standard guestroom features include satellite TV, IDD, three telephones, voice mail, broadband internet connection, in-room safe, facsimile and personal computer points, bedside control panel, minibar and complimentary coffee and tea making facilities.

Three types of rooms, Executive Room, Executive Suite, and OneBedroom Suite, all have been renovated and set new standards for luxury. A fully equipped health club and spa, 9 hole USGA Standard putting green, Business Centre and outdoor swimming pool will delight every guest.

Choices of food & beverage outlets cater to every need serving Japanese, Chinese & French cuisine in addition to a New York style bar and restaurant, a garden view SATOO international restaurant and a relaxing Lobby Lounge. Shangri-La Jakarta's pillarless grand ballroom, now newly refurbished, showcasing the most opulent design and lush decor, accommodates up to 3000 persons. Additional meeting space includes 15 function rooms and a VIP Lounge, making Shangri-La the leading venue for hosting banquets, conferences and receptions in Jakarta.

Other Finalists: Grand Hyatt Jakarta, interContinental MidPlaza Jakarta, Mandarin Oriental Jakarta, JW Marriott Jakarta, The Regent Jakarta.

SHANGRI-LA JAKARTA

Kota BNI

JI Jend Sudiman Kay 1

Jakarta 10220

Indonesia

Ph: +62 21 570 7440

Ph: +62 21 570 3530

Website: www.shangri-la.com

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN JAPAN

WINNER: Park Hyatt, Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo is an elegant oasis of space and calm that offers spectacular views of Tokyo and the Kanto Plain all the way to Mount Fuji, from the top 14 floors of the 52-storey Shinjuku Park Tower.

Conveniently located in the heart of Shinjuku the hotel is approximately 90 minutes from Narita International Airport and close to Shinjuku Station.

Park Hyatt Tokyo's attention to detail extends to a range of specially commissioned works of art that are displayed throughout the hotel. The 177 rooms and suites are the most spacious hotel guest rooms in Tokyo, providing a serene retreat and an efficient private office with the latest amenities and high-tech communications.

With a distinguished reputation for providing the ultimate in personal attention and services, Park Hyatt Tokyo also offers a wide range of excellent restaurants.

With extensive meeting and banquet facilities, the hotel can accommodate every type of event from small business meetings to large social gatherings. For the convenience of the business traveller in Tokyo, the hotel also has a full-service Business Centre, open 24 hours daily.

Other Finalists: Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo Marunouchi, Hotel Inter-Continental Tokyo Bay, Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Hotel Okura Tokyo Hotel Seiyo Ginza Tokyo, Imperial Hotel Tokyo, The Westin Tokyo.

PARK HYATT TOKYO

3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku

Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo

163-1055 Japan

Tel: +81 3 5322 1234

Fax: +81 3 5322 1288

E-mail: mail@parkhyatttokyo.com

Website: www.hyatt.com

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN MALAYSIA

WINNER: Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia's first luxury boutique hotel with butler service for all rooms is located near Bintang Walk, Kuala Lumpur's upscale and trendy business and entertainment hub. It is connected to Starhill Gallery, Malaysia's most exclusive shopping destination. Combining a distinctive sense of the unmatched Ritz-Carlton service, guests experience a relaxed and refined ambience. The hotel has 27 meeting rooms with well equipped conference facilies, including a banquet hall accomodating 10-350 people.

Tropical "Spa Village", is a holiday in the city; complete with multiple treatment rooms, indoor/outdoor treatments, sensory room, and a second outdoor pool. Facilities include 24-hour fitness center, sauna, steam room, and whirlpool

There are many dining options including Li Yen, the hotel's award-winning signature restaurant. The 98-seat restaurant features Cantonese specialties and sumptuous dim sum for lunch and dinner. Rossini's is located on the first floor, and this casual dining restaurant is reserved for evening private functions and social events only. The Lobby Lounge is a rendezvous for cocktails or specialty coffees, light lunches and traditional afternoon teas featuring soft entertainment.

Other Finalists: Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur.

RITZ-CARLTON KL

168 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

55100, Malaysia

Ph: +603 2142 8000

Fax: +603 2711 8143

Website: www.ritzcarlton.com

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN NEW ZEALAND

WINNER: The George, Christchurch

The George is the essence of supreme comfort. Its 55 spacious rooms are designed with a stylish eye for detail, complete with luxury amenities. And, with a one-to-one ratio of staff to guests, impeccable service is guaranteed. The George offers discerning travellers superb comfort and individual attention in an intimate ambience.

Located exclusively on Hagley Park and the river Avon, The George is just steps from Christchurch city centre and cultural precinct including the historic Tram, Canterbury Museum, Arts Centre and the modern Christchurch Art Gallery.

Surprisingly, for its boutique size, The George has seven private rooms to cater for almost any business event, from 8 to 180. Each offers internet and multi-media facilities, and can be themed to suit any occasion. New wall and floor treatments, and new soft furnishings give the hotel an even more contemporary look, and further enhance spaciousness and views.

Superb catering is a hallmark of The George. Nathan Bates and his team of 15 chefs, renowned for their work in Pescatore and 50 on Park, create individual menus for conference and meeting guests to the same award-winning levels.

A large private library and boardoom are available in The George's beautifully restored traditional residence, The Residence. This gracious home has its own expansive garden and is connected internally to the central hotel building. Another bonus at The George is abundant free car parking directly outside, allowing easy access for all guests.

Other Finalists: Carlton Hotel Auckland, The Heritage Auckland, Hotel Inter-Continental Wellington, Quay West Suites Auckland.

THE GEORGE

CHRISTCHURCH

50 Park Terrace, Christchurch

8001, New Zealand

Ph: +64 3 379 4560

Fax: +64 3 366 6747

Website: www.thegeorge.com

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN PHILIPPINES

WINNER: Mandarin Oriental, Manila

Mandarin Oriental, Manila is renowned for the sheer comfort of its rooms and suites, the innovation of its seven restaurants and bars, and its luxurious amenities like the Mandarin Oriental Club lounge and our state-of the art Spa.

Everything about hotel says prestige and luxury. Like the seamless service that greets guests the moment they arrive, the well-appointed rooms and suites, delightful restaurants and bars.

You'll find everything at your fingertips to make your stay effortlessly luxurious--from the fastest high bandwidth Internet service, to soft-touch mood lighting. The hotel has 371 rooms, 104 Club rooms and suites with exclusive use of the Mandarin Oriental Club Lounge and 4 exquisite suites with the highest level of luxury.

Doing business away from the office isn't always easy so the hotel aims to meet your every business need, with a multitude of state-of-the-art facilities, including a fully equipped business centre with fax, high speed Internet, translation and video transfer services. And for the irreplaceable human touch, they offer full secretarial services too.

Other Finalists: Makati Shangri-La Manila, The Peninsula Manila Singapore, Conrad Centennial Singapore, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Singapore, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Raffles Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL MANILA

Makati Avenue, Makati City

1226, Metro Manila, Philippines

Telephonex +63 (2) 819 9683

Facsimile: +63 (2) 819 9689

Website: www.mandarinoriental.com/manila

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN SINGAPORE

WINNER: Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore

Located in Singapore's business and commercial centre, the 32-floor hotel is a seven acre garden oasis, strategically located in the heart of Marina Centre offering a mix of commercial, retail, entertainment and recreational facilities.

The hotel's stunning architecture was designed by Kevin Roche and boasts a 4,200 piece contemporary art collection, and includes works by Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and Dale Chihuly. Standard guest rooms have spacious marble bathrooms with a four square metre octagonal window overlooking spectacular views.

Dining options include the Greenhouse, Summer Pavilion, Chihuly Lounge, Snappers and Snappers Pool Bar.

The hotel also comprises 19,000 sq ft of meeting space with state-of-the-art audio visual and lighting equipment. A new meeting space designed to offer optimal flexibility to mid-sized groups--the Chihuly Room boasts dramatic new finishes with the latest technological advancements including data, audiovisual and power connectivity; category six Internet ports; controlled lighting systems; pre-installed rigging points; echo cancellers; and high speed Internet access. The hotel also has a full-service Fitness Centre and Spa with exercise equipment and hot and cold plunge pools.

Other Finalists: Conrad Centennial Singapore, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Singapore, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Raffles Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.

RITZ-CARLTON MILLENIA

SINGAPORE

7 Raffles Avenue

Singapore, 039799

Singapore

Phone: +65 6 337 8888

Fax: +65 6 338 0001

Website: www.ritzcarlton.com

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN SOUTH KOREA

WINNER: Ritz-Carlton, Seoul

The Ritz-Carlton Seoul occupies a prominent location in the capital city's thriving commercial and residential district of Kangnam. Minutes from the COEX exhibition center, World Trade Center, department stores, designer boutiques, Olympic Stadium, and Itaewon--the local shoppers' paradise.

The Ritz-Carlton specialises in meeting guests personal and professional needs with their refined personal service. From the finest Frette linens to CD players and laptops--your stay will be memorable.

The hotel is strikingly contemporary with an award winning interior and exterior design. The six-story atrium style lobby features a dramatic waterfall illuminated at night with extensive international art collections reflecting the modern look and feel of the surroundings. There are uniquely designed and decorated guest rooms and dining facilities and a comprehensive fitness club complete with gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna and outdoor golf driving range as well as a multitude of dining options.

The sheer elegance of the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom will take your breath away. It gives meetings added dimensions and a new vitality with imaginative conference spaces, cosmopolitan style and intriguing cuisine, and distinguishes itself with videoconferencing capabilities. The total meeting space comprises seven meeting rooms totaling 1,468 square meters and four theatres seating a maximum of 1,340 guests and banquet catering for 10 to 500. Meeting services and amenities include among others state-of-the-art lighting, audio-visual equipment, simultaneous language translation equipment, business center, high-speed internet access and more.

Other Finalists: COEX Inter Continental Seoul, The Grand Hyatt Seoul, Grand Inter-Continental Hotel Seoul, JW Marriott Hotel Seoul, The Westin Chosun, The Shilla Seoul.

RITZ-CARLTON SEOUL

602 Yeoksam-dong

Kangnam-gu

Seoul, 135-080 Korea

Phone: +82 2 3451-8000

Fax: +82 2 3451-8280

Website: www.ritz-carlton.com

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN TAIWAN

WINNER: Grand Formosa Regent, Taipei

With the goal of being a luxury hotel that exceeds the expectations of distinguished business travelers and local patrons alike, Grand Formosa Regent Taipei is a Four Seasons Hotel located in the heart of the city's most vital financial, shopping, entertainment and cultural districts. The hotel is 45 minutes from Chang Kai Shek International Airport, 15 minutes from Taipei Song Shan Airport, and just five minutes walk from Chung Shan MRT station.

The hotel has 538 of the most spacious and attractively designed rooms in Taiwan. Standard amenities include the temperature sensing and pressure relieving Wellspring Bed, a pillow menu, feather duvet, large marbled bathroom with deep soaking tub and separate shower, 24-hour room service, wireless Internet, satellite TV, stereo, in-room safe, and mini-bar.

On the top floors of Grand Formosa is TAI PAN Residence & Club, an all-butler hotel that coalesces the traditional Oriental milieu with contemporary comfort, where one can Experience Modern Chinese Lifestyle. Also found in the hotel are the Wellspring Spa urban resort, the state-of-the-art Avance Health Club, complete meeting and banqueting facilities, a rooftop pool, the Regent Galleria with Duty Free Shops, and eight world-class restaurants that offer traditional and innovative cuisines.

The supreme services and facilities of Grand Formosa make it the only hotel in Taiwan to appear on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List of "World's Best Races to Stay" for two consecutive years.

Other Finalists: Far Eastern Plaza Hote, Grand Hyatt Taipei, The Landis Ritz Hotel, The Sherwood Taipei, The Westin Taipei.

GRAND FORMOSA REGENT

TAIPEI

41 Chung Shan N. Rd, Section 2,

Taipei, Taiwan.

Tel: +2 2523-8000

Fax: +2 2523-2828

Website: www.grandformosataipei.com.tw

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN THAILAND

WINNER: The Oriental, Bangkok

For almost 130 years royalty, dignitaries and distinguished travellers have all followed the legendary Chao Phya River through the heart of Bangkok to the doors of one of the world's most luxurious hotels--The Oriental.

There are 358 stunning rooms, surperbty appointed, most with beautiful river views and 35 sumptuously furnished suites, for even more space and luxury. All hotel rooms have a personal butler and a freshly woven jasmine hand garland is presented to every guest on arrival.

The restaurants and bars are in a class of their own. There is a choice of restaurants serving superb cuisine in a variety of styles including Le Normandie one of Asia's most renowned French restaurants--and a favourite with the HRH Queen of Thailand.

The spa is one of the most beautiful in the world with a focus on physical and mental wellbeing and specialist treatments for mind, body and soul and a calming space to help you escape the stresses and strains. The hotel also has a Sports Centre including weight training, tennis and squash and two outdoor swimming pools.

For business meetings and conferences, facilities are designed to impress with grand rooms from a board room to a ballroom, catering for up to 1,000 guests. A full range of amenities suitable for any occasion from an international business conference to an intimate dinner.

Other Finalists: Conrad Bangkok, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, InterContinental Bangkok, The Peninsula Bangkok, Four Seasons Bangkok, The Sukhothai Bangkok, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit.

THE ORIENTAL BANGKOK

Oriental Avenue, Bangkok

Thailand 10500

Tel: +66 2 659 9000

Fax: +66 2 659 9284

Email: orbkk-enquiry@mohg.com

Website: www.mandarin-oriental.com

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL IN VIETNAM

WINNER: Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers is strategically located within the vibrant business and entertainment district of the famous Dong Khoi Street. Their 382 spacious deluxe guest rooms and suites, plus 92 executive residential apartments overlook Ho Chi Minh City and the Saigon River.

Relax and unwind at the swimming pool and The Lifestyle bar, fully equipped Health and Fitness Club, Aqua Day Spa, or tennis courts. Or spend an afternoon with a little retail therapy on the lobby level featuring the most exclusive designer boutiques, such as Versace, Gucci, and Armani. Experience the wide range of dining options, from their rooftop restaurant to the authentic Li Bai Chinese Restaurant.

Surrounded by a myriad of restaurant and shopping choices, they also offer convenient travel within the city and are within walking distance of some of Vietnam's most unique cultural experiences, such as the beautiful Opera House, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and more.

Guest rooms and amenities include: 29" television with remote control, refrigerator, satellite channels, coffee and tea maker, internet service provided in all guest rooms (charge).

Hotel services include: spa facilities/services, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, fitness facility and babysitting service.

Meeting and event facilities include: 12 meeting rooms, the largest being 8181 sq. ft and seating 1200 persons down to the smallest meeting room being 495 sq ft and seating 40 persons.

Other Finalists: Caravelle Hotel, Hilton Hanoi Opera, The Legend Saigon, Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Hotel Sofitel Plaza Saigon.

SHERATON SAIGON HOTEL & TOWERS

88 Dong Khoi Street, District 1

Ho Chi Mirth City, Vietnam

Phone: +84 8 827 2828

Fax: +84 8 827 2929

Website: www.sheraton.com/saigon

BEST NEW HOTEL

WINNER: Four Seasons, Hong Kong

On the waterfront overlooking Victoria Harbour and the financial district, Four Seasons redefines luxury and excellence in a city renowned for exceptional accommodations. As part of the prestigious International Finance Centre, it offers unrivalled links to Hong Kong Station, with the famed Star Ferry steps away.

The Hotel keeps pace with Hong Kong's fast-forward outlook. Its 399 guest rooms, including 54 suites, each reflect signature Four Seasons comfort and luxury. Wall-to-wall windows offer captivating vistas of the city, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon and the Peak. Contemporary room decor includes wood- and silk-panelled walls and marble-floored entry foyers, while guests desiring a more traditional Chinese experience can choose from rooms featuring authentic brocades and sculpted furnishings. For unparalleled entertainment and communications, every guest room is equipped with up-to-the-minute technology, including a 106-centimetre (42-inch) plasma screen satellite TV.

Four Seasons is an exceptional setting for any celebration. From the two elegant ballrooms and seven meeting rooms which are equipped with comprehensive technological support to accommodate the most demanding presentation and communication requirements to the six salons and five restaurant private dining rooms, venues combine ambience and advanced support. There is also wireless high-speed Internet access advanced lighting, audiovisual and staging capabilities, and telecommunications and electrical hook-ups.

Unique facilities, from the destination spa to the heated outdoor pools--along with resourceful, intuitive attention to every detail--ensure unforgettable occasions.

Other Finalists: JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, The Hilton Hotel Sydney, The Metropolitan Bangkok.

FOUR SEASONS HONG KONG

8 Finance Street

Central, Hong Kong, China

Tel: +852 3196-8888

Fax. +852 3196-8899

Website: www.fourseasons.com

BEST AIRPORT HOTEL

WINNER: Pan Pacific Hotel International Airport

Pan Pacific KL is a 5-star international hotel conveniently located adjacent to the KL International Airport's Main Terminal Building. The hotel is linked to the airport via a sky-bridge and is just a 5-minute walk. The hotel has a complimentary buggy shuttle service between the airport and hotel which operates daily from 5:00 am to 1:00 am.

You can now check-in at KL International Airport. The hotel's newly opened check-in counter at the airport's International Arrival Hall baggage claim area now adds another superb convenience when staying at Pan Pacific. While waiting for your luggage to arrive, the airport associates will check you in, another effort in cutting down time wasting,

Pan Pacific is the preferred hotel choice for transit air travellers with a few long hours to 'kill' in-between flights. Air travellers with early morning departures or late night arrivals will also find the hotel perfectly suited to their unique needs. The hotel's lush tropical landscape, water features and soothing environment make for a rejuvenating break for the jet-lagged and weary traveller. However, for the restless health conscious buff, there is the hotel's 24-hour health centre and gymnasium.

Offering 403 luxury guest rooms and 38 exclusive suites which are broadband enabled, Pan Pacific satisfies the needs of both leisure and business travellers to KL. Guests will enjoy hotel accommodation that features an elegant ambience, exceptional service and warm Malaysian hospitality and the latest technology.

Other Finalists: Amari Airport Hotel, Regal Airport Hotel, Hilton Narita, Sino-Swiss Hotel Beijing.

PAN PACIFIC HOTEL INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORT

Jalan CTA 4B, 64000 KLIA, Sepang,

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +603 8787 3333

Fax: +603 8787 5555

E-mail: klairport@panpacific.com

Website: www.panpacific.com

2005 WINNERS

BEST OVERALL HOTEL

Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

BEST & MOST CONSISTENT HOTEL IN ASIA 1997-2005

Conrad Hong Kong

HOTEL GROUP OF THE DECADE 1997-2005

Ritz-Carlton

AUSTRALIA

Park Hyatt, Sydney

CHINA

Grand Hyatt Shanghai

HONG KONG

Conrad Hong Kong

INDONESIA

Shangri-La, Jakarta

INDIA

Taj West End, Bangalore

JAPAN

Park Hatt, Tokyo

MALAYSIA

The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

NEW ZEALAND

The George, Christchurch

PHILIPPINES

Mandarin Oriental, Manila

SINGAPORE

Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore

SOUTH KOREA

Ritz-Carlton, Seoul

TAIWAN

Grand Formosa Regent, Taipei

THAILAND

The Oriental, Bangkok

VIETNAM

Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

BEST NET HOTEL

Four Seasons, Hong Kong

BEST AIRPORT HOTEL

Pan Pacific Hotel International Airport, Kuala Lumpur
PREVIOUS BEST BUSINESS HOTELS IN ASIA

 2004
Overall Best Business
 Hotel in Asia Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai
Best Business Hotel in Australia Crown Towers Melbourne
Best Business Hotel in China Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai
Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong Conrad Hong Kong
Best Business Hotel In India Intercontinental Mid Plaza Jakarta
Best Business Hotel in Indonesia Taj Mahal, Mumbai
Best Business Hotel in Japan Hotel Okura Tokyo
Best Business Hotel in Malaysia Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur
Best Business Hotel in New Zealand Carton Hotel Auckland
Best Business Hotel in The
 Philippines Mandarin Oriental Manila
Best Business Hotel in Singapore Ritz-Carlton Milenia Singapore
Best Business Hotel in South Korea Ritz-Carlton Seoul
Best Business Hotel in Thailand Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit Bangkok
Best Business Hotel in Taiwan The Westin Taipei
Best Business Hotel in Vietnam Sheraton Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Best New Hotel The Metropolitan Bangkok
Best Airport Hotel in Asia Pan Pacific Hotel KL Int'l Airport

 2003
Overall Best Business
 Hotel in Asia Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Best Business Hotel in Australia Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Best Business Hotel in China Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Best Business Hotel In India Taj Lands End Mumbai
Best Business Hotel in Indonesia Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Best Business Hotel in Japan Hotel New Otani & Imperial
 Hotel Tokyo
Best Business Hotel in Malaysia Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur
Best Business Hotel in New Zealand Hotel Inter-Continental Wellington
Best Business Hotel in The
 Philippines Mandarin Oriental Manila
Best Business Hotel in Singapore Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Best Business Hotel in South Korea Ritz-Carlton Seoul
Best Business Hotel in Thailand Sukhothai Bangkok
Best Business Hotel in Taiwan Grand Hyatt Taipei
Best Business Hotel in Vietnam Hilton Hanoi Opera
Best New Hotel Conrad Bangkok
Best Airport Hotel in Asia Pan Pacific Hotel KL Int'l Airport

 2002
Overall Best Business
 Hotel in Asia Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai
Best Business Hotel in Australia Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Best Business Hotel in China Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai
Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong Conrad Hang Kong
Best Business Hotel In India Oberoi Towers Mumbai
Best Business Hotel in Indonesia Mandarin Oriental Jakarta
Best Business Hotel in Japan Westin Tokyo
Best Business Hotel in Malaysia Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
Best Business Hotel in New Zealand The George Christchurch
Best Business Hotel in The
 Philippines The Peninsula Manila
Best Business Hotel in Singapore Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Best Business Hotel in South Korea Ritz-Carlton Seoul
Best Business Hotel in Thailand The Oriental Bangkok
Best Business Hotel in Taiwan The Westin Taipei
Best Business Hotel in Vietnam Hotel Sofitel Plaza Saigon
Best New Hotel Marriott Jakarta
Best Airport Hotel in Asia Pan Pacific Hotel KL Int'l Airport

 2001
Overall Best Business
 Hotel in Asia Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai
Best Business Hotel in Australia The Regent Sydney
Best Business Hotel in China Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai
Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong Conrad International Hong Kong
Best Business Hotel In India Oberoi Towers Mumbai
Best Business Hotel in Indonesia Mandarin Oriental Jakarta
Best Business Hotel in Japan Hotel Inter-Continental Tokyo Bay
Best Business Hotel in Malaysia Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
Best Business Hotel in New Zealand Hotel Inter-Continental Wellington
Best Business Hotel in The
 Philippines Mandarin Oriental Manila
Best Business Hotel in Singapore Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Best Business Hotel in South Korea Ritz-Carlton Seoul
Best Business Hotel in Thailand Le Royal Meridien Bangkok
Best Business Hotel in Taiwan Grand Formosa Regent Taipei
Best Business Hotel in Vietnam Hotel Sofitel Plaza Saigon
Best New Hotel The Westin Taipei
Best Airport Hotel in Asia Regal Airport Hotel HK Int'l
 Airport

 2000
Overall Best Business
 Hotel in Asia Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Best Business Hotel in Australia Park Hyatt Sydney
Best Business Hotel in China Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai
Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong Marriot Hotel Hong Kong
Best Business Hotel In India Tai Mahal Hotel Mumbai
Best Business Hotel in Indonesia Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Best Business Hotel in Japan Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Best Business Hotel in Malaysia Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur
Best Business Hotel in New Zealand The George Christchurch
Best Business Hotel in The
 Philippines Mandarin Oriental Manila
Best Business Hotel in Singapore Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Best Business Hotel in South Korea Ritz-Carlton Seoul
Best Business Hotel in Thailand The Peninsula Bangkok
Best Business Hotel in Taiwan Grand Hyatt Taipei
Best Business Hotel in Vietnam Hilton Hanoi Opera
Best New Hotel The Westin Sydney
Best Airport Hotel in Asia Pan Pacific Hotel KL Int'l Airport

 1999
Overall Best Business
 Hotel in Asia Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Best Business Hotel in Australia Ritz-Carlton Sydney
Best Business Hotel in China Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai
Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong The Peninsula Hong Kong
Best Business Hotel In India Taj Mahal Mumbai
Best Business Hotel in Indonesia Shangri-La Jakarta
Best Business Hotel in Japan Park Hyatt Tokyo
Best Business Hotel in Malaysia Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur
Best Business Hotel in New Zealand n/a
Best Business Hotel in The
 Philippines Makati Shangri-La Manila
Best Business Hotel in Singapore Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Best Business Hotel in South Korea The Grand Hyatt Seoul
Best Business Hotel in Thailand The Oriental Bangkok
Best Business Hotel in Taiwan Grand Hyatt Taipei
Best Business Hotel in Vietnam Hotel, Sofitel Plaza Ho Chi Minh
Best New Hotel The Peninsula Bangkok
Best Airport Hotel in Asia n/a

 1998
Overall Best Business
 Hotel in Asia The Oriental Bangkok
Best Business Hotel in Australia Ritz-Carlton Sydney
Best Business Hotel in China The Palace Hotel Beijing
Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong Grad Hyatt Hong Kong
Best Business Hotel In India Taj Palace Hotel New Delhi
Best Business Hotel in Indonesia Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Best Business Hotel in Japan Ritz-Carlton Osaka
Best Business Hotel in Malaysia Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur
Best Business Hotel in New Zealand n/a
Best Business Hotel in The
 Philippines Makati Shangri-La Manila
Best Business Hotel in Singapore Raffles Hotel Singapore
Best Business Hotel in South Korea The Grand Hyatt Seoul
Best Business Hotel in Thailand Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok
Best Business Hotel in Taiwan Grand Hyatt Taipei
Best Business Hotel in Vietnam Hotel Sofitel Metropole Hanoi
Best New Hotel n/a
Best Airport Hotel in Asia n/a
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