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THE LANGHAM, XINTIANDI, SHANGHAI NAMED FOUR-STAR HOTEL BY FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE

The Langham, Xintiandi, Shanghai named one of 14 Four-Star Hotels in Shanghai; All Winners Showcased on Newly Launched Forbes Travel Guide Website Startle.com

SHANGHAI, May, 2012 — The Langham Xintiandi was recently honoured with a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award at the 2012 Shanghai Inaugural Ratings Award Ceremony held in April. The list has defined the industry’s highest standard for excellence in hospitality for over 50 years. As a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel, The Langham, Xintiandi, Shanghai is one of only 14 hotels to receive the designation in Shanghai and will be showcased with all of the 2012 award winners on www.Startle.com, the new interactive website of Forbes Travel Guide.

Located in the heart of Shanghai’s vibrant Xintiandi entertainment district, The Langham Xintiandi is surrounded by luxury boutiques, international restaurants and outdoor cafes. The hotel’s 357 elegant guestrooms and suites offer luxurious accommodation in stylish surrounds. Guests looking to relax can unwind can enjoy the hotel’s Chuan Spa and Health Club, including a 25m indoor heated swimming pool. When it comes to dining, guests can indulge in contemporary Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine at the hotel’s signature restaurant Ming Court, enjoy international and Asian specialties at Cachet or dine al-fresco at XTD elevated.

Brett Butcher, Chief Executive Officer, Langham Hospitality Group said “We are thrilled to be presented with the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award for 2012. This outstanding achievement recognises our efforts taken to exceed our guest’s expectations; continuously providing a level of five-star hospitality based on the ‘gold standard’ set by Forbes Travel Guide.”

Shane O'Flaherty, President of Global Ratings and Inspections said: "The 2012 ratings mark the first time Forbes Travel Guide has evaluated and recognized the hospitality industry in Shanghai, China, and in a short period of time Shanghai has captured the minds and the hearts of our inspection team as the properties have not only performed exceptionally well, but the destination as a whole is truly one of the most exciting cities in the world.”

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, is the originator of the prestigious Mobil Star ratings and certifications system, and has provided the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Its system of inspections and ratings sets it apart as the undisputed authority on the finest hotels, restaurants and spas across the U.S., in Asian markets including Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and now Shanghai, China, with expansion plans to London, Mexico and Caribbean in 2013.

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About Forbes Travel Guide
Forbes Travel Guide, originator of the prestigious Mobil Travel Guide Star ratings and certifications, has provided the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. In October 2009, Mobil Travel Guide announced a strategic partnership with Forbes Media LLC. This exclusive licensing agreement between two industry leaders with more than 140 years of combined experience transfers the hospitality industry's premier star rating and travel guide brand from ExxonMobil to Forbes. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against rigorous and objective proprietary standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions.

About Startle
Startle is the online destination for Forbes Travel Guide’s travel experts and Star Ratings. The unique new platform combines expert travel content with social connections, curated lists and insider deals to create unique travel experiences for the most discerning travelers.

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For more information please contact:
Donna Campbell
Director of Communications
The Langham, Xintiandi, Shanghai
P: (86) 1376 1105 461 or (86 21) 2330 2230
E: donna.campbell@langhamhotels.com

About Langham Hospitality Group

Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hospitality brands which include hotels, resorts, residential serviced apartments, restaurants and spas, located on four continents.
It takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was opened in 1865 as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For almost 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses across all properties.
The brands include the luxurious Langham and international five-star Langham Place, the upscale Eaton Luxe, midscale Eaton Smart, the award-winning Chuan Spa, and Yat Tung Heen restaurants.
The Langham is where guests can enjoy service with poise and be enchanted by our innovation and traditions while Langham Place, the fun sibling of The Langham, is about living the 21st century through design, technology and attitude, epitomising stimulating and artistic hospitality.
Eaton, a premium member brand, aims to surprise and delight our guests with a value-for-money proposition that delivers a stylish, modern level of comfort with spirited, can-do service. Currently 28 member hotels are open or in the pipeline across four continents.
Langham Hospitality Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings (Stock Code: 0041) which was founded in 1963 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd in 1972.
Reservations for Langham hotels can be made by logging onto langhamhospitalitygroup.com