Hyatt Regency Incheon expansion in line with city’s dreams

The expansion of Hyatt Regency Incheon – reported earlier in the website of Mix’s sister publication Business Traveller (see news), will not only add a grand ballroom able to accommodate over 1,000 guests for cocktails, but also grow the hotel's outdoor terrace space to 3,400 sqm.

Almost 10-years-old, the property which is owned by Korean Air, is enhancing its business events hardware to dovetail with Incheon City's aim to be recognised as a serious player in the regional meetings and incentives arena. The presence of high-tech hub Songdo (see report) within Incheon's boundaries, promises a future thriving source of meetings revenue. The city recently won the bid to host the office of the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund (GCF), comprising 500 employees and their families.

Hyatt Regency Incheon on track to become largest Hyatt hotel outside the US

This feat matches perfectly with a budding metropolis whose DNA is based along eco-friendly operations that boast a highly sophisticated garbage disposal system which flows underground making trash bins on the street a thing of the past. 

Hotel manager Patrick Verove explained that the total room inventory after completion would amount to about 1,025 He said: "This will be the largest Hyatt hotel outside the USA". The new wing will be called the West Tower, and the old wing, East Tower. It will have one restaurant, its own fitness centre and swimming pool and several function rooms (the number as yet undetermined) besides the grand ballroom. The buildings are to be connected by a special linkway.

"Hyatt Regency is determined to participate in Incheon's bid to appeal to MICE groups," said Verove. "And our new product will certainly be a great asset in this campaign."

The project is expected to reach completion by around July 2014 before the 16th Asian Games, which takes place around Incheon from September 19 to October 4. According to local officials, over 3,000 hotel rooms, mostly in the four and three-start category, will come online in response to this important sporting event.

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Margie T Logarta

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