You Can Thank a Chinese Airline for Brussels' Next 5-Star Hotel
The HNA Resort Sanya (obviously not Brussels)
Hotels and airlinestwo peas in a pod, or occasionally, the same pea. Airlines that have successfully spun off hotel chains are many; off the top of our head we can name Pan Am (Intercontinental Hotels), SAS (Rezidor/SAS) and Icelandair (IcelandAir Hotels). One that's lesser known, however is the Asian carrier Hainan Airlines and their chain of "business hotels" throughout China. They're 40-something in number, so it's not a boutique venture or anything; Hainan is serious and the good Tripadvisor reviews of their properties reflect this.
Naturally the next step is to make a big move towards a luxury development in a city outside of Asia. In Hainan's case, that city will be Brussels, Belgium.
According to the China Daily, the property will be Hainan's third in the city, but their first of "5-star" level. It will have 181 rooms and "very likely will be the first five-star hotel among its peers that is exclusively owned by Chinese investors in foreign countries." Oh yeaexpect it to open in mid-2013.
Bonus fact: Hainan Airlines enjoys a 5-star ranking among airlines for its safety record. It has never once lost an aircraft or a life during the nearly 20-year history.