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The Hongkong And Shanghai Hotels And Yoma Strategic Celebrate A Groundbreaking Ceremony For The Peninsula Yangon

February 25, 2017 Hotel Developments No Comments Email Email

The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) and Yoma Strategic today held a groundbreaking ceremony in Yangon, Myanmar, to mark the commencement of construction to develop the former Myanmar Railway Companyheadquarters and surrounding area into The Peninsula Yangon hotel.

The partners are pleased to announce that the investment permit for the proposed hotel development from the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has been approved, meaning that all conditions under the shareholders’ agreement have been satisfied and the agreement is now unconditional. Attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony included the government and official dignitaries from MIC, Ministry of Transport andCommunications, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, the Yangon Regional Government, Myanma Railways and Yangon City DevelopmentCommittee.

Mr Clement K.M. Kwok, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HSH, commented: “HSH’s strategy is to invest in exceptionalprojects with a long-term outlook. We are excited to move forward with this development and to be part of history as Myanmar becomes increasingly important on the global stage as a business and tourism destination. It is a dynamic, fast-growing and exciting market. We believe The Peninsula Yangon will truly reflect the heritage and beauty of the city and we are confident that it will become an iconic landmark that localscan be proud of, as it brings a new level of distinction to the Myanmar hospitality scene.”

Mr Serge Pun, Executive Chairman of Yoma Strategic and FMI, said: “Today’s groundbreaking is a pivotal moment for the Group as it marks not only the commencement of the construction of Yoma Central, but more importantly the culmination of a lot of hard work and effort by our people and our partners. This is just the beginning and we are very excited to be part of the transformation of Yangon into an internationalcity and the gateway to the rest of Myanmar. We envisage Yoma Central to stand out in the Yangon skyline with its ultra-modern and environmentally sustainable architecture. Together with the preservation of the iconic former headquarters of the Myanmar Railway Company, Yoma Central will set the new benchmark for real estate development in Myanmar upon its completion.

The Myanmar Railway Company headquarters is a heritage building which dates from the 1880s and is one of the oldest existing colonial buildings in Yangon, located on Bogyoke Aung San Road in the central business district of Yangon. It will become part of a wider development called Yoma Central, formerly known as the Landmark Development, which is located on a 10-acre site in the heart of Yangon’s downtown. Yoma Central is a dynamic collaboration between Yoma Strategic, FMI and its partners, including The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Estate Co Ltd, the International Finance Corporation and the Asian Development Bank. Designed by prominent architect, Cecil Balmond OBE, it will feature The Peninsula Yangon hotel as well as Peninsula-branded luxury residences, two Grade A office towers, a business hotel, and serviced apartments, all of which are connected seamlessly by a retail podium.

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