CHINA – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is planning to launch 30 new hotels over the next 12 months, half of which will be in China.

The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort is one of the more notable openings, standing out for its innovative ring-shaped structure designed by architect Ma Yansong.

The property is expected to boast 2200 square metres of event facilities, with a total of 16 meeting rooms, a Grand Ballroom for lavish gatherings or conferences, a multi-purpose Taihu Room spanning 300 square metres on the 27th floor, and a 1600-square metre wedding island.

“The Sheraton growth trajectory in China has been nothing short of remarkable. For the fourth year in a row, Sheraton will open approximately half of its new hotels in China and demand continues to grow especially in second and third-tier cities,” said Hoyt Harper, global brand leader for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts.

Apart from hotel openings in China, the hotel brand will also be adding the Sheraton New Caledonia Bourail Resort and Spa in New Caledonia and Sheraton Chandigarh Hotel in India.

Both scheduled to open in December 2013, the Sheraton New Caledonia Bourail Resort & Spa will offer 490 square metres of flexible meeting space, while the 177-room Sheraton Chandigarh Hotel will offer 1402 square metres.