HotelsThe group celebrated its 25th year in hospitality on the back of a global expansion.

Worldwide Hotels takes off on global expansion

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Worldwide Hotels commemorated its 25th year in the hospitality business at a gala event.
Worldwide Hotels commemorated its 25th year in the hospitality business at a gala event.

Chairman Choo Chong Ngen and Managing Director Carolyn Choo celebrated in a gala event with over 300 guests at Suntec City Convention Centre. Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, K Shanmugam, graced the event as Guest of Honour.

Worldwide Hotels Group officially kicked off its journey today as it commemorated 25 years in the hospitality business in Singapore on the back of recent hotel acquisitions overseas.

Chairman Choo Chong Ngen and Managing Director Carolyn Choo celebrated in a gala event with over 300 guests at Suntec City Convention Centre. Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, K Shanmugam, graced the event as Guest of Honour.

The event marked the consolidation of six Singapore-grown hospitality brands, which covers nearly 10% of hotel room inventory in the country with more than 6,500 keys. 

This includes longstanding brand Hotel 81, alongside sibling brands Venue Hotel, V Hotel, Hotel Boss and Hotel Mi.

The group is currently the largest tourist class hotel group in Singapore.

With the first hotel established in 1993 by Group Chairman Choo Chong Ngen, Worldwide Hotels has been growing its portfolio in Singapore and overseas. It has recently acquired eight hotels in cities such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Pattaya, Perth, Melbourne and Seoul. 

In an opening speech, Managing Director Carolyn Choo credited the success to its strategy to building “economies of scale” and “adopt a long-term investment view”. 

The group’s portfolio now includes 46 hotels and 8,500 rooms in Singapore and Asia Pacific.

The group marked the event with large donations to local charities in support of students from lower income families. 

Worldwide Hotels‐Choo Chong Ngen Foundation contributed a S$2 million cheque to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). The donation was matched by a Singapore government grant, resulting in a total contribution of S$5 million to the ITE Education Fund. 

The group also contributed S$50,000 to the Chong Pang CCC Community Development and Welfare Fund, which will provide bursaries and education funding to students and needy residents. To date, more than 2,000 families have benefitted from this fund.

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