Hyatt Announces Plans for Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu

Slated to open in 2021, the Kengo Kuma-designed hotel in Kota
Kinabalu will be the first Hyatt Centric branded hotel in Malaysia

Hotels Corporation
 (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate
has entered into a management agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary
of Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad group (“Hap Seng”) to develop a Hyatt
Centric hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Expected to open in 2021, Hyatt
Centric Kota Kinabalu will be the first Hyatt Centric hotel in Malaysia
and will connect savvy, in-the-now guests with shareworthy experiences
at and around the property.

Situated in the heart of the city, the hotel will offer convenient
access to the commercial district, shopping malls, restaurants and other
local attractions. The Jesselton Point pier is also within walking
distance, allowing guests to easily visit nearby islands, while the
airport is a little more than six miles (ten kilometers) away.

“We are grateful for the collaboration from Hap Seng, one of the most
esteemed companies in Malaysia,” said David Udell, group president,
Asia-Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “With its prime location in
Malaysia’s gateway city to Sabah and Borneo, Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu
will cater to adventurous guests looking to discover the area’s culture,
cuisine and surrounding national parks.”

With the Hyatt Centric brand’s light-hearted spirit in mind, Kengo Kuma
has been commissioned as the architect and interior designer for Hyatt
Centric Kota Kinabalu. Taking inspiration from the lush green hills and
blue ocean surrounding the hotel, the award-winning designer will
incorporate local materials into the design. The hotel will also feature
an all-day lounge and restaurant, more than 1900 square feet (600 square
meters) of meeting space, a rooftop swimming pool and bar with views of
the South China Sea, and a fitness center.

“We are thrilled to announce plans to introduce the Hyatt Centric brand
to one of Malaysia’s key destinations,” said Patrick Finn, senior vice
president – real estate & development, Asia-Pacific, Hyatt. “We are
focused on strategically growing our brand presence in Malaysia and the
introduction of our second Hyatt hotel in Sabah will enable us to
provide more diverse experiences for guests.”

Dato’ Jorgen Bornhoft, chairman of Hap Seng said, “We’re honoured to
announce plans to fly the first Hyatt Centric flag in Malaysia, and more
importantly, the very first hotel by the Hap Seng group. Leaving no
stone unturned, we have decided to engage the world-renowned Japanese
architect, Kengo Kuma to design the hotel. We hope this speaks to Hap
Seng’s commitment to bring a best-in-class experience to Sabah while
creating job opportunities and driving tourism.”

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to
Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

About Hyatt Centric

Hyatt Centric is a brand of full-service lifestyle hotels located in
prime destinations. Created to connect guests to the heart of the
action, Hyatt Centric hotels are thoughtfully designed to enable
exploration and discovery so they never miss a moment of adventure. Each
hotel offers social spaces to connect with others in the lobby,
meanwhile the bar and restaurant are local hot spots where great
conversations, locally inspired food and signature cocktails can be
enjoyed. Streamlined modern rooms focus on delivering everything guests
want and nothing they don’t. A passionately engaged team is there to
provide local expertise on the best food, nightlife and activities the
destination has to offer. For more information please visit
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About Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad

Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad (“Hap Seng”) is a public company listed on
the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. In 2016, Hap Seng
was added to the FBM KLCI main index which tracks the performance of the
top 30 listed companies in Malaysia by market capitalization. Comprising
six core business activities, namely plantations, property investment &
development, credit financing, automotive, trading and building
materials, Hap Seng group is progressive and forward-looking.
Underpinned by emphasis on value creation, operational excellence and
sustainability, Hap Seng has consistently delivered value to its

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global
hospitality company with a portfolio of 19 premier brands. As of
December 31, 2018, the Company’s portfolio included more
than 850 properties in 60 countries across six continents. The Company’s
purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its
business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and
retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value
for shareholders. The Company’s subsidiaries develop, own, operate,
manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts,
branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa
locations, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand
, Alila®
, Andaz®, The
Unbound Collection by Hyatt®
, Destination®
, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva
, Hyatt
, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt
, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, Joie
de Vivre®
Residence Club® 
and Exhale® brand names,
and operates the World of Hyatt® loyalty program that provides
distinct benefits and exclusive experiences to its valued members. For
more information, please visit

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Angelina Hue
Hyatt – Asia Pacific
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