FEATURE11 February 2015

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When executives at The Peninsula Hotels group say they take a long-term view of the market, they really do mean long-term. China’s luxury hospitality brand opened its first property in Kowloon, Hong Kong in 1928 with the ambition of creating ‘the finest hotel east of Suez’. Its combination of Eastern and Western grandeur still stands out in a city now replete with luxury hotels; the property boasts a fleet of signature Rolls-Royces, its Afternoon Tea is legendary, and ‘The Pen’ remains a byword for opulence across Asia.

The Peninsula marque was launched by two brothers from Baghdad, Ellis and Elly Kadoorie, who arrived in Hong Kong via Shanghai. It remains a majority family-owned business; Sir Michael Kadoorie, the current chairman, is ...