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Shangri-la's Golden Circle Opens Membership To Public With Enhanced Benefits

Beijing, China (October 21, 2010) / — Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts today unveiled its completely restructured and enhanced signature Golden Circle (GC) recognition and award programme. Golden Circle is the only international loyalty programme that allows both staying and non-staying guests to earn and redeem Golden Circle Awards Points (GC Awards).

Since its inception in 1997, Golden Circle's 1.7 million members have enjoyed special recognition and benefits during their stays at Shangri-La hotels, resorts and Traders hotels. From 25 October 2010, the revamped programme now enables members to also earn and accumulate points that can be redeemed for complimentary room nights, room upgrades, dining, and spa privileges at CHI, The Spa and Airline Miles. GC members can earn one GC Award Point for every USD1 or local currency equivalent spent. Rewards are available for as little as 500 GC Awards Points and members can share rewards with family members. Golden Circle regularly invites top members to join exclusive events each year, for example the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train journey or a Formula 1 Race.

Members earn GC Awards Points by staying at Shangri-La or Traders hotels, dining at participating restaurants or enjoying spa treatments at CHI, The Spa. At the same time, members continue to receive their customary exclusive privileges according to their membership tier.

"From feedback and surveys, we understand that there is a group of our members who appreciate rewards in addition to personalised service and recognition. With the enhanced features we are raising the bar yet again and provide an even higher level of privileges to all Shangri-La guests." said Ng Wee Kee, director of corporate loyalty and partner marketing." What makes this programme different is that we recognise and reward our members every time in every Shangri-La, resort or Traders hotel no matter whether they are staying in the hotel or not."

To signify the change, Golden Circle has adopted a new tier system of GOLD, JADE and DIAMOND levels. Transition to the next level is based on qualifying nights or stays per year. Membership to Golden Circle is free and open to anyone over the age of 18.

To join, visit Golden Circle’s new dedicated website,, where members can also manage their profile, set their preferences, check and redeem points, and learn all about the new programme.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world's most respected hotel companies, currently owns and/or manages 68 hotels under the Shangri-La and Traders brands, with a room inventory of over 30,000. Over almost four decades the group has established its brand hallmark of 'hospitality from the heart.' The group has a substantial development pipeline with projects in Austria, Canada, mainland China, France, India, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Mongolia, Russia, Qatar, Seychelles, Turkey and United Kingdom. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at


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