The Group began with the opening of its flagship property, The Mandarin, in Hong Kong in 1963, which soon built up an enviable reputation for luxurious service.
In 1974, Mandarin International Hotels Limited was formed as a hotel management company. The Group's intention was to expand into Asia and operate hotels that would reflect the standard of service synonymous with their property in Hong Kong. In 1974 the company's hotel interests expanded further through the acquisition of a 49 percent interest in The Oriental, Bangkok. The Oriental was already a legendary property and acknowledged as one of the world's great hotels. Through the management of both The Mandarin in Hong Kong and The Oriental in Bangkok, the Group was in an unusual position of having two "flagship" hotels whose names represented the best in hospitality.
In 1985, the Company rationalised its corporate structure by combining these two prestigious properties under a common name, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
The Group today
Since the 1990’s the Group has expanded globally and now operates, or has under development, 45 hotels representing close to 11,000 rooms in 25 countries, with 20 hotels in Asia, ten in The Americas and 15 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates, or has under development, 13 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.
The Origins Of The Fan: An award-winning logo
When Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group publicly launched the company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in the mid 1980s, there was a desire to create a symbol that embodied the hotel group’s luxurious and elegant image yet was still reflective of each hotel’s local charm. A profoundly meaningful symbol of our oriental culture would strike a delicate balance – one that had a certain Oriental essence without being overly ethnic. After much consultation with the internationally recognized design house, Pentagram, and research into symbols that embodied luxury, elegance and comfort, the Group’s well-recognized fan logo was born. Classically simple, visually elegant and indisputably a part of the Orient, the eleven-bladed fan ties together each hotel into the single identity of the luxury hotel group. The logo is a registered trademark internationally and is respected within the tourism industry as one of the worlds’ most highly recognized logos.
Unique fans for individual hotels
In addition to the registered trademark logo for the Group, all Mandarin Oriental hotels are encouraged to find their own unique fan to reflect the individuality of their property. Each hotel’s fan is sensitively linked to the environment in which it resides, taking into account the exclusive attributes of the culture in each location. Colours, designs and prints are carefully chosen in collaboration with local artists, historians and graphics experts. Originality also plays a key role in determining the desired fan for each hotel.