The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited (HSH) celebrated their 150th anniversary this month with a large party that was held at The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. Everyone could see preparations for the celebration as the hotel had seven giant helium balloons tied to the façade.
The Hongkong Hotel Company was founded in 1866. It’s the oldest registered company on the Hong Kong Companies Registry. Currently, the company has a large hotel portfolio with the total value of HK$45.3 billion. The hotelier owns 10 Peninsula Hotels around the world and properties that work under the following brands: The Peak Tower, The Peak Tram and The Repulse Bay Complex.
The eight giant balloons highlight most important assets of the company. It took approximately 30 days to design and produce each balloon. The balloons feature The Peak Tower, MD902 helicopter of The Peninsula, The Peak Tram, Peninsula Pageboy, The Repulse Bay Complex, vintage Rolls-Royce, Montgolfierce styled balloon, and the balloon in the shape of The Peninsula Hong Kong. The latter was the only balloon that was not displayed so it didn’t copy the hotel it was tied to. The ready balloons looked so impressive that it was decided to make a travel exhibition and display the balloons in HSH properties around the world in 2017.
The celebration of such a respectable anniversary was started a day before the official date. Many volunteers from universities of Hong Kong dressed as pagegirls and pageboys of The Peninsula gathered at the hotel’s Helipad and made a human formation with the words “HSH 150”. The gala evening featured delights prepared by celebrity chefs of the hotel, including caviar, canapés, verrines with seasonal fruit, cream puffs, chocolate statues, stations with waffles and crème brulee, and 225kg of ice cream.