Hotel Grand Central Limited owns and operates hotels and properties throughout Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. Incorporated on 13 June 1968, the company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange in 1978. The founding hotel (Hotel Grand Central) was built by the late Tan Chee Hoe and his son Tan Eng Teong, who now holds the position of Chairman of the Board. While the full board of directors participates in the overall planning and strategic direction of the company, it is the Chairman and the Managing Director, Tan Teck Lin, who are principally involved in the day-to-day running of the Australasian interests. The Group owns, operates, manages or has equity interests in 11 hotels throughout Malaysia, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Grand Central Enterprises (Penang) Sdn Bhd and its associated companies, Grand Central Enterprises Berhad (listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange) and Grand Central Enterprises (Johor) Sdn Bhd.
Hotel Grand Central Limited expanded its hotel and commercial property interest into Australia and New Zealand in the early 1990s, purchasing commercial property in Sydney, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand. Further expansion occurred again with the purchase of several hotel properties in Australia and New Zealand in 1995. At this point, Grand Central Management Limited was established to manage the various hotel and commercial property interests.
Throughout Australasia the organisation operates under the Group brand of Grand Hotels International. This umbrella brand enabled an amalgamation of the respective sales, marketing services and management practices, thereby improving the economies of scale, and providing further opportunities to develop hotel and property management.
In South East Asia, Hotel Grand Central and Hotel Grand Continental subsidiary brands are used, while in Australia and New Zealand, Hotel Grand Chancellor is recognised as the hotel brand.
The Group has a vested interest in maintaining a long term investment strategy in Australia and New Zealand, and to further develop its expertise in these burgeoning tourism markets.