The Westin Yilan Resort, a well-known hotel brand under the flag of Marriott International, Inc., is officially opened in Yuanshan Township, Yilan County. To avoid the throat-cutting competition at Jiaohsi, the Westin Yilan Resort selects to locate itself at Yuanshan Township to best utilize Yuanshan’s hot springs and leisure agriculture to create a tranquil resort setting. This is not only the first listed international hotel chain invested by Rich Development and Lealea Hotels but also one of the most important BOT cases of Yilan County Government this year.
September 23 opening ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted and attended by many VIPs, including Lin Tsunng-Hsien, Minister of Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan; Wu Ze-Cheng, Acting Magistrate of Yilan County Government; Kuo Shu-Zhen, Chairman of Rich Development Group; Mr. Josef Dolp, Vice President Operations, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; Chen Xiao-Ci, President of The Westin Tashee Resort, Taoyuan; and Chairman Vincent Kuo and President Tina Tang of Westin Yilan Resort.
Officially opened on September 23, the long-waited "Westin Yilan" is well known for offering clear and transparent Yuanshan hot spring (also known as Yilan hot spring), a kind of sodium bicarbonate spring (commonly known as beauty spa) coming out from the sedimentary rock area of the Lan-Yang Plain.