Slowdown in international travel is blamed for project delays

A luxury hotel scheme being built in China by Dubai firm Jumeirah has been delayed again.

The 338-room Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi hotel had been due to open in 2008 but this was put back until this year.

Now the group has said the hotel “will open during the course of 2009”. The group, which manages the Lowndes Hotel in upmarket Belgravia in London and has signed a deal for the planned Beetham Tower in the Blackfriars area of the capital, is planning five schemes in China in the next few years.

A slowdown in world travel is thought to be behind the delay in Shanghai with figures from the country's National Tourism Administration showing visits have started to fall.