21 February 2019, Hong Kong – Eaton Workshop, part of the Great Eagle Group, has been named one of The World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019 by prominent American business magazine “Fast Company”. Launched in Washington D.C., USA and Hong Kong in Q4 2018, Eaton Workshop was selected as one of the Fast Company’s world’s top 10 innovative companies in the travel sector for “turning the boutique hotel into a cultural center.”
Eaton Workshop breaks the traditional concept of hotel and aims to promote diversity and social exchange. In addition to providing general hotel services, Eaton Workshop has further set up art gallery, radio stations, cinemas, etc., so as to encourage interactions among people in public space. Eaton Workshop has built a venue for open dialogue. For example, in September 2018, the hotel hosted Hong Kong’s first “Women’s Festival” to promote the concept of women’s “self-care, self-love, and self-expression” and talked about sensitive topics that the public has avoided discussing.
“Fast Company” is hailed as one of the most influential business magazines in the United States, with 725,000 subscribers and over 40 million monthly page views on its website. Since 2008, the media has been focusing on global organizations from start-ups to international brands, collecting breakthrough innovation projects of the companies in the year and analyzing the impact of these projects on business, industry or culture. It then selects the world’s top ten most innovative by sector, as well as the top 50 most innovative companies in the world. The winning list of the year’s most innovative companies is a convincing affirmation of organizations that have brought significant changes in the industry and society, and is also an endorsement of the annual achievements of the winning organizations.
About Eaton Workshop
Eaton Workshop is a global purpose-driven company and creative lab at the intersection of culture, media, hospitality, wellness, and progressive social change. Founded by Katherine Lo, whose background in activism and filmmaking fuels her vision of a new inclusive gathering place for changemakers and creatives, Eaton consists of distinct parts — Hotel, House, Media, Wellness, and Impact. Building a community with a shared ethos of caring for today’s world and conceiving of how we can make it better, Eaton forms connections through its physical spaces, as well as through dynamic digital storytelling and experiences. Our first properties are now open in downtown Washington, D.C. and Hong Kong’s Jordan neighborhood, with ensuing locations to arrive in San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto.
About Great Eagle Group
The Great Eagle Group (Stock Code: 41) was founded in 1963, and was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. The Group’s principal holdings include Champion Real Estate Investment Trust (Stock Code: 2778) and Langham Hospitality Investments (LHI) (Stock Code: 1270), which were both listed in Hong Kong in 2006 and 2013, respectively. The Group was founded in Hong Kong, and has now established a global presence. Being a Hong Kong developer, the Group also owns and manages an extensive international hotel portfolio under “The Langham” brand and its affiliate brands. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the Group develops, invests in and manages high quality residential, office, retail and hotel properties across Asia, North America, Australasia and Europe.
For the property portfolio, Champion REIT (Stock Code: 2778) owns a Grade-A commercial office space at Three Garden Road in the central business district of Hong Kong, as well as the office tower and shopping mall of Langham Place in Mongkok, Kowloon. For the hotel portfolio, the Group owns more than 10 luxury hotels globally and manages over 20 international hotels, operating under “The Langham” and its affiliate brands, with a total number of rooms exceeding 9,000. In addition, LHI (Stock Code: 1270) owns the three hotels in Hong Kong, including The Langham, Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui; Cordis Hotel, Hong Kong in Mongkok; and Eaton, Hong Kong in Jordan.
The Group’s development projects in progress include a residential project at Pak Shek Kok, Tai Po, Hong Kong, three development projects in San Francisco and Seattle, USA, as well as a hotel redevelopment project in Tokyo, Japan.