Beijing Readies for Olympics

J.L. Erickson Business is booming in Beijing as the region gears up to host the 2008 Olympic Games and hoteliers, including Marriott and Intercontinental, announce plans to boost offerings for travelers. Marriott International plans to open its second Renaissance-branded hotel in Beijing in 2008, with

By: J.L. Erickson

Business is booming in Beijing as the region gears up to host the 2008 Olympic Games and hoteliers, including Marriott and Intercontinental, announce plans to boost offerings for travelers.

Marriott International plans to open its second Renaissance-branded hotel in Beijing in 2008, with the 540-room Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel. The 26-story hotel on the southern edge of Beijing’s central business district will be the eighth hotel in Marriott International’s portfolio in Beijing.

“We are impressed by the rapid transformation of Beijing into a vibrant, international metropolis offering tourist and business travelers alike a vast array of cultural and historical attractions,” said Ed Fuller, president and managing director of Marriott’s international lodging.

The Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel will include three restaurants, a bakery cafe, a lobby lounge, a gift shop, a business center and an entertainment bar. Restaurants will include an all-day facility with a permanent grand buffet, a Chinese restaurant offering six private dining rooms and a specialty restaurant with one private dining room.

Guestrooms will be oversized and an executive lounge will also have a boardroom. Recreational facilities include a health club and a spa with eight treatment rooms as well as an indoor swimming pool. The hotel will have flexible meeting space, a grand ballroom and five meeting rooms.

Meanwhile, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels also has entered a joint venture to develop a new $144 million, five-star hotel in Beijing in the heart of the central business district.

The 28-story Millennium Beijing will include 520 guestrooms that will open during the first half of 2008, before the Games, and will be the London-based group’s second hotel in China after the Millennium Hongqiao Shanghai.

InterContinental Hotels Group also has announced plans to operate The InterContinental Qingdao, a 438-room newly built waterfront hotel that will be part of the Olympic Water Sports Centre at Fushan Bay, which will host the Games’ sailing events.

The complex will feature an international conference center and cruise terminal, marina and yachting club and shopping, entertainment and recreation facilities. InterContinental Qingdao will be the only hotel in the center and will open in 2008 before the Games begin.

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