Business travelers' notebook: What's new on China's scene By Helen Brower / December 15, 2000 Share 1 -- BEIJING -- Business travelers to China can benefit from new and improved hotels and services as well as new airline service. The following is a summary of developments: HotelsChina is in the midst of a hotel-building boom, giving business travelers an ever-widening choice of accommodations in both primary and secondary cities.Accor, the French hotel group that operates several brands, assumed management of Beijing's 416-room Peace Hotel and changed its name to the Novotel Peace Hotel.Meanwhile, the group's Hotel Sofitel division opened two properties: the 241-room Sofitel Zhengzhou in the Henan province and the 400-room Sofitel Jinan Silver Plaza in Jinan.For information or to book, call (800) 221-2541, (800) NOVOTEL or (800) SOFITEL.Bass Hotels & Resorts launched the 481-room Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai last spring in the city's new Zha Bei business district.For details, call (800) HOLIDAY.This summer, the 440-room Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai made its debut in China's most populous city. The upscale property is a joint venture of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and a regional company.Call (800) 332-3442 for information.Marriott International recently inaugurated the 315-room Marriott Hotel Hongqiao in Shanghai and the 433-room Shenyang Marriott.Both properties boast Marriott's Room That Works, which features a workstation and other room amenities designed specifically for business travelers.For more information, call (800) 228-9290.The 487-room Kerry Centre Hotel, which is managed by Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, opened in Beijing. The property offers extensive business facilities, including 20 executive suites and Horizon Club floors.Also, Shangri-La's 423-room Golden Flower Hotel in Xian completed a major renovation.The hotel installed in-room desktop dataport connections and a secure electronic key card system.Call (800) 942-5050 for details.Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will unveil its second St. Regis brand hotel in China, a 345-room Shanghai property, next summer. The company also announced plans to develop possibly 10 Four Points brand hotels in China during the next several years.Call (877) STARWOOD.Sheraton Hotels & Resorts expanded its presence in central China with the recent opening of the 402-roomSheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel in Chengdu.For details, call (800) 325-3535 or (877) STARWOOD.AirlinesNorthwest recently launched twice-weekly service between Detroit and Shanghai, and United inaugurated service between San Francisco and Shanghai five times weekly.CruisesA cruise along China's Yangtze River offers globetrotting executives a way to unwind once business is completed.Victoria Cruises recently put two new riverboats into service, the Victoria Blue Whale and the Victoria Angel, bringing the total number of ships in its fleet to eight.Call (800) 348-8084 for more details.Regal China Cruises, which operates upscale Yangtze River cruises, assumed management of the Wuhan International Golf Club in the Yangtze River port city of Wuhan. The club has an 18-hole golf course and a new 75,000-square-foot clubhouse.For details, call (800) 808-3388.