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:
China 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
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
Call (800) 332-3442 for information.Marriott International recently inaugurated the 315-room
Marriott Hotel Hongqiao in Shanghai and the 433-room Shenyang
Both properties boast Marriott's Room That Works, which features
a workstation and other room amenities designed specifically for
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
Call (877) STARWOOD.Sheraton Hotels & Resorts expanded its presence in central
China with the recent opening of the 402-room
Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel in Chengdu.
For details, call (800) 325-3535 or (877) STARWOOD.
Northwest recently launched twice-weekly service between Detroit
and Shanghai, and United inaugurated service between San Francisco
and Shanghai five times weekly.
A 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.