Chain plans Taipei property

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Responding to a strong business travel market, Marriott International said it will open the first Marriott-flagged hotel here in late 2004.

Construction is expected to begin later this year.

The 417-room Taipei Marriott Hotel will be located in the Sixth Neihu Consolidation District, just north of the city's central business district.

The hotel will be part of a mixed-use complex that will include shops and restaurants. It will be the tallest building in Neihu.

The hotel will be situated approximately 45 minutes by car from Chiang Kai-Shek Airport.

The hotel will have two restaurants and a lobby lounge. Amenities will include a health and fitness center; two swimming pools including an indoor lap pool, and two squash courts.

Fifty-one of the rooms will be business-category rooms with a separate lounge. There also will be extensive meetings space, a business center with a dedicated staff and a parking garage.

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