Marriott Int'l expands China lodging portfolio

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TIANJIN, China -- Marriott International said it was tapped to manage a 280-room hotel under construction here.

Scheduled to open in 2002, the hotel will be called the Renaissance Tianjin Hotel. It will be part of a mixed-use complex that will include shops, restaurants and office space.

The hotel will be centrally located in downtown Tianjin on Nanjing Road near the Tianjin Music Hall and the Binjiang shopping center.

Nicknamed "Shanghai of the North," Tianjin is located about 72 miles southeast of Beijing.

The Tianjin airport is located about 20 minutes by taxi from the city's downtown.

A number of airlines fly from Tianjin airport to such destinations as Hong Kong; Nagoya and Osaka, Japan, and Seoul, South Korea, as well as to a number of cities in China.

"We are very pleased to see our lodging portfolio in China expand to include this important city," said Ed Fuller, president and managing director of international lodging for Marriott International.

"Tianjin is an important industrial city in China and we look forward to meeting the needs of business travelers to the city."

To meet those needs, rooms will offer data ports and dual-line phones with voice mail. Rooms also will feature work desks with task lighting and ergonomic chairs.

The hotel will offer a business center with a meeting room; two private offices and four workstations with computers, and a ballroom and five conference rooms.

Marriott said its China portfolio includes 26 properties among seven lodging brands -- Courtyard, Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments, New World, Ramada, Renaissance and Ritz-Carlton.

Under construction are the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Pudong; Marriott Executive Apartments and the JW Marriott Hotel, both in Shanghai, and the Dalian Marriott Hotel and Dalian Marriott Executive Apartments.

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