M&C unwraps Beijing addition

Millennium and Copthorne has welcomed its latest addition into the Group with Grand Millennium Beijing, opening its doors for business on 10 April 2008. An international, upscale hotel, it will be owned and managed by Millennium & Copthorne International (MCIL), the Asian arm of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M & C).

Grand Millennium Beijing is located 25 minutes from Beijing’s Airport and is situated in the heart of Beijing’s financial and business district. The location provides immediate access to a full range of public transport, and is minutes away from many major corporate offices, embassies and exhibition centres. The hotel is the centerpiece of the Fortune Plaza Complex, which offers luxury and lifestyle shopping.

The 5-star property comprises 521 chic and contemporary guestrooms and provides its discerning travellers with quality facilities and personalised services. The ballroom and meeting rooms are styled with a modern contemporary feel and are spread over two levels. Well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, they serve as ideal venues for meetings, conferences, special events and wedding banquets. All essential facilities for modern day travellers are available at the hotel including complimentary high speed Broadband Internet connection, a Business Centre, a modern Spa and Fitness Centre, indoor swimming pool, five restaurants and bars and one Executive Club Lounge.

“Securing the Grand Millennium Beijing anchors our presence in China and is a key development in our stated aim to grow in Asia. The long term prospects for this property are excellent due to the economic growth prospects both in China and especially in the Beijing Central Business District. Furthermore, visibility for Beijing will be enhanced significantly with the impending Olympics in 2008, leading to more visitor arrivals to the capital,” said Mr Kwek Leng Beng, Chairman of M&C Hotels.

“The addition of Grand Millennium Beijing to our presence in China, which includes Millennium Wuxi Hotel, Millennium Hongqiao Shanghai and Millennium Hotel Xiamen, will augment our brand awareness in a
country with a substantial outbound market that is growing at a vigorous pace. This hotel will help to define M&C Hotels in the China marketplace,” added Mr Tan Kim Seng, Senior Vice President, Millennium & Copthorne International (MCIL).
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