WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 22, 2003—Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) celebrates the opening of the 212-room Renaissance Beijing Hotel. This is the fifth Renaissance Hotel established in China, and the 30th hotel in Marriott’s lodging portfolio in the country.
Owned by Air China, the Renaissance Beijing Hotel is part of a mixed-use development in the Chaoyang District of northeast Beijing that includes the 12-story property, an office building providing 53,000 square meters of space and an underground parking garage for 260 automobiles.
Rashid Ahmed, general manager of the Renaissance Beijing Hotel, said, “As a result of China’s burgeoning economic growth and the potential impact of the 2008 Olympics games, the travel trade in the capital is blooming.”
Air China representatives said, “The Renaissance Beijing Hotel is our most important lodging establishment in Beijing. Both Air China and Marriott International are renowned hospitality companies worldwide, and our partnership will create synergy. We are confident that the Renaissance Beijing Hotel will be a huge success.”
“It is very heartening to see the dramatic expansion of our lodging portfolio in China,” said Ed Fuller, president and managing director of international lodging for Marriott International. “In a little more than 12 years, we have grown from one hotel in Hong Kong to 30 properties across China spanning all of our international lodging brands. Marriott is now one of the largest hotel operators in the country. We are also delighted to be joined by Air China on this important project and to see our Renaissance presence expanding in China.”
Guest rooms include a large work desk with desk-level power and data port for high-speed internet access, three telephones, cable/satellite television, in-room safe, duvet covers, bathrobes, marble bathroom with a separate shower, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, mini-bar, refrigerator and an umbrella. The hotel also offers a full array of special guest services, including a business center, online flight information, Renaissance Club Floor, safe deposit boxes available at the front desk, same-day laundry/valet service, daily housekeeping service, non-smoking floors, complimentary daily newspaper, an airline/car rental/tour desk, lobby concierge and car park.
For dining and entertainment, the Renaissance Beijing Hotel has a Chinese restaurant with nine private dining rooms; a lobby bar and lounge; 24-hour in-room dining services; and a casual restaurant serving three meals daily. Recreational amenities include an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center.
For social events and conferences, the Renaissance Beijing Hotel has a 426-square-meter ballroom and three boardrooms.
Four Renaissance hotels are currently operating in China: the 543-room New World Renaissance Hotel Kowloon (Hong Kong), the 860-room Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, the 544-room Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai Hotel, and the recently opened, 280-room Renaissance Tianjin Hotel. The 289-room Renaissance Wuhan Hotel will open in 2004.
Air China: Established in 1988, Air China is the largest air carrier in the People’s Republic of China. Its fleet has 69 aircraft, and it operates over 1,000 regular flights each week. Currently the Air China route system spans 71 domestic and 43 international routes that serve 29 cities in 19 countries and most of the key cities in China. For further information please visit www.airchina.com.cn