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Beijing claims 3,000th Marriott

Marriott International has officially designated the 23-story, 588-room JW Marriott Hotel Beijing as the company’s 3,000th property.Marriott’s global growth is unprecedented in its 80-year history, adding more than 100 hotels through the first half of 2007. Over half of the company’s full-service hotel development pipeline is outside North America.

By the opening of the 2008 Olympics, Marriott expects to operate 11 hotels in Beijing to help accommodate the two million visitors expected to visit the city. Another 20 Marriott International-branded hotels are scheduled to open in China through the year 2010.

The JW Marriott Hotel Beijing is owned by Hua Mao Surapan Hotel Development, and will open in November, along with the 305-room The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing.

The JW Marriott Hotel Beijing will have five restaurants and lounges for dining and entertainment. A popular feature of the hotel will be the Quan Spa. Respecting the traditional meaning of spas as providing for “health through water,” the Quan Spa will offer Vichy rain shower treatments, private hot tubs and products from Thalgo, which use ingredients from the ocean. The spa’s signature treatment will be an Indoceane Ritual that will combine an exotic beauty elixir for the skin with a relaxing sensorial journey consisting of four steps - Mediterranean, Egyptian, Indian and Chinese.

A bold, forward-thinking complex, China Central Place includes more than 230,000 square meters of high-end office space; eight residential towers; 160,000 square meters of luxury-brand retail shops such as Ferragamo and Gucci; and spacious green areas and a sports center.