在全新网站感受耳目一新的视觉体验,畅享身临其境的旅行故事

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美爵品牌酒店官方网站(www.grandmercure.com)更新,为时尚现代、独具慧眼的旅行者在亚太、中东和北美地区,发现蕴含地道本土文化的待客之道和享受独一无二的旅行体验。

全新网站支持品牌酒店网络中一些关键国家所使用的主要语言,包括英语、印度尼西亚语、中文、巴西葡萄牙语和阿拉伯语。网站同时还支持法语、韩语和日语,以迎合日益多样化的全球旅行者。

网站提供旅游目的地信息和优惠信息,旅行者可在适合移动设备访问的平台(将直接链接至accorhotels.com)上浏览并预订他们喜欢的目的地。
雅高酒店集团亚太区首席市场和分销官Graham Wilson表示:“更新grandmercure.com对于雅高酒店集团亚太区来说具有重要的里程碑意义,因为这个品牌正是在20多年前诞生于这片区域。我们的每家美爵酒店都通过热情好客、美食佳酿、健康养生和文化与探索这四个品牌核心传递着目的地的独特文化和传统。”
他补充道:“秉持着雅高酒店集团扩展奢华及高端品牌酒店,这一关键策略之一,我们计划将再开19家全新美爵酒店,新增4,750间客房,以进一步扩大我们的品牌酒店网络。”

关于美爵
美爵是雅高酒店集团旗下的高端酒店和公寓品牌,将丰富的当地传统与著名的法式格调融合,传递全新视角的世界级服务。美爵酒店在每一个目的地都是一个文化基石,捕捉客人的想象,丰富当地故事。在亚太区已有近20年历史的美爵酒店,在每个市场都是独一无二的,比如在中国推出的美爵、印尼的Maha Cipta,以及随后在拉丁美洲和中东国家的拓展,在这些国家,客人们对能够深刻领悟其不同期望的酒店品牌的需求与日俱增,美爵酒店将帮助客人们‘发现全新的地道之旅’。美爵目前在全球运营着45家酒店,39家在亚太区。美爵是全球领先的酒店运营商雅高旗下的品牌,雅高在92个国家运营近3,800多酒店,雇用超过18万名员工。若需了解更多信息,请登录www.grandmercure.com

北京新世界酒店再获殊荣 – 新旅行“最佳商务酒店”奖

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在2015年12月15日举办的2015年度《新旅行》杂志之高端酒店颁奖盛典中,北京新世界酒店被授予50家最理想入住酒店之一和“最佳商务酒店”奖。《新旅行》杂志是高端旅行杂志的领军者,专为高端旅行者量身定制,主要参读人群为该地区的旅游业及商务界专业人士,每月发行量接近900,000册。

开业两年来,北京新世界酒店被媒介多次授予“最佳商务酒店”称号,更有荣获到到网排名第一的优异成绩。

自2009年起,“新旅行高端酒店颁奖盛典”已成为受旅游业重视的荣誉奖项,以表彰业内成绩裴然的旅游机构包括航空公司、酒店及度假酒店及提供旅游相关服务公司等。

谈及此次获奖,北京新世界酒店总经理龙福盛先生表示:“我们十分荣幸获此殊荣,也衷心的感谢新旅行这个平台,广大旅游界的同僚以及尊敬的宾客们给予我们莫大的支持,这也更加鼓励我们成为北京城中心的现代东方待客之道的标杆。”

北京新世界酒店建有309间客房,毗邻天安门广场、故宫及王府井商业街等文化旅游胜地,乃距离天坛最近的一家豪华酒店。酒店餐饮设施包括全日餐厅天坛街、中餐厅祈年八号、大堂酒廊堂以及屋顶天台酒吧“印”。其它设施包括健身中心、水疗中心及室内游泳池,另设有一间宴会厅及七间多功能厅。行政楼层聚贤荟拥有北京豪华酒店中配备最大面积的行政楼层户外露台。如需垂询或预订,请致电您的旅行顾问、直接致电酒店 +86 10 5960 8888、电邮至[email protected]或浏览酒店网页newworldhotels.com。

New World Beijing Hotel Named “Best Business Hotel” By Voyage Magazine

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Beijing, China, December 16, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - New World Beijing Hotel has been named “Best Business Hotel” at the Voyage Best Hotel and Resort Value Awards and is included on the Top 50 Must-Stay Hotel List. Voyage is a leader in luxury travel magazines, designed for high-end travellers with a passion for exploring the world. Read by travel and business professionals throughout the region, Voyage has a monthly circulation of close to 900,000.

The prestigious “Best Business Hotel” honour is one of a great number of awards bestowed upon New World Beijing Hotel since the property launched two years ago.

The Voyage Best Hotel and Resort Value Awards have become important travel industry recognition, since its inception in 2009. The annual event showcases stellar travel suppliers across airlines, hotels and resorts, and travel services in China.

“We are very honoured to receive this award by such a prestigious magazine and look forward to welcoming the editors and readers of Voyage, along with travellers from around the globe, to our modern Oriental oasis in the heart of Beijing,” said Henrik Iversen, New World Beijing Hotel general manager.

The 309-room New World Beijing Hotel is the closest deluxe hotel to Temple of Heaven, and is conveniently located near Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Wangfujing shopping district. Hotel dining includes Tian Tan Kitchen, an all-day café; 8 Qi Nian Chinese restaurant; TANG lobby lounge; and YIN on 12 rooftop bar. Recreational options include a health club, spa and indoor swimming pool while meeting space totaling 1,542 square metres includes a windowed ballroom and seven function rooms. The Residence Club executive floor offers the largest outdoor terrace amongst Beijing’s luxury hotels. For more information and reservations, please contact your travel professional, the hotel directly at telephone +86 10 5960 8888, e-mail [email protected], or visit newworldhotels.com.

Source: New World Hotels

AccorHotels Announces First Novotel in the Philippines

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Manila, Philippines, December 15, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - AccorHotels launched the Novotel Manila Araneta Center in this October, bringing the world’s most recognized international business class hotel brand to the Philippines. Located within the Araneta Center, the premier lifestyle hub of Quezon City, the 24-storey hotel features 401 contemporary rooms and suites and an executive sky-lounge with a 360-degree view of the metropolis. The hotel offers the largest number of rooms in Quezon City to date.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center is part of a massive development plan in the Araneta Center which is bustling with life and activities including weekend night markets, food festivals and street performances. The hotel opens at a time when tourism to the Philippines is growing fast, with visitor arrivals up 7.65% for the first half of the year, and just one month before the city hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Summit in November.

“We are excited to add AccorHotels’ first Novotel brand in Quezon City, Metro Manila, which aims to bring a more diverse crowd of travellers to the area,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for AccorHotels Southeast and Northeast Asia. “Novotel Manila Araneta Center reflects a more youthful energy, incorporating the new branding of Novotel along with vibrant decor and interiors. The brand’s globally acclaimed service standards, spacious modular rooms and facilities contribute to the well-being of guests, attracting both business and leisure travellers.”

The Philippines is known as the Pearl of the Orient and boasts six UNESCO heritage sites including the Palawan Underground River, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Located 15 kilometres from the airport, Novotel Manila Araneta Center is also a few steps away from light rail and metro rail stations, bus stops and jeepney terminals to places of interest such as the Sining Saysay Gallery in Gateway Tower 1, the SMART Araneta Coliseum, Gateway Mall and Ali Mall.

The hotel is also situated near the re-opened Kia Theatre (formerly New Frontier Theater), a 2,500-seat indoor music performance and event space, and Gateway Tower 2, a dedicated facility for information technology, telecommunications and business processing-oriented companies within the Araneta Center, which will open in the first quarter of 2016.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center is home to two new dining concepts. Food Exchange Manila is a 208-seat contemporary restaurant serving an array of international cuisine with dishes prepared at live cooking stations. Gourmet Bar by Novotel is perfect for those looking to enjoy refreshing signature drinks or simply relax with a novel over a cup of freshly brewed coffee. What stands out about the Gourmet Bar is its focus on using organic produce grown and harvested from a dedicated farm in San Mateo, Rizal.

For relaxation, guests can also enjoy a workout at the hotel’s In Balance Wellness Center which includes a gym, spa and swimming pool. Young guests can head to the Gymboree Kids Area, a unique space on the fifth floor to explore and learn new things in a fun atmosphere.

Whether it is meetings, conferences, parties or corporate retreats, the hotel boasts a state-of-the-art pillar-less grand ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,200 guests, six meeting rooms and a boardroom. Its 2,500-square meter landscaped outdoor garden area is ideal for distinct cocktail events, soirées and fashion shows, and perfect for couples seeking to tie the knot in an open and romantic setting with a trellised garden and air-conditioned marquee.

Novotel is the world’s most recognized AccorHotels brand for business and leisure travellers, with hotels located in the heart of major international cities, business districts and tourist destinations. With over 100 hotels in Asia Pacific and five hotels in the pipeline for the Philippines, the opening of Novotel Manila Araneta Center reflects AccorHotels’ continued expansion in the region and will drive the growing demand for tourism and business in the vibrant hub of Quezon City. Novotel Manila Araneta Center will join a global network of more than 400 Novotel hotels and resorts in 59 countries.

For more information, please visit www.novotel.com or www.accorhotels.com.


ABOUT NOVOTEL

Novotel is the midscale hotel brand of AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, present in 92 countries with 3,800 hotels and 180,000 employees. Novotel’s consistently high standard of service contributes to the wellbeing of both business and leisure travelers: think spacious, modular-design guestrooms, balanced cuisine available 24/7, excellent meeting facilities, attentive staff, dedicated children’s areas and rejuvenating wellness facilities. With PLANET 21, AccorHotels’ sustainable development program, Novotel commits itself to the planet! To meet today’s challenging environmental and social issues, the brand has chosen to rely on a world renowned environmental certification, ISO 14001. Novotel offers more than 400 hotels and resorts in 59 countries, situated in the center of major international cities from business districts to tourist destinations. More information at: www.novotel.com

ABOUT ACCORHOTELS

AccorHotels is a Group united by a shared passion for hospitality and driven by a shared promise to make everyone Feel Welcome.
Over 180,000 women and men in 3,800 AccorHotels establishments look after thousands of guests every day in 92 countries.

AccorHotels is the world’s leading hotel operator and offers its customers, partners and employees:
– its dual expertise as a hotel operator and franchisor (HotelServices) and a hotel owner and investor (HotelInvest);
– a large portfolio of internationally renowned brands covering the full spectrum, with luxury (Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery by Sofitel, Grand Mercure, The Sebel), midscale (Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter, Adagio) economy (ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget, adagio access and hotelF1) establishments;
– a powerful marketplace and loyalty program Le Club AccorHotels
– almost half a century of commitment to corporate citizenship and solidarity with the PLANET 21 program.
Accor SA shares are listed on the Euronext Paris exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and traded in the USA on the OTC marketplace (Code: ACRFY)

Source: Accor Greater China

Greg Findlay Has Been Appointed As The General Manager At The Westin Bund Center Shanghai

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Shanghai, China, December 14, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - The Westin Bund Center Shanghai in downtown Shanghai has announced the appointment of Greg Findlay as General Manager. Drawing on over two decades of experience with Starwood, Findlay is responsible for all operations at Shanghai's iconic hotel just minutes’ walk from the historical bund waterfront.

After successfully launching The Westin Auckland in 2007 and The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket in 2010, he took up the role as General Manager at Asia's first W hotel – W Seoul Walkerhill and was the opening General Manager of W Beijing before moving to Shanghai.

“I’m very excited to be working with such a cohesive team at The Westin Bund Center Shanghai. As one of Shanghai's leading iconic hotels, I look forward to continue showcasing the Westin instinctive and personalized service to ensure that all guests will leave feeling better than when they arrived,” Findlay said. “I'm also excited to be working in Shanghai, one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in China,” he added.

About The Hotel
Just a stroll away is the magnificent Bund architectural site and waterfront. Yu garden, a 400-year-old classical Chinese garden and the popular pedestrian shopping precinct on Nanjing Road are also within short walking distance. Lujiazhui Financial District is a mere 10-minute taxi ride away. Guests will be pleasantly delighted on arrival with the grand atrium lobby featuring a striking cantilevered glass staircase inlaid with delicate rice paper and beautiful soft-glow lighting. With 570 tastefully-decorated guest rooms and suites offered in two towers, other services and facilities include restaurants serving Chinese, Italian and international favorites including the city’s famous Sunday Brunch, a Westin Workout fitness centre with indoor swimming pool and Banyan Tree Spa.

The Westin Bund Center Shanghai is located at 88 Henan Middle Road, Shanghai 200002, China. For further details and reservations, call the hotel direct at +86 21 6335 1888, China Toll Free 4006 335 186, email [email protected] or visit www.westinshanghai.com

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts, a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade, lives its philosophy “For a Better You™” through the brand’s six pillars of well-being: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well. At more than 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, guests can experience offerings that include the iconic Heavenly® Bed, RunWESTIN™ and Westin Gear Lending with New Balance®, delicious and nutritious SuperFoodsRx™, the innovative workspace Tangent, Westin Weekend signature experiences, and Heavenly Bath and Heavenly Spa. Westin is proud to offer Starwood Preferred Guest®, the industry’s leading loyalty program. To learn more, visit www.starwoodhotels.com/westin. Stay connected to Westin: @westin on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/Westin

Source: Westin Bund Center Shanghai

AccorHotels Wins Best Global Hotel Chain at Top Asia Pacific Awards

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Shanghai, China, December 9, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Voted on by readers of the TTG stable of trade magazines, the award is presented on the basis of the “most consistent product and services and the most professional sales and marketing teams in terms of innovation and servicing” and clearly establishes AccorHotels amongst the very best in the business.

“We are honoured to win this prestigious award which means even more because it is voted on by our customers and our closest working partners,” said Michael Issenberg, Chairman and CEO AccorHotels Asia Pacific. “Competition for this award was very tough and we are proud to be recognised amongst the best of the best in the travel trade industry.”

The signature Hermès trophy was presented during a Gala Dinner in Bangkok. The Best Global Hotel Chain award will be displayed alongside the group’s award for Best Budget Hotel Brand for ibis from last year’s ceremony.

AccorHotels is the leading hotel operator in the world with 3,800 hotels across 92 countries, and globally renowned brands including Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, The Sebel, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter, Adagio, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget, adagio access and hotelF1.

To see the response from AccorHotels staff, click here: https://youtu.be/r-upvn25ffQ

ABOUT ACCORHOTELS

AccorHotels is a Group united by a shared passion for hospitality and driven by a shared promise to make everyone Feel Welcome.
Over 180,000 women and men in 3,800 AccorHotels establishments look after thousands of guests every day in 92 countries.

AccorHotels is the world’s leading hotel operator and offers its customers, partners and employees:
– its dual expertise as a hotel operator and franchisor (HotelServices) and a hotel owner and investor (HotelInvest);
– a large portfolio of internationally renowned brands covering the full spectrum, with luxury (Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery by Sofitel, Grand Mercure, The Sebel), midscale (Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter, Adagio) economy (ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget, adagio access and hotelF1) establishments;
– a powerful marketplace and loyalty program Le Club AccorHotels
– almost half a century of commitment to corporate citizenship and solidarity with the PLANET 21 program.
Accor SA shares are listed on the Euronext Paris exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and traded in the USA on the OTC marketplace (Code: ACRFY)

Phyllis SIO
Director of Communications
AccorHotels Greater China
Email: [email protected]
Tel.: +86 159 2079 9609

Source: Accor Greater China

Mercure Continues Expansion in China with the Opening of Mercure Shanghai Royalton

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Shanghai, China, December 8, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - AccorHotels, the world’s leading international hotelier, is pleased to announce the opening of Mercure Shanghai Royalton, the 8th property in the group’s midscale Mercure brand to open its door in Greater China. Located in the heart of China’s largest and most vibrant metropolis, Mercure Shanghai Royalton provides guests with globally renowned standards of service and accommodation infused with authentic local touches.

With a host of retail and dining options including the famous Cloud Nine Shopping Mall all within walking distance, and the charming Zhongshan Park nearby, this impressive new hotel is the ideal choice for guests looking to take advantage of all that the city has to offer.

“Mercure Shanghai Royalton is a fantastic addition to the Mercure brand, a global network of hotels that fuses international hotel standards with authentic local culture to provide an unparalleled hotel experience,” said Paul Richardson, Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Greater China. “Shanghai is one of the world’s most exciting destinations, and with central location offering the best accommodation, dining experience and meeting facilities in its segment, with the opening of Mercure Shanghai Royalton we will continue to expand our network in the region.”

Mercure Shanghai Royalton features 239 guest rooms and suites, warm, comfortable spaces that come fully equipped with the latest equipments, including free high-speed WiFi and flat-screen LCD TVs. Guest rooms are cozy yet contemporary, providing the perfect space to unwind after a long day spent in meetings or exploring the city. The hotel also features six meeting rooms accommodating up to 200 people, with state-of-the-art conferencing technology and a dedicated professional support team on call to make sure your event is held successfully. Meanwhile, for those who want to unwind at the end of the day, Mercure Shanghai Royalton also features a fully equipped spa and fitness centre where guests can go to let off some steam.

Mercure Shanghai Royalton also provides a wide range of international and local dining options. The hotel’s trendy Lobby Lounge Bar is fully stocked with a host of international beverage options. Fuji Restaurant offers an authentic Japanese dining experience with ingredients imported all the way from Japan, while the unique, cellar-like ambience of the Grand Bodega Spanish Restaurant offers a wide range of traditional Spanish dishes. Meanwhile, R Kitchen, the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, employs some of the best chefs from the local area, cooking up authentic Cantonese and Shanghainese dishes guaranteed to tantalize the taste buds.

Seamlessly incorporating modernity and tradition, Mercure Hotels offer global standards of service and hospitality with a genuinely local experience. With over 750 hotels in 51 countries, no two Mercure hotels are exactly alike, offering a superior midscale hospitality experience that is in perfect harmony with the people and places where the brand is represented. From friendly, fast-track check-in in the stylishly designed and welcoming lobby, to contemporary, fully equipped rooms, delicious international and local dining options and flexible, customized meeting facilities, Mercure Hotels are the perfect way for guests to get the most out of the world’s most exciting destinations.

About Mercure

Mercure is the midscale non-standardized brand of AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator with 3,800 hotels and 180,000 employees in 92 countries. Mercure hotels share common quality standards and are driven by passionate hoteliers. Whether they are located in major city centers, by the seaside or in mountain resorts, each establishment offers an authentic experience for both business and leisure travelers. The Mercure network spans 732 hotels in 55 countries around the globe, represents a real alternative to standardized or independent hotels, and combines the power of an international network with professional and digital expertise. For more information, visit http://www.mercure.com.

Source: Accor Greater China

Beijing’s Art Community Expands With Launch Of Art Realm

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Beijing, China, December 6, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Wanda Realm Beijing, together with 3rd Times Art Space, has created a new art space in Shijingshan called Art Realm.

Located at the Wanda Realm Beijing Lobby Lounge, it strongly advocates changing the traditional understanding of art exhibitions. It will break the old pattern that only art museums or galleries can host art exhibitions. Art Realm combines the hotel venue space and art, and presents the unique charm of art to the public. We believe that Art Realm is the first art space in Shijingshan district, and will soon be the most representative art venue in western Beijing.

All 26 paintings featured in "In The Mood For Love" are from Ren Yi Hong's classic works, and give viewers artistic enjoyment and edification.

More art exhibitions will be held in Art Realm periodically, such as solo exhibitions and more theme exhibitions. Once this art space becomes better known, Wanda Realm Beijing will keep creating opportunities for young painters with great potential.

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Painter Profile
Born 1990 in Shanxi Province, Ren Yi Hong is a professional painter and artist. In 2008 she was admitted to the Central Academy of Art and won a scholarship and the outstanding work award. In 2010, Ren was assigned to the Paris Academy of Art as an exchange student. Her representative works include "The girl with a guitar", "Summer night", "Morning", and "The girl with a peacock".

About Wanda Realm Beijing
Wanda Realm Beijing is located in the heart of Shijingshan District and Capital Recreation District (CRD), which is adjacent to the Shijingshan Wanda Plaza and walking distance to a subway station (Line 1) and the airport shuttle bus station (Shijingshan Line). It is only 45 minutes away from Beijing Capital International Airport by car and 25 minutes away from the Summer Palace and Fragrance Hill. Wanda Realm Beijing is equipped with 308 magnificent guestrooms and suites which are designed for unparalleled comfort and pleasure, featuring two restaurants serving different cuisine, from formal dining to a relaxed buffet. For events large or small, Wanda Realm Beijing is at your service with the leading banquet facilities in western Beijing. Choose from a graceful selection of fully equipped meeting rooms, while the spectacular 1,400 square meter pillar-free China Grand Ballroom is equipped with an 8.5 meter-high ceiling and a 70 square meter LED screen. The first-class leisure facilities provide business travelers with a gathering place to refresh body, mind and spirit, including a state-of-the-art gym and an indoor heated swimming pool.

About 3T Art Space
3T Art Space is on south bank of Tonghui River, Chaoyang District. Located in Gaobeidian Cultural & Art Park, it is in front of the terminal, and close to parks and recreational places. In line with the past, present and the future, 3T Art Space is looking into the art in the past, the present and the future impact of modern artistic forms of cognition. Each of the exhibitions is a time-oriented mode. It is not only a gallery, but also a brand new Gallery Mode, the coffee gallery. In appreciation of the art works at the same time, the taste of a cup of hand-ground coffee could bring your mind to feel the art movement.

Source: Wanda Realm Beijing Hotel

AmCham China Hosts Wang Yang at Annual Seminar

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Beijing, China, December 4, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - The theme of the 16th AmCham China Annual Seminar and Appreciation Dinner was “Partnership of Prosperity,” reflecting the potential for mutual benefit through cooperation between AmCham China members and the Chinese government.

“As an advocate of US business in China and a contributor to economic and trade policymaking in China and the U.S., AmCham China has a profound history,” Wang told the audience. “On behalf of the Chinese government, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to the chamber for its contribution to US-China economic ties. I also want to pay my tribute to all the American businesses that have been engaged in China’s reform, opening up and modernization drive.”

Baucus said the U.S.-China relationship was the most important in the world, and highlighted recent engagement at the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, as well as a visit to the U.S. by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“Since I came to China as ambassador, I’ve been impressed at how mature the U.S.-China relationship has become,” he said. “This year’s JCCT and S&ED meetings and President Xi’s state visit in September made that clear. We don’t shy away from differences. At the end of the day, we focus on deeds, not words.”

The event this year attracted 450 attendees, and included a panel presentation addressing various issues. The panelists were Long Guoqiang, Deputy Director of the Development Research Center of the State Council, Zhang Yansheng, Secretary-General, Academic Committee of the National Development and Reform Commission, and Timothy Stratford, Member of the AmCham China board and a Partner of Covington & Burling LLP Beijing Representative Office.

“The next five years presents a crucial time for China to pursue its vision of economic development that is sustainable and supports the objective of a society that recognizes the rule of law and an economy driven by market forces; it also represents an historic moment for AmCham member companies to seize the timely opportunity by using the foundation we have to support one another in this effort and to help China achieve its goals,” AmCham China Chairman James Zimmerman said in his opening remarks. “I can’t underscore enough the importance that we must all press for continued dialogue and openness in order to build and maintain our Partnership of Prosperity.”

About AmCham China
The American Chamber of Commerce in the People's Republic of China is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose membership comprises more than 3,800 individuals from over 1,000 companies operating across China. The chamber's nationwide mission is to help American companies succeed in China through advocacy, information, networking and business support services. AmCham China is the only officially recognized chamber of commerce representing American business in mainland China. With offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, Shenyang and Wuhan, AmCham China has more than 60 working groups, and holds more than 300 events each year. Visit: www.amchamchina.org

For more information, please contact:
Jane Song
Tel: (8610) 8519-0835
Email: [email protected]

Source: The American Chamber of Commerce in the People's Republic of China

IHG and SEC announce the development of the InterContinental Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center

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Shanghai, China, December 2, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - The world’s leading hotel company, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), and the Shanghai EXPO Co., Ltd (SEC), announced the development of the InterContinental Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center today. The hotel will be an integral part of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) (NECC) — the world’s largest exhibition centre as well as the biggest single architectural complex.

Owned by SEC and managed by IHG, the InterContinental Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center boasts 543 rooms, a grand ballroom of 960 square metres and state-of-the-art multifunction meeting facilities. The hotel was designed by the East China Architectural Design and Research Institute and renowned design firm HBA to best reflect the understated elegance and modern luxury of the InterContinental brand. It is located at the end of the south-western “leaf” of the clover-shaped NECC, conveniently accessible within minutes’ drive from the Hongqiao Transportation Hub in Shanghai. Being the only hotel nestled within the complex, the InterContinental Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center will provide high-quality services and enriching experiences to guests from around the world, whether they travel for business or leisure.

“We are enthused about our partnership with a strong and trustworthy owner like SEC,” says Kenneth Macpherson, Chief Executive Officer, IHG Greater China. “We believe in the huge potential for MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference, and Exhibition) in Shanghai, especially the rising Hongqiao district, and we look forward to the foreseeable success of the hotel after it opens next year.”

WANG Zhiping, Chairman of SSEC commented, “We have full confidence in the future of the InterContinental Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center. The hotel will serve as a key function of the NECC and enhance its position as a major exhibition center and important driver of Shanghai’s exhibition industry. We believe IHG’s world renowned brand and its track record of operational excellence will bring the hotel success.”

Invested in and operated by SEC, the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) (NECC) is a national exhibition centre co-established by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the Shanghai Municipal Government. With a total construction area of 1.47 million square meters, the NECC is designed to serve as the accelerator of Shanghai’s growth into an international trade centre. Besides the mega space of exhibition halls, there are office buildings, a commercial centre and the just-announced InterContinental hotel under the same roof, all linked by an 8-meter-high elevated pedestrian walkway.

The InterContinental Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center is expected to open in the second half of 2016. As a truly international luxury brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has more than 180 hotels, located in more than 60 countries, with local insight that comes from nearly 70 years of experience. In Greater China, the brand has 34 hotels in operation and another 20 in the development pipeline. The InterContinental Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center will become the fifth InterContinental hotel in Shanghai after InterContinental Shanghai Pudong, InterContinental Shanghai Puxi, InterContinental Shanghai Expo, and InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin.

Source: Intercontinental Hotels Group

Asia Society Celebrates Tenth Anniversary of Asia 21

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Hong Kong, November 29, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Asia Society's Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, the Asia-Pacific's preeminent network of next-generation leaders, will mark its tenth anniversary on December 2-4, when it holds a special summit at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

Asia 21 is a robust network of more than 800 young leaders from 30 countries, focused on shaping a brighter future for the Asia-Pacific, and confronting the most vexing challenges facing the region today. Asia 21 Young Leaders are selected through a highly competitive process based on outstanding achievement, commitment to public service, and a proven ability to make the world a better place.

"Next-generation leaders hold the keys to our future, and Asia has a treasure trove of leadership talent," said Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of Asia Society. "Asia 21 includes the most brilliant pacesetters, young leaders who are already helping tackle poverty, hunger and creating new governance and business opportunities. We are proud to give them a global platform and a network of like-minded talent from throughout Asia."

In addition to welcoming the Class of 2015, more than 100 of the initiative's change-makers from previous classes will gather in Hong Kong to celebrate the achievements of the first decade, explore innovative ways to leverage the Asia 21 network for greater impact, and address critical issues facing the region.

"Asia 21 was born in Hong Kong a decade ago, and so we are proud to welcome this remarkable group to our Hong Kong Center for the 10th anniversary," said Asia Society Co-Chair Ronnie C. Chan, who also serves as Chair of the Society's Hong Kong Center. "These people represent great examples of what we are all about: building crucial bridges between the peoples and cultures of Asia."

Among highlights of the Asia 21 10th Anniversary summit:

– Dinner hosted by Asia Society Co-Chair Ronnie C. Chan, featuring a short film about Asia 21 and testimonials from a half dozen distinguished alumni;

– Keynote conversation with retired U.S. Army General and chairman of KKR Global Institute, David Petraeus;

– Special sessions highlighting the impactful work of Asia 21 alumni including Tudor Clee, founder of New Zealand's Touchable Earth; Scarlett Li, founder and CEO of Zebra Media, China's most innovative entertainment platform; Myanmar's Yin Myo Su, founder of Inle Heritage Foundation; Natharoun Ngo, Head of Program at United Nations, Cambodia; Penny Low, Founder, Social Innovation Park, Ltd. from Singapore; Malaysia's Mun Ching Yap, Executive Director, Air Asia Foundation; Nepal's Rabi Karmacharya, Founder & Executive Director, Open Learning Exchange Network; Itochu Corporation Executive Officer and General Counsel Mitsuru Claire Chino from Japan; Goldman Sachs Head of Corporate Engagement in Asia Wenchi Yu from the U.S.; Australia's Ewa Wojkowska, Co-Founder and COO of Kopernik; International Security Fellow at New America Faiysal AliKhan from Pakistan; and Afghanistan's Saad Mohseni, Chairman and CEO of Moby Group;

– Screening of Rosewater, followed by a discussion with Asia 21 young leader, author, and former political prisoner Maziar Bahari, whose life inspired the film;

– Screening of the recent HBO documentary, "The Diplomat", followed by a conversation with filmmaker David Holbrooke, who will discuss leadership as embodied in the legacy of his late father, the film's subject, and former Asia Society Chairman, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke;

"Asia 21 Task Forces" will leverage the collective experience and expertise of the Asia 21 network to generate a core set of recommendations on four topics—public health, good governance practices, innovation, and the environment.

These Task Forces will be respectively coordinated and led by four Asia 21 alumni: Dr. Akash Goel, who spearheaded the launch of India's national Second Line ARV drug program that currently provides lifesaving medication to tens of thousands of individuals living with HIV/AIDS; Aaron Maniam, Director of the Industry Division at Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry; Armen Orujyan, the founder and CEO of Athgo International, one of the world's leading entrepreneurial platforms in consultative status; and Dorjee Sun, Director of Carbon Conversation and one of Time's "Heroes of the Environment" in 2009
Participating Asia 21 alumni at the summit will also include President & CEO of Philippines' Bases Conversion and Development Authority Arnel Casanova (Philippines); CEO & founder of Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB) Veronica Colondam (Indonesia); Vice President for global ICT Programs and Policy, Internews Kathleen Reen (Australia); Executive Director, the Institute for Societal Leadership (ISL), Singapore Management University Martin Tan (Singapore); National Award-Winning Documentary and Producer Aarti Shrivastava (India); Founder and President of the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center Ejaj Ahmad (Bangladesh); and Partner Chief Engineer at NASA Adam Gilmore (U.S.).

For more information about Asia 21 Please contact Kathryn Cardenas at [email protected]

Source: Asia Society

Le Club AccorHotels Announces Exclusive Points Offer At Over 500 Hotels And Resorts In Asia

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Shanghai, China, November 29, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Le Club AccorHotels has launched an exclusive points offer for its Asia Pacific hotels to reward and recognise members from 2 November 2015 to 29 February 2016. The offer gives members the opportunity to earn double points from Mondays to Thursdays and triple points from Fridays to Sundays. Over 500 hotels are taking part including selected Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, The Sebel, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis hotels across the region.

The promotion will provide members the opportunity to accumulate points much faster in exchange for more perks and privileges when they stay at selected AccorHotels from luxurious city-centre hotels to resorts. Members can burn points at gorgeous locations from the beaches of Bali and Fiji to the Gold Coast, Koh Samui or Bora Bora.

“Members can take the opportunity to earn more points with their loved ones for a special getaway this holiday season,” says Javier Cedillo-Espin, AccorHotels’ Senior Vice President Loyalty & Customer Experience Asia Pacific. “The exclusive points offer provides members the opportunity to discover exotic locations and enjoy travel experiences at our hotels and resorts around the world or to gain faster access to member events and book hotel stays.”

Members must register to be eligible for this offer and the campaign is valid at participating hotels in Asia Pacific for bookings made online at www.accorhotels.com or via the AccorHotels Reservations Service. Joining Le Club AccorHotels is simple. Anyone who has not signed up yet can do so before making their booking to enjoy the exclusive points offer. For full information on the program, visit http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/leclub/

Le Club AccorHotels is the only hotel loyalty program that allows members to use their points at more than 2500 hotels globally, without any validity or availability restrictions. For every €10 spent, members earn 25 points; as soon as they reach 2,000 points, members are entitled to a €40 voucher, which they can use towards future stays or convert into privileges with one of the program’s many partners (airlines, car rental firms, etc.) and exclusive Le Club AccorHotels VIP member events.

Source: Accor Greater China

Winter Wonderland Christmas and New Year Celebrations At The Westin Bund Center Shanghai

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Shanghai, China, November 27, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - This year, back by popular demand, the hotel continues to kick off the festive season with a series of signature grand Christmas and New Year's events.

"Not only do we have dinner parties hosted respectively by Westin Venues: The Stage, Prego, Heavenlies; but we are also embracing the holidays with special festive Brunches on Christmas Day and New Year's Day," said Johanna Klaasen, Director of Food & Beverage of the hotel. "With exquisite cuisines, exciting performances and live entertainment, your festive season at The Westin Bund Center Shanghai is bound to be a wonderful and magical one!" she added.

The Westin Bund Center Shanghai's Christmas and New Year's events include:

Mr & Mrs Claus Aperitivo, Thursday, 17th December
Santa Claus is coming to Aperitivo and he is bringing the Martini with him! Join Aperitivo and experience a traditional Italian Christmas antipasto buffet while sipping on a delightful selection of Martini Christmas cocktails. Dress up as your favorite Christmas character and go in the running to receive give-aways and win prizes.

RMB 150 per person inclusive of service charge | 6:30pm – 9pm

Christmas Warm Up Brunch, Sunday, 20th December
Have the perfect head start to the festive season with our Christmas warm up brunch. Enjoy a delicious range of sumptuous holiday foods, desserts and cocktails and be swept away by an afternoon of entertainment, live performances, Westin Kid’s Club festive activities and lucky draw prizes.

RMB 578 + 15% per person / kids RMB 250 + 15% per person | 11:30am – 2:30pm

Westin Winter Wonderland Christmas Eve Dinner, Thursday, 24th December
Christmas is the time for spending time with the ones you love the most. Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy precious times with family and friends while experiencing the world's best festive cuisine this holiday season. We offer Christmas culinary traditions from across the globe and promise an evening filled with delicious food and drink, exciting live entertainment and family laughter this Christmas Eve at Westin.

Stage, Heavenlies & Prego: *RMB 998 pp/ RMB 318 children

• Featuring a sensational unlimited gourmet buffet dinner with live interactive cooking stations offering both international and local specialties
• Free flow beverage package includes red & white wine, Taittinger Champagne, beer, juice and soft drinks
• A variety of live performances including acrobats, opera singers and dancers
• Party favors and decorations with a special visit from Santa Claus
• An exciting lucky draw with over 50 prizes to be won
• *Prices inclusive of service charge

Christmas Day Brunch, Friday, 25th December
Take the bother out of Christmas Day and allow us to do the cooking for you. Relax and enjoy this special holiday with family and friends and spend a leisurely afternoon sipping Taittinger Champagne and indulging in all your favorite holiday foods. Be entertained by live performances throughout the afternoon, table visits from Santa, Westin Kid’s Club festive activities, gifts and lucky draw prizes.

RMB 678 + 15% per person / kids RMB 318 + 15% per person | 11:30am – 2:30pm

The Stage & Prego New Year’s Eve Seafood Spectacular, Thursday, 31st December

Indulge in a spectacular seafood buffet experience unlike any in Shanghai as our team of Chefs brings the very best from the ocean to your table.

• Enjoy a lavish selection of fresh imported and local seafood
• An exceptional buffet selection of hot and cold cuisine and desserts
• Free flow beverage package includes red & white wine, Taittinger Champagne, beer, juice and soft drinks
• Enjoy live entertainment
• Party favors and decorations for all guests
• An exciting lucky draw with over 50 prizes to be won!
RMB 888 per person inclusive of service charge | 6:30pm-10pm

NYE Warm Up Brunch, Sunday, December 27th

Gear up for 2016 in style. Bring your family and friends along to enjoy a decadent afternoon sipping Taittinger Champagne, drinking new year’s cocktails, trying a few shots at the shot bar and indulging in all your favorite foods. Be entertained by live performances throughout the afternoon and go in the running to win lucky draw prizes.

RMB 578 + 15% per person / kids RMB 250 + 15% per person | 11:30am – 2:30pm

Super Foods Recovery Brunch, Friday, 1st January

Our chefs are excited to present a nutrient packed powerhouse Super Foods New Year’s Day recovery feast! All ingredients have been specifically chosen and prepared for their health promoting, detoxifying and nutrient rich properties. Enjoy the sheer goodness of our super-sized selection of Super Foods detox juices, health shots, smoothies and cocktails along with free flow Taittinger Champagne.

RMB 688 +15% per person | 11:30am – 2:30pm

For Festive Dining Reservations, please call 6103 5048 or email: [email protected]

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About The Westin Bund Center Shanghai

Just a stroll away is the magnificent Bund architectural site and waterfront. Yu garden, a 400-year-old classical Chinese garden and the popular pedestrian shopping precinct on Nanjing Road are also within short walking distance. Lujiazhui Financial District is a mere 10-minute taxi ride away. Guests will be pleasantly delighted on arrival with the grand atrium lobby featuring a striking cantilevered glass staircase inlaid with delicate rice paper and beautiful soft-glow lighting. With 570 tastefully-decorated guest rooms and suites offered in two towers, other services and facilities include restaurants serving Chinese, Italian and international favorites including the city’s famous Sunday Brunch, a Westin Workout fitness centre with indoor swimming pool and Banyan Tree Spa.

The Westin Bund Center Shanghai is located at 88 Henan Middle Road, Shanghai 200002, China. Tel: (86 21) 6335 1888.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts has been a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade. Today, Westin has 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, and is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

Source: Westin Bund Center Shanghai

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing Holds Important Event With Yanqi Island

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Beijing, November 21, 2015 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - The second international forum "Understanding China" was successfully held at Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing and Yanqi Island from 1-4 November 2015. This is the second time for the Kempinski team to successfully complete their mission to host a global forum after APEC in 2014.

At the second "Understanding China Conference", about 100 former political leaders, intellectuals and entrepreneurs from different countries, including Italy's former Prime Minister Mario Monti, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt , former President of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz, former President of Chile Ricardo Lagos, former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, Singapore's former Foreign Minister George Yeo, where personally welcomed by General Manager Brice Péan.

"We are highly valued and appreciated by all the international dignitaries and the leaders from the Beijing government for the high quality of service that our Kempinski team has demonstrated," said Brice Péan.

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Editor’s Notes:
Located 60 km (37.3 mi) north of Beijing's city centre, alongside the picturesque Yanqi Lake, Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing & Yanqi Island is Kempinski’s largest property in China, offering panoramic views of Yan Mountain and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.

Managed by Kempinski and owned by state-owned Beijing Enterprise Group, this new destination includes 595 guestrooms and suites housed across the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing, located along the lake, the Yanqi Hotel and 12 Boutique Hotels, located on Yanqi Island. Leisure facilities include 14 restaurants and bars, two Kempinski The Spa branches, a private marina, the Yanqi Pagoda, recreational and fitness facilities, a kid’s club and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Be it dining with loved ones, entertaining business associates, hosting a meeting, staging a conference, celebrating a large or intimate wedding, or a weekend escape with the family, the facilities at Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing & Yanqi Island offer guests a surprising change from their traditional experience in a resort hotel.

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing & Yanqi Island destination was the official host venue for APEC China 2014.

Media Contacts:
Linda Wu
Director of Marketing & Communications
Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing & Yanqi Island
Yanqi Lake, Huairou District, Beijing, China
Email: [email protected]

Source: Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing