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Mice Asia Net : October 2008
venue update largest mariott opeNs iN beijiNg Marriott International recently announced the opening of the 1312-room Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall in the capital of the People’s Republic of China – the largest Marriott hotel outside of the United States. General manager of the hotel is Rauf Malik, an international hotelier with some 30 years in the hospitality industry, 16 years of which have been with Marriott International. In Asia, he has managed the Renaissance Hotels Hong Kong, China Hotel Guangzhou by Marriott and Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai Hotel prior to his current assignment. Malik has also worked in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Conveniently located in the central business district of Beijing with the embassy district nearby, the Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall is adjacent to the second ring road, Chang An Avenue, Jianguomen Subway Station and the Beijing Railway Station. The Beijing Capital International Airport is 24 kilometres away. A major architectural highlight of the hotel is that it is built on the renowned Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park. The Ming City Wall was built in 1419 and extended for about 40 kilometres. Today, it runs about 1.5 kilometres and once was part of the inner city way of the old Beijing city. In 2002, the Beijing Municipal Government turned the relics into a public park. For conferences and social events, the Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall has three ballrooms and more than 10 function rooms that provide more than 4000 square metres of banquet and meeting space. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate a sit-down dinner for 750 guests with a separate open foyer for a cocktail reception. The City Wall Ballroom can host banquets for 300 guests while the Executive Ballroom is a more intimate venue for events of up to 100 people. Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall offers a special opening rate of RMB 900++ (AUD $143++) on deluxe rooms from now through to December 31, 2008. For more details visit www.marriott.com/BJSCW. ceNtara samui reNoVatioN complete Centara Hotels & Resorts has completed its Bht 200 million plus renovation to its award-winning property the Centara Grand Beach Resort, Samui. Superbly located along Chaweng, Koh Samui’s finest beach, the five-star deluxe Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui offers first class Thai hospitality together with exceptional facilities, a tranquil ambience and sheer beauty. Designed in a colonial architectural style with its own extensive landscaped gardens and situated directly on the beachfront at Chaweng, the four-storey hotel has 203 deluxe sea-facing rooms and suites all with private balconies in a complex of units designed to accentuate the natural tropical environment. A central feature of the hotel, the stunning lobby with its sweeping staircase – reminiscent of a set from “Gone with the Wind” - received Bht 12 million of loving care to ensure that it retained the style and elegance for which it is justly renowned. More than Bht 160 million was lavished on the 203 guest rooms and suites – Bht 90 million on the normal rooms and suites and a Bht 70 million on the pool suites. The rooms, which are particularly spacious, include multi-channel satellite television, in-room video movies, music channels, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and personal safe. Starting at 60 square metres, the Pool Suites offer luxurious accommodation. All feature private plunge pools and all include membership of The Club – with five complimentary food servings daily and complimentary cocktails and canapés every evening among a host of other benefits. To complete the renovation a further Bht 20 million was lavished on Spa Cenvaree – Centara Hotels & Resorts’ signature spa brand which features at Centara Hotels & Resorts properties around Thailand. For more information and reservations telephone 0-66-2769 1234 ext. 6675-6676, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book online at www.centarahotelsresorts.com. specials at furama resort DaNaNg, VietNam The luxurious Furama Resort Danang, Vietnam, located on the famous China Beach, is offering special meeting packages for groups of 15 or more rooms with minimum two nights stay and one full-day meeting. Room rates range from USD155 ++ per night for garden single rooms, and special meeting packages for half-day at $US30 and $US38 for full-day, respectively, per person. The half-day meeting includes room rental, standard audio visual equipment, one coffee break and lunch while the full-day meeting includes all these and an extra coffee break. A spa voucher valued at USD 30 will be offered complimentary for all meeting group members. Packages are valid till May 30, 2009. Furama is a true icon of Vietnam’s tourism scene in central Vietnam, just an hour by air from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and connected to Bangkok and Singapore by direct flights. The resort offers a well-appointed “convention palace” with ballrooms that can accommodate up to 450 people in style, with another 10 function rooms suitable for between 50 to 200 people. A choice of unforgettable cultural-themed parties on the beach or around the lagoon, in the ballrooms or outside the resort are sure to make any visit a memorable one. For reservations or more information contact Huy Vu, senior sales manager-MICE & Corporate on (84-8) 8211888, email ssm.hcm@ furamavietnam.com, or visit www.furamavietnam.com. miceAsia.net 61