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From insurance to hotels

A unit of Chinese insurance company Ping An Insurance (Group) Company, plans to set up a new hotel investment management company. It intends to develop Chengdu's hotel investment, real…

Vienna comes to Beijing

Vienna Hotel Group will open a new hotel in Beijing before the 2008 Olympic Games. This will bring the number of hotels it owns in China to 32. Fu Gang, Director of Brand Department of…

Tibet still closed

China has abandoned plans to reopen riot-hit Tibet to tourists on May 1, a tourism official in the Himalayan region was quoted saying. Asked whether the reopening for foreign and domestic…

Priority Club grows in China

InterContinental Hotels Group's Priority Club Rewards loyalty programme has welcomed its one millionth member in Greater China this month. On average, 20,000 new members join Priority Club…

Chinese crackdown on tourists: report

An Australian report said Chinese authorities have introduced tough measures to control the movement of foreigners, less than four months before the Beijing Olympics. The Advertiser report…

China’s bullet trains

The eight-carriage train can seat 557 passengers. Three such trains would begin service on the new 120-kilometre Beijing-Tianjin route before the Olympics starts in August, Xinhua said. In…

Beijing hotels get service standards

For check-in and check-out at hotels, hotels have been told to spend no more than five minutes in completing the procedures. It should be no more than 20 minutes for groups of less than 30…

Swissotel opens in Shanghai

In a few weeks, another hotel is set to open in the city of Foshan (Guangdong). Swissotel already has two existing hotels in Beijing and Kunshan.The 467-room hotel is located in the city's…

Tibetan market to reopen

The riot-damaged market in the Tibetan capital Lhasa plans to reopen to foreign tourists by the end of the month, Xinhua news agency reported. The 300-year-old Chomsigkang market was badly…

G for Beijing

Beijing will see the opening of a new designer boutique hotel Beijing in May. Inspired by the retro chic of the 1960's, Hotel G is targeting a niche market of design-conscious,…

Avis at Chinese airports

Car rental company Avis has opened two new locations - the new international Terminal 3 at Beijing International Airport and the recently completed Terminal 2 at Pudong International Airport…

China bans multiple entry visas in HK

China has stopped issu­ing multiple-entry visas to foreigners travelling from Hong Kong until after the Olympics, the South Chi­na Morning Post reported. It's set to present major…

Tibet tourism suffers

Tibet's tourism industry is suffering a huge loss as the government blocks foreign visitors after last month's deadly riots, business people in the region were quoted saying by Reuters.…

Days Inn sees China growth

Days Inn China said it intends to double its growth rate in the country. It has signed 48 hotels over the last four years and is now on an aggressive growth strategy. Harry Tan, CEO of…

More high-end hotels for Shanghai

Shanghai is expected to have 13,400 rooms in high-end hotels by the end of this year, according to the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administrative Commission. These additional rooms plus the…

Mandarin Oriental in Sanya

The Mandarin Oriental, Sanya, opens for business in the second half of 2008 with 297 rooms. In addition, 15 private villas have their own private deck areas, private outdoor lap pools,…

Beijing imposes smoking ban

The Chinese capital will ban smoking in most public places starting from May 1, part of the move for a smoke-free Olympics. China Daily said more than 150 Chinese cities already have…

New hotel at Shanghai Expo site

Yahsin Business Hotel, managed by Visual Orient Limited, has opened in Shanghai World Expo Zone. The hotel is located in the service area of Pudong World Expo Zone, about ten minutes walk…

IHG Academy expands in China

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has launched its 12th IHG Academy, this time in Shenzhen. The partnership with the Shenzhen Tourism College of Jinan University marks the Academy's entry…

China premier at Mekong Summit

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will be in Laos form this weekend to attend the third Greater Mekong Subregion Summit in Vientiane. Xinhua said he will join leaders from Laos, Vietnam,…
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