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BUSINESS 
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Hotel rooms in Beijing filling fast

Summer package deals

Hotel rooms in Beijing filling fast

The Beijing Tourism Administration (BTA) is fairly confident Beijing’s 700 plus hotels can cater to the 500,000 foreign and domestic tourists during the 17-day Games period. However, it is likely many may head to “overflow” hotels in neighboring Hebei province or even Tianjin, 120km east of Beijing.
Less than 15 months before the Olympic opening ceremony on August 8, 2008 many hotels across town are 100 per cent booked for the entire Games period. This is not surprising considering all star-rated hotels contracted a minimum of 70 per cent of their rooms to BOCOG (Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad) in an agreement tabled over three years ago. And some official Olympic hotels, such as the Westin Beijing Financial Street and hotels in the vicinity of the Olympic stadium, including the Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou, have contracted virtually all of their rooms to the Organizing Committee.
Even hotels such as the Hilton Beijing which have only allocated 70 per cent of rooms to BOCOG are still fully booked. Hilton Beijing director of business development, Mr. Harald Feurstein, said “The remaining inventory was contracted in group blocks, rather than in one or two-night stays (for individuals). We were selling the whole 20 nights.”
City officials said rates for such rooms would not have a ceiling and could cost anywhere from US$325 at some three-star hotels, to US$500 to US$775 at luxury five-star hotels. (TTG)


Summer package deals

Bangkok’s Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel has a Premier Plus package for single occupancy valid until September 30. At 3,988 baht (US$121) a night, guests will receive a fruit basket and flowers, tea and coffee in the room, use of the gym and late check-out at 15.00. An additional charge of 300 baht a day is required for double occupancy.
Tel: (66-2) 261-9300 ext 4000, website: www.imperial hotels.com.
The Peninsula Bangkok’s Summer Splendor package is for accommodation for two in a deluxe room for US$240, or a deluxe suite for US$460 with breakfast. Guests in the deluxe room can choose from an airport transfer, dinner for two or upgrade to the next available room category. Guests in the deluxe suite can choose from airport transfers, dinner for two and afternoon tea, or 50 minutes massages for two. The offers are valid until September 15. Tel: (66-2) 861-2888, email: email: [email protected] peninsula.com.
Amari Hotels is offering special rates for two nights in a suite in Bangkok at Amari Boulevard Hotel, Amari Watergate Hotel or Amari Rincome Hotel (Chiang Mai) or three nights at Amari Orchid Resort and Tower (Pattaya), Amari Emerald Cove Resort (Koh Chang), Amari Palm Reef Resort (Koh Samui), Amari Coral Beach Resort (Phuket) or Amari Trang Beach Resort (Trang).
The deal is inclusive of airport transfers except for Amari Orchid Resort and Tower, breakfast, dinner with a bottle of wine. Rates start from US$298 and the deal is valid until October 31. Website: www.amari.com. (TTG)



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