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)