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Beijing Tourism Group and Fairmont Raffles Hotels
International Open the Raffles Beijing Hotel 
December 1, 2006 - With the opening of Raffles Beijing Hotel, the legendary Raffles hospitality has now arrived in China. Rated among the finest in the world, residency at Raffles is a magical fusion of heartfelt hospitality, rare discretion and residential charm, delivered with the legendary and impeccable Raffles service.

The 171 luxuriously-appointed guestrooms and suites are some of the most spacious in Beijing, with many offering views of the glittering, vibrant city. The Presidential Suite occupies an expansive 884 square meters, while five Grand Hotel Suites and nine Personality Suites, each named after various luminaries associated with the hotel, are equally infused with the splendour of the past, yet technologically enabled with discretion, for the needs of a 21st century international traveller. Residents can also enjoy four distinctive restaurants and bars, comprising the exquisitely elegant Jaan Restaurant, the creative blend of Chinese and Italian cuisine at East 33, La Vie’s traditional afternoon tea, and the legendary Writers’ Bar for cocktails and after-dinner cognac.

“Beijing Tourism Group is one of China’s top 500 companies. The Group’s strategy emphasises the development of the brand in China and across the globe,” commented Mr Mei Yunxin, President, Beijing Tourism Group, “The marriage between the Raffles brand and Beijing Hotel is a fine example of this strategy. It is also a critical move in ensuring that the Group is equipped to provide an unprecedented level of service during the forthcoming Olympics Games. As we officially open Raffles Beijing Hotel today, I believe that guests will be convinced of the signature Raffles style of heartfelt service.”

“Today’s Grand Opening is a proud moment for Raffles Hotels & Resorts,” said Chris Cahill, President & Chief Operating Officer, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. “It is an honour for Raffles to be entrusted by the Beijing Tourism Group to manage one of Beijing’s most well known and most treasured icons. China is increasingly, a much desired destination for both leisure and corporate travellers, and we are delighted that Raffles is part of this amazing growth and demand.”

“Raffles Beijing Hotel is a precious addition to our award-winning collection of iconic hotels,” said Diana Ee Tan, Managing Director of Raffles Hotels & Resorts. “Each of our Raffles hotels is unique in itself, not only are they landmarks, they are also rated at the top in every destination they are located. Every hotel offers the Raffles promise – which is the promise to provide the very best.”

Mr Peter Wynne, General Manager of Raffles Beijing Hotel concluded, “Raffles Beijing Hotel, with its distinguished history and legacy, will continue to be one of the city’s most significant landmarks. Infused with the Raffles style of hospitality, it will soon be wellloved not only by local residents, but by global travellers as well.”
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Raffles Beijing Hotel
33 East Chang An Avenue
Beijing 100004
People's Republic of China
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One of the highlights of the Grand Opening Ceremony was the unveiling of the Raffles Beijing Hotel plaque, followed by a naming ceremony of the Hotel’s 154-square meter Grand Hotel Suite, as the Tang Dynasty Suite. The Tang Dynasty is regarded by historians as the peak in Chinese civilisation and many considered it the Golden Age of the Middle Kingdom. It is only fitting that the first Grand Hotel Suite to be named, would be after one of the most celebrated dynasties in Chinese history.

As part of the evening celebrations, Raffles Beijing Hotel was symbolically declared opened with an exquisite jade key, setting off a shower of shimmering lights and illuminating the Raffles Courtyard atrium with a spectacular glow. A grand banquet, showcasing Raffles Beijing Hotel chefs’ culinary brilliance followed, along with entertainment from a percussion brand, an acrobatic show and a traditional changing masks performance. Guests were also invited for a turn on the French timber spring dance floor, built in 1926, which has borne the dance steps of Dr Sun Yat Sen, and countless other dignitaries, as well as dazzling socialites.

ABOUT RAFFLES BEIJING HOTEL
Established in 1900s, Raffles Beijing Hotel witnessed many of the city’s significant social and political events, its commanding French Orient colonnade façade has long stood as an icon of Beijing’s historical heritage. It enjoys the most prestigious address, at the crossroads of Chang An Avenue and shopping district of Wangfujing, a heartbeat away from the historic Forbidden City and 4 Tiananmen Square. Faithfully restored, it reopened on 27 June 2006 featuring 171 tastefully appointed rooms, four distinctive restaurants and bars, and five well-equipped banquet venues and a lofty lobby adorned with a procession of graceful arches. The hotel’s logo embraces the contour of lattice Orient homes peepholes, delicately encasing the hotel’s name penned by Premier Deng Xiao Peng. Raffles Beijing Hotel is a promise of splendour, an exclusive world of peerless privilege and refinement, quintessential of the Raffles legend.

ABOUT RAFFLES HOTELS & RESORTS
Raffles is a collection of luxury hotels around the globe that distinguishes itself through the highest standards of products and services. Each hotel is a landmark in its respective city and most are positioned at the top of their local markets. Raffles Hotels & Resorts was ranked second among the world’s top hotel brands in the 2006 Condé Nast Traveler Business Travel Awards. The award-winning collection of legendary hotels includes Raffles Hotel and Raffles The Plaza in Singapore, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Raffes Beijing Hotel, Beijing, China, Raffles L’Ermitage Beverly Hills in the U.S., Raffles Resort Canouan Island, The Grenadines, Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg, Germany and Raffles Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland. Raffles Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will open in Summer 2007. Future additions to the Raffles portfolio include a hotel on the Cotai Strip in Macau, and The Raffles Phang Nga Resort and Residences in Phuket, comprising 150 rooms and 25 luxury residential villas overlooking the Andaman Sea. In May 2006, the hotel portfolios of Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts were combined following the acquisition of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts by Kingdom Hotels International and Colony Capital, transforming the two companies into a single global enterprise with a vision to become the world leader in the global hospitality industry.

ABOUT FAIRMONT RAFFLES HOTELS INTERNATIONAL, INC
Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Inc. is a global hotel company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The company owns and manages 120 hotels in 25 countries under four brands, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts and Delta Hotels as well as vacation ownership properties managed by Fairmont Heritage Place.

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Contact:

Marina Wee
Director, Public Relations and Communications
Raffles Hotels & Resorts
Tel : (65) 6430-1183
Email : marina.wee@raffles.com

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Also See: Peter Lloyd Wynne Named General Manager of the Raffles Beijing Hotel / May 2006
Beijing Tourism Group Contracts with Raffles International to Manage and Rebrand Two of the Four blocks of the Beijing Hotel / April 2005
Fairmont Names Kevin Frid to Senior Vice President Operations for North America / November 2006
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