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 Union Land Property Development Co. Ltd. Signs Langham Hotels to
Operate 440 room Langham Place Branded Hotel in Beijing  
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(Hong Kong – 30 April 2007) – Langham Hotels International announces the launch of its first Langham Place Hotel in China, following a management contract signed with Union Land Property Development Co. Ltd. The brand new five-star Langham Place Hotel, Beijing, which is scheduled to open next year, marks a significant first step for Langham Hotels International's development in China and a milestone for the group's expansion in the region.

Langham Place Hotel, Beijing is located in Chao Yang District, the prime business district in Beijing, close to Chang An Avenue and the foreign embassy district. The Hotel forms a part of the Chao Yang Plaza, a large-scale signature project including two complexes – South and North – with a total surface area of 400,000 square metres developed by Union Land. 

The new 26-storey Langham Place Hotel is a five-star hotel positioned to be among the very best hotels in the capital of the world's most populous nation. Targeting at business travellers and up-market leisure travellers, the Hotel will provide over 440 guest rooms and suites and 40 high quality serviced apartments with a separate entrance. Living up to the Langham Place brand essence, the Hotel will feature 5,000 sqm of multi-purpose function space including three ballrooms as well as five creative food and beverage concepts. The Hotel will also house a magnificent Chuan Spa and Residences based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophy of a journey to wellness where guests can rediscover their source.
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Mr. David Yan, CEO, Union Land Property Development Co., Ltd. (front left)
and Dr. KS Lo, Chairman, Langham Hotels International (front right) signed
a management contract for the new Langham Place Hotel, Beijing.   
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With avant-garde local art displays, seamless state-of-the-art technology complemented with chic and stylish design, the Langham Place Hotel, Beijing will introduce a refreshingly modern and stimulating hospitality experience that inspires our guests' imagination.

“With China's rapid economic growth, hotel developers require hospitality management groups that have a strong and consistent brand essence and a focus on quality to manage their properties. They understand that this is required to ultimately out-perform the competition. The signing of Langham Place Hotel Beijing underscores the success we have had with our brands and is a vote of confidence in our hotel management expertise and innovative hospitality concepts," said Dr. KS Lo, Chairman of Langham Hotels International. 

“This is the first step for Langham Hotels International in creating a presence in China. We aim to increase our investments in the mainland through building our own hotels, joint venture partnerships and acquiring further management contracts," added Dr. KS Lo.

Langham Hotels International is the subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Great Eagle Holdings, spearheaded by Dr. K.S. Lo, who is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Great Eagle Holdings. Spanning four continents, the group currently features eight properties with over 2,700 rooms in six gateway cities, namely London, Boston, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Auckland and Toronto.

Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when the Langham Hotel in London originally opened as Europe's first Grand Hotel. For 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality. Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses creating a truly unique hotel experience. 

Langham Hotels International (LHI) features eight properties with over 2,700 rooms in six gateway cities across the four continents, namely, London, Boston, Hong Kong (3), Melbourne, Auckland and Toronto. In each city Langham Hotels is associated with the prestigious "The Leading Hotels of the World" group which represents some of the world's finest luxury hotels. 

LHI is wholly owned by Great Eagle Holdings Limited, a publicly listed company (HKSE: 41) which was founded in 1963 and was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. 

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Contact:

Sherona Shng
Group Director of Communications
Langham Hotels International
Tel: (852) 3552 3938
Fax: (852) 3552 3902
Email: sherona.shng@langhamhotels.com
www.langhamhotels.com 

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Also See: Helmut Knipp Named Senior Vice President – Development, Langham Hotels International / September 2006
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