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Matthias Roeke Appointed General Manager of the 278-room
China World Summit Wing, Beijing, a Shangri-La Hotel


November 2, 2009 - Mr. Matthias Roeke has been appointed as general manager of China World Summit Wing, Beijing, a luxurious hotel by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts set to open in the Chinese capital’s latest landmark, the 330-meter (1,082-foot) tall China World Tower at the China World Trade Center complex.  In his new capacity, Mr. Roeke will lead the pre-opening team through the hotel’s progression as Beijing’s iconic new sanctuary. China World Summit Wing, Beijing is scheduled to open at the end of 2009 or early 2010. 

A German national with twenty years of hospitality management experience, Mr. Matthias Roeke has been with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts for six years. Prior to joining China World Summit Wing, Beijing, Mr. Roeke was general manager of Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, since October 2007.  Recently, the resort joined seven other Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts on Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2009 World’s Best Awards list.  In this annual readers’ poll, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa was recognized as one of the world’s top 100 hotels and was named one of the top 15 resorts in Asia. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Roeke served as resident manager of Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong, an award-winning property which consistently ranks in the readers’ polls of the world’s foremost travel publications, and where he played an instrumental role in improving the hotel’s guest satisfaction scores for overall staying experience. 

Mr. Roeke attended hotel school training in his native Germany, commencing his professional career in Berlin. He has since been involved on an executive level with the opening of five-star hotels in Stuttgart, Germany; Mumbai, India and Seoul, Korea. Mr. Roeke’s career has brought him to various destinations around the globe, including Singapore, South Africa and Thailand. 

Located from Levels 64 to 77, all guest rooms and suites will have floor-to-ceiling windows and feature classic wooden decors with the finest furnishings and Chinese touches.  Averaging 65 square metres, guest rooms will be among the largest in the city.  All will come with stunning views, complimentary broadband internet access, 40-inch flat screen televisions, DVD players, bathroom LCD televisions, iPOD docking stations and Nespresso coffee machines.  The rooms will be cosy and comfortable with mood lighting, large feather duvets and exquisite amenities.

With unrivalled views over the city center, the new China World Summit Wing, Beijing occupies the upper floors of the city’s newest landmark, China World Tower, which soars 81 floors over the China World Trade Center complex in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District. The hotel will comprise 278 guestrooms and suites, four designer restaurants, two bars and a lounge, and four exclusive venues devoted to private dining, one of which will be an observation deck on level 81. The hotel will also house CHI, The Spa, Shangri-La’s signature spa brand.  A total of 5,500 square meters (59,207 square feet) of conference and banquet facilities will include two ballrooms spanning 3,100 square meters (33,371 square feet), a rooftop Pine Garden on level 6, an auditorium and a total of 12 spacious function rooms. 

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 65 hotels under the Shangri-La and Traders brands with a rooms inventory of over 28,000.  Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.  Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.  The group has over 40 projects under development in Austria, Canada, mainland China, France, India, Macau, Philippines, Qatar, Seychelles, United Kingdom and the United States.  For more information or reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com. 

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Contact:

 Judy Reeves 
Public Relations Manager, North America 
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts 
Tel: (212) 382-3155 
E-mail: judy.reeves@shangri-la.com
Website: www.shangri-la.com
 

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Also See: The 202 room Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo Opens Under Direction of General Manager Wolfgang Krueger / March 2009
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